The Best of The Amalfi Coast
The magical and one of a kind Amalfi Coast provides travelers an absolute abundance of southern Italian charm and stunning natural beauty that is certain to capture your imagination and awaken the romantic within.
Located on the Tyrrhenian Sea starting just a bit south of Naples and in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, this famous, steep, winding coastline will take you to a variety of gorgeous seaside villages and provide you some of the most spectacular views of the sea you can capture in Italy. When coming to one the most beautiful areas in one the most beautiful countries in the world, it’s hard to make a wrong choice on where to go, but we’ve listed some of our favorite places that we believe represent the best characteristics of this special region.
Positano is one of those places which makes you feel as if you are in the midst of some sort of wonderful, lucid dream. From the moment you arrive at the top of the town and weave your way down to the sea past its many dollhouse-like pink and yellow colored villas, elegant boutiques, and tiny grocery stores selling local delicacies, you will have fallen deeply in love.
You can catch some sun and relax at the two main beaches in town—either Grande Marina with its central location and popular upscale restaurants on the sand or the more secluded Arienzo Beach (otherwise known as 300 step beach due to the daunting climb involved to get back to town). Both offer something unique, in terms of appearance and style. Wherever you go, Positano is sure to inspire, making it an essential part of any trip to the Amalfi Coast.
Known as “the town of good taste”, the small fishing village of Minori is famous for its big flavors. Beloved for its decadently sweet pastries and famous for once being the center of pasta production for the Kingdom of Naples, eating here is sure to give you a memorable experience.
If you aren’t sure of what to eat, you can come and sample everything at once at the Gusti Minori Food Festival held in late August, which also features live musical performances and shows the works of local artists.
A walk through the diminutive town center and its connecting small streets and squares will provide you with a view of the daily life for locals not as easily seen in the larger and more touristy parts of the Amalfi Coast. Don’t forget to stop for a glass of the famous Minori limoncello and arancello, the bright and sweet citrus-flavored liqueurs that help keep town residents ever cheerful.
A popular beginning point for traveling the coast when coming from Naples, Sorrento is larger and more highly developed than the neighboring villages on the Amalfi Coast but still dripping with local character and culture. With its fishing boat filled marinas, small beaches, tiny medieval alleys, and a pedestrianized town center that comes alive at night, there are a huge number of activities that make Sorrento the perfect place to use as a home base for a few days while you explore the region.
Arriving and departing Sorrento by public transport is easy and gives a wonderful view of the surrounding area. It’s easy to catch a ferry to/from Naples, making for a memorable ride past Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius and giving you a great entryway into the region.
Famous for its classical architecture, a one-thousand-year-old town center, and its promenade along the marina, the town of Amalfi offers an abundance of sights for visitors. This namesake town of the Amalfi Coast hosts can’t miss classical buildings such as the Duomo di Sant'Andrea dating back to the 11thcentury and the medieval Chiostro del Paradiso ("Cloister of Paradise") which is an open air museum.
Getting to know the local history will introduce you to its many influences from the Greek, Roman, Arabic, Crusader, Norman, and of course Italian history that has touched down on this formerly important market town through the centuries and gives it such a unique style.
Amidst learning about the town and regional history, you can stop and take in a meal at a sidewalk café on the main piazza or do a bit of shopping for local art or handmade clothing at the many surrounding boutiques. Whatever your interests, there’s plenty to enjoy on a variety of levels within Amalfi.
Acting as a bookend which signifies the southern end of the Amalfi Coast, Salerno is an often overlooked city which deserves an extended look from travelers. An opulent and clean town center is a breath of fresh air after experiencing the craziness of Naples and offers a wider canvas of activities than the diminutive villages along the coast. Travelers will find wide avenues, a number of impressive museums and churches, a huge pedestrian area framed by classical buildings, and a bustling nightlife known as “la movida” which centers around the town hall and Piazza Largo Campo from 9 pm onward.
If traveling around Salerno in December, travelers can be enchanted by the “Luci d'Artista” which are a canopy of lights with different colors and designs that cover the entirety of the main pedestrian area. It’s something totally unique which has to be seen to be believed and one of the many aspects that make Salerno such a great place to visit.
Whether looking for the tranquility of the sea, a sun-drenched beach, historical towns, or lively small cities, you are sure to find them on your visit to the Amalfi Coast.
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