Another American Dominican and I went south of Rome in pursuit of his roots in Calabria, near the toe of the Italian boot. On the way down, we made a slight detour to the Amalfi coast. It was pretty quiet in January, although I imagine it is simply packed with people come the summer times. Even in winter, the views are amazing. The towns do seem to just cascade down the mountainside into the sea. The driving can be a bit rough though--plenty of switchbacks and narrow roads. It was definitely worth seeing, though.