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Amalfi Coast, Italy

What To Do In Amalfi Coast, Italy

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The summer months are made for European vacations, whether you’re hiking through rough terrain or soaking in the luxury of spas along coastal cities. The stretch of coastline in Southern Italy turns into an Italian paradise, and nothing says paradise quite like the pastel houses clinging to cliffs above a warm, turquoise ocean. Bronzed bodies lay on day beds, umbrellas are propped on beaches, and Aperol spritzers are in hands of carefree travelers who flock to the Amalfi Coast.

How to Get Around

Personally, I rent a car when I’m in Europe to allow me the freedom of making my own time instead of operate on the public transport schedule. A helpful tip: Avoid the traffic by not driving on Saturday and Sunday. Also, there is no free parking on the Amalfi Coast, and public transport is usually crowded. The Sita bus runs all day, but not at night. You can buy bus tickets at nearby bars and tobacconists.

Ferry Schedule
If you are going to Capri for the day and want to travel a high-speed ferry, it usually costs about 12 Euros.

Water Taxis
These taxis are available daily, from 8:30 am to 6:30 p.m.

Boat Rentals
There are many ways to see the Amalfi Coast. My personal favorite is by boat. There are so many beautiful towns and vast amounts of scenery you can see from a boat. You can rent yachts, and you can rent small boats with a single captain. My friends and I rented a small boat for the day with a captain. We went to the blue grottos, jumped off cliffs, played on the beaches, swam, and explored waterfalls.

Tour The Amalfi Coast by Sea


The sea tour allows you to swim and explore, from the coast of Amalfi to Cetara, the coast of Ravello, Atrani, Castiglione, Minori, Maiori, Erchie, Positano, Conca Dei Marini, Praiano ‘Li Galli island, and Nerano.

Amalfi Town Guide

Here is a guide to the towns to help you decide what to add to your travel itinerary. Below are plenty of options for what to do in Amalfi Coast, Italy.

Sant’Agata Sui Due Golfi

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Named for its hilltop position overlooking Due Golfi, the two bays of Naples and Salerno, Sant’Agata is perfect for exploring the coast and hiking.

Where to Stay Here

Agriturismo Le Tore is an organic olive farm just outside the village that offers nine pretty rooms, with hand-painted stencils on whitewashed walls. Breakfast – fruit from the garden, fresh eggs, and homemade cakes – is served under a fragrant pergola of roses and jasmine. From here, the famous Nastro Azzurro road twists and turns its way down the mountainside towards the shimmering sea below.

Where to Eat Here
Luxury – Michelin-starred Don Alfonso
Budget – Lo Stuzzichino

What to Do
Go to the belvedere of the Benedictine monastery known as “Il Deserto”. Its opening times can are unreliable, so call ahead at +39 081-878 0199. The monastery is open 10am-noon and 5-7pm. Voluntary donations are appreciated.

Positano

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This marriage of cubic, pastel-hued buildings clinging to an almost sheer cliff face is the coast’s most picturesque town, in spite of the crowds that clog its steep, narrow lanes in high season.

Where to Stay Here
Try a luxury hotel like the 5 star Le Sirenuse or a friendly budget like the Villa Rosa
Where to Eat
La Sponda is one of the most picturesque dining experiences in Positano. Adolfo’s ― a 10-minute boat-ride from Positano (from the jetty, catch the shuttle boat with the red fish sign) ― is a shabby-chic beach-shack on Laurito beach. In terms of decor and cuisine, the eateries are at opposite ends of the restaurant at spectrum, but both incredible dining experiences.
What to Do
Shopping is a favorite pastime here. Strappy, made-in-Positano leather sandals make great souvenirs, but make sure you buy the artisan-made originals. Safari ― a tiny shop just above the beach ― sells handmade sandals that range from classic thongs to elaborate jewel- or shell-encrusted styles. Sandals start from €40.

Capri
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Capri is all about glamor. The island’s limestone cliffs and azure waters have drawn vacationers since the days of Ancient Rome. These days, you’ll find a mix of old and new. Fendi and Hermès footwear sit alongside traditional sandal makers like Da Costanzo, while sites like the magical Grotta Azzurra (blue grotto) and Monte Solaro on Anacapri, with its spectacular summit views, retain their timeless appeal.

Where to Stay

If you’re taking a day trip to Capri, keep an eye on the ferry schedule. The last boat departs the island around dinnertime. Stay at the luxurious Capri Tiberio Palace or the trendy Casa Morgano Hotel.

What to Eat

Tucked away from tourists, Le Grottelle is an ideal stop after a peaceful walk in Pizzolungo. The interior of the restaurant resemble a caves. The elegant Il Geranio can be found between Capri’s main square and the Gardens of Augustus. The walk to reach the restaurant is a treat on its own, including winding paths that face Marina Piccola beach and the Faraglioni. If you like nature walks, taking the trek before dinner is a nice option for what to do in Amalfi Coast, Italy.

