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Amalfi Coast

Destination Guide: Amalfi Coast


The Amalfi Coast is one of the most famous and beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. It goes without saying that this Italian gem is mesmerising in its beauty, all consuming in its appeal. But for travellers looking for more than just mind-blowing aesthetics, there’s so much more to the Amalfi Coast than its peripheral. Beautiful Italian cuisine, five star luxury villas, boutique and designer shopping, and perhaps rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, the Amalfi Coast sings for the traveller who wants it all.

Visit the Amalfi Coast with Bridgewater’s Idyllic Italy and discover an Italy that you’ve never seen before. We have over 40 years’ experience working in some of the boot-shaped peninsula’s most stunning locations, and we would love to share our knowledge of the illustrious Amalfi region. Read on for our ultimate destination guide to the Amalfi Coast.

 

About The Amalfi Coast


In the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula lies the Amalfi Coast. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s most coveted tourist destinations, this striking coastline boasts a hot Mediterranean climate, making it all the more desired by sun seekers. With its endless restaurants, each one promising even more finery than the last, and decadent designer boutiques dotting the limestone landscape, it’s a heaven for luxury. But make no mistake; it’s a chic kind of luxury along this dramatic coastal destination, a luxury that somehow still feels untouched.

Amalfi Coast Municipalities


The Amalfi shoreline is made up of thirteen municipalities; Vietri Sul Mare, Cetara, Maiori, Tramonti, Minori, Ravello, Scala, Atrana, Amalfi, Conca Dei Marini, Furore, Praiano and Positano. And breaking off from the mainland, we also have the indulgent island of Capris, second home to many Hollywood stars.

Town to town you will find new drama, from the vertical crags and beguiling ocean views to the plush green forests and magical blue caves. Every inch of the coast is worth exploring for those who have the time.

Getting There


Making your way to the Amalfi Coast is easy with a little bit of research, and many holiday makers find the journey to be straightforward with many transport options. The main transport hubs are Naples, Sorrento and Salerno and buses run regularly throughout the entire region, making it easy to do a little town hopping during your stay.

Coming from Rome


Naples is your gateway to this wonderful coastal destination, so you must first catch a train from Rome to Naples. Get the train from Rome Termini to Naples Centrale; catch the high-speed AV train to get there in 70 minutes or the IC/ICN and EXP trains will get you there in just over 2 hours.

For first time travellers, it’s important to be mindful of both pickpockets and tourist scams when arriving in Naples. The city is famed for its world of extremes; as dangerous and seedy as it is beautiful. So always be careful when travelling through Naples.

Coming from Naples


You can take advantage of the bus, train or ferry connections. In just over an hour, the Circumvesuviana trainline will take you from the bustling city of Naples to Sorrento station in the city centre by Piazza Angelina Lauro. Or if you want to hit Positano first, hop on the Positano Shuttle from Naples Airport or Naples Centrale. Ferries are not direct from Naples and there are also limited ferries outside of peak season but a seaward journey will give you the most amazing views – it’s worth the perseverance.
For the utmost comfort and luxury, there are many private car companies and helicopter transfers.

 

Amalfi Coast Properties


 

Villa Antonietta

From £566/night
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Villa Antonietta is located in the beautiful hamlet of Minuta which is situated at the end of the promontory enjoying wonderful views over Ravello, the coast below, mountains and the sea in the distance; The villa comprises a series of Medieval buildings built around the Medieval church of Our Lady of the Assumption.
5 Beds
5 Bathrooms
10 Guests

Villa Costiera Amalfi

From £1132/night
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A stunning coastal villa with private swimming pool and large terraces with panoramic sea views.
6 Beds
6 Bathrooms
12 Guests

Villa D'Oro

From £1778/night
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Villa D'Oro is an elegant villa, steeped in history, which is magnificently situated overlooking the beautiful stretch of coast as far as the promontory at Capo d'Orso and the bay of Salerno, a wide view of the sea and the most picturesque part of Amalfi, photographed and printed in every postcard.
6 Beds
5 Bathrooms
12 Guests

