Because it is a beautiful example of the Mediterranean landscape as well as having "exceptional cultural and natural scenic values" the Amalfi Coast is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. And it is well deserving. A beautiful landscape with beautiful towns, the Amalfi Coast should be on the top of your list when visiting Italy. How to Get There? There are no airports or train stations on the Amalfi Coast. The closest airport is in Naples. If you want to take the train, there is a train station in both Sorrento and Salerno which are the two starting points for the Amalfi Coast. Another popular way to go to the Amalfi Coast is by cruise ship, many cruises have this as a destination. It is easy to get to this area by car by taking the A30 towards Salerno, exit Salerno, then the S.S. 163 "Amalfitana". Be aware that the roads on the Amalfi Coast can be quite trying with steep curves and switchbacks. Once you have made it to Salerno or Sorrento, you can either take a ferry or boat down the coast or a bus. Where to Stay While there are 15 communities and towns that are on the Amalfi Coast, the two popular places to stay are either Positano or Amalfi City. Positano is probably the most beautiful town on the coast with pastel houses littering the steep mountain side. There are steps and alleys that go down the mountain with little stores and cafes. There are many luxury hotels in Positano as well as Bed and Breakfasts, budget hotels and a hostel. I stayed at a hostel in Positano that was amazing. The second town to stay in is the city that gave the region its name, Amalfi. Amalfi is a little easier to get around as it is in a ravine instead of on a cliff like Positano and is a little larger so there are plenty of places to stay here as well. You will do well staying in either of these towns at any budget. What to See Positano, Amalfi and Ravello are the three places that you can not miss. Positano, which sits on the side of a cliff, has steep narrow roads, fortified walls, a series of watch towers and lots of narrow steps to walk up and down. The beautiful tiled dome of the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assuntais a center piece of the town. Make sure that you explore the little alleys that have colorful stores, have some limoncello and enjoy its beautiful beaches. Amalfi has a beautiful beach which lots of yachts and boats to look at, there are many squares that are connected together by pedestrian shopping streets. The main sight in town is the Cathedral, which was built in the 1200s and is a top of steep flight of stairs. Inside of the Cathedral is the relics of St. Andrew the apostle in its crypt and next to it is the Basilica of the Crucifix, dating from the 9th century. Ravello is a drive straight up the mountain from Amalfi. It has some of the most beautiful views. Ravello has a cathedral and a nice square with many shops selling mosaics and beautiful colored ceramics. A popular place to go is Villa Cimbrone gardens. The Villa is a top level luxury hotel but the historic gardens can be toured. The best thing to do is walk around the town. The views are amazing and some of the best gardens to be found. See The Amalfi Coast From the Water When going to the Amalfi Coast, it is important to see it from the water. It is the best way to see the striking beauty of the towns that litter the cliffs. In both Amalfi and Positano you can either take a ferry ride to the other towns or hire a boat. Just make sure that you do not get a zodiac. When we were there, we hired a boat to take us from Positano to Amalfi because we missed the ferry (my fault) and it ended up being on a high speed zodiac and I was terrified. If you have any other tips for going to the Amalfi Coast let me know. Have an amazing time!Where is it? The Amalfi Coast is on the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula. It is only about 25 miles long, but feels much longer when driving on the steep switchback roads. The road goes between the city Salerno and Sorrento and either city marks your entry into the Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast is only an hour from Naples and even closer to Pompeii so a great itinerary can be planned including the Amalfi Coast.
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