A sea of glistening sapphire blue, surrounded by towering limestone cliffs, and elevating 15 quaint & beautiful towns to the heavens - such are the magical settings of Amalfi coast Italy. For locals and tourists alike, this dramatic coastal gem offers an enveloping warmth, majestic views, breezy, salty days and exciting nights all wrapped in traditional Italian foods.
With such an amazing coastline and so many tourist activities and attractions, it’s no wonder 58.3 million visitors are drawn to the Amalfi Coast annually. Many charming towns and villages dot the seaside and visiting a few of these while here is both easy and rewarding. Located just south of Naples, Amalfi Coast Italy is an unforgettable destination and a home base for touring other parts of the country.
Sorento is gentile with prevailing breezes softening the sun in ancient laneways. Once a fortified town, outside Sorento’s walls, Marina Grande is a town unto itself with a Greek and Turkish history, which has melted into Sorento, offering freshly caught seafood. Many local traditional foods come from or are enhanced by local citrus. There is a lemon grove in the center of town. Stroll through the breezy streets and breathe citrus scents. Eateries like Ristorante Delphino serve fresh varietal fish directly from the local fishing fleet. If the harbor isn’t for you, try Il Buco – a traditional yet playful restaurant built into a former monastery with its mix of pasta and seafood paying homage to the sea.
Travel on roads as old as 750 years old, feats of engineering winding along the coast southward from Sorento. Positano is a resort town occupying the most spectacular portion of the Amalfi Coast, primarily dominated by pedestrian sized laneways. Positano is your destination for beaches, food, and shopping as it is a relaxed town with little else to do than observing art and history. Enjoy a lazy wander but be ready for a good workout as this village is an upward climb at every turn.
The next town south is Amalfi itself. Once an independent republic, tourism is the economy of today. Amalfi is dominated by a cathedral much larger than needed by 7,000 residents. Today tourists and locals simply enjoy the sun and scenery sitting on the steps of the cathedral, which is worth a peak as its ornate décor is unmatched. Tourists might rather spend time at beautiful local beaches.
The eight square mile Isle of Capri is known for its blue grotto, its most popular attraction surrounded by limestone cliffs dropping dramatically into the sea. The entry to the cave is small and waters can be rough, so tourists who flock here cannot always enter the cave which is colored blue by the sun when it hits the limestone beneath the waters. Come to shop and relax on this quiet yet tourist-packed isle where you can view the vista from the 1,900-foot summit of the local cliffs by way of a chair lift.
Fall in love here along the Amalfi Coast – be it with the people of the seaside, the crashing cliffs and waves, the traditional food, the culture of community with endless people moving through the ancient streets, simply breathing in today’s life which they share and mesh with the millennia of history that has created an enveloping embrace along a majestic coast that welcomes all who make the trip.