It may be surprising to you that Amalfi was once one of the most powerful and important maritime cities in Europe.
The strategic location of the small trading community southeast of Naples, in the middle of the Mediterranean, allowed it to slowly grow into an independent republic. Potential invaders were astonished at its location among harsh mountainsides and cliffs.
“Judgment day for the people of Amalfi, who will go to Heaven, will be like any other day”
That was 1,000 years ago. Today, the European glitterati are invading the European traders’ homes. They race through Amalfi’s vertiginous streets and sip Aperol spritz, basking in the endless sunshine (they don’t come in winter).
It’s a shame because Amalfi is one of the most beautiful areas in the world. The whole region has been made into a travel cliché because of its unattainable wealth.
Affordable Accommodation along the Amalfi Coast
There has been an attempt to dispel the notion that spending 50 kilometers (31 miles) along the Amalfi Coast is too expensive. The region is home to many hostels at a fraction of the cost. They offer stunning views that rival those offered by five-star hotels.
The BriKette Hotel offers discounts on shuttle rides and cooking classes.
It is important to remember that the region is highly seasonal. It is possible to save significant money by planning your trip outside the peak season (May through September).
Because there is less demand, the months of April and October are equally pleasant. Hotels also see a significant drop in prices. You can avoid the crowds and harsh summer sun by staying in the months of April and October.
Day 1: Positano
Where to Eat
There are many small, family-run delis in the area that serve delicious local food. We were taken to Latteria where the prices are low and the quality is high.
They will prepare a panino for you with all sorts of cold cuts, verdure SOTTOOLIO (vegetables in olive oils), including courgettes and artichokes.
You can find salads, salami and pasta here, as well as everything you need for a typical south Italian lunch. Sandwiches and cold beverages cost around 10 Euros.
You will find a small fishmonger shop up the hill that doesn’t have any name. Because it doesn’t require a name, it doesn’t even need one. If you live in the area, you already know about it. Its magic would be destroyed if it had a name. They are fed with whatever local fishermen bring in each morning.
You can find fresh clams and prawns for your spaghetti alle vongole. Address: Via G. Marconi, 392.
Positano is home to a vibrant art community. After a mandatory dive in the sea, you can explore the galleries and shops where you will find affordable memorabilia and local artists.
You can take a local bus to the top of town, where you will find the coach for Amalfi. You can enjoy a Peroncino beer and a refreshing break from the heat at the Bar Internazionale while you wait.
This boat trip on the Gulf of Salerno offers a unique experience. You will visit the most beautiful sights along the Amalfi Coast. You can snorkel from the boat and see the amazing art and history. You can book this tour or cancel anytime up until 24 hours before the event, and it is completely free of charge.
Day 2 – Amalfi
Where to Eat
Pasticceria Andrea Pansa
You must start your day in Amalfi by having a traditional Italian breakfast at the Pasticceria Andrea Pansa. The locals are known to order a cappuccino with sfogliatelle (sweet pastries filled with orange, citron, and almond fillings). They then sit on the piazza and reflect on the beauty of life.
The cafe is located under the majestic Duomo di Amalfi and Cattedrale di St.’Andrea, named after Andrew, the patron saint. It is more than 1000 years old and represents the many cultures that have influenced this city over the centuries.
Its architecture is a feast for your eyes and includes Gothic, Arab-Norman, Gothic, and Renaissance styles.
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Day 3: Ravello
You can take a bus from the center of Amalfi to ascend the steep hills to Ravello. The views from here overlook the Bay of Salerno.
Its beautiful gardens, cobblestone streets, and grandeur have drawn some of the greatest poets, artists, and musicians from all over the globe. You can book accommodation in Amalfi or take day trips to the area, but prices are usually higher.
Where to Eat
Trattoria da Cumpa’ Cosimo
The family-run trattoria Cumpa’ Cosimo can be found in the old town center. Although it doesn’t have views, the prices would be twice as high if they did. The excellent homemade pasta and scallopini, as well as a variety of seasonal dishes, make up the difference. They also offer great service, sometimes by Nonna herself.
This tiny restaurant has been visited by Jackie Kennedy, Gore Vidal (a local resident), and Humphrey Bogart.
The Hotel Villa Cimbrone is located approximately 15 minutes walk from the main piazza. Access to the most prestigious palatial gardens of the world is available for 7 euros. The Terrazzo dell’Infinito views are well worth the admission.
D.H. Lawrence was inspired by the Belvedere’s setting and the surrounding scenery. Gore Vidal called it “the best in all of America.”
The All-Inclusive Amalfi Coast tour takes you to the Villa Cimbrone, Ravello’s best-kept secrets. You will be accompanied by certified experts on a day trip through Ravello, Positano, and Amalfi. Lunch and a visit to a local market are included. Book your tour now .
You might be able to catch a concert at Ravello Festival if you plan your trip well. It takes place in the gardens of Villa Rufolo where Wagner composed the major part of his last opera, “Parsifal” in 1880.
Wagner’s “Il magico giardino de Klingsor e Trovato” was a poem about Villa Rufolo. In his memory, the town established an annual music festival.
If you are thinking about a trip to Italy but don’t want to go to the Amalfi Coast because of your budget, you can still save significant money by choosing where to stay, eat, and drink. You can make it happen with almost any budget. So why not take advantage of the most beautiful place on earth?