Nestled in the heart of the Campania region, along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most romantic destinations in Europe. The sun-soaked beaches, sparkling blue seas and scenic towns and villages with endless views of the coastline are just part of the allure, and there’s certainly no shortage of things to see and do while you are there. Whether you’re jetting off for a romantic long weekend or you’ve got two weeks in one of our holiday villas on the Amalfi Coast to look forward to, we’ve created the ultimate travel guide to help you plan a trip of a lifetime with us!
When to go:
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the 50km coastline gets particularly busy during the summer months as both local and visiting beach-goers alike take to the sands to sunbathe, swim, play games, snorkel, or sit back with a summer read. That’s not to say that it isn’t enjoyable and there are a number of secluded coves and bays that are slightly off the beaten track that are fantastic to spend the day during this time of year. However, if blazing sunshine isn’t your number one priority, the spring brings clear fresh air, and an explosion of colour as the rolling hillsides are carpeted with flowers, and the weather remains to be favourable thanks to the mild climate. During the Autumn, you can still take a dip in the sea and enjoy a quieter pace of life as everyone gets ready for winter.
Things to do in Amalfi Coast
Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea
Incorporating a variety of architectural styles, the cathedral in Amalfi is a stark representation of the town’s rich history, and the top of the sweeping 62-step staircase provides one of the best viewpoints in the region. The interior mostly consists of baroque and features an array of fascinating statues alongside 12thand 13th-century mosaics.
Villa Rufolo, Ravello
Built in the 13th-century for the wealthy Rufolo dynasty, this beautiful attraction is renowned for its cascading gardens and panoramic views that are packed with exotic colours. Stairs within the tower lead to an outside viewing platform and jaw-dropping views up and down the coast. The picture-perfect venue hosts world-class concerts throughout the town’s arts festival, so check out what’s on ahead of your visit!
Marina di Praia
Just a few kilometres outside the centre of Praiano, follow a steep path down the inlet to find yourself on an intimate stretch of golden sands, looking out across the tempting blue waters. You can rent a boat here for a couple of hours and explore the immediate coastline or simply sit back and appreciate the sheer beauty that surrounds you.
Museo Correale di Terranova
Head to Sorrento, just east of the city centre, where a fascinating museum with a rich collection of 16th-19th-century Neapolitan artefacts alongside Oriental and European ceramics, fans, clocks and a ground floor exhibition on ancient and medieval artefacts. The perfect escape from the afternoon heat in the summer or an opportunity to see some of the fine arts and crafts from hundreds of years ago; for anyone with an interest in history, this museum is not to be missed!
Baia di Ieranto
Another fantastic day out is a trip to the very tip of the Punta Penna peninsula south of Sorrento, where a beautiful beach can be reached after a steady 45-minute walk. The route starts in the small and atmospheric village of Nerano and takes the average walker around 45-minutes each way. There are several steep sections of downhill, so shoes and a certain level of mobility are a must! Upon arrival to the pebble beach, you can kick back with your holiday book or enjoy a dip in the sheltered bay.
Walking with Gods
As you climb higher and higher in this beautiful part of the world, the views get all the more breath-taking, and this particular stretch of coastline is an absolute haven for walkers of all abilities. The Footpath of the Gods is a ridge between Nocelle and Bomerano, and usually takes around five hours. For more information on the best way to appreciate the Amalfi Coast on foot, check out our recent blog post, The Path of Gods – Amalfi Coast.
Drive the Road of 1,000 Bends
Arguably one of the most magnificent drives by the coast, this wonderful route is not without its frustration, road rage and nausea as drivers from all over attempt to navigate the winding road. Be sure to leave plenty of time for this experience, particularly during the summer when progress can be agonisingly slow. The road is just about wide enough for two lanes of traffic and inexperienced drivers often get stuck, much to the dismay of locals who travel the route every single day.
Towns and Villages
Often referred to as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is a charming town featuring a plethora of winding lanes and lots of traditional restaurants serving high-quality Italian cuisine.
Once a humble fishing village with a thriving industry, Positano has since turned into the ideal holiday resort, with the pastel-hued houses and the iconic domed cathedral making the perfect backdrop to those wanting to relax on the beach.
Perhaps not the first place you’d think of for a holiday destination but definitely not to be missed during your time on the Amalfi Coast. Boats bob around in the harbour while local kids splash around in the sea and time seems to slow down while you enjoy a delicious lunch before strolling around the seafront in the afternoon.
Walk with your head in the clouds, quite literally, in Ravello where the high altitude leads to hilly paths and enviable views. The town is popular with those seeking understated glamour, and a buzzing music festival takes place throughout the summer months, so check what’s on ahead of your visit!
With high limestone cliffs, azure blue waters and a glamourous scene around every corner, it’s no surprise that people have chosen to take their holidays in Capri since the days of ancient Rome. The mix of old and new means there’s something for everyone to see and do in Capri and the postcard-worthy views will stay with you for years to come!
That concludes our ultimate travel guide to the Amalfi Coast, including when and where to go alongside the various things to see and do whilst you are there. Do you have any other suggestions or a different favourite spot here? Let us and fellow travellers know via the comments on our social media so your special place can get the recognition that it deserves!
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