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.
1| Explore Sorrento
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”.
2| Go Shopping in Capris
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.
3| Blue Grotto, Capris
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.
4| Uncover the Ruins of Pompeii
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.
5| Day Trip to Naples
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.
5| Wind Down on Ischia Island
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.
6| Visit Amalfi Town
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.
7| Enjoy the Views from Ravello
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.
8| Take a Tour of Vesuvius
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.
9| Stroll Around in Positano
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.
10| Hike the Path of Gods
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.