The Amalfi Coast
Cliffside lemon groves, grand villas and lush vineyards seem in arm’s reach driving along Italy’s Amalfi Coast. The scenic, narrow road connecting Sorrento and Amalfi weaves along breathtaking beaches, cliffside villages, dramatic mountains and more.
Start your excursion in Salerno and revel at sea views and the centuries-old Arechi Castle. Tour along twisting shorelines toward Vietri sul Mare, a village known for its colorful, ceramic-tiled storefronts. Then head to Maiori to marvel at the longest stretch of sandy beaches and turquoise water which has been attracting tourists since Roman times. Steer towards Minori, a quiet fishing village perfect for sampling local cuisine like Scialatielli with seafood sauce, citrus-infused Limoncello, and Ndunderi, a type of gnocchi made with fresh ricotta.
Continue your picturesque drive to the mountaintop town of Ravelo, an opulent region attracting artists, writers, and musicians due to its serene landscape and lovely villas. Continue your drive to the alluring town of Amalfi and walk up to Piazza Duomo, the town square and muse at cherub fountains. Cruise along the coastline and make your way to Positano, a sophisticated village built on a mountainside before ending your commute in Sorrento and taking a refreshing swim in the sea.
Naples is a perfect transit point for reaching the Amalfi Coast. Since it’s a ferry port, you can use the car ferry service to get to the Coast. Be sure to rent a small, curve-hugging car from a leasing company after flying into Naples International Airport. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights available at the airport for those flying from North America ; only European and domestic Italian flights arrive. So, when flying from Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City, Mazatlan or other cities of North America, you can expect to have a layover in a major city like Rome, Paris, London, Milan, or Frankfurt. The entire flight, including layovers, lasts between 10 and 15 hours.