This spectacular day trip will make you marvel that so much beauty can be packed into just 12 hours. Our expert driver-guide will take you to the main sights of Italy’s stunning coastline: Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.
In Italian this scenic stretch of coastline south of Naples is called Costiera Amalfitana. It has inspired artists and celebrities for centuries, the resort towns that drew composers and writers last century and the one earlier still attracting the rich, famous, and creative today.
Known as the millionaires’ coast, the Amalfi Coast has luxury hotels tucked in among vineyards, olive groves and lemon trees and nestled near the charming towns that sit perched, overlooking the Mediterranean seascape.
The exquisite beauty of these terraced villages, strung like glittering beads on a delicate rosary, has drawn the likes of composer Richard Wagner, painter Joan Miro, and writers Tennessee Williams, John Steinbeck, and D.H. Lawrence. Silver screen greats who got away from it all here include Sophia Loren and Humphrey Bogart.
It’s not just those pursued by the paparazzi who value the unique features of the Amalfi Coast. In 1997 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) awarded the Costiera Amalfitana a spot on its prestigious World Heritage list.
According to UNESCO, the Amalfi Coast deserved inclusion because it is “an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values.”
Sun-drenched Sorrento is an ancient city. Once settled by Corinthians, it was later inhabited by ancient Romans, which is still evident in the architecture and planning of the city centre. It was busy throughout the Middle Ages, overtaken by Goths and Byzantines before it was raided and pillaged by seafaring pirates. The cobblestone streets and medieval alleyways are home to countless artisans today, making Sorrento an interesting destination for travellers.