A Guide to the Amalfi Coast

A Guide to the Amalfi Coast
Italy's Amalfi Coast

As the new year begins and the January blues begin to hit, we all want something to look forward to. Why not start looking into planning your annual summer holiday. It may seem a bit prema­ture seeing as spring is only just upon us but looking forward to a bright and sunny summer is something that we could all do with. With an abund­ance of options of beautiful tourist locations across Italy the traveller has an overwhelming choice. Whether you would prefer to be a city slicker and enjoy the cultural offer­ings of urban areas such as Rome, Milan, Napels, Turin and Florence, or would rather a more relaxing time enjoying the scenery has to offer across the state in the likes of Abruzzo, the Island of Capri or the Amalfi Coast, the world is your oyster and the choice is yours. One thing to remember when travel­ling to Italy, be it city or countryside is to get a travel insur­ance policy that suits you for that extra peace of mind on your vacation.

Amalfi views

Top of our list this 2013 is the Amalfi Coast. Stretching approx­im­ately 50km along the southern side of the Sorrentine Penin­sula in the Province of Salerno, Southern Italy. The Amalfi Coast is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most breath­taking visitor destin­a­tions. Famous for being one of Italy’s most popular tourist destin­a­tions the Amalfi Coasts attracts thousands of visitors to the country annually. The Amalfi Coast has become synonymous with great success having been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape in 1997. This has brought with it a huge economic boost as it was previ­ously in crisis for centuries prior.

So, what is there to do in the Amalfi Coast and where should you go? Travel through the coast’s most scenic towns and see the best that southern Italy has to offer in Positano, Ravello, Sorrento and the city of Amalfi itself, the coast’s largest city. You can make your way around the coast on the abund­ance of trans­port facil­ities avail­able, planes, trains, automo­biles, ferries, buses and hydro­foils. The options are endless. Follow our top towns of the Amalfi Coast for a real insight as to what is up on offer.

Sorrento

Sorrento is probably the best known town along the coast. It is a strangely appealing visitor location. It is a welcom­ingly laid back, charming town. Sorrento is quite convenient for visitors who are also planning a trip to Naples are they are located not too far from each other. Sorrento also marks the starting point of the splendid 43 mile coast­line that leads to Salerno. Sorrento’s main selling point is its magical location. Strad­dling cliffs hang over the Bay of Naples to Mt. Vesuvius are wonder­fully located for the keen explorer.

Island of Capri

Capri is an island located in the Tyrrhenia Sea on the South side of the Gulf of Naples, a quick trip from the Amalfi Coast. The town of Capri located on the island is the main popula­tion centre and where tourists would travel to. From here you can see the Marian Piccola, other­wise known as the ‘Little Harbour’, the Belvedere of Tragara, the limestone crags or seastacks, the blue grotto and the Imperial Roman Villa ruins to name a few. Whilst on the island it is a great idea to exper­i­ence the island’s second city about 3km from the main town and as beautiful as the other locations. Why not take the 12 minute chairlift ride to the highest point on Capri, Monte Carlo, one of the most splendid things on your to do list for your Amalfi Coast vacation.

Amalfi

Amalfi is the coast’s largest city. However it is still small enough to feel intim­ately at home. The town lies at the mouth of the deep ravine at the foot of Monte Cerreto, beauti­fully surrounded by  hovering cliffs and amazing coastal scenery. The main sights and points of interest for your to do list in Amalfi include the Cathederal, Chiostro del Paradiso, Arsenal of the Maritime Republic and the Museum of Handmade Paper. One is sure to be kept occupied on this holiday. Whether you prefer going around the city sight­seeing or embra­cing the natural beauty of your surround­ings there is something for everybody.

If you do decide to travel to Italy this summer, make sure that the Amalfi coast is on the top of your list. The scenic grandeur of this destin­a­tion will not leave you, your family or friends dissa­pointed. With its varied archi­tec­ture and breath­taking vertical landscape you will be stunned and guaran­teed to have a longing to return. It is without surprise that the Amalfi Coast is coined ‘The Divine Coast’, because it one hundred percent is truly divine. Be sure to book your holiday early to avoid excess rates and get a secure travel insur­ance policy that suits you. Happy travelling!

The Italian Coast

2 Comments

  1. Sam Andrews 1 year ago

    You have added this article just in time for me! I’m due to head off to the Amalfi coast in a few weeks and I’ll be taking your great tips with me, thanks :)

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