The Amalfi Coast and its sequence of towns from Sorrento to Vietri sul Mare, overlooking the sea, has been a tourist destination for travelers since ancient Roman times. More recently, everyone from Franco Zeffirelli to John Steinbeck have been a Costiera Amalfitana’s fan.
The Amalfi Coast today is still popular as it was in the past. Just think that in summer there is a visitor for every local: it is frequent to hear more English than Italian in the streets and the crowd is everywhere.
By the way, the area boasts the most fabulous stretch of coastline in Italy and surely one of the most spectacular in the world. The pastel, ceramic-tiled houses clinging to the rocks, the sweet taste of lemons and limoncello, meantime sweet and sour, the proximity to sites like the ancient towns of Pompeii and Paestum are not to be missed.
But how you can get the most out of the Amalfi Coast? Surely a good point to consider is where to stay while there, what town to make your homebase.
Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi town are of course the most famous places of the Coast: if you choose one of them you will play it safe. But think beyond this “big three” and you just might wind up having a cheaper holiday: we promise you won’t regret it.
A nice option is Vietri sul Mare. It is a lovely town, famous for its handmade ceramics, which it has produced since the 15th century; it has a Saracen tower and some Medieval churches, and a beautiful view of the sea.
The tiny Atrani is another town to be considered for a tranquil stay on the Amalfi Coast. It offers a relaxed atmosphere, with medieval churches, a soft beach and a fascinating square where the locals spend every night and from Atrani it is just a short walk from the famed neighbor Amalfi.
For another charming town, consider staying in Ravello. It might be not as cheap as the others, but it is absolutely breathtaking: it is the highest town on the Amalfi Coast (it is 300 meters above sea level) and yes, there, you can enjoy the best view of the Coast and surely one of the best of all your life. You can enjoy this spectacular view from Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone gardens, which were the favored escape of famous people like Virginia Woolf or Greta Garbo. Ravello is the right place for you even if you are a music lover: each summer, the hamlet hosts a music world-famous festival with a wide selection of artists.