The Amalfi Coast is famous for Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and the spectacular 25-mile cliffside drive. Tourists also enjoy excursions to Sorrento, the island of Capri, and the ancient city of Pompeii. But the Coast has some wonderful delights that tourists often overlook. Here are a few of my favorites:
Furore is a photographic gem on the Coast. This bridge-covered small picturesque beach is located just off the Coast road, several hundred stairs down. With calm clear water for swimming, it’s popular with locals and tourists “in the know”. The small narrow beach is nestled between towering cliffs on both sides, with stairs and trails that rise up into the mountains above. About 30 minutes by bus from Amalfi or Positano. Just let the bus driver know you want to get out at Furore. During high season, there’s a very small concession stand renting chairs and umbrellas. Plus rent a kayak and explore this pristine coastline filled with grottos, caves and beaches.
VALLE DELLE FERRIERE (Valley of the Ironworks)
Enjoy this marvelous hike behind Amalfi town. In less than an one hour you’ll be in the lush forest of the nature reserve enjoying waterfalls, and streams. Enjoy the cool tranquility of this very special area as you walk past lemon groves, papermills, and old ironworks buildings. It’s an uphill hike along stairs, pathways and goat trails. The path is well marked, just walk up Amalfi’s main street going toward the valley. Stay to the right and just keep going up. All the small staircases and pathways on the right end up on the one path to Valle delle Ferriere. You’ll pass two different impressive waterfalls within the hour, but keep going up. The trail becomes steeper and more challenging, but quite rewarding as well. Cross over to the left side of the stream when you reach a series of small waterfalls and pools, and a tiny stepbridge. And then keep going up again, the trail is more steep and rugged. But lush forest, streams, waterfalls and very dramatic scenery await you.
ON THE WATER
A wonderful way to enjoy the Amalfi Coast is on the water. The coastline is 25 miles long (40 kilometers), and is delightful to explore. There are numerous small beaches, inlets, grottoes, caves and spots of interest.
Public Boat Services- There are boat companies with scheduled routes up and down the Coast from Amalfi town. These include boat service to Positano, Capri, Minori, Maiori, and Salerno. During high season there’s also boat service to Naples and Sorrento. Kiosks with various boat schedules, destinations and pricing are located where buses arrive and depart in Amalfi.
Amalfi beach boats- From the Amalfi pier are very small motor boats which take clients up the coast to Santa Croce Beach for about 3 euros. This small beach includes a couple of restaurants, umbrella and beach chair rentals, and kayak rentals. This pretty picturesque beach contains crystalline water for swimming, but the beach is pebbles not sand. So be sure to take your sandals. This beach is also accessible from the coast road, down hundreds, and hundreds of stairs. But boat approach and access is much simpler, more beautiful, and preferred.
Private Boats- Lots of private boats and captains are available for hire. Just walk north along the waterfront in Amalfi to find a line of tables set up to arrange private boat rentals, with or without captain.