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Amalfi Coast Italy

An enchanted landscape of terraced pastel houses, cobalt seas, historic palazzos and cliffs adrift with lemon groves, Italy’s Amalfi Coast is one of Europe's most popular holiday destinations. Long an elegant escape for the glitterati, the fabled towns of the Amalfi are best visited in spring and early autumn, before the crowds and higher prices of summer arrive.

Touring the Amalfi Coast

Navigate snaky roads brimming with jaw-dropping vistas en route to the impossibly pretty towns of the Amalfi Coast. Perched near a dramatic gorge, Amalfi town is the largest on the coast, yet retains an intimate ambiance along winding, garden-lined streets. Nearby, marvel at the towering otherworldly rock formations of the Grotta dello Smeraldo, eerily illuminated in a reflected emerald green. Posh Positano lures visitors with chic boutiques, pastel houses and the Amalfi Coast’s nightlife, while peaceful Ravello hosts a world-famous classical music fest.

Getting Around on the Amalfi Coast

The stunning Amalfi Coast Drive can be a hair-raising drive; it may be a good idea to hire a driver to eliminate driving and parking stress and provide a knowledgeable local guide. Car rentals are available, but many locals and visitors prefer to use the Amalfi Coast’s ferry, bus and hydrofoil systems. Travelling by ferry brings the beautiful bonus of approaching destinations by sea, while less scenic hydrofoil rides cut the time in half. Cheap and convenient, buses service most Amalfi Coast towns and villages.

Things to do on the Amalfi Coast

From tiny fishing villages to the posh streets of Positano, the Amalfi Coast is a foodie’s dream getaway. Enjoy sumptuous meals of fresh fish, savory octopus and crispy pizza washed down with fine local wines and served in candlelit taverns, seaside trattorias or even among ancient frescoes in a former 17th century church. Rent a boat for access to the Amalfi’s best swimming and diving locations, or just wander down to charmingly tiny local beaches, many tucked into nooks between plunging limestone cliffs and picturesque villages.