Amalfi Coast Journals

The Amalfi Drive

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A travel journal to Amalfi Coast by travel2000

ravello Photo, Ravello, Italy More Photos
Quote: The beauty of this coastal drive is that there are so many towns along the way. You could spend a week or more leisurely driving through. I have come back twice already, and I'm ready for more!

The Amalfi Drive

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Overview

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For me, Ravello is the highlight of all the towns on the Amalfi Drive. It is simply ravishing. The view from Villa Cimbrone's terraces would take your breath away. However, the drive itself should be considered a highlight as well. Where else would you wind your way through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world?Quick Tips: Don't plan to see everything at once. This is a long drive, and a difficult one too. Target a few towns at a time and you'll have time to enjoy yourself more. Try not to think of this as a day or side trip. The coast is a destination in itself. If you want to avoid crowds, try to travel in late fall or early spring. The entire summer months are cr...Read More

Amalfi

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Attraction

duomo Photo, Amalfi Coast, Italy
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This is a town right by the coastline. We had to park way to the side of town as there were many people around, even though we arrived late afternoon. We walked along the coast (very nice view with boats and people swimming) to the main piazza. There, we trekked up the stairs to the Duomo. It's a mix of Moorish and early Gothic and the interior is kind of Romanesque and Baroque. I found the exterior more interesting and elaborate than the interior. The rest of the timw, we spent walking the streets looking at shops. One of my friends bought a serving set for limoncello and some other ceramics. We ended our visit with a gelato each and sat on the Duomo stairs watching people go by and sunlight disappea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2000

Positano

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White houses sloping all the way to the beach below, this image of Positano is so famous. That's why there are so many people flocking to this pretty town.

Parking is a problem-you have to park in one of the lots at the top of the cliff as no cars are allowed further down. If you stay in a hotel, there should be parking available.

This is a coastal town where you can roam the narrow streets and make your way (eventually) down towards the water. There is a small beach and some restaurants by the water. There are also many many stores, more for window-shopping as the merchandise is quite touristy.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 2, 2000

Sorrento

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Sorrento is the town that starts you on the Amalfi Drive (it ends in Salerno). It's across from Capri, on a clear day you can see it clearly from the tip of the pennisular. This is not the quaint town you here in songs. I basically drove through Sorrento and only stopped for a few look at the views. There were busloads of tourists there! I definitely don't regret spending more time in other towns.

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Ravello

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gate Photo, Ravello, Italy
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This is high on a ridge above Amalfi and Arani. We were crazy enough to drive there from a visit to Pompeii (we were taking friends around the Naples area). The drive was long and the roads very narrow and windy. Luckily, one driver is a native of Naples and the other of Hong Kong, with enough experience to conquer these roads. Despite almost getting carsick, I was amazed at the view especially as we got higher up the mountain and over to the side of the sea.When we arrived in Ravello, we first parked in the Piazza before the walled entrance into old town. We had lunch at one of the restaurants perched high on the cliff-the food was delicious and the view even better. We then wa...Read More

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Salerno

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Attraction

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This town marks the end of the Amalfi Drive. However, this is a big city. It does have a nice boardwalk but that's not worth you stopping there. Do try the mozzarella di bufala there, as Salerno is one of two areas which produces this specialty.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 2, 2000