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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

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

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

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

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

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

Praiano

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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

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

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

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

Sorrento Cruise Port (Sorrento Terminal Crociere)

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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

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

Li Galli (Sirenuse)

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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

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

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

Villa Cimbrone Gardens

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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

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Top activities in Amalfi Coast

Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
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Private tour of the amalfi coast

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Skip the line Pompeii Guided Tour from Sorrento
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Capri Boat Tour From Sorrento

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Recent reviews from experiences in Amalfi Coast

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Wonderful tour!
Kristy_P, Nov 2022
Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
This has been a dream of mine to see the Amalfi coast and it finally came true.
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Highly recommend
Simon_B, Nov 2022
Amalfi Coast Tour by boat from Sorrento
It was a great trip to see the Amalfi Coast and visit Amalfi & Positano.
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Pompeii visit
ASAD_M, Oct 2022
Private Transfer from Naples to Sorrento or vice versa Via Pompei or Vineria
If you get a guide, 2 hrs is enough to get to see important areas in Pompeii excavation site.
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Highly recommend
Luke_L, Oct 2022
Small-group boat tour of the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento
If you want to see the Amalfi coast this is the tour to take.
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Amazing Amalfi Coast
Geri_A, Oct 2022
Amalfi Coast Tour From Sorrento
This was a bucket list trip and the tour fulfilled our dream to see the beautiful Amalfi coast.
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Amalfi Coast Private Boat
Michael_P, Oct 2022
Amalfi Coast Boat Excursion from Positano, Praiano, Amalfi, Minori or Maiori
This was a great way to see the Amalfi Coast.
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Great boat ride and best views from Amalfi/Positano
Wendy_J, Oct 2022
Amalfi Boat Tour With Positano Visit Fd - From Sorrento
Great way to see the coastline and visit amalfi/positano in one trip.
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Capri love
Harshvardhan_S, Oct 2022
Capri, Anacapri and Blue Grotto in a Day Trip- Small Group
Blue grotto is highly dependent on the weather hence you may not get to see it.
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Deb, Sep 2022
Amalfi & Ravello Tour from Positano
Comfortable car and simply gave us the best transportation to visit Amalfi and Ravello.
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Don’t Miss This View Of The Coast
Margaret_K, Sep 2022
Small Group Tour to Positano by Boat at Sunset
This is a beautiful way to see the Amalfi Coast.
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Best way to relax on Amalfi Coast
Angela_R, Sep 2022
Full-Day Boat Rental in Sorrento
Best way to see the Amalfi Coastline and best places to swim in clear blue water.
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Eve_G, Sep 2022
Amalfi Coast - Amalfi boat rental no license
This is simply the most fun and the best way to see Amalfi, bare in mind fuel at the end costs about €50 extra but make the day of it and bring a picnic, it’s very romantic as well
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Amazing Boat Tour for Amalfi
Yangsup_S, Sep 2022
Amalfi Coast Tour by boat from Sorrento
Several hours’ free time gives ample time to do whatever, dining, shopping, beach activities.
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Great trip
Majella_M, Sep 2022
Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
Great tour to see the lovely towns and villages.
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Best way to see the Amalfi coast
Bonita_F, Sep 2022
Small Group Sorrento Coast and Amalfi Coast boat tour with Local Host on board
This was the best way to see the Amalfi coast!
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Highly recommend for a fun and different way to see the Amalfi coast
Kaan_K, Sep 2022
Amalfi Coast Kayak Tour along Arches, Beaches and Sea Caves
Highly recommend for a fun and different way to see the Amalfi coast.
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A great day with good people
Samantha_M, Aug 2022
Small-group boat tour of the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento
Expect to see the cities briefly, but not do a whole lot in each.
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Yovanny_C, Aug 2022
Amalfi Coast - Amalfi boat rental no license
Very clear instructions on how to get to the boat and what to do around the coast.
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Book it!! You will be so glad you did!!!
Michael_V, Aug 2022
Private Amalfi Coast Tour from Sorrento
We were sad to see our tour come to an end!!
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Amazing experience! Highly recommend!
Kathryn_A, Aug 2022
Amalfi Coast Boat and Snorkeling Tour in Small Group | Half-day
Perfect boat ride to see the Amalfi coast from the water.
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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.

Currency
Euro (€)
Time Zone
CET (UTC +1)
Country Code
+39
Language(s)
Italian
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