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5 non tourist recommendations for travelling in the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Updated on May 4, 2015

Okay, so you've decided to travel to potentially one of the most beautiful places in the world, and you want to get it right. You've heard about the Blue Grotto, Mount Vesuvius and the Sorrento Peninsula but you want a feel for what it would be like to live there. Well look no further, here are five useful tips for having the best possible trip, without the traps.

1. Stick to Positano

If you're going to the most beautiful part of the world, stick to the part that's the most beautiful. With it's sea-colored houses and restaurants rolling down the ancient rock faces, pictursque views of sail boats on the water, and secret beaches, Positano is the best way to get the full Amalfi Coast experience.

2. Find an airbnb in Nocelle

Save your money for the great restaurants in Positano. With just a tiny little bus ride up an incredible winding road you can stay in a beautiful hotel with your very own balcony view of the entire area for a seventh of the price! Villa Sofia is a great option and there are many more. And there aren't any cars! Just mules lugging supplies. A perfect way to capture a slice of life from the centuries past. Perfectly off the beaten track.

3. Ristorante La Terra

Again, in Nocelle, for a fraction of what you'd pay down in Positano, you can enjoy an incredible meal, on a terrace carved out of a rock face, served by a very friendly elderly couple who know everything there is to know about great food. And if you're lucky you might even get an accordian performance.

4. Spend at least one entire day on the beach

Positano, and all of the Amalfi coast offer you a unique swimming experience. First of all the beaches are mosly small rocks, not sand, which are very good on your joints and muscles if you lie flat. Secondly, there are so many little secret beach areas that you can spend the day in solitude. Imagine that, an entire day all by yourselves for free in one of the most picturesque (and expensive) places in the world.

5. Don't go to Capri

It's beautiful and all of that but so is the rest of the Amalfi coast. It will cost you an arm and a leg to get there. Then it will cost you the other arm and leg to eat there, and it is simply full of tourists in every season. Just don't do it.

The Amalfi Coast is where you want to be, but it doesn't have to cost you a fortune. Have a blast!

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