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One of the most spectacular coastlines in the world, with stunning views, outstanding sightseeing, fine hotels and superb local cuisine.
The beautiful resorts of Sorrento, Positano, Ravello and Amalfi, immortalised in song and film, never fail to delight. The Amalfi Coast has been granted UNESCO World Heritage listing for its great physical beauty and natural diversity and you will never tire of the magnificent views from every angle.
The elite of Roman society came here in the summer months to escape the heat of Rome and built sumptuous villas and entire towns around the bay. Today we are left with the echoes of the past in the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, both easily visited from all the resorts along the coast.
Renting a car in Naples may sound intimidating, but it couldn’t be easier. A regular shuttle takes you direct from the airport to the car rental offices. Then it’s an easily navigated, straightforward drive to the Amalifi coast, taking just over an hour to Sorrento and 1½ hours to Positano. There is an excellent network of buses and boats with regular and frequent timetables. Parking can be an issue so check before for day trips. If you plan to spend any time in Naples, drop off the car and walk or use public transport.
Where to stay
Perched on the tip of a rocky peninsula, Sorrento sits in a stunning location looking out across
It’s the scene of sparkling convertibles cruising the sunny coastline, cliffs dropping into the T
Capri's dramatic cliffs jut out of the sea creating inlets and caves such as the famous Blue Grot
PLACES TO SEE IN THE NEAPOLITAN RIVIERA
The Neapolitan Riviera is one of the best places for sightseeing, with so much within a short radius. This is just a selection, so please call us for more details.
Drive down the beautiful coastal route to Amalfi town, seat of the ancient Maritime Republic, and Ravello with some of the most breathtaking panoramas in Europe.
Pompeii & Vesuvius
A full day visit to the amazing ruins of Pompeii, destroyed by the volcanic eruption of 79AD. Visit Vesuvius in the afternoon, with optional walk to the crater (if local conditions permit).
A half day guided tour of the island with transport by ferry.
A morning's lesson (available only in Sorrento) to learn pizza and pasta making and taste your creations with a glass of wine!
Food & Drink
The cuisine here is some of the best in Italy and features an interesting mixture of products from the mountains and the wonderful local seafood. The main ingredients used here are tomatoes, olive oil, basil, mozzarella, lemons and walnuts. Dishes are generally light, fresh and very tasty. Seafood of course is an important ingredient and you'll find calamari, tuna, clams, mussels and anchovies in abundance. Plus the pizza was invented in Naples, so where best to indulge?
There are also many cheese producers in the area making several different types such as provola, caciocavallo and of course, this is the land of the mozzarella. Try the fluffy, light crespelle (pancakes) with ricotta and ham or perhaps 'ndunderi' which are gnocchi, or dumplings, with a fresh tomato sauce.
Lemons are also used to make desserts and the famous liqueur 'limoncello', which you will undoubtedly sample during your stay.
Festivals & Events
In an all time spectacular setting, the hilltop village of Ravello has a concert series from March to December including a summer musical festival featuring all genres of music from Jazz to Wagner.
The Sorrento Music Festival and Sorrento Classica have a variety of concerts throughout the summer and an opera festival, which starts in April.
The Pompeii Theatre Mundi has a number of Greek plays performed from April onwards in the roman amphitheatre.
Lively celebrations of local saints take place along the villages of the coast throughout the summer. St. Pantaleon of Ravello is in July, Saint Andrew the patron saint of Amalfi is celebrated in June and Sainte Anne is celebrated in July with typical Neapolitan music and fireworks.