Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, oh my! The Amalfi Coast is by far the most picturesque place I have ever seen. Celebrities and Royals flock here in the summer months and once you’re there it’s easy to see why! With its dramatic cliffside along the coast, pastel homes, and stunning scenery on Amalfi Drive — it will quite literally take your breath away. It’s no wonder why the entire Amalfi coast was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
When to Visit
To experience the Amalfi Coast in its glory it’s best to visit during the summer months. You can take a swim in the Mediterranean and a sunset boat ride along the stunning coastline. Know that July and August is peak season so prices will be elevated along with the crowds. We went in October but September would be a great month to go!
Places to See
Boat Tour of Amalfi ($) — Easily the best money we spent while we were here. You miss about 80% of the coast’s beauty by staying on land so get out there on the Mediterranean!
Villa Rufolo ($) — Do not miss this beauty! Only seven euro entrance fee and a beautiful cliff-side villa with gorgeous flower displays year-round. Villa Rufolo also hosts a summer concert series here at dawn… talk about a bucket list goal!
Duomo di Sant’Andrea ($) — Such a beautifully preserved church dating back to the 9th century. It’s a bit of a steep climb to the top but oh so worth it.
Bagni d’Arienzo Beach Club ($$) — Super quiet beach club with beach chairs and umbrellas for rent. It is a little pricey but worth it for the location and delicious restaurant. Bring water shoes if you want to swim because the beach is pretty rocky.
Walk of the Gods ($) — A strenuous hike but well worth it. The beginning of the trail is at Bomerano and it takes you all the way down to Positano beach. Make sure to have good walking shoes on and bring your camera to capture the views!
Le Sirenuse ($$$) — This patrician house turned luxury hotel boasts one of the prettiest views of Positano. The pool is unlike any other!
Villa Cimbrone ($$) — A little walk from Ravello center but well worth it for the uninterrupted view of the coastline. This Villa is tranquility at it’s finest!
Villa Lara ($) — One of the best values for the money this Villa is quintessential Italian Charm. You are walking distance from everywhere in Amalfi.
Santa Caterina Hotel ($$) — First class hotel with excellent service and a breathtaking view and beautiful rooms.
Sensi Restaurant (Amalfi) ($$$) — Chic restaurant with a beautiful setting and delicious seafood. Best to go here for lunch when it’s not crowded and you can take in the gorgeous scenery.
Rossellini’s (Ravello) ($$$$) — Expensive but well worth it. This Michelin star restaurant has a delicious menu and remarkable views. Make sure to make a reservation especially during high season!
La Taverna dei Briganti (Amalfi) ($) — A hidden gem with a warm atmosphere, welcoming service, and mouth-watering food.
Ristorante Max (Positano) ($$$) — 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!
Ristorante La Sponda ($$$) — The cocktails here are extraordinary and the atmosphere is just as beautiful. A little pricey but worth it!
Bar Al San Domingo ($$) — 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.
Rent a Car ($$$) — If you’re feeling adventurous and want to drive along the dramatic cliffs and windy roads then I highly suggest renting a car. Most all the roads are skinny two-lane roads so be sure to keep an eye out for larger vehicles and the millions of scooters.
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 for reading along. I still dream of getting back to this place so if you have the chance to go anywhere in the world I will always choose the Amalfi Coast! Share this guide with your family & friends if you enjoyed it. And for more travel guides head here!
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