Located along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast attracts thousands of tourists every year. Sheer cliffs, small beaches, colorful houses and a rugged shoreline dot the region. The UNESCO-listed landscape has beautiful towns, natural gems and much more to offers. Scenic roads, mesmerizing train journeys and beautiful hiking paths make exploring the Amalfi Coast even more fun. And if these attractions weren’t enough than Amalfi is also home to high-quality hotels, world-class restaurants and amenities and several picturesque islands to explore for you.
1. Explore The Amalfi Coast On A Boat & Visit the Town:
Hiking, trekking, driving on the scenic roads via Amalfi Drive and taking the scenic train journey are some of the most popular things to do and way to explore the coast. Amalfi is the main town of these regions and it is usually full of tourists. The stunning coastal town below cliffs is known for its multi-coloured houses and shops, and attractions including the Arab-Norman Sant’Andrea cathedral, The Museo Arsenale Amalfi, Arsenale della Repubblica and more.
Taking boat tours is especially popular in the coastal area along with hiking and trekking on the Path of the Gods and Sentiero degli Dei. Exploring the beaches of the coast is a must. Also, one can join a Wine Tour, visit the Amalfi Musical and Cloister del Paradiso.
2. Explore Sorrento:
Perched atop cliffs on the Sorrentine Peninsula, Sorrento faces the Bay of Naples. Sweeping views, cafe-lined square, Piazza Tasso, its historic center and much more makes Sorrento a must-explore place in the Amalfi. Taking walks through its gorgeous buildings and along its beautiful coastal lines are a great way to explore the town. Along with its beauty, Sorrento is also known for its production of Limoncello. The Chiesa di San Francesco church with a tranquil cloister and the cathedral of Sorrento are worth visiting. Correale Museum and the Museo della Tarsia Lignea, and its two ports are also great places to be at.
3. Explore Salerno & Its Many Beautiful Towns:
The largest town on the Amalfi Coast, located in the province of the same name, Salerno has an amazing mix of old and new. From walking on the streets of the Centro Storico and observing the beautiful architecture to exploring the beautiful towns of Atrani, Vietri sul Mare, Minori, Cetara, Maiori, and Praiano. You can find beaches, gorgeous harbor and port, pubs, clubs, bars and much more to explore in these cities.
The cliffside village of Positano is known for its beautiful colored houses, pebble beachfront and steep, narrow streets and for being a great shopping hub. It is one of the most picturesque towns on the Amalfi coast and viewing it from the sea is the best way to observe its beauty. You can take a boat tour, relax on its beach, eat and drink at its quality cafes, restaurants and enjoy its nightlife. One should also visit its many attractions such as Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta and go on hiking on the Sentiero degli Dei hiking trail.
5. Ravello & Capri:
Situated above the Tyrrhenian Sea, Ravello is known for its iconic cliffside gardens. Much more relaxed than its neighbours, Ravello has a lot to offer to its travellers. Villa Rufolo is one of the main attractions in the town. Villa Cimbrone, the Cathedral and the Ravello Art Gallery are the other attractions here. The Ravello Festival is a summertime festival that includes several indoor and outdoor concerts.
Capri is one of the most magical places in the country. It is known for its rugged landscape, upscale hotels and shopping, and its natural phenomena such as the Blue Grotto, the dark cave where the sea glows electric blue and its cove-studded coastline. Its beautiful beaches and mountain views are a must-visit. You can visit an Emperor and hop on a Chair Lift.
6. Grotta dello Smeraldo Cave:
Located in Conca dei Marini, the Grotta dello Smeraldo cave has stalactites, stalagmites & emerald green water. The natural phenomenon attracts thousands of tourists annually and it is one of the most beautiful caves in Italy. Bathed in natural emerald light, this cave is a must-visit in Italy. You have to hop on an elevator and then a boat to reach this cave.
7. Valle delle Ferriere:
Home to scenic walking trails, streams, waterfalls, foliage, and historic ruins, Valle delle Ferriere is a protected area in the province of Salerno. It’s a perfect destination for people who love outdoor activities. There are many hiking and cycling trails through the luscious forests. There are many viewpoints offering rare views of the cities.
8. Sirenuse Islands:
Off the Amalfi Coast, between Capri and Positano is located an archipelago of little islands called Sirenuse or Gallos. They are part of the Campanian Archipelago and once were the site of an ancient Roman anchorage. The name Sirenuse comes from the mythological Sirens who are supposed to have lived. The archipelago includes the islands of Isca, Vetara, Gallo Lungo, La Castelluccia and La Rotonda. A boat trip around the island will give you an opportunity to witness some of the most amazing views.
9. Furore & Fiordo di Furore:
The town Furore is often overlooked by tourists. But it actually has a lot to offer. Located in the central section of the Amalfi Coast, Furore offers everything from scenic drives to dramatic limestone cliffs to gorgeous vines to beautifully painted murals and much more. Fiordo di Furore is a great place especially if you are into diving and cliff jumping. It’s the only fjord in Italy and a bit hard to get. But the fjord along with the beach creates a stunning scenario.
10. Snorkelling at Punta Campanella:
On the most extreme point of the Sorrentine Peninsula, Punta Campanella links the Sorrentine Peninsula with the Amalfi Coast. The narrow strip of land was home of the mythical Sirens. You can reach Punta Campanella from the Termini, the last town on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Punta Campanella has a lot to offer from the Saracen Tower and the ruins of the Minerva Sanctuary to Monte San Costanzo. Easy hikes and other activities make Punta Campanella a favorite among every traveler.