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Is the Amalfi Coast commercialized?

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Is the Amalfi Coast commercialized?

I read raves about this beautiful and famous coast in Europe, yet I am hesitant to visit for fear that it might be an area lacking in character. Are the villages of the Amalfi Coast charming with beautiful historic architecture or this coast simply a place to perch in an expensive hotel and look at the sea? Thank you for your opinions.

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1. Re: Is the Amalfi Coast commercialized?

Dear TRVLR06,

Aside from the Baia in Vietri Sul Mare, most international corportations shy away from investing in hotels on the Costiera Amalfitana for a myriad of reasons, cultural and practical. In Sorrento, Castellammare di Stabia, and Capri (which are not on the Costiera but fall under the province of Napoli), you'll find a few corporate owned and some some joint venture 5 star hotels. It's true that some major hotels on the Costiera Amalfitana are owned by foreign investors, however, most venues are owned by families or local entrepreneurs.

Just by the sheer volume of tourists local, merchants have naturally set up stores selling souvenirs or locally produced items so perhaps for some it would be considered an eye-sore. I tend to think that some local merchants tend to up the price and deliver mediocre if not bad service so of course the TripAdvisor forums come in handy when searching for hotel, restaurant, and bar recommendations.

Among the more famous places such as Positano, Ravello, Praiano, and Amalfi there are many frazioni/smaller towns which include interesting if not ancient monuments, secluded if not isolated paths down to the ocean, acres of lemon tree groves and vineyards, tight (rather dangerous IMHO, however, popular) places to park and watch the sunset, centuries old churches, etc. Some people living up in the mountains still use mules to haul up their shopping bags.

Buona Fortuna...

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2. Re: Is the Amalfi Coast commercialized?

Sounds like you need to see some photos. Go to Flickr.com, a photo sharing website. Enter "Amalfi Coast" in the search box.

I think you'll find there is plenty of charm and beautiful historic architecture along the Amalfi Coast.

You might also search on nearby places such as Pompeii and Napoli.

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Also search on some of the towns on the coast, such as Positano, Amalfi, Atrani, and Ravello.

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The Amalfi coast is not at all commercialized (maybe the prices have inflated due to the tourism, but that tends to happen everywhere).

Every little town a long the coast has something historical worth visiting. In Amalfi you have the Paper Mill, in Ravello you have the churches and gardens (also during the summer months the concerts held in the Villa Rufolo are spetacular), in Scala you have the towers.

The walks that you experince in this area are one of the other popular attractions of the area, making it a haven for hikers.

As the first poster wrote, few hotels are owned by big international companys, you have the Baia Hotel in Vetri, the Marmorata (Ravello) and the Pasitea (Positano) which have become Best Western hotels, but other than that there is nothing commercial about the area.

Sorrento is on the other hand, but is not part of the Amalfi Coast as is often mistaken.

The area is perfect for family holidays, romantic holidays and hikers holiday, not really the place to go if you want to party the night away, more if you are interested in Culture, History and Good Food and Wine.

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Thank you for your responses. I travel to experience culture and appreciate historical architecture and beautiful landscapes. Is Ravello a good village to stay for a few days to explore the villages of the Amalfi Coast? Are there any hiking trails that are better than others and are the trails similar to the Cinque Terre trail leading from one town to the next along the Ligurian Sea? Thank you for any info.

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6. Re: Is the Amalfi Coast commercialized?

I was just ready to book a room in Sorrento thinking this was the Amalfi coast.

Given that I am on a budget, what small town would you recommend staying at of those you have mentioned and can you recommend any hotels/hostels for under 130 E/night.

I;m coming from Rome so do the fast trains go to Salerno and then you take a bus into the Amalfi area?

I too am interested to know like TRVLR06 how this area compares to The Cinque Terre where I am also considering managing to squeeze in two days if it is worthwhile seeing it for such a short time......

Any help is appreciated.

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7. Re: Is the Amalfi Coast commercialized?

BEACONTIDE, In my opinion two days is perfect for the The Cinque Terre. I stayed in Manrola for two nights. Two nights gives you one full day to walk the ancient trail along the coast to and through each of the five villages. I stayed in the Baranin B&B website @ www.baranin.com and found it to be very accommidating and clean with great views and reasonably priced.

About comparing Cinque Terre and Amalfi check out what GIORAV wrote:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187779-i161-k1053…

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The Amalfi coast has got some lovely scenery and sites to visit but there is no getting away from the fact that it is heavily commercialized especially in season.

Sorrento is not classed as Amalfi Coast although many call it this.

This is the most commercialized of all and very much a haven for package tours.

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9. Re: Is the Amalfi Coast commercialized?

Compared to other Euroean resorts I do not think the Amalfi Coast is commercialised as the major attraction is the beautiful scenery.Sorrento is the only town that could be called commercial but then again Sorrento is not on the Amalfi Coast !

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10. Re: Is the Amalfi Coast commercialized?

to beacontide, your right about Sorrento not being part of the Amalfi Coast, but so many people think it is.

Along the Coast for me the best town to stay in is Ravello, you can enjoy the best walks from here, and you will probably find the better rates for accommodation here:

For accommodation within your budget try:

Da SAlvatore B&B +39 089857227

Fraulo B&B: +39089857194

Garden bar: +39 089857226

All these cost between 100-120euros per night with breakfast and they all have sea view rooms and are all located centrally, right by the bus stop.