Cilento Coast

Cilento Coast Travel Guide

On any given day, this renowned cobbler’s shop along a sloping, stone lane in the village of Positano on the Amalfi Coast stands ready to create custom leather sandals for patrons as it has for nearly 100 years.

The village's most upscale boutique is in a small space opposite Le Sirenuse hotel. Must-buys include colorful leather ballerina shoes by Porselli, swimwear by hot labels Melissa Odabash and Laura Urbinati, and Le Sirenuse's own tangy Eau d'Italie toiletries line.

The chic island of Capri is no stranger to high-end fashion shops, and this top-shelf clothier holds its own alongside brands like Ermenegildo Zegna, Prada, and Gucci.

For a designer shopping fix, stroll down the streets around the quaint Piazza Umberto I. You'll find capsule collections by top Italian designers, from Loro Piana to Gucci to Gianfranco Ferré.

A perennial stalwart of the coast’s quiet nightlife scene, this cavelike dance club with occasional live acts lies at the far end of Positano’s main beach. Soft lighting, curvaceous padded benches, and white columns give it an ancient Roman bacchanal aura.

Sorrento’s main pedestrian street is lined with several shops handing out free samples of the Amalfi Coast’s famous sugary limoncello (lemon liqueur) and its creamy cousin crema di limone.

Polka-dot-handled cutlery, 1950's-style oil and vinegar cruets, and glass beakers in turquoise, yellow, and pink are just a few of the whimsical pieces at this colorful housewares store.

The Capri Palace Hotel has a candlelit al fresco bar, which is one of the few spots on the island where you can watch the sun set over the Mediterranean. Though it's always crowded, the bar is the place to be seen at aperitivo time.

Along the western coast of Italy in the Campania countryside stand the remains of this ancient Greek colony. Relatively uncommercialized, the site is home to three well-preserved Doric temples: the Temple of Hera, also called the Basilica; the Temple of Ceres (or Athena); and the Temple of Neptun

Ravello’s cathedral has an impressive pedigree, dating back to 1087, the year after Ravello was granted its own bishopric.

Part of L'Albergo della Regina Isabella, a seaside resort in Lacco Ameno, this full-service spa takes advantage of the healing mineral waters that flow from Mount Epomeo.

Watch artisans craft music boxes and elaborate inlaid tables in their ateliers. You can often buy direct from the craftsmen; otherwise comb the stores on the Via San Cesareo for a wider choice.

Watch Pasquale Sorrentino create everything from lamps to tabletops in a light-filled studio. Look for vases, plates, and mugs with intricate floral designs using Sorrentino's signature blue.