Villa Ennio

From £343/night
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This charming villa is situated in a dream location within the magical hilltop village of Vibonati and close to the splendid beaches of Cilento.
6 Beds
6 Bathrooms
14 Guests

Villa Flora Sole

From £804/night
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Situated within the Cilento National Park, just a short stroll away from the beach and the village of Scario, this stunning villa with an exceptionally large pool and lush Mediterranean garden, enjoys breath taking views over the Gulf of Policastro and the surrounding hills.
6 Beds
6 Bathrooms
14 Guests

Villa Idris

From £464/night
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Situated in a panoramic location with STUNNING sea views and direct access to the cliffs below - Villa Idris Bright offers bright airy interiors with a nautical theme throughout.
2 Beds
2 Bathrooms
4 Guests

Villa Maiori

From £593/night
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A beautiful property surrounded by green Mediterranean vegetation and lemon groves.
3 Beds
2 Bathrooms
6 Guests

Villa Marcella

From £830/night
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It is hard to imagine a more perfect base from which to explore the Amalfi coast.
5 Beds
4 Bathrooms
10 Guests

Villa Nerano

From £699/night
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Villa Nerano is situated in a small corner of paradise with panoramic sea views of the Mediterranean.
4 Beds
3 Bathrooms
10 Guests

Villa Oasi

From £2294/night
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Villa Oasi is a charming villa situated in a manicured park overlooking the Gulfs of Naples and Salerno.
11 Beds
11 Bathrooms
22 Guests

Villa Praiano

From £607/night
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Villa Praiano has a private infinity pool and stunning views out to sea reaching as far as Capri and overlooking Positano.
3 Beds
3 Bathrooms
6 Guests

Villa Ravello

From £737/night
Star Rating:
This beautiful villa offers the most magnificent views of the Amalfi coast that you are every likely to find.
5 Beds
5 Bathrooms
10 Guests

Villa Sofia

From £1340/night
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This must be one of the most idyllic locations in the Mediterranean.
7 Beds
6 Bathrooms
14 Guests

Villa Vista Amalfi

From £1290/night
Star Rating:
A stunning villa situated in an exclusive location on one of tne of the most panoramic stretches of the Amalfi Coast.
4 Beds
5 Bathrooms
8 Guests
 

 

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO ON THE AMALFI COAST


 

As though the paradisiac views, painterly sunsets and provoking old town charm isn’t all consuming enough, the coast is lined with so much to taste, touch, see and do. Find the most exciting restaurants filled with zealous chefs cooking up the most authentic and inspired Italian cuisine, endless boutiques with Italian pottery and trinkets, and countless hiking trails for the hands-on traveller who leaves no stone unturned when it comes to the great outdoors.

 

No journey to the famous coast is complete without a few days in spectacular Sorrento. Famous for its hustle and bustle, beautiful landscapes, vibrant citrus groves and olive groves, Sorrento makes a great base offering an Italian education through the power of taste. Enjoy the deep flavours of the region’s best olive oils, tantalise your palate with fresh and simple seafood dishes, and finish off your evening with the famous Limoncello after-dinner “digestivo”.

For ultimate luxury, there really is no Italian island quite as refined as Capris. Abundant in prolific designer shops and some of the most high-end restaurants around, Capris is a playground for the rich and famous. Take the cable car up to Capris Town then catch a bus all the way to the Anacapri summit for the most wonderful views.

If you have more than a day in Capris, the Blue Grotto caves are a must. Take the tour through the magical caves with azure blue waters and a mythical looking backdrop. Sunlight passing through the waters lights the way of your tour, creating a beautiful illumination effect. But beware of the long queues for the Blue Grotto tours during peak seasons; this is a popular tourist attraction on Capris Island.

Unearth the ruins of this ancient city in the region of Campania. Buried under ash and pumice after Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD, the city of Pompeii is an absolute marvel which takes you back in time through breathtakingly beautiful ruins. Close to Naples, you can also take a day trip over to the interesting city to taste its world-famous pizza.

