Amalfi Coast travel advice, Italy
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most enchanting coastlines in Europe, for the spectacular landscape and historic heritage of the place. The vegetable patches and the gardens, are all contained in terraces, where the products, like lemons, are cultivated from centuries.
Typical product of the Amalfi Coast is the Limocello - lemon liqueur made with sugar, water, lemon zest, liquor, and time to mature. Usually is served chilled as an after-dinner digestivo.
Along the 50km of the wonderful Amalfi Coast there are small villages, like Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Atrani, Scala, all located near little beaches, where deep high valleys run down to the sea, confirming the traditional interplay between sea land, trade and agriculture, so peculiar to the history of Amalfi.
The nature of Amalfi coastline has made very difficult and interesting the construction of the main road (named Statale 163) that connects/passing all the villages of the coast. This incredible road was built around 1840 and completed in 1852, and it wings around the mountains, on cliffs varying from 50ft to 400ft above the sea, offering each corner a breathtaking sea view.
The Amalfi Coast has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by warm to hot, dry summers (mid June, July and August), mild to cool (April, May - September and October) and wet winter (November - December - January - February)
The Amalfi Coast makes also a convenient base for visiting other famous attractions: Pompeii, Erculaneum & Vesuvius, Capri island, Napoli, Paestum and Sorrento Coast.
Things to do
Cooking courses with talented local chefs in the heart of the Amalfi Coast - Ravello.
One day to discover how to make typical Italian dishes. Food and Wine!
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Walking / Hiking - Along the Amalfi Coast the terrain is steep, the bonus beeing spectacular views around each corner, but with the effect that paths are often built as stone steps. It helps to take your time to avoid getting out of breath or maby take a bus to a higher starting point and walk mainly downhill.
Considering temperatures, best time for walking is Spring when the wild flowers are at their best and Autumn, promissing chance meeting with fig trees groaning with ripe fruit overhanging the path. Summer is too hot for anything more than a stroll. Winter sees many fine days, but you might sometimes get raw days with a biting wind at 5°C/40°F at sea lever and a sprinking of snow on the tops. At any time you must reckon with the chance of rain, so pack your waterproofs and woolies just in case!
Wandering around the pathways and stairs of Amalfi is a very pelasant experience, amazing views are awaiting around each corner. If you like and enjoy walking and hiking, you can reach other beautiful towns such as Ravello, Scala and Pontone in an hour or two. The view of the valley while cimbing up to Ravello is unforgettable!