The Amalfi Coast extends for 50 kilometres along the southern border of the Sorrento Peninsula in the Campania region. It is also a popular holiday destination, boasting overhanging cliffs and a jagged coastline dotted with small beaches and pastel-coloured fishing villages. The coastal road between the port city of Salerno and Sorrento winds through large villas, terraced vineyards and lemon groves along the cliffs. The most famous localities of the area apart from the natural and marine beauties also boast shops of all kinds. However, it is the restaurants that usually serve lunch from 12:30 to 3:30 pm and dinner from 7:30 to 11:30 pm (or even later in the summer). In the summer, it is always wise to book restaurants, especially the most famous ones that offer some local specialities. As for transport to the Amalfi Coast, you can opt for a private transfer directly from Naples Capodichino airport or Rome Fiumicino. In July and August, you can also rent a car bearing in mind that these are periods of intense traffic and also the route is composed of narrow and winding roads along the coast. The Amalfi Coast boasts 13 enchanting locations that cling to the spectacular cliff, and these features have allowed it to boast the title of UNESCO World Heritage in 1997 and since then attracts thousands of tourists every year.
On the occasion of a holiday on the Amalfi Coast, visiting the most famous places in the area is a must. Walking, for example, on the Path of the Gods that starts from Agerola and reaches the upper area of Positano, is something unique and evocative both for its length (6.44 kilometres) and for the opportunity to admire ancient historic cities, ruins and majestic views. To make the most of this excursion, it is advisable to opt for a packed lunch because along the path there are many benches to enjoy it. This breathtaking excursion in the stretch surrounding the town of Amalfi and precisely on the Belvedere represents an incredible stopover point to admire the panorama of the coast in all its facets.
Along the coast, you can also visit other small towns such as Ravello. It is the most romantic place on the Amalfi Coast, so much so that many choose it as the last destination of their honeymoon. The city also boasts numerous romantic vantage points, extraordinary food and some of the most beautiful gardens in the world. In this context, it should be added that it is also possible to visit Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone with their gardens which are open to the public from 9:00 until sunset.
Amalfi, on the other hand, is the city once the Maritime Republic that deserves a visit in its own right as it is one of the central ports of the Coast. This is also the best place to buy souvenirs and everything about lemon and its extracts. Finally, the charming streets of the historic centre and the Cathedral are also worthy of consideration. The latter is dedicated to the Apostle St. Andrew as inside there are also his relics.
When visiting the Amalfi Coast a destination not to be missed is certainly Positano as it represents the flagship of the area and is the perfect holiday for the panoramic location, the excellent food and wine and a lively nightlife. In Positano, however, there is no shortage of other things to do; in fact, you can admire its colourful houses painted with shades of pink, white and yellow that seem to cling firmly to the cliff, although in reality, they are very accessible through the narrow streets that wind along the steep slope of the mountain.
Among the other most famous places on the Amalfi Coast, those of Maiori and Minori should certainly be mentioned. The first has one of the most beautiful sandy beaches on the coast and some significant historic buildings to admire. The main beach is 930 metres long and 40 metres wide, and it is sunny from morning until late afternoon.
If you prefer to opt for smaller and secluded spaces, it is worth considering a visit to the Salicerchie beach, accessible via 160 steps. Nearby there are some caves, one of which is sulfurous with a small stream made up of water mixed with sulfur and magnesium. Also worth mentioning is Cala Bellavaia (Dead Horse Beach), a rocky and uncontaminated area that can only be reached by sea. As for Minori, however, the town is renowned for its pastry art and above all for the real limoncello obtained from the lemons of the Amalfi Coast. Its natural beauty and the many breathtaking views gave UNESCO reason to include it in the World Heritage list in 1997.