A Tour of the Amalfi Coast

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Recognised around the world as one of the most stunning examples of a Mediterranean landscape, the lemon-scented Amalfi Coast is arguably one of the most enchanting places in Italy and the perfect location to discover the true meaning of la dolce vita  - the sweet life. All along the coast you’ll see majestic mountains plunging into the shimmering sea, discover picturesque seaside towns, lush forests and beautiful grottoes. Join us as we take you on a tour of the incredible Amalfi Coast, stretching from the dramatic cliffs of Sorrento to beautiful Salerno.

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Sorrento

Our tour of the Amalfi Coast begins in Sorrento – a picturesque and buzzing town straddling the cliffs overlooking the water to Naples and Mt Vesuvius. The town is home to a wealth of Renaissance palazzi and Romanesque churches, but its stunning coastal views and delicious, freshly caught seafood that is the main attraction here.

The town also serves as a wonderful base for exploring the unspoiled countryside of the peninsula, situated to the south of the town, as well as being just a short boat trip from the legendary island of Capri; a perfect stop off before continuing along the coast!

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Positano

The next stop as we move along the coast has to be Positano, perhaps the coast’s most picturesque, photogenic and unique town. You’ll be amazed as you admire the bold and beautiful pastel-coloured houses that tumble towards the sea, making the town instantly recognisable.

Elsewhere you’ll find world-class restaurants, sandy beaches, boutique shops and a real feeling of glamour that still resonates from the town’s popularity with the celebrities of the 1950s. After all, as John Steinbeck once said: “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn't quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”

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La Praia

As we make our way east along the coast we eventually reach Praiano, a quiet and peaceful fishing village that is mostly notable for the stunning scenery that surrounds it.

Take a trip down to the picturesque La Praia, where you’ll be able to jump aboard a boat and discover the some of the most spectacular sights on the coast. You’ll come across the incredible Vallone di Furore gorge, admire beautiful seaside villas and discover amazing sea caves and grottoes, including the famous Grotta dello Smeraldo, renowned for the breathtaking emerald light that shimmers into the cave.

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Amalfi

The town that gave the coast its name, Amalfi is one of the area’s most popular locations.  This picturesque town has a rich and fascinating history that is still on display with its flamboyant cathedral and the narrow alleys and steep stairs that are reminiscent of much simpler times.

You’ll find that fresh Amalfi lemons play a large part in the food and drink here, and rightly so – make sure to try some homemade limoncello to get a real flavor of the coast. 

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Ravello

Sat 350-metres high above the dizzying landscape of the Amalfi Coast, Ravello is regarded by many as the area’s most spectacularly beautiful town. There’s an air of restrained glamour here, and you’ll soon discover why countless writers, musicians and artists choose to relax amongst the town’s secluded villas, romantic gardens and enchanting views.

You’ll feel a million miles away from the world as you explore Ravello’s most renwoned garden estates – Villa Rufolo, known as an inspiration for the famous composer Richard Wagner, and Villa Cimbrone, where the incredible views and extravagant garden was the popular choice for the rich and famous characters of the 1920s.

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Salerno

Our tour of the Amalfi Coast ends in the city of Salerno, where the tranquility and old-age glamour of the coast blends with the excitement and style of the modern world.

You’ll find incredible medieval churches and beautiful tree-lined seafront promenade alongside trendy bars, designer shops and busy streets – perfect for transitioning back to the real world after a taste of la dolce vita.