The Amalfi Coast is a 34-mile-long region in Campania, Italy. The area is dotted with 500-foot-tall cliffs and 100 beaches, as well as 13 adorable seaside towns, including the colorful Positano.
The town of Amalfi, located 10 miles east of Positano, is Italy's oldest maritime republic. The town features more historical attractions, including the Amalfi Duomo and Museo Della Carta, but also features plenty of beaches too, including Marina Grande, one of Amalfi's biggest.
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The views from the Infinity Terrace were a major highlight for recent visitors of the Villa Cimbrone Gardens. Some said those with a fear of heights, however, might not want to get too close.
July to August is peak season in the Amalfi Coast. Because of the small size of the coast's towns, streets and roadways, crowds can quickly become overwhelming. As such, it's highly recommended to visit during the spring or fall.
The Amalfi Coast is home to 100 beaches, but don't expect your typical shorelines. Due to the geography of the coast, beaches are small and composed of pebbles, so bring comfy footwear.
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The picture-perfect Furore Fiordo garners praise from travelers for its beauty. If you're visiting in the summer months, you may want to pick this stretch of sand to beat the heat. Due to its location, the sun only ever hits the beach in the morning, creating a cool hideaway in the afternoon.
The Villa Cimbrone Gardens are the most important example of English landscape and botany culture in the South of Europe, housing both rare species and centuries-old plants. A word of warning though: Some visitors found the gardens to be a bit lackluster outside of peak season blooming (spring).
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The only way to get to Amalfi on land is via the SS163 Highway, otherwise known as the Amalfi Drive. The highway is considered one of the most scenic drives in the world, but travelers who aren't comfortable with heights or curving roads should not attempt this.
The Amalfi Coast is brimming with amazing trails and pathways just itching to be traversed. A traveler favorite is Path of the Gods, which takes hikers right along the edges of the famous coastal cliffs.
Marina Grande beach in Positano and in Amalfi are both the biggest and most popular beaches to visit in the Amalfi Coast, but you'd be missing out on a quintessential part of the Amalfi experience if you didn't seek out the smaller, more secluded beaches. Not only are they less crowded, but typically tucked between two cliffs, more scenic.
The Amalfi Coast is a shopper's paradise. Visitors can find unique Italian beach fashions, including the much sought after made-to-measure Amalfi leather sandals.
Positano's ocean views get the most love from visitors, but village's streets are just as photo-worthy. Expect plenty of quaint stone alleyways and scenic stairways leading to trattorias and chic boutiques.
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Along with Amalfi made-to-measure sandals, Vietri Ceramics are an Amalfi item you must bring back home with you. These beautiful ceramic works can be found all over Amalfi but are produced in the town of Vietri Sul Mare, located at the end of the coast near Salerno.
The Amalfi Coast is beautiful no matter which way you look at it, but the best way to take in the region is on the water. Private boat rentals and even most tours can be pricey, so consider using a ferry. Rides range from 11 to 18 euros (about $12 to $20), depending on the destination.
One of the biggest standouts of the Amalfi Coast is the colorful architecture that make up so many of its towns. Positano (pictured above) is by far the most colorful.
Of all the flavors to sample in the Amalfi Coast, it should be lemons. Lemons grow in abundance all over town and in the countryside, and are incorporated into many Italian dishes. Get your hands on some limoncello (lemon liqueur), Amalfi cookies (made with a lemon icing) or delizie al limone, a lemon sponge cake.
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Seafood lovers cannot leave the coast without sampling one of its signature dishes: scialatielli ai frutti di mare. The pasta is accompanied with fish galore, some of which include shrimp, redfish, blue fish, sea urchins and octopus.
Amalfi during the day is heavenly, but a walk around one of the towns at night is downright enchanting, especially if you're traveling with your significant other.
The Amalfi Coast was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site for being an "outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape."
Of all the Amalfi towns, Positano caters most to tourists, having the most hotels of any in the region and acting as a central departure point for boat tours. And with its pastel-colored architecture, popular beaches and chic shopping, it's as quintessentially Amalfi as you can get.