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Amalfi Coast

 

One of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world is Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Nestled south of the busting seaport of Naples, the tiny towns composing the scenic coastline offer some of Italy’s most breathtaking views.

The Amalfi Coast stretches from the Sorrento Peninsular almost as far as the port of Salerno. The town of Amalfi is in the middle and at the northern end is the scenic town of Positano, with its hundreds of houses, restaurants and hotels built into and on the mountainside.

Compared to other tourist sites, the Amalfi Coast gives visitors a real taste of what life is like in Italy’s sun soaked south. While the coast is beautiful enough for a long weekend, it’s easy enough to see the best the Amalfi has to offer in one day.

One of the reasons is because of its many public transportation options that make it easy for even the most budget conscious tourist to enjoy the magnificent beauty.

The key to making a trip in the Amalfi successful is knowing a few details ahead of time.

From Naples a quick train ride to the quiet city of Sorrento is the perfect starting point for a trip along the coast. The transportation hub is known as a lunching off point for the Amalfi Coast, but the city has it’s own gems not to be missed.

Even though it may be tempting to make the drive yourself, the small cliffside roads are difficult for even the most experienced italian driver to maneuver. Be sure to sit on the right hand side of the bus on the hour-and-a-half journey from Sorrento to Amalfi for the best views of the coastline. Unlike Sorrento, which sits high above the water, all the shops and restaurants in Amalfi are within walking distance of the beach. With more great shopping, Amalfi is also the perfect place to take a stroll along the water. For those looking to get a different view of the coast a great way to get from Amalfi to Positano, or all the way back to Sorrento, is by ferry.

For around $8 tourists can take the 30-minute boat ride from Amalfi to Positano while enjoying the refreshing sea breeze and some magnificent views of these incredible cities into the coast.

Unlike its larger neighbors, the beauty of Positano’s rainbow colorade façade homes and shops have made it the most famous town along the Amalfi coast.

With similar stores and restaurants in both Salerno and Amalfi, what sets Positano apart from its neighborhoods is fashion.

From the classic Italian linen shirt, to crisp white frocks Positano is one of the lesser-known places for exquisite handmade clothing. While not cheap, all of Positano’s goods are locally made, some even before your eyes.

Each town offers its own distinct flavour and it is easy to see why this region of Italy has become such a tourist draw.

Amalfi - Atrani

Ravello Music Festival

Cetara

Amalfi and Sorrento coastlines

Lemons & Limoncello

Text from “24 hours on the Amalfi Coast”, FoxNews.com, July 17, 2012. Courtesy of Kacy Capobres.

Pictures from the web

Amalfi, The Cathedral

Positano