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Holidays to the Amalfi Coast give you Italy at its most picturesque. Somewhere along the 40km of sun drenched Mediterranean coastline from Naples to Salerno you will find the true meaning of la dolce vita (“the sweet life”) as you discover unique coastal towns, intimate beaches and quintessential local culture.
Families will delight in the perfectly preserved remains of Pompeii or long days on one of the many beaches dotted along the coast, while couples will love a romantic stroll through the pastel hued houses and shops of Amalfi or Positano.
The Amalfi Coast is also a foodie’s paradise, famous for its fresh seafood, pizza and pasta dishes, always topped off with a glass of limoncello liqueur, made with lemons grown in one of the area’s many terraced groves alongside olives and oranges.
Above all, the Amalfi Coast is a place of relaxation, infused with a laid back atmosphere and stunning views of picture perfect villages nestled between the shining blue sea and rolling green countryside.
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Many holidaymakers overlook Conca de Marini, but this small fishing commune is well worth a visit to get away from the summer crowds of the more celebrated towns of Amalfi or Positano. Chief among its many quiet charms are the Torre Saracena (Saracen Tower), a 16th century watchtower which overlooks a small bay, itself famous for the Grotta dello Smeraldo. This marvellous karst cave takes its name from the emerald green light that reflects from the water’s surface in its inner cavern. Among the quaint white houses and peaceful marina of the town itself you will find excellent family owned restaurants and a secluded, tourist free beach.
Nestled in the cliffs high above Amalfi you will find Ravello, which provides the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. The town boasts dramatic views, especially from the opulent Villa Rufolo, an authentic 13th Century building complex with gorgeous gardens that bloom almost all year round, delighting the senses with colour and fragrance. The imposing Torre Maggiore at Villa Rufolo – recently renovated with the addition of a museum and viewing platform – towers over the villa’s terraces and beautiful cloister courtyard. Luminaries from Richard Wagner to D.H. Lawrence are said to have mined artistic inspiration from this place, and it’s easy to see why.
Whether you prefer to relax in consummate luxury or on a trip packed with culture and adventure, holidays in the Amalfi Coast offer plenty of options. The area’s namesake, the town of Amalfi, is a bustling yet laid back summer town, packing many beautiful sights into its compact streets. In the central Piazza del Duomo you will find the Amalfi Cathedral, a stunning 9th Century monument to Saint Andrew the Apostle which looks down on the streets below from its perch at the top of a steep flight of steps.
Amalfi’s seafront is home to restaurants and bars aplenty and a beach perfect for sunbathing. Bus and ferry links provide ample opportunities to take a trip to one of the many towns and villages in the area or the larger metropolitan area of Naples, perfect for a day trip. Alternatively, take the boat across to the islands of Capri and Ischia, each of which offers its own unique take on life on the Neapolitan Riviera.
The closest airport to the Amalfi Coast is Naples (NAP), which is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes from Amalfi. Direct flights to Naples airport (NAP) are available from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.
Like many coastal spots in Italy, the Amalfi Coast tends to be busiest during July and August, when you'll find tourists as well as Italians enjoying the hot weather and summer festivals that take place. A good time to go is May-June and September-October, when you can enjoy fewer crowds and good weather. Although the Amalfi Coast is mostly a summer destination, visitors during the winter can still enjoy quite mild temperatures and normally dry weather. However not all restaurants and shops remain open out of season.
Such close proximity to the ocean can only mean one thing for local cuisine on the Amalfi Coast – seafood. Everything from crab to redfish to anchovies are seamlessly blended with traditional Italian pasta dishes to create a sensation for the taste buds. Particularly delicious is the traditional spaghetti alle vongole, an elegant dish of perfectly cooked spaghetti, olive oil, garlic and tomatoes topped with locally caught clams.
You won’t find just seafood here. Dairy farmers in the Monti Lattari mountain area between Naples and Salerno produce numerous fantastic cheeses, including provola and fiordilatte varieties, which you can pair with the many wonderful wines grown in vineyards throughout the region.
No trip to Amalfi town is complete without paying a visit to Pasticceria Pansa Andrea. Located just a short walk from the cathedral, this charming pastry shop is said to be among the best in the world. Find a table outside in the sunny Piazza and order one of their cappuccinos and a pastry. We recommend the traditional sfogliatella, the shell shaped speciality filled with anything from tangy lemon to smooth almond. Created by the nuns in the nearby monastery in Conca de Marini, this is an authentic, local taste of true la dolce vita.
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