The 50km Amalfi Coast has always been a favourite tourist destination, even for the Ancient Romans. The craggy rocks and intense blue sea. The charming, pastel-coloured towns and cliff-top churches. The freshness and simplicity of the food. It’s acclaimed as one the world’s best examples of Mediterranean coastline by UNESCO. So, without further ado, here are our favourite coastal gems.
The beautiful town made famous by author John Steinbeck is a must-see. M. C. Escher-like stairways connect the town’s colourful vertical landscape. Positano is famous for its leather sandals (see below) and cotton linens. Visit the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, with its majolica-tiled dome. You should also look out at the Galli Islands while you’re there – where legend tells of sirens who lured sailors towards the rocks where they inevitably crashed.
Poised at the mouth of the Valle dei Mulini, Amalfi was one of Italy’s four maritime republics until the 11th century. Unfortunately, the majority of the town slid into the sea due to an earthquake in 1343! Today, few monuments remain, but the ancient Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea is a wonder to behold. Don’t miss the small but popular beach for a taste of the Mediterranean sun!
Travel Tip: You can’t leave Campania without tasting some of its world-famous local ingredients! Try the enormous lemons (and especially, the Limoncello liqueur), local herbed cheeses from the Monti Lattari mountains, and Sfogliatelle pastries for those with a sweet tooth!
Famous for its lush gardens and captivating mountain scenery! Visit on a Tuesday, for the weekly market in the Piazza Duomo. Also well worth a visit is the 11th century Villa Cimbrone. The villa is now a hotel and was once frequented by the likes of Greta Garbo, Wagner, Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence. Stand on the Belvedere of Infinity and ponder the never-ending and undeniably breathtaking vista of the Amalfi Coast and Campania’s beloved islands.
For more tourism information on the Amalfi Coast and it’s beautiful towns and islands, click here.
Amalfi Coast off the beaten track
Hike the Path of the Gods
The Il Sentiero Degli Dei (Path of the Gods) is a 7km trail of incredible beauty through the slopes of Monte Peruso, from Agerola to Nocelle, in Positano. You’ll see stunning vistas of the length of the Amalfi Coast and the Island of Capri. Along the way, you’ll also find the Grotta del Biscotto (Biscuit Cave), so-called for it’s crumbling rock walls. For detailed directions, click here.
Leather sandals while you wait!
Positano is also famous for its hand-made leather sandals. Stop by the family-owned La Botteguccia in Positano, where you can watch while an artisan makes yours to custom order. Below, you’ll see Dino, a friend of the family, who can make the sandals within only 10 minutes!
A lemonade in the mountains
A hike up the Valle Delle Ferriere from Amalfi will reveal an impressive list of unique sights. Besides, of course, the stunning view, you’ll come across an old, untouched waterfall. Stop at the Fore Porta cafe along the way! They offer delicious organic lemonade and pound cake, and harvest their own honey. At that point, you’ll definitely have earned the break!