Wish I could tell you that this is our cute Italian car that we enjoyed on our Amalfi Coast drive. It definitely would have been the perfect car to explore the windy coastal roads to some spectacular Amalfi Coast towns! But no, this one belongs to one of the local residents, and after driving the Amalfi Coast ourselves, we completely and totally understand why she chose the smallest, tiniest car possibly!!
As we landed at the Naples airports from our visit to Venice, we decided to hire a Fiat Qubo through Auto Europe car rentals for our drive from Naples to the Amalfi Coast. Prior to this holiday, I remember watching YouTube videos of people driving around the narrow, zigzagging, cliff-hugging Amalfi Coast coastal roads. I remember laughing with Jolene about the comments of drivers in the videos, being shocked at how the buses seemed to squeeze through spaces too small for them; seeing drivers fold in their car-mirrors as they narrow-miss each other by mere centimeters; and excitedly imagining myself behind the wheel!! I couldn’t wait to get on those roads myself.
Don’t be afraid to go on an Amalfi road trip down this memorable, amazing and oh so dramatic coastline. See it as an adventure and a bit of a fun challenge. Get a car, prepare a map, an Amalfi Coast road trip itinerary and experience this magical place for yourself. It is truly incredible driving on these Amalfi Coast roads, looking out your window and being able to stop for a photo at whichever breathtaking view comes up around the various bends and corners. There is something to be said about having the freedom of spending as much or as little time in each of the destinations instead of being ruled by a tour or bus company’s schedule!
Driving the Amalfi Coast | The Amalfi Coast Map
This was our planned Amalfi Coast map route for the day! These are definitely and we consider these to be the ‘must-see, worth stopping at’ Amalfi Coast towns to visit.
Amalfi Coast Towns to visit on an Amalfi Coast Drive
Amalfi Coast Positano
”Our choice for a base whilst road tripping around Amalfi Coast.”
It is absolutely amazing to turn the corner on the winding, hairpin bending Amalfi Coast coastal road and see the magnificent little town of Positano looming in front of you! It is one of our favourite places in the world to date! View from the Positano pebble stone covered Spiaggia Grande.
If you would like to read more about this spectacular town, you can find all about Amalfi Coast Positano on our previous blog post, just follow this link, or watch our video here. If you are wondering where to stay in Positano, read about our gorgeous and totally affordable stay at Villa Mary here. You can check their TripAdvisor reviews here!
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Praiano Amalfi Coast
”Said to have the longest days and the most amazing sunsets.”
Praiano, Amalfi Coast is located in between Positano and Amalfi Town, about 10 minutes drive from each other. Alternatively you can take a Sita bus down the SS163. Be aware that buses can get very crowded, especially in the busier times of the year. (You can buy the bus tickets at the local ‘Tabacchi’ store.)
Here at Praiano, the beach of Marina di Praia is neatly sheltered by high cliffs, carefully tucked away in a unique cove where you can feel a little bit secluded from the hustle and bustle of tourists.
View from the lookout point on the side of the winding Amalfi Coast road. (Photo Source – Eleonora Bellini)
This romantic little town at the open sea is ‘littered’ with history, pastel coloured houses, shrines and churches. Whilst it might not take you very long to explore, every bend and stairway will remind you as to why this specific coastline is so popular and world known.
(Photo Source – Tom Willett)
Make sure to check out Praiano’s Church of Santa Maria a Castro, Church of San Luca Evangelista and Church of San Gennaro. San Gennaro is known for it’s golden glow in contrast against the dark blue Mediterranean waters, so make sure you snap a photo here.
(Photo Source – Mariano Mantel)
Borgo di Furore
‘The town that isn’t a town.’
Furore, Fury in Italian, is a must see.
Furore is located in between Praiano and Amalfi Town. As it is pretty small and easy to miss on your Amalfi Coast drive wen you concentrate on the steep cliff edges, it advisable to slow down when you get close. Take a walk down the 200 metre descend to this amazing beach and don’t forget to take the camera!!
You won’t find masses of tourists here, but only a handful of locals, occasional spear fishermen and a few scattered holiday rooms to rent. The climb back up to the top is a little exhausting, but the effort is worth the unique opportunity to step foot on this amazing beach. It is definitely a ‘must-see’ destination on your road trip.
”The centre of Amalfi Coast.”
The Amalfi town is located only a few minutes drive from Furore, right in the centre of the Amalfi Coast. For those without a car, you can also hop on a Sita bus from Positano. During the summer months you can also get here via public water transport.
Here the atmosphere surrounding you is totally relaxing and it happens to be one of the few places on this coast line where space opens up. This town, dating back to the Roman time, is definitely a crowd pleaser. The masses of tourists spread over the beach, boats filled to the brim with new-comers and day-trippers pull in and out of the harbour.
Amalfi Town is clustered with white houses, mazed with alleyways crisscrossed throughout this medieval feeling town and scattered with watch towers overlooking the town squares. The alleys in Amalfi are congested with tourists and locals are driving closely at your feet, so immerse yourself in the feel of this gorgeous town.
Don’t forget to try the local Limoncello, stop over at many of the local shops to purchase gifts and souvenirs for the family and don’t forget to cool down with an amazing gelato.
Apart from that, the Amalfi Town attractions include the impressive Paper Museum and the magnificent Duomo. Climb the 62 steps to the Cathedral towering over the main piazza, step inside and loose yourself for a moment or two between bronze statues, silver masonry and enjoy the beautiful Italian baroque art.
‘The fishing village’
Located just a few minutes from Amalfi town, you will find the fishing village of Atrani.
(Photo Source – Andrei Pavel)
This smallest town in the whole Southern Italy is yet another gorgeous place to stop and admire. The colourful houses clinging to the sides of the cliff and the steep flights of stairs only add to the beauty of Atrani.
White and pastel villas peacefully look out over the town centre. Balconies filled with flowers and the relaxing atmosphere found here definitely makes it a destination worthy to stop at and enjoy, if only for a while.
Atrani is famous for it’s seafood, so do not hesitate to book a table and enjoy a lunch at one of the lovely restaurants in this little town. They say to try Involtini di Mozzarella in Foglia di Limone, which are simply delicious mozzarella rolls in lemon leaf, yumm!!
Ravello Amalfi Coast
”The Almafi Coast cliff-top town.” Ravello, Amalfi Coast has picturesque views, amazing gardens, delicious home cooked food, classical music concerts, spectacular villas and many more. With only a short trip from Atrani; 3 kilometres up a hil; you are high up at the top of the cliff looking at the amazing Amalfi Coast from almost a birds eye view. In the heart of Ravello, here at this magnificent white marble Duomo ,we witnessed the beginning of a wedding, Amalfi Coast style. What a gorgeous place for a special moment in life for the lucky couple. Definitely a place to visit on your Amalfi Coast holiday in Italy! Ravello is a slower paced town, where you can breath a little after a busy day of road-tripping, strolling down the alleys and gardens. There are many spectacular views and villas to visit here, but Villa Cimbrone has captured our hearts. The amazing gardens and the enchanting statues at the Terrace of Infinity which is looking out over the Mediterranean waters will be forever engraved in our minds.
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The Amalfi Coast drive is arguably the world’s most stunning and thrilling road trip. In our opinion you simply can’t go to the Amalfi Coast and not drive on this scenic winding, bending and curving oceanic road!!
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Over to you:
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