The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful regions of Italy and one of my favorite places to visit in Europe. I’ve spent a few weeks traveling in Naples and the Amalfi coast and I keep finding little things that blow me away.
The Amalfi coast is known for its dramatic coastline, towering cliffs, turquoise waters, historic villa, and its collection of picturesque towns. People have been coming to the Amalfi coast long before modern day tourism as it has always been a getaway destination for wealthy Italians from the old times.
This list will focus on the different towns along the Amalfi coast that you should visit. Some towns are much more popular than others but that doesn’t mean you should skip them if you have the time! This post is all a part of my Naples, Capri, and Amalfi Coast travel itinerary.
How to get around and see all the towns in the Amalfi Coast?
The Amalfi coast is a stretch of 50km coast line that stretches from Sorrento in the west to Salerno in the east. In reality, you’ll probably only visit about 30km of this coastline as this is where the majority of the Amalfi coast towns are located. Most people start this trip from Naples, the birthplace of pizza. From Naples, there are numerous ways to get to the Amalfi Coast.
Do you need a car on the Amalfi Coast?
To put it simply, having a car would make your life easier when it comes to being spontaneous. However, the caveat is that the iconic Amalfi coast road with its spectacular views is a one lane, slow, traffic ridden affair. If there’s any accident at all, you could be backed up for hours. Couple that with the fact you’re visiting small villages along the way, and actually finding parking is a challenge in itself.
Do you need to have a car? The answer is no. The public transportation system is sufficient enough to get from town to town.
Take the buses in the Amalfi Coast
The buses are the best way to get around the area. From Salerno or Sorrento, you can take a bus to visit all the highlights of the Amalfi coast. From Positano or Sorrento, you can also take ferries to Capri.
The buses are somewhat frequent during the high seasons but expect to have longer waits during low seasons. Even so, if you’re staying in a smaller town like Praiano, these buses don’t run as often. Buses can get quite packed during the summers and it’s not uncommon to have to wait for the next bus.
Rent a scooter in the Amalfi
My favorite way to get around the Amalfi (and really anywhere in Europe) is via scooter. Vespas are as Italian as Parmesan and is the way of life here. However, expect to pay insane prices for scooters in the Amalfi coats since it is so tourist centric. A rental for a standard scooter (not a Vespa) averages somewhere between €50-60 a day which is just insanity. Absolute insanity.
This is a complete rip off by any stretch of the imagination but you need to prepare for extreme prices in the Amalfi Coast. If you rented a scooter for two weeks or more, you could just outright buy the damn thing. Having just been in the Greek islands for two months prior to coming to Italy, I was so used to (and spoiled) by the scooter prices there which are even still outrageously expensive compared to somewhere like Indonesia. Nevertheless, even by Amalfi standards, I think the €50-60 a day is just a pure rip off considering you could rent a car for cheaper.
Nevertheless, I don’t think you need a scooter the entire time you’re here. For the most part, if you rent it for a day or two, it will be enough to see most of the area. I rented it for two days and it was more than enough to cruise through most of the Amalfi Coast.
Some towns are just more famous than others and there is no town more famous on the Amalfi coast than Positano. In fact, Positano is probably one of the most famous towns in all of Italy as the photos taken here are synonymous with the Amalfi coast.
Positano is perhaps the most well known, photographed, Instagrammed, and popular place on the coast. The iconic photos of the beautiful little houses on the mountain overlooking the Mediterranean is all here on display.
It’s likely that you’ll be visiting Positano no matter where you stay in the Amalfi Coast.
There aren’t a whole lot of must see tourist attractions in Positano. The entire town is one. Just walk through the streets and alleyways, reveling in how stunning the mountain and ocean landscape is. When you’re done, relax on the beach which is okay but it’s not going to wow you or have an Aperitivo. There are some amazing places to have drinks and also take that iconic photo of the town. My favorite of these are probably the restaurants on Via Cristiforo Columbo.
The town is not big and will take you maybe 30 minutes to 1 hour to see most of it. The town is literally built in a mountain side so if you want to see it all by foot, be prepared to climb many stairs. The prices in Positano are very expensive as you’d expect so budget accordingly. If you want a cheaper meal, stop in at one of the delis where you can get fresh and delicious paninis made.
