At Piloti, we’re always looking to hit the road for our next adventure. In February, we teamed up with avid travelers Alex and Jo for an insider’s guide into their favorite sights and spots along the beautiful Amalfi Coast. It was a little colder than we were expecting (some days dipping below 50°F) but it was worth it for clear roads!
THE AMALFI COAST
At Piloti, we’re always looking to hit the road for our next adventure. In February, we teamed up with avid travelers Alex and Jo for an insider’s guide into their favorite sights and spots along the beautiful Amalfi Coast. It was a little colder than we were expecting (some days dipping below 10°C) but it was worth it for clear roads!
We began our adventure in Sorrento – a beautiful seaside city, known for its plunging cliffs and plentiful citrus fruit groves (every so often, a strong breeze would come up that would have us dodging a lemon or two!). It probably comes as no surprise that Sorrento is the birthplace of Limoncello, a world famous lemon liqueur that makes an excellent souvenir for those back home. This resort town is an easy, one-hour drive straight down the Autostrada from Naples Airport, after picking up your rental car. Or, if you’d like a more classic experience like we had, hire an original Alfa Romeo from Sergio at Spider Lifestyle – you won’t be disappointed!
Once in Sorrento, Alex and Jo introduced us to the family-run Il Roseto B&B, where you can see the famous Mount Vesuvius volcano from the poolside. If you’re looking for a luxurious alternative, you can’t get any grander than the Excelsior Vittoria hotel, which dates back to the mid 1800s and overlooks the beautiful Gulf of Naples. For authentic local cuisine, we loved La Catinaccia del Popolo (don’t leave Sorrento without trying their special Cannoli dessert!) – or, for a real slice of Southern Italy, try a pizza-to-go from Pizzeria de Franco, head to one of the stunning pull-ins along the coastal route, and enjoy a private alfresco sunset dinner! A prized location for this is Villa Murat where you can park up and watch the sun slowly sink behind the Island of Capri.
The next morning, we woke up bright and early to begin our journey along the Amalfi Coast Highway. Beginning with a series of gentle curves paved into the side of a massive cliff-face, the drive becomes increasingly more exhilarating, to include sharp bends, hairpins and tunnels – but never fear, there are plenty of places to pull off and park, where you can take pictures and enjoy the view.
Our next stop was Positano, where Alex and Jo recommended staying up in the hills in one of the two beautiful rooms at La Tagliata – or at the very least, paying a visit for lunch or dinner, where Mamma’s dish of the day will give you a true taste of Italy. Otherwise, an ideal place to refuel yourself is Il Grottino Azzurro (the pasta came highly recommended – but this is Italy after all!). If La Tagliata is full, or if you’d prefer to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean, you can’t get any closer than Hotel Bucca del Bacco. Grab a pistachio or chocolate orange gelato from their own Gelateria, and enjoy the postcard-perfect views of Positano from the beach opposite.
On to Amalfi, where we parked right by the harbour (another perk of off-season – better parking!) to explore the narrow streets of the old town to visit Amalfi Cathedral and sample some freshly caught Fritto Misto. A sea town situated at the bottom of a deep ravine, Amalfi was once the capital of the Duchy of Amalfi, and is the place to be for fresh fish and seafood. While we ultimately made the journey back to Sorrento that night, Alex and Jo suggest that if you’re able to extend your trip for a night or two more, take a drive up the hills to check out the beautiful 13th century Hotel Parsifal. While you’re there, you can always give the four wheels a rest and take the scenic pathways and many, many steps to Minori or Atrani.
Just remember to wear sensible footwear - but we guess that we’ve already got that one covered!