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Visit stunning resorts dotted along incredible coastline
Boasting one of Europe's most stunning stretches of coastline, the Neapolitan Riviera is blessed with forest-clad cliffs, charming fishing villages and scented lemon groves set high above the Gulf of Naples.
Hiring a car is a superb way to explore this beautiful region at your own pace. Choose your favourite cliff-top towns and enjoy some of Italy's most delicious cuisine, admire spellbinding views and explore picturesque islands and ancient ruins.
Best time to visit Neapolitan Riviera
From April to October, when days are brighter and sunny. However, for touring and visiting the Campania region, the quieter period from November to March is better. From November to June many outdoor swimming pools are closed and from November to May a number of beaches are not accessible. We advise checking with your Personal Travel Expert before travel to avoid disappointment.
Neapolitan Riviera holiday highlights
This picturesque clifftop town boasts spellbinding views over the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. The historic centre's maze of narrow cobbled alleyways contrast with the elegant shopping streets of Corso Italia and the main square is lined with cafés and seafood restaurants.
Sip a rich espresso and watch the world go by or head to one of the gelaterias for a delicious ice-cream. The 14th-Century Cloister of San Francesco is a stunning spot with beautifully carved arches draped in vines and the 15th-Century cathedral showcase the inlaid woodwork for which Sorrento's artisans are renowned.
Pretty pastel-coloured houses cling impossibly to the steep cliffside in the picturesque town of Positano which has a dramatic setting on a coastal road between Sorrento and Amalfi and is often regarded as the coast's prettiest town. Positano has a year-round mild climate and is centred around the Marina Grande, a bustling harbour lined with cafés and restaurants overlooking glistening waters dotted with colourful fishing boats.
The steep winding streets can be challenging but the views are spectacular and there are plenty of restaurants, cafés and bars where you can stop to catch your breath and enjoy some refreshments. Positano is renowned for its shopping, from chic boutiques to artisan workshops selling bespoke hand-made sandals, ceramics and jewellery.
At the heart of this famous stretch of Amalfi Coast lies the stunning resort of Amalfi which perches dramatically on a cliff. White-washed villas cling to the cliff face and hotels boast some of the most spellbinding views in the region. The colourful town centre is home to designer boutiques, restaurants and streetside cafés.
The famous Amalfi Drive follows a thin ribbon of road that zig zags up and down the steep coastal hillside and offers mesmerising views but is not for the faint-hearted. Historic highlights here include the Arab-Sicilian cathedral of Sant’Andrea Apostolo which was rebuilt in Baroque style in the 1700s and boasts a beautiful Moorish-style 'Cloister of Paradise' which is regarded as an architectural treasure.
Set high above Amalfi, this romantic town has an enchanting setting, spectacular views and stunning architecture. Famed for its magnificent gardens and historic villas, Ravello has long been an inspiration for artists, writers and composers including DH Lawrence and Richard Wagner.
The 13th-Century Villa Rufolo is one of the town's most cherished sites. Its Moorish towers overlook the colourful gardens and the gorgeous terraces offer unparalleled views over the coast. the villa once hosted banquets for Italian royalty and in the present day it provides a stunning venue for an annual classical concert.
Capri & Ischia
The picture-perfect island of Capri boasts a rugged coastline, soaring cliffs, pretty coves and its beautiful Blue Grotto whilst the volcanic island of Ischia is famous for its natural beauty, hot springs and a magnificent castle perched atop a volcanic rock. It takes around two hours by road and ferry from Naples to reach hotels on either of these islands. You can also reach the islands by ferry from Sorrento.