It is uncommon to find a large and expansive region of the world designated in its entirety as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but that is something that the Amalfi Coast of Italy can indeed claim. Dotted with medieval villages that seem to drape, impossibly, from the cliffs and coast, this former republic stretches from the Bay of Naples to the Gulf of Salerno. It is wrapped with some of the most dramatic coastline, and is connected by the Amalfi Drive, which many describe as equal parts thrill ride and photographer's dream.
A stay here is also one full of sensations that dazzle senses. The scenery is always a show stopper, but there are the scents emanating from the endless gardens dotting the hillsides, the sounds of the sea, and of course, the flavors and aromas of the food and wine.
A place that has inspired artists, chefs, writers, and musicians for centuries, the Amalfi Coast somehow manages to create the perfect blend of nature and culture, and perhaps nothing demonstrates this more than the villas that are one of the most sought after experiences in the region. A mixture of ancient and new, the villas can range from tourist-worthy spots like Villa Cimbrone and the Museo Correale, but also the private villas that travelers can claim as their own during a stay of any length.
Clients of Isle Blue have a wonderfully curated range of villas and will enjoy everything from carefully prepared local delicacies and private gardens to easy access to the best villages and sites. Choose from coastal or inland locations and expect the best in personalized service.
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Naturally, it is not only the dramatic cliffs and scenery that draw travelers, there are also the beaches. Unlike some parts of the Mediterranean, though, the Amalfi Coast beaches are not glorious expanses of sand but charming little nooks tucked into sheltered bays. Several of the towns and cities of the Amalfi Coast can lay claim to these wonderful spots, and so a traveler looking to enjoy the full gamut of the region's finest offerings will need to ensure they spend time or book a stay near to at least one of the top beaches.
Although the area is so often described as a "seaside" destination, there are not as many beaches as many would expect, and when a city or town lays claim to having a good beach, it is often accessible via coastal paths or long flights of steps. However, the beaches are well worth the effort and most describe a dip in the warm, clear waters as unforgettable.
Villages with good spots include Nerano, Positano, Praiano, Maiori and Minori, Amalfi, Cetara, and Vietri sul Mare.
When you book your visit, remember that this is a place popular with the rich and famous. Expect to rub elbows with some of the world's most recognizable faces and names, in addition to encountering some of the most familiar buildings and paintings during your stay as well. After all, many Old Master paintings are tucked into museums and villas, and many world-famous buildings, such as The Duomo.
Discerning travelers understand that you never go wrong when choosing to visit the Amalfi Coast, and when combined with a stay at a luxury villa, you are sure to get the best of all possible experiences. At Isle Blue, we offer personalized service and a concierge who will take the time to discover your wishes and needs, and assist you in choosing the right tours, excursions and even purchasing tickets for everything from concerts to museums and attractions.
To guarantee an authentic experience, you can book a chef or other service providers to optimize your relaxation. The experts at Isle Blue want to make your vacation a dream, and will offer you the kind of pampering that turns your holiday into a pure delight.