Travel guide to the Amalfi Coast: Everything you need to know about tourism in the Amalfi Coast

Italy is one of the top destinations to visit, receiving millions of travelers from all over the world yearly. From the historical capital Rome to the magnificent Venice, it is a country full of culture, history and wonders, and moving to the stretch southern coastline of the country, we will find the impressive Amalfi Coast.

This 50-kilometer coast located in the Campania region is, for sure, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Well known for its picturesque seaside towns, cliffs, and beaches, the Amalfi Coast is a popular holiday destination and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. 

The landscape of the area is impressive. From gardens to beautiful churches, the towns in the Amalfi Coast have a lot to offer. Villages like Positano, Ravello or Amalfi are the most well-known destinations, but every town in the coast has something special to offer and its own enchantment. 

When to visit the Amalfi Coast?

Visiting the coast between May and October will make you enjoy the best weather. The high season is between June, July and August, so be prepared for some crowds when walking around the towns. We recommend booking hotels and restaurants with time in advance.  

How to get to Amalfi Coast?

You can get into the experience of visiting one of the most beautiful coasts in the world by ferry, boat, train, bus or your own car. You can take a ferry from Napoli to Amalfi and enjoy this amazing experience while stopping also in other towns such as Capri or Sorrento

If you prefer to travel by train or bus, you can always check Trenitalia’s options. It connects the Amalfi Coast with many other main cities of Italy. Last but not least, if you want to go classic, a ride by car along the coast is one of the most romantic road trips to experience. 

Where to visit?

Positano

From beautiful boutiques to colorful buildings and amazing restaurants, the picturesque coastline of Positano is one of the top destinations of the Amalfi Coast. Explore the locally-crafted goods, enjoy the architecture of its houses and churches, or simply wander around the city to explore the beautiful landscapes that Positano offers. 

Exploring the art galleries, a boat tour, or visiting the village center for some shopping are always good options to do when in Positano –ceramic shops are well known in the town–. During your trip, you need to discover authentic Italian gastronomy and have the most romantic dinner with a breathtaking view over the sea.  

Summer is perfect for those who enjoy the beach, which is beautiful in Positano. Have a drink and a good tan before heading into the vibrant nightlife of the town. 

Where to stay in Positano?

Positano has options for everyone. If you are looking for something in the center of the town, which is an excellent option for those who prefer the comfort of being close to everything, we would recommend the beautiful Hotel Palazzo Murat. It is a walking distance of many shops, restaurants and bars. 

For a luxurious experience, at the edge of the town is located II San Pietro di Positano, the perfect place to enjoy stunning views of Positano, beautiful gardens, a private beach and a romantic environment.

 

Another great option is Hotel Marincanto, a stunning gem with breathtaking views over Positano. It has a beautiful restaurant on a terrace, and the interior is decorated in a classical but minimalist style.

What to eat in Positano?

In general, Italy is well known for its cuisine and Positano is not the exception. There are hundreds of world-class restaurants in this town. 

We recommend a dinner in the luxurious Zass, located in II San Pietro di Positano for a unique Mediterranean experience. This fine restaurant will also offer you exquisite wine to enjoy with your food. Be aware of the dress code, as it is requested to dress smartly, even if informal: a long-sleeved shirt and long trousers for gentlemen are perfect for the occasion.

La Tagliata, located up in the mountains, is also an excellent option for tasty food and wine. For something more traditional, go to Da Vincenzo, a family-owned restaurant from 1958 with exquisite local dishes such as pasta and seafood, very authentic!

Next to the beach is Rada Restaurant, a fine restaurant underneath Hotel Marincanto. After dinner, you can walk to the beach for an –even more– romantic adventure. For a more affordable option, Le Tre Sorelle is a very nice dining place to go. Here you can grab a tasty pizza and try their amazing white wine.

Amalfi

Amalfi is the most frequented town in the region, and it is located in a dramatic natural setting below steep cliffs on Italy’s southwest coast. Amalfi is a gem full of old-world charms; and the combination of history, gastronomy and stunning views make this town one of the top destinations worldwide.  

The remarkable Amalfi is beautiful to explore, and the Arab-Norman Romanesque Sant’Andrea Cathedral, situated at the heart of the town, is one of the main monuments to visit. This stunning structure is a mixture of byzantine and rococo designs. 

