Everyone has heard of the Amalfi Coast and its legendary beauty. Many say that once you've visited here you'll never be the same again... for evermore you'll long to return.
You've been warned!
I miss it like crazy whenever I'm away and I count the days until I can return. I smell jasmine or lemons and I feel like crying. Nothing brings those memories flooding back more than the scent of jasmine and of lemons – they seem to symbolize this, the most beautiful coast in all of Italy, for me.
Traditionally the Amalfi Coast runs along the coast from Positano to Amalfi (the town itself) and beyond to Salerno; however, I've also included couple of the awe-inspiring islands that lie off its shores.
One is famous throughout the world. You've probably guessed that I'm talking about the Isle of Capri with its famous Blue Grotto.
Another one lies north of Capri and this is Procida – a beautiful island of enchantment.
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a map of the area and scroll down to start exploring.
There are a handful of simply superb hotels and bed & breakfasts scattered right across the Amalfi Coast.
One of the loveliest is the Santa Caterina, a hotel that has to have about the finest location on earth, the first photo on this page was taken there.
Another fabulous option is the Villa TreVille, where the photo above was taken.
A fjord of warm sunshine leads to a beach. A medieval village climbs the hill behind. This enchanted cove is the top beach in the area and one of the loveliest of all Amalfi Coast destinations. Read about it here.
Small and quaint Praiano may be, but it will charm you with its vibrant colors and pretty-as-a-postcard views. Here's our guide to Praiano.
Probably the most famous of all the towns on this coast and the town the coast derives its name from. It really is something super special - click to discover its secrets.
Many of the photos most commonly associated with the Amalfi Coast are actually of Positano. Each house is a color from a rainbow and they are all jumbled about on their steep hillside above the sea.
Come here in spring and the profusion of flowers seems to color the very light red, mauve and blue. It is gorgeous in every way. Let's explore the town.
Hardly changed for centuries, this is the town that many visitors miss, but those who love the “real” Italy will find Atrani to be irresistible. This then is the secret gem of the Amalfi Coast.
Touching the clouds lies the nearest thing to heaven right here on earth. There are two sides to Ravello though: one isn't really for me the other I adore. It is the old fashioned Ravello that I love best. Read more about both sides of the Ravello coin here.
Simple pleasures in a town that reminds me of how this coast was when I was young, before all the tourists arrived. I can tell you that was a long time ago and we can't turn back the clock - the tourists are here to stay. Well, actually, you can turn back the clock: simply visit Cetara and discover the Amalfi Coast of yesteryear.
The rush of the Amalfi Coast and the hustle and bustle of tour groups has missed Minori completely. Even during the height of summer you can sit and sip your aperitivo in peace, beguiled by the slow and gentle rhythms of life lived properly. Ready to take life slowly? You are ready for Minori.
The perfect base. Far more affordable than any of the other towns. Easier to get to as well and with lots of public transport options (boats and buses) to visit the entire Amalfi Coast.
It isn't only the location and affordability of Salerno, not at all. Salerno is wonderful too - the perfect place to experience authentic southern Italian warmth and culture. Discover what so many miss.
Who hasn't heard of the Isle of Capri and the famous Blue Grotto. There's much more to the island than just an absolutely awesome cave though. Discover all there is to see here.
Pink and apricot cottages with fishing boats of every hue dotting an azure sea. This is such a special little island and, surprisingly, tourists haven't really discovered it yet. Here's what awaits you.
Arguably the most famous of all Italian walks and the most beautiful too. Put on your walking shoes and let's go...
This is one of my favorite walks and it is all downhill too. So, should you desire to experience the real Amalfi Coast, without thousands of other tourists around, then head out on this walk.