Sprinkled with stunning seaside towns, Amalfi will forever be an unparalleled destination for travellers around the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Amalfi Coast has several different towns, each perfect for any type of traveller – and ALL beautiful.
📷 The most picturesque? Here’s my top 10 picture perfect spots to visit while in Amalfi…
1. 🛀 Baths of Queen Giovanna, Sorrento
Though Sorrento doesn’t technically count as a part of the Amalfi Coast, it’s most likely your starting point if you’re visiting from “off the coast”. On the tip of Cape Sorrento you can find the Baths of Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna) burrowed into the cliffside – the last remains of a Roman Villa. One of the most significant archaeological sites in Sorrento, it’s now a popular swimming hole for travellers and locals. As well as the baths there are also popular spots along the seaside where visitors can swim and sunbathe. Away from the bustling main beaches of Sorrento, the pools are a lot less crowded, and are easily accessible.
The Baths are about a 30minute walk from the main street in town (Via S. Nicola), or there is a bus available every 40minutes. The bus goes down the main road, and once you are off it’s just a short walk down from there. Once you reach the cliffside, you can look down over the pools – to get down you just follow the bush path that trails down some stairs to the water.
2. 🎣 Fiordo di Furore
Furore is a small town on the Amalfi Coast, particularly known for its fjord. The fjord opens up into a beautiful beach hidden below the bridge of Amalfi Drive. The bridge arches over the water offering a perfect birdseye view over the bight. The narrow bay is accessible by a long descending staircase from the main road.
Located about 6km west of Amalfi most public buses stop here on the Positano > Amalfi (and return) line.
3. ⛱️ Atrani Beach
Even though Atrani sits JUST around the corner from Amalfi, it remains particularly unspoiled by mass tourism. Not only is it one of the smallest towns along the coastline, it is also one of the most beautiful. It curves around the shoreline, packed with suited blue beach umbrellas and pastel coloured houses stretching up the mountainside.
Atrani Beach is a short 15minute walk from Amalfi through a pedestrian tunnel or you can get there on the Amalfi > Maiori > Salerno (and return) line.
4. 🏖️ Positano Beach
Positano is arguably the most popular destination along the Amalfi Coast, with its colourful cascading houses and beautiful shoreline. Not only a romantic getaway destination, it’s one hostel is huge for backpackers exploring Italy. Positano Beach is an expensive area, so if you’re after food you can find cheaper alternatives by simply walking out of the central area. Sunbeds and umbrellas along the waterfront can get up to €25. Visitors can also just take a towel down to the open areas, but the black sand gets very hot very quickly.
Positano is generally the first stop when catching a bus from Sorrento. On the SITA lines this takes about an hour. Otherwise you can also access Positano from Amalfi on any Amalfi > Positano line. From the bus stop, the only way to get to the beach is by walking. There’s many different routes down to the beach, either by stairs or by road and stairs – all of which take about 20minutes.
5. ⛪ Amalfi Cathedral
You can’t have heard of the Amalfi Coast without being able to recognise Duomo di Sant’Andrea, the famous Cathedral. Located in the Piazza del Duomo, the medieval Roman Catholic Cathedral was built in the early 1200s and is dedicated to the Apostle Saint Andrew whose relics are kept inside.
The Cathedral is a short walk away from the main bus stop, which you can get to easily from any direction. Most buses going to, or passing through Amalfi will say so on the front.
6. ☀️ Marina Grande, Amalfi Beach
Amalfi is the largest town along the coast and is also one of the most popular due to its central location. Just a short walk from the bus stop you can reach Marina Grande, the beach of Amalfi for a day out in the sun. Beachgoers can either relax on the pebble stone sand or hire out sunbeds that are available throughout the day.
7. 🚶 Path of the Gods
The Path of the Gods is a must-do cliff top trail hike when hiking in the Amalfi Coast. Ideally hikers walk from Bomerano down to Nocelle – just above Positano. The walk in total is about 6-7km, taking about 2hours with time for breaks and taking photos.
Visitors can get to the Bomerano trail head (Agerola) by bus from Amalfi. It takes about an hour, but it’s a lot easier than walking the entire hike uphill from Positano.
8. 🌿 Ravello
Due to its seclusion, Ravello is one of Amalfi’s more undiscovered towns. Located 365 above sea level, it’s home to Amalfi’s iconic terraced gardens that overlook the cliffside. Ravello is a resort town, very popular for romantic getaways as it offers an escape from the many tourists surrounding Positano and Amafli’s beach fronts.
Villa Rufolo and Crimbone are both well known destinations for visitors in Ravello. They both offer panoramic views, marble busts and cascading gardens.
Buses from Amalfi to Ravello take about 30minutes, and run around every 45minutes.
9. 🌿 Le Sirenuse (Via Cristoforo Colombo), Positano
Perfect for watching the sunset (whether at Le Sirenuse or not), you can’t spend an evening in Positano without at least enjoying dinner and/or a cocktail overlooking Positano’s cascading houses. While lit up in the purple haze of the evening, it’s a great spot for a photo.
10. 🚗 Along the road
It’s the Amalfi COAST. Need I say more…?
All of the bus lines and times mentioned are in regards to the public SITA buses. Tickets for SITA buses can be purchased at local TABACCHI stores (newsagencies).