Road Trip: An Afternoon in Nerano

On a beautiful summer day recently, we piled into the car and set off to toward the very tip of the Amalfi Coast. Past Positano the road widens slightly and begins to climb higher and higher. At Sant’ Agata sui due Golfi, where you can see both the Bay of Salerno and the Bay of Naples, we followed the narrow road that winds down through olive grows toward the village of Nerano. Our goal was even more specific, the beachside part of town called Marina del Cantone.

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Marina del Cantone

 

Nerano was one of the few villages on the Amalfi Coast that I had only seen before passing by on the ferry to Capri. But it always looked so charming and quiet, and it turned out to be exactly that. Here is the small, colorful harbor of Marina del Cantone in Nerano.

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano Beach

 

The view the other direction shows the rock formation that is the distinctive marker of Nerano. Just beyond those mountains, it isn’t far at all to Capri.

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano Harbor

 

The beach was lined with these large terracotta vases full of beautiful red flowers. (Anyone know what kind they are?)

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano Beach Flowers

 

We stopped for lunch first at one of the seaside restaurants to try pasta with zucchini, one of the traditional dishes of Nerano. They make it in a slightly different way there, heavier, more Parmigiano cheese and a touch of something extra. It was lovely – a beautiful lunch with a beautiful setting!

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Lunch in Nerano

 

After that it was time for some sun and a quick splash to cool off in the sea. This is the spot we picked out, although there are plenty of options for renting beach chairs and umbrellas.

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano Free Beach

 

With the beautiful surroundings (& big lunch!), I was more for exploring with my camera than swimming. This shot is truly Nerano to me:

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano Flowers

 

Nerano still has the feel of a sleepy fishing village, with some beautiful buildings down by the sea. Here are some shots I took along the waterfront.

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano Architecture2

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano fishing boats

     

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano Architecture

 

As the sun fell behind the mountains and the sky took on a soft pink hue, we packed up our bags and headed back toward the car.

 

Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Nerano Evening Light 

An afternoon in Nerano wasn’t enough. This was one of the most peaceful spots I’ve experienced on the Amalfi Coast, and I’d go back in a heartbeat. Next time we’ll leave early in the morning and plan an entire day here relaxing on the quiet harbor, watching the small boats come in and out, and trying out another one of the lovely restaurants. If you’re looking for a truly quiet spot on the Amalfi Coast, consider staying at one of the hotels or bed and breakfasts in the area. There’s even a small campground! Although it is possible to reach Nerano by bus, I’d plan on arriving either by car or boat as it’s quite far out of the way. That’s part of what adds to the lure of Nerano – peace and a chance to truly escape from it all on the Amalfi Coast.

This entry was posted in Amalfi, Amalfi Coast, Beaches, Nerano, Photography, Road Trip.

5 Comments

  1. Welshcakes Limoncello July 11, 2010 at 23:51 #

    It looks lovely.

  2. Wanderlust Woman July 12, 2010 at 00:54 #

    It looks a whole lot different in the daylight. Spooky glow on a night full of nebbia :)

  3. Saretta July 12, 2010 at 11:30 #

    I didn't know there were any quiet, out-of-the-way spots on the Amalfi Coast. Thanks for sharing it's beauty!

  4. LindyLouMac July 12, 2010 at 18:26 #

    Thanks for sharing your lovely day with us Laura, great photos.

  5. Laura July 13, 2010 at 10:25 #

    Ciao Pat! It was a lovely spot. I told my boyfriend that if I ever go missing to look for me there. I'll be sitting on the beach with a good book! :-)

    Ciao Lisa! It would look pretty different than that. :-) I bet there isn't much life that happens down in Marina del Cantone in the winter months, but there is another little part to town higher up.

    Ciao Saretta! Well… not many. One of the quietest is where I live… but that's a secret! :-) There were tourists around for sure in Nerano, but it was quite peaceful for July on the Amalfi Coast.

    Ciao Linda! You are very welcome! :-)

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