• Positano Villa Franca

    Million Dollar Views on the Hillsides of Positano: Hotel Villa Franca

    The famed <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a> is known for many things: colorful houses and cliffside villages, overgrowing gardens filled with lemon and orange trees, beautiful hidden beaches, scenic walking paths and of course a crisp limoncello or Aperol spritz to cool off on an Italian summer day. Perfectly situated among some of the best views on the hillsides of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Positano</a>, the<a href="https://www.villafrancahotel.it/en/index.php" target="_blank"> Hotel Villa Franca</a> remains one of the most adored accommodations while visiting the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/italy/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a>.   <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxwp&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWfT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The views from<a href="https://www.villafrancahotel.it/en/index.php" target="_blank"> Hotel Villa Franca</a> are enough to make you want to stay here (and never leave). Upon arrival, expect to swing open your shutters and find jaw-dropping views of the glinting <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Mediterranean sea</a> and two blissful beaches just a stone&#39;s throw away. The ravishing hotel offers the perfect opportunity to check out from reality and absorb the glitz, glamour, and breathtaking beauty of the Amalfi Coast. <br><br>Once a private residence, this boutique hotel was remodeled to share authentic Italian elegance with visitors. Airy rooms and bright luxury suites are spread across two villas. Each unique space is filled with large windows to allow the famous Amalfi sun to seep into your space. All rooms include a balcony or terrace offering spectacular views, where you can enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the morning brought directly to your room. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxwp&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWfY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.villafrancahotel.it/en/index.php" target="_blank">Hotel Villa Franca</a> offers a host of dining options for guests, offering fresh fare made from the local Mediterranean produce and product. From local sun-ripened oranges and zesty lemons to freshly caught clams from the neighboring sea, menu offerings mirror the scents and sights you see on a daily basis in Amalfi. Enjoy the Amalfi sea breeze while dining by the cliffside pool, or sit down to enjoy a more luxurious dining experience that embodies sophistication at the<a href="https://www.villafrancahotel.it/en/index.php" target="_blank"> Li Galli Restaurant</a> that has recently collaborated with a multi-Michelin starred chef.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxwp&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWfd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The <a href="https://www.villafrancahotel.it/en/index.php" target="_blank">Hotel Villa Franca</a> is made complete with top-notch facilities and an accommodating staff that works closely with the Classic Journeys team to assure all guests have an enjoyable stay. The high terrace swimming pool surrounded by sweeping views of the ocean and colorful <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Positano</a> is a crowd favorite, however, should you prefer a dip in the Mediterranian, a private shuttle is offered to visit two beaches that are only minutes away. A deluxe spa and fully-stocked gym can be found on-site as well to add a hint of wellness to your trip. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxwp&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWfn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Whether dining on the restaurant terrace, taking Mediterranean views from your room or sipping an Aperol spritz by the rooftop pool the Hotel Villa Franca encapsulates Italian elegance and is sure to bring your trip to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a> to the next level. A dream amid sky and sea, indeed!<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxwp&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWfx" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>View our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast &amp; Capri Tours</a> for a chance to stay at Hotel Villa Franca during your visit. Or, give <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> a call at 833.387.1210 to hear more about our stellar hotel partners and offered tours. 

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  • Faraglioni rocks visible from Giardini di Augusto in Capri, Italy

