The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful landscape in Italy. UNESCO declared it World Heritage Site and its beautiful pure nature leaves breathless tourists from all over the world. Let’s find out what to see in this part of the coast which overlooks on the Salerno gulf.
The Amalfi coast is world-known, moreover for its natural beauty and breathtaking views in each season of the year.
Its attractive power, though, doesn’t concern only with the sea, the beaches and the mild climate, but also about the historical, cultural and artistic relevance of its places.
The core is the city of Amalfi, from where the name comes, but to really enjoy the beauty of this unforgettable place, you need to visit also Positano, Ravello, Vietri, Maiori, Minori or Atrani.
Let’s discover the must-sees for a perfect itinerary of the Amalfi Coast.
The closest airport is for sure the Naples one, as the Amalfi coast is located in the Salerno province, from which you can then reach the central train station.
By train, we suggest you to reach the station of Salerno, then take a bus that will take you on the coast or, during the summer, a ferry or hydrofoil.
The Amalfi Coast can also be reached from Naples and Sorrento.
But, the easiest way to reach it, traverse it all and full enjoy it is by car.
Like this, you won’t miss any view or stop you would like to make to admire its villages and shores..
Here it is a list including all the most well-known spots that you should not miss during your visit at the Amalfi Coast.
Clearly, if you are travelling by car, you will find out very soon that small villages, bays and panoramic viewpoints on the street will catch your attention, obliging you to make some unplanned stops.
Amalfi is a medieval alleys’ labyrinth with sighting towers overlooking on the squares.
Its origins date back to the roman wars against the barbarian people.
A legend tells that Hercules, the Roman hero and god, created Amalfi as a gift for a girl with beautiful, sea-coloured eyes.
Alleys are very small and, in particular during summer, they are full of tourists, despite of the crowd, the flare is relaxing and it will allow you to plunge into its beauties to discover.
In Amalfi you will admire the enchanting and very famous Dome, after climbing the 62 steps towards the Cathedral standing above the main square.
As soon as you will enter, an evocative atmosphere will greet you and you will get lost for a moment in the beautiful Italian Baroque art.
Before leaving, don’t forget to taste the local Limoncello, the Italian lemon liqueur typically produced in the South, and the delicious artisanal ice-cream.
When you will be heading to Positano, you will be amazed turning the corner of the last turn and having a full overview of this gorgeous city in front of you.
Positano takes its name from Poseidon, the sea god, and the contour of the city lets imagine a mermaid laying on the coast.
The Santa Maria Assunta Dome, with the huge majolica cupola, the majestic bell tower and the stone façade will leave you breathless.
If you love nature, don’t miss having a walk along the “Gods’ path” (Sentiero degli Dei).
You will be surrounded by unforgettable colours and scents.
Ravello is located at 350 meters high and it is a city which has fascinated many European artists and intellectuals looking for inspiration.
It was elected “Homeland of the Soul” for its panoramas, the quality of its monuments and the historical villas.
The city was devastated by several wars, but in the XIX century it started its rise as a touristic spot.
Absolute must-sees, in the heart of Ravello, are its charming white Cathedral, Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone with their amazing gardens and enchanting statues of the Infinite Terrace, exposed on the Mediterranean sea.
Vietri sul mare
Vietri sul mare is one of the pearls of the Amalfi Coast, also known as the ceramic city.
The tradition of this art is in the hands of the ceramic masters, who safeguard it jealousy and hand it down from one generation to another.
You will admire the ceramic masterpieces in the specific museum of Villa Guariglia in Raito or in the Cargaleiro Museum.
Vietri makes a living out of this art, attracting tourists from the whole globe, and its importance is celebrated also on the city walls, where several ceramic tiles are nestled.
While walking through the alleys, or looking at the San Giovanni Battista church with the wonderful majolica cupola, you will understand how the ceramics really constitute an integral part of the city life.
If you wish to bring back home a piece of this art, you will find many artisanal small shops and you will be spoilt for choice.
Don’t forget to quickly pass by the “Two Brothers”, the rock spikes symbol of the city.
Atrani has kept, over the centuries, its look of fishers’ village overhanging the sea.
Sheltered on the rock, between the Mounts Civita and Aureo, it is known as the second smallest hamlet in Italy.
Villas in pastel colours and blooming balconies exposed on the city centre create a cosy atmosphere and a great serenity.
You will have to see its two caves: the Masanielle one (with 500 steps) and the Santi one, with Byzantines frescos.
Atrani is famous for its seafood, so don’t hesitate to enjoy a lunch in one of the beautiful restaurant of this small town.
Don’t forget to try the famous mozzarella rolls in lemon leaves: they are a real treat!
Maiori and Minori
The most famous legend related to the birth of the city of Maiori is the one told by Pliny, a Roman author, who tells about its ancestry from the goddess Maia.
Translated from Latin, the name means “the one who is bringing growth”, from where Maiori comes.
This is not the only legend about this spot of the Amalfi Coast.
Maiori is very charming, both from an historical and a panoramic point of view, which contributed to create so many myths about its birth.
Its seaside is one of the longest of the coast and it really gives the possibility to enjoy its natural beauties, but Maiori is going to seduce you also for its religious and culinary paths.
You can swim into an intense-blue sea or visit the famous caves: the Sulfurea one (literally: sulphurous) and the Pandora one.
Having a walk through the streets, you will be able to admire all the most famous monuments, such as the Church of Insigne Collegiata of S. Maria a Mare, the S. Nicola de Thoro-Plano castle and the Normans’ Tower.
Moving towards Minori, you will admire its main historical attraction, the Roman Villa, built in the I century AD as a holiday residence for a roman aristocrat and his family.
Minori, thanks to its bakery delights, is known as “the city of taste”, but also as the Eden of Amalfi Coast, thanks to the relaxing flare created by the colourful streets, the citrus trees scent and the gorgeous sea.
Among the artistic gems that you cannot miss there is the Santa Trofimena basilica, the typical roman church, the coast sighting tower called “Paradise Tower” and the Antiquarium, located next to the Roman villa and gathering the ruins from the archaeological sites.
Amalfi Coast includes also many other villages, shores and bays to see, but we hope that this list had helped with your itinerary creation and convinced you to visit this wonderful part of our Country.