Whether you're tempted by a last minute summer break or starting to plan for next year, the picturesque Amalfi coast should be top of the consideration list for so many reasons.
It’s where the mountains meet the Med, making for a dramatic coastline with picturesque towns perched on the cliffs above the beaches crammed with sun loungers and iconic rows of parasols.
We spent a dreamy few days with Cesco, whose family have spent generations perfecting the Staibano Limoncello that you’ll find in our restaurants. Here are a few of our top spots along the coast…
1 ) Get lost in Positano – spend time wandering around the cobbled streets, weaving in between the brightly coloured buildings and street vendors. And when it all gets a little hot, pop into a fancy hotel for an iced coffee (“caffé shakerato”!) or gelato. We’re in love with Le Sirenuse where you’ll find interior inspiration galore, and real Italian hospitality on the terrace overlooking the bay. Warning – you won’t want to leave!
2) Aperitivo – that time in the early evening where people spill out onto the piazza to sit down with a Spritz and nibbles, and soak up the atmosphere. One of our favourite spots was the square in Amalfi, where people of all ages come to hang out. Only one question – Aperol Spritz or Limoncello Spritz?
3 ) Travel by boat - The coastal roads are beautiful, but very, very, very windy. If you’re looking to explore some of the towns along the coast then jump on the ferry and spend a day hopping off wherever takes your fancy. Rides are between 20mins and a couple of hours, cost between £10 and £30 – well worth it for the incredible views!
4) Head up to the lemon groves – get above the hustle and bustle and into the shady lemon groves. Cesco showed us around the farm where many of their lemons are grown and treated us to a freshly picked lemon – sliced with a sprinkle of salt.
5) Take it all in – head a little further inland to Ravello where you’ll find beautiful old villas overlooking the coast with peaceful gardens to meander around. Villa Cimbrone also has Opera at certain times of the year, which looks an absolute treat if you’re there at the right time.
6) Head to the beach – Spend a day (or a few) chilling by the sea, you are on holiday after all! The coastline is famous for its beaches, with crystal clear waters, soft golden sand and pretty parasols and deck chairs that your Instagram friends will thank you for! And if you get hungry – no worries, most of the beaches have little trattorias ready for an alfresco lunch, and you’ll never be far from a gelato store.
Planning a trip? Whatever you do, be sure to get snapping… everywhere you turn is guaranteed to be picture perfect. We’d love to hear about any favourite spots you stumble across as we’ll certainly be back soon!