Top 5 things to do in Amalfi Coast

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The perfect guide for travelling the Amalfi Coast like a pro; when to visit, how to get around, what not to miss and an inside scoop on our 5 top things to do in Amalfi Coast!

Holding the title as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the dramatic cliffs and turquoise seas have been attracting people to the Amalfi Coast for millennia. The mild climate and unmistakable architecture have made it one of the most sought after destinations for holiday goers in recent years, and it’s easy to see why.

Mountains dotted with beautifully colourful houses line the seafront, where crystal clear waters await, an abundance of Churches and historical landmarks make up the unforgettable Amalfi Coast, with it’s winding mountain road connecting the 13 towns, it really is somewhere to tick off your bucket list!

Why visit the Amalfi coast

The food, the mild Mediterranean climate, picturesque seaside towns and historical legacy…if it’s the dolce vita you are looking for, then you have found it.

The main reason most holiday goers find themselves in Amalfi is for the beautiful views, it truly is the perfect place to wander around. Often spoken about as one place, the Amalfi coast and the towns within it are actually very diverse, with each one bringing it’s own charm and character to the table. Whether it’s hiking, swimming and sailing, or shopping sunbathing and a spritz your looking for, there really is something for everyone.

Historically the Amalfi coast as we know it today looked very different, with the construction of the terraced landscape not beginning until the 12th and 13th century, created originally by monasteries.

The town of Amalfi itself dates back to the medieval times in which it embraced great success as one of the major Mediterranean trade routes. It’s thanks to this great success that even today we can still admire the breath taking architecture and landmarks once built.

Top 5 things to do in the Amalfi Coast

Now that you’ve settled on your trip to the Amalfi Coast, I’m sure your already planning your days in this beautiful, historical part of Southern Italy. Here we have included our absolute top 5 things to do in the Amalfi Coast

  1. It wouldn’t be a trip to Italy without an Aperitivo and the San Pietro of Positano is the perfect place to indulge yourself. Immersed in nature, this luxury hotel boasts itself some of the most spectacular views of the coast and offers exceptional service. If you’d like a little more than just an Aperitivo it is also a beautiful place to stay, La Bellavita Charter can arrange any boat tours you may wish for and pick you up from Hotels beach.
  2. If travelling as a family or with children than a visit to Ai Laik It located in Minori is the perfect place to get the whole family emerged into to local ceramic culture. Here you will find not only immersive ceramic making classes, but also great food and drinks on offer to.
  3. After a long day exploring the sights of the Amalfi coast a relaxing drink is often the perfect way to end the day, whether it’s a special occasion or just a holiday treat then the Masaniello Art café of Amalfi should definitely be on your list. A trendy cocktail bar, offering great drinks and good times.
  4. When in Italy it’s only right to indulge yourselves in the world renowned cuisine, this next place is the Casa Mandina Restaurant in Maiori. A contemporary restaurant offering traditional dishes with a new age spin, opened in 2019 by two young brothers.
  5. Not only is the Amalfi Coast famous for its striking seafood, it also has an abundance of sweet treats to taste to. Nowhere better to tame your sweet tooth than Pansa in Amalfi a historical Pasticceria dating back to 1830, they have all the traditional dolce your heart could wish for.

When to visit the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi coast is beautiful all year round, but April-June is undoubtedly the best time for your trip. The weather is warm enough to see all sights, whether that be by sea or land. The spring flowers have sprung and there is a new sense of warmth in the air, without the hustle and bustle from the crowds of the high season.

If however you love nightlife and festivals and are looking to join the fun, then July and August are definitely the months for you. These are the months in which most of the local events take place. Do remember that even even if you are planning to visit during the busiest months, you can still enjoy the coast in peace with one of our charter boats.

September is also a great time to visit the Amalfi coast, the weather is still pleasantly warm and many of the tourists have already left.

The winter months, running from November until Easter are by far the quietest of the year. The towns empty almost completely and along with this lots of the cafés, bars and restaurants close for a much needed break. The coastline has an even more dramatic look to it in these months with the wet weather and waves crashing against the cliff side homes.

How to get to the Amalfi Coast

There are many ways to reach the Amalfi Coast, by car, train and of course plane.

