Hotel Bristol, Vietri sul Mare ****
The three-star Hotel Bristol is located in the town of Vietri sul Mare, which is internationally famous for its Vietri ceramics, dating back to medieval times. It is a car journey away from other sights along the Amalfi Coast, including the pretty seaside towns of Ravello, Sorrento and Positano. View hotel
Double rooms from €55
Hotel La Lucertola, Vietri sul Mare ***
Hotel La Lucertola is a three-star hotel in the town of Vietri sul Mare, which has been famous for its ceramics since medieval times, and is home to sights including a Saracen tower and the seventeenth century church of St Giovanni Battista. View hotel
Double rooms from €42
Sitting at the eastern end of the Amalfi coast, the little town of Vietri sul Mare is thus the perfect starting point for discovering what is arguably Europe's most beautiful stretch of coastline. From here, the Sorrento Peninsula pushes out into the Mediterranean, its mighty cliffs tumbling into the sea far below. Simply taking the car or a bus tour around the coast is a breathtaking experience, though not perhaps one for visitors who suffer vertigo. At the base of the cliffs, sandy beaches are washed by the warm waters of the ocean. At your back, bars and restaurants cater to an almost year-round clientele of the rich, the famous, and simply those who appreciate the stunning beauty of this stretch of Campania's coast.
Vietri sul Mare, with its near neighbours Cava de' Tirreni, Cetara, Maiori and Salerno, is a traditional producer of fine ceramics, and you'll find this centuries-established handicraft on display in numerous shops. Today of course, it's more about the tourist trade. Vietri sul Mare is a long way from being undiscovered - the Amalfi Coast has been a chic destination for many decades and still evokes those 1960s images of La Dolce Vita, scooters on winding mountain roads and Martini slooshing over cracked ice. It retains its charm and style for all its popularity though.
From here, you are within striking distances of the towns of the coast of course - Amalfi, Ravello, Praiano, Sorrento and the rest. But you also have the Cilento Coast to the east and south, and a glorious expanse of national parkland and sandy beaches. A host of historic sites, including Paestum, Pompeii and Herculaneum are within striking distance. And the bustling city of Naples is an essential visit. Offshore meanwhile we have the idyllic isles of Capri and Ischia, easily reached on day trips.