- Regatta (June)
Amalfi hosts an annual regatta – a fantastic event for any sailing fan.
- Maria Maddalena Celebration (July)
Join the locals in Atrani to celebrate the patron saint, Maria Maddalena with fireworks and parades.
- Beach Celebration (August)
Head to Positano for their annual beach celebration, where you can see re-enactments of pirate explorations.
- Byzantine New Year (August)
On the last day of August, visit Amalfi to ring in the traditional Byzantine New Year.
- Ravello Festival (late June - early September)
During the Ravello Festival, the town centre turns into a stage. Events range from orchestral concerts to ballet performances and film screenings. The famous Villa Rufolo gardens in Ravello are an attraction in themselves.
The annual food festival is held in the town of Minori, with pasta stalls and local delicacies as well as live music and art – a must for food lovers.
An absolute must-do in Amalfi and Positano is to simply meander through the windy alleys and see where they take you. You can discover plenty of fantastic places to eat, along with interesting workshops, souvenir shops and clothing stalls.
Visit Vietri sul mare on the Amalfi Coast to see wonderful examples of why this city is called the ceramic capital. Just take a look at the outer walls of the houses which are mounted with beautiful tiles and the church of San Giovanni Battista that has a magnificent tiled dome. Visit the Museum of ceramic of Villa Guariglia in Raito or the Museum Cargaleiro.
Positano boasts several popular beaches, favourites include Marina Grande and Fornillo. But the beaches and remarkable landscape aren’t the only reasons to visit Positano. The church of Santa Maria Teresa of the Assumption should be visited for its tiled dome. The Saracen towers, and the little villages of Nocelle and Montepertuso also deserve a visit for their magnificent beauty. Positano is also characterised by its production of the leather sandals. Order sandals made-to-measure from the little workshops and take home a great souvenir.
Don’t miss out on the gastronomy Positano has to offer too: Delizie al limone (soft pastry with a delicious lemon flavoured cream), torta positanese (cake with almonds) and incredible seafood.
To really appreciate the stunning landscapes of Amalfi and Positano, hop on a boat and take in the view from the crystal waters.
A must see is also the town of Ravello, which is situated about 5 km from Amalfi, up on the mountain. It has the most spectacular views, simply unmissable, and a charming square to while away the hours.
If you’re looking for some action, visit the beautiful beach in Cetara (a short distance from Salerno), which is a hotspot for windsurfers and kite surfers.
The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE FORMALITIES
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
- A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
- Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
In general, the climate in Amalfi Coast is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 33°C and can even reach 40°C. Spring and autumn are rainy and mild; however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.
Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz - a converter/adaptor may be required.
There are some important rules of the road:
- Traffic drives on the RIGHT.
- At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
- You should always be carrying in the car your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
- The minimum driving age is 18.
- It is compulsory for the driver and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts, and seat belts must be worn in the back where they are fitted. Children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
- Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
- In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
- National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways. Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
- For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked "biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
- There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%.There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.
- In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying "Zona a traffico limitato".
- Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use.
- Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard.
- In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.