There is something about Italy's Amalfi Coast that makes you just want to stroll slowly and see what is around the next corner. The people are very friendly. Almost every scene your eyes encounter could be a postcard. We recently spent a weekend there. It was really tacked on as a side trip while in Rome. In hindsight, we could have easily spent a week or more.
See my Amalfi Coast pictures for a view into one of the most relaxing places in Italy!
There are many small towns and villages in the area. The four below are where we went and just loved them.
- Sorrento - This was our base. We stayed at the lovely Hotel Bristol The room and staff where wonderful and the view could not have been better. You can catch a bus to Amalfi or a boat to Capri very easily. Buses leave from the train station about once per hour.
- Amalfi - This is the town the coast was named after. Gotta go there! It lives up to it's name. Buses drop you off just across the street from the main square. There is a small beach where you can just stand and soak up the view from the hillside. Head across to the main square and be sure not to miss the cathedral. It is as unique and beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. There are lots of lovely shops as you walk past the cathedral. When you are ready, walk back to the bus stop and ask a local which bus will take you to Ravello.
- Ravello- Just up the hill from Amalfi, Ravello is like a different world. We went on a Saturday in November and there were no tourists to speak of. In fact, our bus was packed with local high school students that got off a stop or two before Ravello. The views are incredible as you are now way up on the hill; looking down on the coast.
- Villa Rufolo - Make sure to see Villa Rufolo and the garden. It is just on the left as you enter Ravello from where the bus drops you off. The garden overlooks the coast and has fantastic collections of flowers.
- Strolling off the town square - Take the time to stroll both directions off the square. There is really only one street each way. It feels like you are in a different, older world.
- Enjoy a meal at Cumpa' Cosimo for excellent food and great service. The are just off the town square when walking away from the water.
- Capri - Technically Capri is an island off the coast and not part of the coast. It is not to be missed if you have the time. Boats leave from the marina in Sorrento. The "Blue Grotto" is one of the main attractions, but we missed it because the water was a little too rough the day we visited. If you like to look at shops, avoid Sunday mornings as a lot of the shops are closed. Take the funicular from the marina up to the main town. I would suggest walking straight through the square to the other side of the island first to see the garden and dramatic coast line. The water is various shades of blue. Pretty as can be. The walk along the garden is mostly shaded, there is the off shore breeze, and benches if you want to rest. Very relaxing. Once back in the town square take the long, winding walk down to "Arco Naturale". There are small signs that point you in the right direction. I thought the walk would be too long and not worth it, I was wrong. It is an amazing natural piece of architecture!
Enjoy your trip and please share other tips in the comment section!