Viewpoint: The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is a breathtaking stretch of glam resorts, picturesque towns and glorious views – a memorable destination for recharging your batteries

If you’re going to take a drive during your Italian travels, the most stunning route you are likely encounter on the peninsula is the stretch that runs from Sorrento in the north, along the Bay of Salerno down to Amalfi. This area, part of the famed Amalfi Coast, is one of Italy’s most enchanting and is Campania’s prime tourist destination. Taking in the fashionable resorts of Positano, Praiano and Ravello (pictured) along the way, a holiday here provides ample opportunity for chic stop-offs and awe-inspiring detours, whether you’ve got an hour or two to sip something cool overlooking the ocean, or a few days to explore at more leisure and take in a few more of the area’s magical sights, such as the island of Capri. The coast is stunning all year round, but get the best of it by visiting in spring or early autumn when the roads are less jammed (but still hairy at times, on those narrow, vertiginous bends!) and the towns are still buzzing with life.