Traveling through the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy never runs out of gasps because of its stunning sceneries. Everything is postcard perfect. One’s camera memory can easily get full.
With the advent of Instagram, I always see beautiful pictures of Amalfi Coast and included it in my bucket list. Last year, I was blessed to visit and experience its amazing sceneries.
Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline in Southern Italy composed of many picturesque towns which seem to hug the mountains and the sea. Protruding villas and hotels cling to the steep cliffs. Down below are sandy coves with the azure Mediterranean Sea on the horizon. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape being an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape.
The cliffside roads of Amalfi Coast are very narrow with sharp turns and strictly two lane. It is not advisable to drive there if one is not familiar with the area. The roads tend to be slippery during the rainy season and the towns could get locked in for a week in worst cases.
The region is also popular for its lemon groves and the limoncello liqueur. It is likewise home to some superb hotels and restaurants.
Among the picturesque towns of Amalfi Coast, I visited the two most popular among them, Positano and Amalfi.
Positano is the scenic heart and jewel of Amalfi Coast. It is the most chic and picturesque of the towns. Views of Positano coming from Sorrento are so dramatic. The sights are breathtaking from a distance.
The town is built from manmade terraces following the course of the mountain. There is only one narrow street for cars. All the rest are for pedestrians. Its vertical landscape is characterized by beautiful labyrinths of stairways and narrow alleys connecting the mountain and the sea. On these stairways and alleys are many cafes, restaurants, galleries and boutiques. Colorful boungainvillea and carnations pergolas give color to the typical whitewashed houses. Positano has a romantic charm.
Positano is a nice place to relax. I love the ambiance. There is not much activities in the town except to eat, shop and enjoy the beach which is lined with many nice restaurants which turn into bars late in the evening. Strolling is nice both during the day and night. I went in May. The weather was good. Slightly chilly or warm during the day and chilly in the evening.
Seafood is abundant in the Amalfi Coast. I love the seafood pasta. Don’t miss the Pizza Napoli.
Positano is famous for its handmade leather sandals, linen/cotton clothes and ceramics. One can have sandals crafted according to one’s personal specifications while one waits. I have mine made by La Botteguccia da Giovanni. The son now runs the shop. The father used to make sandals for Jacqueline Kennedy.
My family and I stayed at Hotel Albergo Savoia which is centrally located and is along the road accessible by cars. Handling of luggages is not a problem because there are no stairs to climb up or down to reach the hotel.
Positano at night.
Amalfi may not be as picturesque as Positano but it still is beautiful with its natural setting below steep cliffs. The town has a vivacious bustle yet laid back. There are more tourists here because it is accessible by big buses unlike Positano where there are no available parking spaces for them. Amalfi was a day trip for my family with Positano as our base in Amalfi Coast.
The town has one main street which runs from the waterfront down to a deep valley lined with restaurants and shops mostly selling ceramics. Also on the sides are stairways leading to courtyards and houses.
Amalfi’s most important sight is the Cathedral which is a mix of Moorish and Byzantine. Below the basilica is the Crypt of St. Andrew.
Nice things to buy in Amalfi are ceramics, limoncello and ingredients for Italian cooking.
The Amalfi Coast is simply breathtaking without trying. It is beyond my expectations of it as seen in many pictures and travel videos on the internet. It is a very relaxing travel destination. Amalfi Coast can be reached from Rome or Naples via Salerno. One can take the train from Rome to Salerno. From Salerno, take the bus to Amalfi Coast. As for my family, we hired a van with driver for the duration of our two weeks trip to Italy.
Pack your bags and head to Amalfi Coast!