A MINI AMALFI COAST GUIDE

October 22, 2016

 

50 kilometers of rugged shoreline dotted with colorful towns and jaw dropping landscapes, the Amalfi Coast is a stunning example of the Mediterranean coastline in Italy. With plenty to do, delicious food, unique character in each town, and all the charm we've come to associate with Italy, the Amalfi Coast is the ultimate vacation destination.

GETTING THERE

 

Things that are worth it rarely come easy. I say this because getting to the Amalfi Coast can be a bit of a pain, but I and probably anyone else that has been there can confirm it is well worth the trouble. There are several options with varying levels of convenience.

 

1 | The easiest, albeit most expensive option is to hire a driver to pick you up at the Naples airport or train station and drive you straight to your accommodations in any of the Amalfi Coast towns. I highly recommend Amalfi Car Service. If convenient, make a stop at Pompeii on your way in or out.

 

2 | Renting a car is also an option, however, some of the driving between towns can be rather narrow and treacherous, so only comfortable drivers should use this method. Additionally, parking is few and far between along the Amalfi Coast, so make suure your accommodations have parking or can show you to a place where you can leave your car, otherwise I would advise to avoid this option.

 

 

3 | Take a taxi to the port in Naples and hop on a ferry. Some towns will require a stop in another town before moving on. Be sure to check the schedules as they change with the seasons. 

 

4 | Hop on the rickety Circumvesuviana train below the main train station in Naples (you can buy tickets on the platform) and ride to the end of the line in Sorrento. From here, take a Sita bus to your final town destination or stay in Sorrento for a bit. Sorrento is considered the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, and thus has a robust ferry terminal with boats going to all the towns along the coast as well as the island of Capri.

AMALFI

 

Once the capital of the maritime republic of Amalfi and an important trading power, Amalfi is now listed as one of several Unesco heritage sites along the coast. Amalfi lies at the base of the Monte Cerreto, providing a dramatic backdrop to this idyllic seaside town. 

 

 

 

Where to Stay

  • Santa Caterina Hotel

  • Hotel Amalfi

  • Grand Convento di Amalfi

  • Hotel Luna Convento

  • Rent a Villa

 

Where to Eat

  • Da Gemma

  • La Caravella

  • Marina Grande

  • Eolo

 

What to Do

  • Stroll the town and peruse the shopping and the impressive Byzantine Church

  • Head to Le Nereidi Piscina for an afternoon poolside high up in the cliffs. (Ask someone at one of the cafes near the port to call up for you and the pool will send a car)

  • Hike the Sentiero Degli Dei

  • Spend a day on the beach at Lido degli Artisti at Duoglio Beach. Catch the boat with a sign saying "Spiagge" in the harbor to take you there. 

 

 

POSITANO

 

Perhaps the most picturesque of all the Amalfi Coast towns, Positano is known for its colorful buildings draped in bougainvillea and wisteria that cascade down the cliffs.

 

 

Where to Stay

  • Le Sirenuse Hotel

  • Hotel Palazzo Murat

  • Villa Tre Ville

  • Casa Buonocore

 

Where to Eat

  • La Sponda

  • La Taverna del Leone

  • Da Adolfo (take the boat with the red fish)

  • Next2

  • La Tagliata

 

What to Do

  • Stroll the winding streets of Positano and get caught up on all the latest fashions

  • Beach day at Da Adolfo - look for the boat with the red fish in the harbor

  • Rent a boat and cruise the coast

  • Visit the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta

  • Sip on limoncello from an outdoor terrazza

  • Visit Pompeii

 

 

PRAIANO

 

Low-key Praiano marks the halfway point between Positano and Amalfi. Although often overlooked, there is still charm and character in this coastal town.

 

Where to Stay

  • Casa Angelina

  • Hotel Margherita

  • Casa Privata

 

Where to Eat

  • Trattoria da Armandino

  • Il Pirata

 

What to Do

  • The rock walled Marina di Praia Beach

  • Convento di Santa Maria a Castro

  • Head up up up the slopes to the Cantine Marisa Cuomo for some wine tasting

  • Rent a boat and cruise the coast

 

RAVELLO

 

Perched high on the cliffs above Amalfi, Ravello is home to a handful of lavish villas, luxury hotels, and remarkable views. With a more peaceful and quite vibe than the rest of the Amalfi Coast towns, Ravello is the ideal place to unwind for a few days or for a day trip

 

 

 

Where to Stay

  • Belmond Hotel Caruso

  • Palazzo Avino

  • Hotel Parsifal Antico Convento del 1288

  • Ravello Rooms

 

Where to Eat

  • Rossellinis

  • Hotel Caruso

  • L'Antica Cartiera

  • Ristorante Confalone

  • Restaurant at Villa Cimbrone

 

What to Do

  • Explore the Villa Cimbrone

  • Catch a concert during the Summer Concert Series

  • Visit Villa Rufolo

  • Stop in at the 11th century Duomo di Ravello

  • Take the hour walk down the steps to Atrani then explore the town or lie on the beach. You can catch the Sita bus back up to Ravello if you are returning.

 

 

 

CAPRI

 

A famed island in the Bay of Naples, Capri is known for its designer fashions, handmade leather sandals, cove studded coastline, and the impressive Faraglioni. 

 

 

 

Where to Stay

  • La Scalinatella

  • Hotel Luna

  • Villa Krupp

  • Capri Palace

  • AirBnB

 

Where to Eat

  • Ristorante La Fontelina

  • Da Gemma

  • La Capannina

 

What to Do

 

For any help planning part or all of your travels to the Amalfi Coast, visit Amalfi 5 Stars, where my friend Andrea is sure to help you!

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