The Definitive Off-the-Beaten Path Guide to the Amalfi Coast

When to Go

While I’m typically all for off-season travel to make the most of my travel budget and to navigate a city with greater ease, the Amalfi Coast is simply not the place to do this. The good news is, the season is pretty long here: it starts the first week of April and runs through mid-to-late October. Otherwise, you’ll miss out on the opportunity to stay at the area’s top hotels, and that’s half the fun.

How to Get There

There are several ways to get to the Amalfi Coast depending on where you’re coming from. If you simply want to fly from your hometown, book a flight to Naples and schedule a roundtrip private transfer from the airport to your hotel(s). If you’re coming from somewhere else in Italy, you can take a train from just about anywhere to Napoli Centrale, the city’s train station, and have a private car pick you up from there.

What to Do

I had excellent luck starting my journey at Casa Angelina, a chic, art-centric hotel in nearby Praiano, which still holds onto its former fishing village charm. It got me a bit closer to other towns and the hotel offers shuttles to Positano for when you want to engage in the hustle and bustle while having this intimate yet youthful hotel as a home base.

Where to Stay

This iconic, family-owned-and-operated hotel has been around since Aldo Sersale opened the doors of his home in 1951, two years before Steinbeck wrote the immortalized “Positano” essay in “Harper’s Bazaar” and nearly a decade before Jackie O. and the jetset made the coast their playground. The hotel has since been transformed into the Amalfi Coast’s chicest accommodations, that boasts picturesque views at every turn, one of the world’s most beautiful restaurants and exceptional amenities — and it’s still run by the charming and brilliant Sersale family to this day.

Hike the Path of the Gods

Il Sentiero degli Dei, or Path of the Gods, is the ultimate way to enjoy the Amalfi Coast’s breathtaking views and is one of those few tourist attractions you’d actually look forward to doing again on your next visit. It’s considered one of the most picturesque hikes in the world and ends in a charming hamlet called Nocelle, where you can celebrate all those steps with fresh limoncello shots or lemon granitas.

Find some peace — and killer views — in Conca dei Marini

Monastero Santa Rosa is ideal for a couple’s trip as it only houses 20 accommodations for an intimate feel, features an unbeatable pool setup, has a truly fantastic culinary program and is home to a unique spa that’s inspired by the monastery’s former apothecary and local ingredients.

Venture out for the day or overnight

One of the perks of having a whole week on the Amalfi Coast is that you’ll actually have some time to experience other towns and islands. Of course, figuring out how to squeeze a day or two on Capri may be top of mind, and you can take a ferry from Positano, book a private trip in an antique boat, or sign up for a day tour that will allow you to experience this glamorous island without taking too much time away from your trip or allowing you to make it a generous portion of it.

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