What to Do

Spend your day at the posh Fontelina, a day club that serves a swanky lunch, offers day beds on the rocks under blue and white umbrellas, and has waiters who tend to you.

Ischia
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Slightly less famous and less developed than Capri, the island of Ischia is only just coming onto the tourist radar. However, Italians have been flocking here for decades, in search of the healing properties of the island’s thermal hot springs. A day trip to the baths can be a relaxing way to spend an afternoon: one of the larger complexes, Negombo, is comprised of a series of outdoor pools, waterfalls, and grottos overlooking the sea.

Praiano
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A quiet, low-key contrast to Positano’s glitz, the sprawling village of Praiano is also an access point for the challenging but spectacular 11km hike to Sentiero degli Dei or the Path of the Gods that leads along the ridged top of the Lattari mountains.

Furore
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Furore is a little-known town that offers colorful murals and excellent wines. The road from the coast zigzags up a dramatic landscape that has magnificent views.

What to Do
Marisa Cuomo put the DOC Costa d’Amalfi wines on the map, with her Gran Furor Costa Divina winery, where you can enjoy a tour and tasting (by appointment).

Ravello
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Overlooking the Bay of Salerno, the ravishing town of Ravello sports shady gardens, and is famous for celebrities like Greta Garbo hiding out in the romantic countryside.

Amalfi
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Once a glorious maritime republic, Amalfi is the coast’s busiest town. Amalfi is a charming maze of narrow streets, whitewashed buildings, and beautiful beaches. Its main attraction is the Duomo di Sant’Andrea, the 9th-century cathedral with distinctive black-and-white tiles, Moorish architectural influences, a bell tower, and a wide staircase that leads to the Piazza. In the streets, you will find all manner of shops selling coral jewelry, painted ceramics, hand-made stationery, leather goods, and more.
Where to Stay
Hotel Santa Caterina is a gorgeous, 5-star hotel set in a 19th Century villa above the sea, with a private pool and a beach club that are accessible through a glass elevator.
Where to Eat
A’ Paranza
What to Do
The greeny-blue light that filters into the underwater cave is very lovely. Boat trips leave from Amalfi (€15 return), or you can take the lift down from the road (€5).

Minori
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The coastal towns to the east of Amalfi are much less fashionable than their neighbors but that’s part of their charm.

Where to Stay
Casa Raffaele Conforti is a slightly faded, nine-room gem occupying the top floors of a 19th-century townhouse.

Where to Eat
Salvatore de Riso makes mouth-wateringly good ice cream and granita, as well as the finest pastries on the coast.
What to Do
Fans of classical history should visit Minori’s Villa Romana, a first-century AD patrician mansion built around a huge courtyard garden, with fresco fragments and a well-preserved thermal baths complex. Open 8am-7pm daily. Admission is free.

Cetara
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The authentic village of Cetara offers a taste of what the Amalfi coast must have been like before the advent of tourism. It also has the only remaining, working fishing fleet on the coast.

Where to Eat
Acqua Pazza has harbor views and delicious monkfish.
What to Do
The tiny, 10th-century chapel of Santa Maria de Olearia is atmospheric; it’s carved straight out of the rock.

Vietri Sul Mare
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At the eastern limit of the coast lies the town of Vietri, which produces the colorful ceramics you find in every restaurant, hotel, and bar up and down the coast.

Where to Eat
It’s a little way from the center of town, but the pizzas at the Due Fratelli ― baked in a wood-fired oven ― are absolutely delicious.
What to Do
Visit the Solimene ceramics factory in Vietri. Call +39 089-210243.

My Most Memorable Moment

I believe I am a sea lion, but not the animal. Rather, I’m a Leo by birth and naturally aquatic. When I spend summers in Europe, most of my time tends to be spent on boats of all shapes and sizes, so I can be closer to my underwater happy place.

One of my favorite couples to travel with — Ben and Amanda — and I rented a boat for the day, and drove it up and down the Amalfi Coast, stopping off to swim under waterfalls, climb up random cliffs, and jump off as soon as we felt we were high enough. We also toured the beautiful islands of Capri.

We watched chairs get airlifted in by helicopter to the Aragonese Castle, on Ischia, for a wedding. We swam in the grottos, sipped champagne, and I drove the boat most of the time ― probably a little too fast. We parked in Positano for lunch, drank a refreshing Aperol spritzer, and, of course, I had sandals made while my gelato ran down my arm.

It was a relaxing, refreshing moment of time, with an electric combination of great company, exploration, and mouth-watering gnocchi.

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