A haven for tourists, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular destinations in Italy and welcomes thousands upon thousands of visitors from all over the world every year. This popularity has meant that some of the more typical holiday activities have become crowded with hordes of tourists, all of which are determined on acquiring the perfect, Insta-ready holiday snap. That’s not to say they aren’t still worth visiting as you’ll still enjoy experiencing these sight-seeing classics and ticking them off your bucket list. Here at Quality Villas, we’ve come up with a slightly more alternative list of unique things to see and do whilst staying in one of our luxury holiday villas on the Amalfi coast.
Take a Boat Trip to the Sirenuse Islands
While Capri is probably the most famous island of this part of Italy, just next to it lies the Sirenuse Islands, which have much the same desert island charm without the onslaught of others who are also trying to explore the very best that the Amalfi Coast has to offer. There are five islands in the chain in total; La Rotunda, Isca, Vetara, La Catelluccia and Gallo Lungo, the latter of which is the largest and used to house both a monastery and a prison. Due to the remoteness of these islands, you can’t actually set foot upon them, but boat trips around them will take a close look at what lies on shore and the surrounding sea is home to some of the best snorkelling hotspots in Italy. Sit back on deck with a cool drink in hand and enjoy taking in the fascinating nature of these islands.
Ride the Railway
Up towards the northern region of the Amalfi Coast you’ll find La Circumvesuviana – the Amalfi’s very own train-line! Whilst sitting on a train might not be quite what you envisioned when you thought about your holiday to this idyllic part of the world, the train is a fantastic way to get from Naples to Sorrento for a day trip, or if you are continuing your holiday elsewhere. Furthermore, the journey takes you through the heart of this fascinating region, passing some spectacular scenery including the monolithic Mount Vesuvius. The window seat has never been more desirable and try to sit on the left so that you can gaze out to sea and marvel at the azure Mediterranean Sea as you travel.
Hunt for Waterfalls at the Ferriere Valley
A protected area of Salerno, the Ferriere Valley is a fantastic spot to hike, discover and explore an untouched side of Italy you have never seen before. A haven for both hikers and cyclists alike, you will encounter plenty of stunning natural beauty, rolling landscapes and magical forests while the impressive waterfalls are a sight to behold. The various trails allow you to experience a plethora of different viewpoints of the towns, admiring them from a totally different perspective, and be sure to keep a keen eye out for any interesting plants or wildlife during your hike.
Take in the Views at Ravello
Ravello has long since been a playground for the rich and famous, and it won’t take you too long to figure out why. Set atop the mountains in the middle of Maiori and Amalfi, life in Ravello is laidback and unlike other tourist hotspots in the area, the town seems to move at a much slower pace. One of the best things to do in Ravello is visit the Villa Rufolo, which is home to what is arguably some of the best views in the country, and you can sit back and relax as you take it all in and let the world pass you by. Head to the centre of town to admire the impressive cathedral while art-lovers can browse the fascinating gallery. If you are on holiday with a romantic partner, you won’t be short of mood-setting restaurants and the perfect vibe in Ravello, so make sure to check out the local restaurants for a wonderful evening together.
Experience the Nightlife in Positano
An unapologetically typical Amalfi Coast village, Positano is home to stunning views and beautiful pastel-coloured houses. Think about what you imagine a seaside village in this beautiful region to look like, and we’re sure you’ll be picturing Positano. If you are starting in Naples you will be able to plan a visit to the UNESCO-listed ruins of ancient Pompeii en route; whilst it might not be the most unique day out in the world, it’s virtually a rite of passage for those who holiday on the Amalfi Coast. The gorgeous, golden sandy beaches are lined with bustling beachside bars that are perfect for after dinner drinks, and those who are up for a big night out can head to any of the bigger clubs and dance well into the early hours.
Snorkel Through Time in Baiae
Many opt for boat rides to take in the sights that the Amalfi Coast has to offer, but why not head underwater to experience an awe-inspiring history of a time gone by? Head to Baiae, where the remains of a nympheum from the time of Emperor Claudius, the floor of an ancient villa and an ancient Roman public paved road can all be seen through goggles. The perfect activity for both sports and culture lovers alike, this unique attraction can’t be done anywhere else in the world and the historical importance of these ruins is like nothing you’ll see on dryland.
We hope you enjoyed our look at just six of the many unique and fascinating things to do on the Amalfi Coast and that we have, perhaps, even inspired the choice of your next holiday destination. Should that be the case, don’t hesitate to contact our fantastic team here at Quality Villas who would be more than happy to help you choose the perfect villa for all of your requirements. For more inspiration, check out our recent blog posts, including 7 days on the Amalfi Coast. Have you been to the Amalfi Coast and have any other excursions or activities to recommend? Do let us, and other travellers, know via the comments section of our social media channels.
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