Villa Cimbrone (Ravello)#4 in Best Things To Do in Amalfi Coast
If you're looking to take in spectacular views without breaking too much of a sweat, head to Villa Cimbrone. Situated in the mountaintop town of Ravello, Villa Cimbrone is a luxury hotel lauded by both experts and recent visitors for its gorgeous on-site gardens. The property's gardens are considered one of the most important examples of English landscape and botany culture in the south of Europe, housing a handful of rare botanic species. And with the exception of a few trees, all of the plants that live within the garden's grounds are estimated to be about 100 years old.
As such, you can expect vegetation of all kinds along your walk, including roses, hydrangeas and chestnut trees, to name a few. Along with beautiful botany, travelers are also greeted with equally stunning architecture. Though, the star attraction within the gardens has to be the Terrace of Infinity. This terrace, lined with busts, features unobstructed panoramas of the ocean, along with picture-perfect views of Amalfi's cascading cliffs from both directions.
Recent visitors found the views from the Villa Cimbrone's gardens to be simply jaw-dropping, calling it the attraction's best asset. Others were also keen to praise the garden's landscape, however, those who visited the garden outside of peak blooming season (spring), naturally expressed disappointment at the lack of flourishing flowers. The best way to reach Villa Cimbrone, which can be found off of Amalfi's main highway, is by car. The gardens are open every day from 9 a.m. to sunset. Admission costs 7 euros (about $7.85). For more information, visit Villa Cimbrone's website.
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If you only have time to visit one town in the Amalfi Coast, it should be Positano. Positano is everything you'd dream the Amalfi Coast to be; lush cascading cliffs stacked with colorful Mediterranean architecture, luxury yachts and speed boats docked on turquoise waters, and narrow streets and ornate stairways lined with boutiques and trattorias. And of all the towns on the coast, Positano caters to visitors the most, offering up the most hotels of any destination in the region. What's more, Sita buses and ferries stop directly in Positano and many Amalfi Coast boat tours depart from here.
Positano also boasts some of the Amalfi Coast's most beloved beaches. Marina Grande Beach is the most famous and most central, sitting at the base of the colorful seaside town. There's also the Fornillo Beach, another traveler favorite, located less than a half-mile east of Marina Grande Beach. Fornillo Beach can be accessed directly from Marina Grande via the cliffside Sentiero degli Innamorati pathway, an attraction in its own right. For a truly secluded shoreline, check out Arienzo Beach, which is situated between two cliffs and is accessible via a 300-step stairway.
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