Why Amalfi Coast is the Best Destination for Solo Female Travel
If you have been itching for some poetic place to travel solo, visit the Amalfi Coast located on the southern border of Italy. The Amalfi Coast clasping hands with the Tyrrhenian Sea, is a beautiful coastal town to travel solo in Italy. It is a refreshing place for travellers who have been at some point drained of breaching the historical and architectural wonders of Italy.
Are you ready to travel solo to the Amalfi Coast? It is very simple to explore the Amalfi Coast. Having visited the five key coastal villages of the Amalfi Coast and tasting their lemon drink, I have covered the Amalfi Coast of Italy.
Amalfi – an escape from the city
Saying Amalfi Coast is a picturesque place to solo travel is a way more oversimplifying statement. Amalfi Coast is a den of the natural world. The steep vertical houses, dishevelled paths, lined up ferries, blue at every sight, green at every wink, and lemon in every breath best define the beautiful Amalfi Coast, Italy.
Why is Amalfi the best place to visit?
Like I said in the beginning, perhaps there are many reasons why you should solo travel to the Amalfi Coast. The most satisfying reason is it is the safest destination to solo travel for women and an all–in–one tourist destination in Italy. Jotting them down,
- Places like cathedrals, villas, and towers depict the historic beauty.
- Have a relaxing time in their colourful gardens with photogenic backgrounds and Belvedere terrace.
- Amalfi has the best Italian cuisine. Fresh and tasty fish foods are at hand.
- Take scenic ferry rides and boat excursions to the nearest village.
- Go for an adventurous cruise ride to the island of Capri.
- Hiking is double fun in the slumbering town of Amalfi.
- Watch the picturesque natural beauty while riding a Vespa.
- Indulge in water activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, cliff climbing, and so much more.
Solo travel to the Amalfi Coast is incomplete without visiting the village of Amalfi. The village of Amalfi is rightly positioned below Mount Cerrito. That said, you wouldn’t want to miss hiking in Mount Cerrito on your visit to Amalfi.
The other tourist locations in Amalfi are the Amalfi Cathedral and the Museum of Paper. The Amalfi Cathedral is a medieval landmark in Amalfi. So, the interesting part is climbing the 62 stairs to finally enter the door of the cathedral.
Next to China, the Amalfi region is notable for the invention of handmade paper called Bambagina. So, the museum of paper, which dates back to ancient, is eagerly looked up by travellers in Italy. Don’t miss out on the museum of paper on your solo travel to Amalfi.
Coastal villages of Amalfi Coast
Besides the central attraction in the village of Amalfi Coast, there are five other coastal villages nearby the Amalfi Coast to travel solo. The towns are,
- Minori & Maiori
Positano is the first town in the Amalfi coat. It is notorious for its steep structure and houses painted in yellow, pink, and grey. Grande and Fornillo are the beachy areas—you wouldn’t miss drying your skin off in Positano. The isle of La Gilli is another location to visit in Positano. Myth has it that the isle was once the host of sirens.
On your solo travel to Ravello on the Amalfi Coast, visit Villa Ruffalo and Villa Cimbrone (terrace of infinity). Both the historic villas have gorgeous belvedere, shades of flowers, and a magnetic viewpoint—a place to please your eyes with the colours of the world. Notable mention to the Ravello cathedral and the UNESCO recognized auditorium by Oscar Niemeyer.
Sorrento is a calm not so crowded neighbourhood on the Amalfi Coast. This local town has amazing Italian foods and cheap accommodation facilities. While you are in Sorrento, you must visit the chiostro di San Francesco, an alluringly standing medieval cloister, Piazzo Tasso, a bar overlooking the sea, and the Bagni Regina Giovanna, one of the pleasing locations on the coast.
Atrani is the smallest village on the Amalfi Coast, famously known as the fish village. Besides the Atrani beaches decorated with pebbles and black soil, the sanctuary of Santa Maria del bando, Vicoli, Scale e archi are the top attractions in Atrani. Since you are in Atrani, spend some pennies to fill your stomach with fish eateries. Fish meals are delicious here.
