The Amalfi Coast is a gem of our beautiful country that the whole world envies us, every year it attracts tourists from all over the globe. The sea, the sun, the architecture, the breathtaking views are some of the things that make this stretch of the Campania coast such a beloved place. There are 50 km of hairpin bends and cliffs overlooking the sea, in which fabulous locations in the province of Salerno follow one another. Not only tourism, but also agriculture and maritime cultivation, the production of lemons and the tradition linked to fish are two economically important items. The same goes for the textile tradition of Positano and the ceramics of Vietri.
Let's see together the main towns of this area, under UNESCO protection since 1997. Here what to see on the Amalfi Coast: the most beautiful locations, attractions and villages!
- The most beautiful locations and villages
- What to see: hidden places and attractions
- What to see in a weekend: recommended itinerary
- What to do on the Amalfi Coast: activities, excursions and tours
- Where it is
- User questions and comments
The most beautiful locations and villages
1 - Amalfi
Amalfi is undoubtedly the heart of the Amalfi Coast. The city rises majestically overlooking the sea, and in the past it was one of the Maritime Republics that made the history of the Mediterranean, together with Pisa, Genoa and Venice.
To discover it at its best, we recommend that you take part in a guided tour with a local guide, who will make you discover every corner of the city! Absolutely worth seeing is in Amalfi the Cathedral of Sant'Andrea, the Arsenale Museum and the Paper Museum. The latter is located inside a mill where in ancient times just paper was processed. In Amalfi once there were mills for the production of Amalfi paper, which in 1220 was considered so valuable that Frederick II forbade its use for public documents.
Among the many things we suggest you do is to taste the specialty of the local gastronomy, that is the limoncello, produced with IGP lemons from the Amalfi Coast.
2 - Ravello
Ravello needs no introduction either from the point of view of hospitality or scenic beauty. It is one of the few countries in do not overlook the sea directly, is located 300 meters above sea level, with a beautiful panoramic view of the coast. Moreover, thanks to its position, boasts a cooler climate, perfect for those who can't stand summer heat and heat.
Ravello is always animated by intense cultural activity, has a calendar always full of events, exhibitions, concerts that involve the inhabitants and all visitors starting from late spring-summer until December. It is in fact named the city of music, thanks to the Ravello Festival and the suggestive Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium. The splendid terraces of Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone are worth seeing, which enchanted Wagner, in whose honor the Festival that made this town famous all over the world takes place today. For a first approach to the village we recommend a private walking tour with a local guide!
3 - Positano
In Campania, Positano is almost as famous and crowded as Capri. It is in fact an international tourist resort, very crowded during the summer months. It once was a typical village of humble fishermen, today it still retains that charm, especially in the eyes of those who visit it for the first time.
The peculiarity of Positano that immediately strikes is the its vertical development, the houses rise one above the other almost as if they are clinging to the rock that slopes gently down to the sea.
Strolling through its narrow streets, you will come across boutiques and craft shops (Positano is famous for the production of clothes and sandals). To see, the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, with its dome that stands out in the middle of the city, the Spiaggia Grande and the Spiaggia del Fornillo.
4 - Furore
Far from the lively atmosphere of the Amalfi Coast, Furore it looks more like a mountain village. Roberto Rossellini and Anna Magnani lived here and there is a small museum dedicated to them.
It is located 600 meters above sea level and is reachable via some steep paths which rise from the coast towards the interior. In this regard, for those who do not want to explore these uphill paths, we recommend reaching the town of Agerola, from which the famous Path of the Gods also starts, and from there descend. Alternatively, if you are in Amalfi, you can dedicate a day for a day trip to this place, including walking tours, vineyards and cellars of Furore
Speaking of Furore, in reality, it is not quite right to speak of a village as one of its characteristics is the absence of a real inhabited center. The fjord is the main attraction of this location, it is rather a narrow inlet carved out by the incessant work of the Schiato stream coming from the Lattari Mountains.
5 - Conca dei Marini
We are talking about one of the smallest municipalities in Italy, in fact, it has just over 600 inhabitants. Conca dei Marini presents an identity with a double soul, of land, for the cultivation of lemons and cherry tomatoes, and of the sea, for the tonnara active until 1956 but which fortunately continues to renew itself today.
There are several things to see in this location. We point out the beach located at the end of 300 steps near a renowned hotel in the area, and especially the Grotta dello Smeraldo, a wonderful cove discovered in 1932 by a local fisherman. Famous for its crystalline water, which here takes on a particular green color, it is 24 meters high and can be accessed via an elevator along the coastal road SP163, or alternatively by sea from Amalfi.
Tradition has it that it was in Conca dei Marini that the Santarosa sfogliatella, one of the most famous sweets of Neapolitan gastronomy.
6 - Sorrento
Sorrento is located on the northern arm of the Amalfi Coast and is renowned for its beautiful landscapes, as well as for the production of the excellent local limoncello!
