The Amalfi Coast, Italy: Discover a number of charming towns and villages

7 Must-see Towns on the Amalfi Coast

Fly, arrive, or take a ferry to the Amalfi Coast and see just one town? Impossible!

Even if you came for a beach holiday, it would be strange to spend your whole vacation lying on the bench. They don’t come here to swim and sunbathe. Although come to bathe in the clean sea, too. In 2019, 10 local beaches scattered along the coast, noted the Blue Flag, which is equivalent to the Oscar in the world of cinema. A list of beaches can be found in this article.

A reader recently asked me why I wrote in detail about what you need to know before you go to the Amalfi Coast, but what it is and where the area is located – I did not write. And I’m not surprised by the question, nor am I judging. Before the sudden trip to the coast, I had never thought where it was geographically and knew only about the town of Sorrento. And from a song by Glyzin :)

The Amalfi Coast is a piece of Italian land in the south of the country (the Sorrento Peninsula), which includes cities from Sorrento to Salerno. The area is protected by UNESCO. It’s a very different Italy. And you will love it, I promise.

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And if you’re going on a trip to the Amalfi Coast on your own, it’s a must to go around all these small and soulful towns and villages. Now I’ll tell you exactly where you need to go to get everything out of this trip!

How to get around the coast

You can travel between towns by public bus (SITA bus) as well as by rented car or scooter. The best option for inquisitive tourists who love to stop on the route a hundred times to take a lot of great pictures and see all the beauties of this area closer is a scooter. No problems with parking, you can stop at the curb at any moment, and traffic jams on the narrow roads easily bypassed!

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There are a lot of car and scooter rental companies on the Amalfi Coast. During the trip we had time to test three Vespa scooters from two companies, the first of which I will not even mention – all scooters were in poor condition. And once the right rear-view mirror fell off while we were on the road. No one touched the mirror and the bike didn’t fall off – it just fell off under the wheels of a passing car.

The best bike rental company on the Amalfi Coast is called Jollyrent. The guys have two offices in Sorrento, one in Positano and one in Amalfi. You can rent a scooter in one city and rent it back in the other. No deposits or blocking money on the card.

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Must see towns and villages

The Amalfi Coast is perfect as a setting for a romantic movie: yachts small and large, beaches studded with striped umbrellas and dilapidated houses buried in flowers. It’s a fairy tale!

On the map, which you can add to yourself in Google Maps, are marked all the cities from the article.

1. Sorrento

The beautiful seaside town is only an hour’s drive from Naples. Both intercity trains and ferries from Naples arrive here, as well as buses directly from Naples airport. Conveniently, if you’re afraid to go into the city of Naples from the airport, you can catch a bus to safer places right away. Sorrento will be your starting point all along the coast and to the island of Capri.

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There are a lot of tourists in the city, but at the same time there are parking spaces and plenty of police officers who chase and ticket you for improper parking. Think of Sorrento as the capital of the coast – it’s bustling with life and more developed infrastructure.

What one goes to Sorrento for: the plethora of transport rentals and the transport connectivity. For Sorrento lemons and limoncello. In Sorrento it is also easier to find accommodation or a hotel if you want to stay on the coast for a few days.

Where to stay in Sorrento
  • Best bed & breakfast in Sorrento: Yacht Club Capo Cervo Suites B&B;
  • Best budget hotel: Hotel Prestige;
  • best medium price hotel: Hotel Del Mare;
  • Best Luxury Hotel: Grand Hotel Ambasciatori.

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2. Massa Lubrense.

During our trip, it was Massa Lubrense that we stayed in. There were a lot of offers for relatively inexpensive accommodation on Airbnb and the town itself is not far from Sorrento – only 9 km.

The town is located just in the middle between Sorrento and Positano, so you can scout the way to Sorrento one day and stop every two meters on the other day to take pictures of the beauty on the road to Positano.

Massa Lubrense also grows its own variety of lemons, which are appreciated all over the world with their certificate of quality. Here I also advise you to try the famous lemon dessert Delizia al limone. I assure you that you will remember the taste of this sour-sweet delicate dessert with every cup of tea at home.

