The Italy most of us dream of can be found on the Amalfi Coast. The natural beauty lining the ocean and the picturesque towns such as Positano, Praiano, Amalfi, Ravello, Minori, Maiori, Cetara and Vietri sul Mare surpass our imagination. Nature and history collaborate to create a magical atmosphere all along the Amalfi Coast. Drive along twisting roads tucked between cliffs with tantalizing glimpses of small villages, secluded bays, and inlets with lush green Mediterranean flora and a clear blue sea. Stroll through the beautiful towns dotting the coast and let the unique flare each one has to offer get under your skin. Romance has been sprinkled all along this coastline . . . an ideal backdrop to create honeymoon memories.
When to Go: The Amalfi Coast at Its Best
Best weather: April to June, September, and October; July and August are hottest months, and also may be the most crowded.
Where to Go
Ravello: The sweet life personified, Ravello is an achingly romantic, cliff-perched village along the Amalfi Coast. Spend days sipping brunello on a terrace gazing over the sea, and evenings at the striking Hotel Palazzo Sasso, a 12th-century villa.
Positano: It's got everything: great food, wine, beautiful beaches, and sight-seeing. Wear your most comfortable shoes (this is a vertical village) and tour the twists and turns of this mythic spot. Buy a painting from a local artisan, indulge in fresh fish (try Max, RistoranteMax.it), and sip Bellinis while you watch the sunset. Stay at least one night on Capri -- the island comes alive after 6. Have a drink at the Grand Hotel Quisisana (Quisi.it), and, if you're really brave, sneak down to the famous Blue Grotto for a daring after-dark swim.
Procida: Drive around one of the numerous promontories that jut off the southwest coast of Ireland for breathtaking mountain and coastal views. The Ring of Kerry, a daylong drive that runs along the perimeter of the Iveragh Peninsula, is one of the most popular scenic drives. See also Dingle Peninsula for its unspoiled serenity.