Off to Southern Italy: Amalfi Coast Romantic Explorer – 3 nights in Sorrento, 2 nights in Capri and 3 nights on the Amalfi Coast (Positano, Amalfi or Ravello)

Overall the Amalfi Coast is one of my favorite destinations. How can sitting on your balcony with the bright blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea glittering below you or the slopes Mt. Vesuvius towering in the distance NOT be romantic?!?

Start off in Sorrento, with its lovely network of beautiful streets and squares to explore. Of course the best luxury hotels in Sorrento are located on the edge of the rocky cliff overlooking the Bay of Naples.

No visit would be complete without a tour to Pompeii, the ancient Roman resort that was buried in volcanic ash in 76AD. Like archeology? Combine this with its sister site, Herculaneum. More of the outdoorsy kind of couple? Head up to Mt Vesuvius and see up close the volcano which caused such destruction nearly 2 millennia ago.

Next sail off to the jet set Isle of Capri. Eat, drink, shop and swim – those are the best 4 words to describe how to spend your time on the island. Of course you’ll want to take some time to sightsee as well. Check out the ruins at Villa Jovis and the magnificently restored Villa San Michelle in Anacapri. Take the chair lift to the top of Monte Salaro and enjoy the endless views. Charter a private boat to head off to one of the island’s more secluded coves as well as a chance to see the stunning Blue Grotto.

For the last few days head back to the mainland and stay on the Amalfi Coast. There are three main towns and each of them is unique. Positano is probably the most famous, with its narrow streets, climbing stairways, and amazing vistas. Further south is Amalfi, a smaller, quieter town which is home to a beautiful cathedral. High in the mountains, about 20 minutes from the coast, is Ravello a town little changed since medieval times. Thinking that there are too many choices? Don’t worry! Regardless of where you stay, you’ll have plenty of time to visit the other towns as well!

Bottom line is that an Amalfi Coast honeymoon offers such a uniquely rich experience, perfect for sharing with someone you love.

Who is this trip for?

Those who have “done” the main cities already and/or those who are looking to experience seaside relaxation, outdoor activities, local culture, independent exploration, and, of course, food and wine!

Season:

As it is mainly a seasonal destination with a heavy focus on the seaside,  the best time to visit is mid April-mid October so that you can enjoy all the different aspects of the itinerary.

My romantic hotel picks:

Maison La Minervetta in Sorrento – With just 12 rooms and located about a 15 minute walk outside the heart of the city, this property defines relaxation and intimacy. Each room is unique and the huge windows highlight the breathtaking views of the Bay of Naples and Mt Vesuvius. More than anything I love the atmosphere, which gives you the true sense of a cozy home-away-from-home.

Hotel Caruso in Ravello – This hotel, to me, is the definition of luxury. There is so much consideration put into every aspect of the property, from the extremely spacious rooms (yes, even the basic rooms), to the lush gardens, to the infinitely pool where the water appears to be tumbling right into the sea, to the services and amenities available to each guest, to the hospitality of the staff. On top of all this, Ravello is such a beautiful and historic town. Tucked away in the mountains, it is the perfect romantic getaway!

Sorrento

Amazing Sunset in Sorrento

Breathtaking View of Positano

Positano by Night

Beautiful Evening in Atrani

Atrani Town – Amalfi Coast

From Sorrento to Amalfi

Picturesque Villages of the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

Amazing View of the Amalfi Coast from Ravello

Ravello – Amalfi Coast

Capri – Amalfi Coast

Monte Solaro – Capri

Blue Grotto – Capri

The Ancient Ruins of Pompeii