Driving the stretch of Italy’s southwestern shore, Costiera Amalfitana (Amalfi Coast), is a mixture of thrill and drama. The narrow and winding road weaves along the cliffs of Sorrentine Peninsula where every sharp curve is a heavenly surprise of attractive panoramas: green rugged mountains with colorful villages steeply perched on hillsides clinging to the vertical terrain while peeping on the sparkling blue waters below.
If you are into challenging, epic driving experience, then driving the coast of Amalfi is for you. But I do suggest hiring a private driver if you wanted to have that full concentration on those glorious sceneries on every bend of the road and take postcard photographs of it. Taking a bus could also be an option which is a good value for money if you have plenty of time to explore the place.
The drive along the coastline rewards you with spectacular landscapes passing by the jagged mountains with lush vegetation overshadowed by hanging lemon groves on one side and the cliffs overlooking the azure waters on the other. Amalfi, once a popular maritime republic, is a beautiful town to stop and to stroll around. Just along the road, you could enjoy the beach where you could take a walk and feel the breeze of the sea with the sight of the yachts and people on their bikinis under the colorful umbrellas. In the town center, just across the road, you could visit the Cathedral of St. Andrea and admire the fountain at the center of the town square. There are also plenty of shops selling ceramics, souvenirs and their very own limoncello, a popular liquor mainly produced in Amalfi Coast.
Stopping by the vertical town of Positano for lunch is a wonderful choice. Aside from having a variety of restaurants and cafes to choose from, you could bring your meal down either by walking on the streets lined with shops and boutiques, or sitting on the beach under an umbrella and enjoy the view.