Guest post by Erin from Erin’s Travel Tips
Italy has some beautiful beach towns, but none are as famous or as picturesque as the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana). Whether you are driving along the narrow scenic roads, sampling delicious food, or discovering new sights, you will feel inspired by the beauty of this mystical place.
Just over an hour’s drive south of Naples, it is an easy car or train ride away. The Amalfi Coast is a 31-mile (50-kilometer) stretch of rugged coastline located in the Campania region.
For centuries, it has been the ideal vacation getaway for everyday tourists, as well as famous celebrities. The Amalfi Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts approximately 5 million tourists each year.
The Amalfi Coast is made up of a total of 13 coastal villages: Amalfi, Atrani, Cetara, Conca de’ Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Ravello, Scala, Tramonti, and Vietri sul Mare.
It begins just south of Sorrento and ends with the port city of Salerno. Often Sorrento is mistakenly considered to be a part of the Amalfi Coast due to its close proximity. It is actually on two different coastlines.
- 1 Best Time to Visit Amalfi Coast
- 2 Getting to the Amalfi Coast
- 3 15 Best Things to Do On The Amalfi Coast
- 3.1 1. Explore Positano
- 3.2 2. Hike The Path of the Gods
- 3.3 3. Check Out the Temples at Paestum
- 3.4 4. Visit the Furore Beach
- 3.5 5. Drive the Winding Roads on the Amalfi Coast
- 3.6 6. Get Enchanted at the Island of Capri
- 3.7 7. Take a Boat Tour of Capri to the Blue Grotto
- 3.8 8. Go on a Day Trip to the Romantic City of Ravello
- 3.9 9. Tour a Quaint Amalfi Coast Winery
- 3.10 10. Explore Amalfi
- 3.11 11. Day Trip to the Mystical Ruins of Pompeii
- 3.12 12. Visit Atrani
- 3.13 13. Swim at the Regina Giovanna Bath
- 3.14 14. Learn History at the Herculaneum
- 3.15 15. Explore Valle Delle Ferriere
- 4 Author Bio
Best Time to Visit Amalfi Coast
The best months to visit the Amalfi Coast are in May or September, which is considered shoulder season. You will avoid the crowds with temperatures around 68°F – 77°F.
While the summers can be beautiful, this is peak season with more tourists and even warmer temperatures.
Getting to the Amalfi Coast
If you arrive from out of the area, the closest large airport city is Naples. Naples to the Amalfi Coast is served by the train system called the Trenitalia which drops off in Vietri sul Mare-Amalfi. Taxis are the most convenient and costly option.
To travel between the villages, you can go by bus, ferry, or taxi. While you can rent a car, it is not recommended. The roads have narrow lanes on steep cliffs which get packed with cars during peak season making it hard to find parking and explore.
15 Best Things to Do On The Amalfi Coast
1. Explore Positano
Positano is one of the most scenic towns on the Amalfi coast set on a side of cliffs. This pastel-colored village will literally take your breath away with its postcard-perfect views. Known as being a “vertical town”, you will be getting your steps as you explore the shops, and beaches, and indulge at local restaurants and bars.
Arienzo Beach Club is the ideal place to relax and unwind on the Amalfi Coast. You will be picked up from Positano and taken to a special hidden cove beach.
This attractive beach is covered with bright-colored umbrellas and lounge chairs. Book well in advance online to not be disappointed since this is a popular place.
2. Hike The Path of the Gods
The Path of the Gods is a 6.5km trek that takes you over Positano and has breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast. The rugged trail offers respite from the busy towns along this popular coastline.
Around every bend, you will find another stunning view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, part of the Mediterranean Sea. The Path of the Gods hike is moderately simple and is between Bomerana and Nocelle, accessible by bus. Start out early to minimize heat and crowds. Make sure to wear appropriate hiking shoes and a hat. Don’t forget to bring water.
3. Check Out the Temples at Paestum
Paestum is located South of Salerno by approximately 45 minutes. It is known for its 3 Greek-style temples that date back to the 5th or 6th century BCE.
If you are a history lover, Paestum is worth checking out. You will be impressed by the magnitude and splendor of these temples.
They are some of the best preserved ancient Greek temples in the world. Make sure to wear good footwear because of the uneven terrain.
Address: Parco Archeologico di, Via Magna Graecia, 919, 84047
4. Visit the Furore Beach
If you’re in search of unique beach scenery on the Amalfi Coast, head to the village of Furore outside of Praiano. Here you will see a steep cliff and deep cove with a gorgeous arched bridge which is how it got its name, Furore Fjord.
Down the valley is the Furore Fjord Ecomuseum, which includes a small herbarium, and astronomical observatory, that offers guided tours. It shares an interesting history of how the Fiodo di Furor (Furore Fjord) was used to transport key essentials to the nearby paper mills.
Address: Via Marina di Praia, 2
5. Drive the Winding Roads on the Amalfi Coast
Whether you take a taxi or a guided tour, sit back and enjoy the most stunning views you’ll ever see. You will get a glimpse of lemon trees, and a multitude of pastel-colored villas — all located at jaw-dropping angles over the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Make a stop in the small fishing village of Conca Dei Marini just after the Belvedere Hotel to get a view of Sophia Loren’s former residence. You will also spot an old fortress, which is now the Hotel Saraceno.
While in Conca Dei Marini, see the old Dominican monastery built in the 17th century, which is now a luxury 5-star luxury boutique hotel.
Monastero Santa Rosa is considered one of the best boutique hotels on the Amalfi Coast. It sits perched on the edge of a cliff with an infinity pool that is truly one of a kind.
