The Amalfi Coast is a breathtaking convergence of sea and mountains, bejeweled with sparkling little towns and historic sights. The area is a UNESCO world heritage site, honored for the centuries that Italians have cultivated and terraced the mountainsides, the breathtaking views and natural vistas, and the unique history and architecture of the region.
The Mediterranean climate creates warm summers and mild winters, making it an appealing destination all year long, with a variety of activities and sights for every traveler. And, while tourism increases every year, it's still possible to escape the crowds and relax on sunny terraces, surrounded by the smell of the sea and lemon trees, enchanted by the colorful buildings and abundance of flowers. The Amalfi Coast allows guests to travel back to a simpler time and revel in the present moment, enjoy nature and the ocean, savor exceptional foods, and still step out to sizzling night life.
When visiting the Amalfi Coast, here are a few things you won't want to miss:
The winding lanes of Positano
Positano is a sparkling, colorful town perched on a mountainside overlooking the sea. Its narrow, cobblestone streets wind up and down the hillside, lined with storefronts and cafes. Take your time and explore little shops featuring local crafts made from lemon, linen, and lace. Enjoy ice cream as you wander past the distinctive architecture, and pause to enjoy how every terrace and bend in the road opens up new spectacular views of the village and the sea.
The views from the Path of the Gods
The Path of the Gods winds above the Amalfi Coast and boasts some of the most breathtaking views on Earth. This easy walking path is still used by local shepherds and farmers, and takes hikers through both stony cliffs with views out to the isle of Capri, and gentle lemon groves, gardens, and old orchards. Whether enjoyed in the springtime surrounded by the emerging wild orchids, or taking in the brilliant colors of fall, the path is open all year with an ever-changing natural beauty. The easiest route is east to west, beginning in Agerola or Praiano, and walking gently down the slope toward the hills above Positano. This route avoids walking uphill, offers the best vistas in front of you the whole way, and, early in the day, keeps the sun at your back.
Experience the coastline by ferry
While the famous curving coastal highway has been instrumental in connecting and revitalizing the region, it's a route that even many Italians hesitate to drive upon. However, travel by ferry is easy and charming, making small towns and the famous island of Capri just a short hop away. Capri is a favorite destination for the rich and famous to dock their yachts for high-end shopping and dining, but visitors shouldn't miss the stunning Grotta Azzurra (the Blue Grotto). Ferry trips and boat tours allow travelers to see the towns and mountains of the Amalfi coast from a whole new perspective, as they were historically seen and experienced.
Visit historic Ravello
Just a short distance inland and uphill is the small town of Ravello. Founded in the 5th century as a refuge from barbarians invading by sea, this little community is packed with historic sites and stunning architecture, and has long been a destination for artists and writers. Make sure to visit the incredible Terrazzo dell'lnfinito (Terrace of Infinity) and see unmatched views that locals have enjoyed for centuries.
The Amalfi coast offers a truly unique opportunity to see and explore colorful, charming towns, encounter ancient history, and relax amidst some of the most spectacular natural beauty in the world.
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