Amalfi is not as steep as Positano, and the center of town is more or less at sea level. Once in Amalfi, you will discover the Path of the Gods, a five-hour hike apart from the hubbub of the tourist attractions that snakes to the top of the coast while passing by beautiful and small villages, leading you through historic places and routes, and of course, some of the most incredible panoramas in Italy. 

Piazza Duomo is an iconic square in Amalfi. Plenty of shops, coffee shops and restaurants are facing the elegant Cathedral of Saint Andrew, and it is the perfect place to appreciate the beauty of the town while enjoying a cup of a typical Italian coffee.

Where to stay in Amalfi?

The Hotel Santa Caterina is a well-known hotel located slightly away from the center of the town. Here you can enjoy the beach club with a pool with stunning views of other towns. 

The Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi is also a beautiful option to stay, and it is located 5 minutes away from the center of Amalfi. It was a monastery during the 13th century, and they converted it into a beautiful hotel that sits high up on the cliffs, as a beautiful white palace. 

What to eat in Amalfi?

The Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi has a Japanese cuisine restaurant called Kyushu, mixing Mediterranean ingredients with seafood to create unique and delicious plates. It is interesting to see the innovative and modern dishes that they offer. 

L’abside is a restaurant located in the main street of the center of Amalfi. They offer amazing local dishes of seafood, and it is a great spot if you are a vegetarian. We recommend trying Scialatielli, a very tasty seafood pasta that is perfect to combine with white wine. Locals will recommend you to try places such as Trattoria da Gemma to taste its popular and delicious Genovese Pacheri pasta. 

Ravello

This town full of beautiful cliffside gardens is located 365 meters above the Tyrrhenian Sea. Visit Villa Cimbrone and spend some time messing around the gardens before heading to Ravello’s central piazza and admiring the 11th-century storied gardens.

Villa Rufolo is the historic center of Ravello, and it was built in the 13th century. It is a villa with a lot of history and unique architecture. You will appreciate the beautiful Italianate gardens and even have the opportunity to visit some of the rooms inside this wonderful villa. 

Ravello is known as the City of Music, with a vibrant cultural scene. Villa Rufolo hosts interesting musical events such as the Ravello Festival. This villa was one of the most expensive on the Amalfi Coast, and through history, it has been visited by many celebrities, royal members and relevant people.

It is interesting to hike from Ravello to the small town of Atrani, where you will find interesting bars and restaurants. You can continue your journey to Amalfi for about a 15-minute walk. This is a nice way to explore the three towns and see them from a different perspective.

Where to stay in Ravello?

Very close to Piazza Vescovado is Hotel Villa Amore, with stunning views of the Bay of Salerno and beautiful gardens. The Belmond Hotel Caruso offers panoramic and stunning views of the Amalfi coastline and frescos from the 18th century, along with great restaurants and bars. 

For a luxurious experience, Hotel Villa Cimbrone is one of the top options to choose from. This sophisticated hotel –which actually looks like a palace–  is perched as it is on the sea cliffs and enclosed by the world-famous Villa Cimbrone Gardens. It has an amazing restaurant called Il Flauto di Pan, open only for dinner. 

For palace lovers, Palazzo Avino is the classic 18th and 19th-century style place to stay, where the antique furniture matches perfectly with the decoration and the rugs. It is also built into the cliffs, and it offers a pool, restaurant and a bar. 

What to eat in Ravello?

As mentioned above, Il Flauto di Pan is the top recommendation when visiting Ravello. We recommend making reservations in advance, as most of the visitors of the Amalfi Coast stop here to have the dining experience that only they know to offer. This Michelin-star restaurant offers Italian seafood, so be prepared to try a delicious octopus while enjoying the stunning view over the coast. 

For drinks and typical gelato head towards Piazza Vescovado, an amazing place to relax and experience the vibrant heart of Ravello. Once there, you can grab a quick pasta or try a limoncello, a typical Italian liquor at Caffe Duomo.

The Amalfi Coast is a dream destination waiting for you. Explore the main towns as Positano, Amalfi or Ravello, but do not miss the magic and authenticity of the smaller villages such as Maiori, Minori, Tramonti, or Atrani. We advise you, you will fall in love with them!

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