French-born Amandine Dowle now lives in Milan after marrying an Italian from the South that she met in New York two years ago. After spending two summers on the Amalfi Coast on the Mediterranean, she has fallen in love with not only a man from the region, but the area’s natural beauty too. Here’s Dowle’s top five things to do and places to see in this area of Italy.
First of all, I would like to point out that the best time to discover the Amalfi Coast would be from April to June, when it’s less crowded, not too hot and easier to get around. If by any chance the only period one has to visit is in July or August, renting a boat to travel along the coastline could provide some refuge from the heat, as well as the throngs of people.
Top 5 Things to Do and See on the Amalfi Coast
- Visit the city of Amalfi and Atrani. These two little seaside cities are close to each other, and incredibly representative of the Italian history and the “Dolce Vita” lifestyle. Both places have amazing restaurants, nice little beaches and little shops selling great dresses made by Positano designers. The almond and lemon cake or even the famous Caprese is delicious, and the architecture of the houses and the impressive Church of Santa Maria Maggiore can make for some great sightseeing.
- Hiking along the Amalfi Coast is beautiful. The Walk of Gods in the Ferriere Valley is my favourite: you will pass through woods and small little villages along the seacoast.
- The Esmeralda Cave is also impressive. It is located between Conca dei Marini where an old castle is standing practically on the beach and Praiano, where you can eat good fish with your feet practically dipped into the water.
- Positano is on the list, but it’s better to just go out in this city rather than stay here for the food because you will pay a lot for medium quality eats. However, what a city! A little street will bring you to the main beach where many fancy lounge bars make great cocktails. Art lovers will find many galleries too.
- Hang with the locals: Go to local markets, or head for a night out at night on the seaside of Amalfi. Most of the people on the coast speak English and are really friendly. The local culture is so full of history, love of good food and life!