Italy’s Amalfi Coast: An enchanting experience that should be on your bucket list

October 15th, 2018
Italy’s Amalfi Coast: An enchanting experience that should be on your bucket list

The Amalfi Coast is truly a traveller’s dream destination. Located in the province of Salerno in southern Italy, this coastline is famous for the steep cliffs rising from the sea.

Thirteen municipalities dot the coast, linked by land via the Amalfi Drive (formally Strada Statale 163). Its dramatic topography is a major tourist draw, but the Amalfi Coast offers a lot more to travellers seeking exciting experiences.

The sea calls to you

Where there’s the sea, there are beaches. But don’t expect long stretches of soft sand. What they call a beach here is often a patch of pebble-strewn shore or a rocky platform at the bottom of cliffs.

Positano town on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Positano town on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Summer weather is perfect for tanning, just make sure to get up early. The sun starts losing its intensity by early afternoon, which is perfect for a pre-dinner stroll.

Embrace the warm and crystal-clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea by swimming, diving, or snorkeling to your heart’s content. Or hop on an exciting boat tour; a whole-day excursion by the sea is a convenient way to visit the many picturesque towns along the Amalfi Coast.

You can sail to the beautiful island of Capri, which is only an hour or less away, depending on your town of departure.

This glamorous and romantic island will captivate you with its turquoise waters, whitewashed houses covered with cascading bougainvillea, and breathtaking views all around.

Stay in one of Capri’s many upscale hotels, or go shopping for designer fashions, handmade leathercraft and other local handicrafts, unique collectibles, and quaint souvenirs.

And don’t miss a visit to the Blue Grotto. The brilliant sunlight filtering into the cave lends a vibrant blue colour to the calm waters inside — truly a mesmerizing sight to behold.

Boats moored off the Island of Capri

Boats moored off the Island of Capri

The abundance and variety of inviting hotels

Whether budget-conscious or extravagant, every traveller can find an accommodation to suit his or her needs. All over the Amalfi Coast, there are trendy resorts, medieval monasteries turned hotels, and family-friendly B&Bs.

There aren’t many ultra-modern hotels because Italians like to keep things traditional, but who can resist a gorgeous villa on a cliff, overlooking a stunning vista?

Immerse yourself in history, culture, and the arts

With its striking natural landscape and many historical sites, the Amalfi Coast was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1997.

Meander along the quaint streets and charming piazzas as you take in the awe-inspiring cathedrals and picturesque Mediterranean houses clustered along the cliffs.

Drop by the art galleries. Admire the intricate handmade ceramics found all along the coast. Visit the many museums, ancient churches, old houses, beautiful gardens, and town squares that have been lovingly preserved. Chat with the local old-timers and revel in their stories.

Or let the Amalfi Coast inspire your inner artist. Draw or paint, write a poem, compose a song. If nothing else, you’ll have some of the most breathtaking photographs to bring back home.

A restaurant overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea

A restaurant overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea

Bask in perpetual summer

The Amalfi Coast enjoys a lovely Mediterranean climate all year round. Summers are warm and pleasant, while winters are never harsh. Some travellers even prefer visiting off-season to avoid the large crowds. So whether you go in the summer or winter, you’ll be greeted with refreshing weather.

Indulge in Italian cuisine — and lots of lemons

To date, 18 restaurants along the Amalfi Coast have received at least one Michelin star — and two of them have been awarded two stars. But gourmet restaurants aren’t the only gastronomic delights in the area.

Feast on authentic Italian cuisine and experience shabby-chic ambiance in the many local establishments found in every town. For the freshest seafood, make sure you wake up early so you can take your pick from the morning catch.

And thanks to the abundance of lemon groves in the Amalfi Coast, you can always enjoy a glass of limoncello, a lemon liqueur the locals serve after dinner.

Do not drink it straight up; instead, sip and savor the limoncello, which is supposed to aid the digestion of all the pizza, pasta, steak, seafood, and dessert that came before it.

A road along the spectacular Amalfi Coast in Italy

A road along the spectacular Amalfi Coast in Italy

50 kms of spectacular sights

One of the best coastal drives in the world, Amalfi Drive will have you weaving through tunnels and sharp bends, often mere inches from the edge of the steep cliffs that tower on one side and drop to the ocean on the other. It’s an exhilarating, impossibly beautiful experience.

Want to experience the full grandeur of the Amalfi Coast? Wheel & Anchor’s Italy: North to South tour includes a whole-day trip to the Amalfi Coast as well as a journey to the island of Capri. You also get to visit the most beautiful places in North and Central Italy, including Verona, Venice, and Tuscany. Our tour itinerary is designed to allow us to see all the sights and still have time to stop and enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and watch the people go by. Join our community, and let’s discover the world together!

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