Travel Guide: Amalfi Coast
SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 | AMALFI, ITALY—
If you’ve been on social media once in the past year, you’ve probably seen a picture of the sweeping hills and enchanting beach towns that grace the Amalfi Coast. The dramatic coastline is littered with vineyards, orchards, and colorful homes that make for a very charming getaway. From Amalfi to Ravello to Positano to Capri, there’s no shortage of places to stay during your trip. You can bounce around from one spot to another, but we’d recommend making a home in Positano for the week and taking day trips instead. The town is bustling during the day with tourists and slows down in the evenings and mornings, making it a special place to see after ferry hours.
It’s no secret that a trip to Italy will offer some of the best food of your life but the Amalfi Coast takes that to the next level. And if you’re a seafood lover, you are in for a treat! Every restaurant offers a wide variety of fresh seafood selections ranging from octopus to white fish to the most delicious mussels you’ll ever taste. Make sure you indulge in plenty of pizza and pasta, and treat yourself to at least one Negroni and Aperol Spritz (a day). For breakfast, head to La Collina in Positano for a fresh pastry and exceptional espresso. For views and a very special cocktail, grab a drink at the rooftop of the Le Sirenuse hotel.
If the million steps aren’t enough exercise, the Amalfi Coast offers plenty of scenic hikes ranging from moderate to difficult. The Path of the Gods is likely the most recommended hike in the area, boasting views of the sea that will take your breath away (if the hike doesn’t!). The cliff top trail will take you between two small villages of Bomerano (in Agerola) and Nocelle (above Positano). If you’re staying in Capri, consider hiking to the highest point on the Island, called Monte Solaro, for breathtaking views of the water and famous arches.
You can’t visit Positano without having lunch at Ristorante Da Adolfo. Call ahead to make a reservation, and you’ll get picked up by a boat with a little red fish and taken to a beach where you can have a leisurely lunch followed by the chance to swim and sunbathe the afternoon away. While there is a simple menu on the wall of the restaurant, let them take charge and make the order for you based on what’s most fresh. To quench your thirst, be sure to try to white wine with peaches! If you can’t get enough of the beach club lifestyle, you can also try Bagni d’Arienzo, another great spot for seafood and a swim.
Our last bit of advice - if your budget allows, spend a day on a boat cruising around the different islands and popping in the water for the occasional swim. Your guide will take you into the caves around Capri where you’ll find the most luminescent water you’ve ever seen. You’ll make a stop to fill up on a scrumptious lunch at one of the smaller waterside towns before heading out for your last swim.