What seems a physical impossibility—how can those villages possibly adhere to cliffs that veer that sharply—is one of the most purely romantic sights in the world. The patchwork of pink and white houses in quaint villages clinging to the rock in which they were carved centuries ago has been captivating visitors to the Amalfi Coast for generations, major poets and artists among them. One of the most spectacular views is looking up from sea level, you view the whole panorama: the cobbled streets dotted with jasmine and honeysuckle trees, the yellow and blue tiles of the churches, and if the direction of the breeze is right, the scent of lemons from nearby groves. Cruise over to nearby Capri home of the famous Blue Grotto and the fabled, dramatic century old Faraglioni Rocks which always beckon the yacht set and sophisticated travellers.

Why Go: Cliffside villages reaching down to the sea – the views don’t get anymore breathtaking than this. Stylish A-List restaurants, designer and local artisan boutiques.

When to go: May-September

Essential Ports: Naples, Ischia, Capri, Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, Nerano, Ponza and Palmarola.

Essential Experiences: The Amalfi drive with its hairpin turns, shopping for sandals at L’Arte del Sandalo Caprese (his designs have graced the feet of Jackie O and Sophie Loren), the Piazetta in Capri town, Caprese cuisine at da Paolino under the lemon trees and a tender circumnavigation around Capri, through the grottos, caves and Faraglioni rocks.

Local Favorite: Dinner at La Sponda the restaurant of the exceptionally romantic hotel Le Sirenuse in Positano under dozens of flickering votive candles; lunch at Lo Scoglia Amalfi in the village of Nerano (which is only reachable by boat) and lunch at La Fontelina, located at the foot of the Faraglioni rocks.

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