The glorious Amalfi Coast is world famous for… well, it’s coastline. Azure seas, crystal clear waters, golden sand, views that will take your breath away – there’s not much more you could ask for in a holiday destination. So, we’ve curated a handy list of the top things to do in and around Naples and along the Amalfi Coast. Enjoy.
1. Spend the day at the beach
This stretch of coastline is characterised by small sandy beaches cut into the rocky cliffs as well as small pebbled coves. You won’t find long stretches of pure white sand here but that doesn’t mean the Amalfi Coast can’t deliver some of the best beach holidays in Italy! Some of our favourite beaches include that at Castiglione di Ravello, Gavitella in Vettica Maggiore, Tuoro Vecchio near Cetara and the Tordigliano beach near Positano which is one of the coastline’s largest. We also love the Marina Grande beaches in Positano and Amalfi as well as the sandy beach at Vietri sul Mare and the beaches of Maiori – Cavallo Morto and Cala Bellavaia.
2. Enjoy dinner in the birthplace of pizza
Naples has a city with a mixed reputation but it’s a fascinating city where life is lived on the streets and where holidaymakers can get a real sense of the Italian way of life. Naples is also the birthplace of pizza. To taste some of the best pizza in the world, head to the Via Tribunali. Some of the other sights worth seeing in the city include the Chiostri di Santa Chiara, the Via san Gregorio Armeno (the city’s most famous alley and where you can’t fail to find a suitable souvenir of your visit) and the Piazza del Plebiscito in the centre of the city. It’s a tradition in this square to stand with your back to the Palazzo Reale, close your eyes and try and walk between the 2 bronze horses, something that’s not as easy as it sounds! Also worth a trip is the Fontanelle cemetery. Whilst a trip to visit the dead isn’t perhaps at the top of most people’s bucket list trips, it’s a fascinating and spiritual place. The city is also home to a number of excellent museums including the National Archaeological museum which houses many of the artefacts dug up at Pompeii and Herculaneum.
3. Taste the pasta and pastries in Minori
Whilst Naples may be the birthplace of pizza, it’s not the only place on this stretch of coastline to have a rich gastronomic heritage. Sitting just over an hour from Naples is Minori. Affectionately known as ‘the town of good taste’ or ‘city of flavour’, Minori was the centre of pasta and pastry production during the Bourban era and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Try and time your visit to coincide with Gusta Minori, the town’s annual food festival when the streets are filled with pasta and other food stalls and music fills the air. Make sure you try the ricotta dumplings and scialatielli (fresh pasta ribbons).
4. Visit Pompeii
Of course, no visit to this area would be complete without a visit to Pompeii itself. A UNESCO world heritage site, Pompeii attracts around 2.5 million visitors annually, making it one of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions. Now a vast archaeological site, Pompeii was buried under 4 to 6 metres of volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79. The ash preserved much of what it covered though allowing modern visitors to enjoy a unique snapshot of Roman life. It takes a day to do justice to everything there is to see and do. The most famous attractions within the site include the House of the Faun, (the largest house in Pompeii and home to a number of mosaics), the Temple of Apollo, the amphitheatre, the Temple of Jupiter, the brothel (Lupanar) and the House of the Vettii. But there are a whole host of other attractions to see on the site.
5. Visit Herculaneum
Pompeii isn’t the only site preserved following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Herculaneum may be overshadowed by its neighbour but it was covered by 16 metres of ash and mud which meant that even two-storey homes have been preserved intact giving a unique insight into the daily life of its Roman occupants. The site is much smaller than Pompeii but it will still take 2-3 hours to see the most important ruins and another 1-2 hours to view it in its entirety.
6. Spend a day at the theme park
For a completely different day out, sitting to the West of Naples is Edenlandia, a park measuring over 40,000 square metres. Divided into seven different themed areas including China Town, the Wild West and Medieval area, the park has plenty of rides, games and shows to keep children entertained.
7. Spend a day at a water park
Whilst many will choose to head to the beach, others may prefer to spend a day at the water park. Valle dell’Orso sits at the foot of Mount Vesuvius in between Naples and Pompeii. It is a water park with numerous swimming pools including a wave pool and relaxing lagoon as well as plenty of slides. For those that prefer to keep their feet dry, there is also a tree-top adventure park here where adults and children over a certain height can climb, walk and swing their way through a pine forest assault course.
