Amalfi Coast, Italy
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Amalfi Coast, Italy
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Destination Guide: Amalfi Coast
About Amalfi Coast
One of the most romantic destinations in the world, the 43 miles of coastline that run from Sorrento to Salerno also offer fabulous food and lots to see and do. The pretty towns along the coast, and handful of islands just off the mainland, are stunningly beautiful, it’s impossible not to relax as soon as you arrive.
Chi-chi towns such as Positano, where colourful little houses with terracotta roofs cling to the almost vertical terrain above the turquoise sea make for great spots to head to for lunch and to people watch from a seafront restaurant or one of the two beaches either side of the Saracens tower. For a more lively feel, try Amalfi itself where you can wander in and out of little boutiques browsing the leather goods and handmade notepaper the area is known for – it’s a great place to buy excellent quality shoes.
You must head out onto those beautiful azure waters at least once with a boat trip to celeb favourite, Capri, or a guided boat tour of one of the famous grottos. And soak up some culture at the Villa Ruffalo in Ravello, where you can wander among the peaceful and exotic gardens to the strains of Wagner – absolutely sublime.
Best places to eat and drink in Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi coast is known mainly for its seafood and its lemons ¬¬and the food is as stunning as the views. From perfectly executed pasta to seafood fresh off the boats, your tastebuds are in for a treat.
If you’ve a head for heights, La Tagliata, just outside Positano in Montepertuso, is a real hidden gem with many of the ingredients grown on site and locally sourced meats. You’re almost in the clouds as you look down on Positano. A fabulous spot from which to watch the sun go down.
For upmarket glamour try Rossellini’s in Ravello – local specialities but with two Michelin stars, too.
For a more relaxed lunch, try any of the cafes along the coast that serve fritti misti (deep fried mixed seafood)cooked fresh off the boats and washed down with crisp white wine, or for pizza like nothing you’ll taste in the UK, the trattorias in Amalfi will serve you well.
Best time to visit Amalfi Coast
The clement weather here means a trip any time of year would be special in its own way.
Peak season is considered to be Easter to the end of September, but the busiest months are July and August. In this high-summer period you’ll be able to catch lots of the vibrant festivals that are on then – the fireworks seen over the bay from Positano in mid-August are something to behold and Ravello’s classical music festival in September is wonderful, too – however, expect some of the towns to be extremely busy at this time.
May and October are quieter but still with great weather – in fact it’s often warm enough to swim in the sea until November.
What we love about Amalfi Coast
The views are out of this world. Don’t drive yourself along the hairpin bends of the coast road, only because you’ll miss out on the jaw dropping sights from the window. A taxi or even the local buses are an experience not to be missed.
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