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Amalfi Coast, Italy Vacation Travel

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When to go?
Thankfully Amalfi is blessed with mild temperatures year round, but be forewarned: a wintertime visit to the Amalfi Coast will find you in search of a hotel, not as a result of crowds, but rather because most accommodations close from November to March. Late spring and summer are cramped with both Italian and foreign tourists, so the shoulder months of May - June and September - October offer fewer people and azure waters. If it suits you, during the high season, head into the hills to enjoy one of the many classical music concerts of the Ravello Concert Society.

Where to stay?
If you are touring through the Amalfi Coast with limited time, reserve your hotels in advance and stay a night or two in different lodgings along the way. The most highly rated accommodations are typically located between towns (not in them) and some have private stretches of beach for hotel patrons only. A notable in-town exception might be Le Sirenuse Hotel perched on the hillside in Positano. With more time to explore the region, make base camp and rent a villa or apartment, then explore the coastline.

What to do?
For a true Amalfi Coast experience, you will want to rent a car (probably from Naples) and drive the dramatically twisting corniche road that follows the coastline, but be sure to ask about overnight parking fees as space is limited and prices are high. Alternatively, travel by boat between Sorrento and Capri or any of the other towns and enjoy the views from the water. The Amalfi Coast is known for locally produced ceramics, so after an arduous day of shopping or relaxing on the beach, kick back with a limoncello, a chilled lemon liquor produced in the region.


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