8. Climb Mount Vesuvius
One of the region’s most famous attractions is its volcano. Mount Vesuvius is still an active volcano which, at the time of writing, measures 1281 metres tall. It is also home to an incredible variety of flora and fauna. There are a number of transport options to reach the summit, but whichever you choose, you will have to climb the very last bit yourself. There are 2 parking areas on the volcano. Cars will only be allowed to use the lower one so if you want to get a bit of a head start on the climb, take the bus so that your starting point is the upper car park. The complete trail is 2.1 miles and is accessible all year round. But, we recommend that you do arrive prepared for all weathers. Wear layers as it can be very cold and windy at the summit, even in the Summer months and make sure you have suitable footwear and wear plenty of sunscreen – there is very little shade on the hike. But, the views from the top are certainly worth it!
9. Learn about Amalfi’s history of paper production
Dating back to Medieval times, there used to be a paper industry in Amalfi. At this time, the Republic of Amalfi was a great trading nation, trading through the Mediterranean and as far afield as Byzantium. This brought the Amalfitans in contact with paper making and, recognising how lucrative this could be, they set up their own paper production, taking advantage of the Canneto River. The tradition continues today. The Amatruda Paper mill may be the only mill still operating in Amalfi but it produces high quality paper used for wedding invitations and special documents, similar to that made centuries ago. Learn more about the history and paper making techniques at the Museo della Carta (Paper Museum) in Amalfi itself. There is plenty more to be seen in Amalfi whilst you are there, not least the central piazza del Duomo home to the Arab-Norman Cathedral of St Andrew with its beautiful façade.
10. Head to the Ferriere waterfalls
Walk along the scenic pathway that leads from the Museo della Carta in Amalfi to Pontone and you’ll be making your way through the Valle della Ferriere. It’s a chance to absorb more of the history of the paper making industry in this area since the walk passes by derelict paper mills but the scenery changes rapidly and it’s not long before you will come to a series of small waterfalls and then a larger waterfall around 150 metres high. The vegetation is almost jungle-like and the scenery is truly awe-inspiring.
11. Hike in the Campi Flegrei
Otherwise known as the ‘fiery fields’, the Campi Flegrei is a vast area, dotted with volcanic craters. It is also home to two protected parks – the Astroni crater and the island of Vivara.
12. Take a walk along the lemon paths
When you think of the Amalfi Coast, it’s hard not to conjure up images of lemons. Lemons have grown on the slopes and terraces of this region since Medieval times. The lemons here are really special too and unlike anything you will have encountered before. You’ll notice how large they are for a start! But they also have a thick skin that can also be eaten with the rest of the fruit. And, of course, the lemons are also used to make the famous liquor of the region – limoncello. Holidaymakers can find the lemon terraces – limoneti – on a two hour walk between Minori and Maiori. Signs from each village clearly mark the start of the paths.
13. Enjoy a limoncello tasting experience
If you want to learn more about the famous drink of the region – limoncello – then it’s worth enjoying a tasting or even booking a longer more immersive experience. There are a number of farms where you can enjoy the opportunity to tour the lemon groves, learn about how the liqueur is made and, of course, to sample this sweet drink. Take a look at With Locals, Get Your Guide and Viator for some options.
14. Learn how to make mozzarella
For keen foodies, there are plenty of opportunities to also learn how some of Italy’s most famous foodstuffs are produced too. One example would be to enjoy a trip to the Michelangelo dairy factory just outside Sorrento. Here, visitors can experience first hand a demonstration of how mozzarella cheese is made and can enjoy a tasting of all the cheeses made on site including mozzarella, caciocavallo, provolone del monaco and caciotta. Please note that advance reservations are essential if you wish to visit the factory.
