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Some of Italy's most spectacular scenery can be found along the Amalfi Coast, where colorful towns replete with forests and dramatic cliffs have been drawing visitors since the Roman Empire. And there are the ancient ruins to prove it; visit one of Italy’s most famous archaeological sites—Pompeii, buried in the first century by Mt. Vesuvius—from either Sorrento or nearby Naples. Driving between villages is another popular way to explore this winding coastline, so consider day tours that include transportation—a perk for those unfamiliar with the "Road of 1,000 Bends"—for a hassle-free visit. In Positano, candy-colored buildings tumble down the hills for those iconic photo ops, while Ravello’s hilltops offer unparalleled views. Meanwhile, the one-time mighty maritime republic of Amalfi packs a historical punch. For those looking to enjoy some time on the open ocean off the Amalfi Coast, hop on a cruise to Capri and visit its famed Blue Grotto; alternatively, if history’s more your thing, take a tour of Paestum and admire the Greek temple ruins.

Top 15 attractions in Amalfi Coast

Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

Looming above the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio) famously erupted in AD 79, covering Pompeii in ash and preserving the ruins of the Roman city for thousands of years. The volcano remains the only active one in continental Europe—despite this, many visitors hike to the crater to catch one-of-a-kind views of Pompeii, the Bay of Naples, and the surrounding Italian countryside.More

Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna)

One of the most remote and beautiful beaches on Italy's Sorrento coast, the Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna) is set along the rocky cliffs of Capo di Sorrento near a dramatic natural stone arch and the ancient ruins of a Roman villa. This stretch of coastline and its natural pool are accessible only by foot or private boat.More


Tiny Ravello, an idyllic village along the Amalfi Coast, has a long history and vibrant cultural life. Founded by Romans in the sixth century, this picturesque clifftop town is today a haven for travelers drawn to its views, villas, and gardens. Home to Villa Rufolo, which has hosted luminaries from Richard Wagner to Jacqueline Kennedy, and Villa Cimbrone, known for its panoramic views, Ravello is an elegant respite from the crowds along the coast.More

Marina Grande

Sorrento's tiny fishing village of Marina Grande is known for its colorful wooden boats bobbing in the harbor, and local fishermen still mend their nets by hand just steps from sunbathers along the beach. At the heart of Marina Grande is the Church of Sant’Anna, dedicated to the town’s patron saint, and a shore lined with small, family-run restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean fish and seafood.More

Paper Museum (Museo della Carta)

For centuries, Amalfi was one of the most important producers of paper in Europe, and water-powered paper mills lined the river running through the center of town. See how these ingenious mills worked and learn about the history and production of Amalfi’s prestigious paper at the Paper Museum, located in a fully functioning historic mill.More


Tucked between Amalfi Coast superstars Positano and Amalfi, tiny Praiano has managed to retain the feel of a sleepy fishing village, with a slower pace and friendlier vibe than its flashy neighbors. Sidle up beside locals at a café or in the piazza and soak in the Mediterranean views—and the timeless atmosphere—of this pretty seaside gem.More

Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo)

Tucked beneath the famous highway that skirts Italy's Amalfi Coast, the Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo) is one of the most popular attractions on this iconic stretch of coastline. Discovered in 1932 by a local fisherman, this marine cave is known for the turquoise water that fills the cavern with an emerald-green light when the sun’s rays filter up through a fissure beneath its surface. It’s covered with limestone stalagmites and stalactites more commonly associated with inland karstic caves and is popular among travelers to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.More

Piazza Tasso

Sitting astride the steep gorge that once divided the cliff-top center of Sorrento, Piazza Tasso is the pulsating heart of one of Italy’s most popular seaside resort towns. This bustling, café-lined main square is where locals and visitors alike come to see and be seen, and to admire the square’s baroque church and 18th-century palace.More

Spaggia Grande Beach

There is no better stretch of beach in Positano to take a dip or work on your tan than Spiaggia Grande, next to the Marina Grande port. At this well-provisioned beach you can rent a sun lounger and umbrella, stroll the beach walk, grab a meal at a beachfront restaurant, or hop on a ferry to other coastal destinations or the islands.More

Sorrento Cruise Port (Sorrento Terminal Crociere)

The bustling Sorrento Cruise Port (Sorrento Terminal Crociere) is a popular stop for passengers looking to explore Italy's Campania coast. While Sorrento is a charming resort town and destination in its own right, it also serves as a transportation hub and jumping-off point for excursions to the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Pompeii, and other destinations on the Bay of Naples.More

Li Galli (Sirenuse)

