The Amalfi Coast is a beautiful and renowned stretch of mountainous coastline south of Naples, in Campania. The southern end of the Bay of Naples stretches out in a steep and rocky peninsula that reaches towards the Isle of Capri.
Sorrento, another major tourist destination, looks back towards Naples from the north coast of the peninsula. The southern side of the peninsula is dotted with picturesque villages and towns clinging giddily to the cliffs.

For decades these fishing villages, stacked precariously above the sea, have been one of Italy’s major tourist attractions. Nowadays the area’s principal industry is tourism, well-accustomed to catering for affluent foreign tourists, the area offers a generous selection of restaurants, bars, boutiques, boat trips… just about anything self-indulgent you can spend money on.
The views are undeniably breathtaking and away from the main road and the tourist hot-spots you can still discover the peace that charmed earlier visitors.

Sorrento is situated on a plain above the sea, overlooking the Bay of Naples. The view from Sorrento stretches back to the north, encompassing Vesuvius, the city of Naples and the island of Ischia. It has a pretty old town, a harbour with ferry departures to Capri, Amalfi and Naples, and is within easy reach of the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Herculaneum and the city of Naples. There is some good walking in the peninsula and plenty of restaurants and bars. The tourist focal point is Piazza Tasso, where tables and chairs crowd the central square, which is built over a gorge. Please note that there aren’t any actual beaches in Sorrento; sea access is generally
via wooden or stone bathing platforms at the foot of the cliffs.
A couple of miles east of Sorrento, on Campania’s Sorrentine peninsula, the little town of Sant’Agnello occupies a delightful position. Sant’Agnello is a quieter alternative to staying in the centre of Sorrento to which it is connected by regular buses along Corso Italia from Piazza Tasso. It also has its own train station (just off Piazza Matteotti) linking it with Sorrento and via Pompeii and
Herculaneum, Naples.
This typically Italian resort has a maze of narrow streets, whitewashed houses, ancient walls that once guarded the town from the Romans and the beautiful domed Santa Maria church which offers a chance to view the world-famous carving of the Madonna and Child. Wander a little further and discover the romantic 10th century monastery perched above the town and admire its age-old frescoes and chapel. During the daytime, the main activities revolve around the beach, swimming and watersports. The long sandy shore gently shelves into the calm waters of the Bay of Salerno bordered by a tree lined promenade with a large fountain feature and crammed full of ice cream bars, pizzerias and bars. In the evenings, there are many authentic trattorias to enjoy traditional Italian cooking, with menus offering fresh seafood and steaks to pizza and pasta.
Amalfi sits in the ravine of the Valle dei Mulini. It is hard to grasp that pretty little Amalfi, with its sun-filled piazzas and small beach, was once a maritime superpower with a population of more than 70,000. For one thing, it’s not a big place – you can easily walk from one end to the other in about 20 minutes. For another, there are very few historical buildings of note. The explanation is chilling
– most of the old city, and its populace, simply slid into the sea during an earthquake in 1343.

Famous for its wonderful natural beauty, deep-rooted history, mild climate and bright landscape, the island of Capri is a favourite destination for international tourists. Capri is an island of many contrasts. For rushed day-trippers, it is a crowded maze of expensive boutiques. For celebrities and the ultra-rich, a point of rendezvous. For historians, it is the palace-island of the Emperor Tiberius, dotted with neglected Roman remains. Walkers can step out along scenic short walks. For leisurely holidaymakers, it can present all this and more, along with staggering views and blue, blue sea.
Positano is the coast’s most picturesque and photogenic town; with vertiginous houses tumbling down to the sea in a cascade of sun-bleached peach, pink and terracotta colours. Situated in the heart of the Amalfi Coast, it is a popular and sought after destination by artists, writers and musicians; it is considered by many one of the gems of Italy. Colorful shopping streets, chic restaurants, bistros of the past or the simple pizzerias make it perfect for all kinds of visitors.
Pompei is one of Italy’s most famous attractions: an entire Roman town which was smothered under volcanic ash in 79 AD. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pompei lies south-east of Naples, close to the southern slopes of Vesuvius, the volcano whose eruption destroyed the town. the modern Italian town. Clustering alongside its ruined predecessor, it makes a practical base if you want to spend a full day or longer visiting the ruins.
Massa Lubrense is at the tip of the Sorrento Peninsula and occupies one of the most evocative geographical locations in Italy. Staying in Massa Lubrense as opposed to in the town of Sorrento is a great option for those looking to be close to the action, but
not right in it. This part of the coast is much more peaceful than Sorrento, but still allows easy access to the town and to many of the great day tours of the Amalfi Coast.
Massa Lubrense is a great place for independent travellers who enjoy walking and discovering places off the beaten path. There are several networks of trails which wind their way through olive and citrus groves across 30 hamlets, winding up to panoramic views of the Gulfs of Naples and Salerno, and back down to picturesque fishing villages.

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Amalfi drive

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The ‘Amalfi Drive’ is said to be one the most spectacular drives in Europe and from Sorrento the winding cliff top road offers breath-taking panoramic views at every bend.

Pompeii – Vesuvius

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Pompeii holds an intense fascination for visitors today. Following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 A.D., Pompeii lay buried and forgotten for hundreds of years.
Mount Vesuvius dominates the Bay of Naples. It is the only active volcano on the mainland of Europe. Please note that entrance fees are not included and will be payable locally.

Capri & Anacapri

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No holiday to Sorrento would be complete without a trip to the evocative island of Capri. Sail across the bay of Naples for the start of an unforgettable day. For such a small island, about 4 miles long and 2 miles wide, Capri has had much said, sung and written about it.