Neapolitan music is known around the world, in particular, Torna a Surriento, or Come Back to Sorrento. The song tries to lure a lover back to the Amalfi coast, a stretch of spectacular shoreline south of Naples where the scent of oranges lingers in the air and medieval villages cling to cliffs that precipitate into turquoise waters. It’s hard to imagine a woman packing up and leaving. (Indeed, the song is about a politician, not a lover.)
Aside from the obvious attraction of Positano and its Moorish domes, the rest of the craggy coastline possesses extraordinary beauty in its blue grottoes and smaller towns that once belonged only to fishers and pirates. Now it is mostly a holiday resort for couples.
The lack of flat, developable land on the cliffs makes real estate expensive, exacerbated by the huge demand for houses from anyone who has visited. Furthermore, the disinclination of Neapolitan and Roman families to sell their older homes makes it almost impossible to buy the best ones. There are just a few Vendesi (For Sale) signs along the coast. You might be lucky enough to find a threebedroom home perched on a cliff with a large backyard for â‚¬450,000, such as one recently advertised near the town of Amalfi.