Why the Amalfi Coast should be top of your travel list once lockdown ends
The perennial buzz surrounding the Amalfi Coast has lured travellers for countless years and despite it only stretching for 30 miles, the destination offers enough idyllic beauty and Italian luxury for a standalone trip. Travellers looking for Old World romance and la dolce vita find it in its winding seaside roads, charming coastal towns and in some of the best hotels in the world.
Where to stay
Perched on the edge of the Amalfi Coast, the exquisite 19th century family-owned Hotel Santa Caterina looks over the bay of Naples and is immersed in the delicate scents of the orange and lemon groves. Re-opening in the Spring, the hotel is one of the only hotels in the area that offers direct private sea access.
The hotel offers its guests panoramic views of the iconic sweeping azure-blue Amalfi Coast as well as exclusive access to, via two private elevators carved into the rock of the coast, the private beach club where they can soak up the Mediterranean sun and swim in the heated pool. For those wishing to take the scenic route, a beautiful path takes guests through citrus groves and lush gardens to the sea-level facilities which also include a solarium, fitness centre, café / bar and outdoor restaurant.
Those looking for ultimate seclusion can stay in the legendary Romeo & Juliet suite, complete with a private infinity plunge pool and a large round balcony that takes in the whole bay of Amalfi. Spread over two levels, the suite also features a sunken jacuzzi bath and its own secluded garden.
Where to eat
Hotel Santa Caterina was awarded its first Michelin Star last year for its Restaurant Glicine. At the helm is Chef Giuseppe Stanzione who joined Glicine in 2019 and aims to deliver a menu focused on local recipes and Mediterranean flavours as well as elegant and innovative dishes. Guests can enjoy an array of different dishes from Seafood Tagliatelle to Amalfi Style Lemon Souffle. A comprehensive wine list presents a careful selection of both Italian and international wines, with a regional section dedicated to Italian flavours, guided by the Hotel Santa Caterina’s dedicated Sommelier
Near the historic Amal shipyards sits a stunning 12th-century building and within it, the first restaurant in southern Italy to earn a Michelin star. The restaurant has celebrated local flavours since its opening in 1959 and popular dishes include lemon-scented risotto with shrimp, smoked mozzarella ravioli, and Scialatielli, a thick, rope-like pasta which is now a signature of the region but originally created at this restaurant in the 1970s. Antique ceramics and artwork adorn the restaurant and visitors should be sure to take in the frescoes.
What to do
The Amalfi Coast offers an abundance of opportunities for exploration. Activities include breathtaking hikes along the trails for nature lovers and there is no shortage of inspiring museums for those looking to be immersed in culture. Nearby museums offer an insight into the region’s cultural traditions – such as the Museo Correale de Terranova which shows the history of the area through Neapolitan paintings and antique ceramics. The destination is famous for its colourful tiles which can be spotted all along the coast and visitors can find out more about these beautiful ceramics at the Museo della Ceramica in Vietri Sul Mare.