The Amalfi Coast is a 50-kilometer stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, in the Campania region. It’s a popular holiday destination, a UNESCO-listed landscape, with steep cliffs and a rugged shoreline dotted with small beaches and pastel-colored fishing villages, precariously perched between mountains and the sea. The coastal road between the port city of Salerno and clifftop Sorrento winds past grand villas, terraced vineyards and cliffside lemon groves.
A vertical landscape, characterised by a picturesque labyrinth of stairways and narrow alleys, connecting the two main elements of this landscape: the sea and the mountains. A continuous succession of bays and fjords, interspersed with pebbled beaches and rocks on which you can still see the ancient viceregal towers, the first bulwark of the local population against the Saracen attacks.
There are 13 towns spreading across this strip of land between mountains and the sea, kissed by the sun and declared by UNESCO “World Heritage Site”: Amalfi, Atrani, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Ravello, Scala, Tramonti, Vietri sul Mare.
A popular tourist destination, the Amalfi Coast receives large numbers of visitors. It has a Mediterranean climate that’s warm and dry in summer, June to September, and mild in winter, December to February. In the summer there is the Ravello Festival (Wagner Festival), that features classical music and dance in the cliffside village. In June and in November there are Catholic celebrations which include also the Festival of Sant’Andrea in Amalfi town. August as always is the most crowded period.
There are so many towns to see that I think the best way is to rent a car and just enjoy the entire coast and maybe finding my cottage by the sea 😉
See you one day Amalfi Coast!