Located in Salerno, Amalfi boasts some of the most impressive coastline and architecture in Italy. As one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, it would be a crime not to drive along the coast if you are staying in the region. Many people take this stunning road trip to marvel at the dramatic Mediterranean view and to experience one of Italy's most picturesque destinations. For those who want to experience as much as possible, staying in one of the lovely villas in Amalfi will provide the perfect base form which to explore this breath taking region.
Positano is worthy of a full-day stopover for those going on a road trip. This little town is nestled into the cliffs of the spectacular coastline, making it an ideal spot for inspired summer getaways. Many movies have featured Positano, the Rolling Stones have written songs while holidaying in town, but its true appeal lies in the small cafes along the harbour that offer visitors such a magnificent view of the beautifully painted houses. As with most villas in Amalfi, accommodation in Positano is wonderful because most houses and buildings are built along the cliffs, which adds to the natural charm of the already gorgeous place. These houses slope down the hills and converge around one of the town's most famous landmarks—the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.
Another hilly town worth stopping at is Scala, located in Campania. The town has a number of churches that have become top tourist destinations because of variety of influences in their architectural style. The Angevine-Gothic style is evident in the architecture of San Pietro Church, located in Campoleone. In Campidoglio, the San Giovanni Battista Church has a Moresque bell tower, while the Duomo of Scala showcases Baroque architecture and features the famous Bishop's Palace.
Apart from its churches, Scala is also known for its annual chestnut festival, the Sagra delle Castagne. The two-weekend festival every November is held in the town square and aims to further drive tourism and awareness of the town's local products.
A wonderful contrast to Scala's classic ambience and Positano's busy environment is Furore's nostalgic and relaxing feel. Dubbed the 'Painted Village', virtually the entire town of Furore is a work of art. Amongst the many delightful villas in Amalfi, which are usually painted white, houses and walls throughout the town of Furore are painted with stunning images in bright colours.
With intricate wall murals all around town, Furore is best toured by foot than by car. Walking through the town is like visiting a huge, outdoor museum. A lot of the murals, done by artists who have visited over the years, depict local culture and atmosphere. Over the years, what started as a simple bit of fun became a tradition, so much so that Furore now celebrates with the event named Muri d'Autore. Every September, artists from all over the world gather in the town to contribute a new artwork to the walls of Furore, making it ever more colourful and inspiring year after year.
Sorrento is an old favourite and for those looking for a livelier resort. The town itself has excellent views over the bay of Naples and although there is no beach, there are plenty of bathing platforms for sunbathing and accessing the sea. This is the perfect place to explore the coastline with a busy harbour and plenty of boats to neighbouring islands (including Capri). The backstreets of the town come alive in the evening with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from.
Ravello is a must see town nestled in the hills above Minori which offers the theatrical gardens of Villa Ruffolo (with a host of summer events), pretty courtyards, ancient churches and some of the best views over the coastline. With its crumbling walls, rows of lemon trees and wisteria, the town gives just the sort of visions that you go to Italy for!
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