If you’re staying in the Amalfi Coast, a day trip or a stopover in Naples is a must for foodies and culture vultures. Renowned for serving up the tastiest pizza in Italy, Naples should be a bucket list city for travellers who follow their tastebuds. Not only is Naples the birthplace to pizza, but it also has the incredible Archaeological Museum, the Castel dell’Ovo and a sparkling waterfront boasting views of Mount Vesuvius.

Ischia is the volcanic island in the Bay of Naples. For anyone exploring Naples and Pompeii, be sure to take a trip to Ischia to relax in its curative spas. Heated by volcanic energy, Ischia is home to thermal parks and wonderful natural spas. A little piece for heaven for the jaded traveller and a truly healing spa experience. Here you will also find lush greenery with the most exotic and vibrant wildlife.

Get to the real heart of the Amalfi Coast and head to its elegant namesake, Amalfi Town. This romantic location offers some of the most idyllic walks, stunning architecture, and more culture that you can shake a stick at. Visit the Luna Convento (Franciscan Convent), mount the steps of the Ruga Nova Mercatorum, take a stroll through the Cloister of Paradise, or catch a lively Amalfi musical. On arrival, you will likely be met by colourful streetside lemon stands, with the largest and most delicious lemons grown in the region – so don’t forget to tickle your tastebuds with the mouthwatering local Limoncello.

From Amalfi Town, you can conquer the heights of Ravello by bus, a 30 minute ride which takes you to a whole new world. Breathe in the remarkable sights from Villa Cimbrone, the beautiful gardens with its famous Terrace of the Infinite. You can also join a walking tour with the most amazing photo opportunities every step of the way.

If you’re a traveller of the intrepid kind, local guides can take you on a tour of the notorious Vesuvius which destroyed the city of Pompeii when it erupted in 79 AD. With an eruption cycle of around 20 years, touring Mount Vesuvius isn’t completely without its risks, although the last eruption was back in 1944.

Charming hilly roads, luscious sea views, blinding sunsets and quaint cafes and restaurants dot the enclave of Positano. Make your way around the village, stopping for a glass of Bellini along the way, and wind your journey all the way down to the seafront where you can take in the views with some real Italian gelato. Don’t forget your camera and tripod for twilight as the sky turns blueish purple and the houses on the hills all light up at once.

Sentiero degli Dei, otherwise known as the Path of Gods, is one of the most beautiful hikes in Italy. This 3 to 4 hour trek is perfect for adventure seekers who would rather devour dramatic views from the heights of the hilltops than the safety of a cliffside café. This hilly hike starts in the mountains of Bomerano Village, and with buses running from both ends, it can be as relaxed or energetic as you like.

Weather / When to Visit


The Amalfi Coast benefits from a hot Mediterranean climate, so holiday makers can enjoy lovely, warm summers and mild winters; there’s never a bad time to visit the Amalfi Coast. But if you’re planning a driving holiday, a specialist hiking holiday, or you just prefer to avoid the busy tourist hustle and bustle, here are some things to bear in mind.

Driving Holidays

Driving holidays are great but the weather can sometimes be tricky. The hot summer months brings tourists in from all corners of the globe, impacting greatly on roads and parking. In July and August, driving and parking in any of the main coastal hotspots could be a problem. And with the summer heat, it’s recommended to hire a car with air conditioning to keep you cool-headed on the tricky roads of the mountainous Amalfi.

Hiking Holidays

The summer months are extremely hot, with temperatures reaching 30°C and above in July and August. Although such heat is blissful for a leisurely beach break, hikers may find the temperatures to be too intense for an activity holiday.
If hiking’s on your agenda, try the milder months at the beginning (March to May) or the end of summer (September to October). Winter is mild in the region so if you prefer cooler climes, you could always plan an out of season trip. As a result, you will also benefit from a decreased footfall of tourists and a much more relaxed atmosphere.

