If you’re going to be spending time on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, then rest assured you will not run out of amazing towns and villages to explore. Let’s consider five of the best of them, and what they have to offer.
This little town is a mainstay when it comes to tours of Italy. The views are incredible, the seafood is beyond compare, and there are a number of world-famous hotels to consider, too.
During the peak season, you might find that the beaches are a little bit crowded – but you can always hire a boat, or hike right up to the famous Path of the Gods, from where you’ll enjoy outstanding views
of the Mediterranean.
No trip to the region is complete without at least a short stop in its namesake town. With a 9th-century Cathedral and an impressive historic port, this is a place with plenty of interesting things to see and do. At the heart of the town lies an incredible piazza, which is dominated by a majestic Duomo. This is a part of the coast that’s sure to appeal to those with an appreciation of history.
Sorrento is a town most famous for producing a sweet lemon-flavored liqueur. A slow-paced and relaxed culture is favoured here, with tourists tending to spend much of their visits sipping espresso on the main piazza, Tasso. You might also pay a visit to the old town, with its amazing narrow streets, historic churches, and distinctive doorways.
This quaint settlement lies a little further from the beaten track. Situated in the mountains overlooking Amalfi town, it is slightly trickier to reach, but absolutely worth it. Historically, it’s been a haunt for publicity-shy Italian aristocrats – giving rise to the area’s abundance of walled-garden villas.
The modest size of Ravello makes it great for day trips. If you feel like taking things at a leisurely pace, then you might spend an extra night here villa hopping and tasting the local wines.
Take a boat from the Amalfi Coast mainland to the stunning island of Capri. Found on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Capri boasts spectacular 360 views of Italy’s crystal clear waters. Although in the summer months, the beaches can be crowded, as with Positano, you can take a boat out and enjoy the famous grottoes instead.
Although a small island, Capri’s cuisine has an outstanding reputation. The dish for which Naples itself is known, the pizza, is in strong evidence, here. But it’s the Caprese salad that’s really worth sampling. Built around a base of olive oil, basil, mozzarella and tomatoes, it can be thought of as a healthy version of a pizza!