Both über-stylish and wonderfully rustic, the Amalfi Coast is the kind of place that can name a walking trail “The Path of the Gods” and not come across as boastful.

Steep mountain slopes are dotted with lemon and olive trees, and cliffs drop dramatically into the Mediterranean. Impossibly chic boutiques and the perfectly elegant Le Sirenuse hotel belie bucolic walking paths that follow former mule tracks and ancient stone staircases. Let’s just say Amalfi is one of the world’s greatest paradoxes!

Of course, a memorable visit is about knowing what to visit when, and how—whether it’s a poolside lunch at J.K. Place Capri Hotel on the island of Capri, a overnight at Hotel Caruso in Ravello or Amalfi’s Hotel Santa Catarina, or an after-hours appreciation of the mesmerizing Blue Grotto. Paradise? Don’t even get us started on the limoncello.