The Amalfi Coast is one of the most stunning parts of Italy that I’ve been to and this is where our travels in Italy began. The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula in the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy. A stretch of coast wedged between the blue of the sky and sea, a string of spectacular little towns and ancient fishing villages welded like limpets to the rocks. This is the unforgettable Amalfi Coast.
We based ourselves in Sorrento – a small and laid-back southern Italian town which took 10 minutes to walk from one end to the other and was a great base from which to travel from to other coast towns and take the boat to the islands.
We stayed in the hills at Villa Monica – a cute little B&B with only three rooms where the owner Pasquale takes cares of your needs. The views and recommendations were second to none – we got to try an authentic local Italian and were picked and dropped as and when we wanted to and really looked after.
There’s not alot to do in Sorrento but make sure you take in the town, walk around leisurely and enjoy some relaxation time soaking up the atmosphere. Two things that are must-sees:
- The pretty small Port (Marina Piccola) – be wary of the steps or long walk there though! This is also the jumping point for boats to Naples, Capri (more on this later!) and Ischia.
- One of the top souvenirs from the area is limoncello, the signature lemon liqueur. You can find it at l’Alambicco which offers limoncello free tasting, is located just few steps from the main square “Piazza Tasso”. via San Cesareo 15. This is a good place to see it being made, after which you’ll know why it packs such a punch – it’s pure alcohol with flavouring.
- Gnocchi alla Sorrentina – potato gnocchi with tomato sauce and mozzarella baked to perfection
- Italian gelato that incorporates fresh local flavours at Gelateria Davide, Via Giuliani, 35
- Pastiera a typical cake that is produced in the area and lots of pastries from Pasticceria Monica
Although there’s not a huge amount to do – it’s great stop off point and you can get the bus to: Positano: the coast’s most expensive and photogenic town, Amalfi: a popular day-trip option, with the town of Ravello: perched high on a hill looking down over it. You can get a boat to Capri (post coming up!) or Ischia or the train to see Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius.