The Amalfi coast, one of the most stunning road trips you can drive, also supposedly one of the trickiest to navigate, so I thought I would test my driving skills and find out!
Me and a friend arrived in Naples from Venice (click here for more on that), where we headed by coach down to Pompeii to collect our car. This was definitely the right move as I wouldn’t recommend driving in a city in Italy, I was nervous enough about driving the coast in Italy. We picked up our specifically chosen ‘small’ car, which turned out to not be so small after all – always contact the rental company to specify if you are not confident driving a large vehicle. We then headed down to Sorrento for the first part of our trip.
We were staying a little further out from the centre but really close to a beach called ‘Bagni Della Regina Giovanna’, where we headed for our first evening in Sorrento. This was one of my highlights of the trip, although I have no photo’s to prove how beautiful it was as we went only with our towels and room key! After walking down to the beach via a long path and steps, we were met with a rocky cove facing perfectly west, we arrived early evening just in time for the magic hour – my favourite. After jumping into the sea for a refreshing swim and just about managing to climb back out again, we relaxed and watched the stunning sunset on our first day driving the Amalfi coast.
The next day we visited another beach a bit further afield this time, ‘Baia di Puolo’, we were also lucky enough to experience a heatwave while we were away so it was hot, hot, hot!
Back on the road, the real adventure was about to begin! We drove out of Sorrento on to the stunning southern coastal drive, destination Positano. The views were absolutely incredible, we stopped at almost every other viewing point to take it all in. The beauty of driving on the right side of the road – easy to pull over!
Turning off to Positano, we started down a one way, red brick, paved street, no going back now! Joining the queue of cars heading down to the beach and village we knew this was going to be good, otherwise why would everyone else be here? After dropping off the car, we continued by foot taking everything in, the quaint cafe’s, shops selling everything lemon, views, views and more views.
Arriving down at the beach front, the scenery was more than I expected. The pretty buildings clinging to the cliff side, the fifties style bright parasols covering the beach, the crystal clear waters with wooden boats bobbing up and down. Pure bliss.
We took out a pedaloe to get a better view from the water. I would definetely recommend this, the views of Positano from the sea are ten fold the views from the shore.
After reluctantly leaving Positano we ventured further along the coast through Vettica Maggiore to Furore, where we started our ascent to Agerola up in the mountains. We had the option to trek the famous, almost three hour ‘Path of the Gods’ from Bomerano to Positano, but decided for a more leisurely approach. There’s one for all you athletic types out there!
We were staying in Agerola in a family home in the mountains, which was tricky to find, but the views on the way and on arrival made up for the extra effort. Breakfast in the morning over looking the sea in the distance was a pretty spectacular way to start the day.
We drove back down the winding roads to the coast again where we passed through Amalfi itself, Minori and arrived and Maiori, where we spent the day at the beach relaxing.
Eary the next morning we drove back through the Amalfi coast the way we had come, soaking up the last of the stunning sea views and just how amazing this road trip actually is. This is one that everyone should have on their bucket list, one that I’d checked off mine, but might be putting back on after writing this post and re-living the moments.