The Amalfi Coast of Italy is breath taking – no other words can describe it. You may know it from John Steinbeck’s essay Positano, or you may recall this region of 13 municipalities from the stories of Hercules or Odysseus. However you came to be familiar, it will certainly mark a memorable family trip to Italy. The Italian culture adores children and most Italians will go out of their way to accommodate and play with them. Enjoying the local culture, lounging on the beach, and taking in the scenery will fill most of your time here, but if you are up for adventure then try these three family-friendly Amalfi Coast activities.
Walk the streets of Positano
This vertical city built on a cliff is the most photographed place in the world. Tourists do not come to “see the sites”, but rather to soak up the view, observe the locals, and enjoy shopping for colorful silks and juicy lemons. Hire a car to the Church of Santa Maria Assunta for gorgeous views of the coastline and the sea. Walk the footpaths down to the city center, catching the scent of lemons and cypress as you go. Be sure to grab a map of the footpaths so you don’t get lost. Children will appreciate the nooks and crannies to explore and hide.
Take a cooking class
Does anything say Italy more than a grand family meal? Share time together in the kitchen learning to master the ways of Mediterranean cuisine at one of many culinary schools along the coast. You will enjoy preparing, cooking, and eating together Italian style in an experience usually lasting six to eight hours. Classes are generally held in the home-based business of a local family, and children are welcome with open arms, free to roam about the garden and fall asleep on the sofa if necessary.
Rent a boat and tour the coast
One of the most beautiful views of this area is from the sea. Schedule a half- or full-day tour, or hire a boat and command your own adventure. You can take a dip in the water, tour the coastline, stopping at various seaside towns, and explore hidden treasures such as the colorful sea caves. The Blue Grotto is most famous, but the Green Grotto is just as lovely and without the crowds. Be sure to ask your hotel about complimentary boat rides; many offer a rental but do not advertise this service.
Have you been to the Amalfi Coast? Tell us about your family time!