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A Guide to the Amalfi Coast and Beyond

Most of the visitors to our little region of Italy, technically referred to as the Region of Campania, blow through Naples on their way to the Amalfi Coast.  The Region of Campania actually consists of five provinces Naples, Salerno, Avellino, Caserta and Benevento.  The Amalfi Coast is in the Province of Salerno.  The Gulf of Sorrento and Capri are in the Province of Naples.  It is important to remember that culturally, historically, geographically and even linguistically and culinarily the Amalfi Coast and the Gulf of Sorrento are two distinct regions.  Many like to think of Sorrento as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast.  Fair enough, it is certainly a convenient and less expensive place to stay and use as a home base when exploring the towns of the Amalfi Coast. 

Ten Best Beaches on the Amalfi Coast (Actually 11!)

Rossellini was correct.  The people here are crazy.  They also know how to live.  And the beaches prove it.  After years living on the Amalfi Coast, I have learned a few things about beach going here to make things a little less crazy.

First, there is a different between a private and public beach.  Stablimenti or beach clubs require you to pay anywhere from 5-10 Euro for a beach chair on their part of beach.  Spiggie libere, or free beaches allow you to spread out your towel, picnic and do as your heart’s content.  Often the people on the free beaches can be a bit on the vulgar side.  These beaches attract large families from the provinces who seem to colonize with umbrellas, picnic tables, sports equipment.  You would think they were prepared to head west on the Oregon Trail with all of the equipment they have.  Unsurprisingly, I don’t particularly enjoy these beaches.  From time to time, I may spread out a towel and enjoy a panino on a free beach.  However, if you are on vacation on the Amalfi Coast- be civilized and treat yourself to a lettino.  Otherwise you may end up with an errant beach ball to the head and screechy nonna telling you to move your beach towel over because you are in her spot! There is not such thing as a free beach when a nonna from the provincial hinerlands of Pagani is bellowing at you...