Exploring the Enchanting Amalfi Coast and Beyond: A Journey of Breathtaking Beauty and History.
Nestled along the rugged coastline of southern Italy, the Amalfi Coast is a stunning destination that leaves travelers spellbound with its breathtaking landscapes, charming towns that seem to defy gravity, clinging effortlessly to their surrounding cliffs, and it's rich history. Think azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, terraced cliffs blooming with vibrant bougainvillea, jaw dropping vistas and centuries-old culture. It's easy to see why the Amalfi Coast offers an unforgettable experience that is on so many bucket lists. Join us as we journey through this picturesque paradise, discovering the most popular things to do, must-visit places, transportation options, and the captivating history that has shaped the region.
History and Culture:
The Amalfi Coast boasts a rich history that dates back to ancient times. The region was a prominent center of maritime trade during the Middle Ages, with the town of Amalfi itself being a major naval power. Its strategic location along trade routes led to a fusion of cultures, influencing the architecture, art, and traditions that still thrive today.
Positano: With its pastel-hued buildings cascading down the cliffs to the sea, Positano is a postcard-worthy destination. Explore the narrow streets lined with boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants, and don't miss the opportunity to relax on its beautiful beaches.
Check out the famed Le Sirenuse or Il Tridente Restaurants for the quintessential Positano feels but be sure to book ahead (bookings are taken 2 weeks in advance and fill quickly), if you're not up for a meal you can have aperitifs and cocktails at Franco's Bar (Be sure to get there early to get a table on the terrace with views to die for).
Head to Chez Black at the beach for a see and be seen moment or catch the little wooden Da Adolfo boat for Da Adolfo's Restaurant and chill time at Laurito Beach. You will need to book ahead for this one.
If you're looking for nightlife then Music on the Rocks should fit the (somewhat expensive) bill, things don't really get going here until midnight but once there you can dance what's left of the night away.
Hiking the Path of the Gods: For nature enthusiasts, the Path of the Gods offers an exhilarating trek with awe-inspiring vistas. This ancient footpath winds its way through terraced vineyards and offers breathtaking views of the coast and the sea.
Boat Tour: Book onto a boat tour here to fully appreciate the coast's beauty from the water. Explore hidden coves, sea caves, and enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine while cruising along the coastline. or take leisurely sunset cruise along the coast complete with a glass (or two) of Prosecco...it would be rude not to, you are on holidays after all....
Check out more amazing things to do in and around Positano here.
Where to stay
We stayed at Hotel Casa Albertina and enjoyed beautiful vistas from our balcony. but there are many options to choose from. Find accommodation in Positano here Beware though, most places in Positano required getting up and down a lot of steps so you will get your cardio fix!
Other Towns To Explore:
Amalfi: The namesake of the coast, Amalfi is a historic town known for its striking architecture and the aforementioned cathedral. Wander through the Piazza del Duomo and explore the charming backstreets that lead to hidden squares and picturesque viewpoints. Find accommodation in Amalfi here.
Ravello: Perched high above the sea, Ravello offers panoramic views that are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Visit the Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, both adorned with stunning gardens, intricate architecture and killer views. Find accommodation in Ravello here.
Hot Tip: Want the Amalfi Coast/ Positano experience without the hefty price tag? Consider staying in one of the smaller towns such as Praiano where you will have the same look and feel for a lot less money. Use your accommodation savings for more holiday spending! Win! Win! Find accommodation in Praiano here.
Sorrento: The gateway to the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is a lively town known for its lemon groves, limoncello production, and stunning vistas.
Explore the bustling Piazza Tasso and take a stroll along the waterfront for a glimpse of the dramatic coastline. The town itself is stunning and so easy to explore. with hidden gems everywhere. Be sure to check out the Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Mills) just near Piazza Tasso where you'll look down on spectacular ruins nestled at the base of a deep gorge, overgrown with lush vegetation and waterfalls.
Wander through one of the many stunning Amalfi Lemon groves, relax in their gardens and sample the Limoncello and other produce on offer.
Immerse yourself in the local culture by participating in a cooking class. Learn to prepare traditional Italian dishes using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and gain insights into the region's culinary heritage.
Or Indulge in the rich flavors of the Amalfi Coast with a wine tasting experience. The terraced hillsides produce exceptional wines, and many wineries offer tours and tastings where you can savor the local vintages.
The Amalfi Coast is a destination that effortlessly weaves together history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you're wandering through charming villages, admiring stunning coastal views, or delving into the region's fascinating past, the Amalfi Coast promises an unforgettable journey that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. So what are you waiting for? C'mon, pack your bags, embrace the allure of this coastal gem, and embark on an adventure that will captivate your senses and stir your soul.
Need more Inspo? Check out these must do's while you're in the area.......
Exploring Beyond the Amalfi Coast: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Enchanting Island of Capri
While the Amalfi Coast itself is a treasure trove of beauty and history, the surrounding areas offer additional gems that are not to be missed. Embark on a journey that takes you beyond the coast, where ancient ruins and idyllic islands await to captivate your senses and deepen your understanding of this remarkable region.
