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In Amalfitanacoast.com, you will learn about the most visited cities of the Amalfi Coast. You will discover with us: What to see and what to do in each one of the Towns of the Amalfi Coast , how to get there, where to sleep, the best hotels and apartments, suggested accommodation, eating venues, routes, nearby cities to visit and much, much more…
Cities and Towns to visit in the Amalfi Coast
Next, you can see, alphabetically, the towns that form the Amalfi Coast:
Amalfi is the most important town that you can visit in the Amalfi Coast; no wonder the Coast takes its name precisely from this beautiful town. Amalfi was a very important city, the first of the four “Maritime Republics” (Repubbliche Marinare) of Italy. Considering that the others are Genoa, Pisa and Venice, you can appreciate the significance of this “small” town.
Atrani is a small town located in the mouth of the Dragon Valley, Valle del Dragone in Italian. With only 0,12 km² is the smallest Italian municipality by surface. A few kilometers away from Amalfi, Atrani is part of the famous “Most beautiful villages of Italy” (Borghi più belli d’Italia) a very strict classification that only acknowledges the best towns of Italy. From its main square you will enjoy a beautiful view and from its small beach you will enjoy the best of the Amalfi Coast.
Cetara is a beautiful fishing village that still maintains its antique and special atmosphere. Cetara is located at the foot of Mount Falerzio, in a deep valley surrounded by vineyards and citrus orchards. It looks exciting with its terraces supported by dry stone walls! Renowned by its tonnaras and its fishing tradition, Cetara’s main attraction is its gastronomy, especially its traditional fresh fish dishes, but don’t overlook its beautiful historic center.
For more information you can read our post: What to see and do in Cetara – Amalfi Coast.
4.- CONCA DEI MARINI
Conca dei Marini is the cradle of the famous “sfogliatella”, a traditional candy that you absolutely must taste. Thanks to its panoramic terraces and its fishing tradition, Cetara is a quiet town where you can appreciate the beauty of this land. Don’t forget to visit Monastero Santa Rosa.
Furore is a very tiny village almost set in stone. It is known in Italy as “il paese che non c’è”, or “the town that doesn’t exist”, because you need to look for it to realize its presence. It’s famous for the impressive bridge connecting it with the highway SS163; at this bridge, there’s an annual international high diving competition. What to see in Furore – How to get to Furore
For its geographic arrangement, Maiori is one of the towns of the Amalfi Coast that offers more surface, especially in its sand beaches. It’s one of the largest villages and features a variety of hotels. Because of the many walking trails connecting it to other towns of the Amalfi Coast, is an excellent spot for trekking enthusiasts. It also features a pretty big (for the zone) children’s playground where kids can have a good time. It’s a lively zone packed with locals and of course, tourists!
Minori is a small jewel famous for its “Villa Romana marina” from the 1st Century a.d. It’s a spectacular villa of imperial times, very well preserved, where you can still breathe the beauty of the past; its mosaics, thermal pools, and frescos provide an almost unaltered view to the past. In Minori you can also enjoy walking trails, and exceptional gastronomic products.
Positano is one of the most internationally well-known towns of the Amalfi Coast. It charms with its colored houses carved in the mountain, its countless stairs, and the scenic views it offers. Handmade sandals, tailor-made and on the spot, are products very famous and appreciated by the tourists. You choose the model and color, your measurements are taken, and in a short time you leave with perfect sandals.
Praiano is a small fishing village located between Positano and Conca dei Marini, and it’s often “dismissed” by most tourists. It is, however, an excellent sport for enjoying the beach, living the atmosphere of a quiet town and visiting its beautiful churches. If you want to see pictures of its marina and its beach you can read our posts:
Ravello is another of the mountain towns of the Amalfi Coast. It is located situated 365 meters above sea level, and it’s internationally famous for its International Music Festival held on July of each year. For its strategic location, it will surprise you with its wonderful scenic terraces, particularly from Villa Ruffolo, which has one of the most beautiful gardens in all Italy.
Scala, which means “stairs” in Italian, is a town of medieval origin lost in the mountain, over Ravello. It’s divided in small villages: Scala, Santa Caterina, Minuta, Campidoglio and Pontone. Scala was an important industrial center of the Republic of Amalfi, and in fact you can visit the Valley of the Mills, the production center of the Amalfi paper (“Carta”), the most important product of Amalfi during its golden age. You can visit its churches and towers, such as San Lorenzo Cathedral, Church of the Annunziata, Torre dello Ziro, Torre San Felice, among others.
