About the Amalfi Coast
Many instantly fall in love with southern Italy – from Rome to Naples to the Amalfi Coast to Sicily – because the people are so warm, welcoming, open, and friendly. And a very close second wins your heart next: the food! The strong sun and volcanic soil of southern Italy combine to produce fruit and vegetables that are incredibly tasty. Think of the simple caprese salad, which embodies the healthy and light atmosphere of the Amalfi Coast and Capri, its namesake. The subtle flavors of its three ingredients – mozzarella di bufala (a specialty of this region of Campania), piquant tomatoes, and basil – mix to make a blissful culinary composition, all you need for a light lunch.
The Amalfi Coast has the lucky benefit of facing due south, which produces sunny micro-climates in the nooks and hollows of the rocky coastline. Its towns are rightly famous: bustling Amalfi, for its rich history as a maritime republic; evocative Ravello, forgotten for centuries, then rediscovered by artists and romantics; chic Positano, for its colorful terraces of houses and shops; and über-chic Capri, where haute couture meets a wild landscape dotted with Roman imperial villas. The sparkling, azure waters are those of the Tyrrhenian Sea, bounded by Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, and the entire west coast of Italy to Tuscany. Odysseus sailed here, braving the sirens that lived on the rocks near Positano.