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Boats, Amalfi Coast's insider take:

Keen to avoid the sort of day-trip tourism that tests the patience of Capri's inhabitants in high season, the majority lobby of Amalfi Coast hoteliers has long resisted the kind of fast hydrofoil service that would open the place up to easy jaunts from Sorrento and Naples. As a result, there are just two morning-only sea connections between Naples and the Amalfi Coast resorts—only one of which calls in at Sorrento. Services to Capri are more frequent, run by Lucibello and Alicost—and it's a marvellously scenic route, passing by the Li Galli islets, which once belonged to Rudolf Nureyev, and the dramatic rockscapes of the Baia di Ieranto and Punta Campanella. Lucibello, which operates out of a booth down on the beach in Positano, is also the best bet for those wanting to hire a boat with or without skipper or to arrange an excursion to one of the secluded coves that dot the coast. Several hotels also have their own boats and yachts for hire—the pick of the crop is the vintage Riva Aquarama speedboat owned by Antonio and Carla Sersale of Le Sirenuse.—Lee Marshall

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