The Amalfi Coast- Top Tips To Enjoy PLUS A Scenic Suggested Itinerary!
The Amalfi coast, it's legendary, it's romantic, and it has exceptional views...All in all, its a gorgeous destination on the Mediterranean sea, a piece of Italy not to be missed! You'll find it all here, stunning beaches, scenic mountain roads, history, chic shopping, colorful little towns, and only good vibes!
The Amalfi Coast is the only 40 kilometers long making it relatively easy to get around, it's world famous attracting millions of tourists each year, and for good reason, it has so much to offer!
When to visit: The season starts officially at Easter which is normally between the end of March to mid-April, going all the way through to September. However, April can be risky as far as the weather goes, it can get pretty wet and cold so I would recommend going during May and June, right before the temps get really high as do the prices.
How to get here: The easiest way to get there is flying into Napoli and start your road trip from there.
How long should you stay: To truly explore the Amalfi coast, enjoy the beaches, the magical island of Capri, the towns along the coast, and all it's hidden gems I recommend staying at least 5 days to a week.
Getting around the coast is best by car and if you're renting, make sure its a small car as the roads around and especially in the towns and villages, are so narrow it's crazy! When in the immediate Amalfi area it's best to leave the car behind and take a Sita bus to the nearest towns. It's cheap, frequent and easier as parking can also be an issue.
We chose to stay in several hotels to get more of the feel and vibes of some of the towns rather than just one hotel.
My hotel recommendations along the Amalfi coast:
NOTE: A buffet breakfast is served in most of the hotels here.
Hotel Club Due Torri Maiori: Directly on the coast, the rooms decorated in Italian style were quite large with a private terrace with sea views. There is a traditional restaurant on site, serving a mix of regional and Italian cuisine, parking is available which was a big plus. Breakfast is served on the rooftop offering gorgeous panoramic views. A perfect way to start your day!
For more details: https://www.booking.com/hotel/it/club-due-torri.en-gb.html
Hotel Eden Roc Suites: You will love picturesque Positano! This hotel though on the small side is beautiful! It features a pool, spa, and all rooms come with a sea-view terrace, in addition to a sun terrace. The restaurant serves local cuisine though you won't have a shortage of restaurants to explore outside of the hotel. The sun terrace is ideal for an aperitif to enjoy with the sunset or after-dinner cocktails. Best part? Some rooms have a private hot tub on the balcony! It really doesn't get better than that!
For more details: https://www.booking.com/hotel/it/eden-roc-suites.en-gb.htm
Capri deserves at least one night in my view. It takes about an hour and a half by ferry and its beauty will blow you away! Capri is famous for its rugged landscape, HIGH-END hotels & shopping, the shops here were very inviting indeed, the prices however not so much lol.
Hotel La Palma dates back to 1822 and is located in the center of Capri, a stone throw from the famous La Piazzetta Square. It features a panoramic rooftop terrace, a restaurant serving classic Mediterranean cuisine with a selection of regional wines, definitely worth tasting.
For more details: https://www.booking.com/hotel/it/la-palma-capri.en-gb.html
Another option is Hotel Canasta: Also located not too far from La Piazzetta Square and a few steps from the fashionable shopping district around Via Camerelle. Here you can enjoy private gardens, a large swimming pool and the beach of Faraglioni.
For more details: https://www.booking.com/hotel/it/canasta.en-gb.html
In Sorrento you have the option of either staying down by the water and city center or going up the mountain which is what we chose to do. The views were exceptional! It was also nice to have more space as down by the water it can be quite crowded and busy. This was also the reason why we decided not to stay in Amalfi town but just outside.
Hotel La Vue d'Or: A 10-minute drive up the mountain from Sorrento offering rooftop panoramic views of the bay of Napoli, it features an outdoor pool and large balcony to enjoy meals and the surroundings. While some rooms have a balcony, others have views of the Mediterranean Sea. A big plus: The hotel provides a free shuttle into the center. In the panoramic restaurant, you can enjoy homemade pasta and fresh seafood for dinner, while the bar makes cocktails. The food here definitely stood out from the other hotels.