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Lemon dessert, seafood pasta, fish and assorted pizzas are made at Massa Lubrense’s best restaurant, il Cantuccio. The restaurant is hidden from prying eyes and isolated from traffic noise, and the garden terrace overlooks the Bay of Naples and the islands of Capri, Ischia and the small island of Procida. At sunset, the sun sets right between the islands of Ischia and Procida. The perfect end to any day! And don’t forget to eat some pepperoni of course

Why go to Massa Lubrense: 4 of the 10 Blue Flag beaches on the coast are here. There are hiking trails and a restaurant that serves the most delicious lemon desserts. Housing is much cheaper than in the big cities.

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3. Positano

The town of Positano is the most photographed place on the entire coast. And one of the most Instagrammable in the whole world! Colorful houses with terracotta roofs, lots of interesting stores and restaurants with a view. The view of Positano from the side as you drive down the mountain road is also worth it.

Positano stands on quite steep slopes, so if you go down to the beach, you will have to climb back up to the parking lot for a long and painful time: the streets are tight, literally barely fit between the houses, and the steps on the stairs are very many and all high. In short, you will not be very photogenic

Speaking of parking. Only locals can park in the city, so before you go for a walk, you need to worry about where your car will stay. Right at the entrance to Positano there are paid guarded parking lots. This is the only way out. The cost of parking per hour is approximately 2 euros.

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When you arrive, don’t be too surprised: there’s a bunch of other people who want to see Positano besides you. The destination is clearly not for introverts, so there are few quiet spots. Unless after sunset, as most tourists come here for the day, and the last bus to Sorrento departs around 21:00. To avoid crowding and to enjoy the city, it is better to come in the off-season.

Staying overnight in Positano is not cheap. Tourists look for lodging mostly in nearby towns where the prices are pleasant. But to get a good price sometimes you need to book the accommodation six months in advance.

Why go to Positano: for the romantic atmosphere, for restaurants with great views and lots of photos.

Where to stay in Positano
  • Best hostel in Positano: Alcione Residence;
  • best budget hotel: Hotel Casa Albertina;
  • the best mid-priced hotel: Hotel Villa Franca;
  • best Luxury hotel: Le Sirenuse.

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4. Amalfi

The heart and name of the Amalfi Coast. Amalfi can be a good base for exploring the coast and living locally, as the town itself is quite rich in housing offers and with a developed infrastructure (ferries, boats departing to the island of Capri and to Salerno, buses).

The city is literally carved into the rock, instead of the narrow streets there are hidden tunnels, and the main square is the Cathedral of St. Andrew – a major item in the program of pilgrims from around the world.

Why go to Amalfi: For a variety of stores with ceramics, and it is cheaper than in Sorrento. For a wide beach and a developed infrastructure.

Where to stay in Amalfi
  • the best apartments 5 minutes from the beach in Amalfi: Divino in Centro Holiday Home Cioffi;
  • Best bed & breakfast: Domus Gaia;
  • best budget hotel: Villa Annalara;
  • best medium cost hotel: Hotel Marina Riviera;
  • Best Luxury hotel: Hotel Santa Caterina.

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5. Atrani

Atrani is a typical fishing village on the Amalfi Coast. With luxurious views and a beautiful quiet beach sandwiched between two cliffs. Atrani is considered the smallest town in southern Italy and is within walking distance of Amalfi.

In Atrani you can escape from the noise of the bigger cities, but during the season the difference will not be significant, as traffic jams of cars and tourists will be everywhere on the coast.

The famous SITA buses, which can travel along the coast, also stop in Atrani.

What do people come to Atrani for: a sandy beach, a quieter seal rest on the sun beds by the sea and for less expensive accommodation. And the infrastructure (read “Amalfi”) is close at hand.

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6. Praiano

Praiano is a small town between Positano and Amalfi. Suitable for a more secluded and lazy beach vacation.

Or not so lazy: above Praiano (town of Bomerano) starts the Path of the Gods, a 7 km long hiking route almost all the way to Positano. They say the views of the coast from the route are worth the effort, which, by the way, is about 3 hours of hiking under the blazing sun. During the hike be sure to wear good non-slip shoes, the usual sneakers will be enough. Also, make sure you have water and snacks.

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Why go to Praiano: for hiking. And also to try fresh fish and seafood dishes in one of the authentic Italian trattorias.