Pompeii and Herculaneum: Unveiling Ancient Mysteries
Just a short distance from the Amalfi Coast lies the archaeological wonders of Pompeii and Herculaneum. These ancient Roman cities were buried beneath layers of volcanic ash and pumice when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, preserving them in an almost frozen state. Today, we have the extraordinary opportunity to step back in time and witness the daily lives of ancient Romans.
Pompeii: A sprawling archaeological site, Pompeii offers a remarkable glimpse into the daily lives, customs, and architecture of a Roman city frozen in time. Walk along the ancient streets, explore well-preserved homes, visit the impressive amphitheater, and marvel at the art and frescoes that have endured for centuries. The haunting casts of human figures and animals serve as poignant reminders of the city's tragic fate. Find your perfect Pompeii experience here.
Herculaneum: Smaller in scale but equally fascinating, Herculaneum offers a more intimate look at daily Roman life. The intricate mosaics, preserved wooden structures, and even carbonized food give insight into the daily routines and luxuries enjoyed by the city's inhabitants. Get the most out of your Herculaneum visit here.
Island of Capri: A Slice of Heaven in the Tyrrhenian Sea
A short boat ride from the Amalfi Coast, the island of Capri awaits with its natural beauty, upscale charm, and captivating history. From the moment you step onto this enchanting island, you'll be greeted by stunning landscapes and a sense of luxury that has attracted celebrities and travelers alike for generations.
Anacapri: Begin your exploration in the town of Anacapri, located at a higher elevation than Capri Town. Take the chairlift to Mount Solaro for panoramic views of the island and the sparkling sea below. Discover the historic Villa San Michele, where stunning gardens and archaeological artifacts await. For a few Euros you can take the funicular up to the Piazetta or you can climb the 921 stone steps up Mount Solaro.
Capri Town: As you descend to Capri Town, you'll be immersed in the vibrant atmosphere of its piazzas, designer boutiques, and charming cafes. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Gardens of Augustus, offering breathtaking views of the famed Faraglioni rock formations and the azure sea.
Looking for more than a day trip to soak in those Capri feels? There's plenty of accommodation options to choose from so you can relax into the island life. Check them out here.
Other Must See Places in Capri:
Blue Grotto: A visit to the Blue Grotto, a sea cave illuminated by an otherworldly blue light, is a must. Glide into the grotto on a small rowboat and marvel at the mesmerizing colors created by the play of light and water.
Villa Jovis: For history buffs, a trek to Villa Jovis, the ruins of Emperor Tiberius's palace, offers insights into the island's Roman past and commands sweeping views of the surrounding landscapes. A palace of debauchery there was some serious partying here back in the day, also be sure to check out Tiberius' Leap (Salto di Tiberio) where the emperor was said to have disposed of those that annoyed him (ie tossed them off the cliff into the sea). Nice.
Check out these and more amazing Capri experiences here.
The Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the island of Capri collectively weave a narrative of Italy's rich history and natural beauty. From the grandeur of ancient cities to the tranquility of island life, each destination adds a layer of depth to your journey, inviting you to explore, reflect, and connect with the past. As you venture beyond the Amalfi Coast, you'll find yourself immersed in a tapestry of experiences that will leave an indelible mark on your travel memories. So set sail on this captivating voyage and let the treasures of the region unfold before your eyes. Find out more amazing Amalfi Coast experiences here.
What to Wear:
The Amalfi Coast is all about coastal luxe, muted tones, natural fibres such as linen and cotton, and nautical stripes. Fresh, Stylish and a Touch of class.
|Hallie Maxi Dress
|Destii 100% Linen Shirt
|Joilet Stripe Shirt
|Brocton Twill Jean
|San Jose Striped Organic Tee
Getting There Is Half The Fun:
Reaching the Amalfi Coast is a breeze, thanks to a variety of transportation options available to visitors. The most common entry points are Naples and Salerno. From Naples, you can take a scenic train ride to Sorrento, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. As our first destination was Positano, we decided to take a fast train from Rome to Salerno.
Hot tip: From Salerno you can ferry across to towns such as Amalfi, Ravello or Positano. This has the added bonus of allowing you to see the spectacular coastline from the sea for the price of a ferry ticket (25 Euro at the time of writing this).
To get a driver or a taxi is a tad more expensive.... starting around 150 - 200 Euros to get to Positano as the drive takes about an hour due to the winding and narrow cliff roads and heavy traffic.
Hot Tip: If you decide to get a driver split the cost with other travellers heading to the same town, it makes the price much more reasonable and you get to meet new friends at the same time!
Driving yourself in this region is not generally recommended as the roads are not for the faint hearted and there are many traffic exclusion zones in and around the towns. However, if you're up for the challenge then the winding coastal roads offer breathtaking views at every turn, making the journey itself an unforgettable part of your trip.
Alternatively, flying into Naples International Airport provides a convenient starting point for your adventure and you can easily catch a train to Sorrento or Salerno depending where your first stay is.
Once you've arrived, the Amalfi Coast offers various modes of transportation to explore the region. Buses are a popular choice, providing a cost-effective way to travel between towns. Ferries are also a great way to get around, offering amazing views along the way.