During our trip to southwestern Italy, we elected to stay in the town of Sorrento and sign up for day trips to places of interest, including the Amalfi Coast, the stretch of coastline along the southern edge of the Sorrentine Peninsula known for the picturesque towns clinging to its steep cliffs.

Our excursion included stops in the towns of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. Unlike the Cinque Terre, we found the towns to have an unexpected amount of variation. Positano was the most picturesque and had the better beaches while Amalfi seemed to be bursting with tourists and historical buildings. Ravello ultimately won our hearts since it had the least crowds and a quiet, romantic feel. We would consider returning there on our next visit.

Adventures: Driving the coastal road, Santa Maria Assunta Church, Positano's Marina Grande Beach, Amalfi Cathedral, street food, wine tasting

Takeaways: 1) The coastal drive is part of the experience. 2) Bus drivers in this area have impressive driving skills. 3) There's a reason Positano is called the "vertical town". It has a lot of steps. 4) Amalfi is bursting with tourists. 5) Ravello has cooler temperatures.

Memorable Moments: 1) Watching drivers navigate the coastal road. They would pull in their side-view mirrors so there would be room (mere inches) for two vehicles to pass. 2) Climbing down the steps to Positano's Marina Grande Beach. 3) Taking in Ravello's view of the sea. 4) Tasting Ravello's wine.

1) Get a seat on the right-side of the vehicle (when facing forward) for the best views of the coastline. 
2) Avoid visiting in the summer months when the crowds and heat are at their peak.
3) Carry coins for public bathrooms.
4) Pack resort wear.

Good Read:
The Best Amalfi Coast Towns for Every Type of Traveler by Gina Mussio


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