You will have no shortage of photo opportunities here!
Here are a few hotel recommendations for the Positano area:
Located right next to Positano, Praiano is a great option for those that want to stay in the middle of the Amalfi coast but at a fraction of the price of the accommodations in Positano. There isn’t a whole lot to see in Praiano with only a handful of restaurants and shops hosted in this town. However, the one thing you must do while in Praiano is to hike the Path of the Gods back to Positano.
Path of the Gods Hike
One of the most popular activities along the Amalfi Coast is the absolutely stunning Path of the Gods hike. This also happens to be one of the most famous hiking routes in the whole of Italy and it’s easy to understand why, given the fantastic panoramas that await.
This hike came highly recommended to me from numerous folks and after seeing photos, I had to do it myself. It’s a hike that starts in the village of Nocelle nearby to Positano, ending at Bomerano.
From Positano, you can take a bus to Nocelle to begin your hike, or just hike from the main road outside of Positano. The Path of the Gods hike will take you to the top of the mountain which gives you the best views of the region. The whole route lasts around two hours and passes through a lush, green hillside with scattered vineyards along the way.
If you feel like really killing yourself and are staying in Praiano, do what I did which is to start my hike in Praiano, climbing over 1,000 meters to the top of the mountain where the Path of the Gods hike began. This hike took me three hours to finish and was some serious elevation.
If you want to start on the other side, you will need to take Sita buses leaving from Amalfi, ask the driver for the stop Bomerano. From there follow the road signs that will take you at the entrance of the path. The Path of the Gods can also be reached from Praiano but you have to face a long flight of steps to go from sea level to 580 meters high to the pass of Colle Serra.
The views here are breathtaking. I particularly loved the area that overlooks Positano. As touristy as Positano is, the views are just too nice.
Ravello is one of the most famous and picturesque towns in the Amalfi Coast. Located high up in the hills away from the sea, Ravello offers absolutely stunning views of the neighboring valley.
Ravello doesn’t get as much love as the other towns on the Amalfi coast but there is plenty to see here.
The main attraction in town is firstly just to walk around admire the old buildings and fantastic views. The most popular attraction in Ravello is without a doubt Villa Rufolo.
One of the most beautiful and famous architectural complexes in Ravello. It was built by the Rufolo family, one of the most powerful families in the Medieval period, consists in different structures: the building (XIII century), the tree-lined entrance, two towers, gardens, chapel and the Moorish courtyard.
Down the street is the equally as picturesque and famous Villa Cimbrone. Clinging to the rocky ridge with the same name, was bought in the first years of the 20th century by Lord Grimthorpe who started extensive restoration works, entrusting them to Mr Nicola Mansi. From the Belvedere of Villa Cimbrone you can enjoy one of the stunning view of the Amalfi coast. The terrace with the seven marble statues overlooking the ocean is absolutely spectacular.
Along the Amalfi coast, there is also a town just called Amalfi. Contrary to popular belief, this is not one of the most famous towns along the Amalfi coast as that honor goes to Positano and Ravello. Nevertheless, Amalfi Town is definitely worth the visit.
The town of Amalfi which is right in the middle of the Amalfi coast is the a popular middle destination for people. There isn’t much to see in this town that I found. The town square is where all the tourist attractions are and it is filled with mostly overpriced and mediocre tourist trap restaurants.
I did find a very nice view point on the outskirts of town that allowed for some amazing photos to be taken however!
Vietri Sul Mare
Vietri Sul Mare is known as the “Gateway to the Amalfi Coast” due to its strategic location at the beginning of the famous coastline. The town is famous for its beautiful ceramics, which are renowned throughout Italy and the world.
One of the main attractions of Vietri sul Mare is its beautiful beach. The beach is long and wide, with crystal-clear water and soft golden sand. It is a great place to relax, sunbathe, and enjoy the stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. The beach is surrounded by charming cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal or a refreshing drink while taking in the beautiful scenery.
Another must-see attraction in Vietri sul Mare is the Church of San Giovanni Battista. The church is a beautiful example of baroque architecture and is famous for its stunning frescoes and beautiful artwork. The church is a great place to explore the history and culture of the town.
