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How to Do the Amalfi Coast

  • Herculaneum
    Herculaneum
  • Casa Angelina
    Casa Angelina
  • Casa Angelina at sunset
    Casa Angelina at sunset
  • Positano
    Positano
  • Praiano
    Praiano
  • Villa Rufolo in Ravello
    Villa Rufolo in Ravello
  • Capri Palace Hotel and Spa
    Capri Palace Hotel and Spa
  • Il Riccio beach club
    Il Riccio beach club
  • Monte Solare in Capri
    Monte Solare in Capri

Italy’s Amalfi Coast is legendary. On her recent stay in Praiano and Capri, our leisure specialist Mayla Melo shares how she fell in love with the sweeping views and rugged cliffside towns…

I landed in Rome and hit the ground running. First stop was Herculaneum, the ancient Roman city destroyed in 79AD. The archaeological site, located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, is much better preserved than the more famous Pompeii.

After a quick lunch, we headed to the Amalfi Coast. The two-hour drive is incredibly scenic, especially from Naples to Amalfi. Along the way, I caught views of the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius, and terraced villages overlooking the turquoise sea.

Casa Angelina in Praiano was my home for the next two nights.  Perched on a cliff, the luxury hotel is stylish, modern and ideal for romance. Views of the Mediterranean Sea are breathtaking, especially by the outdoor pool.

Exploring the winding coastal towns is an adventure. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to nearby Positano, full of trendy boutiques, bars and restaurants. Ravello and Amalfi are also well worth a visit. In Ravello, considered one of the most beautiful towns in southern Italy, visit the 11th-century cathedral and Villa Rufolo, with its magnificent gardens.

I spent the second half of my trip on the island of Capri, accessible by ferry from Positano. The Capri Palace Hotel and Spa sent a driver to pick me up. Along the scenic route to the resort, we passed the Marina Grande and bustling main town of Capri, before arriving at peaceful Anacapri.

Tucked away from the touristy section of the island, Capri Palace has stunning rooms, a world renowned medical spa and excellent service. My room – the Adjani Suite – had a terrace with a panoramic view of the sea and the island of Ischia. The hotel’s Il Riccio restaurant is the only beach club in the world with a Michelin star. It’s also next to the famed Blue Grotto. I finished my lunch there with a decadent trip to the restaurant’s Desert Room for all-you-can-eat sweet delicacies.

Just outside of the hotel is the Monte Solaro, a thrilling chair lift to the top of the island. In 15 minutes, you can experience spectacular views of Capri, the Gulf of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius.

Around Anacapri, stores and restaurants are quite relaxed and cater to the Italians rather than the tourists of Capri. Shops are authentic and most goods are made locally. Before dinner I took an hour-long hike to the famous Arco Naturale stone archway. For my farewell dinner I headed past the main square in Capri to Villa Verde, for a taste of the best Italian risotto of my life.

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