The Amalfi Coast Towns

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When planning your vacation, you'll find that there are a vast range of places to stay on the Amalfi Coast. Here's our insider guide to help you decide where to stay...

The Amalfi Coast is home to 13 fishing villages and small towns, scattered like jewels along the 55-kilometer, UNESCO-listed Italian coastline that is considered one of the most magnificent in the Mediterranean Sea. The area that is officially considered Italy's "Amalfi Coast" sits inside the region of Campania in southern Italy, just south of Naples and overlooking the Bay of Salerno and the Tyrrhenian Sea. To the north of the coast, A-list sights like the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, Sorrento, and the historic center of Naples attract millions of visitors each year. To the south, the cities of Salerno and the sandy beaches along the Cilento Peninsula are also worth a visit.

Dazzling landscapes and fascinating historic and cultural sights await along the stretch of the Amalfi Coast between Positano and Vietri sul Mare, famous for its winding highway skirting dramatic cliffsides thick with groves of lemon trees, pastel villages, and luxurious villas clinging to the rocky slopes and breathtaking views behind every curve. Panoramic hiking trails take adventurers up into the hills above the Amalfi Coast along footpaths once used by shepherds and traveling merchants, including the spectacular Path of the Gods that begins in Agerola. Flights of steps carved directly out of the cliff face set off down to the water's edge where crystalline coves and tiny jetties, perfect for setting sail to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site by sea, hidden from prying eyes above.

Some helpful information about the Amalfi Coast towns and tips about where to stay:

Places

Positano

Pros:
An iconic destination to truly experience the spirit of the Amalfi Coast with dazzling views
Perfect for honeymoons or romantic escapes, and for those who love a glam nightlife
The best range of dining options, clubs, and unique boutiques on the coastline

Cons:
Lots of steps make it a challenge if you're traveling with kids...it's not called the vertical town for nothing!
The most expensive town on the Amalfi Coast

Places

Ravello

Pros:
The cultural heart of the coast with historic Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone hosting art, music, and cultural events
Known as the "balcony of the Amalfi Coast," offers breathtaking views
A quiet atmosphere, especially in the evening when the daytrippers have left
Cons:
Set high above the water's edge with no beach. The closest is Castiglione, about 4 kilometers from town
Not an easy base if you are using public transportation to get around, as you'll have to take the bus to Amalfi and connect to other routes there

Places

Maiori and Minori

Pros:
Flat and with sand and pebble beaches, these are the most family-friendly spots on the coast
Great restaurants and bakeries, including the famed Sal de Riso pastry shop
Centrally located along the coastline for easy access both towards Salerno and Positano

Cons:
Modern buildings along the coastline lend a less charming atmosphere than Positano or Amalfi
If you want to strut your stuff in trendy clubs and bars, you'll be disappointed by the nightlife

Places

Praiano and Conca dei Marini

Pros:
A honeymooner's paradise...you can't get more remote and romantic than this.
Sun worshippers love the beaches that catch the sun from dawn 'til dusk.
Conca de' Marini is a jet-setter hub, with hotels and villas hidden from prying eyes
Cons:
These villages are quite a long way from the main transportation hubs, so sightseeing can be a hassle

Places

Sant'Agata and Nerano

Pros:
Known for their dining scene, with Michelin-starred and traditional restaurants
Crystalline waters along the Nerano beach and nearby hidden coves

Cons:
Both villages are closer to the Sorrentine Peninsula than the Amalfi Coast

Places

Amalfi

Pros:
An 11th-century town with important sights like the Duomo and cloister, Paper Museum, and Arsenal
Bang in the middle of the Amalfi Coast for easy sightseeing in any direction
Simple to get around by sea to visit the other Amalfi Coast towns and Capri

Cons:
The center of the town of Amalfi can be crowded with tourists during the peak season
The beaches are not the prettiest on the coast, but there are boat shuttles to other nearby beaches that are more scenic

Places

Cetara and Vietri sul Mare

Pros:
Off the tourist track, with more Italian than international tourists
You can relax in an excellent seafood trattoria to sample local anchovies
Vietri sul Mare is filled with traditional ceramic artisan workshops
Cons:
Set a bit out of the way for exploring the rest of the coastline and nearby sights

Places

Sorrento

Pros:
Lively all year round, with restaurants and hotels always open
Endless options for accommodations, dining, and shopping (including limoncello liqueur shops!)
A convenient base for day trips to the Amalfi Coast and other sights

Cons:
Sorrento is not located on the Amalfi Coast itself, but on the nearby Sorrentine Peninsula (often grouped with the Amalfi Coast as a single destination)

Places

Atrani

Just a few kilometers from Amalfi, Atrani is officially Italy's smallest village.

Places

Furore and Tramonti

You'll love it:
if you're looking for the wilder side of the Amalfi Coast.
if you want to avoid the crowds.
if you want to visit the places where Rossellini filmed his movies.
You'd be better off elsewhere:
if you want to hang out with the jet set .
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