Villa Lilly

The terrace of the main house of Villa Lilly in Praiano on Italy's Amalfi Coast. (Photo courtesy of Costa Land Company / July 19, 2011)

Hotel Margherita, Via Umberto I, Praiano, This family-run lodging is a more reasonably-priced option. Guests declare that the hotel far surpasses its three-star rating, with beautifully appointed rooms, modern bathrooms and eternity pool overlooking the Mediterranean. Rates begin at $145, including breakfast and beach shuttle service.


The "Sentiero degli Dei" (Walk of the Gods) is a glorious hike beginning in Praiano and ending in Agerola. The path is still traveled by farmers and shepherds; it sidles ancient vineyards, small villages, historic caves, and vistas offering arguably the best views of the Amalfi Coast. 

San Luca is a church dating back to the 12th century with its original maiolica tile dome and original paintings by Gigante, Lama and Montorio.

Sample sfogliatella Santa Rosa, a delicious pastry invented in the 18th century by nuns living in the Conservatory of Santa Rosa da Lima. Though creative liberties are taken with the filling today, the nuns originally used sugar, milk, dried fruit and glace cherries

Take a day trip, via hydrofoil, to explore Positano and Isle of Capri.


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