If you’re one of those travellers who can’t decide between the mountains and the sea, this post is for you.
I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t fall in love with this interesting section of Italy; therefore, this post is for you regardless of your decision.
The green mountains, the turquoise Tyrrhenian Sea, the brilliant yellow of lemons planted on terraces, the narrow lanes, and the multicoloured buildings perched on the cliffs make for a magnificent mix.
As I write about the Amalfi Coast, which is the subject of this piece, I realize that no matter how hard I try, I will never be able to capture the true grandeur of the vistas that will impress even the most jaded traveller.
It’s the kind of site you see in images and want to get there as soon as possible, yet it’s so beautiful it’s strange.
As a result, you’re terrified of setting unrealistic expectations and being disappointed.
Well, Amalfi will not only not disappoint you, but it will also demonstrate that there are some places that you will never be able to see enough of no matter how much you explore.
Places that are at the top of your list of all-time favourite places to visit in the Italy Amalfi coast.
After visiting the gorgeous sites on the Amalfi Coast in mid-June, that’s exactly what happened to me.
On a nine-day trip that took in the Cote d’Azur as well as several other Italian cities.
Everything was organized in such a short time. It felt more like a spontaneous trip than one that had been planned.
As a result, I recommend that you plan at least a few months, especially if you wish to visit the Amalfi Coast on a budget.
Especially if you intend to visit during the summer when the majority of the hotels are already booked.
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The Most Beautiful Places on the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast comprises 13 little towns, but visiting them all would likely take at least two weeks.
If you only have a few days here and your time is restricted, you should know where to stop. Let’s go over them one by one…
Let’s begin with the location that will provide you with a panoramic view of the coast from a high vantage point. Ravello is a historic city that is also highly fashionable, a sort of hidden gem.
Because many various nations have occupied it over the centuries, you will find a harmonic mix of Greek, Roman, and even Arabic influences in some areas.
Ravello is distinguishable from the other settlements on the Amalfi Coast by the distinctive sea panorama it offers, as well as the luxurious villas that may be visited here.
It’s time to cross the threshold of the two famous villas, Rufolo and Cimbrone, after visiting the Dome, as well as the busy town center and stocking up on souvenirs from artisan shops.
I’ll tell you which one is my favourite once I go over them briefly.
At the time, you should be aware that each entry costs 7 euros and is adjacent to one another.
Best hotels in Ravello:
- Budget: La Luna di Cristina– Wifi, parking, great view
- Mid-budget: Villa Piedimonte– pool, free parking, great breakfast, amazing view
- Luxury: La Dolce Vita Ravello– spa, parking, gorgeous view, beautiful rooms
Villa Rufollo was erected by a wealthy merchant family sometime in the 13th century and is the more popular of the two.
The Ravello Festival, held here every summer since 1953, makes a substantial contribution to this.
The festival honours the legendary German composer Richard Wagner, who fell in love with Villa Rufolo and was motivated to complete an opera he had been working on here for a long time.
One of the most spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast can be seen from the villa’s terrace, which is located about 400 meters above the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The upper section of the Santa Maria Delle Grazie church can also be seen from here.
The home is stunning, with numerous long terraces and gardens brimming with multicoloured flowers and palm trees, and its Arabic elements frequently compare it to Spain’s famous Alhambra fortress.
Because the construction is like a maze, it will take you about two hours to investigate each corner.
The Cimbrone Villa, located just a few hundred meters from Villa Rufolo, is older, more mysterious, and more beautiful, but that’s just my perspective.
The house was built in the 11th century, but it was completely renovated in the 20th century and is now used as a hotel.
The gardens and parts of the building, fortunately, are open to the public for viewing.
If there is a music event at Villa Rufolo, there are many ceremonies held here. Cimbrone was Greta Garbo’s favourite, while Rufolo was Wagner’s favourite.
It isn’t easy to choose between the vistas offered by the two properties. Both will reveal a romantic seascape that might easily be mistaken for a postcard.
My personal favourite is the view from Cimbrone Villa’s Infinity Terrace, where, as soon as you pass past the Ceres monument, you may observe an elegantly and dramatically aligned sequence of marble busts.
It was difficult to leave this location, and you will most likely find it difficult to say goodbye to such a view.
Positano is like an original miniature Italy, squeezed in this fairy-tale town with brilliant houses in all the colours of the rainbow, and I spell the word with an Italian accent every time I think of it.
It is not only the best on the Amalfi Coast, but it is also the choice of celebrities and millionaires and for a good reason.
Why? Because in Positano, you’ll wander along cobblestone lanes with flower-covered ceilings that lead to the beach or hotels and restaurants with sea views.
The charming dwellings are positioned on two slopes, giving a stunning surreal vista from which you can hardly take your gaze away.
For the beautiful, handcrafted artwork, whether in the form of intensely colourful paintings or pottery pots, that ought to be taken home and displayed alongside memories from your favourite travels.
