The coastal towns of Amalfi, Positano, Ravello and Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast as well as the islands of Capri and Ischia are perfect holiday destinations for those looking for relaxation as well as sightseeing.
The Amalfi Coast is best known for its dramatic coastal scenery, deep gorges and violently-shaped rocks that plunge into a deep blue sea, tempered by the luxuriant vegetation that thrives in the favourable climate; lemons, oranges, olives, almonds, vines, camellias and bougainvillaea. Human habitation thrives in the tiny fishing villages in rocky coves and in the pink and white-washed flat-roofed or domed buildings that hug the cliffs in layers. The Amalfi Coast’s history of trading throughout the Mediterranean still shows in the Moorish and Byzantine architectural styles; domes and arcades, wrought-iron balconies and colourful ceramic tiles which depict the region. The cuisine of the Amalfi Coast is light and simple, based on local fish and shellfish, lemons and oranges, mozzarella and fresh herbs. Whilst the climate of the Amalfi Coast is particularly appealing too, there are numerous excursion and sightseeing possibilities for your holiday including the islands of Procida, Capri and Ischia, the city of Naples, the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the romance of Ravello, the bustle of Sorrento and the charm of Positano. Holidays to the Amalfi Coast region are usually:Single staysSome of our favourite hotels for a luxury holiday on the Amalfi Coast include Hotel Le Sirenuse and Hotel Poseidon in Positano, Hotel Santa Caterina in Amalfi, Mezzatorre Resort & Spa on Ischia and Palazzo Belmonte in Santa Maria di Castellabate. These hotels are ideal for long, leisurely stays offering a mixture of relaxation and sightseeing or they are ideal for long weekends and short breaks as many are an easy transfer from Naples airport.Two centre stays Many of our holidays to this region involve a two or more centre stay, perhaps combining the mainland and one of the islands or moving around the region to stay near Sorrento to visit Pompeii and Capri and then on the other side of the coast, the Amalfi side, perhaps in Positano or Amalfi. Touring holidays Naples and this region is also the gateway to other parts of southern Italy including Basilicata and Calabria. An exciting multi-centre holiday is offered with a fly-drive tour from Naples to Sicily staying on the Amalfi Coast, in Basilicata, Calabria, then taking the ferry across to Messina in Sicily.Small group tours of gardens Join Expressions Holidays on our small group tour of the Gardens of the Amalfi Coast, Capri and Ischia. This is a tour for up to 14 people only and it takes place on four departure dates in the year. View the day by day itinerary here or download a pdf here of our Garden Tours of Italy leaflet. Special offer - save £100 per personBook a holiday of at least 7 nights to the Amalfi coast before 31 March 2017 for travel at any point in 2017 and save £100 per person.
Cultural highlights of the Amalfi CoastThe House of the Vettii at Pompeii, the baroque Palazzo Reale at Caserta, Villa Jovis in Capri, the Doric temples of Paestum, Michelozzo`s tomb of Cardinal Rinaldo Brancaccio in the 14th Century church of Sant`Angelo, and in Naples: `Modesty` by Antonio Corradini in the Cappella Sansevero, the Gothic church of San Lorenzo Maggiore and the Majolica tiles in the cloisters of the 14th Century Santa Chiara.Festivals on the Amalfi CoastThe Ravello music festival June to July, the festival of San Costanzo on 14 May on Capri, the festival of Sant`Antonio in Anacapri on 13 June, the festival of Madonna della Liberta in Marina Grande in September, Lo Sbarco dei Saraceni in Positano on the second Sunday in August. Gastronomy of the Amalfi CoastNeapolitan cuisine is now famous the world over for its use of tomatoes, pizza, mozzarella cheese, dried pasta and lemons. Local specialities include Mozzarella in Carrozza, Panzanella alla napoletana, Pasta alla sorrentina (with scamorza cheese and tomatoes), Sartu (an elaborate rice pie stuffed with meats, sausages, mushrooms etc), Timballo di Maccheroni (also elaborate with maccheroni baked in a pie and a sauce of chicken livers, mushrooms and black truffles), Carciofi ripieni alla napoletana (baked stuffed artichokes), Coviglie (a mousse-like dessert), Sproccolati (sun-dried figs on sticks) and Sfogliatelle (breakfast pastries). The region produces a number of excellent red and white wines. The most famous white is called Lacrimi Christi, from vines grown on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Taurasi from Avellino is a full-bodied red. Capri, Ischia and Sorrento all produce their own local wines.
