Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn't quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.John Steinbeck
The Amalfi Coast is the pinnacle of the Italian dream, a line of thirteen towns tucked among lemon blossom and bougainvillea. Known for its cascading landscape, these settlements are only accessible via the Strada Statale 163, more commonly known as the Amalfi Drive. Forming a near-magical cliffside strip between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea below, it's a narrow, winding route that, while being unsettling to traverse, offers unparalleled views.
For decades, aesthetes from around the world - Jacqueline Kennedy, John Steinbeck, Gore Vidal - have been lured by the Amalfi coast's quaint pebbled beaches, scenic hikes, perfect climate and legendary establishments. Such attractions aren't limited to storied hotels and restaurants; the Amalfi Cathedral, Ravello's Villa Rufolo, the gardens of Villa Cimbrone all conjure the culture and spirit of bygone centuries.
A heady cocktail of limoncello, pastel-hued villas and sun-drenched Mediterranean vistas, the Amalfi Coast is in a class of its own.