Amalfi Coast, Italy

The picturesque Amalfi coast is one of the loveliest places in Italy, and its romantic sunsets, scenic walks and finest Italian food should be the key ingredients of your honeymoon escape.

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When to go?

The Amalfi coast is the best honeymoon destination during the sizzling summer months from June through August, but thats when hotels, beaches and restaurants are crowded. Newlywed couples looking for a more intimate and relaxed experience on their honeymoon in Italy are advised to travel in autumn when temperatures are still high and the sea is still warm, but there aren’t too many people around. Spring is also beautiful in this part of the country, and it is ideal for long, romantic walks, scenic rides and sightseeing. If privacy is your main concern, you can even travel to Amalfi during winter months when there are fewer tourists, and accommodation rates are considerably lower, but some restaurants and museums you would want to visit might be closed, so it is recommended to check all the locations from your itinerary beforehand.

Where to stay?

The Amalfi coast has fabulous hotels and the best places to look for accommodation are Amalfi, Positano and Ravello. If you want to enjoy the luxury and privacy at its purest, you can even rent a villa for your honeymoon getaway. At Positano, Ravello and Amalfi, you can find the most divine villas with private pools overlooking the coast and the sea from the steep hills.  With its dramatic slopes, pastel-coloured houses and relaxed atmosphere, Positano is known as one of world’s most picturesque villages, so it is without a doubt the best honeymoon destination on the Amalfi coast, while Ravello could be more appealing to romantics as this the place where H.D. Lawrence wrote Lady Chatterly’s Lover.

Things to do and places to visit

Apart from swimming, sunbathing and indulging yourselves in delicious Italian cuisine, there are plenty of things to do in the Amalfi coast. There are many hiking trails to explore and heritage sites to visit, but you can also enjoy a scenic ride along the 50-kilometre coastline that meanders between steep mountains and dramatic cliffs plunging into the deep blue sea.

The Amalfi coast is very close to the iconic island of Capri, which attracts celebrities around the world and teems with luxury hotels and restaurants, stylish shops and glitzy night clubs. The island also boasts countless scenic walking trails away from the trendy Capri Town. There are many idyllic beaches and cliff tops with stunning views of Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Naples. If you are looking for a truly challenging hiking trip on your honeymoon in Italy, climb up 881 steps of the Scala Frencia and you will be rewarded with incredible panoramic views. This gorgeous island is a superb honeymoon destination in itself, but you can also stay on the Amalfi coast and organise a day trip to Capri.

The Amalfi coast is also a great base for exploring the 1700-year old ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum which were covered with 20 meters of volcanic mud from Vesuvio until 18th century. If you want to see the best mosaics and murals of Pompeii and Herculaneum, head to Naples and visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale.

A trip to romantic and picturesque Naples is a must-do on your honeymoon in Italy, especially if you are staying in this part of the country. This charming coastal town is home to Italian pizza, and you can taste the original flavour that includes San Marzano tomatoes grown on volcanic soil and freshest, most delicious olive oil, garlic and oregano. Naples also prides itself in finest Italian coffee, which is short and very strong, as well as the tastiest and the creamiest gelato in the world. Art lovers can enjoy the world’s best opera at San Carlo and Cravaggio’s paintings, while romantic couples shouldn’t miss a sunset walk along the Lungomare where they can attach their padlocks to the poles.

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