Italy’s Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful places in the world, if not the most beautiful, and a place I think everyone should visit at least once. No matter how many photos you see, they will never do it justice — it’s truly a place you have to see through your own eyes. It is pure magic.
Winding roads curve around rocky cliffs jutting out into the sea, entire towns clinging precariously to their sides. The sea sparkles below in the sunshine, and through the hazy light ahead, it appears the curves and bends in the road stretch on into infinity. This is the Amalfi Coast, a seemingly endless stretch of coast boasting some of the most beautiful beaches and towns in the world.
This stretch of coastline is so revered for its beauty that it has even been given the honor of joining the world’s elite as a UNESCO world heritage site. I cannot stress this enough – if you ever have the chance to drive the Amalfi Coast, do it. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
There are a multitude of beautiful places to stop along the Amalfi Coast, but the real jewel of this region is the picture-perfect village of Positano. Even if you’re not a photographer, you’re going to want your camera for this one!
If I hadn’t seen it for myself, I probably wouldn’t even be convinced a place like this could still exist today. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Italy, yet the Italian charm and untouched natural beauty you’ll find here make Positano feel like anything but just another over-hyped tourist destination. Positano is unbelievably beautiful.
Those colorful houses stacked on top of each other so tightly that the cliff itself is no longer visible, the gentle waves lapping at the picturesque beaches below – there’s no denying Positano is a special place.
I’m not saying I could live in a place this small, although having scenery such as this as a permanent fixture in my life does make it tempting, but Positano is definitely the sort of place that helps me understand why people continue to return to the same place over and over again.
I feel like John Steinbeck said it best in an article which prompted a surge of tourism to Positano in the 1950’s that hasn’t abated since:
Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes becomingly real after you have gone.