Amalfi Coast: Love & Limoncello
Synonymous with romance, truly an ideal location for honeymooners, the ragged mountains and cliff-hanging palazzos of the Amalfi Coast provide a filmic backdrop for your cruise. Running southwest from Campania at the southern edge of the Gulf of Napoli, the coastline is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and those who appreciate culture, art, architecture and food could not be better met.
Sail past quintessential fishing villages where nets are laid out to dry on upturned boats. Catch the heady scent of lemon groves on the evening breeze while at anchor. Dress in your finery and take a taxi up to achingly chic hotels for cocktails on the terrace with the sound of live opera on the air. Stock up on succulent fruit and veg in Amalfi town or hike the rocky pathways of Positano to the old church of Santa Maria Assunta, boasting a majestic dome. For definitive romance, visit la città della musica, Ravello. Try to see Villa Cimbrone at dusk. The belvedere, Terrazza dell’Infinito is lined with marble busts set against the sapphire sea: according to Gore Vidal, it’s one of the finest views in the world.
Eat an authentic Italian pizza in Sorrento at one of the bustling cafes on the piazza
Hire a Vespa and ride along the scenic coast road (with a helmet on!)
Wander through the beautifully manicured gardens of Villa Rufolo in Ravello