The Amalfi Coast is a stunning coastal region of Italy that is extremely popular for tourists from all over the world. The Amalfi Coast is a region that includes multiple towns built into the cliffside overlooking the crystal clear blue mediterranean. This area in the summer is full of visitors seeking an ideal Italian holiday and I highly recommend adding this to your bucket list destinations!
Language: Italian, but many people in the touristy areas speak English
NAP – Naples
FCO – Rome
Electrical Outlets: TYPE C (2 round pin aka Euro plug). 220V-240V and 50Hz.
The first thing you need to decide is the city where you want to stay. Most people stay in Positano, the most iconic town on the Amalfi Coast. I stayed in an Airbnb in Praiano, a quieter and cheaper alternative to Positano. We splurged a bit on the Airbnb for the views, but it ended up working out great because we cooked in most nights and saved a lot of money on dining! Check out our Airbnb here!
If you’re planning to eat out more, a hotel might be a better bet. Everything in this area is pretty pricey, especially those that come with private beach access.
While most of Europe is very accessible by train, the Amalfi Coast is not. We rented a car in Rome and drove ourselves down, but driving in the Amalfi Coast is NO JOKE.
Even though we had a car, we chose not to drive around the coast since parking is a nightmare everywhere.
Explore the town: Positano is a wonderful town to just wander around and explore. There are tons of local shops selling everything from artisan sandals to limoncello, from boutique clothing to typical souvenirs. The narrow streets can get pretty crowded during the peak of the day, so to avoid crowds you can visit during off peak hours.
Lounge at Spiaggia Grande: Make sure you take time to enjoy this iconic beach at the base of the town in the cliff, Positano. Most of this beach is taken up by private clubs where you can rent their beach chairs. These can fill up quickly in the summer, so if you want a chair, arrive before 10am. There is only a small sliver of the beach that has public access for lounging.
check out this blog for more details. I recommend starting early because you don’t want the sun beating on you during this hike. Despite all the cautions here, I highly recommend taking on this challenge for the absolutely breathtaking scenery. You truly feel like you are on top of the world! Hike Path of the Gods: Locally known as Sentiero Degli Dei, legend has it this is the path the gods used to race down the mountains to save Odysseus from the Sirens. This hike is not for the faint of heart as you climb nearly 500 meters elevation gain of steps up, hiking 4.7 miles, and then climb back down. We took the route starting in Praiano and walking to the start of the path in Bomerano, and then ending in Nocelle and walking into Positano.We caught the SITA bus back to our Airbnb after spending the day in Positano. There are alternate routes where you can take a bus part of the way as well –
Marina di Praia: Our go-to beach during our time on the Amalfi Coast! We loved relaxing at this little cove beach with rocky shores and crystal blue water. The majority of the beach is taken up by the beach club where you can rent chairs and order food. There are also rental shops along the beach for kayaks, paddle boards, water taxis, and more. We spent a day here switching off between chilling on the beach and taking a kayak out around the coast. You can kayak into multiple sea caves and grottos right from the beach!
Parrocchia Di San Gennaro : This dome church is the main icon of Praiano as you can see if from the sea and, for me, it marked Praiano amongst the coastal towns. I recommend swinging by to see the church up close and hang out in the piazza with spectacular views of the ocean. You can also wander from here along the main road to many local shops to buy limoncello, handmade goods, and more.
Duomo di Amalfi: This Roman Catholic cathedral is right in the main square of Amalfi, with a beautiful grand staircase ascending to the front entrance. Check out the cathedral and the surrounding plaza, lined with popular shops and restaurants. We wandered down the alleys until we found a nice spot for lunch.