On holidays to the Neapolitan Riviera, the most romantic of towns hang to the cliffs in spectacular style
Amalfi lemons picked daily to make gorgeous limoncello, the scent of wisteria and jasmine along scenic coastal paths, a hydrofoil whizzing you over to the fairytale island of Capri. Holidays to the Neapolitan Riviera are a southern Mediterranean dream of tiny churches, cobblestoned streets and bougainvillea and orange groves running along the sea.
There are pastel-coloured houses dripping down into the sea, raft rides through emerald grottoes and Michelin-starred dining high up in the hills. Not to mention lush multi-tiered terraces, medieval ruins and deep blue waters. Every town is blessed with mesmerising views and hotels are so beautiful you’d be forgiven for wanting to stay poolside or joining the flock of crowds that spill out onto piazzas for scampi carpaccio and sunset aperitivi. Tear yourself away and you can hike the Path of Gods, hire a car and drive the breathtaking Road of a 1000 Bends or settle on a beach under a colour-coded umbrella and sun lounger, and do summer just the way the Italians do.
We’ve travelled to the Neapolitan Riviera and know the most beautiful spots. Ask us about those jaw-dropping views over the Bay of Naples and we’ll point you in the direction of Grand Hotel Excelsior’s decadent terrace in Sorrento. Request a night at a breathtaking outdoor chamber music concerts in Italianate style gardens and we’ll send you straight to Ravello’s Villa Rufalo. Or tell us you want to glide over indigo waters on a tiny Tyrrhenian island and we’ll put you right in the heart of Ischia.
Give one of our Personal Travel Experts a call and we’ll start crafting your dream Neapolitan Riviera holiday.
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
Overlooking the Bay of Naples with sweeping views towards Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento is in prime position from which to explore the Neapolitan Riviera. Hire a car and take breathtaking coastal roads towards the Amalfi Coast, put your walking shoes on and follow the Path of Gods or make your way to Piazza Tasso and while away your days like the locals, at cafes, restaurants and pretty little shops that line the square.
In Positano, it’s all European pebble sand beaches and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Most of the town is pedestrianised, but be prepared for lots of stairs – you’re on the edge of a very picturesque cliff. Positano is a great base for exploring the rest of the Riviera, whether you’re hiring a car or hopping on board a boat. Amalfi is famous for its beaches, lemons and handmade paper. Highlights include the Arab-Sicilian cathedral of Sant’Andrea Apostolo with its renowned Moorish-style 'Cloister of Paradise', Valle delle Ferriere’s network of beautiful paths filled with waterfalls and streams and the bay of Conca dei Marini’s emerald grottoes.
The picture-perfect island of Capri has a rugged coastline, soaring cliffs and pretty coves. Highlights include a swim through the stunning Blue Grotto, dining amongst lemon groves, a visit to La Fontelina lido and a walk around the Roman baths of Villa Jovis. The volcanic island of Ischia is famous for its natural beauty, hot springs and 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.
Where is the Neapolitan Riviera?
In the region of Campania in southern Italy, the Neapolitan Riviera is a breathtaking stretch of coastline starting in Sorrento and moving south through Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. The tiny islands of Capri and Ischia are found in the Tyrrhenian Sea at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples
Villages and towns are perched cliffside and while lots are pedestrianised, expect steep hills, lots of stairs and plenty of walking. If you are hiring a car, the coastal road is a breathtaking scenic drive, albeit a little scary. Lots of people hire mopeds to get around but there are also SITA buses that run between many of the towns. Buses don’t run at night, but taxis are readily available.
Food & drink
Expect pretty piazzas to come alive at night as restaurants and cafes fill up with locals for aperitivi, seafood suppers and ricotta filled ravioli. Famous for its lemons, you’ll find a hint of citrus fruit flavour everywhere… limoncello, grated lemon peel, lemon leaves and, of course, gelato. Fresh seafood plays a big part whether its shrimps and redfish or bream and molluscs. There are also lots of local produce delicate dishes such as caprese salads and parmigiana di melenzane. You can hop on a boat to a local-favourite seaside shack or opt to dine at a Michelin-star restaurant on a breathtaking terrace. There are celebrity favourite restaurants, five-star dining in stunning hotels and romantic meals underneath lemon groves. Part of the beauty of exploring this tiny pocket of Italy is discovering new restaurants along your way, whether it’s a rustic trattoria tucked behind a piazza or wood-fired pizza under the last rays of the sun on the beach.