Amazing Neapolitan Riviera holidays 2020
As coastlines go, there aren’t many that are quite as spectacular as Italy’s Neapolitan Riviera, which is why it needs to be on your ‘to visit’ list of 2020 holiday destinations. You don't have to expect spectacular prices either, with our clever search engine you can find a price on a cheap holiday that suits you.
Idyllic, peaceful, offering some of the best cuisine in Italy and gorgeous weather, the Neapolitan Riviera is a beauty spot that is captivating – whether you are a first-time visitor or a regular traveller to the area.
The Neapolitan Riviera is a term you may not have come across before, but don’t let that stop you from considering it as a unique and unforgettable holiday destination. Starting at Sorrento, a lovely, lively town with a plethora of bars and restaurants, and stretching all the way along the coast of Campania, taking in the Bay of Naples, Amalfi, and Ravello on its way, there is plenty to do here, and plenty to experience.
Neapolitan Riviera at a glance
Discover the best beaches
We love Arienzo Beach, Citara Beach & Duoglio Beach
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Sorrento and Positano are the reigning queens of the Italian Riviera
Popular with couples
Romance is in the air in this top destination for a couples escape!
Perfect for watersports
Hop on a boat to admire the gorgeous colours of the riviera from afar
Sample the local food
Indulge in classic Neapolitan pasta with seafood or gnocchi alla sorrentina
Must-visit historical sites
Take the trip to the ruins of ancient Pompeii
Top resorts in Neapolitan Riviera
Sorrento holidays are unforgettable journeys into a world of beautiful architecture, amazing food, stunning coastlines and an atmosphere that’s unforgettably …from £184 pp
St Agnello in Neapolitan Riviera, Italy …from £408 pp
Castellammare di Stabia
Castellammare di Stabia in Neapolitan Riviera, Italy …from £188 pp
Ercolano in Neapolitan Riviera, Italy …from £202 pp
A glamorous island resort in southern Italy’s Campania region, Capri is the holiday destination of choice for the rich and famous. Capri’s …from £320 pp
Situated in the Italian province of Naples, Massa Lubrense boasts stunning landscapes which can be easily explored by either walking, …from £238 pp
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Things to do in Neapolitan Riviera
With the Neapolitan Riviera taking in so many different towns and villages, there's plenty of choice when it comes to the best of the best places to visit. One place that should not be missed has to be Pompeii. This fairly nondescript town near Naples is actually of huge historic and architectural importance – it is here that the volcano Vesuvius erupted, coating the entire town in lava and hot ashes, freezing it in time. It is still possible to visit the site of this infamous natural disaster and it is certainly recommended that you do.
Another attraction that must not be missed is the Duomo in Amalfi. It’s an inexpensive trip too, but one that will stay with you for many years to come. You’ll see the ‘Cloister of Paradise’ where the noblemen of the area were buried, and there is also the stunning Byzantine mosaic, as well as a number of lovely frescoes. And this is also where the bones of St Andrew – Jesus’ first disciple – are said to be kept.
Best beaches on the Neapolitan Riviera
It could be said that the Neapolitan Riviera is entirely made up of beaches, beaches that run back to back along the full length of the coast. And that is true. However, there are some beaches that are more popular than others, and these may be the ones that you choose to visit first as you wind your way along the Italian roadways.
The first is Arienzo Beach in Positano. This could well be one of the prettiest of all the beaches along the Neapolitan Riviera and is ideal for relaxing on for hours at a time, especially since Arienzo faces in a southwesterly direction, and therefore gets the sun all day long. Why not take a stroll along this lovely stretch of sand and try to take in as much of the scenery as you can? It’s a challenge that everyone can afford to take on, and enjoying a glimpse at the impressive villas that line the shore is always a treat.
Citara Beach is exactly the kind of beach you would imagine when thinking of a traditional, family friendly, bucket and spade kind of place. It can be found on the island of Ischia, which is situated in the Bay of Naples. The sand is soft and velvety, an inviting brown colour that is more honey than golden. Although it is very popular, it never feels too crowded due to its size. As a bit of a bonus feature, the Poseidon Thermal Gardens are just next door, and you can go there to take a dip in a pool warmed by volcanic hot springs.
Next is Acciaroli in Cilento. This was Ernest Hemingway’s particular favourite beach in the area, and the enormous stretch of pale sand leading down to the crystal clear sea almost seems unreal – but it is there to be enjoyed. Somehow, despite its beauty and its literary connections, Acciaroli is one of the least visited beaches along the Neapolitan Riviera, so if you prefer to steer clear of crowds, this one’s for you.
Then there is Furore Beach, which can be found halfway between Positano and Amalfi. Italy has very few fjords, and Furore was created within one. This means that it is unique, and also rather narrow (just 25 metres wide). Because it is so unusual, it can get busy, and with so little room to move it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you get there early and are prepared to share your space with a variety of friendly locals and visitors, you’ll have a wonderful time there.
The last beach that deserves a special mention is Duoglio Beach in Amalfi. It’s small but it’s close to the town, so it’s perfectly accessible should you not have a vehicle. Well, ‘perfectly accessible’ may not be entirely accurate – anyone who does want to visit does need to climb down (and up again) 400 steps to get there. But it is well worth it. If you have sea legs then you may wish to climb on board one of the regular boats from Amalfi that will also bring you out to Duoglio, where you will see many divers preparing for their next trip.
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