The airport in Naples is the closest if flying in directly, or if your travelling from another destination in Italy then you can reach Salerno. One of Italy’s railway stations with many fast-speed trains arriving from most major cities, from Salerno you can hop on a local train that takes you to Vietri Sul Mare, one of the 13 towns located in the Amalfi Coast (approximate 10 minute train journey).

If your arriving directly in Naples you can rent a car and make the journey yourselves from there, the Amalfi Coast is one of the world’s most famous road trips and ttravellin along it truly is an unforgettable experience.

A word of advice: if you do decide on renting a car and making the journey yourself, do be mindful that the roads of the Amalfi Coast can be extremely narrow, full of twists and turns with it’s many curves that you are often time required to reverse around. This is especially true during the high summer season and even more so on weekends!

If like me you’d rather sit back and enjoy the journey, I’d arrange private transfers ahead of time. Our experienced drivers are more than accustomed to the winding roads and will be sure your arrival is stress free, whether that be from Naples, Salerno or any other city you find yourself in!

Once you’ve arrived in the Amalfi Coast, again there are many ways you can travel to the various towns and sights, car, bus, boat and private transfer. My personal favourite is most definitely by boat, sit back and relax and take in the scenery without the hustle and bustle of the roads.

Whatever way you decide to travel, make sure to plan and book well in advance of your trip!

Where to stay in the Amalfi Coast

We promised to give you the inside scoop on your trip to the Amalfi Coast and we plan on sticking to or word! Most places will tell you that Positano is the best place to base your trip, but we think otherwise.

A short 15 minute drive from the busy Positano you will find the picturesque town of Praiano, with it’s 2000 residents, beautiful villas drenched in colour and quaint mountain top streets, it really is the perfect place to base your trip to Amalfi.

Although Praiano is a small town and still relatively unknown to many tourists, there an abundance of things to do. Whether that be relaxing on one of it’s crystalline beaches, wandering the flower filled streets or taking in some of the historical sights I am certain you will love it.

We highly recommend SMAAC – Smart Accommodations Amalfi Coast with their wide range of holiday rentals, homes, farmhouses and villas and apartments on the Amalfi Coast. The perfect choice for all your accommodation needs, whatever it is your looking for.

They offer a tailored service throughout the booking process and for the duration of your stay. They can help with all aspects of your trip from organising taxi’s, boat tours, wine tasting and a whole range of other experiences to incorporate into your trip. We also love the self check-in aspect they offer, allowing for privacy and complete relaxation during your trip.

Don’t forget to mention our top 5 things to do in the Amalfi Coast when booking your holiday with them, I’m certain they can make all your plans come to life!

Top 4 things to do in Praiano

This peaceful town has a long history, and remnants of the past can still be seen with towers and castles that once stood still visible and possible to visit. The top 4 things to do in Praiano are:

Things to know about Capri Island

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Insiders picks for most breath taking sights, mouth-watering restaurants and how to organise your day: All you need to know about Capri Island for the perfect trip.

Capri Island, located in the bay of Naples, is most definitely a must see when planning your trip to Southern Italy. Known for it’s dramatic landscape, shopping, dining and most famously the “Blue Grotto” a dark cavern in which the sea glows electric blue, it really is no wonder why it’s such a hot spot for passing Yachts.

One important thing to know about Capri Island is that one day is certainly enough to see the island, there are of course a number of beautiful hotels if you’d like a little longer of your time there, but organising in advance and trusting your trip with an experienced Charter Yatch company you will be sure to see everything you want, without taking too much time away from the rest of your trip in the Amalfi Coast.

Opting for a full day private tour, with an estimated duration of 7 hours you will be able to visit to famous Blue grotto, the Grotta Bianca, Grotta Verde, Faraglioni and the Natural Arch. You can also have time exploring the Island on foot with a dock in Capri, giving you the opportunity to grab some lunch and have a wander of the beautiful streets.

If you do decide to include a dock in Capri, do be sure to visit Il Riccio. An exclusive beach club with a beautiful terrace, stairs to the sea, and exquisite seafood and Mediterranean menu available.

If you’d rather opt out of docking in Capri, be sure to check out one of our insiders picks for lunch instead, both reachable directly via sea with one of our yatchs, on request of course!

The Restaurant Lo Scoglio by Tommaso has been in the family for three generations dating back to 1958. A charming structure with beauty terraces overlooking the sea, with an array of typical local dishes and to top it all off it’s own private beach.

