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What is the Amalfi Coast?

I often get asked, "What is the Amalfi Coast?"

The answer I give is to refer people to this page of my blog; I tell them to watch a few of the videos and read the articles that are linked to further down the page. Oh, and have a look at the Amalfi Coast map here.

I warn them that once you've discovered the Amalfi Coast, there is no going back.

Okay, so what is the Amalfi Coast?  Well, it is a stretch of heartbreakingly beautiful coastline, stretching from Positano to Vietri sul Mare. 

Along the coast are soaring cliffs and the bluest seas you'll ever set eyes upon. Delightful little villages, filled with cottages painted orange, lemon, and peach, climb their way up hillsides, while surrounding the villages are picturesque olive groves, lemon orchards, and vineyards.

Where to Stay

There is a lot of choice; it all really comes down to your budget. A great and affordable option is the Liparlarti, while, higher up the budget scale, comes the dreamy Villa Treville.


Getting here is awe-inspiring, particularly if you arrive by boat.

You will usually sail into either Amalfi (as in the video above) or Positano.  Unless you are lucky enough to have your own boat, you will likely arrive on one of the well-priced ferries from Sorrento or Salerno.

When you consider the experience awaiting you, the ferry voyage has to be one of the world's greatest bargains. That view is truly priceless

In fact, there are only two ways to arrive here, by boat or by road. The road is something else—spectacular it is, but a little hair-raising too.

From the moment you set foot on this coast, you feel a little overwhelmed. The beauty of towns such as Amalfi, Positano and Ravello is astounding.

I can honestly say that I have never seen its equal in my entire lifetime of traveling.

You feel like you want to wrap it all up and take it with you through the rest of your life.  Actually, you do that anyway. The memories made here stay with you always.

What happens on the Amalfi Coast stays with you always, and you'll feel like you've left a little bit of yourself here forever.

Our Tip: If only the most beautiful, most moving, most life changing of destinations will do then the Amalfi Coast has to be top of your list. 

Amalfi Town piazza with oranges and the cathedral visible

Amalfi Coast Tours

Amalfi Coast FAQ

What is the best time to visit the Amalfi Coast?

The best time to visit is typically late spring or early fall, particularly May and September. During these months, you'll enjoy pleasant weather, warm temperatures, and vibrant colors without the crowds of June, July and August.

Is it easy to drive along the Amalfi Coast?

While the coastal road offers breathtaking views, it can be narrow, winding, and congested, especially during peak tourist season. Many visitors prefer to use public transportation or hire a driver to navigate the challenging roads.

How many days should I spend on the Amalfi Coast?

Ideally, you should plan to spend at least three to four days to fully experience the beauty and charm of the Amalfi Coast. This allows time for sightseeing, leisurely exploration, and relaxation.

Why is the Amalfi Coast so famous?

The Amalfi Coast is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty, characterized by dramatic cliffs, colorful villages cascading down hillsides, and crystal-clear waters. Its picturesque landscapes, charming towns, and rich history have made it a popular destination for travelers seeking romantic getaways, scenic views, and authentic Italian experiences. Additionally, its cultural significance, including its UNESCO World Heritage status, further contributes to its fame as one of the most stunning coastal regions in the world.

Is the Amalfi Coast really expensive?

Yes, the Amalfi Coast is often considered a luxury destination and can be relatively expensive compared to other regions in Italy. Costs for accommodations, dining, and activities tend to be higher, particularly during the peak tourist season. However, there are ways to manage expenses, such as visiting during the shoulder seasons, staying in smaller towns like Atrani or Minori instead of Positano, and opting for local eateries and markets over upscale restaurants. While it may require some budgeting, the unparalleled beauty and unforgettable experiences of the Amalfi Coast often make it well worth the investment.

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