Lay of the Land
“Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”~John Steinbeck
Located in Italy’s Campania region, the Amalfi Coast begins some thirty miles south of Naples, on the southern side of the Sorrentino peninsula. Its first major town is also its most famous: Positano, the alluring honeymoon destination par excellence, which is unrecognizable from its days as a humble fishing village. Continuing east along the road after Positano, the teeny coastal villages line up like pearls on a string: Praiano, Conca dei Marini, Amalfi, Atrani, Cetara.
Technically, the Amalfi Coast reaches all the way down to Vitri sul Mare, where most of the region’s famous pottery is produced, but the most visited stretch is the one between Positano and Amalfi (though locals and the yachting set swear by the less discovered fishing villages farther east). The pretty village of Ravello is perched in the hills, about a 45-minute drive from Positano.
When to Go: As the Amalfi Coast is a seaside resort setting, most businesses, including restaurants, shutter during the winter. The unofficial time for reopening is Easter and the area starts to fill up in early June. Crowds begin to disperse around mid-September.