The Amalfi Coast, unlike most beach-centric destinations, probably isn’t on top of most lists for Christmas vacations. This isn’t a tropical climate we’re talking about, so the weather over the Christmas holidays is likely to be chilly and rainy – not exactly conducive to suntanning – and some of the tourist infrastructure is going to be closed for the off-season. Still, if you’re not looking for a sun-soaked holiday and just want to experience a bit of the Italian Christmas spirit, the Amalfi Coast and Naples may be good options to consider.
Visiting just about any city in Italy during the Christmas holidays can be a magical experience. But for year-round Christmas spirit, you can’t quite beat Naples. This is, after all, a city with a street that’s affectionately known as “Christmas Alley” by locals and visitors alike. Here’s what to expect from a Christmas trip to Naples.
What better way to sample a particular dish than to do it in the city where it was born? And, even better, how about learning to make that dish in that city? In Naples, the dish is pizza – and yes, you can learn to make an authentic Neapolitan pizza in Naples.
Sorrento makes a great base from which to explore some of Italy’s most-visited destinations – including the picturesque Amalfi Coast and one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. If you’re planning to settle in Sorrento for a few days to see the local sights as well as explore the area, here are some of the places you can include on your itinerary.
The port city of Salerno isn’t nearly as visited as the nearby Amalfi Coast, or the much-smaller Sorrento, the town that serves as the opposite Amalfi Coast bookend, but that’s arguably one of its charms. The city makes an excellent home base in the area, not least for its proximity to places like Positano and Paestum, and it’s a relative bargain compared to some of the more touristy spots. It’s also a major cruise port in this part of Italy.
Some of the things we always love to see in Italy are the ruins – but not all of them are from Ancient Rome. In fact, not all of them are particularly ancient at all. The buildings in the Valley of the Mills in Sorrento were only abandoned in the 20th century – but that doesn’t make them any less appealing to look at.
Just because most travelers are headed for cities like Sorrento or Amalfi when they stay on the Amalfi Coast doesn’t mean you should follow suit. Choosing Salerno as a home base means you’re staying in a city that’s cheaper and less touristy than its more famous neighbors. Not only that, it gives you access to the same great day trip destinations and attractions.
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular places to visit in Italy, especially in the summer when the beaches up and down the coastline get crowded with both Italians and foreigners soaking up that famous sunshine. But if you’re hoping to avoid the thickest crowds while still taking advantage of warm weather, then a shoulder season like autumn is a great time to go to the Amalfi Coast.
When you’re planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast, spending as much time on or near the water seems like a no-brainer. This is, after all, a place with “coast” right in the name. Most visitors will opt for simply lying on the beach and gazing at the view, but if that isn’t satisfying then you’ll be pleased to know you can also go sailing on the Amalfi Coast.