15. Hike along the Path of the Gods
Another walk well worth undertaking if you’re up for a challenge is the 11 km Path of the Gods (Sentiero degli Dei). This leads along the top of the Lattari mountains, starting from Praiano. Be warned though – it’s a demanding trail. Right at the beginning, there is a challenging staircase leading from the village centre to the beginning of the actual trail but if you’re physically capable, the rewards are worth it. The route crosses natural gorges and terraces plunging into the valleys and offers the most wonderful extraordinary views.
16. Go for a drive
There can be few more spectacular drives than the 50 km stretch of coastline along the Southern edge of the Sorrentine peninsular. A visit to the area would not be complete without a drive along this road, complete with cliffside drops, hairpin bends and the tightest corners you will have ever come across! It’s not a drive for the feint hearted though! Unless you are incredibly confident behind the wheel, look to hire a driver so that you can enjoy the views without the fear of navigating all the twists and turns.
17. Ride the railway
If you don’t fancy sitting behind the wheel, then there are other options open to you. This area definitely doesn’t conjure up visions of trips on board a train, but this region does boast its own trainline – La Circumvesuviana. On a practical level, it’s a great way to get from A to B, but, more importantly, the journey will take you through some spectacular scenery which you can just sit back and enjoy. Take the train from Naples to Sorrento and make sure you get a window seat!
18. Explore the gardens of Ravello
Set 350 metres above sea level, Ravello is a peaceful town filled with beautiful churches, grand palaces and incredible gardens. Of particular note are the gardens at Villa Cimbrone where you can enjoyed the most incredible views of the sea, and the terraced gardens of Villa Rufolo which are a riot of vivid colours and which also plays host to the Ravello festival each year.
19. Enjoy the hustle and bustle in Sorrento
You’ll find Sorrento full of tourists but If you’re looking for souvenirs, then this is the place to come! It’s also a town famous for its limoncello production. Also worth exploring are the towns two fishing ports, 11th century cathedral and museums.
20. Take a helicopter flight
For a different way to explore this incredible landscape, enjoy an unforgettable aerial view of the Amalfi Coast, Mount Vesuvius or Pompeii via a helicopter tour. Check out some of the options available via Viator.
21. Go parasailing
If the budget doesn’t quite stretch to a helicopter tour or if you’re a nervous flyer, then another way of taking to the skies is to enjoy a parasailing trip. You have the option of a solo, tandem or triple flight allowing you to soar above the Bay of Naples and enjoy the incredible 360 degree views.
22. Watch the cliff diving
Head to the Firodo di Furore in July to watch the incredible spectacle of the international cliff diving competition. The event takes place on a bridge that runs across the top of the gorge, 28 metres above the sea. You’ll find that the spectacular dives, with their twists and turns, will truly take your breath away. Furore itself is worth a visit whatever time of year. It is fondly known as the ‘painted village’ because of its rows of coloured houses which contrast with the cobalt blue waters of the fjord below.
23. Take a boat trip to the Grotto della Smeraldo
The Grotto della Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto) is so named because of the incredible emerald colour of the water created by the refracted sunlight that enters the cave. The inside of the cave is also filled with stalactites and stalagmites but your guide will also be keen to point out the underwater nativity scene. Head there during the festive season and you will find divers heading under water to pay a visit to the manger and figures below. The only way to reach the grotto is by boat. Boats typically hold around 20 passengers. Try and head to the grotto in the early afternoon when the colours tend to be most vibrant. To book a tour in advance, take a look at Get Your Guide.
24. Explore the Blue Grotto
The Emerald Grotto is not the only grotto in this area. Also worth a visit is the Blue Grotto, a sea cave on the island of Capri where sunlight passes through an underwater cavity and shines on the water to create a brilliant blue reflection that illuminates the cavern. The cave measures 60 metres long and 25 metres wide, but the cave mouth is only 2 metres wide so visitors can only enter via small rowing boats which each hold a maximum of four passengers. Do be prepared for a fairly long wait before it’s your turn to enter.
