The Amalfi Coast/Capri
The seductive charm of Capri and the Amalfi Coast is irresistible.
Capri with its vibrant central square, the chic Piazzetta, tiny colourful buildings clinging to sheer cliff faces, dropping down into a startlingly blue sea below, feature scenes that have provided the backdrop for many a romantic proposal or photo shoot.
The Amalfi Coast definitely has a reputation for vintage glamour but it’s also a place where you’ll find some of the most opulent modern luxury and secluded escapes where privacy is guaranteed.
While the landscapes of the Amalfi Coast are stunning, there’s something about the light on Capri (a short boat trip from resorts like Sorrento), which gives it an ethereal and magical feel. Stay at the amazing La Scalinatella, a luxury five star hotel that feels super romantic and exclusive. If you are not lucky enough to find space there then check out Hotel Tragara with its breathtaking view of the Faraglioni. Be sure to visit the Blue Grotto while you’re in Capri, where the water glows electric blue thanks to sunlight that passes through an underwater cave, and make some time for the spectacular walks up to Villa Jovis, on the top of Mount Tiberius. There you will find the ruins of the ancient villa of the Roman Emperor Tiberius who ruled as Emperor from Capri for 11 years.
When it comes to Capri beaches, the best is, without a doubt, Fontelina, but it is often booked in advance, so reservations are a must. If you miss out there then Da Luigi ai Faraglioni comes in a close second and Al Faro combines beach, restaurant and an unmissable view. An aperitif in the Piazzetta is an essential part of any Capri stay, as is the ice cream at Gelateria Buonocore in Via Roma – there is always the line.
Villa San Michele is one of the highlights of Anacapri – once you’ve finished exploring, walk down via Magliara Street and have an aperitif, and then dinner, at Le Ginestre restaurant, the best sunset spot on the island. Speaking of Capri restaurants, don’t miss Il Riccio, at Anacapri, near the Blu Grotto – the best way to arrive is by boat, especially travelling with Gigi, the best boatman in the island. Finally, for a romantic dinner, it has to be the restaurant at Villa Brunella – dine on delicious fresh fish against a backdrop of the moon rising over the sea.
Capri has been painted, written about, sung about and longed for – it’s also a place shrouded in myths and is thought to be home to the seductive sirens who called and sang to Odysseus’ sailors. It’s certainly somewhere that casts a spell that never leaves your soul.
Amalfi Coast locations – from Positano to Ravello
Amalfi itself is one of the Italian Riviera’s most popular spots with its picturesque beach, famous striped cathedral and classic piazzas where you can sit with a coffee and do some serious people watching. Just around the corner is Atrani, one of the most popular beaches on the coast, which has lots of quaintly whitewashed houses that are perfect for Instagramming! Positano is another local love and if you stay here then you’re in great company, as Keith Richards and Mick Jagger wrote “Midnight Rambler” while on holiday in the town. If it’s peace and quiet you want then head for Ravello, one of the Amalfi Coast’s most stunningly positioned towns – 365 metres above the Tyrrhenian Sea, the architecture is Moorish and the views are to die for.
Activities on the Amalfi Coast
There’s lots to do on the Amalfi Coast – it’s not just about sitting back with a limoncello and drinking in those stunning views. The Amalfi Coast is popular for hiking – from Positano you can pick up the Sentiero degli Dei hiking trail to other parts of the Amalfi Coast – and, while the climb can be steep, the views are worth it. Vesuvius is a short train ride from the Amalfi Coast and if you don’t fancy making the trip on public transport then sign up for a tour with private car trips or boat transfers. The remains of Pompeii are fascinating and you can also climb the volcano itself. Touring is one of the most popular activities here, whether by boat or road. From visiting the waterfalls of Valle delle Ferriere, to driving the scenic coastal roads or hopping from town to town by boat, there’s too much to see to sit still.