Explore Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast sits in the region of Campania, on the coast south of Naples. The Amalfi coast has to be one of Europe's loveliest landscapes. The coastal road winds along the mountainside, where breathtaking view after view constantly unfolds. Many of the coastal towns have a ‘Riviera’ or holiday feel about them and rely heavily on tourism. The Amalfi Coast has always been a magnet for the rich and famous, and has provided a romantic backdrop for many a Hollywood film.
Naples is a bustling city and somewhat chaotic, like the nature of its inhabitants. Don’t miss the archaeological National Museum which contains fascinating artefacts recovered from Pompeii and Herculaneum, and the Capodimonte Art Gallery which houses a magnificent collection from the 14th to the 18th century.
Positano was discovered during the 1950’s and in 1959 made the bikini socially acceptable. With its pretty pastel coloured buildings tumbling down the mountain side and its chic hotels and boutiques, Positano still attracts its fair share of celebrities. Peaceful Ravello sits high up overlooking Amalfi, and is prized for its beautiful villas, pretty central square and breathtaking coastal views. Sorrento is the quintessential holiday resort of the Amalfi coast. It is an excellent base for getting out and about, with a good bus service to the other towns along the coast. In summer one can take the boat or hydrofoil across to the islands of Ischia and Capri, which makes for a delightful day trip. Better still, one can book a 2-centre and combine the mainland with one of these lovely islands.
Travel to this region and you must see the ancient sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Take your time as the sites are large and there are so many interesting things to see.
Naples is the home of the 'pizza' and birthplace of the ‘Pizza Margherita’, which traditionally is made with Mozzarella di Buffalo, ripe tomatoes and basil, representing the colours of the Italian flag. The Pizza was created for Queen Margherita when she visited the city. Fresh fish, vegetables and pasta, feature heavily in Campania’s cuisine. The pasta is mostly home made and is amongst the most varied and best quality in Italy.
Come for history, for chic towns and for beautiful coastal scenery. The Neapolitan Riviera has it all.