To say that the Amalfi Coast of Italy is beautiful is something of an understatement!
Oh, and don’t get me started on the weather too! While some of us are sat at home, scratching our heads in disbelief at summer snow/hail and wondering why we still need coats in the middle of summer, the Amalfi Coast of Italy seems to just be basking in what seems like perpetual summer sunshine. 🙂
Then there are those colourful villages homes, staggered on terraced cliffs, fragrant lemon groves, delicious freshly made Italian food and turquoise waters – all of which are pretty much guaranteed to make you fall in love instantly with not just the Amalfi Coast but Italy as a whole.
But here’s the thing, the Amalfi Coast isn’t just one spot! It’s a collection of lots of different towns and villages – each of which has it’s own unique character and appeal and so you kinda need to decide A.) where to base yourself in the Amalfi Coast when you visit and B) which other places to see during your time in the Amalfi Coast.
To get you on your merry way on your Italian adventure, here are 12 absolutely beautiful places in the Amalfi Coast of Italy that you definitely have to visit.
Sorrento is the starting point (or the end – depending on which direction you arrive in) of the Amalfi Coast and I guess that’s kinda what makes it extremely popular among travellers, especially during summer.
(*Technically the start/end is actually down at Punta Campanella but the main roads for driving end around Sorrento and seeing as around the Amalfi Coast is scary at the best of times, Sorrento is probably your best for your start/finish).
Why Sorrento? Well in addition to those stunning views of the ocean, diving, sea fishing and amazing food, it’s also the birthplace of Limoncello so even if you’re not staying here – be sure to grab a bottle of that good stuff when you visit. 🙂
But seriously though, it’s absolutely pretty here and it’s one of the bigger spots to visit here so you can arrive without any real plans and still have an amazing time here.
If you need a breather from all the busier towns and cities, head over to beautiful Atrani. Although it’s pretty close to Amalfi (the town), the vibe here is drastically different and much more laidback.
Plans when you visit? Leave the car/vespa behind and explore Atrani on foot. Check out the medieval architecture, eat in one of the many trattorias, people watch at the Piazza Umberto I or just chill by the small black sand beach. *Psst…for the best seafood, head to Ristorante Savo – the food here is incredible!
Positano is the quintessential Amalfi Coast village with gorgeous views and delightful pastel-coloured houses. Yep, the kind that you have seen in every iconic picture of the Amalfi coast. (Even if you haven’t been, it’s what you’ll be picturing the Amalfi Coast to be).
With a beautiful sandy beach, busy seaside bars, even busier nightlife and fancy-pants boutiques, Positano is understandably a spot to splurge a little and treat-yo-self! 😁 Start by booking a car service from Naples to Positano so you can see the UNESCO-listed ruins of ancient Pompeii on the way.
Word to the wise, be prepared to climb a LOT of steps while you’re here in Positano – especially if you have plans to enjoy the beach AND take in some pretty spectacular views from the top.
A trip to the Amalfi Coast is incomplete without a stopover at Amalfi. What was once an important trading centre is now a beautiful coastal town. Relax and soak up some sunshine by the famous Marina Grande beach or head to the tiny cove of Santa Croce if the Marina Grande beach is too busy for you.
If lazing around isn’t quite what you’re looking for here (or indeed, once you’re done soaking up that sunshine), head over to the spectacular 11th Century Cathedral of Sant’ Andrea or spend an afternoon at the Chiostro del Paradiso. Don’t forget to grab an espresso and some homemade cake for the complete Italian experience! 🤗
5.) Fiordo di Furore
If you want a quick escape from the maddening crowds, head to Fiordo di Furore, the only fjord in Italy. This highly photographed beach is typically quiet and absolutely stunning! While not the easiest place to get to (think steep stairs), it’s definitely worth the effort, I promise!
Fine – this isn’t technically “The Amalfi Coast” however the glamorous (and arguably, romantic) island of Capri is a short day trip from the Amalfi Coast and an absolute must-visit when you’re in the area. Think cascading bougainvillaea, whitewashed houses, turquoise waters, and beautiful views wherever you look. It’s absolutely amazing here and so worth the trip!
Ravello is another one of those spots in the Amalfi Coast that’s long been the playground of the rich and famous and it’s easy to see why once you’re there. With fantastic views from the Terrace of Infinity, the fascinating gardens of Villa Cimbrone, and the fantastic atmosphere in Piazza del Vescovado, Ravello will easily find its way to the top of your favourite places to visit in Italy.
If you’re here during summer, you must attend the annual Ravello Music Festival at the Villa Rufolo which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Another quieter and more laid-back village in the Amalfi coast is Praiano. Once known for its silk production and for being a summer residence of the Amalfi dukes, Praiano is today a gorgeous resort town as well as a centre for the arts.
Head to the rocky beach of La Gavitella and take in the amazing views from there. Also, spend some quiet time at the church of Parrocchia Di San Gennaro – it really is incredible! something!
If you love pasta (who doesn’t? 😉 😁), you will love Minori! Once filled with pasta making factories, Minori, also called the “City of Flavour” is today a UNESCO site and a must-visit while in the Amalfi coast.
Something about its narrow alleys and old buildings, especially the 1st Century Roman Villa called the Convent of San Nicola (XI) will take you back in time instantly…. but coming back to the pasta, the N’dunderi (dumplings made of ricotta) and Scialatielli (fresh pasta ribbons) are lip-smacking delicacies that you absolutely have to try here! For dessert, grab a Delizie Al Limone at the famous Pastry Sal De Riso.
Maiori is a historic town with tons of character, so much so that Rossellini chose this town as the background for four of his films! Think ancient towers, old castles, and amazing churches filled with art.
Maiori is also where you will find Amalfi Coast’s longest beach and some amazing seafood. If you’re up for a spot of shopping – for souvenirs or otherwise, head to Corso Reginna, the main street which is full of fun, unique boutiques and stores.
11.) Vietri sul Mare
Walking through this beautiful town will make you feel like you’re in an open-air museum. With gorgeous handmade ceramics everywhere you look, charming colourful houses, a stunning seashore and a beautiful majolica domed church, Vietri sul Mare is one of those amazing little Italian towns that’ll make you pleased you decided to holiday in the Amalfi Coast!
12.) Sentiero degli Dei
More popularly known as the “Path of the Gods”, your journey to the Amalfi Coast is incomplete without experiencing this fantastic hike. Known for its spectacular (and we mean absolutely AMAZING) views, this hike starts at Agerola and ends at Positano. It is not for the faint of heart but it sure is worth it!