BEAUTIFUL AMALFI COAST TOWNS YOU MUST SEE AT LEAST ONCE

BEAUTIFUL AMALFI COAST TOWNS YOU MUST SEE AT LEAST ONCE

BEAUTIFUL AMALFI COAST TOWNS YOU MUST SEE AT LEAST ONCE

A vacation on Italy’s sublime Amalfi Coast is what dreams are made of. Imagine waking each morning to see the sun rising over sparkling azure waters, as the waves break all along the incredible coastline. There’s no denying, Amalfi Coast towns are among some of the most idyllic destinations you’ll find in the world.

  • This guide walks you through all the beautiful towns of the Amalfi Coast, so you can decide how much time you need and where best to spend it. Be warned – the lure of these places is so strong that you may never want to leave.

Introduction to Amalfi Coast towns

The Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana) comprises a 50 kilometre stretch of Italy’s western coastline. It is a UNESCO listed world heritage site – as well as an area of outstanding natural beauty. The area is located within Southern Italy’s Gulf of Salerno, by the Tyrrhenian Sea.

There is something of an otherworldly aura about this region – the kind of stuff dreams and legends are made of. The terrain is characterised by towering cliff faces overlooking tiny, secluded coves, lapped by some of the clearest water you will have ever seen. For these reasons, several parts of the coastline were used to represent Themyscira, a mythical land featured in the Wonder Woman movie.

Whether you prefer glamor and elegance or more authentic, rustic Italian charm, the Amalfi coastal towns each have their own unique attractions. From Agerola and Conca dei Marini to Ravello or Vieti sul Mare, read on to find the perfect destinations for you.

Map of Amalfi Coast towns

towns of the amalfi coast map

This Amalfi Coast map should help you get your bearings. As shown, towns on the Amalfi Coast occupy the stretch of coastline that runs between Sorrento and Salerno. Here is all you need to know about each of these beautiful Amalfi Coast towns.

The most beautiful Amalfi Coast towns

Positano

Positano is one of the most scenic locations on the entire planet. It’s the perfect place to discover La Dolce Vita, and is one of the most romantic, colorful and relaxing towns to spend time in.

Positano is famed for its steep, twisting cobbled streets draped in vines and flowers. In May and June, an abundance of pretty wisteria can be seen among the town’s colorful homes with terracotta roofs. These houses appear to be perched on the cliffside, cascading down to the Tyrrhenian Sea.

This Amalfi Coast town provides the perfect setting for laid-back vacation living – think long, lazy breakfasts and the freshest seafood lunches, or sipping a cappuccino or glass of wine as you savour those magical views. 

Relaxing on the picturesque seafront lined with cheerful umbrellas is another popular pastime here, between browsing the interesting range of art galleries and stylish boutiques. As the day draws to a close, the incredible sunsets are unmissable. 

As well as being such a stunning place in which to spend time, Positano also makes a useful base for exploring the Amalfi Coast. You can take a private boat trip from Positano along the coastline, or a day trip to the gorgeous island of Capri. 

Positano suits couples seeking a romantic getaway, and is the ideal honeymoon spot. In summer, however, it is not secluded, as this is when the town’s beauty attracts many visitors. If you prefer the quiet life, head further along the coast or wait to explore once the daytrippers have left for the day.  

This is also not the ideal location for those with mobility issues – or young children – due to the steep streets and amount of steps. Neither is this a budget destination, so if you plan to stay it’s best to book at least 6 months ahead of travel. 

Amalfi

Amalfi lies at the heart of this southern Italian region, and the pretty seaside town is another great base for exploring the coast. In past times Amalfi rivalled the likes of Genoa and Venice in terms of maritime prowess. Today, it is a lively resort with a lovely beach and delightful cafes and restaurants.

Amalfi’s historic cathedral is the town’s focal point and a cultural highlight. If possible, don’t miss the route that takes you there on foot via cobbled medieval streets and narrow, twisting passageways.

Amalfi boasts some Amalfi Coast’s finest beaches, with some sandy coves as well as stony stretches. If the summer crowds prove too much, you can take a short stroll to nearby Atrani, which offers a more relaxed seaside vibe.

Due to its position halfway along the Amalfi coast, it’s easy to take day trips from Amalfi – either on land or by boat. You can access local bus routes from the main port, and these can take you via the coast road and hills to Ravello. You can also hire a car in Amalfi if you require added flexibility.

Amalfi is the perfect Italian town for those who enjoy combining beach life with cultural and historic sites. You can also take various day trips from here. As the streets are not quite so steep as those in Positano, Amalfi is better suited to those with young children or who have limited mobility.

Ravello

Ravello has it all – this Italian resort town is smart, stylish and historic, yet a relatively relaxing place to be. Occupying an elevated position at 365 meters above sea level, Ravello offers some of the most jaw dropping views you’ll find anywhere.

Famous artists and writers have been discovering Ravello’s unique charms for centuries, and D H Lawrence, Truman Capote and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis are among past visitors. The noble villas or Ravello are a big draw, and the main ones not to miss are Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrione. 

Villa Rufulo dates from the 13th century, and there are splendid views over the coastline from its terraces and manicured gardens. It hosts recitals and concerts and is open to the public all year round.

Villa Cimbrione is higher up the hill, and renowned across the globe for the views from its outdoor terraces – particularly the Terrace of Infinity (Terrazza dell’Infinito). It also boasts Il Flauto di Pan, a Michelin starred restaurant.

There is no beachfront in Ravello, but rather than being a drawback, this actually means it is a quieter, more exclusive place to stay than other Amalfi Coast towns. 

Atrani

In contrast to nearby Amalfi, the pace of life is far slower in Atrani. This is southern Italy’s smallest town, and offers visitors a refreshing seaside break, removed from the hustle and bustle of the area’s larger resorts. 

Atrani is built onto the edge of a cliff, and is a charming Italian fishing village with a wonderful beach. Hotels and homes are clustered high on the hillside, before a twisting tangle of streets winds its way towards the ocean and soft, sandy beach.

Among these cobbled streets visitors can stop at the rustic, local cafes and restaurants that will typically offer a freshly-caught catch of the day. With its laid-back vibe, Atrani is ideal for anyone who needs to wind down from their usual fast pace of life – as well as families.

As Atrani is located along the major SITA bus routes, it’s also well placed for sightseeing. You can also take a 10 minute walk to Amalfi to access ferry routes.

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