The 10 best things to do on the Amalfi Coast.
The Amalfi Coast offers countless activities and attractions. Here are the best of them that will make your vacation in the south of Italy unforgettable.
Take a vintage car tour along the coast
The most glamorous way to visit the many sights of magnificent Amalfi is to rent a vintage car at Casa Angelina Lifestyle in Amalfi, and explore the coast and nearby towns at a pace that suits you. To be able to see the best views, always stick to heading east – in Italy, traffic is right-handed, so you’ll be moving on the side that’s closer to the sea.
LOCAL TIP: Driving in southern Italy can be quite difficult, especially in July when the narrow streets are crowded with tourist buses. Casa Angelina Lifestyle Hotel offers personal English-speaking chauffeurs and guides at a bargain price.
2. Visit the ruins of Pompeii
There aren’t many historical ruins in the world that take tourists’ breath away as much as the dead Pompeii. You can walk through the streets of the ancient city and admire the many well-preserved Roman houses, thermae, and even an open-air theater, all of which will give you an extremely accurate understanding of what daily life was like before Vesuvius left thousands of people under a layer of ash.
LOCAL TIP: For archaeology enthusiasts, we recommend the Multi Site Pass. It is valid for 3 days and allows you to visit the ruins of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Boscoreale and Stabia. However, in case you want to visit other monuments and museums of the region we strongly recommend you to buy the ArteCard.
3. Cook authentic Italian cuisine in Ravello.
Hidden among the streets of the tiny town of Ravello is one of the best culinary schools in southern Italy. Italian cuisine couldn’t be better than Mama Agata’s. Having started cooking at the tender age of 8, today she offers mouthwatering dishes based on family recipes that generations and generations have cooked from – all in a cozy kitchen where students immediately begin to feel at home. You might actually start to get a little homesick when her hands-on courses are over and it’s time to leave this wonderful home filled with a love of food and a family atmosphere.
LOCAL TIP: The first place the finalist of series 9 of BBC One’s MasterChef went was this charming school. They cooked gnocchi, pasta pappardelle and stuffed squid. Other celebrities for whom Mama Agatha cooked include Humphrey Bogart and Elizabeth Taylor.
4. Have a crazy shopping spree in Sorrento
Although the main shopping artery of Sorrento is Via Cesareo, the city is full of small narrow streets where charming stores offer Murano glass, inlaid woodwork, pasta, herbs, silk scarves, ceramics and, of course, a variety of bottles of limoncello – the alcoholic beverage of Sorrento. Every evening comes the time of traditional Italian entertainment – passeggiata. Around 7:30 p.m., all streets from Piazza Tasso to Corso Italia close to traffic, and locals and tourists flit back and forth to stores that are open until 9 p.m. Store for a pair of comfortable shoes or handmade sandals-they’re very popular here!
LOCAL TIP: After an exhausting day of shopping, we recommend relaxing in the magnificent spa complex at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria.
5. Walk the Path of the Gods (Sentiero degli Dei), Positano
A paradise for hikers and a hiking trail with panoramic views for everyone else, as the name of this coastal road implies. Breathtaking scenery is intertwined here with traditional Italian scenery, where vineyards are clinging to the mountain and time seems to stand still in the small towns. This walk is undoubtedly one of those that are hard to forget. The whole way from Bomerano to Positano takes more than 4 hours, but most tourists stop in the beautiful town of Nocelle for lunch and then take the bus to Positano. In this case, the trip takes about 3 hours.
TIP FROM LOCALISTS: It is recommended to walk from Bomerano to Nocelle, because the way from Positano to Nocelle is uphill and because of the number of steps it is not suitable for everybody.
6. Go horseback riding in Salerno
Few things can relieve stress faster than riding a horse when the waves crash against the shore, and when that shore is framed by gorgeous Salerno Bay – and you’re rushing towards something truly unique. There are several options offered here for horse lovers and for their companions who don’t sit on horseback. You can choose what you like, from half-day excursions to more compact two-hour rides. And those who want to devote an entire vacation to horseback riding have the option of staying at a local farm in nearby Cilento National Park
LOCAL TIP: If you want to rest and stretch your legs after an intoxicating ride, head to the gorgeous Giardino della Minerva, located in the heart of the historic quarter.
7. Scuba diving at Secketella dei Galli
There are plenty of scuba diving opportunities on the Amalfi Coast, but if you only have time for one dive, the underwater mountain known as Secketella dei Galli is worth checking out. Located in the Marine National Park in Punto Campanella, it boasts a rich biodiversity of marine environments and marine life: red and yellow gorgonaria, lobsters, various fish species and the unique black Mediterranean coral Gerardia Savaglia. If you have time for more than one dive, be sure to explore one of the many shipwrecks off the coast.
LOCAL TIP: For experienced divers, we recommend going to the Grotta dela Colombara near Portofino.
8. Swim to the Li Galli archipelago
The Tyrrhenian Sea is not only rich in diverse fauna, it is also home to many myths and legends. One of these magical places is undoubtedly the group of islands of Li Galli, or “Le Sirenuse”. It was here, according to “The Odyssey” by Homer, Ulysses met with the Sirens. Several companies offer tours to the islands – or you can rent a boat, with or without a skipper, and go on your own journey!
TIP FROM THE PEOPLE: After exploring the three islands of the archipelago and the Amalfi Coast, anchor off Praiano for a splendid sunset. It’s said to be the most romantic sunset in the world.
9. Romantic day trip to Capri
If you’re in the mood for romance while vacationing on the Amalfi Coast, what could be better than Capri? This Mediterranean island can be reached by ferry and hydrofoil from the main cities of the region (Naples, Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Salerno) – and enjoy the authentic atmosphere. If you arrive in Anacapri, we recommend taking a boat tour to the Grotta Azura, or Blue Grotto – with incredibly blue water that can only be admired from wooden rowing boats. The best hours to visit the grotto are from noon to 2 p.m., during which time the color of the water inside is at its most spectacular.
TIP FROM THE PEOPLE: If you want to taste traditional Anacapri cuisine, we recommend you go to one of the many cozy restaurants on La Piazzetta. You can also indulge in Michelin-style cuisine at the coastal Capri Palace Hotel & Spa
10. Take a wine tour in Furore
The Amalfi Coast may not be the Chianti wine region, but there are nonetheless thousands, and more, of vineyards in the same spectacular natural setting. Few places in the world exist where you can stroll through a vineyard and hear the waves crashing against the shore at the same time.
That’s why we confidently recommend a wine tour in Furor. Even if you’re not a big wine connoisseur, the sights, aromas and sensations you get here are really worth it. Our favorite place here is, without a doubt, Cantine Marisa Cuomo. The people who will meet you here are passionate not only about the wine, but also about their guests. Please note that the wine tastings are only from January through August.
LOCAL TIP: Visit Furore Fjord, an ancient ravine on the coast where outlaws used to hide and where locals now rest, swim and sunbathe. Although you should note that the beach is quite small, the natural scenery and the many fishermen’s houses nestled on the rocks are worth a visit.
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