The Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana) stretches in the south of the Sorrento peninsula, near the Gulf of Salerno. The peninsula is located in the southwest of mainland Italy, just south of Naples. In 1997, this picturesque coast was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Stunning landscapes all around inspire artists, composers and filmmakers. All coastal cities can be traveled in two hours with several stops to admire the beauty of nature, to smell lemons and flowers, to visit an ancient church, to buy colorful ceramics for which the region is famous, or just to relax. Here are some of the most famous touristic spots in this fascinating place.
This tiny old town is one of the most picturesque places in Italy. Due to its unique location, finding the village from the sea is problematic. Still, from 1997 it is enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Amalfi Coast: Vietri sul Mare
The city of Vietri has been famous for the beauty of its majolica for many centuries: the interior altars, the dome and the spire of the bell tower of the parish church of San Giovanni Battista (1732) are covered with this magnificent material. This beautiful church, the colors of which are visible from afar, contains magnificent canvases from the 17th and 18th centuries. This city, which boasts not only a magnificent sea, but also a lush vegetation around, was inhabited (presumably by the Tyrrhenian tribe) already during the ancient city of Marcina (I-II century AD).
Minori is a tiny resort on the Amalfi coast, located 5 km from Amalfi and 60 km from Naples. Only 3,000 people live here, and tourists come to Minori to take a break from the hustle and bustle of big cities, sunbathing on local beaches and enjoying beautiful views.
Even 2,000 years ago, this city was a resort for the Roman nobility, and archaeological excavations are still being carried out in its vicinity. One of the most valuable finds at the moment is the Roman Villa, which is a whole archaeological complex with a gallery and mosaics.
Amalfi Coast: Cetara
Cetara is a typical fishing village on the Amalfi Coast, overlooking the sea, with cozy old houses, a tower and a church with a majolica dome. People come to Chetara to taste the best tuna of the Amalfi Coast and anchovy sauce, as well as enjoy the small and spectacular beaches.
Maiori is the longest beach on the Amalfi coast in Italy. This is an exceptionally comfortable sandy coast, and families with children love to come here. Several years ago it was difficult to find free space here, but it’s not a problem any longer. Most of the old buildings were destroyed by the natural disaster in 1954, so now it is just a pleasant Mediterranean town without any special historical spots.
Amalfi Coast: Praiano
Praiano is a small village on the Amalfi coast, located halfway between Amalfi and Positano. This tranquil city is surrounded by cliffs and offers beach lovers cozy bays, romantic sunsets and quiet beaches by the sea. Praiano was a popular holiday destination in the 10th century, being the summer residence of the Doges of the Duchy of Amalfi.
It is included in the list of the most beautiful towns in Italy and is the smallest commune in the southern part of the country. Today Atrani has perfectly preserved the features of a typical fishing village, so if you like beach peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, then do your best to visit Atrani even for a single day.
Amalfi Coast: Amalfi
The piercing blue and purity of the sea, secluded coves between the rocks, lemon orchards and olive groves descending on terraces to the water, whitewashed houses and cozy stairways climbing the green hills, ancient churches that look like graceful carved boxes … You will have to pinch yourself to believe that everything you see is not some kind of fairy tale, but reality. Yes, it exists, and it is called Amalfi!
Situated high in the Amalfi mountains, Ravello is a sophisticated, well-kept city entirely dedicated to tourism. It has a bohemian atmosphere. No wonder Wagner, David Lawrence and Virginia Woolf spent all their time here. Ravello is now known for its gardens and beautiful views, the most unforgettable on the whole Amalfi coast. From the town you can walk down to Atrani in about 40 minutes.
Amalfi Coast: Positano
Positano is a charming resort town on the Tyrrhenian Sea coast in the Italian province of Salerno. A cascade of picturesque houses of the town is located in three small valleys sandwiched between the sea and the mountains. A comfortable bay, mild climate, sandy beaches surrounded by pine groves and lemon orchards make this place a real paradise on Earth. It’s hard not to fall in love with Positano, it’s air is never enough to breath in, and any holiday here will become the most serene and memorable.