The trip to Amalfitana coast is worth all the money you can put in. It is a very colorful and picturesque setting, and is the perfect mix of the natural and cultural wonders listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Open your eyes well and prepare to be amazed by the most beautiful scenery in all of Italy.
The locals call it the “Blue Ribbon Road”, and it passes through dozens of tunnels and through hundreds of curves away from the cliffs overlooking the sea. As you cross this scenic route, you will see close-up blue waters in the Gulf of Salerno and colorful villages in the provinces of Sorrento, Positano, Praiano, Amalfi, Ravello and Vietri sul Mare. Also, there is no way you won’t be amazed by the beauty of the terrain of the coast, which is full of vineyards, orchards and pastures with enchanting views of the vibrant waters.
Here are some of the most beautiful villages we recommend visiting on the most famous Italian coast road:
Sorrento. Considered the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is so beautiful and so refined that it is a miracle that it has survived the tourist invasion of recent years. Set on a high hill above the Mediterranean, it is like a balcony above the sea with views stretching from Procida Island to Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Do not miss the visit of the historical center, of the Tordigliano beach (one of the most extensive marine protected areas in Punta Campanella) and of the island of Gallo Lungo.
Positano. With its unique cubic buildings in shades of pink, peach and orange, slightly discolored by the sun and hanging incredibly by a rocky wall, Positano represents the extreme luxury of the coast, where expensive restaurants and boutiques scroll fast on the steep steps and narrow streets of the village. Beyond the high prices and the elegant facades of the buildings you will find here a simple life and friendly locals. Wander the narrow streets of the town, and you can also descend a little on the Grande beach for a dip in the blue waters of the mesmerizing sea.
Praiano. Unlike the extravagant Positano, Praiano is quieter and quieter, practically a quiet holiday resort, with white houses behind which the green ridge of Mount Sant’Angelo emerges. Like the other villages on the Amalfi Coast, Praiano is developed in steps, so get ready to face hundreds and hundreds of stairs to explore it. For example, there are around 300 stairs that descend from the church of San Gennaro to the beach of Gavitelli through a very picturesque passage that is definitely worth all the effort. At the same time, you must take a few steps to visit the Way of the Gods, where you will have a spectacular view of the whole valley. Finally, you must visit the small and charming Marina di Praia port, located between Praiano and Conca dei Marini.
Amalfi. Traveling on Route 163 you cannot miss a stop in Amalfi, the tiny city with a glorious maritime past that gave the name of the entire coast. With a painful history marked by the earthquake of 1343 that caused much of the ancient city to slip into the sea, today Amalfi has only 5000 inhabitants, but in summer it becomes the busiest resort in the region. And the growing desire of travelers to see this small resort is not at all surprising. Trapped between mountains and the sea and bordered by lemon terraces, Amalfi is the a truly unique attraction! Amongst the sights to visit here are the Piazza del Duomo with the imposing Cathedral of St. Andrew, the shopping street Lorenzo d’Amalfi and the charming Atrani village located nearby.
Because it is so beautiful, the Amalfi Coast can be quite crowded. But his attraction is irresistible! Spectacular beaches, pleasant weather, rocky cliffs, idyllic villages, lush gardens and magnificent views are just a few of the reasons why you should take a vacation in this area of southern Italy.