The Amalfi coast has been on my travel bucket list for quite a while. I always wanted to see and explore this short but impressive coastline with its wonderful houses built into the rocks and the legendary Italian Dolce Vita. Before sharing my itinerary and some tips I’d like to show you some amazing Amalfi coast photo spots.
The camera was on for the entire 4 days I was exploring the Amalfi coast. Even though it was not always easy to stop the car and jump out to take a great shot, I managed to do that a couple of times. Be aware that the traffic is heavy and the roads are narrow, sometimes very narrow. But this should not stop you from visiting these spots:
Sophia Loren’s former property in Conca dei Marini
In Conca dei Marini you can find an amazing property which used to belong to Sophia Loren. Rumors say she had to sell it and the new owner bought it for a bargain. Lucky him! The beautiful white house with the turquoise window shutters and the tower are built on a rocky spur with a view of Amalfi and its yellow and white buildings in the background. You will find this stunning view at the hotel Le Terrazze, a modern and beautiful hotel in Mediterranean style which I warmly recommend.
View of Amalfi
On your way from Conca dei Marini towards Amalfi you can capture a fantastic view of the little town with the beautiful houses. Ok, it’s not super easy to stop the car just like that, because the road is really narrow. But if you’ve got a quick reaction and don’t mind angry drivers blowing the horn, go for it. It’s definitely worth it.
The lights along the coast
You’ll probably find heaps of spots along the coast where you can capture the seascape and the lights. To me, Conca dei Marini has turned out to be an insider. It is a little town with a perfect view of the houses in the rocks, the coast and Amalfi.
The beach of Conca dei Marini
This place is really an insider. The beach of Conca dei Marini is quite small but offers a wonderful view of the Amalfi coast and three restaurants to hang out and stay for hours. I made this photo in the morning after sunrise.
On the way to the beach of Conca dei Marini just right before you reach it, there are stairs leading to the waterfront. There’s a small stone platform where you can set up your gear and shoot or just enjoy a wonderful sunrise and the peace of the early morning hours.
For those of you who don’t know yet. I am not a morning person. Imagining getting up while it’s still dark outside makes me cringe. I know, as a photographer I should get over this and force myself. It’s just really hard. This sunrise, however, was exactly my thing because I could capture it from the terrace of my hotel room. What a luxury! Note to myself: Book hotel rooms with a fantastic view and balcony or terrace for early morning sunrise shootings.
View from above
High up the Tyrrhenian sea, 365 meter to be exact, there is a little town called Ravello. Despite the fact that the village is utterly charming, the views from there are simply breathtaking.
Villa Cimbrone in Ravello is an absolute must visit for everyone traveling the Amalfi coast. On the terrace of the Villa – the infinity terrace, what else – you have a stunning view on the coast, the sea and the horizon.
The property of Villa Cimbrone is a paradise for every photographer with heaps of beautiful sceneries and things to capture. I think I could spend days to take thousands of photos. You can find wonderful details such as the window frame or the flower arcade.
You can even take photos while sitting in the tea garden and enjoy a cold drink or tea. This photo is showing the village Pontone embedded in the flank of the hill on the opposite side of Ravello.
Here’s my last photo captured in Villa Cimbrone in Ravello. The wisteria arch is just wonderful, especially without people. A true Instagram spot, don’t you think? And yes, although I am not doing photos with myself, actually I’ve got one with me under the wisteria arcade. But this post is about photo spots, not me after all 😉
The dome in the golden light
Driving to Positano was not the funniest thing: the roads are very narrow, the traffic crazy and parking is everything else but fun. I was about to give up and make my way back but suddenly I was fortunate enough to park the car and find this spot from where I could capture the dome of Santa Maria Assunta church just when the light was golden and warm.
Positano at blue hour
There’s a path from Viala Pasitea down to the village of Positano with approximately a thousand steps. On this path, you reach a spot with a wall from where you have a wonderful view of the village, the church and the sea. It’s just a perfect location at blue hour and it was one of my favorite Amalfi coast photo spots.
Positano is incredibly crowded, narrow and touristy. However, it is incredibly photogenic, especially the view from the water towards the village. It is stunning how the houses are built into the steep cliff. After the exhausting drive with the car, we rented a boat and drove along the Amalfi coast. It was one of the greatest experiences within my four days I was there.
The villages along the coast
Admire the villages along the coast and how they’re built while sitting on a boat and enjoy the sea and the breeze. You might see some dolphins swimming and playing. We were lucky to see two families right next to us. This photo is showing Praiano, a village with beautiful sunsets between Positano and Amalfi.
Atrani from the sea
Right after Amalfi you reach another seaside town called Atrani. Passing it with the car does not reveal it’s beauty as much as it does from this perspective from the boat. Very typical Amalfi coast.
Atrani from above
There’s a part of the road between Amalfi and Ravello which is too narrow for two cars so that the traffic needs to be managed by traffic lights. When the light is red, you have plenty of time to get out of the car and capture Atrani from above. When the light flashes yellow, you better hurry up or wait for the next red interval.
A last marvelous view
Every journey has an end. This one offered wonderful views on every corner. On our last day, we took the road from Ravello to Naples and found several spots to stop the car to catch shots of the coast and the villages beneath. I loved this one with the two trees on the hill and the sea in the background.
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