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Welcome to Amalfi Coast

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

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Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

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Looming above the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio) erupted in AD 79 and covered Pompeii in ash, preserving parts of the ancient city that can still be seen today. The volcano itself is still active—the only active one in continental Europe—and, though dormant, is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. Despite this, many visitors hike the mountain to see its infamous crater and are rewarded with stunning views of Pompeii, the Bay of Naples, and the surrounding Italian countryside.More
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Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna)

Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna)

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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
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Ravello

Ravello

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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
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Marina Grande

Marina Grande

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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
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Paper Museum (Museo della Carta)

Paper Museum (Museo della Carta)

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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
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Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo)

Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo)

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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
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Piazza Tasso

Piazza Tasso

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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
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Spaggia Grande Beach

Spaggia Grande Beach

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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
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Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)

Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)

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

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

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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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Tasso Theater (Teatro Tasso)

Tasso Theater (Teatro Tasso)

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Originally built to serve as a convent for the Theatines religious order, the historic building was later converted into a cinema in the 1920s and now serves as a performance space. As well as local folklore shows, the Tasso Theater also plays host to various other music performances from light opera to jazz.More
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Mt. Faito (Monte Faito)

Mt. Faito (Monte Faito)

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Towering over the countryside of Campania in southern Italy, Mt. Faito (Monte Faito)—in the Lattari mountain range—overlooks the whole of the Sorrento Peninsula. Faito is a popular destination in summer, when its scenic trails offer a respite from the heat and crowds along the coastline.More
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Correale di Terranova Museum (Museo Correale di Terranova)

Correale di Terranova Museum (Museo Correale di Terranova)

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Set on the clifftop of the seaside resort town of Sorrento, the Correale di Terranova Museum occupies a historic villa overlooking the sea and is home to the Correale family’s private art collection of 17th- and 18th-century Neapolitan paintings, decorative arts, and archaeological artifacts—the most important in the city.More
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Punta del Capo

Punta del Capo

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Protruding out into the Gulf of Naples, this rocky promontory is an appealing spot for travelers who want to swim, sunbathe, and soak up the coastal scenery away from the crowds of Sorrento town. At this peaceful perch, you’ll find a cliff-surrounded swimming cove separated from the sea by a rocky arch and the remains of a Roman villa.More
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Ravello Duomo (Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta e San Pantaleone)

Ravello Duomo (Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta e San Pantaleone)

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With its white facade and simple bell tower, the Ravello Duomo (Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta e San Pantaleone) is modest by Italian standards. Highlights are the inscribed bronze doors and a remarkable pulpit, supported by six marble lions and adorned with bird and dragon mosaics. The chapel also boasts an ampoule of St. Pantaleone’s blood, said to liquefy each year on the anniversary of his martyrdom.More

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Top activities in Amalfi Coast

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Recent reviews from experiences in Amalfi Coast

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Breathtaking views
Max_W, Aug 2022
Amalfi Coast Private Boat Excursion from Positano, Praiano, Amalfi, Minori or Maiori
The views of the coast from the water is breathtaking and the perfect way to see all of the Amalfi Coast.
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Amalfi boat day
Shannon_B, Aug 2022
Small-group boat tour of the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento
Great way to see Amalfi coast and Sorrento coast on a boat.
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Best trip ever!
Kathryn_M, Aug 2022
Amalfi Boat Tour With Positano Visit Fd - From Sorrento
A perfect way to see Amalfi and Postiano.
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Great way to see Amalfi coast in a day.
Andrea_L, Aug 2022
Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
Great way to see the Amalfi coast in a day.
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Our boat driver Saulo was...
Melanie_L, Aug 2022
Small-Group Amalfi Coast Day Cruise from Positano
He made the ride fun, we stop 4 times for swimming, 3 hrs free on amalfie town and we went to visit the emerald grotto ( it was 8€ Not 7) we were 11 persons so really private and really memorable, I would recommend it for sure!
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We had a great time on...
Beth_O, Jul 2022
Amalfi Coast Boat and Snorkeling Tour in Small Group | Half-day
This was such a wonderful way to see the Amalfi coast while enjoying the sun and the sea.
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Fantastic Ferry to Positano and Amalfi
Alyssa_G, Jul 2022
Gold Cruise - Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi
This was a much better way to see Positano and Amalfi without paying the high tour prices.
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Perfect way to see the Amalfi coast!
Burke_L, Jul 2022
Amalfi Coast Boat Tour From Sorrento
The boat was a great way to see the coast and with stops for swimming and also stops in Positano and Amalfi gave me plenty of time to see everything I wanted to.
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Great tour
Kelly_M, Jul 2022
Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
Great way to see the entire Amalfi coast in a day!
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This is the way to see the Amalfi coast!
Beth_E, Jul 2022
Amalfi Boat Tour With Positano Visit Fd - From Sorrento
It was a perfect way to see Amalfi and Positano.
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Fabulous boat day on Amalfi coast
Tony_M, Jul 2022
Amalfi Coast Private Boat Excursion from Positano, Praiano, Amalfi, Minori or Maiori
Great relaxing way to see the Amalfi area and also swim in some cool spots.
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Taste of Amalfi.
Linda_N, Jul 2022
Amalfi Coast Boat and Snorkeling Tour in Small Group | Half-day
Great way to see and explore the Amalfi Coast.
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Great value for money; excellent insights shared by guides; highly recommended
Aoife_T, Jul 2022
Amalfi Coast Tour by boat from Sorrento
Tour was well organised with pickup from hotel and bus to port; the boat trip was excellent with a comfortable boat that allowed us to see all around; guides on the Nerano boat sharing insights were excellent; ease of getting on and off boat in Amalfi and Positano; great value for money.
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Gina_T, Jul 2022
Full-Day Private Amalfi Coast Tour from Sorrento
The best decision we made to see the Amalfi Coast Positano and Ravello.
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Just perfect!
Melanie_S, Jul 2022
Amalfi Coast Tour by boat from Sorrento
Highly recommend this tour, it’s the perfect way to visit Amalfi and Positano!
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Bello!
PJ_C, Jul 2022
Small group boat tour to Capri from Vico Equense
Best way to see the Amalfi Coast.
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Excellent, fun day 😀
John_N, Jul 2022
Amalfi Coast Small group Tour by Boat from Sorrento
Very well organised trip, definitely the best way to visit Amalfi and Positano.
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Best tour o take in Sorrento
Carlos_H, Jul 2022
Amalfi Coast Premium Boat Tour
Giuseppe made our trip enjoyable and with enough pace to visit Amalfi and Positano with a stop to swim snd relax.
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Great day!
Christina_C, Jun 2022
Amalfi Coast Small group Tour by Boat from Sorrento
Time in Amalfi & Positano were good, not long enough to really get away from tourist areas, but enough to get a taste to see if you want to go back.
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Two Touring by Land
Laura_T, May 2022
Full-Day Private Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Tour from Positano
Our driver Marco tailored the tour to our requests and constantly checked in to see if we needed adjustments.
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All about Amalfi Coast

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Time Zone
CEST (UTC +1)
Country Code
+39
Language(s)
Italian
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