The Amalfi Coast is a beguiling example of a beautiful Mediterranean landscape.
Odysseus may have withstood the call of the Sirens near here long ago, but few modern travelers can resist the allure of 13 candy-colored villages clinging to a sinuous Italian coastline. An hour south of Naples, this is the Italy of dreams: timeless churches overlooking sun-drenched piazzas, fragrant lemon groves awaiting a limoncello afterlife, fishing boats bobbing brightly on the sapphire sea.
Visitors can shop for ceramics and custom-made sandals in pretty Positano, follow in the footsteps of D.H. Lawrence and Ingrid Bergman in romantic Ravello, or rent a convertible and live out a James Bond fantasy along the Amalfi Coast drive, a legendary 34-mile stretch with more twists than a plate of fusilli. Local buses offer sightseeing without the white knuckles; better yet, hop a coastal ferry for panoramic views of turquoise coves and yacht-dotted harbors that would make even a Greek hero drop anchor and swim for shore.
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This article was first published in March 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.