The Neapolitan Riviera is the second most populous region of Italy. And it’s easy to see why everyone wants a piece of the area’s pie. Its coastline curves around the sun-soaked bays of Sorrento and Naples on Italy’s southwest coast. Inland, meanwhile, you’ll find ancient ruins like Pompeii and natural wonders like Mount Vesuvius.
Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast
Cosmopolitan cities and rustic towns dot the Neapolitan Riviera's coastline. The leader of the pack is Sorrento, with its designer boutiques and pavement cafés. Swing round the peninsula and you come to the hamlet of Massa Lubrense. Carry on some more and the Amalfi Coast comes into view. Here, towns like Ravello and Positano spill down the cliffsides in showers of pastel houses.
The Neapolitan Riviera also calls the island of Ischia its own. This island is the pamper capital of Italy. Its R&R credentials begin with its beaches. Maronti Beach on the south coast, for example, unravels for 3 kilometres. Then you’ve got the island’s spa scene to consider – you’ll find more than 70 thermal springs and mud baths over here.
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Cobblestone streets, colourful flowers and picture-perfect views of Mount Vesuvius and Naples – as a resort, hilly Sorrento comes up with it all. This sophisticated place on the southwest coast of Italy also offers designer boutiques, lively bars and great restaurants. And it’s at the heart of the Neapolitan Riviera, so the beautiful towns of Positano and Amalfi are within easy reach as well.
Pretty Maiori nestles on the sun-drenched coastline of southern Italy. It’s an L-shaped town, with shops, cafés and restaurants lining Corsa Reginna and the seafront, or Lungomare Amendola. It’s got fabulous churches, easy access to Positano and Ravello – and the longest sandy beach on the Amalfi Coast.
Amalfi, the main town on this UNESCO-listed coastline, is a cluster of pretty villas spilling down the cliffside to the fishing port and beach below. The town – all Medieval architecture, winding alleys and steep steps – is set in a landscape of lemon trees and olive groves. It’s been a magnet for glamorous visitors for decades.