Among the beauties to see, don't miss the cathedral, dating back to the th century, the two splendid ports, from which you can leave for a romantic sunset cruise, and a series of public parks. The city is also home to the Correale Museum and the Wood Inlay Museum.
Furthermore, from Piazza Tasso the treks on the Path of the Gods start, a path that develops in a breathtaking natural landscape, and allows you to admire the wonders of the Amalfi Coast.
Sorrento is one of the favorite destinations for Italian and international tourism, is also chosen for the convenience of connections to other destinations in Campania, it is particularly crowded not only in summer but throughout the year.
7 - Atrani
Atrani is the urban center with the highest population density of the Amalfi Coast, not so much for the high number of inhabitants but rather for the small territorial extension, just 0,12 sq km, in which about 900 people live.
This town is nestled between the Civita and Aureo mountains along the valley of the Dragone river, and is considered in fact an extension of the city of Amalfi, both from a historical point of view and because the country is reachable on foot from the Valle dei Mulini in Amalfi.
Atrani is a real one jewel of Mediterranean architecture, characterized by colorful facades and narrow uphill alleys, with a very large number of churches, among these the Church of San Salvatore de 'Birecto, where dukes were crowned at the time of the Republic of Amalfi, and the Collegiate Church of Santa Penitent Mary.
8 - Cetara
Cetara has nothing to envy to other cities of the Amalfi Coast. Famous for its production of anchovy sauce, has a history that has always been linked to fishing. The same name derives from the Latin Cetaria, or cetari, a term used to indicate sellers of very large fish.
It is that typical picturesque seaside village where there is to enjoy the best of its crystal clear waters and stroll through its streets that climb the mountain. I'm absolutely to try the local dishes, all based on fish of course. Starting from spaghetti with anchovy sauce, which is the result of the fermentation of anchovies put to marinate in jars, and then continue with the so-called cuòppo, that is the foil containing fish prepared and fried in various ways.
9 - Vietri sul mare
The city of Vietri sul mare is famous above all for being the city of ceramics, the Amalfi Coast is in fact a true explosion of colors and flavors, and this probably inspired the art of Vietri ceramics. In the hamlet of Raito (about 3 km from Vietri) there is the Vietrense Ceramics Museum, located exactly in Villa Guariglia, and is undoubtedly a stop to do during a visit to this locality.
Not only that, it also deserves the Church of St. John the Baptist, highly recognizable thanks to the majolica dome. The city is always considered in a tour of the Amalfi Coast, sometimes as a last stop sometimes as before, it is located exactly at the northern entrance of the city of Salerno.
10 - Praiano
Less than 10 km from Positano, exactly halfway between Positano and Amalfi, Praiano is the solution perfect for those who want a little relaxation and tranquility from a holiday on the Amalfi Coast. The town is divided into two hamlets, Vettica and Marina di Praiano.
Le beaches of Gavitella and Marina di Priaia, despite their small size, they have exclusive and super-equipped beaches, complete with restaurants specialized in Campania seafood cuisine. The panorama makes everything even more magical: from Praiano it is in fact possible to admire spectacular fire-colored sunsets and a wide view with Capri clearly visible in the background.
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- Maiori: is another beautiful village, located at the mouth of the Reginna Maior. In 1954, due to a terrible flood, much of the town was sacrificed and rebuilt. Here you will find the longest beach on the entire coast (1 km)
- Villa Cimbrone, Ravello: ancient noble residence of Ravello transformed into a museum, characterized by an elegant garden that opens onto the famous "Belvedere of the Infinite", a panoramic terrace overlooking the sea of the Amalfi Coast
- Archipelago of Li Galli, Positano: for those who prefer tranquility to the chaos of the establishments, in Positano there are three islets where, according to mythology, Ulysses had to face the temptation of the sirens that bewitched the sailors in transit
- Minori: this town has a less characteristic town than the others on the Amalfi Coast, here the difference is the beach, the sea and the gastronomy, in fact it boasts an important tradition of artisan pasta factories
- Path and Fjord of Furore: the village known for its fjord particularly struck Roberto Rossellini, who shot the most famous scene of "Il miracolo", one of his most famous films, along the steep path leading to the town
- Viceroyal Tower, Cetara: it was built at the time of the Angevins in Cetara to defend the territory and signal the arrival of the feared Turkish pirates. Its mighty bulk today represents one of the most striking architectural elements in the whole country
- Ladder: it is an ancient noble town with unique views that have fascinated artists from all over the world. Spread between the sea and the mountains, it is the ideal place for those seeking peace and tranquility from the Amalfi Coast
- Beach of the two brothers, Vietri: when you look out over the panoramic view in the vicinity of Vietri it is impossible not to notice the two stacks that act as a lookout for the Vietri beach. Not everyone knows they are known as "the two brothers"
- The citrus carts: moving from one village to another it is easy to come across the typical citrus carts of the Coast that make you dream already in photos. Lemons, oranges ... all in bright colors, summer, fresh and above all all at kilometer 0
- sunsets: is a quiet village nestled between the valleys of the Lattari Mountains, its name derives from "intra montes", land between the mountains. Thanks to its rich vegetation it is considered the lung of the Amalfi Coast
- The Path of the Gods: one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world, connects Agerola and Positano. About 10 km long, it winds between the Amalfi Coast and the Sorrento Coast, crossing the Lattari Mountains. According to legend, it would have been the road traveled by the Greek gods to save Ulysses from the sirens
- The Emerald Grotto, Conca dei Marini: inlet in the Conca dei Marini area, famous for its crystalline water which here takes on a particular green color. Discovered by the fisherman Luigi Buonocore in 1932, it is 24 meters high. The cave has not always been submerged: only after a phenomenon of bradyseism, linked to the volcanic area of which Conca dei Marini is part, has it progressively lowered until it sinks into the waters
What to see in a weekend: recommended itinerary
To visit the entire Amalfi Coast it would take a week. If you intend to leave for a weekend it is still feasible, we recommend an itinerary to follow for three days among these splendid dream locations.
