The Amalfi Drive aka SS163 is considered as one of the most beautiful coastline in Italy and it is certainly among the top tourist attractions in Italy.Cut into bluffs that are now cut by profound gorges, the road grips high over the Tyrrhenian Ocean in a progression of stunning perspectives and bends limited by practically vertical mountains ascending on one side and long vertical drops on the other.
Plan your travels along this spectacular drive with this handy visitors’ guide to the top 10 Things to Do in Amalfi Coast.
1. Get a birds eye view of the Amalfi Coast from the Villa Cimbrone (Ravello):
Villa Cimbrone definitely offers one of the best views of the Amalfi Coast there is! In regards to the villa itself, it features unique architecture and dates back to the 11th century. The property grounds also includes an expansive garden with immaculately groomed greenery and gorgeous old sculptures. The once private residence villa itself is now a hotel, but the garden is open to all visitors. The garden’s main path ends at “Infinity Terrace” wherefrom you will also have the best view of the sea.
2. Tour the historic Amalfi Cathedral:
The Amalfi Cathedral is regarded as a must-see attraction for all Amalfi visitors regardless of their religious views. The cathedral is located right in the center of town featuring a grand staircase and magnificent facade designed with Arab influences. Some people just climb up the stairs for a nice view of the town, but it is definitely worth going inside the Cathedral. While the main architecture is Roman, once stepping inside you are greeted by a lavish Baroque style interior. Also, if you look up while walking down the main aisle you will see paintings from the life of St. Andrew above you.
3. Sail to the island Capri:
If you’re on the Amalfi Coast you should definitely take a quick ferry ride (40 minutes from Sorrento) to the island of Capri. Capri is an upscale resort destination for both Italians and foreigners. With many sea cliffs, grottoes, and hidden caves, Capri gets its beauty from its rugged landscape.
4. Appreciate fine art at Museo Correale:
Museo Correale has some of the most precious fine art collections in Italy. The museum itself is quite old as it has been open since 1924 but has paintings dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. As you stroll through the museum you will think that you are in an old mansion as the museum is not limited to just paintings, but also has other types of art such as porcelain, glass, and furniture collections. There are four floors to the museum with over 20 rooms so definitely prepare to be there for at least a couple of hours.
5. Enjoy a proper pizza lunch at Capricci in Positano:
Italy as a whole is known for its delicious and high-quality food. However, some restaurants are still superior. In fact, some people travel to certain regions of the country just to try out a certain restaurant. Capricci is one of those! Capricci will serve you one of the best wood-fired pizzas you’ve ever had. Also, you can opt to sit on their outdoor patio so that you can also enjoy a view of the beach. Although an upscale atmosphere, the restaurant is very reasonably priced with Pizza Margherita for 6.00 EUR.
6. Take a hike up Sentiero degli Dei aka “Trail of the Gods”:
Sentiero degli Dei, or “Trail of the Gods”, leads you to the level of the clouds and provides a breathtaking view. The hike itself will take about 3 hours, but is not too difficult and definitely worth the trip up. Just be sure to start from the Agerola side as you can also start from to Nocelle, but that requires you to climb up about 1,800 stairs. There are busses from Positano and Sorrento that take you to the trailhead in Agerola. This hike may be scary for those afraid of heights, but otherwise absolutely stunning.
7. Stroll the Streets of Sorrento:
Sorrento will most likely be your “hub” and where you spend the most nights during your stay on the Amalfi Coast. Piazza Tasso is Sorrento’s town square where you will find attractions such as Chiesa del Carmine (Church of Carmine). Sorrento offers many cute little boutiques for shopping and small cafes. It’s relaxed setting and unique features such as lemon and olive groves growing alongside the buildings add to Sorrento’s romantic feeling.
8. Take a look at an Active Volcano, Vesuvius:
Vesuvius is mainland Europe’s only active volcano and actually one of the world’s most dangerous volcanos. Fortunately, though, after following a 20-year cycle, Mount Vesuvius has not been active since 1944. Besides seeing the volcano, visitors can extend their visit by taking a quick 30-minute hike for 360 views of Naples and Pompeii. The views show how close people live to the volcano and why it is so dangerous if it erupts. The is the volcano which destroyed Pompeii in A.D. 79.
9. Travel through time by wandering through Pompeii:
After your visit to Mt. Vesuvius, you must tour the ruins of Pompeii. It offers the best way to get a feeling of what ancient Roman life was like. Archeologists were able to preserve it very well. Walking through the streets you will notice how organized the city was and come across many bars, public baths, restaurants, shops, and places of entertainment.
10. Discover and swim at the hidden fjord of Furore:
The fjord is truly a hidden gem of the Amalfi Coast. It is a narrow beach created by a stream that runs from the mountains to the sea. Although small, the beach is always crowded when weather permits and still has small boats parked on the side. The water is glowing blue and crystal clear. Above, you will see old fishermen’s houses along the cliffs. Per the mayors request, the houses were painted in bright colors so that travelers notice the city.
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