A drive along the Amalfi coast from Positano to Amalfi offers stunning and breathtaking scenery. Visit the Emerald Cave near Vettica Minore by boat. Enjoy the superb view of the coast from the 13th Century Gothic Villa Rufolo in Ravello (we offer garden tour holidays of the Amalfi Coast and Capri including a visit to Villa Rufolo). Spend a full day visiting the awe-inspiring site of Pompeii, visiting the remains of the villas containing both vibrant and delicate frescoes. Herculaneum is nearby and also worth visiting. The Greek site of Paestum has outstanding Doric temples. In the resort of Amalfi stroll along the Via Genova and the Via Capuano taking in the typical architecture of Campania with the flower-covered balconies, narrow alleyways leading to fountain-filled little squares. Take the chairlift on Capri to Monte Solaro or walk to the Migliara Belvedere for a view of the lighthouse. On Ischia visit the beaches of Citara and Maronti and enjoy a morning’s walk to Monte Epomeo for panoramic views of the coast. Well worth visiting is the often forgotten island of Procida between Naples and Ischia, with its vines and fishing, flat roofed white houses and atmosphere most characteristic of the region in bygone days. Visit Vietri for ceramics as well as stalls of lemons, garlic and peppers.
Travel to the Amalfi Coast by air: Fly to Naples airport. The hotels on the Amalfi Coast are about 90 minutes by car from Naples airport, but Sorrento is closer. There are daily flights with British Airways from Gatwick and Easyjet flies from Stansted, Gatwick and Bristol to Naples. We can also offer you charter flights and flights with other no-frills airlines from UK regional airports to Naples. Rome is also possible as a gateway with numerous daily flights. The drive from Rome to Naples is about three hours or it is very easy to take the train and then we can arrange to collect you from Naples station.Local transport: We offer the choice of a hire-car for our hotel holidays on the Amalfi Coast (except those on Capri, Ischia and Sorrento) or a private car transfer. Please ask us for price differences.
The five star Hotel Santa Caterina in Amalfi is relaxing, friendly and cosy with breathtaking views.
The Monastero Santa Rosa presents perfect balance of tranquillity and indulgence in a historical setting.
The Caesar Augustus in Anacapri is a charming five star villa, refined and luxurious.
The Capri Palace & Spa in Anacapri is a luxurious hotel enjoying breathtaking views of the Bay of Naple
Casa Morgano in Capri is a small 5 star hotel with a stylish atmosphere, built in terraces with spectacular
The Hotel Luna in Capri offers traditional and comfortable four star accommodation with dramatic sea views.
Hotel Quisisana in Capri is a relaxing and stylish five star hotel in luxurious surroundings.
The Capri Tiberio Palace Resort and Spa is an exclusive, deluxe hotel in the heart of Capri.
The Mezzatorre Resort offers luxurious accommodation in a beautifully dramatic setting on Ischia.
Hotel Le Sirenuse in Positano is an exceptional five star hotel which is full of character and charm.
Hotel Poseidon Positano is a boutique hotel enjoying panoramic views over the sea and village of Positano
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The Palazzo Avino is a luxurious hotel in a very privileged location.
The four star Palazzo Belmonte is a special and unique property in a unique setting by the sea.
The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento is a traditional and glamorous property in a superb position
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The Grand Hotel Cocumella in Sant'Agnello di Sorrento is an elegant hotel set in beautiful gardens.
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