Driving through the Amalfi coast
Leave Naples on the A3 heading south, and take the exit signposted Angri. Drive over the hills to Ravello, which sits on the south side of the Monte Lattori peninsula. This aristocratic old town centers around a lovely piazza and duomo dating from 1086. Close by is Villa Rufolo, where the glorious gardens and vistas along the coast inspired Wagner to write Parsifal; classical concerts are held here in summer. Further out of town is Villa Cimbrone, now a spectacular hotel. Pop in for an espresso and a stroll around the gardens in the footsteps of DH Lawrence and Graham Greene. Beyond Ravello, tiny Atrani charms with coastal views from its medieval passageways, but most people carry on towards Amalfi, with a photogenic fishing port, marina, plus brightly decorated cathedral and ancient Arabic cloister. Now a popular resort, Amalfi is packed with bars and restaurants for pitstops. From here on the coastal road becomes twisty and turny, with far-reaching views over the glittering Mediterranean. Positano (a favorite) is next, and then the road twists over the hills to Sorrento, with hotels and tourist boutiques by the hundred, as well as sandy beaches–accessible by steps down the sheer cliff from town.