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Amalfi Coast

Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

Located 90 minutes south of Naples, the famed Amalfi Coast seldom disappoints. The jagged Lattari Mountains plunge into the Mediterranean, providing some of the world’s most dramatic scenery. Surrounded by terraced lemon groves, whitewashed villages cling to precipitous slopes, while beneath forbidding cliffs, the ...

Located 90 minutes south of Naples, the famed Amalfi Coast seldom disappoints. The jagged Lattari Mountains plunge into the Mediterranean, providing some of the world’s most dramatic scenery. Surrounded by terraced lemon groves, whitewashed villages cling to precipitous slopes, while beneath forbidding cliffs, the resort towns of Amalfi and Positano cluster at the edge of the sea. A narrow corniche traces the indentations of the coastline from Sorrento east to the magical hill town of Ravello. Renowned for the gardens at Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo (the inspiration for the magic garden of Klingsor in Wagner’s “Parsifal”), Ravello is an unhurried place, its civilized ambience enhanced by a delightful summer music festival. If you want to visit in high season, make your reservations no later than February. By March, the best hotels start to sell out.

bird icon Recommended Luxury Hotels in Amalfi Coast

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels offer impeccable accommodations and high levels of personal service. Only the best of the best make our list, so we rate them on a scale from bird icon 90 to 100.
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Best Restaurants in Amalfi Coast

Located in a building that was once the archive of the Duchy of Amalfi, this celebrated restaurant specializes in regional seafood dishes on a daily-changing menu that might include lemon risotto with raw and cooked shrimps and mullet roe, and whitefish gratin stewed with Greco di Tufo wine with fennel julienne and sun-dried tomatoes. Notable list of Campanian wines. Closed Tuesday.

Via Matteo Camera 12 Amalfi US$85. Nine-course tasting menu, US$130.

Located in a remodeled Saracen tower on the edge of the sea, this delightful restaurant has two small terraces, for fine-weather dining, and an open kitchen where you can see notable talent chef Gennaro Esposito at work. Try dishes such as shrimp in its own sauce with a black-rice biscuit; linguine with welks and sea urchins; and fillet of turbot with oyster cream and onion. Excellent service and wine list. Closed Sunday evening, all Monday and lunch Tuesday.

Via Torretta 9 Vico Equense US$140. Tasting menus, US$145-US$200.

Legendary restaurateurs Livia and Alfonso Iaccarino and their sons oversee this elegant establishment (which includes an eight-room hotel). The changing menu features the light, healthy food of Campania given gentle updates in dishes that have included ravioli stuffed with Caciotta cheese and marjoram, topped with a simple and flavorful sauce of Vesuvian tomatoes and basil; seared amberjack; and the extraordinary pasticcio di melanzane (an eggplant dish, in this case a dessert with chocolate sauce). A sensational wine collection of 25,000 bottles is stored in an ancient cellar of Etruscan origin. Closed Monday and Tuesday, also November-March.

Corso Sant’Agata 11/13 (Midway between Positano and Sorrento) Sant'Agata Menus, US$165-US$180.

Set in a splendid vaulted dining room, this atmospheric restaurant is under the demanding supervision of Giuseppe Aversa, a renowned authority on Campanian wines and olive oils. Try the steamed lobster on crisp local bread with buffalo burrata cheese; linguine and lemon-scented scorpionfish with roe and a sun-dried tomato sauce; and fillet of beef with roasted potatoes and a Parmesan-eggplant sauce. Closed Wednesday.

2A Rampa Marina Piccola 5 Sorrento US$85. Six-course tasting menu, US$100.
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