A day on the Amalfi Coast
From first thing in the morning to way beyond midnight,
on the Amalfi Coast the pleasure is never ending.
A leisurely breakfast
The perfect start to the perfect day? A typical Italian breakfast of cappuccino and cake, in one of the Amalfi Coast's stylish pavement cafés or historic pastry shops.
For the very best of the areas pastries, head to De Riso in Minori or La Zagara in Positano..
Indulge in the sweet and savory delights of the Amalfi Coast.
Off to the sea!
On the Amalfi Coast it's not unusual to find sunbathers on the area's beaches shortly after dawn.
Almost everywhere on the Amalfi Coast, the sun disappears behind the Latteri Mountains in the early afternoon so, to get maximum sunshine and to make sure you find a place on one of the Amalfi Coast's beaches, none of which are particularly large, you'll want to head to the sea straight after breakfast.
Here, you can try and find a patch of 'free' beach or pay for the privilege of lazing on a sun lounger in one of the expensive waterfront bathing establishments.
The more adventurous will no doubt want to hire a boat (with or without crew), with which to reach one of the enchanting little inlets only accessible from the sea, where they can swim in blissful solitude ...
Check out the beaches of the Amalfi Coast.
There's nothing quite like a morning spent by the sea to bring on a healthy appetite, and there's nothing quite like a plate of seafood spaghetti, accompanied by a glass of chilled white wine, to satisfy it.
You'll find a restaurant on almost every single beach on the Amalfi Coast, one of the most characteristic being Da Alfonso al Mare, on the little beach of Laureto in Positano.
Spaghetti alle Vongole is just one of the traditional dishes, served in the Amalfi Coast's restaurants.
The ideal time to visit the Amalfi Coast's churches, museums and monuments is during the post lunchtime lull. This is the "controra", or siesta, when, especially in the hot summer months, the locals retire for a pasta-induced snooze.
Almost all shops are closed and the streets practically deserted. However the shady gardens of Ravello's elegant villas offer tourists welcome solace from the baking afternoon sun.
Another great place to explore whilst waiting for the Italians to wake, is the Valley delle Ferriere, just behind Amalfi, traversed by icy cold mountain streams and home to a magnificent display of rare ferns.
After the afternoon break the shops reopen, thus giving day trippers the chance to purchase that special souvenir of the Amalfi Coast before departing.
Absolute musts for fashion fans are Positano's famous handmade sandals and colorful beachwear which you will find in almost every town on the Amalfi Coast.
For the best selection of the areas ceramics, youll want to go to Vietri sul Mare. If you would like to take a taste of the Amalfi Coast back home with you, head inland to where, between Tramonti and Furore, the areas finest wines and cheeses are produced.
Where to shop on the Amalfi Coast.
Under the star specked sky
By this time, the sun has long since disappeared behind the Lattari mountains, the sea is illuminated by the lights of the fishing boats, and the streets are filled with the powerful scent of orange blossom and honeysuckle: the perfect setting for a romantic candlelit dinner in one of the Amalfi Coast's seafront restaurants.
If you want to mingle with the crowd and experience the local traditions, take a note of the dates of the Amalfi Coasts festivals: in the summer theres one almost every week...
The night has only just begun
And if, as the clock strikes midnight, you still don't feel tired, this is the time to join the glamorous crowd dancing the night away in Positano's Music on the Rocks or Praiano's Africana.
For an evening you'll never forget, board one of the private boats which, each Saturday, transport revelers from Positano's harbor across the water to Capri, to brush shoulders with the celebrities strutting their stuff on the dance floor (and on the tables!) of the island's notorious Anema e Core night club.
Of course, fashion is fickle, and the names and addresses of 'in' venues can change: the social networks will keep you up to date!