The Amalfi: Italy’s most romantic coast

The Amalfi: Italy’s most romantic coast

Is there anywhere more wondrously romantic than the charming Amalfi Coast? Unique Honeymoon Ideas says no, and Alexandra Gregg explains why

With its craggy cliffs, rolling hills and slender pathways teetering above the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, the Amalfi Coast has heaps to offer loved-up couples and newlyweds. A UNESCO-listed coastline, it winds for nearly 55km along the south side of the Sorrentine Peninsula - past the old town of Sorrento, amid the sun-bleached houses of Positano and beneath the vertico-inducing commune of Ravello - before drawing to a gentle close. It's so diverse, that honeymooning here can be like stopping off in several different cities in just one trip. Keep reading, and you'll discover even more reasons why we're championing the Amalfi as Italy's most romantic coast…

Wild walks

A peaceful meander along this historic route could be just the ticket if you and your partner love to pull on your walking boats. This stroll is about more than simply getting active though. The highlight is witnessing the infusion of the path's enchanting beauty, charismatic towns, vast fields and abundant bays. For a real thrill, take the Sentiero degli Dei - otherwise known as the 'Path of the Gods' trail. It begins in Bomerano, a village at the foot of the mountains between Sorrento and Amalfi, and runs towards Arienzo di Positano. The divine route also crosses one of wildest gorges on this coastline, offering exposed stretches and panoramic views of the sea below. Talk about bliss…

Lemon legacy… and other great foods

It's nearly impossible to avoid the smell of fragrant Amalfi lemon groves when visiting the region. This unusually large citrus fruit (Sfusato Amalfitan) is grown in towering cliff-top terraces - billed as the lemon to beat all other lemons. Not only this, but the Amalfi variety is believed to be the cure for a variety of ailments (from hiccups to halitosis) and is also a food of passion, thought to be a symbol of fidelity in love. It's also the first choice for an authentic limoncello - yum!

Like most places in Italy, this cuisine-loving coastline is also famous for its fresh pastas and grilled fish, typically caught the very same day you sit down to eat it. But, unlike the rest of the country, here you can couple your meal with a crisp glass of Lacrima Christi (Tears of Christ), a celebrated Neapolitan wine straight from the vineyards on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.

Heart-thumping history

A trip to the Amalfi Coast wouldn't be complete without immersing yourself in its history. It may seem peaceful now, but it was once home to the busiest port in southern Italy: that of the town of Amalfi. The town is also home to the Cathedral of Amalfi, a nineth-century Roman Catholic structure that is still beautifully preserved today. Romantic architecture and majestic marble columns, combined with decadent artwork, make for the perfect day trip.

The ruins of Roman villas at Minori and Ravello, as well as many historic churches, can be seen along the route, which is also a great base for visiting the infamous ancient Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Both were buried, yet perfectly preserved, by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD.

Sublime sunshine and sweeping skylines

Blessed with scorching temperatures eased by mild sea breezes, sun-worshipping couples will feel right at home along the Amalfi Coast. Between May and September, temperatures vary from the mid-20s to early-30s (degrees Celsius) with barely any rainfall. While July and August are the busiest months, the surrounding dates are just as favourable weather-wise. And where better to enjoy the heavenly spells then on one of the coastline's beaches? Although not famed for its sands, there are a few gems - the sheltered bay of Collata Beach for example.

For the best views down the coastline and over the ocean, head to the sky-high town of Ravello. The renowned gardens of Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo are great spots for a relaxing afternoon taking in the quintessentially Italian vistas.

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How to get there? Fly from Gatwick to Naples airport for around £94pp return with easyJet.

Where to stay? With a private sea-view terrace the cliff-hugging L'Angolino villa, in Positano, is from £80pn - a more intimate alternative to the hustle and bustle of Sorrento's hotels.

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