Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy

The picturesque, world-famous Amalfi Coast is situated in Italy’s southwestern region of Campania and stretches for 30 miles along the southern side of the Sorrento Peninsula from the Gulf of Naples in the north down to Salerno in the south. The Amalfi coastline draws visitors with its small bays and beaches, terraced vineyards, lemon and olive groves, colourful villages and glitzy resorts all overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea with the craggy cliffs of the Lattari Mountains rising sharply upwards towards the clear blue sky. It is no wonder that the Amalfi Coast has been included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

Driving along the narrow, winding coast road passes through the lively and colourful towns of the Amalfi Coast

The road along the Amalfi Coast is well known for its hairpin bends which wind around the cliffs giving it a reputation of being slightly scary, but the fantastic views are well worth taking this drive. The towns along the Amalfi Coast are set steeply onto the sides of the mountains and the streets wind their way backwards and forwards, so be prepared for a steep walk if staying in one the the many hotels in these towns.

Public transport is a simple way to take in the views without the fear of driving. Look out for the blue SITA buses which connect the coastal towns. Another option is to take the ferry and see the view along the coast from the sea, information on ferry timetables are available at the ports.

Sorrento – a wonderful mix of historic architecture sitting comfortably alongside a modern resort. The Old Town, which still has evidence of its Roman origins, sits high on the cliffs overlooking the port and the famous Alimuri beach below.

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Positano – the charming town of Positano has a reputation of being one of the most romantic towns of the Amalfi coast, it started life as a poor fishing village but became popular with tourists in the 1950’s. The author John Steinbeck wrote “Positano bites deep”, “It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”

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Praiano -During the 10th-11th centuries, Praiano was once the summer residence of the doges of the Duchy of Amalfi. Nowadays the town of Praiano is a beautiful, peaceful oasis on the Amalfi Coast with many hotels set into the side of the mountains offering spectacular views over the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Amalfi – The town of Amalfi is the heart of this beautiful coastline and sits at the foot of Monte Cerreto. Well known for growing its huge, sweet lemons, Amalfi is famous for producing Limoncello liqueur.

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Ravello – Perched high above the town of Amalfi with magnificent views and beautiful gardens, Ravello has long been a popular destination for artists, writers and musicians, each year during the summer months the ‘Ravello Festival’ takes place,

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Minori – Minori meaning small was originally named “Reghinna Minor” which set it apart from the nearby “Reghinna Major”, the current Maiori. Minori has history dating back to Roman times as is verified by the archaeological find of a villa from the 1st century Villa Marittima Romana.

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Maiori

Maiori is a lively tourist resort with the longest sandy beach of the Amalfi coast. Look out for : Palazzo Mezzacapo, Church of Santa Maria a Mare, Castle of San Nicola de Thoro-Plano, Shrine of Madonna dell’Avvocata, Miramare Castle, ….

Vietri sul Mare – Named by the locals as ‘the first pearl of the Amalfi coast’ , Vietri sul Mare is surrounded by terraces of vines, olives and lemons and is filled with monasteries and churches decorated with colourful Majolica tiles.

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Salerno – The city of Salerno is well known for its Schola Medica Salernitana the first Medical School in the world.

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Cetara 

Cetara, sitting at the foot of the slopes of Mount Falesio, is a small picturesque fishing port on the Amalfi coast which is famous for its fresh fish especially the Colatura di Alici or Anchovy soup,

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Experience a drive along the Amalfi Coast

Note: Motorhomes are legally not allowed to drive along the Amalfi Coast road except between the hours of 23.59 and 07.00

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