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7. Furore

The village of Furore grew up on the rock of the same name. From the highway that passes through the village, you can see unusual scenery and the famous tiny beach that sits between the rocks. Unfortunately, recently the passage to the beach was closed, but especially persistent tourists still climb the fence, if only to make cool pics.

Furore is a very popular village among hikers. From here, the Path of the Gods hiking trail is even closer.

What people go to Furore for: Instagram pics and hiking.

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I hope you manage to find the perfect place to stop on the Amalfi Coast. May your vacation be unforgettable, delicious, fulfilling and very instagrammable! So that looking at your pics, you want to come back next year!

Amalfi Coast: places, beaches, routes

Known worldwide for its enormous natural, historical and cultural heritage, the Amalfi Coast has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. But even without this recognition, thanks to the unique beauty of its places, it has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world since the 19th century.

Where is the Amalfi Coast?

Located in the south of Italy, between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Lattari Mountains, the Amalfi Coast is a huge terrace overlooking the sea. It is the jewel of the Campania region, with its coast overlooking the Gulf of Salerno and located south of the Sorrento Peninsula and north of the Cilento coast.

From Vietri sul Mare to Positano, the Amalfi Coast stretches for about 55 km.

The Amalfi Coast and the Sorrento Peninsula

The Amalfi Coast and the Sorrento Peninsula are two areas of rare beauty. The coastal road runs between the port town of Salerno and the rocky range of Sorrento, winding between luxury villas, terraced vineyards and lemon groves overlooking the sea.

The name Costiera Amalfitana e Sorrentina refers to the two main towns located on opposite sides of the peninsula: Amalfi, the historical and geographical center of the side, separated by Positano and Vietri sul Mare, and Sorrento, in the center of the diametrically opposite side. Two different cities, with unique traditions and places, united by the richness of the unique traditions and history of a land embraced by sea and mountains.

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From afar, the Amalfi Coast looks like a Neapolitan Christmas Cave overlooking the crystal clear waters. Among the picturesque houses, narrow streets and squares, its coastal villages offer timeless emotions.

Vietri sul Mare

Located 3 km from Salerno, Vietri sul Mare is the first of the villages, or as they are called in Italy, the Borg, of the Amalfi Coast. Cradle of majolica, it is considered the undisputed capital of artistic and traditional ceramics .

Walking through the streets of this charming village, ceramics can be seen everywhere: on the tiles that decorate the houses, on the walls that line the small streets of the village and on the facades of historic buildings such as the Brotherhood of the Annunciation and the 17th century Rosary. The Church of San Giovanni Battista is also no exception, splendid majolica coverings decorate the interior altars, the entire dome and the spire of the bell tower. This riot of colors makes it highly visible even from afar.

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The fishing village of Cetara is famous for catching anchovies, which are used to produce “colatura”, an amber-colored liquid sauce obtained by curing anchovies in a saturated solution of water and salt, which is mainly used to flavor spaghetti and linguini.

Majori and Minori.

Located just a few kilometers from each other, Maiori and Minori are two enchanting sides of the Amalfi Coast. If Majori is famous for its beaches and its restaurants, where you can taste the most delicious local products, Minori is called the “narcissus of the coast”, a place for VIPs, with its famous Roman sea villa and the Basilica of Santa Trofimena. Also famous for its pastry shops, such as Sal De Riso, one of the best bars in Italy 2021 by Gambero Rosso, which produces the most delicious desserts of the Amalfi Coast.


Atrani is the smallest town in Italy. This special village is still developing on an ancient medieval scheme, consisting of houses connected by staircases and tunnels. In the tradition of seaside town planning, the village rises up from the sea along the coast, perfectly maintaining all the authenticity of fishing villages.


Ravello is one of the main tourist centers of the Amalfi Coast, which has always attracted lovers of art and literature. Here you can find numerous monuments and villas known all over the world. Such as the Villa Rufolo, an immense architectural heritage that conquered even Wagner, and the Villa Cimbrone, built on a rocky promontory overlooking the coast.

In Ravello in summer there is also a unique event – the concert of classical music at dawn, where the beauty of nature merges with the beauty of ingenious works of human talent.


Amalfi is the main city of the Amalfi Coast. An ancient maritime republic, a place that attracts not only by the beauty of its views, but also by its historical and architectural heritage . One of the main attractions of the city is the majestic St. Andrew’s Cathedral, in Arab-Sicilian style, rebuilt in Baroque style in the eighteenth century, with a magnificent staircase and courtyard.

