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Amalfi Coast

Mark and David's verdict:

The dramatic scenery of the Amalfi coast, with its lemon groves, almond trees and bougainvillea, is stunning. You'll find resorts for all tastes, from popular Sorrento – an ideal hub for boat trips to Capri and outings to Pompeii and Vesuvius – to the exquisite hilltop retreat of Ravello and alluring island of Ischia.

Recommended tour operator: Long Travel

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Long Travel says

Few places in the world can surpass the spectacular beauty, drama and allure of the Amalfi Coast. With elegant hotels, pretty towns, distinctive culture and some of Italy’s best cuisine, it’s not surprising that this region is so popular.

We have hand-picked a collection of luxury hotels and boutique self-catering properties, all boasting exquisite views in stunning locations.

A particular favourite amongst Long Travel clients is the Miramalfi, a charming family-run hotel which blows guests away with its incredible clifftop location, a short walk from Amalfi town. Swim in the hotel’s fabulous pool, set in the rocks, or take a dip in the Med from the bathing platform. You have to experience it to believe it.

Overlooking the Bay of Naples is Sorrento, a bustling tourist destination which is home to many elegant hotels. Our picks include Bellevue Syrene, the world famous five-star luxury hotel, and the more contemporary Relais Blu which has incomparable views.

If you prefer the idea of self-catering, we have discovered Le Sorrentina, a characterful collection of one- and two-bedroom apartments close to Sorrento – and just a 15-minute walk from the beach.

Slightly west of the town of Amalfi, the beautiful town of Praiano is home to Casa Angelina. This five-star boutique hotel is the epitome of ultra-modern luxury. Enjoy local eateries and unbeatable sunsets melting into the Mediterranean waters.

Set further back from the coast is the peaceful town of Ravello. Occupying a spectacular location close the central square, we love Giordano, a stylish and individual hotel with views of the surrounding countryside.

The island of Ischia lies at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples, with Mezzatorre Resort & Spa providing a luxurious yet low-key escape for those who wish to relax in an isolated setting.

View our full range of holidays on the Amalfi Coast.

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