Exploring the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast, like the majority of Italy, is simply stunning to see, and well worth a trip if you are planning a visit to the Neopolitan Riviera.
Staying in nearby Sorrento, we took a bus to our first stop in the cliffside town of Positano. This place is like something out of a story book, with winding stone streets lined with niche boutiques and linen shops, and harbouring cute gems of cafes. At the foot of the area is a sprawling dock and beach, offering incredible views of the roads you have just walked.
Positano is great for a day’s stop off, or if visiting for a special occasion, but as beautiful as it is, there isn’t much to do in the way of activities, so I’d avoid planning to spend an extended period here.
Fancying a change of scenery, we decided not to re-board the bus, but instead take to the ocean on a boat to continue our trek. The sea hosts better views than from the roads, and it’s less stuffy than a coach, so it’s definitely worth considering for at least part of your journey.
We docked in Amalfi, which is significantly bigger and than Positano. It’s not quite as picturesque, but that doesn’t mean it’s not without its charm. Amalfi feels more like your classic coastal town, with a few landmarks amongst the shops and restaurants, including the Duomo di Sant’Andrea Apostolo, a religious building in the main plaza you can climb to up a short set of stone steps.
Again, there isn’t a great deal to do, but this kind of place boasts a gorgeous scene and atmosphere from which to wander around, take plenty of photographs and relax under the beating sun with a cold drink and a snack.
While there are more historically fascinating and mesmerising areas of this wonderful country, the main attraction of the Amalfi Coast is the journey and the panoramas along the way, with the most lovely of beaches.
MY TOP TIPS!
- As a word of advice before you embark on this adventure from neighbouring towns, while I’m usually an advocate for doing things yourself I’d definitely urge you to take the local transport or book a trip, because as nice as the drive would be, the roads are incredibly sharp and winding (and along a towering cliff, might I add), and parking is very sparse in the towns you’ll stop at
- If you get car sick or seasick, make sure you take suitable medication with you, as you will be spending a lot of time traveling
- Go prepared with some swimwear – While you’ll mostly be walking around, it’s always best to be ready for a quick beach stop, am I right?