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The Amalfi Coast, the name itself conjures up images of soaring cliffs plunging into deep blue seas, and so it’s no surprise that this dramatic coastline dotted with near vertical cities clinging to rock walls is one of the top road trip destinations in the world. Beginning in the port town of Salerno, the journey heads west hugging the southern coast of the Sorrento peninsula offering spectacular views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Below is the step-by-step itinerary with links to TripAdvisor where you can research more about each destination and find great hotel deals and compare prices.
Begin your trip in Salerno, the capital of Campania (south-western Italy), and head west along the southern coast of the Sorrento peninsula.
The first stop is Ravello, a popular tourist destination due to its scenic beauty.
Continue along the coastline to the town of Amalfi, the namesake for the dramatic coastline. Visit the 9th century Amalfi Cathedral or stop for a glass of locally produced Limoncello, the delicious Lemon liquor that is rapidly gaining in popularity.
Further west lies the ancient resort town of Praiano, a town whose name is derived from the word beach.
Next head to Positano, a town whose idyllic setting has inspired poets and movie directors alike, with a filmography that includes scenes from the films Only You and Under the Tuscan Sun.
Cross over the peninsula and head to Sorrento, the final stop in your Amalfi Coast road trip itinerary. Spend the day in Sorrento taking in the view of Mount Vesuvius or take a ferry over to the glamorous Isle of Capri or its lesser known sister isle, Ischia.
For an excellent hotel recommendation stay at Le Sirenuse in Positano, made famous as one of the setting for the movie Only You.
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