amalfi-coast

Go Here Now: Amalfi Coast

Climb sea cliffs and take a lemon grove tour.

A 43-mile stretch along the Mediterranean sea, the Amalfi Coast is open for tourism from April to October. Now, well-heeled travelers descend upon its hypnotic landscapes that haven’t changed for centuries. Whether you like to explore by land or sea, here’s what active bodies can do in Italy’s iconic destination.
 
Where to Stay
 
The 43-room Palazzo Avino is located inside a 12th-century villa in Ravello, perched high on a cliff. The coastal views from the guestrooms and on-site restaurant are breathtaking. The family-run hotel is intimate, with a rooftop sun deck and plunge pools.
 
Next door, Belmond Hotel Caruso, a former 11th-century palace, has 1,000-square-foot suites equipped with private, furnished terraces and gardens. With antique decor, the hotel’s claim to fame is its stunning rooftop infinity pool.
 
What to Do
 
For the hiker: 

Head to the main square in Ravello to hike along a path that will take you through lush foliage to the Terrazza dell'Infinito. At 1,500 feet, this area frames the impressive landscape, including both the Amalfi and Minori coasts. If you want to continue hiking, seven of the Amalfi coast villages are known for treks on foot, from leisurely to more rigorous climbs. You can also climb sea cliffs in Positano (about an hour’s drive from Ravello), which the concierge at either hotel can arrange.


For the foodie: 

Take a lemon grove tour at Valley of the Mills. It’s a great way to see highlights of the coast; it starts at Piazza Duomo, passing ancient walls and medieval architecture, then goes to the gardens, which are full of Sfusato Amalfitano lemon trees, where you’ll try homemade lemonade and fresh limoncello.


For the water lover: 

Via your hotel concierge, book a private yacht excursion to famous destinations along the coast, like Positano and Nerano. While sipping on Prosecco, you can take in the scenery and stop for a splash in the Mediterranean Sea. You’ll also see famous coastal cities like Sorrento and islands like Capri, where you can pause and explore.
 

If you’re staying at Palazzo Avino, check out their private beach club, located 15 minutes away. Situated against the cliffside, it has a swimming pool, lounge chairs, a restaurant, and kayaks. There are several other beach clubs, mostly in nearby Minori (about a 20-minutes drive from Ravello), like Spiaggia Di Minori and Chalet de Mar, all of which offer rentable lounge chairs and umbrellas. The sea will have the best temperatures over summer, so go for a long swim.


Where to Eat

For breakfast: 

Take advantage of the terraces at either hotel and opt for in-room dining. Fill up on a vegetable omelets, fresh fruit, and don’t miss the Italian espresso.

For lunch:

Dine en plein air at Rosselinis, known for its upscale Southern Italian cuisine. Start with the Caprese salad then order the catch of the day.

For dinner:

Dress up and make a reservation at Un Piano Nel Cielo in Praiano, a fine-dining restaurant with views of the coast. The menu is traditional Campania fare, using locally sourced ingredients for dishes like fresh-caught red mullet with vegetable brunoise. Time your meal so you can enjoy the sunset and reflect on the day's adventures.

 

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