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How to visit the Amalfi coast in 2 days and not miss a thing
All the way from Vietri to Positano: enjoy a week-end through artisan shops, modern architectures, historical villas and breath-taking views
You know those articles titled “10 places to see before you die”? Well, if any of them forgets to mention the Amalfi coast, just don’t trust it. The stretch of coastline running along the Southern shore of Campania, all the way from Vietri to Positano, is indeed one of the world’s most spectacular location. No, we didn’t make that up: it is actually UNESCO to have designated the site as a World Heritage back in 1997.
By overlooking the Salerno Gulf on the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Amalfi coast is dotted with stunning villages with a densely rich history, not to mention privileged culture, fragrances and tastes. Time is never enough to get to visit the area properly, but if a couple of days is all you’ve got, here’s a quirky itinerary to explore a piece of paradise without missing a thing.
Vietri sul Mare – 9AM
Starting off from Salerno, Vietri sul Mare is the first town you will meet along the way. A widely renowned landmark for handmade colourful ceramics since the Middle Ages, Vietri has been handing down its refined artisanal traditions from one generation to another, and now majolicas are fully exposed both in shop windows – in a wide range of plates and jewellery – and throughout the village itself, whether featured on the townhouses’ walls or on the dome’s cupola.
Cetara – 10.30AM
Let’s move on to Minori, but – if travelling by car – we warmly recommend a quick halt to Cetara, a Medieval village secluded from the more well-worn touristic routes which boasts a truly genuine seafaring feel. To buy their world-famous Colatura di Alici (anchovy sauce) is definitely a must.
Maiori – 11AM
We reach our destination in about 20 minutes drive. Now a seaside resort (it features the longest unbroken stretch of beach on the Amalfi coast), Maiori has once been the major harbour of the Amalfi Sea Republic. After a pleasant stroll along the promenade, just hop by the Collegiata di Santa Maria a Mare, the bright yellow church with green majolica tiles which is home to a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary – and here legend has it – miraculously discovered on the beach.
Sentiero dei Limoni – 12PM
Once you leve the gorgeously decorated dome of the Collegiata di Santa Maria a Mare behind, you should head towards via Vene and take the Sentiero dei Limoni, connecting Maiori with the near Minori. While wandering across ultra-redolent, lush lemon tree groves, you will enter the picturesque hamlet of Torre before finally reaching Minori.
Minori – 1PM
It is lunch time. Hear hear, good news for you! Since Minori once used to house plenty of windmills, its ancient innate inclination for pasta making is still enjoyable in one of the city’s numerous restaurants. If desserts is what you seek for, traditional patisserie Sal De Riso is going to delight you with the Delizia al Limone. Now, with a properly full belly, you can now focus on the stunning Villa Marittima Romana, an incredibly ancient example of sea villa’s architecture. Thanks to its private courtyard, beautiful frescoes and mosaics, it figures among the Amalfi coast’s most significant Roman monuments.
Ravello – 4PM
Ravello, known as the city of music, lies at a short distance from Minori. Here, the Ravello Music Festival annually takes place as a major festival of music and the arts held at the Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium (photo above), which by the way is another one must-visit you’d better include in your 2-day trip. A stunning work by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who died aged 104 in 2012, it is a virtuous example of architecture blending smoothly with landscape.
Ravello’s many key strengths also include some sweeping views of the Amalfi coastline! We recommend a visit to Villa Cimbrone and its breath-taking terrace allowing for shockingly beautiful glimpses of the immediate surroundings. Recently turned into a 5-stars boutique hotel, the villa boasts an unprecedented sequence of sea-view frescoed halls.
Amalfi – 6PM
Here we are in the beating heart of the Amalfi coast, the city such piece of heaven owes its name to: Amalfi. Before dinner, just take some time to wander around the town’s narrow alleys, admire its charming corners, search ancient artisan shops for typical delicacies, have a walk on the promenade and – more than anything – pay a visit to the amazing Cathedral, Amalfi’s most iconic landmark.
Sentiero degli Dei – 8AM
Make the most of an early wake-up before driving towards Agerola, barely an half an hour ride from Amalfi. The Sentiero degli Dei kicks off from here, an incredibly panoramic pathway winding between the coast and the island of Capri. Don’t you dare leaving without a piece of focaccia and fiordilatte cheese snatched straight in a local deli – definitely an unmissable delicacy to taste along the way.
Positano – 10AM
Once the 7 km-long panoramic walking route is over, there you are in Positano, probably Amalfi coast’s second best-known site. Need a yummy break? Go to the alluring patisserie La Zagara to enjoy local sweets in their peaceful garden.
Then venture out discovering such natural gem filled with historical shops (don’t you forget to buy a pair of strictly custom-made sandals!), art galleries, and local products retailers.
The Amalfi coast as seen from the sea – 12AM
Let’s wrap up our tour in style by grasping an unforgettable, all-embracing view of the coastline: just rent a dinghy and sail for a little while to admire the Amalfi coast from the waters! Don’t you feel like a sea captain? Just choose among the many guided tours available.
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