Another of our absolute favourites for lunch is La Fontalina this beautiful waterfront restaurant dates back to 1949, offering a spectacular view of the ‘Faraglioni’. The menu on offer including the best of the catch of the day and chef Mario’s daily specials is sure to leave you wanting more.

If you would rather organise your own tour we recommend arriving to the Island as early as possible, aim to arrive in Capri by 11am…this allows enough time to squeeze in all the sightseeing you will be doing!

Insiders picks for the perfect day trip to Capri Island

You can’t say you’ve visited Capri if you haven’t seen it from the sea. Admire the colors of the sea, the small bays and the splendid caves on board a private Yacht on a tour of the Island of Capri.

The unmissable passing under the Faraglioni arch: it is said that all couples who exchange a kiss under the arch will remain together forever.

After having passed by the Marina Piccola, a stretch particularly rich in caves begins, such as the White Grotto and Green Grotto rightfully named so due to the emerald colours. At this point you will get the first glimpse of the imposing profile of the Punta Carena lighthouse, the second largest in Italy.

After the lighthouse you return to the north side of the Island of Capri, the wildest and most uninhabited. Keep your eyes open and lookout for some wild goats living amongst the wild vegetation. It is on this side of the island that you will find the famous Blue Grotto.

The unforgettable ‘Grotta Azzurra’

Once onboard a small rowing boat the sailor will ask you to lie down on the bottom of the boat, anchoring the boat to the rock…and you are inside the Blue Grotto. A natural cave whose entrance is roughly two meters wide and only one meter high, it’s no wonder you have to lay down to enter! A natural underwater window lets the sun rays in, which colors the cave with the most magnificent blue and silver reflections. It will seem as though you are suspended over the waters of the Blue Grotto, accompanied by the Neapolitan songs of the sailors. A magical and truly unforgettable atmosphere that easily explains why this is Capri’s most famous attraction.

Anacapri and Monte Solaro: the highest part of the island, less glamorous where you can breathe the true essence of Capri

After visiting the blue grotto, experience the thrill of a ride in one of Capri’s typical convertible taxis to reach Anacapri. Small artisan shops, flower filled squares and completely pedestrian stone alleys: this and much more is what awaits in Anacapri.

Your island tour still has so much to offer you: one of the most incredible views of Capri. From Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri, take a ride on the traditional chairlift. In just 12 minutes you reach Monte Solaro, the highest point of the island. From which you can enjoy an infinite view, the whole island of Capri, the famous Vesuvius, the Gulf of Naples and the Sorrento Peninsula. In the far distance the mountains of Calabria, the Apennines and the Amalfi Coast with the islets of the Gauls.

Villa San Michele: the Mediterranean dream of Swedish Author/physician.

At this point in your trip you have the chance to take a break and grab a snack on the go while you continue on your itinerary with a stop to the beautiful Villa San Michele.

Villa San Michele is the life’s work of physician/author Axel Munthe, built j the 20th century it is now home to an extremely important art collection, the majority of which is of Roman, Etruscan or Egyptian origin. Complete with a beautiful panoramic garden and open to the public ibis definitely worth the visit!

La Piazzetta: the most glamorous part of Capri Island

Take a bus and make your way back down to Capri, once arrived in the Piazzetta take a seat at one of the many bars, and enjoy a well deserved coffee or glass of wine after a long morning of sightseeing.

After a break in the beautiful Piazzetta, take a walk around the characteristic Via Camerelle, the main luxury shopping street with a wide range of beautiful stores to take in. At the end of this street, continue onto Via Tragara until you finally reach the spectacular view of the Faraglioni, the perfect opportunity to take some beautiful scenic photos!

Once you’ve finished taking in the sights and snapping the perfect pictures, go back the way you came along Via Tragara, until you make your way back to the Piazzetta. From here make your way back down to the port where your luxury Yatch awaits to set sail from the Island.

When back on board there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the sea, take a refreshing dip in the ocean, or just lay back, relax and enjoy the view

We really hope this guide is useful for you, whether you decide to plan your trip around Capri Island alone, or whether you’d rather trust your trip with our experienced Charter Yatch company. One thing to definitely bare in mind if you do decide to go alone is that this itinerary can be extremely tiring, especially in the hottest months of July and August, in which time we would recommend cutting the itinerary down and making the most of your time on island by the beach or in the water!