Minori & Maiori
Minori and Maiori are tiny towns on the Amalfi Coast intersecting with each other. A place packed with busy travellers and beach clubs. The Minori Cathedral, Villa Marittima Romana, and the hamlet of Torre are notable destinations in Minori. The walk between Minori and Maiori is the ‘path of lemons,’ nothing much but lemon groves and a stunning view of the Amalfi Coast. Belvedere della Mortella located beneath the hamlet of Torre, is a beautiful terrace to take pictures of.
Vespa Touring in Amalfi Coast
Now that I have listed the places to visit on the Amalfi Coast on your solo travel, the rising question is how to travel to these nearby villages. My choice is renting a Vespa. Almost nothing is cooler than travelling in Vespa on the coastline overlooking the cobalt blue sea while being harshly brushed by the wind. If you are ready for a Vespa ride in Amalfi, click here to know how to rent a Vespa in Italy.
Must-visit places in Amalfi Coast
Grotta dello Smeraldo
Grotta dello Smeraldo (The cave of Emerald) is a must-visit place on solo travel to the Amalfi Coast. The cave located in Conca dei Marini is accessible to visitors with an entry fee of 5 euros every day. This naturally formed cave is immersed in the sea. When the sunlight enters the water body through the holes in a cave, the water lights up to an emerald colour, spreading the effect of calmness.
Grotto Azzurro (the cave of blue) located in Capri is another spot of magic. Even under the parching sun, if you enter the cave of blue, it is drop-dead dark above and salient blue at the bottom. On your entire trip inside out the cave, you would be probably wondering if you really swam through the water or a glass with blue reflections. A wondrous spot worth 15 euros.
Hiking in Amalfi Coast
Hiking is one of the inevitably and incredibly pleasurable things to do on the Amalfi Coast on your solo travel in Italy. Capturing the natural world of Amalfi is achieved through this adventurous activity of hiking. While there are many spots to go hiking on the Amalfi peninsula, I like to talk about a must-visit hiking spot in Amalfi called the Path of God.
The Path of God
The path of God is a rewarding hiking trail on the Amalfi Coast. The trail covering a total of 7.6 km starts from Bomerano village of Agerola and ends in Positano. It takes about 5 hours to complete the trekking.
Other go-to spots for hiking on the Amalfi Coast on your solo travel are,
- Punta Campanella in Termini (4 km) (takes 2 hrs)
- Santa maria del castello in Positano (4 kms) (takes 3 hrs)
- Valle dei mulini in Positano (6.1 km) (takes 4 hrs)
- Monte Molare in Agerola (12.2 km) (takes 7 hrs)
- Monte Canino in Agerola ( 5.1 km) (takes 2.5 hrs)
- Tre Calli in Bomerano (9.9 km) (takes 6 hrs)
- Ring of Mount Faito in Capri (8.5 km) (takes 5 hrs)
Where can I take photos on the Amalfi Coast?
Travel goes unfulfilled without taking photos and, of course, uploading them on social media platforms (i.e., especially if you call yourself an influencer). With that in mind, let me tell you the stunning landmark areas of the Amalfi Coast you must have pictures of.
Probably this is the picture that comes online when you surf the Amalfi Coast—the deep blue sea with three rock formations. It is the ideal picture of the Amalfi Coast, and I don’t want you to skip it. I recommend you to take two pictures in this spot. One is at a distance when the three rock formations are visible. Then, get ready to take a picture when the boat goes under the rock formation with a cave kind of entry.
Fiordo di Furore
Fiordo di Furore is a remarkable place to take a picture—a light beach, trapping two mountains in it. The two mountains connected by a bridge open into a narrow passage is Fiordo di Furore.
With mountains and towns on the cliffs making the Amalfi coastal region, a panoramic view of the wondrous towns of Amalfi from the land level is a wanted one. Positano is the right place to go for this shot.
Lemon orchards are significant landmarks of the Amalfi Coast. A picture of you in a lemon orchard or simply a picture of lemon orchards with countless largely blossomed lemons will be a memory to take back home.
Ferry view shot of Amalfi Coast
Taking pictures of the Amalfi Coast from the ferry ride comes out with unspeakable beauties of Amalfi to your followers. You can have your own postcard picture of the Amalfi Coast and make it viral!
