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Best things to do in Amalfi to live a local
The stunning pastel homes cascading down the cliffside of Positano is the iconic view that first inspires many travellers to add the Amalfi Coast to their bucket list, but it’s just a small slice (or scoop! 🍦) of what this region has to offer. The Italian coastal towns overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea are waiting to be explored, and despite the undeniable popularity of this dream destination, there are still plenty of hidden gems that await your discovery. From gelato under the shade of the Amalfi Cathedral to sampling limoncello, we’ve compiled the best things to do straight from our local Flytographers. 📸 Andiamo!
“I was born and raised here — it’s a wonderful place. The people are always very warm, we know almost everyone, the food is exceptional everywhere, the air we breathe is very clean. All the people here are always sunny with tourists. They are used to having guests all year round, and we make them all feel part of our land.” – Andrea
Photo: Barbara and Claudio on the Amalfi Coast for Flytographer. Ginal and their partner celebrate their honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast with a couple photoshoot in Amalfi Village.
Photo: Mary and Maurizio on the Amalfi Coast for Flytographer. Ryan and their partner celebrate their engagement with a surprise proposal photoshoot in Positano Village.
Where are the best places to eat on the Amalfi Coast?
As they say, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do!” If the goal of your travel is a truly authentic experience, don’t miss aperitivo. 🍽 It’s a light meal and drink that comes at the end of a workday to work up your appetite for dinner. Even if you’re not working on vacation — although sightseeing sounds like work to us 😉 — aperitivo is a great way to connect with the local culture and keep the hunger at bay. After all, Italians usually don’t have dinner until 9pm!
- Pizzeria Castellano – One of our local Flytographers gives this spot what may be the highest praise possible: “The pizza they make is the best in the whole universe and they are not afraid with experimenting with new flavours.” – Barbara
- Bella Vista Sul Mare – “I am honest, it is my family’s restaurant, and for 5 generations we have been welcoming customers from all over the world to savour the typical cuisine of the Amalfi Coast. A non-touristic place, where everyone can feel at home.” – Andrea
- Baffone Gelateria Artigiannale – Did you even visit Italy if you didn’t indulge in gelato at least once or twice a day? 🍨 While you can’t seem to take 10 steps without stumbling upon a gelato stand, this gelateria features refreshing cocktail flavors like Mojito and Aperol Spritz!
- Rossellini’s – This Michelin-star restaurant is one of our top picks for a romantic evening with food almost as good as the view. The summer terrace looks out over a breathtaking panoramic view of the coastline, where a dinner here truly dazzles all 5 senses. Make a reservation at sunset to dine with a display of pastel colours across the sky as the lights begin to twinkle along the cliffs.
- Il Covo dei Saraceni – “Delicious seafood and pasta with a very intimate and romantic atmosphere.” – Mary & Maurizio Say no more. 🐟 Fresh seafood is a must-eat when dining your way through the coast of Italy.
Honourable mentions: Donna Stella Pizzeria, Ristorante Mammato, Mimi Pizzeria, La Rada, Pasticceria Savoia
Photo: Andrea on the Amalfi Coast for Flytographer. Julie and their family celebrate their trip to the Amalfi Coast with a family photoshoot in Ravello Village.
Photo: Barbara and Claudio on the Amalfi Coast for Flytographer.Karma and their partner capture memories on the Amalfi Coast with a couple photoshoot in Positano Village.
Photo: Andrea on the Amalfi Coast for Flytographer. Danielle captures memories on their trip to the Amalfi coast with a friends photoshoot in Ravello Village.
What are the best places to go for drinks in the Amalfi region?
- La Zagara – Whether you order an espresso (say it with me: “Un caffè per favore”) while standing at the bar like the Italians or choose to sit & sip a latte at your leisure, La Zagara is the spot to refuel… and for a reasonable price too. In that case? Make it a double. ☕️ – Barbara
- Terrace Bar – Overlooking Positano, Praiano, and Li Galli islands, the Terrace Bar in the San Pietro is an indoor/outdoor experience with a view. If you’re still in the dreaming stages of your trip, you can even find some of their recipes on their website to mix your own cocktail at home.
- La Sirenuse’s Champagne & Oyster Bar – Another one of the best views of the coastline with champagne in hand is found in one of the best hotels in Positano, La Sirenuse. The Don’t Worry Bar is another notable bar: a tucked away tribute to classic cocktail culture. – Andrea
- Lemonade stands – Found all over the Amalfi Coast, it’s no surprise that the icon of this destination, the lemon 🍋, results in some damn-good lemonade. Our favourite is the stand found at the top of the funicular ride from Marina Grande in Capri.
Honourable mentions: Buca di Bacco, Duomo Caffè, Palazzo Avino – Lobster & Martini Bar, Cafe Mirante
Photo: Andrea on the Amalfi Coast for Flytographer. Ben and their partner celebrate their honeymoon in Amalfi with a couple photoshoot in Positano Village.
