Travel Guide – Amalfi Coast, Italy

Author: | Last Updated: 25 Apr 2018

As one of the Mediterranean’s most attractive and breathtaking landscapes, the Amalfi Coast along Italy’s most intriguing travel destinations. Jam-packed with natural beauty, woodlands, history and plenty of outdoor activities for tourists to take part in, it’s no wonder that the Amalfi Coast is featured as one of Unesco’s world heritage sites.

Architecture lovers won’t be let down by a single town or street on the Amalfi Coast, with the Arabian and ancient styled buildings cascading down the mountainsides toward the seaside. Stretching 50km the Amalfi Coast lies within the Italian provence of Salerno, and is a pocket of pastel-coloured Italian beauty that tourists simply cannot afford to miss. The official Italian Government tourism site for this region is Sorrento Tourism and is also well worth a visit for anyone planning a holiday itinerary in the area.

Positano

Undoubtedly one of the most scenic and Instagrammable towns on the Amalfi Coast, Positano’s homes and shops cascade down the side of the towns mountainous landscape. An almost entirely pastel-toned town, Positano is home to countless hotels, small restaurants and beaches that tourists can check out during their time there.

Heading from the beach into town, you’ll find literally countless cultural elements that make the town unique like street art, old ruins and traditional Italian pizza and gelato stores. Moving on from food, travellers will also be able to shop in some truly chic and exotic fashion stores and immerse themselves in local culture at museums and art galleries.

Cetara

Just over an hour from Positano sits another cliffside town, Cetara. Formally a fishing village, the town has transformed itself into a picturesque and world-famous tourist hotspot for its amazing seafood, photogenic homes and ancient history.

Travellers visiting Cetara will have a few hours worth of sites and things to do like visiting the towns mountaintop castle museum as well as La Torre Cerniola, one of the towns most famous luxury dining options. Plenty of dining options and cafes will keep tourists busy for hours here and the waterfront provides one of the most amazing backdrops for photos.

Villa Cimbrone

A few hundred meters inland is one of the Amalfi Coast’s greatest hotels and historical sites that the entire has to offer. Built in the 11th century, the villa was originally used by some truly world-famous faces, including Virginia Woolf, Winston Churchill and even Salvador Dali.

The villa being situated on top of one of the areas tallest mountains means it offers completely uninterrupted views of the homes and stores below, as well as the deep blue Tyrrhenian Sea and its countless yachts and boats.

A per night stay at the hotel exceeds $400 a night, though there are walkthrough tours and other outings in the gardens and plenty of spaces around the hotel to look at the great views that it offers.

Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea

Amalfi Cathedral, or Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea, is one of the area’s most pristine and largest buildings dating back to the 11th century when Amalfi was a superpower on the Italian coastline. The facade of the cathedral offers some of the most diverse and striking visuals you’ll get on the Amalfi coast, with its complex geometric shapes and neutral contrasting tones.

Although the building has undergone many renovations and minor changes since its first construction over a 500 years ago, it still remains an amazing historical relic. Any travellers looking for an unhindered look into Italy’s Arabian-Norman history will find it here. The cathedral boasts countless statues and other artworks and other historic artefacts of the Amalfi Coast’s rise and fall from power.

Admission to go inside and explore the amazing cathedral is just 3 euro and opening times are from 9 am to 9 pm in summer, and from 10 am to 5 pm in winter.

Grotta dello Smeraldo

Just a few kilometres west of Amalfi is Grotta dello Smeraldo, an amazing yet eerie cave system filled with stunning emerald tones and stalactites. An amazing natural wonder of sorts, the cave has an incredibly spacious feel and a ceiling that reaches over 24 meters, with stalactites shimmering down. Stalagmites are also present in the cave and some are a stunning 10 meters tall.

Tourists can reach the grotto by bus, or car and the easiest way to find the cave is from above, in the car park. Getting your way down to the cave is done by taking an elevator or stairs down to the cave’s entrance.

You should plan on spending around an hour or two here to really soak in the beauty of the site and its uniqueness among all of the manmade sites on the Amalfi coast. Cave admission is 10 euro when tourists take a boat from Amalfi.

Final Word …

It isn’t just the luxurious pastel residences that make the Amalfi Coast a must-see all year round. The Coast’s uninterrupted views of Italy’s impossibly-blue sea, hiking trails, citrus trees dotting the roadside and the thousand-year-old history make the entire Amalfi Coast one of the most scenic and picturesque locations in Italy. This 50 km stretch of Italian coastline from Salerno to Sorrento is one of the most beautiful and stunning coastal areas in the world.

Towns and small villages cascading down the sharp cliffs are home to some of the oldest historical buildings and events in Italy and travellers will have almost certainly never seen such a unique style of building anywhere else in the world. Driving down the oceanside highways will be one of the most majestic and photogenic parts of your trip to the Amalfi Coast, so be sure to have plenty of storage on your phone for photos during your drive!

With every town relatively close to one another, and with plenty of transport connections, weaving your way through the area will be a culture-filled culinary adventure.


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