25. Stroll amongst the pastel coloured houses of Positano
To really enjoy Positano at its best, you should approach the town by boat. At sea, you will be able to get the full effect of the beautiful pastel coloured buildings cut into the cliffs and which lead down to the beach at the shoreline. Pink, peach and pale orange houses cling to the rocks whilst brightly coloured bougainvillea and wisteria cover the walls. It’s easy to spend the day here, exploring Positano’s streets and shopping for handmade sandals and ceramics in between stopping at one of its many cafes or bars for a drink and a bite to eat. Walk up to the highest part of the town to enjoy the wonderful views (or catch the bus to the top instead) and make your way all the way down to the beaches at the bottom. You’ll need to pay to access the Grande beach but there are public beaches available or, walk a bit further along and you will reach Fornillo which tends to be quieter.
26. Enjoy a cookery class!
A great option if you’re opting for self-catering in the Amalfi Coast is to hire your own personal chef for the night. If this is something you’d like to explore further, we would be happy to recommend the services of a chef who can come to your home and cook up a delicious authentic Italian meal for you whilst you sit back and relax. Alternatively, we can organise for a chef to come and run a cookery class for you. Or, take a look at options at Get Your Guide.
27. Take a boat trip to Capri
Capri is, without doubt, the most famous of the islands that sit in the Bay of Naples. Head 3 km from the island’s main harbour – Marina Grande – to reach Capri town itself and then head onto Anacapri to experience a slightly more laid back feel. You also mustn’t miss the opportunity to take a ride in the single seat chair lift to Monte Solaro. In peak season, the island is mobbed with holidaymakers so, if you can, try and spend the night on the island so that you can enjoy the tranquillity of the island at evening time once the day trippers have left.
28. Explore the set of ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’
Capri is only one of the Bay of Naples’ three main islands, the other two being Ischia and Procida. The latter is a charming island characterised by colourful houses and pretty cobblestone streets. It’s the smallest of the Bay of Naples’ islands and tends to be off the radar of many tourists meaning you’ll find it quieter and more peaceful than the mainland or its busier island neighbours such as Capri. The charming village of Corricella on the island was also the backdrop for many of the scenes in ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’.
29. Enjoy a passeggiata in the smaller towns and villages of the Amalfi Coast
As well as some of the larger towns and cities on this stretch of coastline, there are a number of smaller villages worth exploring, many of which are among the ‘borghi piu belli d’Italia’ (the most beautiful villages in Italy). These include Atrani, Albori, Conca dei Marini, Casetllabate and Furore but there are plenty more in Campania in which it’s worth enjoying a passeggiata.
30. Wallow in the thermal spas of Ischia
The volcanic island of Ischia, dominated by its highest peak – Monte Epomeo – sits in the Bay of Naples and is renowned for its thermal spas, beautiful gardens and Aragonese castle. It’s worth the effort to climb to the top of the volcanic peak of Monte Epomeo (788 metres high) as the views from the top are superb. And then you can also relax in one of the island’s hot springs or themal parks. The hot springs are natural phenomena allowing visitors to bathe in naturally hot waters. Some of the best include the Sorgeto hot springs where you have the chance to bathe in rock pools filled with warm and hot water, created by Ischia’s underground volcanic activity, the Nitrodi natural springs where the water is supposed to have wonderful healing properties, the Cavascura natural springs which are a series of caves and grottoes used since Roman times where you can bathe in the waters, and the Fumaroles of Sant’ Angelo whose vapours are used to treat complaints such as rheumatism but also where you will find locals making the most of the incredibly high temperatures on the sand to cook their food. If you’re on Ischia at the end of July, don’t miss the chance to be part of the spectacle on the Feast Day of St Anne when there is a procession of boats in Ischia Ponte followed by a fireworks festival.
31. Go skydiving
For the real adrenalin junkies amongst you, there are companies that offer tandem skydiving in this region. Falling from a height of 4500 metres, you will experience ‘free fall’ for about 60 seconds before releasing your parachute, all the time enjoying incredible views of Cilento and Mount Vesuvius, of Capri, Procida and Ischia, along the Amalfi Coast and over the Gulf of Naples.
32. Enjoy a zipline experience
Thanks to Zipline Italia, visitors to the Amalfi Coast can now enjoy a zipline experience installed in the gorge between Furore and Conca dei Marini. Nicknamed the ‘Angel’s Flight’ there is the option to head down either during the day or at sunset either solo or in tandem. The flight is 650 metres long and lasts approximately 1 minute.
