• 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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  • 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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  • Amalfi Coastline, Italy

    At Home with Sergio & Ulysses

    You have to love a father who names his son Ulysses. My friend Sergio and his opera-singer wife christened their only child in honor of history’s most epic traveler. “They wanted to embed wanderlust in me,” laughs Ulysses. When I asked Sergio if it was true, he confirmed the family tale with a trademark mustachioed smile that his fan club of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> guests would recognize instantly.<br><br>Almost 25 years ago, Sergio met us in his native <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Naples </a>to scout our very first Classic Journeys’ trip to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a>. In our debut year, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi </a>was one of just six itineraries we offered. Every year since, it’s been one of the most popular trips, and Sergio has been with us all the way. As a teenager, Ulysses (his name is Ulisse in Italian, but he prefers the English pronunciation) interned in our office in California. Over the last 16 years, we were almost as proud as his father to watch him become an accomplished guide for several companies, one of which named him their European tour leader of the year multiple times. He’s been one of our most popular local guides for a decade or so, and with the upcoming birth of his first child, we like to think the third generation is on the way!<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Sergio &amp; Ulysses overlooking harbor in Naples" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATPR&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f88L" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>“It’s wrong to call this a job,” Ulysses insists. “Every day, I wake up happy for another chance to show guests around the places and the secret corners where I live and where I grew up.” As for Sergio, I suppose that at some point in history, he met a stranger. But I’ve never seen evidence that there’s anyone he doesn’t know in his native <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Naples, Capri or Positano</a>. He makes it sound deceptively simple: “I’m lucky to have many friends. Many have known Ulysses his whole life. Our friends are your friends, too.”<br><br>The depth and sincerity of their ties have blown us away again and again. None of the guides that other companies shuttle in from the U.S. or Canada — no matter how gung-ho or well-versed in guidebook facts — can match their connectedness. For proof that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know, look no further than a family house that sits on a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">cliff above Praiano.</a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="View from hills of the Amalfi Coast" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATPR&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f88Q" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>For generations, the family that lives in that house worked the land for the monastery that’s even higher up the slope. The monks are gone now, but the family remains, tending their terraced vineyards and gardens. All <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> guests know this because — thanks to the good graces of Sergio and Ulysses — the family invites you to lunch after you meet the artisans who are restoring the monastery’s frescoes.  Signora Grazia will wave you out to the terrace where you can see <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Positano</a> and all the way to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Capri</a>. Over at the barrel of “grape juice” (aka homegrown wine), you’re instructed to twist the spigot and fill your glass as often as you like. In the cave built into the cliff behind the house, there’s a disk of pizza dough for you to stretch, top to your taste, and bake in the wood-fired oven. Lunch on that terrace as you chat with the family and soak in the view is some kind of heaven — a deeply authentic moment that no tourist can experience at any price.<br><br>The greatest gift you can receive as a traveler is the rare thrill of feeling at home in a place that couldn’t be farther from your everyday life. From the first “Ciao!” you hear from Ulysses or Sergio, you’ll feel that great sense that you are right where you belong. When you visit the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a> with Classic Journeys, you become an instant part of the extended family they have created … and add an unforgettable chapter to your own lifelong odyssey.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="Group on a hike in the Amalfi Coast" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATPR&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f88V" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>[SIDEBAR]<br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><b>LOCAL MATTERS</b></a><br>When you compare tours, be sure to ask if your guide will be a native of the place you’re visiting. All guides on all of our trips are locals. They have deep roots in the region that assure you a very personal, totally plugged-in view of the people and culture you’re there to discover. A lot of them have been a part of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> family for 10 years, 20 years and even longer. Many operators tout the guides they import from around the world on their Instagram feeds. Nice and well-intentioned they may well be, but if your goal as a traveler is to get the most immersive feel for a place, local truly matters!<br> 

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