Nothing can prepare you for the breathtaking sea views from Ravello's Hotel Caruso, in the hills of Italy's wildly beautiful Amalfi coast. Whether you're relaxing on the balcony of one of its luxe rooms, breakfasting on the terrace, or floating in its tranquil infinity pool, the views provide a spectacular backdrop.

Once a medieval palazzo, this hilltop retreat has developed into a grand hotel with traces of its past remaining in its colonnade and 18th-century frescos. There are 48 rooms, including eight suites, and two restaurants, where you can sample the region's famous seafood and wine.

Should you want to leave the hotel's idyllic surroundings, either head inland to the ruins of Pompeii, or hop on a boat along the dramatic coastline to Sorrento and Capri.

Wow factor: Staff will go out of their way to make your stay perfect - when Alicia Keys visited, a grand piano was delivered to her room by a crane.

Flight time: Two hours and 50 minutes.

Go: Villa View Rooms from £623 B&B (0845 077 2222; Easyjet (0871 244 2366; flies to Naples from £45.65 return.