I would like to welcome Bob McCormac as a guest blogger on the site. In this article, Bob gives us some great tips about visiting the Amalfi Coast in Italy. I hope you will enjoy his insights as well as Bob’s beautiful pictures of this very scenic coastline.
Situated on the western coast of Italy and west of Salerno, the Amalfi Coast is a popular tourist destination and is widely considered Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline, and one that should be experienced by any person who loves a day long tour. The Amalfi Drive, formally Strada Statale 163 (or the Amalfi Coast Highway as it is often referred to) was originally a donkey and cart path built by the Romans before the current highway was built. It sweeps along the famed Italian coast from Sorrento (SS145 and SS163) to Amalfi. It’s only 80km long, but each bend in the road is more dramatic than the last, with the amazing turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea below. Arguably it’s one of the most exhilarating roads to drive, with hair pin curves at such regular intervals you sometimes have to hold on depending on how aggressive your driver is that day.
If possible, stay in Sorrento and start your day trip along Strada Statale 163 from there. Sorrento is a beautiful and quaint town sure to please. The better hotels are right on the cliffs and offer spectacular views out to the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius. If you are lucky you might see one the many spectacular sunsets from your hotel balcony in Sorrento.
One of the most famous sights is to see along the drive is Positano. Make time to stop and take in the town and the beach front.
This particular sight greeted us on one of the few areas where you can pull off along the highway for a look at the magnificent views during the drive. A hotel at the top had built this concrete beach for its customers so they could enjoy the water and sun themselves.
Of course the final destination of the trip is usually Amalfi itself. Amalfi became an independent republic for the first time in 839 AD. There is a large parking lot down by the water, so be sure your driver stops and lets you out to explore the old city. Walk the staircase to the top of St. Andrew’s Cathedral and lookout over the Piazza Duomo. When you are done exploring the interior of the city, return to the parking lot and linger at the water’s edge for a stunning view of Amalfi by the sea. If you’re so inclined, there’s even a small beach where you can enjoy the sun and water if you have the time.
On your return trip back to Sorrento, enjoy the few spots available to pull off the road and marvel at the scenery. Atrani is just one of the many dramatic towns nestled along the coast highway.
A day long adventure along the Amalfi Coast Highway is not to be missed!
About the Author
Bob McCormac is primarily a landscape and travel photographer from New Jersey in the USA. Bob spent forty years as an information technology professional before deciding to pursue a long held passion for photography. Bob considers his style as simple and direct; trying not to over complicate the shot while still conveying the feeling.