The first day you could dedicate it to Vietri sul mare, the first city of the Amalfi Coast coming from Salerno. In the morning enjoy a walk through the colorful alleys, the Vietrense Ceramics Museum (9: 00-15: 00, reachable by bus line 1 from Piazza Matteotti in 10 min, € 1,00) and the Church of San Giovanni Battista. In the afternoon stop at beach of the two brothers for a bit of relaxation, it is surrounded by beautiful towers of the sixteenth century and in front of it are the stacks of Vietri known as "the two brothers".
For the second day, move to Amalfi, by SITA bus (1 h, € 2,90). Here you will breathe theauthentic air of the Amalfi Coast, it is in fact its heart and the largest city. Here enjoy a walk with a local guide in the Natural Reserve of the Valle delle Ferriere and then visit the center, with the Cathedral of Sant'Andrea (9: 00-18: 45) and the Paper Museum (10: 00-18: 30, € 4,00). In the afternoon, from Amalfi, you can also leave to discover the Grotta dello Smeraldo (9: 00-16: 00, € 5,00) thanks to the numerous tour operators who carry out tours aboard a raft.
On the third day, reach the famous Positano, reachable from Amalfi by bus (50 min, € 2,90) or hydrofoil (25 min, € 9,00). Walking through the streets of this country you will find yourself among many craft shops, today as in the sixties the bespoke sandals of Positano are famous. Here enjoy the Spiaggia Grande and Spiaggia del Fornillo, connected to each other through the Path of Lovers. Furthermore, from Positano you can leave for aexcursion by sea (minimum price € 70,00) to the nearby Li Galli Islands, Marina del Cantone, the Bay of Ieranto, the other towns of the Amalfi Coast and, why not, even Capri.
How much does a weekend on the Amalfi Coast cost?
The Amalfi Coast is an expensive destination, also frequented by famous people and characterized by prestigious locations also from an economic point of view.
The following figures are average or minimum costs for a weekend on the Amalfi Coast following the recommended itinerary over it. For example, to eat out, consider at least € 50,00 for a nice lunch of typical dishes with fresh fish. As for the attractions, bear that in mind you will spend it all on excursions, guided tours and boat trips, as the entrances to museums and churches are cheap if not free. Transportation is also convenient, rely on SITA buses to move from one country to another, on average a single ride costs € 2,90. Or, when they are available, take advantage of the ferries. Within the cities, do not rent cars or use taxis, but move around on foot.
- Costs to eat: about € 75,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Costs for museums and attractions: about € 150,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
- Transportation: about € 100,00 per person in total for the weekend (transfer from / to the airport included)
- Hotels, accommodation and b & b: from € 70,00 per room -
- Fun: from € 25,00 per person per day
- Total cost of a weekend: from € 600,00 per person (flights and transfers excluded)
What to do on the Amalfi Coast: activities, excursions and tours
Where it is
The Amalfi Coast is the stretch of the Campania coast located south of the Sorrento peninsula and overlooking the Gulf of Salerno. Its territory is bordered by Positano to the west and Vietri sul mare to the east. All the other municipalities that are part of it are: Amalfi, Atrani, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Praiano, Ravello, Scala and Tramonti.
Before leaving: useful tips
- When to go: between spring and summer, avoiding the month of August, the most crowded in terms of tourism
- with SITA buses from Naples or Salerno (€ 4,00, 1 or 2 h), with fast hydrofoils from Salerno (€ 10,00, 50 min) or Sorrento (€ 17,00, 40 min). More convenient by booking a private transfer from Naples airport
- It is very easy to find accommodation on the Amalfi Coast, the choice depends only on your needs. If you want to save money, for example, avoid Positano and choose places like Vietri or Ravello - compare the accommodations on booking.com
- Getting around: the best way to move from one country to another is by car, if not yours, rely on private transfers that are not lacking. Or with the SITA buses that connect all the towns of the Amalfi Coast (average cost € 2,00)