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Renowned for its stunning UNESCO coastline, picturesque towns, and spectacular mountainous backdrop, the sheer beauty and drama of the Amalfi Coast must be seen to be believed. Situated along the southern flanks of the Sorrento Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast and its famous towns have enthralled artists for centuries, from 19th century composer Richard Wagner to 20th century writer Virginia Woolf.

Head to artsy Positano for boutique shops and galleries or sparkling Amalfi for medieval architecture, beaches and glamour. For quiet sophistication and spectacular views, visit mountaintop Ravello and walk back down to the coast, weaving amongst terraced gardens and lemon groves. Whether you are lounging your days away on a sun-drenched shore or hiking through the mountains, holidays in the Amalfi Coast are a dream come true, so why not book your 2019 / 2020 holiday here now?

 

Most popular hotels in Amalfi Coast

Hotel Royal Positano
Hotel Royal Positano
Hotel Royal Positano

Positano, Amalfi Coast

from €404 pp

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Top attractions

Top attractions

Extending along the southern side of Italy’s Sorrento Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast beguiles with its dramatic coastline, mysterious grottos, picturesque towns and turquoise bays. Well-accustomed to catering to tourists, the Amalfi Coast boasts a fantastic selection of restaurants, bars and boutique shops – as well as some truly life-altering gelato shops, and is ideal for visitors planning their 2018 during the summer.

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Eating out

Eating out

Southern Italy and food are almost synonymous, and local food here is so fresh that everything you’ll taste has the potential of being an experience for the senses. Don’t forget to try the classic tomato sauce and pasta, as you can be sure it won’t have the same taste in any other part of the world. And while you’re here, why not head off to nearby Naples to try the truly original local pizza? Being the birthplace of this famous food, the entire area has a multitude of independent pizzerias to choose from, and you can be sure that the pizza you’ll eat here will taste like nothing you have tried before!

Should you be interested in learning the local culinary secrets, head off to Amalfi where local chef Rodolfo Lecce hosts weekly cooking lessons. You can learn how to make the traditional fritters of Saint Joseph with lemon cream (zeppole di San Giuseppe con crema al limone) right from one of the masters!

Italians are proud of their food and you can be sure that they’ll be delighted to point you to the best items on the menu or to the best local restaurants, so when in doubt, ask for advice or keep an eye on the locals to see which eateries they go to!

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Families

Families

The Amalfi coast is the perfect holiday gateway for families wanting nothing better than sea, constant sunshine, authentic gelato out of their 2018 holidays. Pack sun-hats and sunscreen, and take a stroll along the coast’s beaches, hunt for shells or visit the centre of the many quaint towns you’ll find around this area! And while in Sorrento, don’t miss out on a tour of the local farms and an exploration of the many winding streets that will surely delight the kids.

The coast's calm, warm waters offer a unique opportunity for families to go kayaking in utter safety. By booking a full or half-day tour, you’ll have at your disposal the experience and the equipment of certified guides only too eager to lead you through scenic villages, cliffs, and beaches.

And if you're visiting in August, make sure to catch a glimpse of Praiano's traditional festival "Luminaria di San Domenico.” For an entire week, the square in front of the town's cathedral will be lit with countless candles while locals will engage in a number of activities - ranging from plays to music to dancing - meant to celebrate and showcase the town's heritage and roots.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

If you’re looking for a more active getaway, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s top regions for hiking, with trails winding through the mountains and famous lemon groves. Why not visit the Mount Vesuvius National Park and trek your way to the top? Then maybe head off to Capri where you can follow the steep staircase to the Grotta di Matermania, a large, natural cavern near the astounding Arco Natural, and feel like you’ve just stepped inside an Indiana Jones movie.

Holidaymakers looking to explore this gorgeous area should embark on a boat trip along the coast—visit the famous Blue Grotto, the Emerald and White Grottos, the island of Capri or the Furore Fjord. If you can fit a day in your schedule just for swimming around and exploring the small islands that surround this area, you will definitely go back home with some unforgettable memories of your 2018 holidays.

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Beaches

Beaches

Beaches dot the entire Amalfi Coast. Amalfi itself boasts four pebbly beaches of varying sizes, while Positano claims a larger pebble-sand beach. If you’re after sand, head to Mairori with its half-mile beach and wide variety of water-sports. With their constant sunshine, all the beaches in this area offer an abundance of opportunities to relax and unwind.

If you can fit it into your trip, it is highly recommended that you cruise down the Amalfi Coast to enjoy all the sun and sea South Italy has to offer! This area is one of the most picturesque in all of Italy, with residences lining the cliffside looking like they’re defying gravity—seeing them from the blue waters will guarantee a sight like no other.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

If you're looking to experience nightlife at its busiest and most bustling, Positano is the direction to head off to. Widely immortalised in music, art, and film, Positano has always tended to attract crowds of VIPs and stars wanting to mingle, relax, or find inspiration.

The most popular nightclub in the area is Music on the Rocks. Carved dramatically into the rocks of the Spiaggia Grande, Music on the Rocks stands out for gathering a well-dressed, stylish clientele into its cave-like interior. The dance floor begins to heat up around 1am with DJs and international stars. Don’t be fooled into sloppy dressing by the club’s cave-like appearance—dress code is enforced at the door, so make sure you look your best.

For more stylish entertainment, head to Africana Club. Built into one of the natural caves of Praiano, it first opened in 1962 and has risen to popularity for its long list of VIPs and big names, Jackie Kennedy being just one of them. The atmospheric setting includes natural blowholes and a glass dancefloor through which you can admire fish. Live music and DJ sets are accompanied by fish-based meals and fine drinks from the Restaurant Luca Milano.

If you find you prefer the more laid-back night scene, Sorrento might be the place for you. Right in the city’s centre, in Piazza Tasso, sits Il Fauno Notte Club. Here the crowd consists of 20 and 30 year olds, and the night begins around 2am. The music ranges from techno, to DJ sets, to lounge and piano bar, and the atmosphere is friendly yet refined. Make sure to catch the Tarantella Show—plays, local folk music and dances will illustrate the development of the local culture during the last 500 years.

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Couples

Couples

Get ready to enjoy some astounding landscapes along the Amalfi coast with your partner and don’t skip a trip to the gorgeous Positano: the entire town is built into a cliff, with one road winding its way from the top to the bottom! Alternatively you might like to take a trip to Capri where you can enjoy the wonderful sights and stroll down streets lined with upscale boutiques and designer brands. From here, reach the Tragara Viewpoint to enjoy the incredible view of the famous Faraglioni rocks!

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Culture

Culture

History enthusiast cannot skip adding a trip to Pompeii to their holiday in the Amalfi coast, as there is probably no better place in the world to explore life in ancient Imperial Roman Empire. Pompeii was an ancient Roman city destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 and buried and preserved under 4 to 6 metres of volcanic ashes. Together with the nearby Ercolano, the place is now a large scale museum preserving the remains of those who died during the eruption and an absolute paradise for archaeologists and history enthusiasts who delight in exploring the echoes of life in ancient Rome while taking a stroll through the ruined houses and charred arches that punctuate the cobbled streets of Pompeii.

Once you feel you have seen as much of Pompeii as you possibly can, head off to the surrounding areas. From here you can reach Naples, with its wealth of ruins and historical sights (including a tour to the hidden underground remains of old Naples!) or even take a high-speed train to Rome for some more sightseeing!

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