Italy stands for Pizza, Pasta, Vino, and a wonderful Mediterranean climate, but it has so much more to offer. In this blog post, we want to highlight a certain Italian hotspot in the south: The Amalfi Coast. It’s situated close to the province of Naples in the region of Campania and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Are you ready to explore the Amalfi coast as a volunteer?
Besides stunning beaches, impressive landscapes, and quaint coastal villages, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in the south of Italy too. Imagine working for dolphin conservation or teaching English to Children or Refugees. But let’s start with all the places to visit on the Amalfi coast!
Let’s start with Positano. This dramatic town is situated in the north of the coast about 1 hour by boat from Salerno and 30 minutes from Naples. Positano is famous for its cliff of colored houses which may be a familiar image to you because it’s featured so often on social media.
Positano is a labyrinth of expensive shops and restaurants where you’re bound to discover something new on every corner. If you’re more about nature, join a boat tour and take in the stunning views along the coastline. We promise you’ll be blown away by the and dramatic views of the cliffs!
Amalfi has a few things in common with Positano. If you love getting lost and exploring tucked away cafes and boutiques, you will be enchanted by Amalfi.
It’s good to be early if you plan on spending time on the beach because it gets crowded around mid-day. Splurge a little for your own lounger on the beach or if just spread out your towel for free if you can find a free spot. Don’t pass up on the Duomo di Amalfi. It’s definitely worth a visit to get a heads-up on the history.
Atrani is a small town just a stone’s throw from Amalfi. It’s a well-kept secret and perfect for those looking for a less touristy place. The beaches of Atraini aren’t as crowded as the beaches of Amalfi and Positano and you’ll also find budget-friendly places to eat here. a Pizza Margherita for 2,50€ sounds very reasonable, doesn’t it?
If you’re not a beach bum, Ravello may be the perfect place for you. There’s no beach but you do get an amazing beach view! Ravello isn’t far from Amalfi or Atrani but the most exciting way to get there is definitely by bus. Italians are fast drivers that don’t adapt their pace in the mountains. Though not for the faint-hearted, the view is well worth it.
To top off the experience, there are two super beautiful castles, called Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. The Villa Cimbrone is famous for its balcony called Terrazza dell’infinito, the infinite terrace. Brace yourself for a breathtaking view in the company of large white sculptures and colorful flowers.
Minori is famous for a special Pasticceria, a bakery, called Sal de Riso. You will find every Italian sweet imaginable here along with Italian gelato! People travel here from far and wide to taste their incredible Dolces. Enjoy your dessert in the park full of exotic flowers where you may be treated to a concert!
Maiori, as the name gives away is larger than Minori and home to the longest beach on the Amalfi coast. It’s also your best chance to score a spot on the beach if you’re planning a day of sunbathing and swimming. The more adventurous traveler can rent a boat or a kayak or do a sailing tour. It’s the perfect way to explore some of the natural gems like waterfalls along the coastline.
Cetara is known for the big tower by the beach, the Tower of Cetara. Its attraction is that it is so unbelievably close to the beach. The beach in Cetara is especially nice because of its crystal clear water so you can see little fish and stones beneath the surface water.
Eating out and shopping is also a bit more affordable here in comparison to towns like Positano and Amalfi.
Vivacious Vietri sul Mare
Vietri sul Mare is where the Amalfi coastline comes to an end and a climax to your Amalfi holiday. It’s a beautiful village with two large rocks as the main attraction. The rocks are located in the water and are called I due fratelli, the two brothers.
Vietri is also known for its crafts and the perfect place to purchase ceramics and paintings as a souvenir. The colorful artistic park next to the coast offers stunning sea views and is perfect for taking selfies or simply taking in the wonderful surroundings.
Salerno is close to Vietri. It has a little beach place called Santa Teresa which is packed with people listening to music, enjoying drinks, playing games, or chilling beneath one of the many palm trees.
If that sounds a bit too busy for you, another Salerno hotspot is the botanical garden where you can learn a lot about ancient healing methods. Hikers can go up to San Liberatore while those who relish culture give Arechi Castle a visit.
This was a short description of some villages and places to visit, but there are many others you can visit like: Sorrento, Pompeii, Agropoli, Capri, or Palinuro. Volunteers in south Italy will be located in Naples which also has a plethora of cultural hotspots to offer and is the perfect starting point to explore the treasures of the Amalfi coast.
When is the Best Time to Visit the Amalfi Coast?
Italy is a warm country, especially the south and during summer. June, July, and August are scorching hot. You risk burning your feet on the sand so don’t forget your footwear. September and October are ideal for the beach because it is still warm but not too warm and the rest of the year is perfect for those who aren’t set on lots of tourists or spending their time on the beach.
Head to the south of Italy outside the hottest summer months and take this wonderful opportunity to explore the Amalfi coast and volunteer!
Why Volunteer in Italy?
Treat yourself to these magnificent places along the Mediterranean and immerse yourself in the Italian way of life! Upgrade your trip and combine it with volunteer work. This is an opportunity to indulge and contribute to a great cause – we guarantee you’ll never have felt so good.
Support the local community and help with migration issues Italy is facing. If you’re great with kids, teach them English, music, or sports while nature lovers will find opportunities to roll up their sleeves and give environmental conservation a helping hand.
Get ready for the time of your life. Experience la Bella Vita and discover one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe – Explore the Amalfi coast and volunteer! For more inspiration on other volunteer destinations in Europe, be sure to check out this blog post!