33. Enjoy some gelato
No trip to Italy would be complete without making the most of the opportunity to enjoy daily trips to gelateria. If you want to learn even more about this delicious frozen dessert, then why not enjoy a lesson in making both gelato and granita at the Old Taverna Sorrentina cookery school in Sorrento.
34. Take part in one of the many festas
Just as you will find elsewhere in Italy, the Amalfi Coast is no stranger to a festa! With events taking place throughout the year, kicking off with Capodanno and Epiphany in January and culminating with events in December that include the Festa of Santa Lucia, (a 3 day festival celebrated with plenty of wine, fire and sausages) as well as the live nativity scenes in the run up to Christmas. A couple of our favourites during the year include the bare footed spectacle that takes place on Easter Monday at the foot of Mount Vesuvius (the Procession of the Mysteries), the Festa della Madonna del Carmine, the Festa di Sant’Anna and the Festa di San Gennaro. Not forgetting, of course, Pizzafest, a celebration of the Neapolitan pizza held every September in Fuorigrotta.
35. Enjoy the music on offer
The Amalfi Coast and Naples plays host to a wealth of music events throughout the year, catering for all musical tastes. Some of the most noteworthy include the Concerti al Tramonto, (a series of classical concerts held at sunset between June and September each year in Anacapri) and the Ravello festival (a series of classical concerts held between July and November each year and which has an impressive line-up each year).
36. Witness an ancient boat race
Held every 4 years on the first Sunday in June, the Regata Storica delle Quattro Repubbliche Marinare is an ancient boat race. To be held again in 2020, the event sees Venice, Amalfi, Genoa and Pisa competing in a rowing palio but not before each republic has delivered plenty of pomp and ceremony to demonstrate their illustrious history.
37. Head underwater
There is plenty to see under water as well as on land in this part of Italy, and a number of companies offer diving experiences. These include Nettuno Diving, which offers PADI courses for beginners as well as options for experienced divers including night dives, underwater photography courses and wreck dives. There are even opportunities for little ones with ‘Bubblemaker’ courses for children as young as eight years old. There are plenty of other diving companies along this stretch of coastline though. Some others include The Boa Charter and Diving Centre in Praiano, the Punta Campanella diving centre in Sorrento and the Centro Sun Costiera Amalfitana but there are plenty of other options available.
38. Head underground
As well as heading underwater, why not head underground to explore the tunnels that lie beneath Naples’ streets. Hour long tours are conducted in several languages and will take you down 136 steps so that you are 40 metres below ground to explore tunnels that date back to Ancient Greek times. Visitors will get to see ancient cisterns, WW2 air raid shelters and even underground gardens.
39. Visit the boat show
The Nautica Sud is Mezzogiorno’s biggest boat show, held every March at the Mostra d’Oltremare. For any boat fan, it’s a great event.
40. Enjoy a wine tasting experience
Whilst Campania may not be as famous for its wine production as Tuscany or Piedmont, the region does produce high quality red and white wines. Red grape varieties include Aglianico and Piedirosso whilst the whites include Coda di Volpe, Falanghina and Fiano. To try these for yourself and to learn more about the wine production in the area, enjoy a wine tasting experience or visit one of the wineries. Viator have a number of organised wine tasting tours and tasting experiences to choose from but you can also head to one of the many excellent wineries and vineyards. Get in touch if you’d like some recommendations.
41. Go rock climbing
There are a number of places to rock climb around the Amalfi Coast, including some stunning sea cliff rock climbing where some routes even lead straight from the beach. Most of these are concentrated around Positano and Montepertuso where there are 7 main crags. The majority of the climbing routes in the area are single pitch sports routes but there are also a handful of multi pitch routes too and a good mix of grades. If you are more of a novice and just want to get a feel for climbing, then there is also an indoor climbing centre in Naples. A good website for more information about climbing options is www.direzioneverticale.it/.
42. Play a round of golf
Whilst there isn’t a great deal of golf on offer in the Campania region, for those that do enjoy the sport, there are a few good courses to choose from. These include the Mirabella Golf Club in Avellino, a 90-minute drive from most of the famous towns and villages along the Amalfi Coast. Alternatively, there is a 9-hole course and chipping green at Salerno as well as the Golf Club Volturno just North of Naples. The latter is probably the best option for serious golfers. It’s an 18-hole, par 71 course covering an acre of over 50 hectares, offering more challenges for the experienced player including plenty of sand dunes and water hazards.
