A few pro tips on Amazing Amalfi

If you haven’t visited the Amalfi Coast, it’s time! Few places lift the spirits and tame the stresses of daily life like the soaring cliffs, panoramic vistas, and unique rhythm of life in this proudly authentic region. To spend a day (or several!) driving along the vividly blue Mediterranean coastline or weaving ever upwards through tiny hillside towns, past lemon groves, vineyards, villas, and cobbled paths to more and more expansive coastal views is one of the most restorative experiences I know.

In my opinion, it’s essential to spend at least 4 nights along the Amalfi coast to fully appreciate it. I usually suggest Sorrento, the first town on the way from Rome, as a home base. Between its proximity to Capri and Pompeii and its location along one of Italy’s most gorgeous coastlines, it’s an ideal place to soak up the sun, the ambiance, and some exquisitely fresh seafood between excursions.

From Sorrento, you can easily catch a “Trenino” or commuter train, to the parking lot of Pompeii in less than an hour. You’ll also be ideally positioned to hop a ferry to the legendarily scenic island of Capri. If time permits, I’d suggest at least a two night’s stay and maybe three. After the last ferry has left for the mainland, it’s easier to fully savor the beauty and mystique of this craggy  island once inhabited by the Greeks and then the Roman emperors.

Staying in Capri offers two fabulous choices. On arrival, take the funicular or an open-air taxi to explore the buzzy restaurants, boutiques, and cafes surrounding “La Piazzetta,” (the town square) situated seven minutes from the ferry dock. Or, travel by public bus or taxi to the more laid back atmosphere of Anacapri, with its range of luxurious 5-star hotels and smaller hotels. When in Anacapri, don’t miss the Villa San Michele, a meticulously maintained property of the Swedish government, with outstanding gardens and breathtaking views. From this lofty height, a chairlift or hike to the island’s summit, Monte Solaro, puts you in sight of swoon-worthy views of Capri and the Bay of Naples.

If you’ve already seen Capri, another excellent option (perhaps including an overnight in a memorable mountaintop hotel) is a visit to Ravello. Perched atop a dramatically scenic mountain road, this lofty town boasts two of the most spectacular villas in Southern Italy, Villas Rufulo and Cimbrone, each well worth a visit. Or, for the outdoor enthusiasts, Ravell0 puts you close to one of the most renowned and sublime hikes in the region: The Path of the Gods. From here, you’ll encounter literally intoxicating views of the cliffs up above and the Island of the Sirens, who so mesmerized Odysseus. Surely, they’ll enchant you as well.

In summary, Day One, arrive in Sorrento and chill. Day Two, tour the Amalfi Coast with a driver/guide, visiting coastal towns including Positano, Amalfi and perhaps Ravello. Day Three, morning at Pompeii, then maybe a pizza-making class in Sorrento. Day Four, a ferry trip to Capri or visit the delightful town of Vietri Sul Mare, adorned with colorful reliefs and mosaics honoring the town’s expertise in ceramics.

The best thing about the above itinerary? It’s only the briefest sketch of the remarkable sights and adventures you’ll discover in Amalfi, and endlessly adaptable.

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Italy travel expert dedicated to opening the real doors to my native country, so that you may have a truly authentic experience… and fall in love with Italy as your own. In every corner of my Italy, I’ve sought out the beauty and the pleasures of its landscapes, cities, villages and people. Many are famous or popular, but many others remain undiscovered or rarely experienced. I know them all well though, and I’m eager to share my knowledge with you.

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With love and gratitude,
Giovanna Chiti

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