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Visiting The Amalfi Coast: A Travel Guide

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Visiting The Amalfi Coast: A Travel Guide

Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, oh my! The Amalfi Coast is by far the most picturesque place I have ever seen. From the dramatic cliffside views to the pastel homes, it’s easy to fall in love with this part of Italy. That’s why I’ve created this “Visiting the Amalfi Coast: A Travel Guide” for you to know all the best things to do on The Amalfi Coast and enjoy all it has to offer!

Did you know the entire Amalfi coast was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997? It’s reasons like this why celebrities and royals flock here! It is one of Italy’s most popular destinations.

When to Visit the Amalfi Coast

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To experience the Amalfi Coast in its glory it’s best to visit the Amalfi Coast during the warmer months. You can take a swim in the Mediterranean, a boat ride along the stunning coastline, and catch a sunset in Positano. Peak tourism for this part of Italy is June through September so prices will be higher during that time along with crowded streets.

In my opinion, the best time to visit would be September or October when the temperatures are still high enough to swim and the crowds are sparse.

Places to See on The Amalfi Coast

Boat Tour of Amalfi (Amalfi)

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Easily the best money we spent while we were on the Amalfi Coast. Did you know that you miss roughly 80% of the coast’s beauty by staying on land? So because of that, it’s imperative that you get out there and explore The Amalfi Coast by the sea! If you take anything away from this Travel Guide, let it be this! We always check out Viator for the best excursions when traveling. We’ve always enjoy our Viator excursions!

Villa Rufolo (Ravello)

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Villa Rufolo in Ravello is a cliffside villa with stunning Mediterranean views and a beautiful kept garden. This was such a highlight of our Ravello tour. It costs seven euro to enter and the gorgeous flower displays are year-round. Villa Rufolo also hosts a summer concert series here at dawn. It’s easy to say that this is now a bucket list goal of mine!

Duomo di Sant’Andrea aka Amalfi Cathedral (Amalfi)

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A medieval roman catholic church dating back to the 9th century. This beautifully preserved church is well worth the visit and is open most days from 10am-5pm. The cloisters are the perfect place for photo opps!

Spend the Day in Positano

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We loved Positano so much that we came back for a second day during our stay on The Amalfi Coast. The pastel-colored homes and beach views are the best part of this place. It’s a fairly small town so you can cover most of it in one day. However, it’s best to just relax when you’re visiting Positano. The beach club was our favorite place to chill for the day!

Pro tip: Be prepared to climb a lot of steps when visiting Positano. You’ll want to head up high to capture the best views. Also, the beach is very rocky so wear the proper shoes.

Walk of the Gods (Positano)

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The Walk of the Gods hike is a strenuous hike but the views will take your breath away. The beginning of the trail is at Bomerano and it takes you all the way down to Positano beach. Make sure to have good walking shoes on and bring your camera to capture the views! To learn more about what to expect, head to this post.

Where to Stay on the Amalfi Coast

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Le Sirenuse ($$$) — This patrician house turned luxury hotel boasts one of the prettiest views of Positano. The pool is unlike any other and they have the best sunset in Positano.

Villa Cimbrone ($$) — A small walk from Ravello center but for the uninterrupted view of the coastline, this hotel is well worth it. This Villa is tranquility at it’s finest!

Villa Lara ($) — Villa Lara is a great budget-friendly option. It’s a quintessential Italian Villa that is walking distance from everywhere in Amalfi, Italy.

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Santa Caterina Hotel ($$) — First class hotel with excellent service and a breathtaking terrace view to enjoy a nice aperol spritz.

Restaurants on the Amalfi Coast

Chez Black (Positano) ($$$) – Chez Black is a restaurant located directly on the beach of Positano. It’s so charming and they have delicious seafood.

Sensi Restaurant (Amalfi) ($$$) — Chic restaurant with a beautiful setting and delicious seafood. Best to go here for lunch when it’s not crowded and you can take in the gorgeous scenery.

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Rossellini’s (Ravello) ($$$$) — Expensive but delicious. This Michelin star restaurant has a delicious menu and remarkable views. Make sure to make a reservation especially during high season!

La Taverna dei Briganti (Amalfi) ($) — A hidden gem with a warm atmosphere, welcoming service, and mouth-watering food.

Ristorante Max (Positano) ($$$) — Located in the middle of town this restaurant is a little off the beaten path but super classy and romantic full of beautiful works of art. Make sure to get the seafood risotto – it’s a favorite!

Bars on the Amalfi Coast

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Ristorante La Sponda ($$$) — This bar has the most stunning views of Positano at night-time. The ambiance is top notch and the cocktails are delicious.

Bar Al San Domingo ($$) — Located right off Ravello Square this place was frequented by Humphrey Bogart. They even have a room named after him! Great atmosphere to sit and people watch.

Getting Around the Amalfi Coast

Rent a Car or a Vespa ($$$) — If you’re feeling adventurous and want to drive along the dramatic cliffs and windy roads then I highly suggest renting a car or a Vespa. Mostly, the roads are skinny two-lane roads so be sure to keep an eye out for larger vehicles and the crazy Italian drivers.

The SITA bus ($) — 10 euro for an all-day pass. Make sure to catch the early bus out and try to get on a mid-afternoon or late evening (buses run until 9pm) bus back otherwise you could be waiting hours for a seat!

Thanks so much for reading my “Visiting The Amalfi Coast: A Travel Guide”. I still dream of getting back to this place so if you have the chance to go anywhere in the world, choose the Amalfi Coast! Share this guide with your family & friends if you enjoyed it. And for more Italy guides head here!

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Ciao,

Courtney

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