If you travel to Campania one of the first things that should come to mind is visiting the Amalfi Coast – Costiera Amalfitana. It’s often suggested to be the most beautiful coast in the world. I haven’t seen all the coasts in the world, I just know that this one is, indeed, very beautiful and very distinct.
In the last 2,5 – 3 years I’ve visited several parts of this particular coast. Most often the village Vietri Sul Mare (the start of the Amalfi Coast), because it’s only a couple of minutes by car from Davide’s family in Cava de’Tirreni. This is not the only important reason to visit Vietri. It has several. A wonderful view of the sea and the impressive coast line, cute streets with traditional shops that cell ceramics that are very typical for this place, and, most of all, Roberta’s bar Miramare. It has tasty, affordable and just really really good coffee, delicious ice cream and a beautiful view. Besides, Roberta speaks a sufficient amount of English (which is not too common in Italy) to help out tourists from abroad.
If you want to go for a swim, quickly stop at Cetara. It has a small beach that is mostly known by Italians of the region and not by tourists. This doesn’t mean it can’t be crowded at certain times of the day, but it’s at least not touristic.
An obvious choice would be to continue along the coastline, but you would miss out on one of the most precious gems to be found at la Costiera Amalfitana. Ravello. You have to go up into the hills (or mountains – let’s be honest, for us Dutch people they are mountains) to enjoy one of the most beautiful villages I’ve ever visited. The views of the Amalfi Coast are amazing, the flowers are unbelievable and then there is just so much to see. Don’t skip this one.
I also really enjoyed Amalfi. Especially it’s icy lemonades. Granted, they weren’t cheap, but they were tasty. Unfortunately, when we visited Amalfi the dome was closed (which is one of the main reasons to visit this city), but due to Covid-19 we were not allowed to enter (understandably). It means we have a reason to come back. I don’t mind.
There are many more places at the Amalfi Coast that you could and should visit. For example, Positano (I’m still dying to see it), but also Minori and Maiori. I haven’t really taken my time to get a better look at these places (I’ve only driven through them), but I’m sure they’re worth it as well.
From Italy with love,