3 Days Itinerary Capri – Positano – Sorrento

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3 ways to… fall in love! Enjoy the magic atmosphere of a 3 days itinerary Capri – Positano – Sorrento for a once in a lifetime experience! As the saying goes: “Come in Italy and you will never want to leave!”.

Let’s start from the beginning. It is of common knowledge that the Amalfi Coast is recognizable and even criticized for its streets which are now too busy to travel without getting stuck between cars, scooters and bicycles. This is why nowadays our concern is to help you getting back the freedom of being able to experience at the best your journey.

The perfect 360 experience is a Boat Tour on the Amalfi Coast

For those who want to have a 360 degree experience, the best advice that I wish to know sooner, although particular in its simplicity, is a boat tour on the Amalfi Coast, or an even better option, add to it an overnight stay on board, for a full immersion in the heart of the Amalfi coast and the Sorrento Peninsula.

It will be hard to forget the feelings of sleeping in the middle of the sea.

 

La Bellavita Charter owns one of the best way to fully live at the best such experience. A unique fleet, helpful to enjoy these famous coasts, which contributed to creating fishing villages, that still exist today, with characteristic churches, houses built on the rocks and streets that are so narrow, to say the least, but full of this panorama that fascinates anyone who comes to visit them.

The gem of the fleet, Lady Rose, a Magnum of 52 feet, is the perfect boat to sightsee the coast. Coming on board means you will have the opportunity to choose your destinations, the place you want to visit, the restaurants where you want to eat, all of your choice, guided by an expert skipper who will be able to help you during the whole cruise. Avoiding the queues, the crowd and enjoying the soft breeze, more than pleasant on hot summer days.

 

Dinner is on the table!

Another valuable option might include the most romantic experience you will ever have, dinner on board. It will make you hope that the evening will never end. It is the best choice to spend day and night with your sweet half or with your family, trust me you will gain a lot of points with it.

3 days to explore, 3 gems to visit, 3 foods to taste

Usually the itineraries that try to help you during your visit of the Amalfi Coast are always confused. That is why this little guide helps, especially with La Bellavita Charter that comes to our rescue, offering the best tours on Luxury Boats or traditional Gozzo Boats to visit the most iconic villages of the Amalfi Coast.

As every itinerary, also this one is going to be equipped with those little secrets, hidden in every suggestion we give you along this section, from which you can achieve that type of inner peace that allows you to understand the true essence of the Amalfi coast.

 

Positano: the vertical city.

A paradise called Positano it’s the ideal place for a dream vacation among beautiful beaches, picturesque houses and charming boats on the Amalfi Coast.

 

Positano, known as the vertical city, with its small houses that form a pyramid, set on the rock overlooking the sea, which enhance the evocative landscape, is now the distinctive feature of the city if not also of the Amalfi coast.

 

If you like a good hike, you can start the day with the Path of the Gods, a 3 hours walk (each way if you decide to go back hiking) that connects Agerola to Nocelle (Positano), and has the best views of the Coast. The name, with which this naturalistic route is called, derives from historical facts and legends according to which the Greek divinities passed through here to save Ulysses from the sirens who were on the island of Li Galli, island located in front of Positano, in fact it is visible on days of clear sky. After such an outing, relax by the beach to try to get a some tan.

Of course lunch at La Buca di Bacco is a must, where you are going to taste the most delicious food of your life, and your taste buds will have an incredible explosion of authentic flavors. Have then a walk to visit the church of Santa Maria Assunta and admire the 10th century architecture.

 

There are a few spots from where you will have the best view you have ever seen:

After the aperitif, take every chance to eat Da Vincenzo, at Palazzo Murat or at La Sponda (Sirenuse’s restaurant, so you can stay there both for aperitif) for dinner, trust me you wont regret it, before going wild in one of the most evocative discos on the coast, set in the rocks, from which it also takes its name: Music On the Rocks.

 

Sailing between Lemons and Sea: The Wonders of the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento

While seaside tourism is the primary attraction of Sorrento, the city offers more than just sun, sea, and relaxation on the beach. For those who enjoy exploring urban areas, uncovering museums, historical monuments, and charming viewpoints, Sorrento is the perfect destination with a wealth of discoveries awaiting you.

