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Travel Tips: 10 things I wish I knew before I went to Amalfi

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most spectacular parts of the world, but like any travel destination, there are some critical, insider  tips to be aware of:

1) Research: Do your research into how to get there as its complex, time consuming & expensive, but there are a lot of options if you get organised in advance.

2) Grab a boat: You absolutely must arrive by boat as the view is one of the best you will ever see – and the photos, oh those photos. 

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The Amalfi Coast is stunning.

3) Get fit before you go: All you do is walk, walk, walk, and mostly uphill. This is not a holiday spot for injured, unwell or the elderly. You work for it here – everything. 

4) Location, location. If there’s anywhere in the world you want to be staying in the right spot, this is it. What is the right spot? A room with a view.

 Do you research into which location to stay in. All of the hot spots are on a cliff or right on the ocean, and there are some that involve walking and long bus rides, others that need a taxi – check everything before you go. 

5) Take comfortable shoes – The Italians call them tennis shoes, as the walking is up hill, challenging and there’s a lot of it. 

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A speactular swimming pool at Santa Rosa.

6) Pack Light: Don’t bring much luggage, you won’t need it and it’s heavy. 

The best thing about this part of the world is being able to move from one spot to another seamlessly, as and when you feel like it. Luggage makes this a lot harder. Pack light – leave a bag at your base (eg London) if you have to but you only need a bikini, summer dress, shorts, top, hat & sunscreen.

7) Use the luggage porters – Yes, they’re safe & very worthwhile Lugging bags is just too hard here.

The Italians have a fabulous luggage porter system. For 10-30 Euro (depending on the location) they’ll deliver your bag anywhere & you will need this if you have a suitcase as its not possible to take it uphill.

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Sorrento Coast Road, Amalfi

8) Don’t order a cappuccino after 11am: To the Italians, it’s the equivalent of ordering scrambled eggs. Milk coffees are for breakfast only, so go for an espresso after 11am, and you will fit right in.

9) Don’t put balsamic on your tomatoes: This is another local tip, as the tomatoes are so fresh here, the Italians take it as an insult if you pile on the balsamic. Olive oil only. Tastes better anyway.

10) Bring flip flops for the beach: The rocks here are big, and very tough on the feet. You can’t really get out of the water without a pair of flip-flops, just leave them at the edge of the sea.

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