An exhilarating way to explore this iconic cliff-hugging coastline: rent a car and road-trip it. Your travel advisor can map out a custom adventure; here’s Chicago-based Virtuoso adviser Adamarie King’s ultimate itinerary.
- “Fly to Naples and drive 80 minutes Conca dei Marini and the 20-room Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa, an ideal base for a few days of exploring Praiano and Positano. Don’t miss Da Vincenzo, a simple restaurant in Positano known for fresh seafood.
- Next, head to Amalfi and the 67-room Hotel Santa Caterina- the views and gardens alone are worth it. Sip coffee at Pasticceria Pansa next to the Duomo di Amalfi and pick up a box of chocolate-covered orange peels to bring home. I love La Scuderia del Duca near Amalfi’s marina for its gorgeous art and paper products. Be sure to make a dinner reservation at Ristorante Eolo for one of the terrace tables.
- Drive to Ravello and park at the 50-room Belmond Hotel Caruso for a couple of days. Then head to Maiori, a charming seaside promenade; have lunch at II Faro di Capo d’Orso, and continue to Vietri sul Mare and its famed ceramics shops. Finally, drop off your car in Salerno and take a train to Naples or Rome for departure.”
It’s not an Italian trip without an Italian convertible: Auto Europe’s fleet includes the compact Flat 500 Cabriolet, ideal for navigating Amalfi Coast’s narrow roads.