Published on Sep 6, 2017 / Updated on February 13, 2021
I am often asked “Where is best to vacation on Amalfi Coast?” or “What are the best places in Italy for a family vacation?”, “What are the best honeymoon destinations in Italy off-the-beaten-track”? The Amalfi Coast in Italy is one of the most scenic places to visit in Europe. Skip the crowds and experience this coast as the locals do.
Stunning traditional towns, top-notch local restaurants, scenic hiking trails, historic cathedrals, traditional museums and thrilling ferry rides along the coastline are some of the things that make the Amalfi Coast truly amazing. The locals in the Amalfi Coast live simple, laid back, yet interesting lives.
Let’s explore the top five things to do, living like a local in the Amalfi Coast.
Indulge In Local Cusine
Whether you are in Positano, Capri, Ravello or any of the other towns on the beautiful Amalfi Coast, you will find a multiplicity of local restaurants serving the best of Italian cuisine, using locally grown fresh ingredients. Da Adolfo in Positano is a low-key yet stunning local favorite that is smack on the beach, to get to this local gem, you are required to take a boat from the port of Positano. This restaurant serves the best local fish in the area among other equally mouth-watering dishes. Maria Grazia is another local favorite – located on the beach in the small village of Nerano, the restaurant is known for its courgette pasta and tasty white wine with chunky peach slices. It is a top spot for lunch among locals and visitors alike. Cumpa’ Cosimo in Ravello is another legendary restaurant in the Amalfi region – this is a true local hangout spot and hideaway for visitors who want to be away from the spotlight; Jackie Kennedy once dined here to escape the media attention. The restaurant provides a tranquil, laid-back atmosphere and serves some tantalizing dishes including homemade pasta dishes such as tagliatelle ragu, tomato basil rigatoni and tomato gnocchi and truffle. These are just a few of the restaurants among many others that you can dine at to immerse yourself in the Amalfi Coast way of life!
Go For A Scenic Boat Ride
The Amalfi Coast is a traditional fishing area with several fishing villages, some of which are only accessible by boat. If you want to get a deeper appreciation of this aspect of life on the Amalfi Coast, you will need to take a boat ride. You can rent a private boat and take a local fisherman with you to guide you through an amazing and unforgettable experience. They will take you to exclusive local villages, teach you the different fishing methods that they use daily. You will also get the opportunity to eat your catch, which will be prepared traditionally by the local fishermen for you! This is another great way to live like a local in the Amalfi Coast.
Take A Cultural Tour
The Amalfi Coast has a long history and rich cultural tradition. To get a clearer understanding of the region, you can take part in one of the many cultural tours available. A guided tour of the Herculaneum and Pompeii archeologically sites will give you an excellent perspective on the past life of the region. You will see relics of streets, forums, and villas in Pompeii that were built by the Romans over two thousand years ago. The Herculaneum site is another relic of the Roman empire that was once covered by mud and lava from a volcano; you will see the wooden parts of houses and household objects that were preserved by hardened lava. These cultural tours are perfect for learning and understanding the interesting history of this iconic coastal region.
Visit a Local Theatre
It is said that to truly understand a culture, you need to engage in the performance element of the culture; attending a musical in one of the towns on the Amalfi Coast gives you that opportunity. You will enjoy traditional folk songs and dances such as the tarantella, performed in such a way that it speaks to the history of the region. These events are attended in large numbers by locals, resulting in visitors feeling like they are at home!
Hike The Amalfi Coast
Going for a walk or hike on one of the picturesque trails is a great way of exploring the wonders of the Amalfi Coast. The Path of Gods is the perfect trail for you to hike to see panoramic views of the sea and magnificent views of hamlets that are just below the path. You will also have a view of Sant Angelo a Tre Pizzi which is the highest point in the region. Alongside the Path of God, some terraces and caves fall vertically from the cliffs to the sea. By and large, going for a walk or hike is the best way of seeing and enjoying the natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast, you should try this as a part of your Amalfi experience!
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