The Campania region of Southern Italy is most known for its historic capital Napels and the Amalfi Coast, which generally is seen as one of Italy's most beautiful coastlines. Some call it one of the Mediterraneans most impressive coasts, or even go as far to say that it's one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Whatever your opinion might be, it's safe to say that while visiting Italy, the Amalfi Coast must be on your list.
“ For the people of Amalfi who will go to heaven,
judgment day will be a day like any other ”
But the beauty of Campania does not stop at Napels and the Amalfi Coast. Places like Sorrento, Salerno, Pompeii, Paestum and the Cilento Coast are all well worth a visit. Not only for its beauty, but also for the history that plays an important part in the identity of the entire region of Campania.
If you are traveling to Italy but have limited time to see the Amalfi Coast, be sure to check out these 5 amazing places:
This small traditional fisherman village is the 'first stop' after Vietri Sul Mare (the first village of the Amalfi Coast). Not many people get the chance to visit Cetara when traveling to the Amalfi Coast. Especially when traveling on a thight schedule the village of Cetare is often overlooked, which is a same because Cetara is a very charming place.
Walk down its little streets to reach the 'main street' with shops and restaurants (try some fresh fish!). Go down a little futher towards the beach of the village. Next to the beach you have Cetara's fishing harbour. Walk around the harbour to enjoy an amazing view of the village and the surrounding mountains.
Tramonti is one of 'the secrets of the Amalfi Coast'. It's unknown to the masses who normally stay closer to the shore, but Tramonti has some amazing villages that are hidden away in between the mountains. Unlike other places along the Amalfi Coast, Tramonti is not a tourist hotspot.
This makes it a perfect place for a peaceful stay, and it also means an opportunity to truly connect with 'the local lifestyle'.Visit a vineyard, or a traditional place where they make 'Limoncello'. Tramonti can be reached by public transportation easily from Maiori.
One of the Amalfi Coast's most popular places, and well deserved. Ravello truly is a magical place. A famous quote about Ravello is that it's “closer to the sky than the seashore”. Ravello is located high up a mountain overlooking the gulf of Salerno.
Villa Cimbrone is one of the spots you can visit when in Ravello, and probably is the most spectacular one.
The view from Villa Cimbrone might just be the most beautiful of the entire Amalfi Coast, so don't let the entrance fee hold you back from entering. In case you have some more time, check out the mountains around Ravello.
The scenery around Ravello is breathtaking, and is welcome change from the busy touristic route.
Sentiero degli Dei
Hiking might not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to the Amalfi Coast, but it definitely has some incredible hiking trails. From many of the view points of these diffferent trails the views are breathtaking, and well worth the effort.
The Sentiero degli Dei is also known as 'the Path of the Gods', a name that comes from the unbelievable views this path has to offer. The best way to do this hike is by going up to Agerola by public transportation. From here you can take the hiking trail to the end of 'Sentiero degli Dei'.
Positano probably is the most popular place of the entire Amalfi Coast. Who hasn't seen the incredible pictures of the houses beautifully build on top of each other against the mountain overlooking the gulf of Salerno? Many dream of spending a summer in this incredible mediteranian paradise.
Positano has a great beach where you can easily hang out for an entire day, with the amazing backdrop of the formentioned architectural landscape. From it's little harbour you can hop on a boat to visit places like Sorrento and Amalfi, or head out to the famous islands in the gulf of Naples.
My name is Lucia Sessa, I'm 37 years old. I'm a proud, educated and lisenced tour guide for the Campania region. I have a degree in Art & History, and an unconditional love for my work. It's truly an honor to share my knowledge about my region with people who like to learn more about it.