Pogerola – a little village overlooking the whole Amalfi coast, might be having the best panoramic views for impressive shots on all the coast.
The village used to have a defensive fortress which was strategic for the whole Amalfi Republic, warning about any potential danger approaching from the sea. Nowadays, it’s a few restaurants, some shops, pharmacy, ATM and a bus stop. By the way, the shuttle from Naples Airport also stops in Pogerola.
On our last evening in the ‘village’ we discovered an entrance to a forest. Unfortunately, in the darkness we couldn’t examine it well, but seems like daytime it’s a pine tree heaven!
There are also several hotels around the village on the hills, and plenty of Airbnb’s. Our house was in Pastena which is down on the hill from Pogerola. Beautiful Italian countryside houses on the terraced hills full of lemon plantations are waiting for you here. As for me, staying here has a few advantages:
- the price is obviously lower than in Amalfi centre, both accommodation and restaurants
- there are no crowds at all
- you are among pine and lemon trees and it feels like a countryside retreat
- getting to Amalfi is easy either by bus (every 30 min) or by foot
- the walk duration depends on the height of your accommodation. From Pastena it took us a 30 min walk along lemon yards by the stairs.
SITA Bus schedule
Restaurants in Pogerola
- Osteria Rispoli – the family-run restaurant I mentioned now. Really tasty house wine and huge portions of pasta. No pizza here, sorry. The terrace is the biggest advantage of the place – open, no glass or plastic separating you from the magnificent view over the lemon plantations and the deep green hills. And by the way, it’s very inexpensive, just as everything in the village. I guess it was 3 EUR for 0,5 l of wine comparing to 8 or 9 EUR for the same quantity in Amalfi.
- La Capannina in Pogerola di Amalfi – this is the pizzeria recommended by our Airbnb host. I would suggest you use this as a pizza take away spot, not for dining. Although the terrace is more fancy, let’s say, but the waiters are very slow and far not welcoming. So, I have my bad memories about those guys. Their terrace also has a great view, but it’s all behind the window, no open-air siting.
- La Carcara da Gignio – this one, unfortunately, we didn’t try out. If you experienced the food in this restaurant, please share your opinion in the comments below! Based on the photos and google reviews they are very good.
Accommodation in Pogerola
- Check out the Airbnb’s in Pogerola here
- Poggio House B&B in Pogerola
- Villa Rina Country House Pastena
- Il Poggio Antico Pogerola