Four must-see destinations along the Amalfi Coast

This stretch of coastline is packed full of sites to delight and inspire you.

Positano, a quaint village on the Amalfi Coast
Positano, a quaint village on the Amalfi Coast. Photo: Sander Crombach on Unsplash.

If you are looking for a vacation that is different from your hometown, then Italy could be the place for you. It conjures up images of the Romans and sights such as the Pantheon, the Colosseum, and Pompeii. But Italy has more to offer than the big tourist attractions.

The Amalfi Coast, which is on the southern side of Italy, overlooks the Gulf of Salerno and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Named after the town of Amalfi, this stretch of coastline is packed full of sites to delight and inspire you.

Amalfi

Visitors to Amalfi all agree that it is an enchanting place to visit that will leave you with memories lasting a lifetime. The town is full of picturesque houses that stretch up the hillside, as well as being sunny most of the year.

One of the most famous exports of Amalfi is lemons. The lemon groves in the mountains that surround Amalfi have been carved throughout the years by the workers. You can book a lemon grove visit as part of your Italy tour, where you will be transported through the history and get to enjoy some lemony treats.

Grotta dello Smeraldo

Just outside of Amalfi is the Grotta dello Smeraldo, or the Emerald Grotto. You can get to the grotto by either road or sea. If you choose the land option, you will descend the stairs into the cave and get a rowboat from the pier for a tour. Alternatively, you can book a private boat tour and enter the cave from the ocean.

As the sunlight floods the cave through underwater openings, you will be treated to an emerald light show all over the cave walls. The grotto is also home to an underwater nativity comprised of ceramic statues which is especially magical at Christmas.

Villa Rufolo

If you want to feel like you are part of the aristocracy, then visit Villa Rufolo. Renovated by Scottish botanist Sir Francis Neville Reid in the 1800s, the villa is now a symbol of culture and arts.

Composer Wagner visited and was so inspired that he wrote the second act of his opera Parsifal, which he had been working on for over two decades. Wagner’s legacy lives on and every summer the villa hosts a series of concerts. The botanist’s influence can still be felt too, as the gardens are a sight to behold with incredible views overlooking the coast.

Path of the Gods

One of the most popular trails on the Amalfi Coast, the Path of the Gods is just over 4 miles long and offers stunning views of the coastline at 2065ft above sea level. Although it can be incredibly busy in the summer months, going in Spring or Autumn means the number of people on the path will be sparser and help you feel like explorers discovering a new world.

The route stretches between Agerola and Positano and has three different entry points. The walk will take you through olive groves, cliffsides, and lush fields. It is undoubtedly a must-see if you are visiting the Amalfi Coast.