A Destination Elopement/Wedding Travel Guide by Destination Wedding Photographer: ME+HIM Photography
What To Do While Staying On The Amalfi Coast
The point of the coast is to lazily explore little towns, just stopping wherever you want to eat some food, drink some wine, gaze at the water and the cliffs and enjoy life. Until you’ve been there, you won’t understand. Just trust us. Check out our Complete Travel Guide To The Amalfi Coast for more travel info.
Here are our top 5 things to do on the coast:
- Ravello & Villa Cimbrone
- The Hidden Beach in Furore
- The Trail Of The Gods / Sentiero Degli Dei
- Castello Di Arechi
- How To Get Lost
#1 Ravello & Villa Cimbrone
Ravello is hands down one of our favorite cities on the coast. It is situated about about a kilometer off the main strip and is well signed. As you head east from Amalfi you will see signs for Atrani and Ravello. Ravello has some of the most beautiful views on the coast and the town is a cultural center. The summer concert series that take place outdoors are a reason to travel to the coast all on the their own. But add to that one of the most picturesque villas in all of Italy – Villa Cimbrone and you have a an entire day’s worth of exploring to do. Villa Cimbrone was built in 11th century and is now a hotel. If you’re planning a wedding on the Amalfi Coast, this is the place to do it. There is also amazing food in Ravello, including the 1-Michelin Star restaurant Rossellinis for some jaw dropping food and an equally interesting wine list.
#2 The Hidden Beach in Furore
The coast is built oncliffs, not sandy coastline, so most beaches on the coast are packed. As you are driving east along the Amalfi Drive, after you leave Praiano, start looking for signs for Furore. Eventually you will go over a bridge and if you look quickly towards the mountain side you will see the Comune di Furore and its perfect beach. It’s set several hundred feet back from the coastline in an idyllic cove. FYI, that bridge you drove over is home to an annual cliff diving competition that scares the bejesus out of me. Anyway, a short (and steep) walk down the stairs and you are at this beautiful cove beach. Don’t ruin it and tell all your friends.
#3 Trail Of The Gods / Sentiero degli Dei
This 4-5 hour hike is worth spending an entire day on. You can enter the path in Bomerano, a village in the mountains between Sorrento and Amalfi. You will see vineyards, caves, a gorge and some of the most awe-inspiring views anywhere along the coast. Also, if you’re a little introverted like we are, you will enjoy the break from people and what better way to get away from the crowds than to go on a hike.
#4 Castello di Arechi, Salerno (Arechi Castle)
Look, you already know we love Salerno, but here’s another reason. Arechi Castle gives you great views and some history as well. There is also a summer concert series hosted at the castle. There is much more information on Salerno’s Castello di Arechi to be found online. After you visit the castle you can go see the Minerva Gardens in the city and explore the Centro Storico (Historical Center) of Salerno, which is considered to be one of the best preserved city centers in Italy.
#5 Just Get Lost
Well as you will learn, you can’t really get lost on the Amalfi Coast. There is only one road. But this is more about the ethereal, philosophical “getting lost.” What we mean is explore without a destination. Walk the city streets, get off the main street, see an alley, start conversations with strangers, eat and drink everything in sight, stop and sit for hours, get turned around and find your own favorite places. This is the best way to have an adventure, by just letting it find you. Once you’ve checked everything off your list, get lost for a bit and we dare you to tell us it isn’t your favorite part of your trip.