Is this the perfect day on the Amalfi Coast?

The Amalfi coast is one of the prettiest parts of Italy — and therefore one of the most popular. In high season, the towns and villages strung along the winding coast are heaving. At Great Big Story, we helped to plan the perfect day through the lesser-known parts of the Amalfi. Check it out below. 

Sean Newsom is a travel journalist at The Times and he knows his way around some of the hidden gems of the Amalfi Coast. The area is one of the most desirable tourist destinations in the world for good reason, but there are still ways to enjoy it when venturing off the beaten track. 

His main tip involves not being confined to the coastline. The Amalfi’s stunning landscape means it can be enjoyed from high up as well as down low, starting with the Path of the Gods, a five-mile hike following an old mule track and providing breathtaking views over the sea below. In the height of summer, both the crowds and the temperatures might make it less desirable, but if you pick your time right, it’s a perfect way to see the natural beauty of the region. 

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Whilst up in the hills, enjoy lunch at one of the traditional Italian restaurants with more staggering views of the coast below. The internet is full of good recommendations about where exactly to eat, and Newsom recommends trusting the wisdom of those who have been before. 

If and when you do descend to the coast, one of the easier ways to escape the crowds is to get out on the sea. You can charter and skipper your own boat from towns such as Positano. Given much of the coastline is inaccessible by road, a boat can open up secluded parts of the stunning seaside for swimming and snorkeling. You can also hire a guided tour to have a local take you to some quiet beaches.

Which means it’s time for an aperitif and some dinner. Aperol Spritz is the classic northern Italian aperitif, and with it you can’t go wrong, but there are plenty more delicious creations available at the Amalfi’s many bars and restaurants.

The Amalfi is one of many beautiful parts of Italy. Another is Terni, an architectural wonder that we went and visited a few years ago. Get a glimpse in the video below.

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