Amalfi Coast Honeymoons, Italy
Italy's Amalfi Coast is probably the most idyllic stretch of coastline in the Mediterranean, with its cozy towns nestled on rugged cliffs above crystal-blue water. Your options are practically limitless on a trip to the region, whether you decide to take a day trip to Pompeii or Naples, and hop on a hydrofoil to the exquisite Isle of Capri.
Before You Go: Need-to-Know Info
10 hours from NYC, 14 hours from LA, 14 hours from Dallas
When to Go: The Amalfi Coast at Its Best
April to June, September, and October; July and August are hottest months, and also may be the most crowded.
Where to Go
The sweet life personified, Ravello is an achingly romantic, cliff-perched village along the Amalfi Coast. Spend days sipping brunello on a terrace gazing over the sea, and evenings at the striking Hotel Palazzo Sasso, a 12th-century villa.
It's got everything: great food, wine, beautiful beaches, and sight-seeing. Wear your most comfortable shoes (this is a vertical village) and tour the twists and turns of this mythic spot. Buy a painting from a local artisan, indulge in fresh fish (try Max, RistoranteMax.it), and sip Bellinis while you watch the sunset. Stay at least one night on Capri -- the island comes alive after 6. Have a drink at the Grand Hotel Quisisana (Quisi.it), and, if you're really brave, sneak down to the famous Blue Grotto for a daring after-dark swim.
What makes movie producers beg to film here? An isolated, back-in-time experience on the tiny island of Procida, which was the backdrop for Il Postino
(aka The Postman
), The Talented Mr. Ripley
, and several other flicks. The scenic port of Marina Corricella boasts Graziella's Bar, one of the island's most famous local hangouts. Ordinary visitors and celebrities alike can't resist the eatery's delicious food, like grattata di limone (a crushed-ice beverage) and to-die-for piadine. If you're looking for a more grown-up romantic experience, there's always Ristorante Caracalè, a converted fisherman's hut-turned-seafood bistro. With the restaurant's selection of fine Italian wines and top area catches, you'll be in top form.