The pretty town of Amalfi is situated at the heart of the Amalfi Coast, one of the country’s most glamorous and beautiful regions. The coastline stretches south on the western side of Italy from the Bay of Naples. Its small towns perched on the hills and cliffs that lead down to an emerald sea have long been visited by travellers looking for some rest and relaxation amid sophisticated and glitzy surroundings.
Naples is the northernmost point of the region and the city where all flights to the Amalfi Coast arrive. From here, wend your way south along a staggering and precarious-looking hillside road with spectacular views far out across the sea. Perhaps the most idyllic town, Positano has two beaches, many high-end restaurants serving excellent local food and picturesque streets winding steeply up the hill. Further south, the smaller Praiano is often visited for its cliff-side caves. Amalfi itself is much larger and it is easier to find cheap accommodation and food, as well as more activities beyond shopping and sunbathing. Ravello is famous for its music; the annual Wagner festival is held here.
Travel along the coast is easy, either by bus or taxi on the breathtaking coastal road or by ferry between resorts, so there is no need to decide in advance which town you most want to visit when you are booking an Amalfi Coast flight. An unmissable trip is to the island of Capri by ferry. Once home to the Emperor Tiberius, today the town houses winding streets of designer shops, visited every year by a host of celebrities.
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The high season on the Amalfi Coast is July to September. Flights to the Amalfi Coast will be crowded and hotels may be fully booked. Make sure you book your accommodation ahead of time if arriving in the peak season and prepare yourself for other tourists, particularly in the most popular spots such as Positano, Capri and Sorrento.
The off season is November to March when the weather can be chilly and damp, but there are less tourist crowds. It is easier to find a cheap flight to the Amalfi Coast during the off-season, but pack appropriately for colder weather.
April to June and October may be the best times to visit. The weather is pleasant and there are fewer crowds. If you’re planning a Naples vacation in May, keep in mind that the Maggio dei Monumenti has exhibits, fairs, and special events so Naples flights and accommodations might be pricey.
Spring and fall provide the best views from Vesuvius, but the days are shorter than in summer.
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