Rent a convertible or hop on a ferry and discover this European coastline brimming with timeless churches, lemon groves, and wonderful wares.
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.