The Sorrentine peninsula main town, Sorrento, is located on the north (Gulf of Naples) coast. On the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula is a stretch of the Amalfi Coast. The island of Capri lies off the western tip of the Sorrentine peninsula in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The limoncello is an alcoholic lemon drink that is made with local lemons.
The Amalfi coast is a known cultivator of huge special lemons (sfusato amalfitano). Travelers, artists and celebrities elected Positano, in early 20th century, as their preferred holiday resort. The main part of the city Positano sits in an enclave in the hills leading down to the coast. Positano is town with many stairs and its pretty pastel colored houses and flowers make it so picturesque.
Because of its mild climate, Positano can be visited year round although high season is April – October. The Amalfi Coast drive (SS 163) is arguably the world's most beautiful and thrilling sightseeing road. The Republic of Amalfi was one of four main Italian historical maritime republics: Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice. Amalfi, today an important tourist destination, is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Amalfi lies at the mouth of a deep ravine, at the foot of Monte Cerreto, surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. The Maritime Republic of Amalfi was an important Mediterranean trading power between 839 and 1200. Cetara, originally a settlement of armed Muslims group, latter a village of tuna fisherman, is now full of tourists. Positano, Praiano, Furore, Conca dei Marini, Amalfi, Atrani, Scala, Ravello, Minori, Tramonti, Maiori, Cetara and Vietri sul Mare are towns on SS 163 road.