The Amalfi Coast is a beautiful coastal area located south of Naples, in the Campania region, and comprises a number of picturesque villages, the extreme west being the beautiful town of Positano, and at its eastern end Vietri sul Mare, very close to Salerno.
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The Amalfi Coast is a coastal area famous all over the world for its unique natural beauty and for the typical and picturesque villages overlooking the sea in the mountains; this is what made it part of the UNESCO World Heritage list.
- WHAT TO DO AND SEE ON THE AMALFI COAST
- HOW TO GET TO THE AMALFI COAST – HOW TO MOVE AROUND
- NEARBY VILLAGES TO VISIT
- WHERE TO STAY ON THE AMALFI COAST
WHAT TO DO AND SEE ON THE AMALFI COAST
The first thing I advise you to do as soon as you arrive on the Amalfi Coast is to go to one of the tourist information offices to ask for the timetables of the buses and ferries in the area, as they will be very useful for moving from one place to another.
I would also advise you to get a map of the Amalfi Coast, preferably one that shows the walking trails between villages or through the mountains (you can ask for this or buy it at the tourist information offices).
Let’s look at the main towns to see on the Amalfi Coast:
VISIT THE ANCIENT SEAFARING REPUBLIC OF “AMALFI”
The charming town of Amalfi is without doubt the nerve centre of the entire Amalfi Coast, and it is because of this town that it is called “Costiera Amalfitana”.
Amalfi played a very important role in history, even from the moment of its creation: it tells the legend that it was Hercules himself who founded the town as a gift to a loving princess whose eyes were as blue as the blue sea of the Amalfi Coast. Be it true or legend, Amalfi was always an important marine centre, so much so that it was the capital of the ancient “Amalfi Marine Republic”. That is why its history and landscapes make this citadel such a famous and tourist destination.
I recommend that you visit the Amalfi Duomo, a true architectural work of art, as well as getting lost in its streets and enjoying its many craft shops.
If you want to discover the beauties of Amalfi, don’t forget to read in our dedicated website: What to see and do in Amalfi and Where to sleep in Amalfi? – Best hotels and areas.
FEEL THE ESSENCE OF ITALIANNESS IN “POSITANO”
Positano is perhaps the town that most characterizes the Amalfi Coast, the most popular, most picturesque and most visited of all. In Positano you will find several beaches with a crystalline sea, which are very popular during the summer months. Some beaches are only accessible by sea.
But Positano is not only beautiful beaches, in its town you will find a lot of treasures to visit such as the “Torres Saracenas”, the Church of Santa Maria Teresa, walking through the towns of Montepertuso and Nocelle, and getting lost in its narrow streets full of shops and craft workshops.
The main handicraft production in Positano is leather goods, specifically Sandals: you will find leather sandals of the most varied types and colors, sizes and measures…
To visit Positano is to feel part of Italy because in its streets you can breathe all those things that you come to love Italy.
VISIT THE CERAMIC VILLAGE “VIETRI SUL MARE”
Vietri sul mare is the first village you will find coming from Salerno, and that is why it is called “The First Pearl”. The main attraction of Vietri sul Mare is its ceramic production: an ancestral tradition that is passed on from generation to generation.
Walking through its streets you will notice what pottery means in this little town, as all the houses contain “something” of pottery adorning their façade: be it a plate, a glass or a real artistic composition of pottery; even the Church of the town, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist shows it.
Obviously you can’t miss one of the workshops where they manufacture and sell ceramics and offer demonstrations to curious tourists. If you want to know more you can visit our post: What to see and do in Vietri sul mare.
BE PART OF THE WORLD’S ARTISTIC ELITE IN “RAVELLO”
Ravello is another of the picturesque villages of the Amalfi Coast, and has been considered by many artists as the “House of the Muses” because here they have found the most sublime inspirations for art. This is why you can still feel that artistic and intellectual air in Ravello, with its many ateliers lost in the streets.
In Ravello you will also find numerous palaces and villas worth visiting such as Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo, as well as the Cathedral and the other churches of the town. What to see and do in Ravello, where to stay in Ravello? Best hotels and areas.
VISIT THE EMERALD CAVE AT “CONCA DEI MARINI”
Conca dei Marini is a small village on the Amalfi coast that besides its numerous architectural heritage has one of the most beautiful places in the whole Costiera: The Emerald Cave: A large cave located on the coast that can be accessed by boat from the sea.
The little light that filters through the cave creates in its waters a degradation of colors that goes from dark blue to turquoise green. Really impressive, your thought will be of having reached paradise.
TO HEAR THE “FURORE” OF THE WATER IN “FURORE”
Hidden in the middle of the mountains of the Amalfi Coast is this small village called “Furore”, located in the deepest and highest part of a natural fjord from where you can see one of the most beautiful natural landscapes of the Coast.
One of the most curious things about Furore is the sound that the sea makes when it enters the fjord: it is like a furious roar of a giant, and that is perhaps why the town is called “Furore”.
Walking through Furore is also an unforgettable experience: the calm of its streets, the absolute symbiosis of people with nature.
But the Amalfi Coast is not only this… There are many other places that are really worth visiting, such as Atrani with its beautiful churches, Praiano with its viewpoint, Scala, the oldest village on the coast, or the beautiful Maiori and Minori with their suggestive historical centres and their first century Roman villas.
HOW TO GET TO THE AMALFI COAST – HOW TO MOVE AROUND
Being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy, it is very easy to get here and you will find many ways to get here:
How to get here by train: If you want to reach the Amalfi coast by train, you can take a train from the “Vesuviana” railway company that connects Naples to Sorrento in just over an hour. These are the same trains that take you to Herculanium and Pompeii.
The trains are not comfortable and usually have delays, but it is the cheapest and easiest way to get there. Then from Sorrento you can take a bus. The website of the Vesuvian railway company is www.vesuviana.it
If instead you wish to arrive by train from Trenitalia, the nearest train station is Salerno, and from there take a bus to the Amalfi coast.
How to get there by bus: From Sorrento there are numerous and frequent buses to all the towns on the Peninsula and on the Amalfi Coast, and these are the same buses that will take you from one town to another on your visit.
The company is called “Sita” or “Sitasud” and you can buy the 24 hour ticket at a cost of 8 Euro per person. The route includes all the villages from Sorrento to Salerno, so it is the cheapest and simplest way to travel along the Amalfi Coast.
How to get there by ferry: There are ferries that connect Sorrento with many other nearby towns such as Naples, Amalfi or Positano. The frequency of these ferries is low, perhaps a couple a day, at set but variable times (ask at the tourist offices for times).
Ferries operate only during the months of April to September, and are always subject to weather conditions. During the winter, only the ferries from Naples to Capri, Ischia and other nearby islands operate. Tourist ferries do not operate in winter.
By Car: Although you can get here by car, I do NOT advise you to do so as it is a very busy area, the roads are narrow, there are many queues and parking spaces in the villages are scarce and expensive. Have it only as an alternative if you are going to spend many days here, and you have time to waste.
NEARBY VILLAGES TO VISIT
Near the Amalfi Coast you can visit several famous places like the beautiful island of Capri, the island of Procida and the island of Ischia. The city of Naples, the archaeological areas of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and of course the cities of Sorrento and Salerno.
It is an area rich in attractions, so I recommend visiting the Amalfi Coast for at least 5 days, even more if you can.
WHERE TO STAY ON THE AMALFI COAST
The whole area offers numerous hotels, hostels and apartments where you can stay, with prices for all budgets. The important thing is to decide where to be, taking into account that the most famous towns (such as Amalfi or Positano) are more expensive than the others but have more variety, in addition to being easily accessible by public transport.