The 50 km long Amalfi Coast on Italy's west side begins exactly at Punta Campanella and continues along the south of the Sorrento peninsula to Vietri sul Mare. Its colourful villages surrounded by soaring cliffs are scattered with fragrant lemon groves. Steep, narrow lanes moving up and down the stunning vertical landscape offer incredible views of the Mediterranean sea below.
Start in scenic Sorrento and at Agerola join the “Path of the Gods” coastal hike for its spectacular views culminating in the perfectly perched village of Positano filled with playful pastel-coloured houses. You need to look up as well as down - so take a boat out and take in the panorama complete with rocky outcrops, buzzing seaside bars and boutiques. At night this whole coastline is alive with sounds and energy.
Much more laid-back is the village of Praiano inviting you to relax and sip freshly made, ice-cold limoncello. A mandatory stop is Amalfi, once the capital of a powerful maritime republic and now a beguiling baroque town and then reach ravishing Ravello, long the playground of the rich and famous.
Whilst not technically the Amalfi Coast the glamorous islands of Capri & Ischia with their cascading bougainvillaea, whitewashed houses, boutique hotels and turquoise waters beckon by boat.
And, if after the power boat trips, side pinching drives, breathtaking scenery and rich social scene you still need an adrenalin burst then don't forget to walk the rim of Europe's only active volcano Mount Vesuvius followed by a spell binding tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum.