Amalfi Coast Highlights
Italy can pack a lot of beauty into very small spaces, as you’ll see when you arrive on the Amalfi Coast. The towns along this stretch of coastline rise precariously from the water. Buildings seem to grow from the rocky cliffs, and the roads that serve the area look as if they’re barely clinging to the land. This may be an unlikely place to build, but the Amalfi Coast - and the nearby islands in the Gulf of Naples - have been luring people for extended stays since the days of the Roman Empire.
The Amalfi Coast covers more than 40 miles on the Sorrentine Peninsula, from about Positano to Vietri sul Mare. There are luxury hotels and budget accommodation options, and all of them are booked solid during the high summer season when visitors come from all over the world to sun themselves on the region’s beaches. In between sunbathing sessions, you can shop in the boutiques, sample the local limoncello and seafood, explore the Roman ruins on the island of Capri, and hike the Path of the Gods.
Be prepared to fall in love with the amazing views - and to do a fair amount of up and down walking from hillside hotel rooms to beaches. The Costiera Amalfitana, as you’ll soon find out, is worth the effort.