Splendors of the Mediterranean: Discovering the Amalfi Coast

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  • Boutique Travel

  • Food & Wine

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  • Italy

  • Coastal

  • History

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The Amalfi Coast is a breathtaking Italian paradise, characterized by stunning cliffs, charming villages, and the sparkling azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
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The Amalfi Coast stands as a remarkable testament to nature's artistry, where rugged cliffs adorned with vibrant bougainvillea plunge dramatically into the cerulean embrace of the Mediterranean Sea. This enchanting shoreline seamlessly blends awe-inspiring vistas, quaint villages clinging to hillsides and pristine beaches caressed by gentle waves. Each town, from the vibrant Positano to the tranquil Ravello, offers a unique allure—a fusion of historical riches, artisanal crafts and mouthwatering culinary experiences that mirror the region's storied heritage. Amid the fragrance of lemon groves mingling with sea breezes, an invitation arises to explore concealed grottoes, verdant gardens and winding streets that narrate tales of bygone eras. The Amalfi Coast welcomes you to indulge in sensory delight, where each instant is a vivid experience and every corner sparks a sense of wonder.

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Where to stay in Amalfi Coast

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Il San Pietro di Positano

Elegant, old-world style hospitality perched in the hills of Positano with endless sea views flanked by pink bougainvillea.

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Hotel Villa Franca Positano

An elegant Positano hideaway perfectly made for romantic sunsets over the ever-enchanting Amalfi Coast.

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Caruso, A Belmond Hotel, Amalfi Coast

Storybook Amalfi Coast views come to life at this 11th-century former palace perched above the sea.

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Things to do in Amalfi Coast

Villa Cimbrone Gardens is a breathtaking Italian oasis perched atop the Amalfi Coast, adorned with exquisite sculptures and offering panoramic vistas of the Mediterranean.

Welcome to the mesmerizing Amalfi Coast, a stretch of coastline renowned for its breathtaking beauty, rich history and unparalleled charm. I invite you to explore this stunning destination, where driving along its winding roads reveals hidden gems and unforgettable experiences at every destination.

Positano: Where Beach Bliss Meets Culinary Delights

Nestled against a dramatic backdrop of steep cliffs and azure waters, Positano beckons with its alluring blend of sun-soaked beaches and gastronomic pleasures. As you step onto its shores, the beautiful Spiaggia Grande and Fornillo Beaches will greet you, inviting you to bask in the Mediterranean sun and dip your toes in the crystalline waters. Beyond the coastline, the cobbled streets of Positano lead to La Tagliata, a family-run restaurant perched high above, offering panoramic views and delectable home-cooked Italian cuisine. For a taste of authentic Neapolitan pizza, Da Ferdinando by the beach is an irresistible stop that promises both delicious flavors and picturesque surroundings.

Ravello: A Haven of Gardens and Cultural Delights

Venture to the serene heights of Ravello, where gardens of exquisite beauty and cultural treasures await your discovery. Villa Cimbrone Gardens transports you to a realm of ethereal beauty, with awe-inspiring views, intricately sculpted landscapes and vibrant flora. If your visit aligns with the summer months, immerse yourself in the melodies of the Ravello Festival, where classical music performances unfold amid the backdrop of the coast's splendor. For a glimpse into Ravello's artisanal heritage, Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma presents an opportunity to admire intricate ceramic designs. And as the sun sets, the Wagner Terrace at Villa Rufolo offers a tranquil spot to reflect upon the harmonious blend of nature and culture.

Capri: Island Adventures and Luxurious Escapes

To experience the iconic allure of Capri, take a ferry or hydrofoil from the mainland. Ferries depart from Naples, Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi, offering scenic views of the coastline and the azure sea. Upon arriving in Capri, ascend to new heights aboard the Monte Solaro Chairlift, treating yourself to panoramic views that stretch to the horizon. Wander through the charming streets of Capri, where artisanal shops offer handmade sandals, each pair a testament to timeless craftsmanship. For a glimpse into nature's artistry, venture to the Blue Grotto, a luminous sea cave that enchants with its iridescent blue waters. And amid this island's splendor, Villa San Michele stands as a testament to a harmonious marriage of architecture and nature, inviting contemplation and wonder.