Get a drink at Bar la Brocca on the lower level of the hotel and sit outside for some of the best views of the Amalfi Coast.
6. Get Enchanted at the Island of Capri
Capri is what dreams are made of with its picture-perfect bluish green water and steep cliffs. This is a popular spot with day tourists, as well as the glitterati who park their super-yachts just offshore. Simply purchase ferry tickets from Positano to Capri which will take you to Marina Grande.
Whether you go for the day or make a longer trip, this is a must-visit while on the Amalfi coast. Capri is best seen in the early hours or later afternoon since the island gets a lot of day tourists.
7. Take a Boat Tour of Capri to the Blue Grotto
Capri private boat tours are well worth the time. You will be inspired by the beauty of this island and see many sights you wouldn’t have noticed on foot.
The Blue Grotto is one of the most famous locations for its perfect blue water and unique cave history. While there often is a line, it is a romantic place to visit.
In order to fit through the small mouth of the cave, you will disembark onto a small rowboat. The experience costs around 14 euros per person.
Depending on weather and sea conditions, the Blue Grotto may not be available. However, there is a multitude of other grottoes to be explored in Capri including the Green Grotto, White Grotto, and the Grotto of Matermania (Grotto of Marriage).
8. Go on a Day Trip to the Romantic City of Ravello
Ravello is arguably the most romantic city on the Amalfi Coast and the best destination for honeymoons. This musical city offers stunning gardens with breathtaking views that are a perfect backdrop for your next romantic getaway.
Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone are two must-see attractions when in Ravello. Both have a small entrance fee.
As you enter the main square, you will see Villa Rufolo. Explore the old villa and see the spectacular views from the exterior gardens. Often they have live music or concerts here.
Villa Cimbrone is another historic villa located in Ravello renowned for breathtaking views from the Terrace Infinity of the Amalfi Coast. Take a few hours, stroll through the gardens and see some of the beautiful architecture on these expansive grounds.
The garden is also full of gorgeous blooms, especially their rose bushes.
9. Tour a Quaint Amalfi Coast Winery
Off the beaten path is the charming organic winery called Le Vigne di Raito. It is situated in the town of Raito, a municipality of Vietri sul Mare with stunning views of the Amalfi Coast.
Take a guided tour by a sommelier who will take you on a full excursion around the vineyard and cellars. Sample the wines, while enjoying a seasonal meal made from fresh locally grown ingredients while taking in the view.
At the end of the tour, you’ll get to chat with the winemaker, who speaks passionately about her red wine. This is truly a genuine Italian experience!
Address: Via San Vito, 9, 84019 Raito – Vietri sul Mare, SA
10. Explore Amalfi
Amalfi is another popular destination on the Amalfi Coast. The coast is nicknamed Amalfi since it was a key source of maritime commerce for centuries. An earthquake ravaged the town in 1343, and the town remains less prominent than its prior glory.
Amalfi is a great location for buying anything lemon-related including limoncello, lemon hand soaps, and more! A personal favorite was the lemon pottery Christmas ornaments for the perfect memento to take home.
Take a moment to admire the Amalfi Cathedral (Duomo di Amalfi). The Cathedral stands out with its awe-inspiring striped marble and stone facade in the main square. The cathedral is dedicated to Apostle Saint Andrew, and his relic can be found here. Step inside, visitors can explore for free.
If your schedule allows, make time for a fine dining experience in a town called Sensi Restaurant. This culinary delight has a modern kitchen approach that offers a different sensory experience on each visit. You will love the ambiance and the variety of courses to choose from.
11. Day Trip to the Mystical Ruins of Pompeii
If you love history, a trip to the mystical ruins of Pompeii must be added to your Amalfi Coast itinerary. It is known for being the world’s most famous volcanic disaster site when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D.
Due to its popularity, you will want to review key tips prior to visiting the Pompeii Archeological Park. Guided tours on average take approximately 2.5 hours, or you can download the My Pompeii app and tour at your leisure.
Address: Via Plinio, 26, 80045 Pompei NA, Italy
12. Visit Atrani
The charming town of Atrani gives you a more authentic day-to-day feel of living on the Amalfi Coast. Piazza Umberto I or the central square is the place to be in town. It has gorgeous colorful architecture, flowered balconies, and narrow streets to explore.
Sit at a sidewalk cafe for a drink, and take in the local life. For one of the best restaurants in town, eat at the unforgettable Le Palme Ristorante with homemade seafood dishes and pizza.
13. Swim at the Regina Giovanna Bath
Regina Giovanna Bath is located just 10 minutes west of the city of Sorrento. Here you will find stunning views, scenic ruins of a Roman villa, and a secluded beach cove that is popular for swimming. If you plan to swim, come early to avoid the crowds.
Location: Via Marina di Praia, 2, 84010 Furore SA, Italy
14. Learn History at the Herculaneum
Herculaneum is another excellent spot for history buffs. While Pompeii is the top attraction to see, there are some unique attractions here to see on a smaller scale. Some of the highlights include ancient brothels, skeletons, and well-preserved mosaics and frescoes.
Tickets can be purchased in advance through their website. This site can be toured in 2 hours.
Address: Corso Resina, 187, 80056 Ercolano NA, Italy
15. Explore Valle Delle Ferriere
Valle Delle Ferriere is a protected area in the province of Salerno and is a wonderful region to explore for those who enjoy the outdoors.
Starting from the main square of Amalfi, you will notice signs for the Valle Delle Ferriere and the Reserve. Here you’ll find an abundance of lemon trees, beautiful waterfalls, and magnificent views of the Amalfi Coast. There is an entrance fee of 5 Euros.
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