Amalfi Coast hotels
Some of Italy's most renowned luxury hotels cluster in or near Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello. Though groups such as Virgin and Orient-Express have their own flagship properties on the Costiera Amalfitana, several of the leading hotels are still family-owned and family-run—evidence of the small-scale, personal approach that, luckily, still prevails in this international jet-set destination. One thing you don't come to the Costiera for is value for money, though if you're prepared to risk the weather at the beginning (April–May) and end (October) of the season, there are reductions to be had. And there are one or two budget options that are a cut above the usual drab pensione standard.