What to do in Amalfi Coast, Italy


A famous coastal town in Italy

The beautiful town of Amalfi Coast is situated in the Province of Salerno of Southern Italy. A breathtaking village with an amazing coastline. This place was eye-catching in every angle which heightened my sense of wanderlust and my realization for the love of traveling. 

The town is bombarded with tourists thou it was the month of October. I was surprised by the number of people willing to travel this far to reach this special town in Italy. I guess we all share the same amazement and the satisfaction of getting to Amalfi Coast.  Let's go!




Amalfi, Italy Itinerary

October 21 - 25
4 Days in Amalfi Coast, 1 Day METRO ride back to Rome.

Monday, October 21 - Morning arrival
October 21 - 24
Check-in: Hotel La Pergola 
Address: G. Augustariccio 14, 84011 Amalfi, Italy

Bus and Car tips: From Sorrento south to Positano and Amalfi, try to sit on the right side of the vehicle or bus to see the beautiful Mediterranean sea and the coastal houses. And when traveling north, sit on the left side.


The night train from Siena to Amalfi Coast was tiring. We checked in early at Hotel La Pergola and I almost cried with happiness as they welcome us with open arms. They even served us the most sumptuous breakfast salad I've ever had. I don't know if it was the fatigue or the hunger talking that morning but my heart was pleased with joy and love for such a wonderful welcome. And yes wine for breakfast with all the love of Italy in each bottle.

We were escorted to our small lovely beach colored themed room. I love the simplicity of the room especially the view from the window.

We love Hotel La Pergola for the great location, cleanliness, and the genuine service of the staff. The owner greats everyone with a smile and the staffs are knowledgeable about anything you can think of whether its the bus timings, location, and activities.

My whole Italy trip reminded me of my favorite movie "Under the Tuscan Sun." Most especially that scene where she opens the window and says "hi" to this old man who passed by her house every single day.



Explore the town of Amalfi Coast


From the hotel, there are two options to get to Amalfi Coast City Centre or Almafi downtown: walk the scenic route or take the scheduled buses. 


Walk around the jagged cliffs    



Be careful when you're walking in town. The streets in Amalfi are so narrow and the cars or bus drivers here drive with no fear. You'll be sharing the road with different kinds of vehicles so makes sure to stop, look, and listen.



See the mesmerizing Mediterranean waters    

Walk more, see more.

If you take the bus you'll miss the chance of seeing the cliffs up close and they're beautiful.  



Welcome to the town of Amalfi Coast!

This is the food and shopping district of town. Bus services run here too just make sure to ask around if you get lost because once you miss your bus the next one will be a long wait. For those who plan on driving to Amalfi Coast bare in mind as the parking will be a hassle and a hustle, it's advisable to take the bus instead of driving.



AMALFI COAST BUS SERVICE
In Amalfi Coast City Centre, there are buses that go to different towns.  Ask your hotel about bus times. 

Always make sure to buy your tickets at your hotel ahead of time or at the bus station.  It’s best to buy them the day before so you can just patiently wait for the bus instead of rushing back to its pickup site.

Buy your bus tickets in advance from bars or small shops. These bus tickets are sold at "tabaccherie" (cigarette shops), newspaper stands, and bars, and caf├ęs. 

Reminders: Tickets can't be purchased onboard the bus. There are no ticket kiosks at the bus stops. Bus tickets must be stamped on board or torn by the driver.

Bus fare: 1.30 euros


Enjoy the Beach town



This beach is a walking distance from the port and is near the bus terminal.



Chill at the Coastline


The port area has a great vantage point of the coastline and the historic sloped town of Italy.

Just walking around town I felt relaxed. This last stop in Amalfi marks the endpoint of my Europe Trip. Right here in this moment as to where I want to be.

This is an interesting water fountain you'll never miss. Apparently, in Italy, these water fountains are safe to drink. I have this rule for all my travels to only drink bottled water, as a traveler you want to be safe than sorry. I'm amused by the number of people who drank water here, even wash their face and hands too.

Explore Cathedral of Saint Andrew the Apostle

Just around the corner of the fountain is the famous cathedral of Amalfi. The intricate design of the tower makes it worthwhile to check out in your free time.


Shopping    

There are plenty of souvenir shops here.

Lemon treats    

Lemons here and there, Amalfi loves their lemons like it's wine. The lemons grown in Amalfi is considered special as it has an intense aroma and fragrance compared to other lemons. The skin is not that thick and has lesser seeds than the usual lemons.

The clothes are expensive due to the number of tourists in the area however if you're lucky and patient enough you'll find some deals. I was able to grab a good looking short for a good price.


Lemon cake desserts    

Take a bite of the lemon desserts in town, I've not a lemon cake person but I changed my mind after having a treat. 


Dinner at Piazza del Duomo, Amalfi 

Best lasagna I've ever had in my Europe trip! Never miss the chance to dine in the Piazzo. It will be pricey but it will be an unforgettable night of good food and great ambiance.

Have fun and be safe ^__^


Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight, and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/BnB booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs, and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks add up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city/food tours).


Do you want more information about our European adventure?
Check out Travelling to Europe for 2 weeks: Art Class in Paris, France then getting on a Hot air balloon ride at Siena, Italy, and relaxing by the beach at Amalfi, Coast with a side trip to Rome, Italy before flying back home.


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