Cilento Coast

Cilento Coast Travel Guide

Built for the English lord Ernest William Beckett and riddled with pretty little cloisters and crypts, this 1904 villa isn’t nearly on par with the Rufolo.

The Amatruda family has been sifting pulp in Amalfi since at least 1483, and theirs is one of the few remaining outfits in town still hand-making the paper that made Amalfi famous in the late Middle Ages.

Sorrento's best address for locally made limoncello (lemon liqueur) is in a purple-and-green-walled store that also sells artisan-made products, like orange-scented olive oil.

The Romanesque cathedral features several examples of Sorrento's traditional craft of intarsio, or inlaid woodwork. There are also marble tombs and some gory saints' relics, several of whose bones lie interred in one of the chapels.

Home of the philosopher Zeno, this ancient Greek city and world heritage site on the southwest coast of Italy remains somewhat under the radar for tourists.

Located on Via Camerelle, the most fashionable shopping street on the island, this upscale clothing store showcases the work of world-renowned design duo Dean and Dan Caten.

Eight centuries ago, Amalfi was home to the world’s best papermaking craftsmen, and the trade is slowly being revived in the shops along Valle dei Mulini at the top end of town.

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.

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.

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.

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.