Q: We're contemplating a visit to Italy, with a drive along the Amalfi Coast, stopping in Positano. What are the best hotels to stay in along the way, and when is the best time to visit?
A: This part of Italy is rife with legendary hotels. Weather-wise, many people prefer May and September, when the weather is a bit more temperate. Among the best hotels in the region are Le Sirenuse, and the Hotel San Pietro in Positano, the Caruso Hotel in Ravello, and the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento. One word of advice though: these hotels are all relatively small and very popular, so booking ahead is essential. Indeed, Le Sirenuse is sold out for most of this spring and summer, with rooms opening up only in October. And bring plenty of Euros because they're not cheap.