For more details: https://www.booking.com/hotel/it/lavuedorsorrento.en-gb.html
Amalfi Coast Food Tip: Go for small family-owned restaurants away from the busy centers and don't fall for the tourist traps. The best meals we had wherein what we call mama's and papa's restaurants, still using old family recipes and it's all fresh and hand made.
We flew into Napoli and drove directly to our first port of call, Sorrento. We stayed here two nights while exploring Sorrento itself and nearby Positano, the Island of Capri was next, we then moved to Maiori and explored Amalfi town and Ravello, I would recommend skipping Solerno by the way.
Highlights to explore in these towns:
In Sorrento: Start in the old town, stop at the cathedral built in the 11th century while making your way to Piazza Tasso, great for coffee, snacks, and people watching. Sorrento doesn't have an accessible beach per se as it's a cliff town however, the waterfront hotels do grant for a price, access to their piers for jumping off into the water or sunbathing. From here walk to Marina Grande, a fishing village in the western part of Sorrento, walk around the colorful narrow streets soaking in the atmosphere.
Sample Limoncello, the local's pride and joy. Beware, it holds 32% alcohol...Also, sample the local meringue which is super big and comes in crazy flavors you won't find anywhere else.
In Capri: Visit Piazzetta di Capri and Marina Grande & Marina Piccola for swimming, food, drinks, and sunsets. Take a boat ride to visit the Blue cave, where the sea glows electric blue as a result of sunlight passing through an underwater cave.
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Visit Villa San Michele, a museum and home to more than 1,600 pieces from as far back as 1250 B.C. Overlooking the Bay of Naples you'll find the lovely Gardens of Augustus. Talk about flower power! The views from here or to die for! The cove of Marina Piccola and the Faraglioni sea stacks are the most striking. From Piazza della Vittoria you can take a hairy/breathtaking chairlift to the top of Mount Solaro, the highest point on Capri.
TIP: It takes about an hour an a half by ferry and less than an hour with a hydrofoil. If you suffer from sea or motion sickness like me, make sure you have pills with you as the ferry ride can be a challenge when the sea is high.
TIP: Don't miss it! When you get off the ferry you'll find unique convertible limousines offering to drive you around for the day. It was awesome! The driver knows how best to get around as traffic and parking here can be a bit of nightmare depending on the season. It was just so cool and relaxing.
Positano: This small yet vibrant, colorful and oh so picturastic town is wonderful for chilling. Take a front row sit on the beach or in one of the many little restaurants and bars. Sunbath, have a meal, drinks, enjoy the sunset, and just admire your surroundings. You'll find super chic shops in the tiny center here and artists doing their thing around the beach front.
Ravello: Located on the top of the mountains, the best views from above can be seen from Villa Rufolo. Have dinner in the many outdoor terraces in and around Piazza Centrale.
Amalfi town: This town is rich with history, you'll find gorgeous bay views alongside multi-colored small houses typical for the area. The cathedral is the major attraction right at the heart of the town and is simply magnificent! Hang out in Piazza del Duomo, have a drink, from here you can cruise the shops and alleys and have beautiful food. Must try! Spaghetti ice cream in the square!
Take a walk along the beach front and the marine, the views of the town from here are great!
Maiori: The beaches here are wider, more spacious and very relaxing. TIP: Have dinner at Torre Normanna, in the Michelin guide since 2007. It's located inside an ancient tower in Maiori. You can enjoy specialties based on fresh fish and a close-up and extensive view over the sea.
A recommended day excursions you can do:
From Sorrento drive to Pompeii & Herculaneum; these two towns were buried under 4 to 6 m of volcanic ash in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. This place will blow you away! You can actually see how the town looked, the art, structure, and in general, you will feel as if you are walking the streets of these famous towns back in the day. It's was a wonderful experience.
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It's a great opportunity to visit a local buffalo farm where you can see how their beautiful mozzarella cheese is made.
Not too far from the farm we visited, a local guide pointed us in the direction of Paestum, a hidden gem.
The ruins of Paestum are famous for their three ancient Greek temples from about 600 to 450 BC, which are in a very great state of preservation.
And if you have extra time...Visit Furore.
The way leading up to Furore are spectacular!
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