Looking for things to do on the Amalfi Coast? Here are just a few of our recommendations.
1. Walking - The Amalfi coast hosts dozens of small paths & stairways that almost fall into the sea and connect the coastal towns & villages. One of the most well-known hikes is the path of the gods, an 8km trail that runs from Agerola to Nocelle (not vice-versa), sloping gently downhill with stunning views of the region and the island of Capri. is rated one of the best in the world. On some of the trails, you can not tell where the sea line finishes and the sky starts, hence its name the path to the gods.
2. Cruises & sailing tours - discover the Amalfi coast by boat whether it's a day trip, organised tour, chartering your own boat, the passenger ferry to the islands or being lucky enough to hire your very own luxury sailing yacht. A big favourite is Capri and the Blue Grotto boat trip. On this, you can discover the dazzling beauty of Capri from the water with its natural arch, the Carla de Mitigliano waterfall and the Blue Grotto - a cave in the side of the mountain reached by squeezing through a narrow opening at water level to reveal a magical natural cavern filled with an ethereal & eery light reflecting on the tranquil blue waters. The main transport hub of Sorrento is where most tourists tend to head to for main excursions, however, there are several ports in the region, particularly in Positano on the southern side of the peninsular.
3. Sights & landmarks - there is no shortage of things to see & do in this region. Not to be missed when holidaying here is the daily excursions to the buried city of Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius. Please bear in mind that the day can be physically exhaustive but extremely worthwhile as Pompeii is one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy and truly deserves its UNESCO World Heritage status.
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4. Shopping - hours can be spent meandering around the streets of the Amalfi Coast towns but our favourites for shopping particularly for local goods, designer wear, arts & crafts are Sorrento & the Island of Capri (the most famous trousers of the same name popularised by Audrey Hepburn in the 50's & 60's). For art lovers a visit to the hilltop town of Ravello which boasts some of the best local artwork of the region.
5. Wine tasting - the region is best known for the Aglianico grape, forming the basis of great wines such as Falerno and Taurisi. The two most popular tours include the Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius wine tour, but our favourite is the Amalfi Coast wine tour, a 6 hour scenic drive from Sorrento to Tramonti learning about the wine making process whilst walking through the vineyards and visiting the cellars, sampling the best three local wines the region has to offer.
6. Beaches & Lidos - the 50km stretch of coastline is comprised of dozens of beaches, coves & cliffs, the largest of which are located in Positano, Amalfi & Ravello, however, the best are to be found at Minori and Maiori, where the latter offers a half-mile of Volcanic ash sand and the typical Italian lido style resort and facilities. Although Sorrento is more of a larger town it is comprised of mainly lidos but a 15-minute walk west from Piazzo Tasso & heading for Marina Grande you will find a small beach with strips of sand.
7. The Arts & Museums - the town of Ravello has been named the city of music and has a truly vibrant cultural scene, hosting the Ravello festival and the Ravello Concert Society. The views from this captivating town have inspired countless artists and the town of Ravello itself is an open-air art gallery. One of our favourite local museums is in the town of Amalfi, a 15-minute stroll uphill from the Cathedral is the Museo della Carta, a centuries old papermill where you can still make a piece of paper using medieval methods.
8. Food & drink - being on the doorstep of Naples, the pizza in the area is fabulous. The Amalfi Coast also boasts some of the world's finest fish cuisine and you will be spoilt for choice in terms of trattoria's and restaurants (many with outstanding views). The buffalo mozzarella in the area is to die for, so expect some fabulous Caprese salads. Enjoy the large Sorrento lemons in the form of limoncello, gelato or a refreshing granita. And for something naughty, the Sfogliatelle stuffed shell-shaped pastries are amazing!