The Amalfi Coast is on many traveler’s bucket list. Amalfi Coast sightseeing is world renown for its unparalleled beauty. Big mountains jut out of the sea providing those on land big views. When traveling around the Amalfi Coast by boat the views back to land with its little towns set into the mountain are mesmerizing.
The Amalfi Coast is bookended by two gateways; the resort town of Sorrento perched above the Bay of Naples and Salerno, southern Italy’s tenth largest city.
Along the Amalfi Coast there are also lesser known fishing villages, beach coves, and little hamlets set along the hiking trails.
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Along the way the terraced mountainsides are full of citrus groves. The lemons and oranges are the most famous Sorrentine fruits. Their aromas waft through the air.
The famous sweet lemons of the Sorrentine peninsula are used in breads, cakes, gelato, and of course the famous limoncello. In fact, many folks enjoy eating them by the slice. They are not sour. The large size of the lemons and oranges is an often noticed novelty by travelers to the Amalfi Coast.
Along the way the terraced mountainsides are full of citrus groves. The lemons and oranges are the most famous Sorrentine fruits. Their aromas waft through the air. The famous sweet lemons of the Sorrentine peninsula are used in breads, cakes, gelato, and of course the famous limoncello. In fact, many folks enjoy eating them by the slice. They are not sour. The large size of the lemons and oranges is an often noticed novelty by travelers to the Amalfi Coast.
At sea level water sports and beaches are the main draw of this area. Some are rocky others with some sand. Some set in little coves. Summer tourists flock to the area to play in the sea. The beaches are typically Italian, clean and safe, with beds, umbrellas, and all kinds of beach game like soccer. This makes it a perfect destination for families traveling in Italy with children.
Besides the great scenery and water sports, you may explore the history and culture of the area. Day tours to the archaeological sights Pompeii, Paestum, and Herculaneum, cooking classes, hiking tours, and language classes are all available to travelers. Centuries of history, great summer activities, and all the pizza and pasta you can eat topped with tomatoes right off the slopes of fertile Mt Vesuvius – you will love eating “alla amalfitana” on your trip to the Amalfi Coast.
There are not many all inclusive resorts along the Amalfi Coast. Amalfi Coast resorts offer great service and lovely endless views. You may also find a residence or a nice tiny bed and breakfast to call home for your vacation.. But the Amafli Coast all inclusive resort is not a common accommodation option.
There are thirteen towns to wander, stroll, and explore along the way from the Gulf of Salerno to Naples. The main city closest to the Amalfi coast vacation areas is Salerno. A train from Rome to Salerno may be more convenient than Naples depending on where you stay. The thirteen municipalities belonging to its coast are:
- Vietri sul Mare, which is famous for its ceramics,
- Cetara a fishing town famous for its tuna and anchovies,
- Maiori and Minori, which are both nice towns with beaches and restaurants,
- Tramonti located between the mountain,
- Ravello perched high up and famous for its music festivals,
- Scala also perched high with lovely views,
- Atrani known for its cliffs and cays,
- Amalfi the capital of the maritime republic of Amalfi which was an important Mediterranean trading power from the 9th to 13th centuries and today is a nice lively town,
- Conca dei Marini, Furore, and Praiano small fishing villages and
- Positano considered the pearl of the coast with stunning views and a favorite for spot along the coastline.
Many families and tourists opt for a resort located in Sorrento. With the many
restaurants in Sorrento, and its proximity to Naples, Pompeii, Capri, as well as the Amalfi Coast, it is a convenient place to stay to access all the areas sightseeing highlights. Many Sorrento resorts have pools and great views of Mt Vesuvius, Bay of Naples and Capri.
Sorrento is reached by the circumvesuvia train from Naples. There is also high speed ferry to Naples and Amalfi from Sorrento, making it a central location for exploring the area.
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Italy Vacations that Include the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular destinations in Italy. Below are escorted Italy tour packages that include the Amalfi Coast as part of the southern Italy itinerary.