If the intriguing beauty of a crag-filled mountainside plunging into the deep crystalline waters of the Mediterranean moves you, then welcome to the Amalfi Coast! Southeast of Naples, this beautiful coastal community is dotted with lemon trees and terrace houses etched into the cliffside of the Ravello mountain, stretching from Sorrento to Salerno. Thick and lush forests meandering and wind their way up the white mountain, making it one of Italy’s best-kept secrets for hiking enthusiasts.
Recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Amalfi Coast is often praised for not only its natural beauty, but also the beauty of the fishing village clinging to the cliff, which has existed since medieval times. Since those long-gone days, Amalfi and its neighboring villages on the coast have enjoyed the rich waters and plentiful sea life that inhabit it. Locals often fish right off the rocks or the piers, although the challenge for tourists is finding the quieter and less-crowded spots to cast your line. Because of its exquisite beauty and charm, Amalfi is even more popular to Naples to those who know about it!
There is always something to do in the outdoors on the coast! Whether it’s hiking the mountain and forests, bike riding, visiting one of the local festivals, exploring the local limoncello factories, or just relaxing on a private yacht in the cerulean waters. If you’re not much of an outdoorsman, there are also beautiful cathedrals, museums, and fascinating historical sites to explore.
Accessible by the Circumvesuviana rail system is Sorrento, at the very tip of the string of villages that make up the Amalfi coast. While mostly a resort now, Sorrento still boasts the same old Italian charm it’s always had. With sobering ash-covered Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius to the north and the famous island of Capri to the south, Sorrento is a beautiful middle ground for exploring the natural wonders of the surrounding areas.
Isle of Capri
Famous for it’s unearthly Blue Grotto, Capri has housed everyone from Roman emperors to movie stars in it’s sun-drenched arms. Capri is home to many boutiques, hotels, and chic restaurants and bars to cater to the cosmopolitan crowd. Outside of the more popular tourist areas, however, there is still so much of Capri’s original charm to be found, including villas, tiny streets, and grottos lapped by the sapphire waters.
Even more picturesque than the surrounding villages, if that’s possible, Positano trickles down the rock face in shades of peach, pink, and terra-cotta orange. The streets are draped in wisteria and usually filled with excited visitors, so it’s best to plan your trip in the springtime when the crowds are a little thinner. With such an influx of tourists with diverse tastes, Positano also houses an art exhibition space, the Franco Senesi, where you can admire local artists and buy their wares, whether your tastes lean more towards abstract or still life. If art isn’t your cup of tea, Positano has a vibrant nightlife that will satisfy any night owl.
If you can’t wait to visit the Amalfi Coast and all it has to offer, Central Holidays is your ticket to seven days on this amazing Italian coastline! Their featured itinerary takes you from Sorrento to Capri and ends in beautiful Positano. You’ll visit Pompeii and the imposing Mount Vesuvius and (weather permitting) explore the glowing caverns of the Blue Grotto. Visit them at Central Holidays or call (800) 935-5200 to learn more about how you can explore the Amalfi Coast today!