All the best things to see and do in the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is arguably one of the most breathtaking stretches of coastline in the Mediterranean. Here, the mountains plunge into the sea and the pastel-coloured houses line the coast leaving you with the most enchanting views, something you will never forget! If you are planning a trip to Italy, you do not want to miss out on seeing one of the countries most memorable destinations.
Here are some things to see and do when you visit the Amalfi Coast.
Explore Positano, Sorrento and Amalfi
If you are visiting the Amalfi Coast, chances are you will be staying in either Positano, Sorrento or Amalfi. Either way, ensure you plan a day trip to explore each of these uniquely different towns. Ferries run from town to town on the hour, when you arrive head to the local marina or information office to obtain a map and timetable.
Amalfi is the biggest town in the Amalfi Coast. When you arrive in Amalfi, make your way to the main Piazetta and walk up the stairs of the Amalfi Cathedral. Get lost in the Valle delle Ferriere, a nature reserve behind the town of Amalfi featuring stunning waterfalls, old ruins and unique flora. Enjoy a seafood lunch at Trattoria de Gemma, Ristorante Lido Azzurro or Ristorante Lo Smeraldino. Finish the day with a cocktail on top of the Hotel La Bussola and take in the incredible views.
Positano is most definitely one of the most upscale areas of the Amalfi Coast. Here you will find luxury hotels, award winning restaurants and designer brands. It is also host to those incredible views you will have seen on any poster promoting the Amalfi Coast, with the white and blue umbrellas lining the pebble beach front, a majolica-tiled dome and beautiful architecture rising up the steep slopes gazing out over the ocean. If you are looking for a five star restaurant and you’re not concerned about the price tag, visit Terrazza Cele. Not only is the service exceptional and the food perfection, the views are phenomenal. Make sure you make a booking as this place is very popular. Other than, shopping, eating and drinking, make sure you get yourself down to the pebble beach and enjoy a lemon spritz as you enjoy the views that surround you from every angle.
Sorrento is one of the more popular towns to base yourself if visiting the Amalfi Coast. It has the same sophisticated vibes as Positano with a slightly lower price tag. Enjoy lunch at Bagni Delfino, a five star restaurant overlooking the Marina Grande where you will enjoy local, fresh seafood. After lunch, make your way through the winding cobblestone streets to Piazza Tasso where you can shop or sit back and enjoy an espresso or aperol spritz at one of the surrounding cafes. If you’d rather enjoy a day by the water, there are multiple locations along the waterfront where you can hire a beach chair and just stay still for the remainder of your day...you are on holidays after all.
Capri Boat Tour
Capri is an island off the coast of Amalfi. It is known for its beautiful coastline, luxury hotels and designer shopping. There are a number of different boating companies which will take you on a full day trip to Capri to explore the island.
You’ll make some stops along the way to explore beautiful caves and coves and enjoy the breathtaking views. The captain might even stop the boat in the middle of the ocean where you can dive into the crystal clear waters and enjoy floating around. One of the best known natural sites of Capri is the Blue Grotto, a cave bathed in the shimmering light of the sky refracted through the sea. This is the most popular Grotto and is usually very busy, especially during peak season however there are others that are less well known and are as equally beautiful. Talk to your captain about which site is best to visit to avoid the crowds.
When you arrive in Capri you will arrive in at Marina Grande. You can get a bus or funicular to the charming Piazetta, Capri’s most famous square. Here you will find designer stores, cocktail bars, cafes, newsagents and a tourist information office. If the lines for the bus or funicular are too long (in peak season, chances are they will be) there are a number of lovely cafes and bars right off the marina. Ristorante e Pizzeria L’Approdo and Ristorante Lo Zodiaco both serve fresh seafood dishes and piping hot pizzas. Ask for a table outside and enjoy people watching as you re-hydrate with a signature cocktail.
Path of the Gods Hike
There are many hiking tracks carved into the dramatic cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. One of the most popular hikes is the Path of the Gods, along a mountain ridge high above the sea. If you are looking to burn off some of the pasta and wine calories, this hike has you covered. Not for the unfit, this 6.5km hike between the towns Bomerano and Nocelle is an easy trail to follow and you do not need a guide. You will enjoy the most stunning views of Amalfi, from a very different angle. Depending on where you are staying, buses depart a couple of times a day dropping you at the beginning of the trail. Barefoot Journey’s can build this into your itinerary, we’ll give you the time and place to meet, all you need to do is show up and be ready to get sweaty.
Day trip to Ravello
Take a break from the water and enjoy a day trip to Ravello, set 365 meters above sea level, this iconic town is known for its beautiful gardens, far reaching views and indoor and outdoor concerts. There are many beautiful sights in Ravello including Villa Rufolo, a building within the centre of town looking over the front of the cathedral square. Or, for one of the most beautiful views in the world, visit Villa Cimbrone, an elegant hilltop lodging in a medieval manor with perfectly manicured gardens and fine dining options. This quaint town nestled in the mountains of Amalfi will keep you mesmerised all day long.
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