Shrouded in legend, the Li Galli (Sirenuse islets tower over the Mediterranean Sea. Once said to be inhabited by sirens, these tiny outcrops lure passing boats with their pristine waters and coastlines. Though the islands are private, you can still drop anchor on their outskirts to swim or snap photos.More

Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)

The picturesque Cloister of San Francesco offers a tranquil reprieve from the bustling streets of Sorrento’s historic center. Set between a 7th-century monastery and a late-medieval church—both dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi—the cloister is a showpiece of architectural styles and one of the city’s top attractions.More

Amalfi Cathedral (Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea)

By far Amalfi’s most famous sight, the 9th-century Amalfi Cathedral (Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea) has a theatrical staircase that leads up from the town’s main square to the church’s facade above. Climb to the top to see the cathedral’s striking mix of architectural styles and a sweeping view over the town.More

Villa Cimbrone Gardens

One of the most spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast is from Villa Cimbrone’s Terrace of Infinity, a dramatic overlook lined with classical busts and offering sweeping panoramas of the coastline. Stroll through the lush gardens—replete with shaded paths, manicured flower beds, and hidden pavilions—to this iconic belvedere.More

Sorrento St. Anthony Basilica (Basilica di Sant’Antonino)

The most important church in Sorrento, the St. Anthony Basilica (Basilica di Sant’Antonino) is dedicated to the town’s patron saint. Visit the church during a walking tour of the city to view the sumptuous interiors, St. Antonius’s crypt, and votive offerings of sailors who survived shipwrecks thanks to the intervention of this saint, the patron of rescues.More

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All about Amalfi Coast

When to visit

Summer brings punishing heat and crowds to the Amalfi Coast, but it also brings star events. July and August are packed with festivals, culminating with the Festa dell’Assunta religious feast in mid-August. The Ravello Music Festival holds classical music concerts in the Villa Rufolo, June–October. Visit in spring and early fall for milder weather and warm water—time your visit for the last Saturday in September, when the Sagra del Pesce fish festival marks the end of high season.

Getting around

The Amalfi Coast is not directly accessible by public transport. From Naples, you can take the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento, and then buses along the coast. Driving provides spectacular views, but also extreme traffic in the high season—plus, towns are sometimes off-limits to non-resident motorists. Plan ahead to take ferries linking Naples, Sorrento, and Salerno with Positano or the town of Amalfi—and even the islands of Capri or Ischia from April to October. Bikes and vespas are options, too.

Traveler tips

Positano and Amalfi are, without a doubt, jewels of the Amalfi Coast. But travelers exploring further afield will find more than just these towns. Explore the traditional ceramic studios in Maiori and Vietri sul Mare, and stop in Ravello to see its Duomo and cliffside Villa Rufolo. Don’t miss the Path of the Gods trail, which leads hikers from cliff-top Pianillo down to beachside Positano.

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People Also Ask

What is the Amalfi Coast famous for?

The Amalfi Coast has some of Italy’s top scenery. It’s known for its steep coastal cliffs that rise directly from the Mediterranean Sea. The waterfront is dotted with colorful fishing villages that are now chic resort towns that attract the international jet set.

What is the most beautiful part of the Amalfi Coast?

Positano is considered the most beautiful town along the Amalfi Coast, but the entire stretch of coastline between the villages of Nerano and Vietri sul Mare isn’t to be missed. The top scenic attractions are along the coast between Positano and Amalfi, including Ravello, Furore Fjord, and Emerald Grotto.

How many days is enough for the Amalfi Coast?

You can cover the most famous Amalfi Coast towns in a single day, but you need at least two more to fully explore the picturesque coastline. Spend one day visiting Amalfi and Ravello, another in Positano, and a third relaxing on the beaches or hiking the Path of the Gods.

Is there a lot to do along the Amalfi Coast?

Yes, there is plenty to do on the Amalfi Coast—known more for its scenery than cultural treasures. Tourist pastimes include strolling through the charming villages and basking on the beach rather than touring landmarks. This relaxed pace is part of the coastline’s charm and its “la dolce vita” style.

Where should you stay on the Amalfi Coast?

If you are looking for luxury lodgings and a chic atmosphere, Positano is the most exclusive (and expensive) town on the coast. Amalfi has more affordable accommodations and a port for easier logistics. For the widest range of places to stay plus train, bus, and ferry connections, Sorrento is ideal.

What is the best month to go to the Amalfi Coast?

The Amalfi Coast can be uncomfortably hot and crowded in summer, so spring (April and May) and fall (September and October) are the best months to visit. Most hotels, restaurants, and other businesses shutter for winter, so avoid visiting between November and March.


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