5 Reasons We Love the Amalfi Coast, in Photos

May 11, 2012

Amalfi coast

The Amalfi coast is one of the most spectacular areas of coastline in Italy! Don’t believe us? Here are just five reasons we love this region south of Naples… with the photos to prove it! (And if these weren’t enough, here are five more reasons to love the Amalfi coast, in pictures!).

The spectacular—and scary!—Amalfi coast road

The famous Amalfi coast road

Driving the Amalfi coast, or taking the SITA bus, isn’t for everyone. (We write why not, and some other options to consider, in this post on how to get the most out of the Amalfi coast). But it is stunning. And those hairpin curves? Well, they’re exhilarating…. to say the least.

The open-air music of the Ravello Festival

Ravello Amalfi coast

Concert in Ravello’s Villa Rufolo

As well as drop-dead gorgeous, the Amalfi coast town of Ravello is a music-lover’s paradise. One of its biggest events: the Ravello Festival, which runs major concerts, Q&As with artists, dances, performances, and literary readings throughout the summer. Many take place in the stunning gardens of the Villa Rufolo in the open air. The 2012 Ravello Festival officially kicks off on June 23, although concerts are already taking place and will be through the spring.

The absolute tranquillity of the towns at night

Nighttime Amalfi coast

At night, it couldn’t be more peaceful

Many people experience the Amalfi coast by day, taking the bus from Sorrento and returning to stay in hotels in either Sorrento or Naples. That means that, at night, the towns—even popular Amalfi and Positano—are tranquil. Especially out on a lone dock, like this one in Amalfi.

Limoncello, of course!

One of our favorite things about the Amalfi coast: limoncello!

Lemons are grown huge, with thick rinds, on the Amalfi coast. And that makes them perfect for limoncello, Italy’s famous lemon liqueur. Once you’ve had a sip here in the Amalfi coast, you’ll never want to have it anywhere else!

The Amalfi coast’s hiking trails

Sentiero degli Dei on the Costiera Amalfitana

Sentiero degli Dei, or “God’s Trail,” on the Amalfi coast

You don’t have to go to the Cinque Terre to hike—you can walk to your heart’s content on paths on the Amalfi coast, too! This one, the “Sentiero degli Dei” (or “God’s Trail”), is the most famous. It links the towns of Agerola, Praiano and Positano, all at an average height of about 1,650 feet above sea level. Result: stunning views, like this one, featuring incredible landmarks like Mt. Vesuvius and Capri!

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7 responses to “5 Reasons We Love the Amalfi Coast, in Photos”

  1. Gloria Santomango Barut says:

    It looks beautiful. I would love to trace my ancestry n Italy and visit. My parents’ and grandparents’ names: Santomango, Raponi, Visca, D’Angelo.

  2. Emi Graziani says:

    Thank you for this! We spent two nights there in 2010 but didn’t even get a chance to set foot out of the car due to our hectic business schedule. That has been one of our biggest regrets … this post will motivate me to work hard so we can go there again, for vacation this time!

  3. June Zaft says:

    Yes, we adore the Amalfi Coast and we are taking two walking groups to stay in Amalfi next September. We take the wonderful Sita buses up to the high villages and walk back down to Amalfi at the end of the day. The ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ from Agerola to Postiano is one of our favourite hikes; another is from Ravello and round the head of the valley to Scala and back down to Amalfi. We have to add another reason why we love the Amalfi coast: the cuisine! Nothing beats lunching in Montepertuso above Positano where Mama and Papa cook up a storm in the kitchen from ingredients picked fresh from their garden. Roll on September!

  4. Have lots of family living in this neck of the woods. For me the best part of Italy for lots of reasons. Cuisne, hospitality, scenary, the people – it has it all. As well as Positano and Sorrento, Cetara is a stunning little town and well worth a visit.

  5. Lynne says:

    I have stayed in Positano and can attest to the incredible beautiful of the Amalfi Coast. This past September stayed closer to Sorrento in a villa overlooking Capri and Mt. Vesuvius; heaven. Positano is calling me back. Will stay there again in town. Love walking down to the beach area past the shops/restaurants. If you are hesitating-go. Ravello is spectacular also.

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