Chic, sun-drenched coastal towns. Historic villages, clinging to the cliffs. The Amalfi Coast is quite unlike any other place on the planet, and it’s unsurprising that it’s so popular with travellers.
If you’re thinking of visiting this much-loved destination, here’s some useful information.
Where to stay?
The Amalfi Coast is the perfect location to visit if you’re looking for something a bit different to the classic ‘tropical paradise’ holiday.
However, it’s important to be aware that some locations in the Amalfi Coast can get pricey. Positano is one of the area’s most photographed locations (with colourful properties ‘tumbling’ down towards the sea), but hotel rates are higher here. If you’re on a budget, look for places further along the coast; for example, Maori or Minori.
Sorrento is another great choice, and is the easiest place to reach, as it’s closest to Naples. If you’re looking for a buzzing nightlife, Salerno is the best option; though be aware, it’s not technically classed as an Amalfi Coast town, and doesn’t have much aesthetic charm.
What to do?
Many people choose to hop on and off the regular buses, and explore the stunning towns that line the coast. Amalfi, with its medieval cathedral and atmospheric winding streets, is a great place to start. Ravello, which is situated high above the sea, is quieter, and is home to Villa Ruffalo, which boasts spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.
If you love beaches, there are a few little hidden gems; with some of them only being accessible by boat. And, if you’re happy to go slightly further afield, Naples is relatively close. History-lovers will also love the proximity to Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Things to note
- The buses can be hair-raising. Drivers often swing around tight corners at top speeds, so be prepared to hold on to your seat for dear life.
- In high season, many of the towns are over-crowded. If possible, go outside of the summer holidays, when it’s usually quieter. We recommend going between April and June.
- Don’t hold back with the food. Italy is known for its delicious pasta and pizza dishes, not to mention its freshly-caught grilled fish and risotto. Now is not the time to be on a diet!
- Limoncello is produced here, and if you like liqueurs, it’s well worth sampling.
- Bear in mind that the beaches are usually rocky, not sandy. However, the waters are often blissfully clear, and wonderful to swim in.
What to bring?
You won’t need anything particularly unusual, though a guidebook is definitely recommended, to ensure you get the best out of your time there. If you’re relying on gadgets to document your experience (for a blog, for example), then an additional source of back-up power is always a good idea.
The Amalfi Coast is considered as quite a chic location, so you may want to keep this in mind when packing your clothes. To really fit in, the best men’s perfume is definitely Neroli Portfofino – it captures the essence of the Italian coastline to perfection.
How to get there?
It is possible to fly into Naples (which is the most convenient route), but flights may be more expensive. Flying to Rome is sometimes a cheaper option, then you can catch the train to Naples and transfer by bus to your destination on the Amalfi Coast.
Taxis do operate in the area, but the buses are very regular and are far more cost-effective. As for walking? Be careful, as some of the roads are notoriously un-pedestrian-friendly. Avoid walking along the main coast road as much as you can.