There are 13 municipalities located along the Amalfi Coast, and Ravello, Positano and Amalfi are undoubtedly the most popular. The entire coastline, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is most popular during the warm summer months, when travelers flock to the seaside to escape the city heat. There are a good number of year-round residents, though the population swells enormously in the summer; if you can avoid the crowds by visiting in the shoulder seasons of spring or fall you’ll feel like you’ve got the coast to yourself!
Most of the towns on the Amalfi Coast are largely supported by the tourism industry, though they also grow lemons and are known for the resulting limoncello produced in the area. The town of Amalfi also produces a thick paper called bambagina, while the towns of Cetara and Vietri are known for anchovies and ceramics, respectively. Along with wandering the small towns, exploring stately villas and historic churches, hiking and cycling, and driving the famously winding roads high above the sea, the main activities on the Amalfi Coast are designed to help you relax and enjoy “la dolce vita:” eating and drinking, shopping, and working on your tan at one of the area’s beautiful beaches.
Amalfi (the town) offers a few more things to do. It was once a major maritime power, and you can get a sense of this history with a walking tour through the historic center or a stop in the town’s paper making museum. The picturesque cathedral, which overlooks the main square from the top of a flight of steep stairs, is gorgeous inside and out. If Amalfi doesn’t provide enough entertainment for a day or two, you can easily visit nearby Positano, Ravello and the island of Capri. Of course, if the weather is good, you can easily and happily spend most of your time lounging in the sun.
Amalfi is also an excellent place to use as a base for touring the coast, particularly because it’s a transportation hub, and whether you’re coming from Naples, Sorrento or even Rome, getting to Amalfi is more direct than getting to (say) Ravello or even Posiso. While there’s no train service on the Amalfi Coast, the town of Amalfi is a hub for the buses that serve the region as well as boats that run between towns on the coast and out to the islands (in good weather). Even if you can only manage a day trip to this beautiful area, you can enjoy the lovely views, pleasant Mediterranean climate, and a little of the Italian good life anywhere along the Amalfi Coast.
Tours & Tickets
Take this incredible Rome day trip to the Amalfi Coast, and discover the dreamy coastal scenery that typifies this stunning area of southern Italy. Spend time ... Read more
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
Cruise to the island of Capri from Positano, Praiano or Amalfi on a small-group day trip, aboard an intimately sized sightseeing boat! After leaving the Amalfi ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Explore the famous Amalfi Coast with your own driver to chauffeur you from town to town on this private full-day excursion from Naples. You'll discover ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Explore one of Europe’s most beautiful coastlines on this full-day tour of the Amalfi Coast from Rome, with visits to Positano and Amalfi. The UNESCO-listed ... Read more
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)
Admire the beautiful Amalfi Coast at sunset on an evening cruise from Positano or Amalfi. Aboard a private boat driven by your captain, enjoy fabulous views of ... Read more
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
Combine the sights of blissful southern Italy with a sailing adventure on a 3-night independent tour by yacht! After spending the first day and night on the ... Read more
Duration: 4 days (approx.)