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1st order of business; order a pizza Margherita every day....

HOW TO AMALFI COAST


 

Long story short- it’s worth the hype. All of it. 1000001%


And here’s the BEST WAY to do it.

You’re welcome, in advance.


1st order of business; order a pizza Margherita every day.

Then, have an apèrol spritz.

After, eat gelato.


Repeat daily.


Wonderful, now that we have the basics down, here’s the rest -


GETTING THERE

Best option: Once you get to Naples, hire a private driver from Naples to the Amalfi Coast fastest and easiest way

(side note: we stayed a night in Naples, left the following morning)

check your options here

1hour 20 minuets off season, 60-90 euros

(pick you up & drop you off at your desired location)

HIGHLY recommend taking the scenic route, it’s worth it.

A bit longer (2ish hours) but I guarantee you’ll be saying

wow wow wow

WOWOw wow,

all the way down.

And that’s how you get these views ....

PROTIP: Avoid renting a car, there’s absolutely NO SPACE to park and parking is $$$$

Instead, RENT A VESPA, you can easily zip through:

Positano – Praiano - Amalfi – Ravello – Minori



PROTIP: rent for multiple days, they'll offer you a discount



The roads are narrow though, so I’d advise experienced riders only ---

( I almost broke a toe.... )



Here’s where we got ours -

https://praianorentascooter.com/en/


we had our driver drop us off at our airbnb - then we walked to pick up our scooters





WHERE TO STAY

Now I asked my dad (who’s Italian) where to stay, and he went on this rant about

Le Sirenuse, and boy, did it sound SENSATIONAL !

Subsequently, I looked it up, 900 euros a night…….

https://sirenuse.it/en/


Don’t get me wrong, we were ready to treat ourselves for one night, however, all rooms were sold out.

Which to me translates to

“We will be back”


PROTIP: Regardless, Le Sirenuse is still worth visiting, a landmark of the coast, dating back 1951 - where the operation runs under three generations - Paolo, Franco, Aldo and Anne Sersale and if you're looking to dine (which you should) book in advance, tables go fast.

 

We found a good comprise, a stunning Airbnb in Praiano, ( one of the neighboring cities ) just15 minutes from Positano Beach.


Thus, I recommend staying in the outskirts of the main cities- there are tons of B&Bs, hotels, and Airbnb’s to choose from! All wonderful and with a Vespa you can easily move freely.

(15-30 minutes between destinations) * see map

Staying smackdab in the city center (Positano or Amalfi) can get a little crowded and that’s when it feels tourist-y.


WHERE TO EAT / DRINK

All along the coast you’ll find

mouth-watering spots.

Here are some of my top picks

(all linked below)


Positano

Covo Dei Saraceni

Beachside dinning with a great wine selection

Le Sirenuse

Just the ambience is worth experiencing

it's la crème de la crème as they say

Chez Black

where to go to "be seen" known for the mussels spaghetti & sea urchin



La Cambusa

great vibe, great food *PROTIP: order the gnocchi


Franco’s Bar

Breathtaking views, one-of-a-kind mocktails & cocktails ( attached next to Le Sirenuse )

 

Praiano

Che Bontà

Via Guglielmo Marconi, 2/A, 84010 Praiano SA, Italy

* I think I went here every day? Great prices, friendly staff, easy ambiance away from all that tourist-y things, suggested by a local!

 

Amalfi

Pasticceria Andrea Pansa

serving authentic sweet delicacies since 1830 !!!


WHAT TO SEE

Everything, seriously. Just start exploring, you can’t really get lost, as there’s one main road.

Positano Spiaggia

But here are my favorite spots ( yes, I went into google maps and starred all the

point of interests you should consider )

https://goo.gl/maps/qzP9BxP6mhchZ9ag7


1. Positano Spiaggia

you cannot get sick of the view --->


2. Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta

the infamous majolica-tiled dome


3. Music on the Rocks

If you’re in the mood to dance till 5AM…


4. Parrocchia San Luca Evangelista

Beautiful spot to catch the sunset behind Positano Beach


5. Fiordo di Furore

That Instagram spot with the arch ( super crowed hard to find parking on the street )


6. Sentiero dei Dei ( Walk of Gods )

This one goes out to all my hikers – if you’re looking for a dramatic view above the coastline, you’ll have to put in the work, 6 mile roundtrip hike


7. Grotta dello Smeraldo

A grotto, plenty of boat tours to get you there


8. Duomo di Amalfi

another stunning spot inside and outside the duomo


9. Ravello

Villas on villas with iconic views of the coastline


Ragazzi, that’s it.

The rest is for you to explore and experience on your own –

Don’t listen to what social media says,

make your trip unique to you. Excessive planning and itineraries can be overwhelming, consequently, my advice, be more flexible, have a rough draft but that's it!!!

Immerse yourself!

Since we were flexible, we kept extending our stay and taking our adventures day by day, modifying our plans as we go.


Italians will be happy to help you if you need any recommendations, tips, ect.

They’re always happy to welcome Americans? ( well at least that’s what they told me? heh)


OK, Ciao Buon Viaggo



XX

TMP @themodern_pilgrim