Day trips from Amalfi Coast
The bay of Naples distances the Amalfi Coast from the city of Naples. Naples, Pompeii, and Herculaneum are a viewable distance from the Amalfi Coast. So, you can visit these places while you travel solo to Amalfi Coast.
How to reach Amalfi Coast
Italy’s Amalfi Coast is located along a peninsula in Salerno province. Naples lies closest to it. You can reach the Amalfi Coast by flight, car, train, ferry, and bus. However, a flight journey is a must to reach Amalfi.
Once you land at Naples International Airport, you can either take a ferry or train to reach Sorrento, one of the closest villages to Amalfi. From there you can either take a bus or a ferry to reach Amalfi. Or else, you can also check for a direct cruise from Naples to Amalfi to save your money and travel time.
Where to stay on Amalfi Coast
There are two places tailored to have a good night’s sleep on the Amalfi Coast. They are Atrani and Sorrento. Atrani and Sorrento are relatively inexpensive compared to the other coastal towns in Amalfi. On my solo travel to Amalfi Coast, I first stayed in Sorrento, covering Sorrento, Positano, and Ravello. I then stayed in Atrani, covering the Amalfi, Atrani, Minori, and Maori villages.
I stayed in Florida hotels and hostels in Sorrento and L’Argine Fiorito in Atrani. While the former is a 100% cheap resort, the latter is a bit expensive traditional building turned hotel in Atrani.
For inexpensive lodging, you can check out my blog post on 24 Affordable Hostels/Airbnbs for Solo Travellers on Amalfi Coast.
Best time to travel Amalfi Coast
Other than the winters from November to March, you can solo travel to the Amalfi Coast anytime. April and May are when the sun is at its peak, and the time lemons of Amalfi elevate their face. June to August is not burning sun but still hot weather. So far, it is the time crowded with travellers. Finally, September to October is the bye-bye sun period between when the weather is warm and cool.
Limoncello, the souvenir of Amalfi
The best thing I liked about the Amalfi Coast is that we don’t need to tirelessly stroll through its streets to find a worthy and appropriate souvenir to take back from here. The town has come down with an option for you. I am speaking of limoncello! If you weren’t informed about the lemon cultivation on the Amalfi Coast, then it is the perfect time to know about it. Lemon gardens in the terraces are one thing you will encounter on your solo travel to the Amalfi Coast.
Cultivation of natural citrus is native to the Amalfi Coast. Not only that, they are the exports of the famous drink called limoncello. So, intake of lemon juice is guaranteed on your visit to Amalfi. That said, you can buy this authentic Italian drink as souvenirs for your friends and family. Your problem of getting souvenirs is solved with a limoncello!
The lemon spot of Amalfi
Is buying a souvenir enough? Don’t you want to see the beautiful lemon gardens in Amalfi? Finding a lemon garden in Amalfi is like looking for vineyards in Florence. It is not a difficult task.
Lemon gardens can be spotted at random terraces in Amalfi. Likewise, spotting a lemon juice shop called lemon point is easy along the Amalfi Coast. I guess there wouldn’t be a single traveller who hasn’t tasted the lemon juice from the lemon point in Amalfi on their solo travel.
My poetic and peaceful place
A piece of advice from my solo travel to Amalfi is, visiting sightseeing locations comes next to engaging the natural world. Having a calm walk down the coastal line, eating fish fries from the shoreside vendor, lying down for sunbath, climbing the hills, stopping at the breathtaking viewpoints best defines your time on Amalfi Coast.
And I think Amalfi is the best place to solo travel as a woman because many women need this scenic change in their life. Fresh air and heavenly surroundings to have peace of mind. Peaceful moments to take better decisions to move their life front. And that’s why Amalfi is a poetic place to me.
A place to be cherished!
Don’t forget to enjoy the scenery of Amalfi. The magnificence of its borderless sea, its uncountable greenery, and its immeasurable mountains. Amalfi is truly a place to be cherished!
An introverted blogger who is looking to make unforgettable solo travel memories with one short life.