For those who love ceramics, Vietri sul Mare is a paradise. The town is famous for its beautiful ceramics, which are handmade by local artisans. The ceramics are known for their bright colors and intricate designs, and you can find everything from plates and bowls to vases and decorative pieces. You can visit the many ceramic shops in town to see the artisans at work and purchase some beautiful pieces to take home as souvenirs.
Finally, Vietri sul Mare is also known for its delicious local cuisine. The town is famous for its seafood dishes and its traditional pasta dishes such as scialatielli, a handmade pasta that is served with seafood or tomato sauce. You can also enjoy a variety of local wines and liqueurs, including limoncello, a lemon-flavored liqueur that is popular throughout the region.
Salerno is a beautiful and historic city located on the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. It is a city that is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbors, such as Amalfi and Positano, but it is definitely worth a visit.
One of the main attractions of Salerno is its historic old town. The old town is a maze of narrow streets and alleys lined with beautiful buildings and historic landmarks. Some of the highlights of the old town include the Duomo, a beautiful cathedral that dates back to the 11th century, and the Arechi Castle, a stunning medieval castle that overlooks the city.
Another must-see attraction in Salerno is the Lungomare Trieste, a beautiful seaside promenade that stretches along the coast for over two kilometers. The promenade offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and is a great place to take a leisurely stroll or enjoy a bike ride.
Salerno is also known for its vibrant food scene. The city is famous for its delicious local cuisine, which includes fresh seafood, handmade pasta, and a variety of traditional dishes. You can find a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and trattorias throughout the city, serving up everything from simple street food to fine dining.
One of the most unique aspects of Salerno is its cultural events. The city is home to a number of festivals and cultural events throughout the year, including the famous Luci d’Artista, a festival of lights that transforms the city into a magical wonderland during the holiday season. Salerno also hosts a number of music festivals, theater performances, and art exhibitions throughout the year.
Perched on a clifftop overlooking the Bay of Naples and offers stunning views of Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri, Sorrento is a popular destination for tourists and is definitely worth visiting.
In fact, many travelers visit Sorrento first before venturing deeper into the Amalfi Coast. Others use Sorrento as a base for visiting the different towns along the Amalfi. There are much more accommodation options for a fraction of the price. Simply take a 60 minute bus from Sorrento to Positano and you’re right in the middle of the action.
One of the main attractions of Sorrento is its beautiful historic center. The center is a maze of narrow streets and alleys lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants. The architecture of the buildings is a blend of Medieval, Baroque, and Renaissance styles, which gives the town a unique character. Some of the highlights of the historic center include the 15th-century Cathedral of Sorrento and the beautiful Villa Comunale, a park with stunning views of the sea.
Another must-see attraction in Sorrento is the Marina Grande, a picturesque fishing village located at the base of the town’s cliffs. The village is famous for its colorful boats and charming seafood restaurants, which offer some of the freshest seafood in the region. The Marina Grande is a great place to relax and soak up the atmosphere of this charming town.
Sorrento is also famous for its delicious local cuisine. The town is known for its lemons, which are used to make the famous limoncello liqueur, and its fresh seafood. You can find a wide range of restaurants and cafes throughout the town, serving up everything from simple street food to fine dining.
Maiori is a picturesque town located on the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. It is one of the largest towns on the coast and is known for its long sandy beach, beautiful historic center, and delicious local cuisine.
The town is famous for its beautiful beach, which stretches for over one kilometer and is the longest on the Amalfi Coast. The beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing in the sun. There are also a number of water sports available, including kayaking and paddleboarding.
Maiori’s historic center is also a must-see attraction. The center is a maze of narrow streets and alleys lined with beautiful buildings and historic landmarks. Some of the highlights of the center include the Church of Santa Maria a Mare, a beautiful 15th-century church, and the Norman Tower, a medieval tower that offers stunning views of the town and the coast.
The town is also famous for its delicious local cuisine. Maiori is known for its fresh seafood, handmade pasta, and a variety of traditional dishes. You can find a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and trattorias throughout the town, serving up everything from simple street food to fine dining.
