A UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape, Italy’s Amalfi Coast is a diverse, 30-mile stretch that includes mountains, forests, small towns and craggy coastline. Plan to visit the area between April and October because it practically shuts down over the winter season. The Amalfi Coast is especially crowded in July and August. Hikers should consider a springtime visit, when the flowers are in full bloom.
While nominally a resort town, Sorrento boasts many small shops that sell the crafts the area is known for. Beachgoers note that the town looks down cliffs to the sea; Sorrento faces north toward Naples, which is about 35 miles away. This quaint town makes a good base for a trip to the Amalfi Coast, with countryside to the south, the coast to the east and archaeological sites nearby that include Pompeii. The island of Capri lies just to the west across a short expanse of water. Here you will find resorts, shopping and natural wonders.
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