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The Neapolitan Riviera is a dramatic stretch of coastline that runs south from Naples, taking in the seaside town of Sorrento and Amalfi Coast villages such as Positano and Ravello. Steep cliffs run down towards the sea, terraced with vineyards and groves of citrus and olive trees. Hiking trails zig-zag across the hills, including the famous Path of the Gods, which joins Positano with Agerola, a little hilltop town.
The towns and villages here look like they've been lifted from a postcard, and are a favourite with the jet set. Just across the water are the islands of Capri and Ischia, both well worth a day trip. The excavated sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum are easily reached by train, and give a real insight into ancient Roman life, while across the dramatic Bay of Naples Mount Vesuvius is the coast’s brooding backdrop.
Ischia is a little island with a volcanic heart. Its castle-topped ports and ivory villages are built around a volcanic peak that feeds its spa towns and beaches.
Flights from the UK to Naples (the closest airport for the Neapolitan Riviera) take approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.
Summer months on the Neapolitan Riviera can see temperatures rising into the 30s - perfect for enjoying the beaches and bathing platforms. Spring and autumn are still short-sleeve weather, and ideal for those looking to do more sightseeing (Pompeii has virtually no shade, so can get very warm in the height of summer).
British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy.
When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated.
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.