I’ve recently been doing a lot of research into one of my favorite destinations - Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast. I first visited the region over a decade ago and instantly fell in love. The pristine blue-green waters pop next to the winding white cliffs so common along the coastline, and the area is bursting with gorgeous citrus trees - oranges, limes, and the lemons from which they make their world-famous limoncello (amongst other regional delicacies). It’s one of those magical places that relaxes you instantly upon just being there - you don’t have to do anything special to appreciate the natural beauty and calm way of life.
The region takes its name from the town of Amalfi - a small seaside port with a magnificent past that over time has become the symbol for the unique appeal of the area. In addition to the beautiful views and delicious fruit, the Amalfi Coast is just south of Naples and is close to historic sites like Pompeii and Vesuvius. There is also a robust regional tradition of winemaking, with tours that should not be missed by anyone who loves special varietals like Taurasi. Boating enthusiasts will enjoy the many power- and sail-boat tours of coastal treasures, including the famous island of Capri.
There is never a bad time to visit the Amalfi Coast, although tourism season tends to pick up in May (as the warm sunshine returns) and continues well into the fall, giving visitors plenty of time to experience the region at its best each year. Accommodations range from standard hotel rooms in the big cities to boutique resorts along the coastline, and there are a number of wonderful villas that are also available for travelers who want additional privacy. The region is small enough that with a car - or driver - you can use nearly any location as a great home base for leisurely exploration.
I’d like to share with you a “daydream” - a sample trip consisting of some of the great places and activities I’ve discovered in my research. This particular itinerary is geared towards a couple that wants to be guided through some of the unique experiences of each destination, but is still balanced with lots of time for unguided discovery.