Warm sunshine, colorful seaside villages, and a tranquil atmosphere define the southern coastline of Italy known as the Amalfi Coast. From Sorrento to Solerno, the Amalfi Coast extends out of the mountains into the Mediterranean Sea. The picturesque towns seem ready to plunge from the steep cliffs onto the pebbled beaches. There are a number of attractions to see and do along the Amalfi Coast. However, a simple stroll along the quaint streets of the pastel coastal residences, with the sweet scent of lemon and bright bougainvilleas trailing along fences is enough to enjoy this serene area.
Jutting out on the peninsula between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno is the city of Sorrento. A relatively small beach town, it is a popular tourist destination due to its prime location. Explore the citrus and olive groves, followed by a cooking class utilizing these regional ingredients. Sample local wines and olive oils, learning to distinguish the fine ingredients that go into making either bottle. After a day of eating and drinking, wander the cobblestone streets shopping for the finest laces and linens in Italy.
Traveling along the Gulf of Salerno, stop in Positano for a visit. Enjoy a limoncello on a café terrace, and enjoy the view. Keep traveling east to Amalfi where you’ll find St. Andrew’s Cathedral. This 11th century cathedral is a true treasure along the cliff. Many couples seek to get married here, for its extraordinary views of the coastal town out to the sea. Stroll along the Mills Valley outside of Amalfi. This botanical walk in the natural reserve highlights rare flora, cascading waterfalls, and spectacular views.
The unique location of the Amalfi Coast gives way to many legendary caves in the region. Often protruding out over the clear waters, unique lighting conditions illuminate the caves for a truly awesome special effect. In the Emerald Cave, Grotta della Smeraldo, at Conca dei Marini, the light refracts against the waters for an emerald green glow. A short boat ride away to Capri Island, takes visitors to the Grotta Azzurra, a spectacular blue and silver underwater grotto. The cave is big enough for boats to enter, but you may opt for a swim here as well. Perhaps the most unique cave is in the Night Club Africana in Maria di Praia. Two large caves are decked out with mosaic floors with glass overlooking the sea, colorful lights, live music, and shows.
The Amalfi Coast is perfectly situated to allow for a few day trips out of the area. Capri, an island just off the Sorrento peninsula, is home to rocky cliffs projecting out of the sea, fabulous views along hiking trails and soft white arched buildings. In addition to visiting the Grotta Azzurra, travel to the heights of Monte Solaro via chairlift for a birds-eye view of the island. On clear days, you can see all the way to the Italian mainland. There are many photographic places to stop as you meander the island’s lush colorful gardens overflowing from the mountainside. Be careful if you visit the Marina Piccola. Legend has it the little harbor is home to the seductive Sirens.
Just north of the Amalfi Coast, find the city of Naples best known as the birthplace of Pizza. Stop off here for lunch or dinner where every restaurant features the local specialty. Indulge in Neapolitan or Magherita Pizza, spaghetti and Neapolitan ice cream or gelato.
Pompeii is famous as the ancient city that remained buried under volcanic ash for almost 1700 y
ears. Located just outside Naples, a trek to Pompeii is easily reached from the Amalfi Coast. As the excavation sites are extensively popular with tourists, speak to the Luxe Travel Team about securing a private guided tour. The knowledgeable tour guide will take you through the ancient streets of Pompeii, viewing Baths, Forums, and Villas as well as preserved frescos.
A relaxing visit to the scenic Amalfi Coast is perfect nearly any time of the year. As with most Italian destinations, crowds are heavier in the summer months and in the weeks before Easter. To schedule your Italian coastal getaway, contact the Luxe Travel team at 1-866-365-8747 or email@example.com.