Italy isn’t short of incredible destinations to travel around: historical Rome, water-way Venice and Shakespeare’s fair Verona to name but a few. These are all awesome in their own right. There’s nothing like exploring magical cities like these, but what about if you want to get off the beaten track, visit Italy in a unique way and meet some cool people along the way? This post is a guide on taking a road trip along the Amalfi Coast road trip. Check it out, research car hire and then get out there on the road.
This extraordinary Mediterranean landscape along the Italian coast was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1997 — so you know you’re in for a treat. Along the way you’ll drive through epic mountains, little villages, winding roads and green gardens, all with a view of the turquoise waters below. You should start in Sorrento then drive south towards Salerno.
Salerno and Ravello
This busy port town was one of the main Allied beaches during the WW2 invasion of Italy. Take the Autostrada A3 then go onto the SS163 past Vietri sul Mare, Capo d’Orso and Maiori — stop off for some time on the sands. Then it’s onto Ravello, which is quite simply, one of the most romantic and beautiful places on this trip. It’s perched way up high with spectacular views of the below azure coast. There are also 13th century villas to explore and peaceful gardens to take a nap or picnic in.
Amalfi and Duomo di Sant’Andrea
Next up is the seaside town of Amalfi, famous for its maritime history since the 12th century. Today it’s a thriving little town full of bars and shops to seek refreshment in. Then in Duomo di Sant’Andrea you’ll find the 9th century Duomo di Sant’Andrea cathedral with Byzantine design touches. Next door is the Roman Chiostro del Paradiso. Take your camera along for some seriously cultural shots.
Praiano and Positano
Head west from Duomo di Sant’Andrea and stop off at Grotta dello Smeraldo to explore its cave by boat or even elevator. Afterwards walk to the impressive gorge at Vallone di Furore. Carry on driving until you reach the coastal villages of Praiano and Positano, where you’ll come across fellow holidaymakers who may well be on a road trip themselves. Another option is to drive along the SS366 from Vettica Minore, which takes you through the Lattari Mountains.
Keep your wits about you on these long, winding roads and make sure you get plenty of rest before driving. Enjoy a few strong Italian coffees along the way and have fun on your Italian road trip.