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Amalfi Coast, Amalfi, Italy

Amalfi Coast

Stunning scenery and beautiful hotels

At the heart of this famous stretch of Amalfi coast lies the stunning cliff top resort of Amalfi. The glorious setting boasts spectacular jagged cliff lines and traditional fishing villages. The famous coastal road is simply breathtaking with its hairpin bends and amazing views. If you don’t fancy driving it yourself, there’s always the bus! Colourful town centres are bursting with designer boutiques, restaurants and street side eateries that offer money-can’t-buy views.

Positano is a picture-perfect town with Instagram-worthy views, cosy local cafés, chic boutiques and a pebble beach. Visit the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta e Cripta Medievale to see the iconic tiled dome and medieval crypt.

Art and history lovers will appreciate Sorrento which has a cathedral and a host of medieval churches with stunning frescoes. There’s also Correale di Terranova Museum which houses a precious and interesting collection of fine art.

Sorrento’s main square, Piazza Tasso, has a wide choice of shops and pavement cafés plus top quality restaurants. Dine outside and enjoy a leisurely meal or cooling drink while you watch the world go by. Whilst you’re in Sorrento, you could also take a trip to Capri which is just a 40 minute ferry ride away.

You’re also well placed in Sorrento for taking a trip to the archaeological area of Pompeii where Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. There are plenty of informative guided, group and walking tours which will tell you more about this fascinating site.

This area of Italy is popular with everyone from single travellers to couples, honeymooners, friends and families. The choice of quality hotels is excellent and it’s a marvellous place for appreciating art and history while taking in spectacular coastal views and enjoying some of the best food and drink you’ve probably had in a long time.

When you deal with Designer Travel, you’ll find we listen to you to find out exactly what you want from your luxury holiday to the Amalfi Coast. If you’re seeking a five-star luxury hotel overlooking the sea, we can look at the available options for you. As an independent, ABTA bonded travel company Designer Travel can also find boutique retreats and spacious villas or arrange a touring, activity or twin-centre holiday. We can build your bespoke holiday itinerary just as you want it and you will have the peace of mind that your tailor-made holiday to Italy has been designed around your budget and to your tastes. To start your next holiday journey with us, simply fill in the enquiry form or give us a call.

Key Highlights
  • Drive along the famous coastal road with its hairpin bends and breathtaking views
  • You’re well placed to visit Herculaneum, the Greek Temples of Paestum and Pompeii
  • Enjoy fabulous fresh seafood or pasta before indulging in an after-dinner chilled limencello
  • Wine buffs will be in heaven with the fine choices that are available here
  • The picturesque town of Positano has steep cobbled alleyways and lots of steps so suitable footwear is advised
  • If you enjoy a challenging hike, try Il Sentiero Degli Dei (Path of the Gods)
  • Indulge in a spot of people watching at Piazza Tasso in Sorrento
  • Take the ferry from Sorrento to Capri
  • Travel around by bus or hire a car for true flexibility
  • Belmond Hotel Caruso is the perfect place for a romantic break
  • Casa Angelina is a small five-star hotel which has panoramic views over the sea

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT +1 hour

Currency: Euro

Climate Information

Italy enjoys four seasons, although winters in the south of the country can be extremely mild with temperatures tending not to fall below 15°C.

The months of July to September are the hottest, with temperatures reaching 30°C.

In winter (December to February) temperatures can dip to almost zero.

Most rainfall is from November to April.

Leisure & Activities

Drive The Amalfi Coast
Experience one of the world's most breathtaking drives along the renowned Amalfi Coast where a thin ribbon of road zig zags up and down the steep coastal hillside offering mesmerising views. If you’re not keen on driving yourself, you can always take the local bus!

Herculaneum
It may not be as well-known as Pompeii, but Herculaneum offers a different viewing experience to its’ more famous neighbour. To start with, it has far less visitors, so you can really get up close to the magnificent well preserved buildings and mosaics. Tourist facilities are a little basic but there is a café/restaurant which opens occasionally. Audio tours are available from the ticket office.

Capri
One of the most famous islands in the world, Capri can be reached by a 40 minute ferry ride from Sorrento. When you arrive at the harbour there is a funicular which travels up to Capri Town. If you travel a little bit further up to Monte Solaro (by chair lift from Anacapri) there’s magnificent views over the Bay of Naples and, on a clear day, you can just about see Vesuvius in the far distance.

Hotels in Amalfi Coast