What to see and do when visiting the Amalfi Coast...
There are few places in the world more naturally stunning than the Amalfi Coast. A breathtaking assault on the senses, it lures you in like a seductive siren from the moment that you arrive. Pastel houses cling precariously to the jagged cliffs, providing their occupants with spectacular views of the aquamarine waters below.
It's safe to say that those with vertigo (or the health and safety obsessed) are probably best giving this destination a miss, as steep cliffs with gasp-inducing drops are par for the course here.
And let's not even mention the roads. Locals have no qualms zipping around hair-pin bends at break-neck speed, happily passing on double yellow lines - even on blind corners. But hey, what's the good life if you can't live a little! From the smiles on everyone's faces, it would seem that any cares quickly dissipate after taking in the views and enjoying a slower pace of life.
What to Eat and Drink on the Amalfi Coast
Wherever you go, the food is fantastic. Meals here are a leisurely affair, with both visitors and locals whiling away the hours in restaurants and cafes, eating and drinking while taking in the sun.
Seafood is fresh and abundant here, which means you'll be able to find many restaurants along the beach serving the catch of the day, which is typically freshly grilled. After a delicious meal, enjoy an ice cold Limoncello (an Italian liqueur made from lemons), which feels remarkably refreshing - especially if you've indulged in a carb-laden meal!
Restaurant and Italian Cooking class in Salerno
If you're looking for a bit of food inspiration, visit Al Convento in the quaint village of Cetara in Salerno. This traditional Italian restaurant and pizzeria in the heart of the Amalfi Coast, is the perfect place to enjoy Italian fare with a Mediterranean twist.
If you fancy trying your hand at whipping up your own Italian delicacies, sign up for one of Al Convento's cookery courses, where you'll learn how to prepare a variety of traditional dishes like Mama used to make.
16 Piazza San Francesco
Cetara Salerno, 84010, Italy
Boating on the Amalfi Coast
A boat trip is a must during any visit to the Amalfi Coast. From the vantage point of the boat, you can see the Coast in all of its spectacular glory.
If you have a skipper's license, you can charter your own boat for a full or half day. For those who aren't as sea savvy, you can hire a boat complete with a skipper, from a variety of companies.
Positano Boats has a great selection of beautiful boats to choose from and will also provide you with a map, so that you can easily navigate your way along the Coast.
As each town along the Coast is as beautiful as the other, it's worth taking the time to stop off at a variety of destinations to see the charms of each area first-hand.
Top Tip: If you want a dining experience fit for Bond, dine at La Conca del Sogno. Accessible only by boat, this stunning restaurant is in a league of it's own. After all, it's all about location, location, location!
Shopping on the Amalfi Coast
If it's shopping you're after, Positano is the destination in the Amalfi Coast for seeking retail therapy.
For a truly bespoke experience, treat yourself to a pair of luxury handmade sandals at Safari. Located just above Positano's main beach, here you'll find a wealth of supple leather straps and decorative accessories to choose from for the creation of your sandals. At only 40-50 Euros per pair, it's a snip for how luxurious you'll feel. We guarantee you'll be looking for any excuse to show off your beautifully adorned feet!
Italian Ceramics in Positano - Ceramica Assunta
Italy is renowned for its ceramics. At Ceramica Assunta, you'll be spoilt for choice with the dizzying array of ceramics on offer.
I love the geometric-patterned ceramics, which feel both modern and sophisticated while maintaining a traditional charm. If you're worried about your luggage weight, there's no need, as they will happily provide international shipping to most destinations.
Accommodation on the Amalfi Coast
Accommodation on the Amalfi Coast is renowned for being eye-wateringly expensive, so ensure that you book early to save on costs.
You'll find a wealth of unique (and relatively reasonably priced) accommodations on the Costa Divina website.
For those who want to treat themselves and completely blow the budget, hire a private villa fromBorgo San Michele.
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