Italy is a much-loved Mediterranean destination that many of us associate with luxury and peace. Holidaying there introduces you to a slower, more laid-back way of life. There’s stunning scenery to be found in pretty much every corner of Italy, and the warm summer days most of it enjoys just complete the package.
The Amalfi Coast is one particular favourite for both international travellers and Italians. With dramatic clifftops, calming sea views, and fragrant lemon groves, what’s not to like?
While it’s hard to compile a list of must-see places on the Amalfi Coast, here are three that you’ve got to visit if you’re in the area.
This tiny fishing village is nestled between the Lattari mountains. It’s not visited as much as some of the other Amalfi destinations, so it’s a perfect place to go for peace. The village centre is inaccessible to cars and motorbikes. This makes it feel uniquely authentic and pedestrian-friendly.
The main beach is 200 metres long but it has various hidden coves that are well worth discovering if you are lucky to travel. Finding a yacht for sale could give you that extra bit of independence to explore.
Positano truly is a sight you need to see. Looking up from the beach, you’ll be awestruck by the colourful orange, red and white buildings stacked high up the cliff face. Looking down from the top is pretty impressive too, especially when watching the sun rise or set over the sea.
No matter what season it is when you visit, this town won’t fail to dazzle. The views never get any less impressive, especially at twilight, the most magical time of day. Eat al fresco and try out some of the finest seafood and limoncello before retiring to a relaxing spa hotel.
The resort town of Sorrento has often been likened to a balcony because of its lofty position atop a cliff overlooking the sea. It has a rich history that extends back to Roman times. The emperors Agrippa, Tiberius, and Augustus all recognised its beauty, situating villas of their own here.
It’s full of things to do. There’s even a small white train that takes you through the streets of the town, starting at the Piazza Lauro.
The old town is loaded with charm, with cobbled pedestrianised roads you can wander at your leisure. Stroll down to the Marina Grande, a port now busy with fishermen but once a haven for pirates.
The beaches are black and volcanic in Sorrento, yet there are several beach clubs you can make use of if you want to relax in the sun.
Curious travellers can seek out the abandoned Valley of the Mills, where forgotten, foliage-ridden mills sit in a deep volcanic gorge.
Get involved in Passeggiata, an Italian tradition that takes place every evening from 5 pm – 8 pm. This is when the locals take an evening stroll and say hello to friends! In Sorrento, it livens up the streets on an evening.
Seeing these three spots on the Amalfi Coast ensures you see the best of the popular and less well-known coastal highlights.