Driving The Amalfi Coast In Italy For The First Time

Italy is such a beautiful country with some incredible cities to visit, like Venice and Rome. But if you’ve already seen those places, you might not think that it’s worth going back. However, you should reconsider visiting Italy again so you can drive along the Amalfi Coast. 

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There is an incredible route that goes along the cliffs on the coast, with picturesque views of the ocean, and some beautiful towns to stop off at along the way. If you want a traditional Italian experience, Ravello is perfect. This old Roman town has long been a haven for artists because the scenery is just so amazing. Positano is another favourite, especially if you want to walk along the delightful pebble beaches. 

Touring the Amalfi Coast is a truly unique Italian travel experience, but the route can be tricky and it’s important that you are well prepared. If you want to drive the Amalfi Coast, here are a few tips to help you stay safe and get the most out of your trip. 

Get The Right Vehicle 

Choosing the perfect vehicle is the first step to success when driving the Amalfi Coast. You have a few options here, but many people opt for a 4-wheel drive. The 4×4 rims and tyres give you extra grip on the narrow roads and any rough sections will be easy enough to get by. On the other hand, you should consider the size of the vehicle. A lot of people decide to pick a small car instead because the roads are narrow and they have more room to maneuver. 

Whatever car you decide to take, it’s important that it’s in good condition before you set off. If you are using your own vehicle instead of renting one, get it serviced and always take a spare tire with you. If you are hiring a car, make sure that you do your research and find a reliable hire company that keeps their vehicles in good condition. 

Don’t Skip The Insurance 

Italians have a reputation for being quite reckless on the roads, and you’ll be on a lot of difficult roads, so bumps and scrapes are likely to happen. Whether you are taking your own vehicle or not, make sure that you get insurance so you can cover the cost of any damage. It’s also a lifesaver if your car breaks down and you need to find a mechanic to fix it for you. Although car insurance that covers you abroad can be quite pricey, it’s not worth skipping it because you could end up with a much bigger bill on your hands if something goes wrong. 

Avoid Driving At Peak Times 

If you are not that confident about driving this route, avoid the peak times as much as possible. The weekends in the height of summer are the busiest times and you’ll find that traffic grinds to a halt, which isn’t ideal when the sun is bearing down. So, try to travel on weekdays, if possible, and avoid going between May and October if you are really worried about the traffic. 

Pack For The Worst 

When you’re packing up the car for the next leg of the journey, always pack for the worst. Make sure to take plenty of water and travel-friendly snacks in case you get stuck in traffic for ages or you break down. Always have a spare tyre and some tools to change it in case of punctures, and take some zip ties and duct tape for quick fixes if your car breaks down between towns. Bring a torch and a change of clothes too, in case you break down at night. Hopefully, you won’t need to use any of this stuff but it’s best to bring it and not use it than it is to find that you are completely unprepared when disaster strikes. 

Learn The Driving Language 

Knowing the language of driving in Italy is important if you’re going to get by on these small coastal roads. Flashing lights are used by drivers to warn you of oncoming traffic and let you know that you should hug the edge of the road. Different types of honks are used to signify different things too. If somebody gives you a long honk, that usually means that there is a bus coming your way and you need to make room. 

Driving the Amalfi Coast is a truly magical experience, but it’s not for the faint-hearted. However, if you follow these tips, you can stay safe on the roads. 

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Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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