The Amalfi Coast is a haven for couples and honeymooners alike, thanks to its picturesque Italian landscapes and some of Italy's most idyllic towns.
Positano and Praiano
Positano is simply charming and is a must-see on any
Amalfi Coast holiday
. This is the ultimate picture-perfect spot, with colourful houses embedded into the cliff's edge, perched above the sea. The Collegiata Santa Maria
Assunta, an ancient church with a majestic dome, is the centrepiece of
Positano, with other highlights including the beaches, the boutique
shops and the pottery workshops that dot the town. Michelin-star restaurants serve up delicious seafood and for an unforgettable experience, romantic sunset boat trips set sail from Positano's shore.
A quaint and peaceful town, Praiano, which is just 15 minutes from Positano, is a pocket of calm on the Amalfi Coast. Stroll down quiet streets, visit the ancient churches and enjoy magnificent views over the Mediterranean and all the way out to Capri from this idyllic clifftop position. With a handful of traditional restaurants and the Cala Gavitella Beach Club, which is ideal for lazy days, Praiano is perfect if you're seeking a relaxing retreat while having the vibrancy of Positano on your doorstep.
The cosmopolitan island of Capri is known for its natural beauty and stylish shops and restaurants. The striking Faraglioni rock formations which jut out of the crystal-clear waters, the iconic Blue Grotto, which glows off the edge of the island, and Mt Solaro, from where you can enjoy panoramic views, are just a few of the island's main attractions. Stay in or swing by the local town of Anacapri to look around the picturesque Villa San Michele and take the chairlift up Mt Solaro, or stay in the hub of the island, where the main town of Capri is a runway for fashionistas with its brand-name boutiques, and also offers delicious dining experiences and boutique hotels.
Set in the hills above Amalfi, Ravello has been famously described as being closer to the sky than the sea. The spectacular verdant gardens that surround the Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo are a must-see and have attracted many famous admirers including Winston Churchill, Greta Garbo, D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. Small boutiques and art galleries sell beautiful artisan souvenirs such as vibrant ceramic plates. The vineyards below the Ravello hillside produce fine white wines, so be sure to sample some, together with an authentic meal in one of the local restaurants.
is dotted with basilicas and monasteries, and is perfect for those who love to watch the world go by from a café, with an Italian espresso in hand. Lemon groves scatter the gardens of luxury hotels, providing an oasis in the heart of the town. Amble along the shops and galleries that line the streets, feast on the delicious gnocchi alla Sorrentina, and complement your meal with a glass of the local limoncello.
Sorrento is a convenient port for scenic boat trips along the Amalfi Coast and over to the island of Capri, and it is also an ideal base for exploring the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Destroyed and preserved in 79AD by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the ruins of Pompeii are both an unrivalled record of Roman life and a humbling reminder of the power of nature.