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Blue sea, green Mediterranean maquis and the hues of citrus fruits spreading out over terraced cultivations blend with the typical architecture to create one of the most harmonious landscapes in Italy.
Where to rest your head | All Things to do  
Hang Out at the Beach

The towns along the coast that are right on the water have beaches that are ideal for swimming – some are dedicated swim areas to keep people away from boat traffic. Most of these beachfront towns are also busy ports (especially during the high season), and if you’re so inclined you can take sailing lessons, hire a boat to go fishing, or just explore the area from the water instead of the land.

Go for a Hike

The narrow paths linking the five towns of the Cinque Terre may be more well-known, but there’s an excellent hiking trail in the Amalfi Coast region that has a way better name. It’s called the Path of the Gods.

The Path of the Gods trail is, as you can probably tell from the name, high in the cliffs overlooking the water, and it provides spectacular views of the coast. The trail begins in Bomerano and ends above Positano, and it’ll take you less than three hours to complete. It’s not a difficult hike, but the beginning and end do require climbing, so be prepared for that. Also note that it’s best to do this hike in the morning so you’re not staring into the sun the whole time, and it’s good to avoid hiking on Sundays when a local hiking club can crowd the trails.

Soak Up the Local History

Another day trip option is to get in the way-back machine and check out the local historic attractions. You can do a DIY tour to these places or, to make everything run more smoothly and relieve yourself of any logistical hassles, you can hire a local guide or book a tour.

The excavation sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Paestum make excellent day trips from the Amalfi Coast (you can do Pompeii and Herculaneum in one day, but it’s probably best to make Paestum a separate day trip unless you’ve got a private guide). You can even go into Naples and visit the city’s stunning Archaeology Museum (where most of the stuff they removed from Pompeii and Herculaneum is on display).

Check Out the Islands & Environs

Depending on where you’ve set up camp for your stay on the Amalfi Coast, the easiest way to stave off boredom is to explore the other towns along the water. Yes, there are similarities between them, but each one has an attraction or two worth checking out. There are pretty churches, small museums, boutique shops, and beautiful palazzos. Take the bus or a boat between towns, hopping off to wander aimlessly for a bit (or wander with purpose and some tips from the tourist information office) before moving to the next town.

There are several famous islands nearby, although two of them – Ischia and Procida – are more easily visited from Naples or Sorrento. Perhaps the most famous island, Capri, is an excellent day trip from the Amalfi Coast. Boats leave Amalfi and Positano regularly throughout the day during the high season (just make sure you know the schedule for the return trip so you’re not stranded on Capri overnight). During the off-season, you’ll have to take a bus to Sorrento and catch one of the more sturdy boats to Capri, since the smaller boats from Amalfi and Positano don’t run year-round.

Eat Lots of Local Goodies

One of the plentiful fish off the Amalfi Coast is the anchovy. Don’t shy away from this diminuitive fish based on the oily, briny things that come out of a tin. Anchovies here, often served baked or grilled, are fresh and delicious. Some of the other popular local seafood includes octopus, squid, mussels, and clams.

Other local specialties include those found throughout the Campania region, such as buffalo mozzarella and eggplant, and since the birthplace of pizza (Naples) isn’t far away you’ll find plenty of good Neapolitan pizza along the coast, too. Too full for dessert after a big meal ? No problem – sip a little glass of chilled limoncello, the sweet and syrupy lemon-infused liqueur made up and down the coast from the region’s ubiquitous lemons.

Best time to visit is from April to June, when this spectacular stretch of the Italian coastline is carpeted with exquisitely perfumed flowers and the sun is already warm enough to make swimming in the sea a pleasure.
Culture, Relaxation
Do visit the picturesque towns of Ravello and Positano which are only half an hour's bus ride away from Amalfi. They say there are 2000 bends on this coastline and a different view round every corner.
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