Perfectly warm summers, cerulean blue skies spread across the region, pink oleanders in full bloom, fjords letting in the turquoise waters of the Sorrentino Peninsula, your eternal search of nirvana ends right here at this Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. The best of Italy that is a combination of Roman history, art, food and culture, can be experienced right here in the coastal area of Amalfi.
With small, busy fishing towns, Amalfi coast villas, exotic beaches and the serenity of the hillside vineyards and orchids, Amalfi coast is a sight to behold. It is a busy tourist attraction that has been announced as a ‘World heritage site’. Amalfi coast attracts a lot of tourists all around the year, especially during the summer months, as there are quite a few small beaches overlooking the sparkling waters of the Sorrentino Peninsula that allow the tourists to soak up the warm sun. The coastal area neighbours many small fishing villages of which Atrani, Ravello, Pontone and many other such picturesque villages. The coastal site is so utterly fascinating, that it has been an inspiration for many legendary contemporary artists. Movies, Singers and even painters have paid tribute to this wonderland, in their works of arts.
Somewhere to Stay
If you plan to visit Amalfi coast in high season, which is summers, then it can be pretty hard to find accommodation, as local hotels and inns are brimming with tourists. Viewing the ever increasing turn out of tourists in Amalfi, the local government has transformed centuries old villas into hotels. However, some of these gorgeous Amalfi coast villas are still available to rent and come highly recommended for a more authentic experience.
A number of tourist attractions are present that make Amalfi coast the perfect annual retreat destination. Roman Catholic Churches are common all over Italy, but near Amalfi coast you will find churches that represent the true essence of Catholic place of worship. Major and busy towns near the coast have some of the most modest yet stunning churches.
Roman Catholic Churches are common all over Italy, but near Amalfi coast you will find churches that represent the true essence of Catholic place of worship. Major and busy towns near the coast have some of the most modest yet stunning churches.
Church of San Salvatore del Birecto in the town of Atrani
– Church of Saint John Bapist in Vietri sul Mare
– Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Positano
– Amalfi Cathedral in Amalfi Town
The Amalfi coast is home to some of the most striking museums and grand villas that are of great historical importance. Villas here had been built for the elite class dating back to the 11th century AD that have now been restored and opened for public usage. While the art and history museums in Amalfi and neighboring towns house ancient catholic relics some of which have been retrieved from the Vatican itself.
Recreational activities near the coast of Amalfi are limited, as the environment of the locality mainly provides for relaxation and thoughtfulness. But those who wish to experience leisure, a few recreational activities are available.
Fishing: As most villages line the coastal area, Fishing is quite a popular activity in the vicinity. The village of Atrani is settled on the hillside facing the sea, where fishing is a professional means of making a living, but even tourists like to try their hand at catching their own fish!
Hiking: Hiking is another interesting exercise here. Most hillsides here are lined with exquisite rows of lemon groves and vines. Tourists usually like to hike down the ‘path of the Gods’ or usually known as the ‘trail of the Gods’, having views that are bound to take your breath away!
Ferry Boats: The most amusing part of vacationing in Amalfi Coast is the ferry boat rides. These vibrant colored ferry boats stationed against the deep blue waters, appeal to the eyes. They usually fare between the villages of Salerno, Positano and Amalfi.
The delicacies offered to the tourists by the land of Amalfi are fresh and palatable. Apart from the national dish of Italy, that is pizza, Amalfi coast offers freshly caught anchovies that make up most of the dishes served at the table. Anchovy sauce and tuna are fairly popular as well.
When to Plan a Visit
Best time to visit Amalfi coast is between the onsets of spring to the end of summers. A number of concerts and carnivals are also arranged for the pleasure of tourists. Avoid winters as the season at that time of the year is usually drizzly.