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Things to do on the Amalfi Coast

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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 10 attractions in Amalfi Coast

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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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Li Galli (Sirenuse)

Li Galli (Sirenuse)

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According to folklore, sirens once inhabited this small group of islands known as Li Galli or Le Sirenuse. But today, it’s intrepid travelers who find their way through the placid waters and scenic coastal landscapes to the three major land masses of this archipelago: La Castelluccia, Gallo Lungo and La Rotonda.Gallo Lungo is one of Li Galli’s most popular destinations, thanks to historical roots as a home to a monastery, and later a prison. In the mid-1990s, it became privately owned by Giovanni Russo and today, offers deluxe accommodations to travelers able to afford the steep price tag. Luckily the quiet waters that surround this iconic island are open to the public, which means even visitors who will never set foot on the shores are able to at least catch a glimpse of Gallo Lungo during a swim.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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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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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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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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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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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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Amalfi Cathedral (Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea)

Amalfi Cathedral (Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea)

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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
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Ferriere Valley Nature Reserve (Riserva Statale Valle delle Ferriere)

Ferriere Valley Nature Reserve (Riserva Statale Valle delle Ferriere)

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Known postcard-perfect fishing villages, the Amalfi Coast, a stretch of southern Italian coastline, also has striking countryside crisscrossed with hiking trails. Those in Ferriere Valley Nature Reserve (Riserva Statale Valle delle Ferriere)—thick with lemon groves, lush ferns, abandoned mills, and waterfalls—are among the most beautiful.More

Top activities in Amalfi Coast

Private Tour: Amalfi Coast to Capri Cruise

Private Tour: Amalfi Coast to Capri Cruise

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Private Capri Island and Blue Grotto Day Tour from Naples or Sorrento

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Private Capri Island and Blue Grotto Day Tour from Naples or Sorrento

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Capri Boat Tour Cruise from Sorrento

Capri Boat Tour Cruise from Sorrento

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