10 things to see and do on the Amalfi Coast
Overlooking a splendid crystalline sea, the Amalfi Coast is one of the Italian sites included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO. In this enchanting stretch of coast, nature, culture and history mix together, creating an extremely fascinating scenario. It is able to satisfy the most diverse needs in terms of travel experiences, in fact, its territory is full of things to see and do.
Here are our tips on what to see and do on the Amalfi Coast.
1# – Visit Amalfi
Amalfi is the city that gives its name to the entire coast and undoubtedly deserves a visit for its historical, architectural and natural heritage. It clings to the steep walls of the valley with stairways, rock passages and porticoes that offer glimpses of priceless beauty. Among the things to see are: the stupendous Cathedral of Sant’Andrea, located on the top of a spectacular staircase, with the famous frescoed cloister known as the Paradise cloister; and the Paper Museum, which allows you to experiment with ancient paper production techniques.
2# – Boat excursion
The Amalfi Coast is famous above all for its crystal clear sea and splendid coves. We therefore couldn’t help but include a boat excursion among the things to do, one of the most exciting experiences you can have along its 50 kilometers of coastline. The countless excursion proposals allow you to discover unforgettable landscapes, cliffs overlooking the sea, inlets, caves and details that you could never admire from the mainland.
3# – Dive at Punta Campanella
Punta Campanella is the most extreme tip of Campania as well as a protected marine area established in 1997 with the aim of safeguarding one of the most luxuriant stretches of Italian coast from a naturalistic point of view. It divides the Gulf of Naples from that of Salerno and extends between the municipalities of Massa Lubrense and Positano. Legend has it that the famous meeting between Ulysses and the sirens took place near the coast. Punta Campanella is a true paradise for scuba diving lovers.
4# – Observe the view from the Infinity Terrace
Villa Cimbrone in Ravello is a singular construction located in a landscape of incomparable beauty: terraces arranged in steps with citrus groves, vineyards and olive groves thickly dotted with rural houses, villas, basins and irrigation canals. In the lush gardens of the villa (open to the public all year round from 09:00 to sunset) there is the legendary Terrace of Infinity, a natural balcony decorated with eighteenth-century marble busts from which it is possible to observe one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world.
5# – Attend a Ravello Festival concert at Villa Rufolo
Also in Ravello is Villa Rufolo, a prestigious building dating back to the 13th century. In its enchanting gardens, where plants and flowers are accompanied by breathtaking views, the Ravello Festival is held between the end of June and the beginning of September, an unmissable event for all music lovers (and not only). Opened in 1953, it attracts a growing number of world-famous artists. Attending a concert in this evocative context is a one-of-a-kind experience.
6# – Visit Furore and its Fjord
Inserted in the circuit of “The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy“, Furore is a small jewel perched on the Amalfi Coast. It is defined as: “the town that doesn’t exist“, because, more than a town, it is a scattered settlement with houses that emerge from the rocky ridges; and “the painted country“, for the countless murals that adorn the walls of walls and houses. Furore is also renowned for its Fjord, a small beach just 25 meters long that seems like something out of a postcard. The Church of San Giacomo is worth a visit, which houses a magnificent cycle of frescoes.
7# – The Path of the Gods
For hiking and trekking enthusiasts, the Amalfi Coast is full of magnificent nature trails just waiting to be explored. One of the most beautiful is the Path of the Gods, which runs along a route used for centuries by locals as a communication route. The name is not accidental because the landscape is truly divine. About 8 kilometers long, it connects Agerola (or Praiano) to Positano, offering wide panoramic views.
8# – Discover the Valle delle Ferriere
Those who love nature cannot miss the Valle delle Ferriere for any reason in the world, a wonderful wooded area populated by subtropical plant species. Having become a nature reserve, it is so called because in the past it housed an ironworks and several paper mills now reduced to ruins. Located in the municipality of Scala, it can be reached via two main routes. The environment, in addition to being particularly evocative, is of great interest from a botanical and phytogeographical point of view.
9# – Shopping in Positano
Positano is one of the most beautiful places on the Amalfi Coast, but it is also and above all an unmissable stop for shopping. In fact, there is no shortage of luxury boutiques and small shops where you can buy typical local artisan products, ranging from clothing to ceramics, up to food and wine. In particular, Positano is famous throughout the world for its silk dresses and leather sandals, which stand out for their quality and creative style.
10# – The ceramics of Vietri sul Mare
Considered the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, Vietri sul Mare is a pretty town overlooking the small Bonea valley. It is known for its ceramic manufacturing, one of the excellent products of these places. This is a thousand-year-old tradition, as attested by the numerous discoveries of ancient pieces. It is even estimated that it began as early as the 5th century BC. Walking through its alleys it is easy to come across artisan shops full of colorful ceramic objects.