    Capri and the Amalfi Coast

    Before I joined <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a>, I spent seven wonderful years guiding tours in Europe, and I always started my tours with the same speech: “At the heart of every travel story,” I would tell my guests, “is a love story.” The story you tell your friends and family about your trip will be that love story.”<br><br>As both a veteran guide and a frequent traveler to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank">Italy</a>, I can safely say that nowhere is this more true than on Italy’s stunning <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi coast.</a> Love is certainly woven into the region; it’s said that it was named after a nymph who was romanced by the legendary hero Hercules. For the sake of love, it seemed like the perfect place to take my husband. We had gotten married the previous spring. I’ve been all over Italy and the<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"> Amalfi region</a> holds a special place in my heart. This would be Jason’s first time in Europe, and we were both excited to have our first <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys adventure</a> together.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SGr&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BiH" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>During the drive up to the rim of Mount Vesuvius, the most infamous volcano in human history, my husband Jason had a huge grin on his face. “It’s not going to erupt, is it?” <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank">Our guide Sergio</a>, who’s no doubt heard this question hundreds of times over his guiding career, paused. “Probably not.” Another pause, and then a laugh from Sergio. Still, there’s a gravitas to Mount Vesuvius, destroyer of Pompeii, and its power is almost tangible beneath your feet. Jason devours history books; he’d told me that this was the part of the trip he was the most excited about, and reiterated that as we were getting ready for the walk to the summit that morning. The guide in me wanted to advise him that our jaunt to Vesuvius was just day one of our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys Amalfi coast trip</a> and that he should pace himself because as awesome as Vesuvius is, all sorts of wonderful things lay ahead. This was his first trip to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank">Italy</a>, so I decided to not give him any advice and to let everything be a surprise.<br><br>The trip to the island of Capri almost made me regret that decision. There’s nothing quite like zipping across the placid Mediterranean in a high-speed ferry; the Alsicafo provides a very smooth and very fast ride across the Gulf of Naples, and my husband would have been very happy riding around in it all day. Once we got to the island, he didn’t need any convincing to stay. Capri has been called the world’s most beautiful island, and this isn’t Italian pride talking: with its warm blue waters, stunning peaks, and vibrant villages, it’s unlike any other island we’d ever been to. Staying at the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/hotels/" target="_blank">Grand Hotel Quisisana</a> certainly added to the experience; the five-star accommodations and incredible staff made us feel like royalty. “Tiberius had the right idea,” Jason observed on our second day there, referring to the ancient Roman emperor who made Capri his seat of power. “Rule the Roman Empire from paradise, eat great food, swim in that warm water; it’d make the job much less stressful.”<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SGr&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BiC" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>After two days in paradise, it was back to the mainland — hardly a letdown. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/hotels/" target="_blank">Le Agavi Hote</a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">l</a> in Positano looks like it came with the cliffs; that somehow, millennia ago when the rock formations were rising from the sea, a resort eventually just grew out of the sheer granite face to overlook the ocean. When you stay at Le Agavi, the only way to get a bad view is to close your eyes. We’d be here for the next three days, the resort serving as a stunning home base for our adventures in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi region</a>.<br><br>As I learned as a guide years ago, reinforced by my current role with the Classic Journeys team, it’s the people you’re with that make the trips worth taking. Of course, as with everything in life, pizza helps. We were invited to join pizza maker Luca and his family for a lesson in how to create the wood-fired pies that have become a global favorite. Sipping wine that the family had aged in their own barrels, flour up to our elbows, sneaking bites of delicious fresh buffalo mozzarella, and laughing with our hosts over our amateurish struggles with the dough, I exchanged a happy glance with Jason, and I knew that it was here that my old introduction to my travel groups once again proved to be true. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SGr&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012Bi7" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>For more information on our Amalfi Coast tours, like the one Kelli describes, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank">explore our Classic Journeys Italy trips here. </a>

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  • Positano view of Amalfi, Italy

    8 Must-Do's in the Amalfi Coast & Capri

    Situated on the &quot;ankle&quot; of the Italian boot, Amalfi has a mild climate. Orange trees line village streets. Breezy seaside footpaths around <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Ravello and Positano</a> encourage a nice slow pace perfect for absorbing the atmosphere. Settle in for two mellow days on the glorious island of Capri—one of our favorite places in Italy. Make time for Pompeii, and unlike most visitors, you&#39;ll see<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"> Amalfi</a> in the best way—in the company of an Italian friend who knows the ins and outs of life on the edge of the sea. Here are our 8 musts you should experience while visiting the Amalfi Coast and Capri<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">#1 Pompeii</a></b><br>Head to legendary Pompeii, the most famous archaeological site in the world. Buried in volcanic ash in 79 AD, Pompeii is famous for its excavations that reveal a complete city, including streets, shops, buildings and many beautiful villas.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SQh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CNt" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">#2 Capri</a></b><br>Take a quick ferry ride from <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Naples to Capri</a>, then wander to hidden lookouts unknown to tourists. From these lovely vantage points, take in the island&#39;s gorgeous views.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SQh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CNy" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">#3 Anacapri/Marina Piccola</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Anacapri</a>, one of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Capri&#39;s </a>picturesque villages, has a great historic center of town that is easy to explore on foot. Additionally, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Marina Piccola</a>, one of the most fashionable corners of the island gives you the opportunity to relax at a private beach club and swim in the crystalline waters.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SQh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CO3" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">#4 Sorrento / Positano</a></b><br>Explore the charming historical center of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Sorrento </a>before arriving at your cliffside hotel in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Positano </a>which clings dramatically to the hillside, offering spectacular views of the coast.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SQh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CO8" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">#5 Ravello</a></b><br>Start your morning with a scenic journey along the coast to Ravello, perched high on a ridge above <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Amalfi </a>offering spectacular views of the coast.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SQh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012COS" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">#6 Amalfi</a></b><br>Take a walk along a footpath that follows a beautiful valley inland, through an area luxuriant with vegetation, including rare ferns. The walk culminates in the town of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Amalfi</a>, where you can wander the little streets.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="Amalfi" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SQh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f8ob" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">#7 Praiano</a></b><br>Enjoy a scenic walk along the coast to a charming monastery dating to the 14th century. Dramatically situated on a cliffside promontory, the monastery has beautiful frescoes that have been carefully restored by local artisans.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SQh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CON" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">#8 Cooking in Positano</a></b><br>Learn how to make your own pizzas in a real wood-fire oven while enjoying a barrel tasting of a local family&#39;s wine, sampling the famous mozzarella cheese from Naples and the local fior di latte all while savoring jaw-dropping views overlooking the sea and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Positano</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SQh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CNo" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>If you&#39;d like to do all these activities, plus a little more, without the hassle of logistics—join a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys walking and culture trip </a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">to the Amalfi Coast &amp; Capri</a> You&#39;ll have the trip of a lifetime!

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