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Stay at the villa where Greta Garbo sought solitude
Let this book inspire and guide you as you plan you Amalfi getaway. Each of the two dozen sites and experiences it highlights is a perfect gem — as you'll see for yourself in more than 150 luscious photographs.
Restore your spirit in a 13th-century convent
Mix and match featured travel ideas like these to create a one-of-a-kind itinerary that showcases all the facets of this storied corner of Italy.
Behold the bluest views in the world
Catch a bus along the vertiginous drive that has dizzied travelers for centuries, then hike in the mountains high above. Visit Roman ruins that out-dazzle Pompeii's and spend the night in hotels that have coddled celebrities. Every sea-kissing-sky panorama will leave you breathless.
Plan your escape today
The planning section tells you about the costs, lodging options, how to get there, and more; detailed maps show you what's where. Keep this book by your bedside to sweeten your dreams, or pop it into your tote bag when you hit the road. And get ready for the trip of a lifetime.
Most books on travel shelves are either long on the nitty-gritty and short on evocative photographs, or the other way around. We at Fodor's have aimed for a different balance in this slim volume, a book that's equal measure luscious magazine article and sensible, down-to-earth guidebook. Its pages, we hope, will inspire you as you plan your Amalfi Coast sojourn and guide you while you're on the road, to ensure that you have the best of all possible journeys.
We've combed every corner of the Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Naples in search of those quintessential places that embody the purest spirit of this miraculous coastline. It goes without saying that the roller-coaster ride down the legendary Amalfi Drive stood out among its pleasures. But there are many more: South of Naples, sparkling bays shelter lapis lazuli lagoons, and the sea melts into perpetually azure sky in ineffable vistas; anchored to the stair-stepped mountainsides are villas, gardens, convents dating from medieval time, and relics of once-omnipotent ancient Rome; fabled resorts and historic caravansaries are your shelter. And the views -- those perfect views -- are always with you.
Author and photographer Robert I.C. Fisher, while working to capture the magic of the coast, reports having fallen victim to its spell: During an ambrosial picnic at Ravello's Villa Cimbrone, where Greta Garbo once sought solitude, he felt suddenly enveloped in a cloud of perfume and heard a distinct swish of silk as if the legendaryscreen goddess had just speed by. Was he dazed by the southern sun and the soft breezes so tangy with salt? Or was he simply bewitched by beauty?
It has been happening to travelers since the days of Odysseus and it will happen to you. So be prepared to embrace il dolce far niente -- the art of doing nothing. Forget your projects and deadlines. And escape to the Amalfi Coast. You owe it to yourself.