Travelers dreaming of visiting the breathtaking Amalfi Coast in Italy have exciting news to look forward to. This summer, the Salerno-Costa d'Amalfi airport, located roughly 45 kilometers away from the Amalfi Coast, will start welcoming commercial flights. The airport is getting a major makeover to handle more travelers who want to explore the famous coastline.

New Flights to Amalfi Coast Ready for Takeoff With Salerno Airport Revamp(Photo : Frans van Heerden on Pexels)

New Airport Opening Near Amalfi Coast

The Salerno airport, which is in the middle of getting bigger and better, will see its first flights from the Spanish airline Volotea this July. Flights will connect the Amalfi Coast to cities like Cagliari and Nantes starting in July, and to Catania and Verona from September. Other budget airlines, including Ryanair and easyJet, are also looking to fly to Salerno, making it easier for tourists to reach the Amalfi Coast.

Up until now, visitors to the Amalfi Coast usually flew into Naples and then took a bus or train. The Salerno airport was first built in 1926, mainly used by the military and for private flights. It had a short period of commercial flights about ten years ago but is now set for a big return to commercial use.

Wanted in Rome shared that starting in July, the airport will permanently open for commercial flights. By 2026/2027, it should be fully ready with a new terminal and a longer runway. The airport's expansion, managed by Gesac and costing €257 million ($277.56 million), aims to finish by 2043. By then, it hopes to welcome six million visitors a year. The local government in Campania is also investing in better roads and transport to the airport, making trips to the Amalfi Coast even smoother for tourists.

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Fiat 500 Boats Now Available Along the Coast

In a unique twist on sea travel, visitors to Italy's Amalfi Coast can now rent boats shaped like Fiat 500 cars. Created by Antonio Pietro Maria Galasso and his company, Cars Off-Shore, these special boats have received approval from both the Fiat Licensing Office and Fiat Style Center. 

With only 500 units being made, these boats are a rare sight. According to The Drive, each boat, mirroring the design of the Fiat 500 car, sits atop a trimaran hull and is powered by a 40-horsepower Mercury motor. For those seeking more speed, there are options for motors up to 115 horsepower.

The design cleverly adapts the car for water, removing the roof and the lower parts of the wheel arches while still keeping the iconic headlights, taillights, and mirrors. Unlike the traditional Fiat 500, the boat version replaces the rear bench with two seats at the back.

Not limited to the Amalfi Coast, these Fiat 500-themed boats are also making waves in Miami as part of a global expansion by Cars Off-Shore and Stellantis. This initiative offers a unique way to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Amalfi Coast and beyond, combining Italian charm with the thrill of boating. However, concerns linger about how these vehicles will withstand the test of time in saltwater conditions.

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