Amalfi Coast, Italy
As you traverse nerve-tingling winding roads, the Tyrrhenian Sea sparkles with a million diamonds and houses cascade down forested hillsides like pastel-coloured icing. As the Amalfi Coast is one of the most scenic coastal routes in Italy, you won’t want to miss a thing. From Sorrento, make your first stop at picture-postcard Positano with its luxurious cliffside hotels, secluded beaches and trattoria-laden piazzas or delve into history in the pretty maritime twin towns of Amalfi and Atrani.
A rewarding hike along Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) gives you unrivalled vistas of the Bay of Salerno and is a great spot for a picnic and photography, or in Ravello, retreat to Hotel Villa Cimbrone, once a favourite of Salvador Dali, Virginia Woolf and Winston Churchill. While here, learn new culinary skills as you partake in a cooking class, wander through fragrant sculpted gardens or enjoy an excursion to discover ancient mosaics, hidden villas and frescoes of Pompeii, just 17 miles to the north.