Italian Amalfi Coast Towns You Must Visit
On the Amalfi Coast, you will be greeted with idyllic seaside villages with a touch of romance.
An idyllic stretch of coastline, delicious cuisine, and charming fishing villages line the Amalfi Coast on the southern end of Italy's Sorrentine Peninsula. Visitors to the region can expect a variety of unique and special seaside towns, but also breathtaking scenery (including towering cliffs, sheltered coves, vineyards, lemon groves, and cerulean waters). Because they are easily accessible, visitors can visit several stunning locations during one visit.
Having trouble deciding which photogenic locations to include? Find out which Amalfi Coast towns are the prettiest and why you should visit them in Rich Report's guide below.
In the summer, Positano attracts droves of tourists as the most famous and flocked to seaside village in the region. Boutique hotels such as Le Sirenuse and buzzy beach clubs add to the allure of the narrow streets filled with cafes, chic shops selling handmade sandals, and chic shops selling handmade jewelry. You can enjoy some of the best views in Positano by hiking the fabled Path of the Gods that connects Bomerano with Nocelle, a hilltop hamlet just above Positano.
A beautiful town high above the Tyrrhenian Sea along the Amalfi Coast, Ravello is an endlessly romantic and resplendent destination. Throughout history, poets, musicians, and painters have created masterpieces inspired by its majesty. The 13th-century Villa Rufolo's cliff-clinging Italianate gardens provide a glimpse into the appeal of this long-standing summer retreat. For even more botanical beauty and sweeping views, visit Villa Cimbrone.
With wander-worthy streets, churches, and restaurant terraces teetering on rocky cliffs, Praiano looks like a movie set between tourist-filled Amalfi and Positano. There are also many visitors who prefer a leisurely, almost sleepy pace, allowing them to appreciate its full breadth and depth without feeling rushed. There is nothing better than Casa Angelina, a five-star boutique hotel, to embody Praiano's laid-back lifestyle and authentic character.
Conca dei Marini
Conca dei Marini is an ancient fishing village that dates back to the Etruscans. It is located on a hill overlooking the sparkling water below. In addition to fresh-caught seafood, the Tyrrhenian Sea is a great place to cool off during an Amalfi Coast holiday. A new luxury boutique hotel featuring panoramic terraces and a sophisticated interpretation of coastal style, Borgo Santandrea has quickly made a name for itself among the city's modern attractions.
Vietri sul Mare
The ceramics capital of Campania is Vietri sul Mare, which sits just west of Salerno, a quiet, low-key alternative to Positano or Amalfi. It is here that many of the plates and bowls that fill shops around the region are manufactured. This charming town also boasts a late Renaissance-style Neapolitan Church of St John the Baptist and a long, peaceful beach where you can bask in the Mediterranean sun aside from souvenirs.
There is something magical about Atrani that captivates all visitors (although there aren't that many compared to Amalfi and Positano). A tiny fishing village with fewer than 900 residents has a frozen-in-time charm. It's best to wander the city's alleyways, steep flights of stairs, churches, piazzas, quaint cafes, and cheerful cliffside houses to see its unspoiled virtues. It is below the town itself that a pristine stretch of coastline beckons locals and tourists alike.
In addition to being a popular first stop for many tourists in the region, this charming town also acts as a major transportation hub with boats constantly passing through the harbor. If you want a close-up view of the Duomo di Amalfi, you'll have to contend with the crowds. There is an abundance of heritage - and lemon everything - along the surrounding streets. The souvenir shops are filled with soaps scented with orange blossom and aprons embroidered with flowers. There are gelaterias that scoop lemon sorbetto.
Minori is a great option if you've already done Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello. A tiny, uncrowded coastal town with wooden fishing boats bobbing in the harbor, terraced gardens, and al fresco eateries that is less known than its celebrated neighbors. Villa Romana is an impressively preserved archaeological complex with frescoes, mosaics, and vases dating back to the first century. Minori and Maiori are also connected by a scenic hike.
The history and halcyon vibes of Maiori more than make up for its lack of widespread name recognition. There's a pretty waterfront promenade where visitors can enjoy casual strolls, picture-perfect landmarks like Castello Mezzocapo, and a large sandy beach in this under-the-radar Amalfi Coast paradise. Its lack of notoriety also means that you won't have to dodge quite as many tourists when admiring the breathtaking views of the sea and mountains.
Furore, affectionately referred to by locals as the "town that doesn't exist," likely isn't on most people's radar. It is probably due to the spectacular spot that a fjord opens up to reveal a secret beach smack-dab-in-the-middle of the Amalfi Coast that it has caught your attention. From the tiny village filled with cute bars, restaurants, and houses, stairs lead down to the shimmering bay. From the cinematic bridge, you will gain unparalleled views.