Italy has always been one of my dream destinations. With stunning beaches, vibrant coloured cities, historical sites, lush scenery, and delicious food, it’s no surprise as to why travellers fall in love with this country.
South of Naples lies the beautiful, Amalfi Coast, with small seaside towns just a small drive from each other. It is a true Italian gem and you’ll be spoilt for choice as there is so many things to do. The Amalfi Coast is easily one of the most beautiful and picturesque, coastal regions in the world. It is by far one of my favourite places and I cannot recommend it enough! The colourful and stunning small towns situated along the winding coastal cliffside is simply breathtaking.
Plan on spending at least five days here as the Amalfi Coast isn’t just one spot, it’s a coast lined with lots of towns and villages, each unique and different to each other. I spent close to two weeks, and still could have stayed longer.
WHERE TO STAY
If you’re backpacking and aren’t willing to splurge on accommodation, Sorrento will definitely be your cheapest option. Sorrento is the starting point of the Amalfi Coast, and a lot cheaper compared to other towns as it has hostels. It is a great base, as the other towns are easily accessible day trips to and from. However if you have more money to spend, Positano and Amalfi are beautiful.
What’s not to love about Sorrento. Home to limoncello, it’s wide range of restaurants, endless shops, incredible cliff views and some of the best gelato in town, you will be left feeling like you’re in a dream. Sorrento is a great base and easy to access the beautiful towns on the Amalfi Coast.
A hidden gem in Sorrento with not many signs is the Regina Giovanna Bath. It was one of my favourite little adventures in Sorrento, and a pleasant place to stumble across. Just a short yet incredible walk from the main town along the main road along the cliffs, you will find this swimspot off the beaten track. It’s an emerald seawater pool lined with limestone cliffs and a rocky beach. Position yourself on the cliff facing out to the ocean and overlooking the town of Sorrento, as that way you can cliff jump and swim to baths. Be sure to bring a towel, bathers and some snacks as you will want to stay here all day long.
With a variety of restaurants you won’t be short of choice, however I highly recommend going for an early dinner around 6pm at The Foreigners Club (Circolo dei Forestieri) to watch the sunset as it is incredible, the food is to die for and cocktails are delicious. There are also some great restaurants in Piazza Tasso, the main square of Sorrento, a great spot to relax and people watch.
Whilst in Sorrento, you will find yourself spending a little more than anticipated with the beautiful shopping in old town Sorrento. Plenty of great souvenirs and gifts to bring home to family and friends, but be sure to treat yourself to some amazing designer brands.
Planning some day trips to Positano and Amalfi are a must. I promise you Positano will be sure to live up to all the hype and same goes for Amalfi. These towns will take your breath away and leave you speechless.
Picturesque Positano will make you fall in love at first sight. The colourful and vibrant houses situated on the cliff, with paths leading down to the umbrella dotted beach. Only a 40 minute bus ride from Sorrento, it’s hard to know whats more beautiful, the drive or actual town! Be sure to catch an early bus to beat the crowds and make the most of this stunning town by the water. Spend the day embracing the views, sun baking by the water, and doing some shopping in some of the cutest boutiques. Whats more to love than the simplicity of taking in the view!
Amalfi is just a 30 minute extra bus ride from Positano and is so worth it. Try to sit on the coastal side of the bus each way, as the views are incredible. Another option is catching the ferry as it’s much quicker, but costs a lot more than the bus which only cost roughly 3 euro for a ticket. Just like Positano, take the time to relax, sun bake and swim at the beach. Explore the town and have some delicious food.
If you still have some extra days and time to kill, Pompeii is a must see. With the historical evidence of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, leaving the town and it’s people covered in volcanic ash. Preserved by the ash, it shows roman life frozen at the moment it was buried. Truely a very unique experience.
Another place to go if you still have more time is the stunning island, Capri. Just a short ferry ride from Sorrento, and one of the most popular destinations on the Amalfi Coast, you won’t be disappointed. It is an island for the rich and famous, with luxury hotels, designer boutiques, and stunning natural landscapes.
HOW TO GET THERE
Getting to the Amalfi Coast is fairly simple. You can either get a train to Naples, then a bus to your final destination which for us was Sorrento. However I researched a lot into Naples, and heard scary stories about the Naples town and station being unsafe. As young girls travelling, we decided against it, and chose to get a bus from Rome, only costing roughly 11 Euro but took 4 hours. The bus ride was cheap and has wifi, so you can download movies on your phone, use the internet or get some much needed sleep.
So there you have it, a quick guide to planning your next trip to the Amalfi Coast. I hope you enjoy it as much as what I did, and make the most of being in this incredible destination!