The best time, the places to be missed, the delicacies to enjoy, everything you need to know to plan a tour of the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is a terrace on paradise, it is impossible not to be enchanted. Positano, Furore, Amalfi, Atrani, Ravello and all the other towns on the coast are like precious gems that adorn a mid-air coast crown between lush Mediterranean flora with warm and lively colors and intense sea l ‘horizon.
Probably there is not the world’s most beautiful road in the State Capitol of Amalfi. Built in the Bourbon period, this road runs along the cliff, offering numerous scenic spots where to stop to get lost in that lush blue shade interrupted by the Li Galli islands that still fascinate today for their legendary origins.
In short, the Amalfi Coast tour excites and excites already from the trip. It is no coincidence that it is one of the 50 Italian sites that UNESCO declared “Heritage of Humanity” in 1997.
The charm of the coast does not change depending on the season, but it is also true that the best time to visit the Amalfi coast is between April and June. With the arrival of spring the Mediterranean flora revives, the air becomes sparkling, the historic towns of the towns return to livelihood and taking a walk near the sea becomes really enjoyable.
Of course, the risk of being overwhelmed by rain is not at the lowest levels, especially in April, but nothing scary, here is what to do on the Amalfi coast when it rains:
Amalfi is a small coastal town full of history. The historic center is still faithful to the medieval structure of the place, here you can breathe the fascinating history of one of the most important seaside republics and on a brilliant day, but not only it may be particularly pleasant to visit the various museums of Amalfi: Charter at the Compass and Ducato Marinar Museum, on the first floor of the municipal building, to visit the extraordinary Duomo di Sant’Andrea and its museum.
Ravello, instead, is a magnificent town that overlooks the Amalfi Coast, hosting the Corallo Museum, which is home to the Camo company, dedicated to craftsmanship of coral. The exhibition collects more than 600 art objects, including a Christ on a crystal cross, a Sicilian work of seventeenth century, a Luigi XV boutique, twin of the Louvre in Paris, and a rich collection of camouflages from the 18th century Nineteenth century. In addition, along a large revolving gallery, coral artifacts dating back to Roman times have been exhibited up to the last century.
Moving towards Salerno, the offer of museums and places of cultural interest increases further: from the Diocesan Museum to the Castle of Arechi; while moving to the Sorrento Coast, the “picturesque” Positano hosts three art galleries: Guida Giovanni, Franco Senesi Fine Art and Angeloni Giancarlo. The historic church of Santa Maria Assunta, with its lively mosaic dome, protagonist of the most beautiful postcards of the Amalfi Coast, deserves a visit. Finally, Positano also hosts another great treasure, unfortunately still hostage to the Italian bureaucracy, it is an uncovered Roman villa that extends below the church to the historic center. Meanwhile, an agreement between the Commune and the Superintendence is established, it is possible to look at the beauties of this extraordinary historical find, from the glass passage to the back of the church.
How to visit the Amalfi Coast in summer? Better a boat tour
In the summer the Amalfi Coast is very popular and as it is easy to imagine the traffic could be a bad deal in which one can come across. From the Sorrento Peninsula, in particular from Sorrento, there are several public buses that lead to Amalfi, with stop to Positano and the various characteristic villages along the Amalfi coast. By choosing the bus you pay less and you avoid the parking problem on the coast is very limited and expensive; however, it is bound, and not least, by the running times. Another option is the car tour: in this case the tour itinerary is very flexible and often the driver offers some useful and interesting information on the site. With the car tour you can enjoy the breathtaking panorama that offers the Amalfi State road with the opportunity to get in for some photos. However, in both cases, the risk of being trapped in traffic is not avoided; this is why a boat tour is preferred to reach the Amalfi Coast: the view of the ridge and its natural coves, colored by the sun’s rays reflected in the sea, is truly unique; the wind generated by the boat proceeds the heat of summer temperatures; no traffic and the coastal visit becomes very enjoyable.
Choosing the boat tour also means not to be content to look only far away from the coastal villages, such as Positano and Amalfi, on the contrary, all types of boat tours, either group or private, also include the berth for allowing passengers to visit the places of greatest interest.
What to eat in the Amalfi Coast?
Have you come to the Amalfi Coast and your stomach begins to grumble, how to content it? On the Amalfi Coast there is only the embarrassment of the choice, here you can also make a real gourmet tour to lick your mustache. From dessert to sweet, the flavors of the coastline are able to satisfy even the most demanding palates. So, dear stomachs hasten and the tour begins.
Let’s start from the Ricotta di Tramonti, served on lightly baked bread and an extra-virgin olive oil from the Salerno hills. Tramonti is a place that lies between the mountain and the sea. In this place, agriculture still follows the ancient traditions of typical products, especially dairy products, a unique flavor of this earth that remembers distant times.
For the first courses there is the embarrassment of choosing among the Scialatielli all’Amalfitana, also known as Scialatielli alla Scoglio, and the Ndunderi of Minori. The scialatielli are a fresh pasta form typical of the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Coast, great with fish sauce, but they are perfect for any type of sauce. In shops dedicated to the sale of typical products, you can buy a bunch of dry shingles so you can take some taste of this land home. The ndunders, on the other hand, are rough-shaped gnocchi considered by Unesco among the oldest pasta types in the world. The traditional recipe for ndunders dates back to Roman times, when the dough was made from spelled and rennet flour. Today, however, the fresh ricotta is used and served with a simple tomato sauce and a basil leaf.
While staying on a fish menu, this journey among the coastal flavors continues with the Alici di Cetara, fried, pickled or pickled, the Cetara anchovies have a similar texture to butter, melt in the mouth. Famous in this area is also the Alici drip with which you can turn a simple dish of spaghetti into a gourmet masterpiece.
Coasts do not only eat fish, most restaurants also offer great cuts of meat, but still following the tradition you have to taste the “Coniglio all’Ischitana“, a dish born in Ischia and adopted by the coastal cuisine. To achieve this dish, “rabbit of ” are preferred, that is, those rabbits bred in a habitat as close to the natural one. This gives a smooth and unique flavor to their meat accompanied by a sauce of fresh tomatoes, garlic and various aromatic herbs typical of Mediterranean scrub.
The gastronomic itinerary can only end in Minori, cradle of the pastry shop De Riso, famous for Ricotta and Pera, but in general, the Delizia al Limone and the Caprese al limone or chocolate are the sweet queens of the coast.
A gourmet tour of the kind can only end with a short of Limoncello, or in Sorrento, with a glass of Nocino, a strong liqueur made with the fresh nuts of the Sorrento Peninsula.