There are lots of good reasons to visit the pretty towns of the Amalfi Coast, and one popular pastime there is shopping. To bring home a uniquely local souvenir, however, you’ve got to go beyond the designer boutiques and check out the ceramics of Vietri sul Mare.
There may be no more quintessentially Italian way to get around a city like Naples than on the back of a Vespa. We’ve all been drawn by the romance of zipping down historic streets past ancient landmarks – but then the reality of driving in Italian traffic sets in, and the whole thing seems far less romantic. Which is why taking a Vespa tour in Naples is such a great idea – because someone else does the driving.
In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Italy so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Italy!
A key ingredient to making one of Italy’s most popular food exports – pizza – is cheese. In Italy, it’s not just any cheese, it’s mozzarella. And, if you’re really looking for the best of the best, you’re looking for buffalo mozzarella from Campania.
When you arrive in the main square of Ravello, perched high above the sea on the gorgeous Amalfi Coast, one of the things that will catch your eye is the ivy-covered tower with an arched doorway. Follow your instincts through that door to see the lovely Villa Rufolo.
One could argue that no matter where you travel in Italy you should sample the gelato. But in some places, such as the island of Capri, you can take that experience a step further with a gelato class.
Arechi Castle overlooks the city of Salerno from a hill situated above the port, an imposing hint at a bygone era when such fortresses were necessary and meant to keep visitors out rather than draw them in.
Those who have given any thought to the sought-after truffle in Italy have likely associated it with the regions of Piedmont (where there’s an annual white truffle festival) or Tuscany (where the more common black truffle is plentiful). But there are truffles in the mountains of Campania, too, and when you’re visiting Naples you can actually go on a truffle hunt.
Every region in Italy produces wine, so although you may be more familiar with the wines of Tuscany and Piedmont, the Campania region — of which the Amalfi Coast is a part — has a rich history of viniculture that dates back thousands of years. When you’re visiting the Amalfi Coast, then, you can enjoy the fruits of the vine with a wine tour.
Naples can be challenging to love, but there’s so much worth seeing – and eating – in this bustling metropolis that it would be a shame to skip past it on your way to the Amalfi Coast. Luckily, both Naples and the beautiful Amalfi Coast are featured in the fourth episode of the PBS series, “Dream of Italy.”