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Beautiful Amalfi on the Italian Coast

Posted by Jody on March 20, 2013

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Chloe Trogden.

My husband and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Italy, and we rented a car to drive from Venice on down the west coast to Sorrento. Along the way, we got a little lost — but it was the best detour of our whole trip.

After shooting past our exit for Sorrento, we drove to the other end of the small peninsula and had to drive in a loop all the way around back to Sorrento. On the way, we passed through Amalfi and many other mountain towns on the beautiful Italian coast.

Italy's Amalfi Coast (Photo by Chloe Trogden)

Beautiful Amalfi on the Italian Coast (Photo by Chloe Trogden)

Our drive through windy, coastal mountain roads gave us stunning views of the ocean and the beautiful beaches below.

Amalfi is a relatively small town, but it borders the coast entirely. However, much of that border is rocky cliff that drops straight down to the waters below. In a few places, there is a steep road that leads down to homes and businesses, as well as a beach or two.

Italy's Amalfi Coast (Photo by Chloe Trogden)

Beautiful Amalfi on the Italian Coast (Photo by Chloe Trogden)

The Spiaggia Grande is a lively beach with crystal-blue waters. Though it is a relatively small stretch of beach, it more than makes up for it with its white sandy shore and stunning views of the town on a mountainside behind it.

The beach has a few bathing establishments, or you can choose to relax on the small section of free beach. Since it is so small, the beach becomes packed pretty quickly. It’s better to visit on the off season before the crowds become too intense.

Italy's Amalfi Coast (Photo by Chloe Trogden)

Beautiful Amalfi on the Italian Coast (Photo by Chloe Trogden)

If the beach does get too full, take a stroll into town and explore the historic center or enjoy some local cuisine, including fresh seafood or citrus that is grown right on the mountainside.

If you are planning a longer trip and want to explore the area, nearby Atrani Beach is a family favorite, and you can drive to surrounding towns such as Sorrento and Positano. You can also take a ferry or a boat to the nearby island of Capri, which has many more stunning views and historical attractions.

About the Author: Chloe Trogden is seasoned financial aid writer who covers specific opportunities such as federal grants for students. Her leisure activities include camping, swimming and playing her guitar.


A very special “Grazie mille!” to you, Chloe, for taking us on a such a beautiful tour of  Amalfi, Italy! You’ve certainly shown us that sometimes the best finds in life are the wonderful and very unexpected detours! ~Jody


9 Responses to “Beautiful Amalfi on the Italian Coast”

  1. Marianne said

    Chloe, such lovely photographs! You must have had a wonderful time there. The ancient feel of the country really comes through in the panoramic photos. Thank you for sharing your trip.

    And thank you, too, Jody…have a wonderful day,


  2. shazzarob said

    I had the pleasure of visiting Sorento and the Amalfi coastline a few years ago. It is indeed a beautiful place and the steep coastal road with its hair pin bends is certainly an adventure! Positano , i think was the most gorgeous town ever with its colourful houses built into the cliffs. We took a ferry too to Capri, took in the sights of the ancient ruins of Pompei and the view from our hotel balcony in Sorento was of blue blue sea and the volcano Vesuvius.Sigh, wish i was there right now enjoying a limoncello on the balcony. 🙂

  3. Rahburt said

    Amazing. I’d love to go there one day.

  4. Getting lost is the best thing when you are travelling – it certainly makes for good stories!

  5. E.G.D. said

    Wow! What a fun detour! I have definitely noticed that some of the best beaches I’ve experienced were ones I wasn’t specifically aiming for. I really enjoyed this article, and I would love to get lost in Italy someday ^_^

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