Amalfi Coast: Things to Know

Style Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow speaks about the Amalfi Coast Guide in Capri

Style Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow speaks about the Amalfi Coast Guide in Capri

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You’ve probably come across so many stunning images of the Amalfi Coast by now and may have even questioned if it truly is that beautiful – trust me, it does not even compare to how breathtaking it is in person! Waking up every morning and seeing the water against this hillside paradise lined with colorful villages always left me with a ‘pinch me’ moment. So, I definitely wanted to answer as many of your questions here because if you haven’t been yet or want to revisit, you absolutely must.

Q: How to get there?

There were certainly a few legs involved on the trip and delays to be expected. Especially, since we flew out of Miami and decided to fly into Rome instead of Naples (nearest major airport in Amalfi Coast); prices were significantly higher for Naples and we did not mind the commute from Rome. We made it a part of our trip (see my Rome to-do’s here)! Plus, it is fairly easy…many make the extra commute because you can take a high speed train from Rome to Naples. From there, you will need to take a ferry or hire a driver to take you to Positano.

Q: How much does it cost?

I won’t sugarcoat it. It is expensive.

After all, it is considered a major tourist trap being that it is one of the world’s most mesmerizing destinations, locals can (and do) charge visitors more. I will say this, it is important to create a budget around what you plan to do, book everything in advance (months, if you can)…and stick to it. I know, easier said than done! For me I was constantly juggling that saying: “you can’t put a price on memories.”

Q: Hotel vs. Airbnb, which one should I do?

I think this truly depends on your preference and the type of experience you would like. For us, we wanted the ease of having all the resources readily available from the hotel staff, unique amenities and service in our room. We did not want to worry about laundry, cooking and cleaning too much on vacation, so we opted for some of our dream hotels.

Q: Are luxury hotels worth it?

Yes, every penny.

In fact, when I travel to a new foreign country I prefer to book a luxury hotel. Every hotelier usually speaks English and are complete experts in the city; the security and amenities are well worth it. Some (like ours) may even have a Michelin-star restaurant, incredible views from the patio and complimentary perks like a boat tour of the coast! The hospitality is exceptional, bar none. We really loved staying at Le Sirenuse Positano, Belmond Hotel Caruso and Capri Tiberio Palace.

Q: What were the highlights?

Aside from fine dining (we’re both foodies at heart), we loved hiring Salvatore in Ravello to show us around Ravello and Amalfi. He literally took the roads less traveled to avoid crowds and showed us so many secret spots tourists do not know about it. He also invited us back to his home to have limoncello and meet his family. It was a very sweet moment.

I also loved Fontelina Beach Club in Capri! The weather warmed up (it was oddly very chilly while we were there, which is not normal in May), we had fun sipping cocktails and swimming. We practically had the entire place to ourselves!

Q: Should I rent a car?

No, you don’t need to. We figured it might be best to leave the very narrow roads, windy factors, steep drop offs and hilly cliffs to the locals (who drive it daily) to guide us around! We truly enjoyed our charming driver Salvatore and his vintage Fiat Jolly. Check with your hotel to see if they offer complimentary shuttles (most do) or ferry schedules. Public transportation is common in Europe and generally the best way to get around.

Q: Best time of year?

Without a doubt, anytime between April – June.

My opinion would be May (heart eyes) because it’s the perfect temperature and the scent of orange blossoms, lemons and jasmine begin to fill the spring air. The beautiful bougainvilleas are in bloom too, which add to the already breathtaking coast…oh, and did I mention few tourists?

BUT! This season was much colder than normal. We didn’t mind it because we seldom get to experience chilly weather (living in Florida full-time).

Q: What else should I know?

You actually don’t have to worry about speaking Italian! Most of the locals speak English very well, which worked out nicely for us. But it definitely does not hurt to know a few phrases, they will appreciate it.

Prepare for stairs and tons of walking, because most of the towns are built into the cliffs and are very uneven for cars to go up on. *Sigh I definitely have some battle scars from my shoe choices – I opted for sandals during the day and mid-heels for dinner. Next time, I will have to pack some comfier options to change into as I go!

Xo, Stephanie

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