43. Visit the weekly markets
We think that one of the best ways to immerse yourself in Italian culture is to shop as the locals do at one of the many weekly markets. There are plenty to choose from but some of the most popular include the market in Ravello on a Tuesday morning, Amalfi on Wednesday, Minori’s waterfront market on a Thursday and Maiori’s large market on Friday mornings. You’ll find most markets run between 8 am and 1 pm.
44. Go kitesurfing
One of the most popular water sports along this stretch of coastline, kitesurfing is a way for visitors to exercise their joint passions for both sport and adventure. Even in the peak of the Summer, you’ll find that there is a constant breeze and excellent wind conditions along with flat waters making it ideal kite surfing territory.
45. Take windsurfing lessons
You won’t found lots of opportunities to windsurf on this stretch of coast, but one great option if you want to try your hand at this sport is to head to the Amalfi Windsurfing Club. Based at the beach at Duoglie, the company offer lessons for adults and children aged 10 years and up. If you don’t fancy windsurfing but still want to take to the water, canoe hire is also available here allowing you to explore all those hidden coves and beaches, or they also offer boat hire and water-skiing too.
46. Get creative with a ceramic making lesson in Vietri
Vietri is the capital of the ceramic production that the Campania region is so famous for, dating back to 1600. In the shops of the town, visitors will find fire-glazed and brightly painted pieces depicting images of everyday life in Italy as well as an array of pieces adorned with lemons and sunflowers. Yet, Vietri’s majolica can be found in equal measure in its buildings too. The Church of St John the Baptist dating back to 1732 has majolica covering its cupola, cusp and altars however you will find numerous buildings decorated in the local tiles as you wander around the streets. You can learn more about the history of Vietri’s ceramics industry by paying a visit to the Fabbrica di Ceramiche Solimene which displays an abundance of contemporary artworks as well as at the Museo Provinciale della Ceramica in Villa Guariglia. But, if you are feeling creative, why not enjoy a ceramic making lesson for yourself. There are a number of companies offering a hands-on experience.
47. Go cycling
With scenery as breath-taking as you will find along the Amalfi Coast, a great way to explore is on two wheels. That said, you won’t find any flat roads in this part of Italy! Despite its many ups and downs, the main coastal road – Strada Amalfitana – is an option for anyone to cycle if reasonably fit however, if you venture off these roads, climbs can be steep, long and arduous! The other thing to be aware of is safety. The roads in this region are narrow and winding and potentially not suitable for novice cyclists. You will be sharing a tight space with motorists and, whilst they can’t go particularly fast either due to the many twists and turns in the road, they will try to overtake you in what you may consider to be far too small a space! That said, you may well prefer to be in control of your own destiny on two wheels with the sun on your face and soaking up the scent of lemon groves in the air than stuck on a coach! Alternatively, head inland and cycle one of the routes in the Cilento National Park.
48. Rent an e-bike
Whilst many will appreciate the challenge of cycling on the roads in the Amalfi Coast, or tackling its mountainous hillsides, for those who want to explore on two wheels without having to break a sweat, then e-bikes are a great solution. You’ll find that many of the bike rental stores in this region now offer e-bikes to their customers. As well as tackling the Strada Amalfitana, why not try a climb to some of the region’s hilltop towns and villages such as Ascea and San Giovanni a Piro.
49. Go horse-riding
If you don’t fancy exploring on two wheels, why not explore on a four-legged friend instead?!! A number of companies offer treks and horse-riding experiences in this area. Why not think about a trip up Mount Vesuvius by horseback or trek along the many quiet, coastal paths to admire the wonderful scenery?
50. Take to the water
There are plenty of guided tours exploring the sights in the Bay of Naples but there is nothing more delightful than hiring your own boat or canoe and heading out on the sea to explore the many coves and beaches only accessible from the water. Alternatively, for a faster pace, hire a jet ski to zip along the shoreline.
