What to Do & See On the Amalfi Coast

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Amalfi Coast in Italy is a popular tourist destination. It’s famous for its pastel-colored houses that seem to be stacked on top of each other in an attempt to reach the sea. This stretch of Campania coastline is crowded with tourists from all over the globe (and some celebrities).

However, it’s not the kind of place where visitors bring a long list of things to do.

You can visit the Amalfi Coast if you are looking for a place to unwind and relax.

There is plenty to do in the Amalfi Coast area if you are looking for something to do on your Amalfi Coast vacation. This is a list of just a few of the many things you can do on the Amalfi coast. This list can be used as a starting point for your Amalfi Coast itinerary.

My Amalfi Coast Travel Guide will help you plan your trip.

The Amalfi Coast’s Top Attractions

  • Duomo at Amalfi – Dedicated to Sant’Andrea (Amalfi’s patron saint), the Duomo looks out over the main square of the town from the top of a set of steep stairs. Although the beautiful facade was built in the 19th century, there are still parts of the church complex (including an underground crypt), that date back to the 9th century.
  • Villa Cimbrone It is a bit of walking from Ravello’s main Square to reach Villa Cimbrone and then more walking to reach its peaceful gardens. But it’s worth the effort. Although it is vertigo-inducing, the famous “Terrace of Infinity”, which overlooks the Amalfi Coast, offers perhaps the most spectacular view.
  • Sentiero degli Dei– This hiking trail, high above Positano, is called “Path of the Gods” and refers to the breathtaking views it offers. It is one of the most well-known hikes in Italy.
  • Blue Grotto This surreal underwater cave is one of the most popular sights on Capri. You can only access it by small boats and only when conditions permit. Once inside, the water glows bright blue.
  • Amalfi Paper Museum Amalfi used to be a major center for paper-making. There were many paper mills located in the valley below the town. You can now learn more about this history at the Museo della Carta (the Paper Museum), inside a 15th century paper mill.
  • Spiaggia Grandi in Positano. There are many better beaches along the Amalfi Coast but this one in the middle of Positano, is very easy to get to and extremely popular in the summer. It’s one of the most photographed beaches in the world, thanks to its backdrop of Positano.
  • Snorkeling and Diving There are many opportunities to snorkel and swim while on boat trips along the Amalfi coast. The Cilento area is great for diving.
  • Roman Ruins at Capri Emperor Tiberius loved Capri enough to move there and rule from there in the first century C.E. You can still see and explore the remains of several of his villas, including Villa Jovis which is the largest.
  • Duomo at Ravello Hilltop Ravello’s original cathedral was built in the 11th Century, but the present structure dates mainly from the 12th through 17 centuries. Two of the most iconic elements in the church are its massive bronze doors and Medieval pulpits.
  • Ceramics museum – Vietri sul Mare’s ceramics are world-famous. You can browse the shops in the town for handmade souvenirs. However, you can also visit the Museo della Ceramica where you will learn more about the history of ceramics in the region and see pieces from the 15th Century.
  • Villa Rufolo The entrance to Villa Rufolo with its beautiful gardens is located just off Ravello’s main square. This is the setting for the beloved annual music festival in the town. The villa dates back to the 13th century.
  • Villa San Michele The Villa San Michele gardens are among the most photographed on Capri. It features ancient artifacts from Capri and offers stunning views.
  • Arsenale della Repubblica Amalfi may be a small city, but once it was the center of a strong maritime republic. The Arsenale, which is what remains from a Medieval shipyard and houses a few museums about Amalfi’s history.
  • Valle dei Mulini This area is located in the hills just behind Amalfi. It was once home to paper mills and is now a popular hiking spot. You can still see the ruins of several old mills along these trails.

Guided Tours along the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast’s Most Amazing Attractions

  • Grotta dello Smeraldo – Capri’s Blue Grotto may be the most well-known illuminated underwater cave in the region, but it is not the only one. Grotta dello Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto), is located between Positano & Amalfi. It can be reached only by boat or taking the elevator from the parking lot above.
  • Roman ruins beneath Positano’s Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta. Many vacation photos feature the majolica tiles from Santa Maria Assunta’s beautiful church, but it has been hiding something since years. The public has now the opportunity to see the Roman ruins beneath the church that belonged to an ancient villa.
  • Supportico Rua Amalfi’s main street is pedestrian-friendly but still has cars. It is possible to avoid it entirely by slipping into the Medieval tunnel-like Supportico Rua that runs parallel to it. This was the only way to go when the Supportico Rua was constructed.
  • Flavio Gioia Statue Amalfi honours Flavio Gioia who, according to some, invented the maritime compass. There is a statue right next to the harbor. Others claim Gioia is mythical and that the whole compass thing was a sham. You shouldn’t say it to the Amalfitani.
  • Hidden Furore Fjord The charming town of Furore is high above the ocean. The fjord is hidden from public view, but it has a secret. To reach the beach, you can take a long staircase that leads to Marina di Furore.
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