The Amalfi Coast is a popular choice for honeymooners, and as someone who went there on my own honeymoon, I can attest to its beauty. The truth is there are endless reasons to choose this stunning strip of southern Italy, but here are six that should sell it to you.
The Incredible Scenery
Once you head south and escape the slightly grotty urban outskirts of Naples (the usual starting point for an Amalfi Coast trip), the countryside opens up and the views quickly become mind-blowing. From the coastal road itself which has been used in Bond films to the rolling hills, olive and lemon groves and the vast expanse of the Tyrrhenian Sea, this coastline is dreamlike. Traveling from Naples, you can either take the circumvesuviana train, a coach or taxi, and the road and railway will both provide incredible vistas.
The Food & Drink
Go anywhere in Italy and you’ll find fantastic food and drink, but on the Amalfi Coast it’s just a little bit more special. Being by the sea means fresh fish and seafood, which often ends up in delicious seafood pasta, cooked with a little garlic and dressed with local olive oil. There are few things better.
The drinks are beyond excellent too, with endless Italian wines to choose from, plus of course the local liquor, limoncello. This fresh, strong and zesty drink is perfect for a palate-cleansing post-meal digestive. You won’t lack a choice of cocktails on the Amalfi Coast either and there are countless terraces on which to enjoy an ice cold martini with fresh local olives.
Sorrento is perhaps the most famous town on this peninsula (and it is a gorgeous spot), but Positano beats it hands down for beauty and romance. Perched on cliffs overlooking the indigo sea, this steep little town is simply stunning. White and pastel coloured villas, hotels, restaurants and pensiones cling to the hillsides, purple bougainvillea overflowing from their balconies, above a strip of golden beach. It is a popular tourist destination for very good reason and a must-visit spot if you’re in this part of the world.
Stunning beaches and hotels are enough for some honeymooners, but if you want to take in a bit of culture and history the Amalfi Coast is a great place to be. In the suburbs of Naples is Herculaneum and a little further south Pompeii, an ancient Roman town that has been incredibly well preserved because of the way it was devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
Both sites are fascinating but it’s worth noting that Pompeii is considerably bigger, so will take some time to fully explore, while Herculaneum can be seen in a couple of hours.
Around the peninsula from Positano is Amalfi, another town that you have to visit if you decide to honeymoon in this part of the world. Here you’ll find a charming old marine town backing onto endless lemon groves, and a stunning 9th century Roman cathedral, whose architecture is a fusion of Roman and Byzantine.
Wander along winding streets of shops, cafes and bars, and wend your way up into the lemon-scented hills to see the full beauty of the town and its surroundings.
Exploring by Boat
Once you have reached the Amalfi Coast, the best way to travel is by boat. The major towns have regular ferries between each other, so you can jump on a boat to/from Amalfi along the coast, or head out for day trips to island favorites like Capri and Ischia.
Approaching these places from the sea means there are even more amazing views to take in. And sitting under the sun with a beer or prosecco while you travel is much more pleasant than sitting in traffic.