51. Spend the day at the zoo
Naples is home to an excellent zoo. Home to over 400 different birds and animals, the zoo offers a great family day out. With everything from camels to crocodiles, elephants to emu, lions to leopards and from tigers to tortoises, there is plenty to educate and amaze the younger members of the family.
52. Head to the oldest aquarium in Italy
If you have more of an interest for what is in the depths of the sea, then a trip to Naples aquarium may be in order! Home to over 200 aquatic species, it’s also Italy’s oldest aquarium.
53. Visit the beautiful fishing village of Praiano
You’ll find the pace of life that little bit slower in Praiano. Known in the past for its silk production and coral industry and as a Summer residence for Amalfi dukes, more recently it attracts tourists drawn in by the stunning Blue Flag beaches, incredible vistas and enchanting centre characterised by a cascade of white houses that almost tumble down the green and flowering slopes to the sea below. It’s also home to a number of art galleries. When visiting, don’t miss a trip to the Church of Saint Luke the Evangelist which is home to the saint’s remains and take in the views at the rocky beach of La Gavitella which enjoys amazing views.
54. Take a stroll around Maiori
Maiori is probably most famous for having the longest stretch of beach on the Amalfi Coast but there is plenty more to see in this historic town including the 11th century Santa Maria de Olearia, the 13th century church of Santa Maria a Mare and the 16th century church of San Francesco. The history of the town goes back much further though and has been a popular resort since Roman times.
55. Grab a bargain at the shopping outlet
If you enjoy shopping, then you may want to find a bargain at the outlet mall. Situated just North of Naples is La Reggia, a McArthur Glen outlet mall with over 120 brands on offer from Armani to Cerruti, from Hugo Boss to Versace and from Ralph Lauren to Valentino, all at a fraction of normal prices. It’s easy to reach by car from the main road that leads from Naples to Rome however it’s also accessible using public transport too. Regular buses leave from the railway station at Caserta to the mall or catch a bus from the centre of Naples out to the shops.
56. Relax at the spa
Whilst there is plenty to explore in this region, if you’re looking for the ultimate in relaxation, then there are also plenty of options to enjoy a slower pace for a few hours. This stretch of coastline is littered with spa hotels, many of which such as Monastero Santa Rosa, offer spa days for non-residents.
57. Go swimming amid Roman remains
Baia was an ancient Roman town, the ‘Las Vegas’ of its day and the place where Rome’s most wealthy and powerful came to party. Nowadays, more than 100 metres of the ancient site is submerged in the bay owing to volcanic activity and swimmers can catch a glimpse of a bygone era through goggles. Admire the remains of a nympheum (a monument consecrated to the nymphs), the floors of ancient villas and even a paved Roman road.
58. Enjoy plenty of Italian food!
Like all areas of Italy, the Amalfi Coast has its own delicacies unique to the area and there are numerous excellent restaurants in which to enjoy them including several which have been awarded a Michelin star. Try the Atranese ‘sarchiapone’ in Atrani which are long green pumpkins stuffed with minced meat, eggs and ricotta, which are fried, covered with tomatoes and then baked in the oven.
59. Take a boat trip around the Sirenuse Islands
Whilst Capri is by far the most famous of the islands in the Bay of Naples, there are a number of other islands in this area which may be less well known but are just as beautiful. Five islands make up the chain – La Rotunda, Isca, Vetara, La Catelluccia and Gall Lungo (once home to both a prison and a monastery). Unfortunately, it’s not possible to set foot on these islands but boat trips will give you a close look at their shores and the surrounding sea is superb for snorkelling.
60. Visit the world’s biggest royal palace
Just 40 minutes drive North of Naples is the Caserta Palace. The palace is just one of 12 imperial palaces in this area and surrounding islands but is certainly the most regal and the largest. Inspired by the Palace of Versailles and built for King Charles VII of Naples, the palace dates back to the 18th century. With 5 floors and 1200 rooms to explore, it is the largest royal palace in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site. Unfortunately, Charles himself never had the chance to live there himself but today’s public are luckier. They have the opportunity to explore both the interior and grounds which are so vast that you can even rent bicycles to get round the 300 acre site.
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