The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline in southern Italy that serves as the perfect destination for those who want to relax in style. Surrounded by stunning views of high clifftops and forests leading dramatically to clear blue sea, the area has grown in popularity with high end travellers and celebrities alike (it is known as a favourite holiday spot for George Clooney). The high season from Easter to October is the best time to visit for a holiday filled with only the finest food, weather and views. Many visitors spend their time here exploring the little towns and villages dotted along the coast, each one with its own unique personality and offerings. Attractions Positano Small picturesque towns cling onto the cliff of the Amalfi coast, begging to be explored. If you want to take a break from relaxing in your hotel, a visit to Positano is a must. This jewel box town is painted in bright colours and is built on a steep cliff, so be prepared to climb the cobbled streets. There are several beaches beneath the town, but they do get busy around July/August so you will want to get there early or reserve a spot on a private beach. Villa Cimbrone Overlooking the coast in the town of Ravello are the breathtaking gardens of Villa Cimbrone, designed by Lord William Beckett in 1904. The gardens are home to many rare species, alongside Beckett’s collection of traditional sculptures and ancient artifacts. The “Terrace of Infinity” in the gardens boast what could be one of the most spectacular views in the world across the entire coast. Things to Do Rent a Boat The warm, clear sea is perfect for a day out swimming and relaxing, and the best way to experience it is to rent a boat (either with or without crew, depending on your experience). You can hire boats throughout the Amalfi coast, and it can be a great way to explore the area at your own pace. Eat Local Many of the hotels and restaurants on the Amalfi coast serve ingredients sourced locally. This is simply because the coast provides some of the best food in the world, from olives and citrus to the sweet Limoncello liquor that originates from the area. Southern Italian food serves up incredible cuisine, from fresh egg pasta to summery salads. Positano alone has seven Michelin star restaurants, and dozens more are dotted along the coastline. Where to stay Despite a growing tourism trade in this idyllic area, the giant hotel complexes you would expect are not to be found here. Instead, many of the hotels on the Amalfi coast are small, personalised, family run affairs with individually decorated bedrooms located on the cliffs overlooking the coast. Hostels are located in the towns and villages providing basic amenities. These are popular with hikers who want to explore the trails along the coastal cliffs. There are also a wide range of holiday villas for rent if you are looking for a truly authentic experience.