If you love: Amalfi Coast
Although the Amalfi coast is one of Italy's most enviable escapes, come high season the narrow streets feel stuffy and claustrophobic - anyone who's tried to drive a car along the coast road in August will know what we're talking about. Personifying la dolce vita, Piano di Sorrento boasts all of Positano's charm without the eye-watering price tag. Littered with orange and the lemon groves, the intoxicating aroma wafts easily between the local markets and hidden crevices selling pretty, handmade crafts. Carrying a noble reputation, Pontone is primed and preened for avid ramblers that have already conquered Amalfi. Once the getaway for Italian notability, the lush green mountains of the Valle delle Ferriere nature reserve reveal hike trials dotted with gushing waterfalls and abandoned mills. Bypass Sorrento and head to neighbouring Massa Lubrese - its close proximity to Capri makes its an ideal launch point for leisurely water excursions.