A Boat Trip along the Amalfi Coast


Meet Salvatore……fisherman, skipper of the ‘San Giovanni’ and our guide for a boat trip along the Amalfi coast!


Salvatore, skipper of the San Giovanni, Positano


As well as the boat trip along the Amalfi coast, Salvatore and Gennaro can take you and your friends to Capri or the Galli Isles and Nerano in their small boats. You can find the ‘office’ of Gennaro e Salvatore on the pier in Positano.



Salvatore e Gennaro’s office is one of the blue & white booths on the left.


My husband loves nothing more than being on the water, so the coastal trip with promises of stunning views, swims in hidden bays and lunch at a restaurant overlooking the water, sounded perfect.


Salvatore greeted us on the pier, bucket in hand.
“Lunch” he said as we peered inside to see freshly caught fish.


Just after leaving Positano, we pass Da Aldolfo, one of the many small restaurants dotted along the coast. If you want to spend the day here lounging on deck chairs and eating fresh fish cooked on the barbecue, they will come and pick you up from the Positano in their little boat with the red fish on it!


Da Aldolfo, Positano

Da Aldolfo


The coastline presents a totally different perspective from the water. As you look up at the steep, rocky mountains you see villages clinging to the rock face or hidden in small alcoves. Almost vertical flights of stairs lead from these to the road.

One such alcove is the oldest part of the village of Furore where fisherman’s huts over look a rocky beach.

The old fisherman's hut of Furore

The old fisherman’s huts of Furore are hidden from the road


The Amalfi Coastline

Another part of the coastline


We stop many times along the coast for swims. The last is at the emerald Grotto at Conca dei Marini before heading to lunch at Ristorante da Teresa on Santa Croce beach.


Salvatore's boat the 'San Giovanni'

Salvatore’s boat the ‘San Giovanni’



Bar Ristorante da Teresa Panini

Lunch by the water at da Teresa


Pasta with tomatoes, capers and olives was a delicious prelude to our simply grilled fish that Salvatore had presented to the chef on our arrival. Amalfi’s lemons are so sweet and juicy and make the best limoncello. Da Teresa had made their own delicious brew for us to try!


Pasta with tomato,olive and capers at Ristorante da Teresa

Tasty pasta!


Lemons from Amalfi

Sweet, Amalfi lemons


With lunch finished and limoncellos drunk, we slowly motored back to Positano to be greeted again by that spectacular view.





Time to hang up your hat!!


Have you been to Positano?

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23 Responses to A Boat Trip along the Amalfi Coast

  1. Johanna July 11, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Beautiful. What a picturesque trip. Makes me want to go.

  2. jan July 11, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Wow Jennie, I am blown away. What a beautiful day and what a wonderful world we live in. Does everyone bring along their own fish to the restaurant or was that just arranged by Salvatore?

    • [email protected] July 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

      The Amalfi Coast is pretty special place Jan. You don’t bring your own fish to the restaurant unless you are Salvatore! He has an arrangement with them and brings fish on those days he has been successful with his morning fishing!

  3. jan July 11, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Sorry Jenny – I have a close friend whose name is spelled Jennie, and I keep on forgetting. Sorry!

  4. Italian Notes July 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    You’ve really captured the essence of the Amalfi coast. I can almost smell the lemons.

    • [email protected] July 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

      Thankyou for your kind words. It’s a beautiful part of the world! Thank heavens for the amalfi lemon too…without it we wouldn’t have the best ever limoncello!

  5. Debra Kolkka July 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    I lived in this area 40 years ago and I visit regularly….I love it!

    • [email protected] July 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

      It’s a beautiful area Debra, we love to visit when we can. How special to have lived here and called it home.

  6. Lily July 11, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    thanks for sharing yet another postcard full of LIFE! I love Positano and first time I went there in 2006 I fell in love and no pictures can do any justice to this jewel.
    I remember it like today when we went to the booths to book our trip with Salvatore. His beautiful daughter greeted us and explained all and we chose the Amalfi Coast tour and that was the highlight of our trip. I was delighted to meet our Young Captain who was so energetic, positive, happy and fun. Not only he serendaded us with his deep voice during the tour, but also gave us life lessons on how to enjoy this little time we have here. The fish he cought that day was as delicious as other dishes we had at that same restaurant. Salvatore was with an american women at that time who moved to live in Positano about 30 years ago. She said once she saw this place, her decision was certain. I wonder if she is still accompaning him during his trips. She was another angel and I am glad I met them both.

    • [email protected] July 12, 2012 at 7:14 am #

      Thank you Lily for your beautiful comment and memories of your trip with Salvatore. He certainly is one of Positano’s characters. I remember Gloria well…her beautiful stories of Positano, of her meeting Salvatore and of her decision to stay in Positano kept us entertained for hours. Unfortunately, I heard that Gloria passed away in January this year. She won’t be forgotten.

  7. Krista July 12, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    Oh Jenny, your photos are stunning. 🙂 I’m like your husband – I LOVE being on the water – especially puttering along a coastline with views like this. Wonderful. 🙂

    • [email protected] July 12, 2012 at 7:01 am #

      This was so much fun, Krista, that we’ll be doing it again when we next visit Positano…you can never tire of the magnificent views and the beautiful water!

  8. marina July 15, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    jenny – this is what dreams are made of! These photos are full of life, and that pasta – full of love! I’d love to see an emerald Grotto 🙂

    • [email protected] July 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      Thanks Marina….Positano is a dream town. Taking a boat for the day really is the best way to see the coast..with the added bonus of a fabulous lunch!

  9. Natasha von Geldern July 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Aah, mouth watering, dreaming of that sun (during a cold Melbourne winter), those lemons. I love the Amalfi coast x

    • [email protected] July 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

      A bit of a getaway for us all from this cold winter! I’d love to be able to buy similar lemons here for the next batch of limoncello I’m making for summer.

  10. Jess @UsedYorkCity July 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    You definitely got my mouth watering with that pasta AND the photos of the coastline! What a gorgeous place to visit!

    • [email protected] July 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

      Positano is a pretty amazing place Jess. The views are incredible and so is the food. It’s a great spot to stay for about 5 days as there is so much to do.Hope you get there one day!

  11. Jessica April 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    Gorgeous photos! That coastline looks beautiful! And I would love to get my hands on some of that pasta! Yummy!

    • Jenny Freedman April 27, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      This is one of the special places in Italy Jessica. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  12. NZ Muse February 28, 2014 at 5:18 am #

    God, I’m drooling just thinking back to Italy and the amazing seafood we had in Amalfi.

    • Jenny Freedman February 28, 2014 at 10:29 am #

      It really is a special place isn’t it! There’s so many places to go but the Amalfi coast is one I go back to as often as I can. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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