Conca dei Marini

Another center of unquestionable charm, Conca dei Marini, with its breathtaking panoramic views became one of the favorite spots of the international jet set back in the 1960s. Among the attractions of this Borgo are the Emerald Grotto, the Saracen Tower and the complex of the Monastery of Santa Rosa.


Praiano has the most romantic sunsets on the Amalfi Coast. Besides the maze of narrow streets, the staircases and the pastel-colored houses, one of the peculiarities of this picturesque village are the prayer niches and the edicule decorated with majolica everywhere.


Positano, like Amalfi, is one of the most important tourist towns on the Amalfi Coast. The cliffs overlooking the sea, the crystal-clear beaches, the village carved into the rock are just some of the characteristic elements of the area. Among its main cultural attractions are the Saracen towers, built in the Middle Ages.

The Amalfi Coast: the most beautiful beaches

Of course no one would deny that the Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world thanks to its beaches and the sea, with its thousand shades of blue and green. In addition to the big beaches in the centers such as Amalfi, Positano or Maiori, there are even more secret beaches, real corners of paradise, set in natural coves of incredible beauty, many of which can only be reached by sea.

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Marina di Praia and Atrani beach

Marina di Praia, which is part of Praiano, is a small pebble beach, dominated by an imposing Saracen tower. From here, small boats take you to Grotta dell’Africana, Suppraiano and Cala di Gavitella. The latter can also be reached on foot by descending the 413 steps from the Marina di Praia. The beach of Atrani, located in front of the central square of the village and surrounded by a rocky wall, is also worth a visit.

Erki Cove and Cauco Beach

The Erki Gulf is one of the most unusual bays of the Amalfi Coast. It is a tiny fishing village between Maiori and Cetara, with a sea of extraordinary color and very white sand. At Erki Bay, the beach is free, surrounded by rocky walls and dense Mediterranean scrub. Nearby, between Torre La Cerniola and Torre del Tummolo, is the beach of Cauco, almost 150 meters long, surrounded by steep walls. It can only be accessed by sea.

Marina di Cetara

Marina di Cetara beach is a small beach surrounded by pastel-colored houses and an ancient tower. Thanks to its southeastern location, it has sunshine even in the afternoon. In recent years, a small pool has been installed every summer on the last section of the beach, closer to the cliff.

Fiordo di Furore beach

The beach of Fiordo di Furore is very small, no more than 25 meters. It is very close to Praiano and can be reached by a path in the rock, which starts from the bridge over the fjord from the Statale Amalfitana road. Every year on the first Sunday of July there is an international diving competition from a height of 28 meters, the maximum height of the bridge located between the two cliffs.

The Amalfi Coast: The most interesting hiking routes

The Amalfi Coast is not only the sea, the beaches and the great cuisine. Lovers of mountain walking and a healthy lifestyle can explore some of the most interesting hiking mountain trails.

Valle delle Ferriere.

One of the most fascinating trekking trails of the Amalfi Coast is located between Amalfi and Scala, in the valley of the Valle delle Ferriere, crossed by the Canneto stream, which in ancient times was used for ironworking. At the bottom, not far from Amalfi, you cross the Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Mills), where there are the remains of ancient paper-making factories.

The Fox Fisherman’s Trail

One of the most attractive routes of the Amalfi Coast is the “Path of the Fisherwoman Fox” (Sentiero della Volpe Pescatrice). It begins from Piazzale del Carmine, near the church of Sant’Elia in Borgo Furore, where the staircase descends to the magnificent Fiordo, following the ancient path of the fisherman farmer. It takes about 40 minutes to complete this route.

Path of the Gods

The impressive Trail of the Gods, Sentiero degli Dei is a large trekking trail that links dozens of smaller mountain trails. Walking along this trail allows you to discover the Amalfi Coast different from what you imagine it to be.

The trail starts at 650 meters above sea level in the village of Aguerole and descends to Positano and its famous 1,700 steps, crossing the territory of Nocelle and occasionally encountering the remains and ruins of ancient temples. From the Path of the Gods you can admire the bay, the island of Li Galli, which, according to mythology, was inhabited by terrible sirens, and small fishing villages transformed today into oases for tourists in search of peace and tranquility.

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