Amalfi Coast : Michelin's recommendations
Following the indentations of the rocky coast between Sorrento and Salerno, the mountain road hugs the Amalfi coast. The best way to explore what is arguably the most stunning coastline in Italy is to start out from Positano. Once a fishing village, formerly much loved by artists and trend-setters, it will give you a foretaste of the white-washed villages you will go through, beginning with Vettica Maggiore whose esplanade offers a fine view. The road branches off to the Furore Valley, the most impressive section of the coast owing to the dark depths of its steep rocky walls. The next stop Grotta dello Smeraldo features stalagmites, which rise up from the depths (10m) of the exceptionally transparent emerald waters. The road now heads for Amalfi, a rather Spanish-looking town perched on slopes overlooking the sea. The wonderful setting and historic town centre are too charming to pass by without taking a stroll around. You will also appreciate the two old churches of the pretty village of Atrani further east. From there, head for Ravallo and explore the splendid site with its duomo, lanes, staircases and vaulted passages perched on the hillside. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the wonderful 13C Villa Rufolo and admire the unforgettable view from the terraces. Villa Cimbrone (early 19C) is another property to look out for with its splendid gardens, at the end of which is a breathtaking panorama. Now head down to the coast towards Salerno via Cap d'Orso and the village of Vietri sul Mare, a town affording magnificent views.