Spend your Amalfi coast holidays exploring majestic cliffs, ruins, and turquoise waters.
Italy is home to so many unique regions, each offering unforgettable experiences for visitors. The true gem of the country, however, could arguably be the stunning Amalfi Coast. With direct flights from the UK, Paris, Rome, Milan, and other major European cities to nearby Naples, there’s no reason why you can’t fly in this summer for a perfect long weekend.
The Amalfi Coast is along the southern edge of the Sorrento Peninsula, and it is the type of destination where you will frequently find your mouth agape in pure awe. The natural drama of the landscape — breathtaking cliff sides, lush greenery, turquoise waters, and colorful villages — makes it obvious why composers, writers, and movie makers have flocked to the region to find inspiration.
The enchanting scenery is one thing any traveler will enjoy, but if you only have a short time in the area, it’s essential to zero in on the experiences you care the most about. For example, some people prefer more adventurous outings, while others look for the best food, and some travelers like to delve deep into history and culture.
Take a look at our recommended itineraries for different types of Amalfi Coast holidays, and feel free to mix and match to create your own individual getaway.
Amalfi Coast holidays for adventure seekers
The dramatic landscape of the Amalfi Coast is perfect for those who like to get outside and enjoy activities that are a bit more on the adventurous side. Just don’t forget to save time for a little relaxation after a long day of exploring.
- Sea Kayaking: To fully grasp the beauty of the Amalfi Coast, one of the best views is from the water. Book a guided sea kayak excursion with Amalfi Coast Sea Kayak and enjoy half day (3-4 hours) or full day (7 hours) tours of the region. Every trip includes stops along the way so you can rest, eat, sunbathe, swim, snorkel, and explore the villages. (WIMCO can of course arrange this, too).
- Il Sentiero degli Dei (The Gods’ Pathway): This nearly 8km (almost 5 mile) footpath links the small hilltop town of Agerola with Nocelle, which is in Positano. The best spot to begin the trail is in Bomerano (part of Agerola), but if you are looking for a little extra exercise, start in Praiano where you’ll climb a very long flight of stairs to get started. On your walk, you’ll encounter all types of scenery, and even some occasional steep and rugged terrain, but the constant sea breeze and stunning views make the whole hike worth your time.
- Ride the Local Bus (Really!): If you are looking for an adventure that will really get your heart racing, take a ride on one of the local SITA buses, which depart from different towns along the coast about every half hour. The buses travel along treacherous slopes and hairpin turns — all on steep cliffs high above the sea. For the very daring, sit on the right side of the bus if you are headed east from Sorrento down the coast, and left if you are going west from Amalfi.
Amalfi Coast holidays for foodies
Fresh, healthy, delicious Mediterranean cuisine is plentiful in Italy. There are many ways you can enjoy the local cuisine on your Amalfi Coast holidays.
- Take a Cooking Class: Don’t just eat the food while you’re in Italy — learn how to make it, too. Cooking Ravello offers any kind of class your foodie heart desires: group or individual lessons, different levels of experience, wine tasting, and even a “pizza experience.”
- Tour a Buffalo Mozzarella Farm: The ancient city of Paestum, approximately 2 hours from the Amalfi Coast, is home to several buffalo mozzarella farms. Tenuta Vannulo is probably the most well known, and they offer guided tours in several different languages. You will see the buffalo, learn how the cheese is made, and — of course — have plenty of time to taste the generous samples.
- Limoncello at La Cucina di Sofi: La Cucina di Sofi, a small pizzeria in Ravello, is also known for having some of the best limoncello on the Amalfi Coast. The owners make their limoncello using lemons and certos from their own groves. If you can’t make it to La Cucina di Sofi, do not pass up an opportunity to enjoy limoncello elsewhere on the Amalfi Coast, as it is a local favorite.
Amalfi Coast holidays for culture and history lovers
The Amalfi Coast is rich with history and culture — in fact, it’s everywhere you look.
- Pompeii: The ruins of Pompeii, the ancient town that was wiped out in 79 A.D. when Mount Vesuvius erupted, are a fascinating archaeological site that should not be missed. Pompeii is an easy train ride from the Amalfi Coast, especially if you are in Sorrento.
- Duomo di Sant’Andrea Apostolo (The Cathedral of St. Andrew): Located in Amalfi, this cathedral from the early 1200s is truly a sight to behold. Paying homage to St. Andrew, the patron saint of Amalfi, is an architectural, historical, and cultural marvel. There are 62 steps that lead up to the cathedral’s bronze doors, and it’s an interesting mix of many different eras and styles.
- Ravello Festival: The Ravello Festival is one of the oldest and most renowned in Italy. Between June and September, performances are hosted in stunning outdoor and indoor locations on the Amalfi Coast, including Villa Rufolo and the Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer. Over 50 musical shows are put on over the course of the summer and feature a variety of genres and performers.
Want to see more? Extend your Amalfi Coast holidays
After a long weekend on the Amalfi Coast, you will probably find yourself wanting to go back — next time, for even longer. With an impressive collection of private villas on the Amalfi Coast, WIMCO Villas can provide you with a comfortable home-away-from-home while you explore everything the region has to offer. Browse our available Italy villas or call one of our Villa Specialists today for their professional recommendations.
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