The pastel houses of traditional fishing villages, bright flashes of plump yellow lemons hanging over verdant cliffside terraces, and the deep azure of the Mediterranean; there’s no doubting that the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most colourful areas. Stretching from the sleepy fishing village of Nenara to the bustling metropolis of Salerno, the dramatically cragged coastline has long been the inspiration for writers, painters and composers. Whether you’re looking for some beachfront lounging, or to dig into the area’s ancient history, you’ll find yourself captivated by the beauty, culture and food of Amalfi.
Beat the crowds by travelling during the shoulder season of April to June, when the citrus flowers bloom in the spring sunshine; or in October, when the last of the summer sunshine provides ample opportunities for balmy bathing on quieter beaches.
Given the Amalfi Coast’s location, it’s little surprise that the fruits of the sea feature prominently on restaurant menus from Sorrento to Salerno. Try the traditional dish of scialatielli ai frutti di mare, a delicious pairing of fresh seafood and pasta. No meal would be complete without a digestif of Limoncello, the potent spirit distilled from Amalfi’s famous lemons.
Be sure to stop off at Praiano, in-between Positano and Amalfi. Quieter but no less beautiful than Positano, this seaside town has spectacular panoramic views and one of the best beaches along the entire Amalfi Coast.
Thanks to the stylish set that flock to its streets each year, Positano is the place to be if you’re looking for late-night partying. Begin the evening at the very chic and celebrity favourite Buca di Bacco for a sunset aperitivo, before heading to the legendary Music on the Rocks, the town’s most popular disco set on a spectacular cliffside terrace.
Although not technically on the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is an excellent base for those that want to explore not only Amalfi, but also Naples and the surrounding countryside. Glamorous Positano is famous for its peach and lemon houses cascading into the azure Mediterranean, while Amalfi itself has a beautiful old town.
Naples International Airport is the best-placed airport for exploring the Amalfi Coast, and is connected to Sorrento by rail. From Sorrento, drive or take the regular ferry service between the major towns of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.
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