Italy’s Amalfi Coast is one of the most picturesque places to drive along and there are plenty of stunning places to visit along this 50km of winding coastal road.
The natural beauty of the route is spectacular and the reason that travellers have been drawn to it for decades, and it also has the same ‘Hollywood’ allure as the Cote d’Azur in France. It is easy to imagine you are Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly as you breeze along and although it is a short drive in terms of the road, there are so many beautiful towns to visit along the way that you can extend it into a week-long holiday.
Historically, wealthy ancient Romans built their holiday villas here and now the landscape is dotted with pastel-coloured residences, and there are churches, gardens and vineyards in between, many of them UNESCO World Heritage sites. The area’s top attractions are Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, which attract thousands of jetsetters every year.
Although the best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is between May to October, the numbers of tourists during July and August make it too crowded for some. However, in September and October it is less packed and you will find that the hotels and restaurants have a more relaxed ambience and reservations are easier to make.
Once you arrive in Positano, you might fancy swapping your car for a boat trip. This offers an excellent way to view the town and coastal scenery. Back in the town, check out the many boutiques selling locally crafted goods from lemon liquors to beautifully painted ceramics. It’s popular to buy handmade sandals from Positano; Safari is one of the main shops and you can order made-to-measure footwear that is ready in a couple of days.
This is one of the most frequently visited towns, so be prepared for a crowd. But do try to visit the town’s 9th century, Duomo di Amalfi. The church is one of southern Italy’s treasures for its collision of various styles of architecture and materials. There are also some spectacular hiking trails from Amalfi, especially The Path of the Gods – you’ll encounter valleys with farmers and sheepherders selling their products, and beautiful sea views.
The must-see spot in Ravello is the Villa Cimbrone’s gardens. These are part of an 11th century palace that writers and artists have often said is the most beautiful place they have ever visited. The Villa Cimbrone is also a hotel, and it is perhaps one of the most luxurious hotels in Europe. The Villa Rufolo in the town’s centre is also worth exploring and it hosts outdoor concerts in summer.
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