This summer I had the chance to visit the Amalfi Coast a magical ocean side area in south Italy. It is hard to put into words just how beautiful the Amalfi Coast truly is but I will try my best. Close your eyes and imagine a place filled with colour, colourful homes and buildings that climb up into the green mountains. Then imagine below the cliffs is the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean, so clean and clear and welcoming. Now picture quaint little coffee shops and restaurants that line a narrow road, the only road that gets you in and out of the small towns. Let’s focus on that road for a second, so many twists and turns that unveil a new part of the coast that was just as beautiful as the last. Yes, the Amalfi Coast is truly beautiful and it is a must see. While I only spent two days in the area (which is not nearly enough). I had a chance to see, discover, and do so much and here are just a few of my recommendations when in the Amalfi Coast.
Drive the winding roads
We arrived in Naples and from there we rented a car to drive to Positano, the town along the coast that we decided to stay in. the drive was a little intimidating, and I am glad I didn’t have to get behind the wheel, but if you are a confident driver and you are alright navigating narrow roads then I definitely recommend driving the coast. The views along the way of the cliff side and the villages along the ocean are spectacular. Just make sure you rent a small car!
Take a day trip to Capri
We decided to take a boat trip out to Capri with Bluestar Positano and we really had an amazing experience. Now as I said this is a day trip and takes several hours, but it is so worth it. We started the day heading out to Capri with a stop at the White and Green grotto. Our captain Pepe was so informative telling us about each stop and showing us what makes each grotto unique. We then stopped for a little swim break and Pepe served us some prosecco and wine. Once at Capri we had some free time to explore the island, a little expensive for my taste but worth a stop.
On the way back I was a little disappointed because the line to the famous Blue Grotto was more than an hour wait, but our captain Pepe to the rescue yet again took us to his secret Blue Grotto where you don’t have to pay an entrance fee, deal with crowds, and still get to experience a beautiful hidden gem. Once back on the boat he served us some homemade lemoncello.
For more information, check out their website: http://www.bluestarpositano.it/
Find a beach
The beach in Positano can get quite crowded but it is worth checking out the local shops and markets that surround the area. However, there are a few more private beaches that are less crowded in the area.
We decided to walk down to the beach at dusk on our first night in town because it was actually a holiday and the beach provided the perfect spot to watch the fireworks that night. it was an incredible show.
Mamma Mia find some pizza
Naples, which is just a short hour drive from Positano and Naples happens to be the birth place of Pizza, so as you can imagine Positano offers some pretty yummy pizza options. We decided to make it our mission to eat as much local pizza as possible, but my favourite spot had to be El Capitan. This family owned restaurant offers some incredible views of Positano and offers some very fresh and delicious pizzas.
Take a hike
Make sure to bring some walking shoes when you visit the area because there are plenty of stairs to climb. But the most spectacular walk of all happens to be the Path of the Gods. This hike takes you to the highest summit of the Sorrento Peninsula known as the “Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi.” Along the way you will find spectacular views of the cliffs and the water below.
Fun fact: The path is still used by farmers and shepherds as it reaches old vineyards on the mountain.
Even if you don’t make it to this hike, just talking a walk around town will guarantee you some amazing views and some instagram worthy pictures.
It is not every day that you get to visit a Michelin Star restaurant, so we decided to treat ourselves. We visited Zass, about a 20-minute drive from Positano. The overall experience was incredible. From the service, to the food, to the views, it exceeded all expectations. It was an amazing way to finish our trip.
The Amalfi Coast is a magical and beautiful place that you need to see to believe. It is filled with towns to explore, beaches to uncover, and pizza to eat. I hope that some of my recommendations helps ensure you have the perfect trip to this perfect place.