The Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth, and rightly so. With beautiful towns tumbling down clifftops, glittering blue seas and stunning craggy coastlines, Lonely Planet says it is deemed “an outstanding example of Mediterranean landscape” by Unesco, and I was so excited to be heading back there to explore during our week’s trip to Sorrento.
We booked a trip that would take us from Sorrento by boat to Positano, then by boat again to Amalfi and up to Ravello by coach, through our TUI rep at our hotel. I had visited Amalfi and Ravello whilst on a geography field trip during my GCSE year, and was seriously excited to go back and to show my mum too. I was even more excited to visit Positano which has been on my travel bucket list for some time, especially as we were arriving by boat which meant we would be able to see that iconic view of the colourful houses perched on clifftops as we arrived.
If you haven’t visited Positano yourself, you must have seen photos of this absolutely stunning seaside resort on Instagram, in travel magazines or even on television. It is simply breathtaking, and cruising up to this view on our ferry was probably one of my highlights of the trip. The buildings come in pink, peach and terracotta and with beautiful mountain views behind them, dusted with soft clouds, I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like it.
From the port, tiny alleyways wind their way up the hills and everywhere you turn there are examples of gorgeous architecture, with bright flowers clinging to the craggy walls. It is so beautiful and we really enjoyed walking along the streets and taking in the stunning sea views. We only had about an hour and a half in Positano, which gave us just enough time to walk around the town’s passageways and to take a look in some of the shops. We also arrived at about 10am which meant it wasn’t too busy, and we enjoyed taking our time whilst looking around. The beach area itself is beautiful and from there you can rent a sun lounger where you can sit down and take in the views. I would have to say that Positano is an absolute must-visit if you’re ever in the area — you won’t see anything quite like it!
Ravello really is a hidden gem. Situated up in the hills above Amalfi, this world heritage site is a dashing little village which offers a quiet retreat from the busier Positano and Amalfi. Think views of vineyards and mountain tops, beautiful buildings towering above you, and cobbled streets and alleyways that all lead to a central piazza, where there are gorgeous coffee shops and restaurants. We took a bus from the port in Amalfi to this beautiful little village.
We enjoyed wandering the streets, nosing in the pretty shops and grabbing a panini in the piazza. It is a really lovely place to sit and watch the world go by with a bite to eat, and there are lots of beautiful shaded gardens so it’s ideal for someone like me who needs a little respite from the sun every now and again. With such gorgeous views, it is no wonder that this place has been a popular destination for artists and musicians for centuries.
Ravello also has a rich history. With a beautiful cathedral and the stunning Villa Rufolo, which has stunning gardens providing a panoramic view of the coast, there is plenty to see and do. It is also known as the City of Music and every July and August the place is transformed into a stage, with theatre, opera and ballet shows taking place, as well as film screenings and exhibitions. We could see them beginning to set up for the Ravello Festival when we visited which was pretty cool, but for us our visit was all about taking a moment to simply enjoy our stunning surroundings.
Our day trip ended in the gorgeous town of Amalfi, which lies below the hills and has pretty little beaches with views of the beautiful turquoise water. The town itself is pretty small — you can walk from one side to the other in just 20 minutes — and is filled with pretty squares and powerful religious buildings. Interestingly though, there are little historic buildings left as they slid into the sea after an earthquake in the 1300s.
Possibly the most notable building is the medieval Roman Catholic Amalfi Cathedral in Piazza del Duomo, with its beautiful grand steps and exquisite architecture. I remember when I visited on my school trip years ago we saw someone getting married here and to me then, it was one of the most romantic things ever. The cathedral is dedicated to the Apostle St. Andrew, dates back to the 9th century, and you can pay a small entry fee to go inside.
We did a little walking tour of Amalfi and learned about the town itself and its rich history. The town also hosts a Paper Museum, which is situated in a cave-type paper mill dating back to the C13th (the oldest in Europe), as it has a long-established paper making industry. Paper production in Amalfi dates back to the 10th century, when the town was a thriving maritime power and there was a need for locals to learn from the Arabs how to make paper in order to document the transactions between merchants. For me though, I just loved the beautiful views of the sea and the beaches, which were dotted with brightly coloured umbrellas.
A trip along the Amalfi Coast is something you absolutely must do when visiting Southern Italy. It is one of the most outstandingly beautiful places I have ever been to. It’s just so traditional, so warming, and the people are incredibly friendly and proud of the stunning place they call home. I’d definitely recommend boat tripping along the coast too; it’s a great way to see the towns and villages as they perch on the clifftops, and it means avoiding the hairpin-bend roads from Sorrento!
Have you visited the Amalfi Coast? Would you like to go?
Lots of love. xoxo