The Amalfi Coast is a bit of a celebrity as far as holiday destinations are concerned. This slice of Italy’s southern coast has a fan club of millions, and is constantly in the headlines of the world’s glossy travel magazines.
Part of the region’s appeal lies in its standout scenery and pocket-sized towns. One of the best ways to get a feel for the place is to make the drive between Sorrento and Salerno. The narrow tendril of road curls around the cliffside, hundreds of metres above sea level, offering up views of the Mediterranean Sea and the villages that cling to the cliffs.
Every town on this stretch of coastline is as good-looking as the next. Amalfi is set at the foot of the towering Monte Cerrato and wrapped in shawl of lemon groves. Ravello sits on a natural balcony, 350 metres above sea level, and looks out over the sea. The pastel-coloured buildings in Positano tumble down the terraced hillside to the beach below. And the town of Maiori is home to a long lashing of silver sand, so it’s a great place for sunbathing.
Wherever you stay, days on the Amalfi Coast revolve around lazy coffees in village squares, walks through church cloisters, and sunbathing sessions in rock-circled coves. Most visitors also take time to visit the archaeological site in Pompeii.
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