For the lemonade stands where you can buy the biggest lemons you’ve ever seen for a variety of causes.
The beaches are lined with umbrellas in perfectly straight lines and are as colourful as the cliff residences.
For the view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, which is crisscrossed by a variety of vessels.
Best sea view hotels in Positano:
- Budget: Villa Maria Antonietta – Wifi, good view, terrace
- Mid-budget: Alcione Residence – Wifi, good breakfast, terrace, beautiful view
- Luxury: Hotel Palazzo Murat – pool, spa, delicious breakfast, parking, bar, gorgeous view
Positano, though, was not always like this. It was once a very rich port, especially between the 15th and 17th centuries, where trading was essentially the main activity.
Unfortunately, the city suffered a huge setback later in history, when about half of the people immigrated to America.
Later, in 1953, John Steinbeck was inspired enough to write an essay for Harper’s Bazaar dedicated to Positano, in which he described the town as “a fantasy paradise that is not quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you’ve gone.”
Positano has progressively acquired its well-deserved renown, having starred in many film productions, and is today one of Europe’s most famous tourist attractions.
Although most visitors come to Positano for its beautiful beaches, such as Marina Grande, Li Galli, and Fornillo, the town has much more.
If you have one day to see it, make sure to relax on a patio with a magnificent view and order a lemon-based dessert with limoncello, a famous liqueur from the area.
The houses in Amalfi could have looked like Santorini if they didn’t have red roofs. What do you have in common? Mountain, water, and white buildings placed in the cliffs
If you’re unsure about Amalfi, you should know that there is an Amalfi town on the Amalfi Coast that serves as capital.
Otherwise, it is merely a little and friendly city in the middle of which stands an amazing cathedral, if we consider its name.
We didn’t spend much time in Amalfi, but from there we took the ferry to Capri Island then the bus to Agerola, where we were staying.
Best sea-view hotels in Amalfi:
- Budget: Amalfi Old Square room & apartments– parking, free Wifi, sea view
- Mid-budget: Hotel Marina Riviera– pool, restaurant, bar, fabulous breakfast, beautiful view
- Luxury: Hotel Santa Caterina– pool, free parking, great breakfast, amazing view
If your bank account does not have at least six numbers, you, like the majority of tourists, will most likely visit Capri for only one day.
I say this because the premium stores and nightly lodging charges here are very comparable to those on Rodeo Drive.
It is a wealthy island, yet it is not too expensive to visit for a day.
Capri is beautiful, but it is also incredibly congested. So, I’ll give you the same counsel as before.
If you visit in May, June, or September, you will undoubtedly have a much more delightful time.
After disembarking from the ferry, take the funicular to Capri, where you may quickly cross the city’s small streets and make your way to Augustus Gardens. You may enjoy a vista of heaven for only one euro.
On one hand, you can see the Faraglioni cliffs, while on the other, you can see the twisting road that leads to the sea.
Don’t forget to sit on a patio and eat a pizza prepared solely by the Italians, and you must visit Carthusia, the island’s scent of lemons.
Because there are so many ways to spend time in Capri, I’ll write a separate article about it. The ferry’s schedule and prices are available here.
Most beautiful hotels in Capri:
- Budget: Affittacamere Capri Dolce Vita– Wifi, nice view
- Mid-budget: La Baia di Napoli– Wifi, beach proximity, beautiful view
- Luxury: Capri Tiberio Palace– 2 pools, spa, delicious breakfast, restaurant
Fiordo di Furore
To be honest, Instagram is what drew me here. If you didn’t see it on social media first, it’s definitely a place you can bypass.
Fiordo di Furore is essentially a bridge, with a semi-hidden beach and a little harbour behind it where a small portion of the Tyrrhenian Sea recedes.
Depending on the time of year and day you come, you may be the only person on the beach or find yourself surrounded by other equally excited travellers.
It was somewhere in the middle for me, so I was able to sneak in and shoot some photos in which the entire place seemed to be mine. It only appears to be such.
Other places where you can randomly stop and admire
This section is designed for people who will be driving their own car or renting a car along the Amalfi Coast. There are stunning vistas along the way, and you’ll want to stop and take them in.
If you have enough time, you can travel up near Salerno, where the height will progressively decrease.
For example, we travelled up to Erchie town, and I am confident that if we had more time, we would have gone further.
How to get to Amalfi Coast
It is better to fly to Naples and then rent a car or take public transportation from there. In this regard, you should be aware that buses run from Naples to the Amalfi Coast, namely to Sorrento, from whence you may access all of the Amalfi cities by bus or boat. The schedule for buses and ferries may be seen here.
Parking in Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi is prohibitively expensive.
There are also inexpensive parking lots on the outskirts, which we found difficult to find, but they do exist and will help you save money on your trip budget.
If you have the patience, guts, and talent to squeeze through the cars on exceedingly tiny roads, renting a scooter is another alternative.
A vacation to the Amalfi Coast, regardless of the mode of transportation, will be unforgettable.