Regional Food & Wine


Food on the Amalfi Coast, much like any region of beautiful Italy, is quite simply spectacular. Unlike the stodgy Italian cooking we come across so regularly in Britain, authentic Italian cuisine is created with so much more finesse. To the Italians, cookery is like artwork; truly elegant.
The food around the Amalfi Coast is particularly stylish, with its rich olive groves and superior oils and the proximity to the sea mustering some of the best seafood around. From the fresh flavours to the famous Limoncello, the Amalfi Coast is a foodie’s paradise.

Typical Italian Cuisine

The key to Amalfian cooking is the ingredients – ingredients which are all flavoursome and fresh. Bringing together some of the most simple components, dinner in this region will take you from a fresh seafood spaghetti with juicy clams to a hearty calzone washed down with Moretti.
Taste the best pizzas in Naples, the freshest seafood in Capris, or the sumptuously sweet pastries of Minori. Whatever your palate, always close with an enlivening Limoncello finale!

 

Recommended restaurants


From the stopover city of Naples to the most delicious buffalo mozzarella in the region, we look at some of the best places to eat. Here are some of our favourites here at Bridgewater’s Idyllic Italy.

 

Taverna Del Capitano


On the road between Punta Campanella to Positano village, this seafood heaven is the perfect pit stop on your travels. As recommended by Condé Naste, Taverna Del Capitano is one of the best restaurants in the entire Amalfi Coast region and great place for fish lovers.

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele


For authentic pizza, stop by at this Trip Advisor rated pizzeria in Naples for a healthy serving of stone-baked deliciousness. Mouthwateringly tasty, pizza here is best enjoyed as the simple Margherita; nothing more, nothing less.

 

Sal De Riso


In Minori, you will find a great little bar and pastry shop selling the most decadent desserts. With everything tempting such as the famous aragostelle pastry and the hazelnut crumble cake to a slice of the delectable ‘Lemon Delight’, Sal De Riso is nirvana for anyone with a sweet tooth.

 

Cumpa Cosimo


The Amalfi Coast is wonderful for seafood, but we know that not everyone enjoys a fish course. Cumpa Cosimo in Ravello is a great place to taste mouthwatering non-fish dishes, which isn’t always easy to find along the coast.

Ristorante da Maria Grazia


If you’re looking for the best place to taste the soft cloud-like Mozzarella di Bufala of the region, head to Marina Del Cantone and grab a seat at Maria Grazia’s restaurant. Great views and the best mozzarella around!

 

Festivals and Events


Naples, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast host a huge number of events across the whole year. With the lucky Mediterranean weather, there really is no bad time to visit. From the food and drinks celebrations throughout the summer months to the Christmas festivities in December, this region is an effervescent area and a great depiction of Italian culture.

 

Amalfi Regatta (June)


The Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics is a traditional sporting event which takes place every June. Four crews compete in the regatta every single year and the whole town come to watch as the Amalfi team goes head to head with Pisa, Venice and Genoa.

Ravello Festival (June)


Also known as the “Wagner Festival”, this event held in June is an annual celebration of music and the arts. Launched back in 1953, this festival was designed to mark German composer Richard Wagner’s love of the Campania region, and has been held every year to promote tourism in the area.

Positano Beach Celebrations (August)


Mid-August sees the Positano beach come to life as locals host their annual beach carnival, where pirate re-enactments also unfold. Most certainly an interesting event for curious travellers who have a bit of imagination.

 

Byzantine New Year (August)


On the last day of August, Amalfi becomes a lively town filled with warm smiles and local spirit. Watch the incredible parades and enjoy the positive festival vibes on the main streets.

Gusta Minori (September)


In September, Minori is the place to be for foodies. Local food and drink will be served at live events across the town, and there’s something everyone.

Christmas in Atrani (December)


Both Christmas and New Years Eve are widely celebrated in this part of Italy. So if you’re travelling over the festive period, you’ll be in the right place when looking for a little piece of home. Atrani is an excellent place to see the Christmas lights and the firework displays for New Years Eve are incredibly grand and impressive.

 

 
 

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