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
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.
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.
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).
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
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
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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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