WHEN TO GO: MAY-OCTOBER
Day 1: Procida
Cross the Bay of Naples to Procida by ferry. This charming island, the smallest in the Bay of Naples, is also the least famous. This is undeserved, for its flourishing gardens and fragrant lemon and orange groves have bewitched visitors since time immemorial.
Day 2: Ischia
Cruise to Ischia, the largest island in the Gulf of Naples. Numerous thermal springs created by volcanic activity have made Ischia one of the most famous seaside spa centres in the world. Do not miss the picturesque village of Ischia Ponte next to the Aragonese Castle.
Day 3: Capri
Capri has been a favourite of the jet set since the time of the Roman emperor Augustus. The most notable of the innumerable attractions of this beautiful island are the Blue Grotto, Axel Munthe's Villa San Michele, and unsurpassed views over the Bay of Naples and the southern Amalfi Coast. The island also produces delicious Limoncello liqueur and lemon-scented perfume. The heart of Capri is the lovely Piazza Umberto and its clock tower, cafés, and graceful San Stefano church.
Day 4: Agropoli
Further down the Amalfi coast is the medieval town and seaside resort of Agropoli, dominated by a crenulated old lighthouse and a feudal castle. You can take a taxi to visit the spectacular temples at Paestum or the sandy beaches in Trentova Bay to the north of the town. The village of Amalfi is a short sail away from here.
Day 5: Amalfi
The maritime heritage of the Amalfitan Republic, a superpower in its day, is still apparent in Amalfi today. Local craftsmen and artisans keep the old traditions alive, making fine handmade papers and colourful ceramics. The Amalfi Coast is a World Heritage Site, and deservedly so: Numerous churches - including Amalfi Cathedral - and villas from the city's golden age still dot the coast, blending together with the stunning nature.
Day 6: Procida
Sail back to Procida. Take a taxi ride around the town and island and enjoy one last dinner before departing.