Planning your dream holiday to the Amalfi Coast, but not sure where to go? With charming spots and picturesque villages along the coastline, there are so many options for what to see along the Amalfi Coast. We’re here to help! This is your guide for the top things to see and do in the area, especially for first-time visitors or travelers planning a quick escape to the Amalfi Coast. We’ll share more detailed recommendations for each town in upcoming blog posts, but here’s a quick glimpse of the must-see spots on the Amalfi Coast.
Located right in the middle of the Amalfi Coast between Positano and Salerno, Amalfi is the namesake town of the coastline. It’s also the very heart of the area’s history as it was the seat of the powerful maritime Republic of Amalfi in the Middle Ages. A visit here is an absolute must during your time on the Amalfi Coast! You can delve into the town’s rich history at the Museo della Bussola e del Ducato Marinaro (Museum of the Compass and Maritime Duchy of Amalfi) located in the historic Arsenale where Amalfi’s trading ships were constructed in medieval times. The museum tells the story of Amalfi’s prestigious past and important contributions to trade and seafaring history. It’s a surprise for many visitors to find out that Amalfi hasn’t always been just a picturesque seaside village!
Next climb the grand staircase up to visit the beautiful Duomo of Amalfi, dedicated to the town’s patron Sant’ Andrea (St. Andrew). Here you can stroll around the peaceful Cloister of Paradise, which was constructed in the 13th century as the burial site for the Amalfi’s noble families. A visit to the Duomo also includes the Diocesan Museum, housing many precious religious and artistic artefacts, as well as the Crypt of Sant’Andrea and the cathedral’s impressive nave.
After exploring Amalfi’s tempting shops, make your way to the very top of town to the Museo della Carta (Paper Museum), which is situated in an old paper mill. An informative and fun tour takes you through the history of Amalfi’s paper-making tradition and even lets you try to make paper. There is still one active paper mill in Amalfi, and handmade paper or journals created with the local paper make a wonderful keepsake or gift.
With its dramatic setting in a steep ravine and pastel-colored buildings spilling down to the beach, Positano is one of the most iconic spots on the Amalfi Coast. It’s also one of the most photogenic! You’ll want to visit here to enjoy the romantic atmosphere, wander among the maze of streets lined with little boutiques and enjoy a picture perfect day at the beach. Sitting in the heart of the village just steps from the beach is the town’s main church, Santa Maria Assunta, which is a popular spot for weddings in Positano. Over the alter you’ll find a Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary, which is tied into the legend of the founding of the church in the 10th century.
Positano’s beaches are a tempting sight, and you’ll find one of the most charming to be Fornillo Beach. This is located in a cove reached by following the Via Positanesi d’America pathway from the center of town past an old watchtower and down to the little beach. If you’re looking for a quieter beach experience in Positano, this is your spot!
Known as the City of Music, the town of Ravello stretches along a promontory high above the sea. This gives Ravello an incredible vantage point for enjoying panoramic views of the Amalfi Coastline and the Bay of Salerno. Each year from June to September, the town hosts the Ravello Festival, which presents world-class music, arts, theater and dance performances with coast and sea as the backdrop. Many of the events take place in the beautiful gardens of the Villa Rufolo. Once the home of the Rufolo family, wealthy merchants in the Middle Ages, the property has many architectural gems as well as terraced gardens boasting those postcard worthy views of the Amalfi Coast.
For modern architecture enthusiasts, the Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer is named after the Brazilian architect who designed the striking building that was inaugurated in 2010. Concerts are held here throughout the year, especially as part of the Ravello Festival. It’s notable as the one piece of modern architecture that has been constructed on the UNESCO World Heritage protected Amalfi Coast.
While in Ravello, be sure to explore the town’s beautiful streets while following the signs to the Villa Cimbrone. This grand estate has gorgeous gardens to explore as well as the breathtaking Terrace of Infinity. With a sheer drop down to the sea, the terrace offers the most spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast.
Conca dei Marini
We couldn’t skip Conca dei Marini on our list of top places to visit on the Amalfi Coast, since it’s a spot near and dear to our hearts. Discover the quiet, exclusive atmosphere while watching colorful fishing boats bob in the tiny harbor and enjoying an unforgettable meal. It’s the perfect way to savor the simple luxury of the Amalfi Coast lifestyle. Read more about Conca dei Marini here.
See the Amalfi Coast by Boat!
When it comes to experiencing the natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast, there’s nothing better than exploring the coastline by boat. You can avoid the traffic, stop off at the best spots, discover hidden coves, and enjoy the best swimming locations. It’s a fabulous way to see the highlights of the Amalfi Coast! To find out more about private boat excursions on the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Capri or anywhere in the area, visit our website www.exclusivecruisescapri.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to showing you the very best of the Amalfi Coast!