How to organize a trip and what to do on the Amalfi Coast starting from Vietri sul Mare to Positano.
One of the pieces of coast that everyone envies us, perhaps more visited by the Americans than by us Italians: The Amalfi Coast. Being Neapolitan, I went there so many times, in summer, in winter, by boat, by car, by motorbike, I decided to include some of my advice as to local as possible and based on my personal experience.
When to go to the Amalfi Coast:
If I can give you a bit of heartfelt advice, avoid August, practically every place in the Mediterranean is not recommended in August, but being on the coast with only one and very small road in August the traffic is crazy. Already if you go by boat the situation improves, but there is no doubt that every village will be super crowded. So even if it is taken for granted, I recommend going out of season or at least from May to mid-July or September October, so you will also have the opportunity to swim. But if you are assuming a tour in Campania in the winter months, do not despair, I always went to the Amalfi Coast in January, when the days were beautiful, it is great, the villages are practically empty and not full, you can walk quietly and if it is sunny you can also eat outdoors, of course, you will experience the sea halfway, but personally I think it is very pleasant, especially for those who love walking.
How to reach the Amalfi Coast:
I recommend that you arrive by train in Salerno and take the hydrofoil to Amalfi or Positano or take a SITA bus (the public line) that will take you to the village where you will choose to sleep. Driving along the coast is not easy if you are not used to doing it, then it is dangerous and parking spaces are very expensive, we are talking about a minimum of 35 euros per day. Therefore it is better to move by public transport, possibly by water. Consider that many villages are really next to each other and you can move around by walking. The bus lines are very well articulated, there are buses every 15 minutes, certainly, the traffic factor is not to be underestimated, but better than the parking. Alternatively, if your budget allows it, you can rent a car with a driver for your travels, we are a Positano limousine service the reliable and serious car service of the entire Amalfi coast. You can choose our private transfer from Rome to the Amalfi coast or private transfer from Naples to the Amalfi coast.
What to do on the Amalfi Coast:
Vietri Sul Mare:
The first village that is found starting from Salerno, also a homonymous exit of the highway. Vietri is a bit underestimated, in my opinion, because he is the first and is taken for granted. Surely it deserves at least a walk in the historic center, a visit to the cathedral and its belvedere squares. As you may know, it is famous all over the world for its ceramics, in fact, even the city buildings are often with signs or adorned with Vietri ceramics. You cannot come to the coast and not buy ceramics, if you are not renovating your house you can at least think of hand-painted plates. You will be amazed at how cheap they are when bought here.
This small village is famous above all for us Campania, you ask me, for what? for the castle by the sea? No! For the anchovy sauce! Before opening your eyes wide and making strange noises let me explain. As you know Amalfi was a maritime republic and therefore it was necessary to be able to store food to bring it on board, for this reason, the culinary tradition of many cities provides for salted anchovies. Here on the coast, it was discovered that the liquid that anchovies hunted when they were salted is very tasty. It is nothing disgusting or smelly, imagine it as an emulsion that tastes of the sea.
The most famous place in the world to eat this specialty is Cetara, even if the villages are all close, you can eat practically only here. It is a very tasty essence so a few drops are enough, the typical dish is spaghetti, a kind of garlic and oil with the addition of dripping, it also goes very well with mozzarella.
In addition to choosing to come and have lunch in this small village, you can admire the castle on the sea and take a dip on the beach. Best restaurant to ear and stop are “Acqua pazza” and “Antico convento”
this is the largest town on the coast and also the only one with typical architecture of the 70s, personally I do not like it I consider it full of building havoc, but it is certainly comfortable, first because it has a wide choice of accommodation, then because it is made more like a small town and it is more convenient to have everything at hand. In summer there are often festivals and concerts. It also has a beautiful port, in case you come by boat, another distinctive element is that the Cammino di Limoni starts from Maiori, a beautiful walk among the terraced lemon groves that leads to the neighboring town of Minori. A beautiful beach near Maiori is the Cavallo Morto Beach which can only be reached by sea, therefore often by kayak or gozzo.
One of the most famous villages on the coast, but it is not located on the sea, but on a hill with a breathtaking view. It is a very elegant village, where there are some of the most exclusive hotels on the coast. You can also arrive here comfortably by bus and you can walk down to Amalfi in an hour along a long staircase. After a brief visit to the village of Ravello, plan a visit to the cathedral and then to the two dream residences:
a wonderful example of Italian gardens, a villa that has existed since the Byzantine era and belonged to noble families then fell into oblivion until the end of the 19th century, the tower is very beautiful with the explanation of its history and the gardens with a breathtaking view. In summer it becomes the setting for the Ravello Festival and for many concerts, if you come here during this season I suggest you book a special evening.
in this area, there were patrician villas since Roman times, also in this case it was recovered by a British banker Ernest William Beckett at the beginning of the last century. He fell in love with this place calling it the most beautiful place in the world and began to invite artists, prominent personalities, and in a few years, Ravello became a very exclusive village. Today Villa Cimbrone also hosts a wonderful luxury hotel with a gourmet restaurant the Pan’s Flute
If you like particular museums there is also the Coral Museum which, as you may know, is a characteristic and unique product of our gulf.
The most important center of the coastal, historic maritime republic has been known throughout the world. Amalfi is one of those places that fill your heart regardless of the season, I came several times even in winter, once with “black weather” as we say, but its drama contrasted with its pastel colors was simply wonderful. Amalfi is an excellent place to stay from which to explore the coast because it is located in the middle and because it is a fixed stop on every hydrofoil.
You are highly recommended to visit the Amalfi Cathedral and its museum, the ticket costs only € 3 and what it will show you will leave you speechless. The cloister is wonderful, its central palm trees are very reminiscent of Andalusia, the crypt and the interior of the church are decorated with great care and all references to Sant Andrea are very interesting.
The most exclusive place on the coast! As beautiful and magical as it is, it is very chaotic, because, as you can imagine, it is also besieged by those who come only during the day. I like to come here in the winter with few people, but let’s say I would avoid the weekend of July and August. Positano is well-kept and the house, building, and the door is a dream, for sure you will have to go shopping, but try to buy original clothes and not that chinoiserie that now sells everywhere. Positano has always been famous for what is called “Positano beachwear” which is raw linen, raw linen, soft clothes, white or at most neutral shades, strictly combined with a handmade sandal close to the ground. It is also a very famous place to buy art, there are many galleries, antique dealers and very original furnishing accessories.