What to do on the amalfi coast
Where is the Amalfi coast?
The Amalfi Coast is a stunning 50 odd kilometer stretch of coast running along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, and it truly is what dreams are made of.
Beautifully coloured houses line the cliff tops, the stunning warm turquoise waters, the cute harbours, and the pizza. How could we forget the pizza. No wonder the Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular (and loved) holiday destinations in Italy.
The Amalfi Coast has a handful of tiny cities spread along the coastline. Like any new destination if can be a bit overwhelming and difficult to find the best spots to see. We have scoped out all the best things to see, places to eat and beaches to go to along this beautiful coast.. and of course, the best place to eat pizza!
The Amalfi Coast Map
“As a foodie, visiting the Amalfi coast for ten days was absolute bliss! There were many many highlights, but some of the best were: Eating seafood in the lesser-known gem of a town called Atrani, tasting the traditional Santa Rosa Sfogliatelle at Andrea Pansa Pasticceria in Amalfi town, and eating as many times as possible at Le Bonta Del Capo – Molto Buono!” The Roman Guy.
One can not come to the Amalfi Coast without going to the town named after the coast (or is it the other way around?) Amalfi is a beautiful town just short of an hour by SITA bus from Positano. If you are lucky enough to get a cliff side seat you are in for some really spectacular views! Amalfi is a charming cliff-side town but is a little more touristy, so we recommend making the treck to Atrani Beach for a nice relaxing day away from the crowds!
Our friend (and Amalfi Coast veteran) Win Warfield put us onto the stunning town of Praiano, “The most authentic town on the Amalfi Coast is Praiano. Located almost exactly halfway between Positano and Amalfi (both packs with tourists) Praiano is the perfect place to stay. Every business in town, from hotels and restaurants to grocery stores and Capri day trips by boat, is owned by locals. What results is people who care about what services that provide.
Best restaurant in town, Vivaro! The owner, Gennaro, is a one-man show. He is the chef, sommelier, server and busboy. So, come and expect to spend the evening having a unique experience. The restaurant seats about 20-25 people. There is no menu…just select fish or meat…and Gennaro will start feeding you. You’ll feel like you really got your money’s worth as you pay only €30/person for three courses. All the wines are from the Campania region and cost €20-30 per bottle.”
One Fire Beach
Win also told us about One Fire Beach. You really can not see the Amalfi Coast and leave out this spot! “The most fun beach on the entire Amalfi Coast is One Fire Beach below Praiano. Famous for “watermelon time,” the owners of the establishment crank up the music about 4:00 pm every day. Everyone starts dancing and then a giant watermelon is cut up and passed around. And One Fire Beach has sun longer than almost any other beach because it is west facing. (This is a big deal on the coast because every beach faces a different direction due to the jagged coastline. In May, September and October there re free concerts on the Path of the Gods above Praiano. It is truly the grandest concert hall in the world. The schedule can be found each year here. “
Monastero Santa Rosa
The most beautiful resort along the Amalfi Coast has got to be the Monastero Santa Rosa. This breathtaking and very unique, 17th-century monastery-turned-20-room luxury boutique hotel that sits dramatically perched cliffside overlooking the Mediterranean and the Amalfi coastline.
The ultra-romantic resort (no kids allowed, which we love) boasts an al fresco fine dining restaurant with panoramic views; terraced herb and flower gardens leading down to the cliffside infinity pool. They have the best Instagram a hotel could ask for, be aware you might get fomo! @monasterosantarosa.
Known as the ‘Jewel of the Amalfi Coast’ this is by far the most popular of the towns. The houses are scattered across the cliff which makes for dramatic views over the coast from most hotels. The small cobbled streets are filled with Italian boutiques and there are some fantastic restaurants throughout the town which makes this a great place to base yourself while on the Amalfi Coast.
Da Vicenzo is a very high-quality family-run trattoria in the town of Positano. Despite the casual atmosphere, the food here is some of the best served in the town with delicious seafood and pasta dishes. The spaghetti alla Vongole is a must!
The Villa Franca is a super- boutique property perched on the top of the hill in Positano. The views from the dining terrace are breathtaking and they have a rooftop pool!
This is a farm to table restaurant set in the countryside outside of Positano which specializes in grilled meats, homemade pastas and vegetable dishes. La Tagliata is authentic and thanks to its’ hilltop location, diners can take in the terraced vegetable patches before gazing over the Amalfi Coast. It is a great end spot for people hiking the famous Path of the Gods.
Whereas Positano is known as the jewel, Ravello is definitely the hidden gem of the Amalfi Coast. The town is perched up on top of a hill and therefore it is not possible to walk directly down to a beach but its height is what gives it the most beautiful, sweeping views across the coast.
Nestled in the Marina di Praia, il Pirata is a great spot for a laid-back, traditional seafood meal. It’s very romantic in the evening when the tables are candlelit and the colourful wooden fishing boats are bobbing away next to you. If you are interested in eating at more restaurants like il Pirata. Audley can arrange the perfect food tour
A fabulous property just outside of the quiet town centre of Praiano, the Casa Angelina is a very sleek property with whitewashed walls and funky, colourful modern art and sculptures peppered throughout. The hotel is super romantic and a great place for younger couples celebrating an anniversary or honeymoon. The hotel has a fabulous spa and a private beach club for the use of guests only. They can also arrange private skippered boats for guests who want to admire the coast from the Med.
Monte Sant'Angelo Walk
The walk to the highest peaks of the Amalfi Coast:
The Monte Sant’Angelo Walk is one of the most amazing round walks Agerola has to offer. Along relatively easy paths & tracks you ascend towards the highest peaks of the Amalfi Coast, from where views are perhaps even more beautiful than from the famed ‘Sentiero degli Dei’.
The first part of the walk is a relaxed stroll through the charming village of Bomerano, but then, through vineyards and chestnut forest, the path starts to climb. After about an hour walking uphill we reach the ridge of the Monte Tre Calli. Along the ridge we then walk to a natural rock formation known as the ‘mushroom’, from where we have to face a choice: some might continue the climb to the Monte Sant’Angelo, otherwise opt for a relaxed ‘picnic with a view’.. Then start the descent towards the little chapel of the ‘Virgin of the Silence’. Along an easy road, then walk back to your accommodation.
A trip to the Amalfi Coast without going to an island should be a crime. Ischia lays around 30 km off the coast of Naples and is a perfect spot to get away for a few days and pamper yourself. On Ischia you will find volcanic mud, hot springs and thermal spas. If a couple of days of pampering is too slow for you ferries run out of Naples dailly.
Now no trip to the Amalfi Coast would be complete without a trip to Naples. Naples is a gorgeous town and has many cool tourist attractions, but the real reason we have included this on our list is because its the birthplace of pizza! Delicious, amazing gorgeous pizza. In our opinion, the best place to get pizza is Pizzeria da Michele. This is where you will find a more chewy & doughy base with a decent amount of toppings! This pizza is so good you might just struggle to do up your pants.. just like Julia Roberts in that famous scene in Eat, Pray, Love which was filmed here! If are in Naples in December, head over to the Christmas Markets.