The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful places you can visit in Italy and one of our favorite places in the world. Besides all of the main attractions that you’ve probably heard of (Positano, Capri, etc.) here are five of our favorite, lesser known things to do while visiting.

1. Path of the Gods:

For breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast, Il Sentiero delgi Dei (The Path of the Gods) is a kick-ass way to see the natural beauty of Italy and burn those calories from all the pasta and cheese you’re devouring. The Path of the Gods starts in Bomerano, a small town near Agerola and takes about 3 hours to complete.

Most of the path is wandering up and down the coast of Italy, where you can see old ruins and occasionally run into a herd of goats. For the last leg of the path you will be met with 1,600 steps leading to Positano.  1,600 steps can seem overwhelming when you’ve already hiked for over 2 hours, so take your time and enjoy the view! We’d suggest heading into Positano once you’ve completed the trek and reward yourself with a glass of wine!

 Price: Free!

Path of the Gods Amalfi Coast

Path of the Gods Amalfi Coast

Taking a breather after running halfway down the 1,600 steps

Path of the Gods Amalfi Coast

2. The Valley of the Fairies:

Valle delle Ferriere (The Valley of the Fairies) is a lesser known hike on the Amalfi Coast, but should not be missed! Depending on where you’re staying you can take the Sita bus from Amalfi to Pontone. Make sure you check the bus stops at Pontone as not all the buses do. Once you get off the bus, just follow signs leading you to Valle delle Ferriere. On this walking tour you will avoid the typically tourists that visit the Amalfi Coast and will be surrounded by endless lemon groves, beautiful forests and small waterfalls. Along the way there are the remains of the ancient paper mills of Amalfi, which gives you a glimpse into the past of Amalfi’s thriving paper industry.

One thing that should not be missed is taking a detour to enter the Reserve. The entrance to the Reserve is guarded, and by guarded we mean a little Italian guy sitting on a chair reading the paper. (How can we get that job?!) It is definitely worth stopping to chat with him to see if he will let you venture into the Reserve. All Italians are so friendly, so as long as you’re respectful while in the Reserve he most likely will let you doing a little exploring! While in the Reserve, you should stop to drink the water that falls from the moss. It’s rumored to help you have much more vivid dreams.

The hike takes about 3-4 hours, so as always we’d suggest filling up a one bottle of water and one bottle wine to enjoy throughout the trip!

Price: Free!

The Valley of the Fairies Amalfi CoastThe Valley of the Fairies Amalfi CoastThe Valley of the Fairies Amalfi Coast

3. Classical Music concert in Ravello:

To quote the Sound of Music, “The hills are alive with music”….in Ravello. To have a one-of-a kind experience in Ravello, you definitely need to put your theoretical fancy pants on and watch a classical music concert. Now as two New Jerseyans, classical music is not our go to pump up jams, but when in Ravello this is must! The Ravello Concert Society has done a great job putting together amazing performances with some of the best classical musicians. The venues of the concerts vary from a restored church, outdoor concert hall with breathtaking views of Ravello or in the gardens of a villa. During intermission you better believe there is an opportunity to get some Gelato, because when is it not a good time eat gelato…..never!

Price: €27.50 per ticket (varies depending on who is performing)

4. Limoncello Tasting in Sorrento:

The Amalfi Coast is home to thousands of lemon groves, which only means one thing in our mind….Limoncello! Going on a limoncello tasting while on the Amalfi Coast is great way to relax and sip some of Italy’s finest liqueur. Although technically not on the Amalfi Coast, our favorite place for limoncello tasting is a short drive away at Il Convent,  in the heart of the Sorentine Peninsula. The Pollio family renovated an old convent dating back to 1881 into a place for them to produce some of the best limoncello around. I mean is there any better place to get tipsy, but at a old convent! Jesus…we don’t think so ;). Going to Il Convent will no doubt be the highlight of your trip. The tour includes lunch under lemon groves, prepared by the families Nonna. To make tour reservations, make sure you contact Il Convent ahead of time as it should not be missed.

Price: €20 per person (may also depend on group size)

Il Convent Sorrento

Il Convent Sorrento

Lunch under the lemon groves!

Il Convent Sorrento

5. Boat trip around the Amalfi Coast:

For those of you itching to sail the open seas, we suggest hiring a boat for the day to take you around the coast. To hire a boat you can head into Amalfi and there will be a plenty of companies offering day trips. If you speak Italian it will definitely help in trying to negotiate the rate down, so either sharpen up your Italian skills, make a new Italian friend to do the negotiating for you or fake it like the best of them. Now don’t be intimidated when your captain is a 15 year old boy who is just starting to grow a shadow of a stache….its Italy. The boat trip will allow you to swim in the pristine waters of the Amalfi coast, venture into the Emerald Grotto and get up close and personal with the Sirens of Capri.

Price: €300 to €700 (This varies a decent amount as there are several factors that determine your final price: size of the boat, number of people in your group, and you negotiating skills with the driver)

Boat trip Amalfi Coast

Sirens of Capri

Sirens of Capri