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Splurge or Deal: The Honeymooner's Guide to Italy's Amalfi Coast on Any Budget

It's absolutely acceptable to sip on a Negroni while reading this.

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Amalfi Coast
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The picturesque Amalfi Coast may be the go-to spot for Italian glitz and glamour, but it's possible to live la dolce vita for less, without sacrificing luxury. We've rounded up the best places to stay, eat, shop, and drink on a (moderate) budget, so you can return from your holiday without leaving a year's savings behind. Of course, there's merit in the splurge, as well, which is why we've also included a list of pricier options. Take a high-low approach to exploring one of Italy's most famous regions, so you can sip on that Aperol spritz without a care or worry in the world.

 

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Where to Stay: True to its name, Positano's 150-year-old Villa Rosa (from $284 per night, high season) is covered in roses and vines of pink bougainvillea. It sits above all the tourist commotion—and each room has a shared terrace for taking in the view. There's no restaurant, but coffee and pastries can be delivered to you in the morning.

 

Where to Eat: Half the delight of dining at Da Adolfo (dinner for two from $45) is its location on Laurito Cove, a five-minute
 boat ride from Positano's harbor. It looks like a fishing hut right on the beach and is the ultimate date spot for fresh-grilled red snapper, mussel soup, seafood pasta, and Amalfi Coast wines

 

Where to Shop: Make a pilgrimage to the town of Vietri sul Mare to browse its famed hand-painted ceramics, from dainty finger bowls to elaborately decorated sets of dishware (from $6). There's even a museum dedicated to the craft.

 

What to Do: The lush gardens of Villa Cimbrone (entrance fee $8)—Ravello's 11th-century palatial compound, also home to
 a luxury hotel and award-winning restaurant—are some of Italy's most elaborate. Amble hand in hand among the paths lined with rose bushes, giant hydrangeas, and marble busts.


Where to Drink: Order a Negroni on the patio of 
Al San Domingo (Piazza Duomo 2) for a front-row seat to Ravello's historic cathedral. You'll likely catch wedding parties strolling through the main square of Piazza Vescovado, the heart of the community.

Hotel Santa Catarina Amalfi Coast
Photography by: Genius.Loci

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Where to Stay: Set in a 19th-century villa, Hotel Santa Caterina (from $700 per night, high season) hugs the cliffs of Amalfi, commanding coveted views of its storied coastline. Its beach club, pictured above, is just for guests, and the spa offers a dreamy massage using a local lemon balm. 

 

Where to Eat: At Zass (dinner for two from $250), the Michelin-starred restaurant at the Il San Pietro di Positano hotel, ask for a table on the terrace, and don't miss the pasta with peas, ricotta, and pancetta.


 

Where to Shop: Positano is renowned for its made-to-measure sandals. At Safari, the leather creations—adorned with ones of your choosing (we love the turquoise; from $50)—can be ready in 30 minutes. 

 

What to Do: On Positano Boats' Emerald Grotto tour (from $80), you'll ride in a chic speedboat and visit the Fiord of Furore, one of the most difficult to reach (and beautiful) beaches in the area

 

Where to Drink: Positano's twinkling lights and a DJ playing chilled-out tunes set the mood for oysters and a French 77 (gin, Amalfi lemons, St-Germain, and bubbly) at Le Sirenuse hotel's Champagne Bar 
& Grill.

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