Tramonti is a small municipality formed by 13 small villages: Campinola, Capitignano, Cesarano, Corsano, Figline, Gete, Novella, Paterno S. Arcangelo, Paterno S.Elia, Pietre, Polvica, Ponte and Pucara. Each one of them gathered around the church. It’s a not very well-known zone by rushing tourists. The main and characteristic products of this zone are handmade vinyl baskets. They’re typically used to pick up lemons and other citric fruits of the area.
13.- VIETRI SUL MARE
Vietri sul mare is the nearest town to Salerno. It’s famous for its characteristic Majolica tiles. Here, you can find many artisanal products, every family with a history and style of their own. Vietri sul mare is recognizable from afar for the yellow, green and blue Majolica dome of the Church of St. John Baptiste (in Italian Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista).
Staying in the Amalfi Coast is one of the best experiences in Italy. Living its colors and smells, and enjoying its beautiful views is priceless. There are many towns and cities where you can stay the night in the Amalfi Coast, the most famous (and expensive) being in Positano and Amalfi, followed by Ravello, Vietri sul mare, Maiori or Minori. If you’re looking for hotels and apartments at affordable prices you can search accommodation at the mountain villages or visit the area in the low season. If you’re looking for nearby towns to stay and from there visiting the Amalfi Coast, the best ones are Sorrento and Salerno, which offer many hotels, apartments and rental houses. You can easily get around via the SITA BUS, ferries or rental cars through the SS 163.
Best tours and excursions in the Amalfi Coast
Arriving to the Amalfi Coast is quite easy, since it’s one of the most visited areas in Italy, there’s no lack of means of transportation. The nearest airport is the Naples International Airport, the nearest train stations are Salerno’s and Naples’s (high speed trains), while Sorrento’s and Vietri sul Mare’s are the nearest for regional trains. Please consider that there isn’t a train line traversing the Amalfi Coast; in fact, only Vietri sul Mare has a station. The best option to get around the Coast is by bus or boat (during the summer). Travelling by car can be problematic if you’re not used to curvy and narrow roads.
Nearby cities to visit
If you visit the Amalfi Coast for several days, don’t miss the main cities, villages and tourist attractions that you can find going to and coming from Positano, Amalfi, Vietri sul Mare or other towns:
Naples is one of the most important cities to visit near the Amalfi Coast. You can arrive by train from Salerno or Sorrento, or directly by boat (during the summer) to Positano or Amalfi. There are also exclusive tours and excursions to visit them. If you travel by car, Naples is approximately 56 km away from Positano, with no traffic you’ll spend some 50 minutes since most of the road is state road and not highway. There are also many transfers from Naples Airports.
What to see in Naples? Many are the attractions you can visit in Naples: its historic center, UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, Castel dell’Ovo, Castel Nuovo, Piazza del Plebiscito, The Spanish Barracks, the famous via Spaccanapoli, and San Carlos Theater, among many others.
The Island of Capri is one of the best summer destinations in the Naples Coast. You can get there from Positano, Amalfi, Maiori, Minori, Sorrento, Salerno or Naples by ferry or in a private excursion. It’s one of the most beautiful islands of this coast, with its famous Blue Grotto, Capri Square, Anacapri, the Cliffs, and all the nature they offer. I recommend spending at least a day here; you can easily come and go since the ferry takes about 40 minutes.
Sorrento is a few kilometers away from Positano, and it’s famous for its beauty and gastronomy. It’s one of the best towns to stay in order to visit the Amalfi Coast. You can arrive by train from Naples (Circumvesuviana line), by bus or by car. It’s an excellent spot to travel by boat along the coast and visit the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida.
Salerno is the best option to stay if you want affordable hotels. Its historic center offers beauties like the Cathedral and the St. Andrew’s Crypt. During the winter you can visit the famous “Artistic Lights”, Christmas lights that surround the whole town. The best of Salerno, in addition to its affordable lodging, is that you can get there via high speed trains from Rome or Naples. There are also boats and ferries that allow you to travel along the Coast.
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