As if the Amalfi Coast wasn’t gorgeous enough, this stretch of coastline and the nearby island of Capri in southern Italy boast some remarkable gardens and nature reserves that only enhance the natural beauty. Whether you’re taking in panoramic vistas from Ravello’s heights or cruising through the marine preserve at the very tip of the Amalfi Coast, there are so many incredible places to enjoy a nature break on the Amalfi Coast and Capri. Here are our favorite spots in the area you won’t want to miss!
Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
Sitting at the very tip of Ravello, the Villa Cimbrone and its epic Terrace of Infinity is one of the most photographed spots of the Amalfi Coast. While it’s well worth visiting for that view alone, you’ll want to plan time to explore the sprawling gardens. A mix of Italian and English design elements, you’ll find a rose garden, pergola covered passageways, beautiful landscaping dotted with flowers and sculptures, and a small temple. Every angle is a peaceful oasis and is especially charming in the spring when the wisteria is blooming.
Villa Rufolo, Ravello
Also located in Ravello, the Villa Rufolo is a historic estate with extraordinary terraced gardens opening to a picture-perfect view of the Amalfi Coast. Ideal for a quiet walk during your visit to Ravello, the gardens are also home to the celebrated Ravello Festival, a music and arts festival that takes place every summer. You can read all about the gardens in our blog post A Visit to the Beautiful Villa Rufolo in Ravello.
Valle delle Ferriere, Amalfi
Located in the mountain valley above Amalfi, the Valle delle Ferriere (Valley of the Mills) is a wonderful hike while in Amalfi. The pathway leads deep into the valley past terraced lemon groves, ruins of the town’s once busy paper mills, and along a bubbling mountain stream. At the top is a nature reserve protecting a lush natural setting that feels almost tropical thanks to an unusual microclimate formed by the valley. Explore the area to see the waterfalls and discover rare plant species. This is the most unexpected outdoors spot of the Amalfi Coast and one not to be missed!
Parco Regionale dei Monti Lattari
Forming the backbone of the Sorrento Peninsula, a large part of the Lattari Mountains are part of the Parco Regionale dei Monti Lattari. Here you’ll find a host of different walks and hikes to explore the area, with the Sentiero degli Dei (Pathway of the Gods) above Praiano and Positano one of the most popular. It’s a spectacular hike through the rugged mountains with breathtaking views along the coastline in both directions all all the way to Capri in the distance. If you’re looking to spend some time hiking in the area, contact us and we’ll be happy to share our recommended Amalfi Coast hiking guides.
Punta Campanella Marine Reserve
The very tip of the Sorrento Peninsula is marked by Punta Campanella, which is one of the most untouched and beautiful parts of the entire coastline. Starting west of Positano and covering the northern and southern tip of the peninsula, the Punta Campanella Marine Reserve ensures that the zone remains a protected natural space. Here the sea is exquisite and there are many Blue Flag beaches and coves to discover as well as the charming fishing village of Nerano. The best way to enjoy the area is to book an Amalfi Coast cruise with us. Our captains will show you the most beautiful spots to swim and experience this incredible natural landscape from its best angle – the sea!
Giardini di Augusto, Capri
The Giardini di Augusto (Gardens of Augustus) are a fine spot in Capri town for admiring the famous Faraglioni rocks just off the coast of Capri. The multiple terraces are planted with colorful and traditional Mediterranean plants and flowers. Here you’ll find many beautiful overlooks including one that offers a bird’s-eye view of the zig zagging Via Krupp. This scenic and impressive road connects Capri with Marina Piccola below. Even though it is closed for safety reasons, it is an incredible sight when viewed from above.
Parco Astarita, Capri
Located at the northeastern tip of the island on Monte Tiberio, the Parco Astarita is a quiet and untouched park that offers stunning views of the Sorrento Peninsula and across the Gulf of Naples. Nearby, stop to explore the ruins of Villa Jovis, the once lavish estate that was home to the Roman emperor Tiberius for the last ten years of his life.