Stephanie Yoder a RoamRight Blog Author

What To Do On The Amalfi Coast in Italy

The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy. CT

The Amalfi Coast, that golden coastline below the Bay of Napoli in Italy, is a perfect embodiment of what makes southern Italy so attractive: sparkling blue water, glistening yellow lemon trees and pastel houses stacked messily up the hillsides. Visiting the seaside towns along the coast isn't really about checking attractions off of a list, it's more about soaking up the sights, tastes and experiences that make the area so rich.

Here's a short list of how best to experience the Amalfi Coast.

Town Hopping

The area is made up of about a dozen small towns, each with its own unique history, cuisine and sights. Buses will easily take you around or it is also possible to hike from town to town. The most popular towns are Positano and Sorrento; both are easily accessible and make a great base for exploring the surrounding area. Also worth checking out: the town of Amalfi with it's magnificent Old Town, the quiet village of Ravello and mountainous Salerno. The famous island of Capri is also an easy day trip away.

Eat

As always in Italy, one of the best ways to explore Amalfi is with your taste buds. Each town along the coast offers its own unique specialties, but all throughout the region you will find amazingly fresh seafood, mozzarella de bufala and produce like red peppers, eggplant and mint. Keep an eye out for seafood pasta dishes, pezzanta (a local salami) and a variety of lemon scented pastries.

Drink Limoncello

The lemons in the Amalfi region are huge and hearty - some grow to the size of a grapefruit! This makes them perfect for producing the region’s most famous specialty, limoncello. A fluorescent colored after dinner liquor, limoncello aids digestion and tastes like pure summertime. In the town of Sorrento it is possible to visit a limoncello factory to see the drink being made (and take advantage of free samples).

Stroll Narrow Alleyways

The towns of the Amalfi Coast are all built into magnificent hillsides overlooking the water, which means lots of winding passageways and staircases to help visitors navigate the town. Wandering the streets will take you past small cafes, little boutiques and beautiful churches. Some of the towns have histories stretching back thousands of years (Sorrento makes an appearance in the works of Homer) and the backstreets offer small hints of what came before.

Soak Up the Sun

The Amalfi Coast has dozens of beaches along its 43 mile coastline, ranging from small and pebbly to wide and sandy. Positano has several large and popular beaches, but for true natural beauty it's best to head out of town to one of the more secluded spots like Collata Beach or Fiumicello Beach.

Have you been to the Amalfi Coast? What’s your favorite thing to do there?

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Stephanie Yoder

Stephanie Yoder, a RoamRight Blog Author

Stephanie Yoder is a girl who can't sit still! Since graduating college in 2007 she has either been traveling or planning to travel. She's lived on four continents and visited everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the Great Barrier Reef. She now writes and travels full time, blogging about her adventures on Why Wait To See The World? (formerly Twenty-Something Travel). Follow Stephanie on Twitter or visit her on Facebook.

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