Photo: Mary and Maurizio on the Amalfi Coast for Flytographer. Veronica and their partner celebrate their anniversary on the Amalfi Coast with a couple photoshoot in Amalfi Village.
Photo: Andrea on the Amalfi Coast for Flytographer. Cameron and their family celebrate their trip to the Amalfi coast with a family photoshoot.
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What are the best things to do on the Amalfi Coast?
- Villa Cimbrone – The most famous garden in the hilltop town of Ravello is found in this 12th century villa. Villa Cimbrone is one of the best place to see sunset, and it’s also an amazing place for a proposal, according to Flytographer Andrea (hint, hint 💍).
- Minori Beach – Where turquoise waters meets hills and citrus groves, this stunning beach is perfect for relaxing with a view. Minori still retains its laid-back, fishing village feel, and you’ll even spot wooden fishing boats along the water. – Andrea
- Sunset Cruise – The best views of the Amalfi Coast aren’t by land but by water! If you’re fulfilling a bucket list dream, be sure to book a private boat tour for awe-inspiring views you’ll have all to yourself. Well … plus the captain, of course 👩✈️ 🚤
- Duomo di Amalfi and Chiostro del Paradiso – In a village that already feels like heaven, Amalfi’s iconic dome and gardens are truly paradise. Moorish-style cloisters from the 13th century featuring 120 columns, a perfectly-manicured garden and surviving frescos are absolutely stunning. – Mary & Maurizio
- The Path of the Gods – If the name alone doesn’t convince you, let us make a convincing argument. This sky-high hiking trail from Bomerano to Nocelle, the upper part of Positano, is nothing but awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Amalfi Coast. While it’s not a full-day hike, it does take between 3-5 hours to complete, so pack snacks and wear comfortable shoes. In other words, it’s another excuse to eat a lot of pasta … as if you needed one! 🍝
- The Path of the Lemons – A big hike not your style? This small path from Minori to Maiori passes through the heart of agriculture on the Amalfi Coast, the lemon groves! After this walk, you’ll leave with an even greater appreciation for the lemonade, limoncello and lemon granitas you won’t get enough of during your stay.
Honourable mentions: Fornillo Beach Club, Day trip to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, Villa Rufolo, Fiordo di Furore beach
Photo: Andrea on the Amalfi Coast for Flytographer. Cait and their partner celebrate their honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast with a couple photoshoot in Ravello Village.
Where are the best places to go shopping in Amalfi?
- La Valle dei Mulini – You’ve heard all about limoncello by now, but still unsure of what it is? It’s an Italian lemon liqueur that can be enjoyed on its own, mixed into sparkling water or mixed into cocktails. The Aceto family has been producing limoncello following the traditional family recipe handed down from 7 generations. A tasty souvenir!
- Amatruda – Handmade, artisan paper goods are produced here according to the old traditions. The owners, the Amatruda family, even produced paper during the domination of Angevins in the “Kingdom of the two Sicilies” from 1282-1442. That’s quite a story behind your new notebook, cards or sketchbook!
- Canfora – Despite its location on a road filled with stores selling designer clothes and accessories, Canfora maintains its roots and storefront of a simple artisan’s workshop. The art of sandal-making is not taken lightly in Italy, and made-to-measure leather sandals are certainly worth the investment.
- Sosó – Giuseppe Guarracino is a ceramic artist with a quirky style and an array of products. Ceramics are still a popular art form across Italy, with the Amalfi Coast as a leader. You’ll notice bright, painted ceramic items are popular here, and while many are factory-made, we love supporting local artisans. – Andrea
Honourable mentions: Il Negozietto, JP Boutique, Sandali Bellogrado
Photo: Barbara and Claudio on the Amalfi Coast for Flytographer. Harmeet and their partner celebrate their honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast with a couple photoshoot in Positano Village.
Photo: Barbara and Claudio on the Amalfi Coast for Flytographer. Tiffany and their family capture memories on their trip to Amalfi with a family photoshoot overlooking the Amalfi Coast.
Photo: Barbara and Claudio on the Amalfi Coast for Flytographer. Jesse and their partner capture memories on their honeymoon with a couple photoshoot on the Amalfi Coast.
Best places to take photos on the Amalfi Coast
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“Italy has to be one of the most photogenic countries in the world but sometimes the photo we hoped we had taken didn’t quite turn out the way we wanted it to. If you want to take great photos in Italy, it pays to be a little prepared. On this week’s episode we chat to professional photographers Natalie and Andrea from Flytographer who love taking photos of visitors on their vacation to Italy. They share their tips for taking the perfect snaps from Rome to the Amalfi Coast!” – Untold Italy Travel Podcast
Capturing memories in Amalfi
Despite the abundance of lemons, a getaway to the Amalfi Coast sounds nothing but sweet! Treat yourself to unlimited scoops of gelato, and capture the pure beauty and magic that permeates every pastel street of this Italian destination with a Flytographer shoot. 📸