Finally, Maiori is a great base for exploring the surrounding area. The town is located close to a number of popular destinations, including the town of Amalfi, the ancient ruins of Pompeii, and the city of Salerno. You can take day trips to these destinations or explore them at your own pace.
Minori is a small town situated along the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. It is a picturesque town with a rich history and stunning natural scenery. The town is nestled between the sea and the mountains, offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and the lush green hills that surround it.
One of the main attractions of Minori is its beautiful beach. The beach is long and wide, with soft golden sand and crystal-clear water. It is a great place to relax, sunbathe, and enjoy the Mediterranean Sea. The beach is surrounded by charming cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal or a refreshing drink while taking in the stunning views.
Another must-see attraction in Minori is the Basilica di Santa Trofimena. The basilica is an ancient church that dates back to the 7th century and is one of the oldest churches on the Amalfi Coast. The church is famous for its stunning Byzantine-style frescoes and beautiful mosaics. The basilica is a great place to explore the history and culture of Minori.
For those who love hiking, Minori is a great place to start a hike along the famous Path of the Lemons. The path is a beautiful hiking trail that takes you through lemon groves and offers stunning views of the Amalfi Coast. Along the way, you can visit a traditional lemon farm where you can learn about the history and cultivation of lemons in the area.
Finally, Minori is also known for its delicious local cuisine. The town is famous for its seafood dishes and its traditional pasta dishes such as scialatielli, a handmade pasta that is served with seafood or tomato sauce. You can also enjoy a variety of local wines and liqueurs, including limoncello, a lemon-flavored liqueur that is popular throughout the region.
Atrani is a charming and picturesque village located on the Amalfi Coast, just a few minutes away from the larger town of Amalfi. It is a small village that is nestled between two cliffs and offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Despite its small size, Atrani has a lot to offer visitors who are looking to explore the beauty and charm of the Amalfi Coast.
One of the highlights of Atrani is its Old Town, which is a maze of narrow alleys, archways, and staircases that lead to hidden courtyards and picturesque squares. The Old Town is full of colorful houses and charming architecture that will transport you back in time. One of the most iconic landmarks in Atrani is the Church of San Salvatore de Birecto, which is a 10th-century church with beautiful Romanesque architecture and stunning views of the sea from the bell tower.
If you are looking to relax and soak up the sun, Atrani has a small but beautiful beach that is surrounded by colorful houses and cliffs. The beach is a great place to sunbathe, swim, and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
For those who love hiking and the great outdoors, Atrani is located on the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods), which is one of the most popular hiking trails on the Amalfi Coast. The trail offers breathtaking views of the sea and surrounding mountains and is a great way to explore the natural beauty of the area.
Finally, Atrani is known for its lively festivals and events, including the Festa di San Michele, which takes place on September 29th and features music, dancing, and traditional food. Attending one of these festivals is a great way to experience the local culture and traditions of this charming village.
Overall, Atrani is a hidden gem on the Amalfi Coast that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you want to explore the Old Town, relax on the beach, go on a hike, or attend a festival, Atrani is a destination that should not be missed.
Furore is a small town located on the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, known for its rugged cliffs, crystal clear waters, and picturesque landscape. While it may not be as well-known as some of the other towns on the coast, there are still plenty of things to do in Furore. Here are some ideas:
- Visit the Fiordo di Furore: This natural fjord is one of the most iconic landmarks in Furore. You can swim in the clear waters or admire the scenery from above.
- Take a hike: Furore is surrounded by beautiful hiking trails that offer stunning views of the coast. One of the most popular trails is the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods), which offers breathtaking views of the sea and surrounding mountains.
- Explore the Cantine Marisa Cuomo winery: Furore is known for its wine production, and this winery is one of the best in the area. You can take a tour of the vineyards, learn about the winemaking process, and taste some of their delicious wines.
- Visit the Convento San Domenico: This historic monastery is located on a hill overlooking the sea. You can admire the stunning architecture and artwork, and enjoy the panoramic views of the coast.
- Go to the beach: Furore has several small beaches and coves where you can relax and enjoy the sun and sea.
- Attend a cultural event: Furore is known for its cultural events, including music concerts and art exhibitions. Check the local calendar to see what events are taking place during your visit.
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