CONCA DEI MARINI: COASTAL CHARMS AND RELAXATION

Located between Amalfi and Positano, the coastal villages of Conca dei Marini and Nerano offer a captivating blend of authentic charm and gastronomic pleasures. In Conca dei Marini, uncover the hidden treasures of the Emerald Grotto, a sea cave adorned with emerald-green waters that shimmer under the sunlight. For a truly indulgent escape, pamper yourself at Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel and Spa, a luxurious retreat that offers rejuvenating treatments in a historic monastery setting.

Nerano and Lo Scoglio: Gastronomy by the Sea

As you venture into Nerano, let the coastal beauty captivate your senses. Discover the allure of Baia di Ieranto through a scenic hike leading to a pristine beach, a sanctuary of natural beauty. Afterward, indulge in a culinary journey at Lo Scoglio, a renowned seaside restaurant. Let your senses guide you through fresh seafood flavors, all while enjoying views that capture the essence of the Amalfi Coast.

Amalfi Town: Where History Meets Seaside Splendor

Amalfi Town, with its blend of historical significance and coastal allure, provides a fitting finale to your journey. Amalfi Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece, stands as a testament to the town's maritime heritage and artistic legacy. Delve into the region's paper-making history at Museo della Carta, where the craftsmanship of centuries past comes to life. Stroll through the streets and discover Le Bontà del Capo, a gourmet shop offering a taste of local flavors. And as the day unfolds, unwind on the beaches of Lido degli Artisti, savoring the sea's embrace and reflecting on the beauty of your Amalfi Coast exploration.

From Positano's sun-kissed beaches to Ravello's gardens of wonder, from Capri's island magic to the coastal charms of Conca dei Marini and Nerano and finally, the historical majesty of Amalfi Town—each stop on this journey offers a distinct blend of experiences that together create a tapestry of memories you'll cherish for a lifetime.

Places to eat & drink in Amalfi Coast

Casa e Bottega is a charming Italian café and concept store where culinary delights and artisanal creations intertwine.

Casa e Bottega: A delightful culinary haven nestled amid the charm of Positano. A great place for breakfast and lunch. This cozy establishment offers a farm-to-table experience, where fresh ingredients are transformed into delectable dishes that celebrate the region's flavors. Indulge in wholesome breakfast options and artisanal salads, accompanied by freshly squeezed juices and aromatic coffee.

Franco's Bar next to Le Sirenuse Hotel: Experience the epitome of elegance at Franco's Bar within the Le Sirenuse Hotel. As the sun dips below the horizon, enjoy an exquisite array of handcrafted cocktails and fine wines. With a backdrop of breathtaking panoramic views that stretch across the Amalfi Coast, Franco's Bar offers an ambiance of sophistication and luxury, making it an idyllic spot to unwind and soak in the beauty of the surroundings.

Trattoria Da Ciccio Cielo Mare Terra: A Hidden Gem, Tucked away in the heart of Amalfi. With a menu that showcases the bounty of both land and sea, this trattoria delivers a delightful blend of flavors. From freshly caught seafood to sumptuous pasta dishes, the warm atmosphere and exquisite tastes create a truly authentic Amalfi dining experience.

Rossellinis: Michelin-star dining in Ravello, situated within the Palazzo Avino hotel. Rossellinis presents a dining experience that is nothing short of extraordinary. The talented chefs craft culinary masterpieces using the finest local ingredients, elevating traditional Italian dishes to new heights of elegance and innovation. Against the backdrop of Ravello's picturesque charm, Rossellinis offers a memorable gourmet journey that is sure to delight the most discerning palates.

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