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The Amalfi Coast, Italy

Updated on March 13, 2018
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Our family loves to to vacation together, just the 4 of us. When we travel we prefer to be off the beaten path. Islands are our favorite!

Views from the water on the coast of Amalfi
Views from the water on the coast of Amalfi

Amalfi's gorgeous coastline

Amalfi's coastline is located along the southern edge of Italy's Sorrentine Peninsula. It's visually stunning with it's sheer cliffs, turquoise seas, crystal clear grottos, rugged shoreline and pastel colored villages. Everywhere you turn it seems as though you're in an actual postcard! This area is really a photographers dream! From Amalfi you're able to visit multiple coastal towns in the vicinity including

We were lucky enough to spend a few weeks along this coast with our Italian exchange student and his family. It was such a wonderful experience to see everything through the eyes of a local!

Sights in Amalfi

Wandering the cobblestone streets, lemons can be found everywhere!
Wandering the cobblestone streets, lemons can be found everywhere!
Views from the shoreline in Amalfi
Views from the shoreline in Amalfi
Parking is at a minimum here, most locals prefer to take mopeds to get around.
Parking is at a minimum here, most locals prefer to take mopeds to get around.

Best times to visit

We happened to visit the Amalfi coast in August as it was the only time we could make it but we're told July and August are the "high season" with lots of tourists and clogged roads. I can validate that for sure, it was definitely very crowded. It's also the hottest time of the year to visit. According to locals, the best time to visit, if you're able is spring and fall.



Views from our hotel in Amalfi

A storm had just passed as we sat out on our terrace high above the sea.
A storm had just passed as we sat out on our terrace high above the sea.
Looking out over the cliffs and the sea from our terrace
Looking out over the cliffs and the sea from our terrace
The thing that shocked us post were how many steps we had to take to all our hotels on the coast! This particular hotel had 356!!
The thing that shocked us post were how many steps we had to take to all our hotels on the coast! This particular hotel had 356!!

Exploring Amalfi

While in Amalfi be sure to visit the town center with its quaint little restaurants and hidden shops. Little courtyards await off side cobblestone streets with plenty of shopping and open air markets. There's no rhyme or reason to getting around this area, just let yourself wander and take in the wonder that surrounds you. Make sure you have a fully charged camera, you won't want to miss a thing. The views everywhere are just gorgeous.

Parking is very limited all along the coast. We happened to be with locals from Rome who had their own vehicles, it's suggested that if you don't have this luxury then it's best to hire a driver or take public transportation. There are many, many stairs everywhere you go on the coast so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Driving the streets on the cliffside is not to be missed though, the views are just glorious. Just be cautious of mopeds going in and out of traffic and sightseeing busses coming at you from all sides of what looks to be a ONE WAY road, but it clearly is not!

Two busses passing opposite directions! All cars come to a complete stop!
Two busses passing opposite directions! All cars come to a complete stop!
Driving the hectic streets on the coast
Driving the hectic streets on the coast
Door to our room in Amalfi
Door to our room in Amalfi

Amalfi coast by boat

Another spectacular way to see the coast from a much different perspective is by renting a boat or hiring a tour guide for the day to take you around by boat. The views from the water are just jaw dropping. When we were on the coast, we actually went on three different boating excursions! One we rented, it was a small boat with a motor that we operated, one we hired a driver and a larger boat to take us to Capri Island, swimming in the grottos and sight seeing and the last was a sail boat which our host family owned personally and we took that all along the coast down by Gaeta.

Sailboat sporting the Italian flag, of course!
Sailboat sporting the Italian flag, of course!
The boys relaxing headed along the coast to Capri
The boys relaxing headed along the coast to Capri
Our daughter taking in the sights
Our daughter taking in the sights

Which coastal town is your favorite?

Having seen Amalfi, Positano, Ravello and Capri Island I must say, we are partial to the breathtaking Ravello high up above all the noise and crowds. A truly magical place!

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