There are few places in the world where the mountains and the sea meet at such close quarters, creating such breathtaking beauty as on the Amalfi Coast, one of the most beautiful coast on the Italian peninsula, stretching between Vietri sul Mare and Positano. This coast is dotted with curves and bends, with hidden bays and steep ledges – at its back the precipitous spurs of the Monti Lattari, the cliffs washed at by clear, emerald green water. Bold and striking, bright white villages hug the steep slopes, such as Ravello. This town with its pretty heart and elegant residences – has inspired many a musician and writer: Richard Wagner composed the second act of ‘Parsifal’ here in 1900, Graham Green wrote ‘The Third Man’ here and Pier Paolo Pasolini used the town as a backdrop for scenes in his film ‘Decamerone’. Even today, Ravello enchants modern travellers from around the world through its atmosphere as if suspended in time, in the terrazzo gardens of Villa Rufolo high above the sea or in the park of Villa Cimbrone with its spectacular view of the coast and the sea. Only a few miles away is Amalfi. This town, once one of the four maritime republics, is a labyrinth of narrow streets, small squares and covered walkways and the start of the panorama path through the ‘Valle delle Ferriere’ nature reserve, the valley of the ironworks. Not just for passionate walkers and hikers, this beautiful route takes visitors through shady forest areas and past rushing streams, waterfalls and deep canyons. Other gems on this coast are Atrani, Praiano and of course Positano, the enchanting town almost suspended between the sea and the sky.