"Crowds of peasants go up and down in the valley - beautiful in the face and the skeleton - they are impudent, and the women are brazen... Peculiar dress: an oblique handkerchief on the chest, lively in the colour, opened bodice, short sottane and big sandals to the feet" wrote John Ruskin following a jaunt to Positano. Fast forward 200 years plus and Ruskin's observation is not far off the mark.
In Amalfi it's entirely au fait to go barefoot while wearing reems of diamonds. Adorn something timeless to fit your surroundings; the coast is incredibly romantic - and devilishly fun. Bed down with VOGUE's deputy editor Sarah Harris at Monastero Santa Rosa, a former monastery built in the 17th century, comprising of just 20 bedrooms - or make like Alex Eagle and opt for lazy lunches at Lo Scoglio. Dinner at Il Pirata à la Laura Bailey is also always a good idea - as is pasta and ice cream on the daily, preceded by a hike along the Walk of the Gods.