The Amalfi Coast is one of the most colorful places on earth and certainly one of the most memorable, with a mesmerizing variety of
landscapes, beloved history, and local flair. Top tourist destinations around the world are usually synonymous with one or two main symbols, such as Paris’ Eiffel Tower, or London’s Big Ben – but the Amalfi Coast is practically explosive with indispensable icons and hidden gems just waiting for discovery and enjoyment. It’s quite a challenge to narrow this place down just to a few main components, since diversity is precisely what sets it apart.

 

Amalfi Coast

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Travel tips when you go at Amalfi Coast 

The best way to begin is to plan plenty of time for seeing both simple and sophisticated examples of the pride of the Amalfi Coast, and a general rule of thumb is to skip the hotels, B&Bs, and other mainstream modes of housing – these can cost you a fortune when all is said and done, not to mention the limitations of space and booking. It’s far more enjoyable – and more authentic – to opt for Amalfi Coast rentals, an apartment or villa perfectly suited to your particular needs, tastes, budget, and calendar. There are lots of ways to go about doing this – more information can be found online and keep in mind that many places are also “hosted” by local families so keep your eyes open for those as well.

 

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With keys in hand and your home address now somewhere along the Amalfi Coast, you’re ready for a real taste of the what, where, why and who of a region eternally adored for its charm and culture. A good place to get your feet wet is of course Naples, or “Napoli” to the locals, a city overflowing with past, present and future passion. The colors start beneath your feet and wind up along the sides of streets – buildings are painted nearly every color of the rainbow, but in deeper shades (like red and orange) than the pastel-hued homes further down the coast. Naples is the place to sample world-famous Neapolitan pizza, visit treasure-troves like the National Museum of Archeology, and plan the connection points to other must-sees around the Amalfi Coast. In Naples you can catch connections by boat, train or bus, depending on where you want to go… as you venture out to Sorrento and local islands, don’t forget to check out Mt Vesuvius, the volcanic culprit behind the destruction of the historical city of Pompeii.

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By Storeye (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Storeye (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

One of the best aspects of visiting this area is that you can pretty much do it any way you want: by theme, by time-frame, by the seat of your pants – it’s entirely up to you and you are entirely guaranteed an unforgettable experience, regardless of how you begin. Follow the trail of food or the testimony of history, seek out local arts and crafts, chat with locals over a hearty espresso… but most of all, don’t get into a hurry, or you’ll miss the things that make this place what it is, the tiny treasures, little details, and magical moments that can only come from joining Italians in their national pastime of “la dolce far niente” – which, roughly translated, means “the art of doing nothing.” Do yourself a favor and do nothing while doing it all: don’t miss the town of Amalfi and its paper mills; check out sherbet-painted villages hanging over the cliffs at Positano; revel in the ethereal beauty of Ravello’s gardens and villas; relax on the beaches of Capri and Ischia… and give yourself permission to come back, again and again, to your home away from home, in Italy’s Amalfi Coast.

By Veselina Dzhingarova