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On the Amalfi Coast, one of the most spectacular drives in Italy, traditional seaside villages cling to cliffsides overlooking azure seas. Each bend of the highway opens up new vistas of sea, sky, and cityscapes. Behind the villages lie dozens of hiking trails where you can get even more spectacular perspectives. For those looking to relax, the beaches in summertime provide a popular option. You can also get fresh local seafood at a selection of restaurants ranging from the super expensive to affordable.

Ravello, Amalfi, Positano and Sorrento are the well-known towns on the Amalfi Coast, each with characteristic winding streets, ...

On the Amalfi Coast, one of the most spectacular drives in Italy, traditional seaside villages cling to cliffsides overlooking azure seas. Each bend of the highway opens up new vistas of sea, sky, and cityscapes. Behind the villages lie dozens of hiking trails where you can get even more spectacular perspectives. For those looking to relax, the beaches in summertime provide a popular option. You can also get fresh local seafood at a selection of restaurants ranging from the super expensive to affordable.

Ravello, Amalfi, Positano and Sorrento are the well-known towns on the Amalfi Coast, each with characteristic winding streets, cafes, and art shops catering to tourists. Small fishing fleets still fill the harbors, enabling the area to retain an old world charm. For real old world, check out the Greek ruins at Paestum on the southern coast. Dating from 600 BC, the ruins are among the best preserved in the world, and worth a trip for anyone visiting the region.

Bill Fink
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Bill Fink is coauthor of Pauline Frommer's Italy, contributing the introduction, sections on Tuscany and Umbria, and chapters on Italian food, arts, and history.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Midsummer is the time to visit for the best beach weather, but it also attracts the largest crowds. Try early or late summer.