Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast

Located on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy, a drive around the Amalfi Coast is widely recognized as one of the greatest in the world. While that designation doesn’t always translate to a great motorcycle ride, we’ll happily take our chances.

Picturesque Amalfi has been featured in films for as long as cameras have rolled at 24 frames per second, mainly chick flicks like Under the Tuscan Sun. Our favorite is the 1957 Humphrey Bogart classic Beat the Devil, featuring a very sultry Gina Lollobrigida. Gamers may recognize it as a setting for fictional tracks in “Forza Motorsport” and “Gran Turismo 4” games.

Amalfi Map

A UNESCO Heritage Site, the Amalfi Coast is a popular tourist destination for the region and Italy as a whole, so the off-season would be a more suitable time to gear up and really ride it. In the meantime, a quick internet search showed several companies offering rentals and tours via motorcycle or scooter – and we can’t think of a more appropriate opportunity to fall in love with (or aboard) a Vespa, even if only for a few days.

PHOTO: Splenderosa; Map, NYTimes.com