Italy’s Amalfi Coast is a splendid destination in summer – but did you know winter can also be the perfect time to visit?

A hidden gem in the winter

There’s something very special about winter on the Amalfi coast. There’s an even more relaxed, easy atmosphere to the place, with fewer crowds and comfortable, still-warm temperatures for sightseeing.

Of course, the town of Amalfi, with its dramatic cliffs and impressive cathedral, is an unmissable destination, but for a perfect view, journey to Ravello, perched above. Here you’ll find the breathtaking gardens of Villa Cimbrone, consistently voted the Amalfi Coast’s number-one attraction.

American author Gore Vidal, who settled in Ravello, said the view from the belvedere at Cimbrone “on a bright winter’s day, when the sky and the sea were each so vividly blue that it was not possible to tell one from the other”. He also cited it as “the most beautiful place I had ever seen in all of my travels”.

Perhaps you’ll also take a trip to the exclusive resort of Positano, with its chic designer shops, or visit the fashionable island of Capri. And you won’t want to miss the magical festive lights display at Salerno, with the whole town illuminated by shimmering, cascading light displays from November to January.

The perfect summer destination

Sun-seekers will love the summer here – the southern Italian climate is very reliable. Soak up the sun on the beach or by the pool and enjoy the long, balmy evenings, with stunning sunsets over the colourful villages that characterise this beautiful region.

Sorrento, set above the Bay of Naples, has it all – amazing scenery, elegant restaurants and some wonderful shopping opportunities. And remember that unmissable belvedere view at Villa Cimbrone? In the summer, walk along the pergola awash with colour from the blooming blue and white wisteria here. Whatever time of year you visit – la dolce vita is pretty much guaranteed.