The dramatic Amalfi Coast, with its steep cliffs rising abruptly from the sea, is a fairyland of charming villages, narrow roads, and quintessential Italians. Driving here is not for the faint-hearted, but the views are extraordinary and certainly worth the time and effort.
We stayed in Sorrento, at the northernmost part of the coast. It was convenient and allowed easy access to Pompeii and the Isle of Capri, two other must-sees in the area.
Our hotel overlooked Sorrento’s small harbor, Marina Piccolo.
One of the regions most delightful towns is Positano, a place whose homes and buildings cascade down the mountainside toward the sea.
Each small town has its own characteristic architecture, as exemplified by this Amalfi Coast church.
The village of Ravello sits high above the highway. The Main Square is particularly charming.
Be sure to visit the archaeological site of Pompeii while in the Amalfi Coast region. The town was buried by the volcanic eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. Much of the town has been excavated and offers a glimpse into daily life during the Roman Empire.
One of the eeriest parts of a visit to Pompeii is seeing the Garden of the Fugitives, casts of bodies of residents frozen in the position they were in when they died.
The obligatory cruise to Capri reveals the beauty and charm of this island..