While Italy’s natural wonders are well-known, it’s only when you strike out into the wild mountains to explore its vertiginous coastlines that you realise just how much this beautiful country has to offer. The rugged promontory of the Amalfi Coast – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – combines an astonishing, mountainous landscape with picturesque villages clinging precariously to the slopes. It’s a joy to discover on foot, following mule paths and stone stairways that have linked the villages since ancient times. The trails keep you well away from the crowds flocking here to admire Europe’s most dramatic coastline.
On southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast you’ll experience an unforgettable canvas of Italian landscape from ravishing Ravello with its famous villas to the equally famous ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ with its staggering views of the densely wooded Lattari mountains swooping down to the glittering Mediterranean below. As you traverse terraced hillsides, you’re accompanied by the scent of lemons and the murmur of waves lapping the shore far below. You’ll glimpse the distant island of Capri, another superb walking destination reached by jet boat from medieval Amalfi.
The local fish and seafood is unforgettable and as for the gelato – nothing beats a scoop of nocciola (hazelnut) enjoyed in an ancient cobbled square! Italy’s food is as spectacular as its landscapes.