Which are the top things to see in the Amalfi Coast?! Here is my travel itinerary in the Amalfi Coast with stops in Scala, Amalfi, Positano and Minori.
Amalfi Coast is the travel dream for thousands of people from all over the world. I feel so lucky for being born in such a beautiful area, with so many charming spots that can be visited in a very short time.
Top Things to see in the Amalfi Coast
The first stop of my short on the road in the Amalfi Coast was the small town of Scala, in front of Ravello’s village. In the heart of Scala there is Palazzo Pascal which is a luxurious and exclusive property. In the past centuries, it used to be an old noble residence before it was turned into a hotel. I had the pleasure of spending a night there.
Few people know that the small town of Scala, located at an altitude of 400 meters, is considered as the oldest one in the entire Amalfi Coast. According to some sources, it was founded by the Romans in the 4th century A.D. but there is no certain evidence about it. It suffered numerous lootings throughout its history and held the role of bishopric from 987 to 1818. Its long millennial history is witnessed by the presence of numerous churches such as the Dome of San Lorenzo, built in the 12th century, and the Church of the Annunziata in the nearby hamlet of Minuta, dating back to the 11th century and considered as the oldest in Scala.
After spending my night in Scala, I moved to Amalfi. The first stop is in front of the impressive Cathedral, the true symbol of the city, dating back to 987. The Cathedral of Amalfi, dedicated to Saint Andrew, is characterized by the presence of a long staircase that leads from the square to the main bronze door entrance, coming from Constantinople.
Inside the church has a typically Baroque style with tall marble columns and a coffered ceiling. It’s very interesting the wooden crucifix dating back to the 13th century, kept in the nearby Basilica del Crocifisso. Adjacent to the Cathedral, then, you can see the bell tower, dating back to 1276, built in Romanesque style and covered with majolicas.
Among the unmissable things to do during a stay in the Amalfi Coast is a Lemon tour. Lemons are really famous, tasty and quality in this area and people can visit a real lemon garden. Doing a lemon tour is an incredible and authentic experience. I visited the beautiful estate of the Aceto’s Brothers, who drove me among their lemon trees where the bright green enhances the precious gold fo the lemons.
The Amalfi Lemons’ tradition dates back to the 11th century when the first lemon groves began to appear, useful to protect the area from hydrogeological risk. Then, starting from 1400’s, a flourishing maritime trade of this fruit began, which favored its diffusion, increasing its fame first throughout Europe and then also in America.
The Aceto’s family has been involved in the cultivation of lemons for almost 200 years and today the company is run by Salvatore who, after having worked as an accountant for years, has decided to follow in the footsteps of his father Luigi. Through the Lemon Tour, it will be possible to discover all the various stages of lemon’s processing. From the cultivation in the gardens to the production of all the company’s delicacies. Every tour ends with a testing of the homemade lemon cake together with a glass of fresh lemonade and a sip of limoncello.
Sweet Break at Pansa
When you visit Amalfi, you have to stop by Pasticceria Pansa, the best pastry shop in town. Located in the small square at the feet of the Cathedral, it was founded in 1830 by Andrea Pansa. Today the sweet tradition is carried on by Nicola, ready to welcome all his guests with great kindness. Although its long history, Pasticceria Pansa preserves its ancient charm and its authentic and original flavors.
I suggest you to sit at one of the tables and taste some of their main specialties, such as: the sfogliatella Santa Rosa, the Delizia al Limone and the Pasticciotto Crema e amarene, definitely my favorite!
All the cities located along the Amalfi Coast are inextricably connected to the sea. Amalfi was the first Maritime Republic and still today the ancient tradition is celebrated with the historical Regatta. For this reason, the best way to move from one village to another is by boat. What a sight to admire the coast from the sea! So the coolest and most comfortable way to reach Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast, is by boat. Heading towards Positano, you will pass in front of Conca dei Marini, along the fjord of Furore and Praiano. Suddenly the amazing Positano will show itself in all its charm, with its thousand colored houses perched on the mountain. What an incredible view!
Now that you know which are the top things to see in the Amalfi Coast, you just have to book a ticket!