To begin your journey, head to Piazza Tasso, situated near the sea, which serves as the city’s focal point and a gathering spot for both adults and children. In the middle of the square stands a monument dedicated to the poet Tasso, alongside a statue of Saint Anthony. Moving on, explore Palazzo Correale, home to the Terranova family museum and its picturesque gardens.

The names Tasso and Correale have contributed significantly to shaping and transforming the Vallone dei Mulini, a valley that initially faced flooding but has since evolved to showcase unique vegetation that envelops its entirety.

 

Sorrento is a city with a lot of churches, given his history, between the main ones, even though they are all worth the visit, we have:

·      Cathedral of Saint Philip and James

·      The Sedile Dominova

·      The Basilica of Sant’Antonio

·      Church and Cloister of San Francesco

 

Church and Cloister of San Francesco, might look modern on the outside, but as they say, never judge a book by its cover. This is indeed the case, since it is the oldest structure, date back in 1300. The styles present inside mix and vary from Gothic to Baroque. Its uniqueness is also represented by the cloister which is accessed via a door inside the church.

 

If your trip is based on sun and relax, you have found your match! There are beaches famous all over the world as: Marina Grande and Marina Piccola, Bagni della Regina Giovanna, worth the walk for the landscape and the presence of the nearby Roman Villa of Pollio Felice, and Pignatella beach, less touristic and where more locals for its privicy.

 

You have to try La Limonaia, this amazing restaurant, located near the center of Sorrento, built under lemon grove, where the keyword is… LEMON of course!

 

If you are lucky enough, both in summer and autumn, you can come across local festivals such as the Lemon Festival or the Aubergine Festival.

 

It is known that in Italy, the food is good everywhere, but it is even better in certain restaurants, as

·      La Corte degli Dei

·      Terrazza Vittoria,

·      Bistro Vittoria,

just to name a few.

 

Capri and the Blue Grotto: explore the magic.

The Greek colonization of Capri and the entire Campania has its origins in legend. It was not a homogeneous process, moreover the eastern side of the Gulf of Naples, were linked to the cult of mermaids, as per Sorrento, like we have already seen.

 

In Roman times, however, its great exploits were thanks to Augustus and Tiberius. during the Middle Ages it returned to be part of the Neapolitan state and then fell back into Spanish dominion. only in 1800 was the situation re-stabilised until 2000 with the union of the island from Marina Grande and Marina Piccola, thus becoming the Capri we know today.

 

Capri is a must. It is the step you don’t want to miss after booking a vacation on the Amalfi coast. Is the pearl of the area, an island with timeless charm! To see it at its best, we are certain it requires a full day to explore every corner. You need to follow this little guide to be sure to capture all its beauty.

As established by surveys, the perfect period to visit it, avoiding all the crowd, is spring, when the weather is the perfect mix between hot and fresh, the queues are not excessively long and the landscape is freer to take amazing photos that will serve as a souvenir of an indescribable holiday.

 

To begin with, start with a tour of the island to enter the Blu Grotto, most famous of the island itself!

After landing, go have a tour of “La Piazzetta”, how the Italians call every square in their own time, it is also everyone’s meeting point, to grab a coffee, or play a game of cards or to have a little chat. Keep walking until you find Via Camerelle, an uphill road that leads to one of the best view in Capri, facing the Faraglioni, where you can take a breathtaking photo. Go ahead and reach the Arco Naturale for more pictures and to be enchanted by the beauty of nature, original and not modified or ruined by human hands.

 

After all this walking surely hanger strikes! Ravioli Capresi is the signature dish of the island, filled with caciotta and Parmesan cheese and marjoram. Don’t forget the Caprese cake, with flour, almonds, nuts a cocoa powder, simple delicious with a side of vanilla ice cream!

 

Beside the view, Capri has amazing gardens that precede the chairlift to arrive in Anacapri. Lastly visit Villa San Michele and the Casa Rossa. Keep in mind that there will be a lot of walking and a lot of stairs, it will make you enjoy the landscape even more once you arrive.

 

During your stay, ask to the peasants of each village, following the steps of this guide, to tell you their favorite place and the reason why. You will have than a new point of view to see the same place under different eyes!