Vacation Along the Amalfi Coast

January 16, 2013 by

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

Italy’s Amalfi Coast offers cliffs, deep fjords, and charming coves nestled along pebbled beaches. It’s an ideal vacation option for those who long for seaside Mediterranean towns and traditional cooking in family owned and operated restaurants.

This stunning stretch of coastline creates an enchanting vacation destination and a popular choice for honeymoons. It’s not a large area and you can easily fill your itinerary with stops along its world-famous coastal road.

Ruins Of The Villa Rufolo

Ruins Of The Villa Rufolo

Popular Towns to Visit Along the Amalfi Coast

The two main towns that draw visitors along the Amalfi Coast are Positano and Ravello. Positano runs from the beach, up the hill to manicured terraced streets. The layout of the city follows the natural slope of the foothills creating vertically stacked roads lined with pastel and terra cotta houses.

Here the scent of lemon groves and vineyards mingle with the fresh salt air. Positano features luxury hotels, jewelry stalls, and extravagant shops, but it is also among the most expensive cities to visit along the Amalfi Coast.

Historic Ravello is a mountainside location that offers breathtaking views as it overlooks the coast from Maiori to Amalfi. This town is a popular destination for high-brow Europeans.

Here you can visit two Romanesque churches, walk along quiet lanes, and stop by romantic gardens.

If history is an interest, be sure to visit the ruins of the Villa Rufolo while there, and for music lovers, time your visit to coincide with one of Ravello’s annual musical events. If you want to stay right near the beach, The Palazzo Sasso is the only hotel with a beach club right on the sea.

View from Ravello

View from Ravello

Day Trips to Pompeii and Herculaneum

While staying along the Amalfi Coast, day trips to ancient sites like Pompeii and Herculaneum are popular.

Both are worth a visit, but if you can only choose one, it helps to know that while Pompeii is very interesting, it is the more touristy attraction of the two. In Herculaneum, most of the excavated buildings and structures are visible to visitors, and in Pompeii many are not.

Photo credits: The Consortium, TyB, ho visto nina volare

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