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Welcome to Amalfi Coast

Some of Italy's most spectacular scenery can be found along the Amalfi Coast, where colorful towns replete with forests and dramatic cliffs have been drawing visitors since the Roman Empire. And there are the ancient ruins to prove it; visit one of Italy’s most famous archaeological sites—Pompeii, buried in the first century by Mt. Vesuvius—from either Sorrento or nearby Naples. Driving between villages is another popular way to explore this winding coastline, so consider day tours that include transportation—a perk for those unfamiliar with the "Road of 1,000 Bends"—for a hassle-free visit. In Positano, candy-colored buildings tumble down the hills for those iconic photo ops, while Ravello’s hilltops offer unparalleled views. Meanwhile, the one-time mighty maritime republic of Amalfi packs a historical punch. For those looking to enjoy some time on the open ocean off the Amalfi Coast, hop on a cruise to Capri and visit its famed Blue Grotto; alternatively, if history’s more your thing, take a tour of Paestum and admire the Greek temple ruins.

Top 10 attractions in Amalfi Coast

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Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna)

Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna)

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One of the most remote and beautiful beaches on Italy's Sorrento coast, the Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna) is set along the rocky cliffs of Capo di Sorrento near a dramatic natural stone arch and the ancient ruins of a Roman villa. This stretch of coastline and its natural pool are accessible only by foot or private boat.More
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Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

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Looming above the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio) erupted in AD 79 and covered Pompeii in ash, preserving parts of the ancient city that can still be seen today. The volcano itself is still active—the only active one in continental Europe—and, though dormant, is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. Despite this, many visitors hike the mountain to see its infamous crater and are rewarded with stunning views of Pompeii, the Bay of Naples, and the surrounding Italian countryside.More
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Ravello

Ravello

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Tiny Ravello, an idyllic village along the Amalfi Coast, has a long history and vibrant cultural life. Founded by Romans in the sixth century, this picturesque clifftop town is today a haven for travelers drawn to its views, villas, and gardens. Home to Villa Rufolo, which has hosted luminaries from Richard Wagner to Jacqueline Kennedy, and Villa Cimbrone, known for its panoramic views, Ravello is an elegant respite from the crowds along the coast.More
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Marina Grande

Marina Grande

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Sorrento's tiny fishing village of Marina Grande is known for its colorful wooden boats bobbing in the harbor, and local fishermen still mend their nets by hand just steps from sunbathers along the beach. At the heart of Marina Grande is the Church of Sant’Anna, dedicated to the town’s patron saint, and a shore lined with small, family-run restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean fish and seafood.More
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Piazza Tasso

Piazza Tasso

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Sitting astride the steep gorge that once divided the cliff-top center of Sorrento, Piazza Tasso is the pulsating heart of one of Italy’s most popular seaside resort towns. This bustling, café-lined main square is where locals and visitors alike come to see and be seen, and to admire the square’s baroque church and 18th-century palace.More
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Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo)

Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo)

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Tucked beneath the famous highway that skirts Italy's Amalfi Coast, the Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo) is one of the most popular attractions on this iconic stretch of coastline. Discovered in 1932 by a local fisherman, this marine cave is known for the turquoise water that fills the cavern with an emerald-green light when the sun’s rays filter up through a fissure beneath its surface. It’s covered with limestone stalagmites and stalactites more commonly associated with inland karstic caves and is popular among travelers to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.More
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Spaggia Grande Beach

Spaggia Grande Beach

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There is no better stretch of beach in Positano to take a dip or work on your tan than Spiaggia Grande, next to the Marina Grande port. At this well-provisioned beach you can rent a sun lounger and umbrella, stroll the beach walk, grab a meal at a beachfront restaurant, or hop on a ferry to other coastal destinations or the islands.More
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Paper Museum (Museo della Carta)

Paper Museum (Museo della Carta)

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For centuries, Amalfi was one of the most important producers of paper in Europe, and water-powered paper mills lined the river running through the center of town. See how these ingenious mills worked and learn about the history and production of Amalfi’s prestigious paper at the Paper Museum, located in a fully functioning historic mill.More
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Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

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The Amalfi Coast is one of Europe’s most famous coastlines, renowned for its scenic cliffside highway, postcard-perfect seaside villages, balmy Mediterranean climate, and chic “dolce vita” vibe. There are 13 towns in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, but Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello are by far the most popular. Though there are a few historic and cultural sights to visit, the main draws of the Amalfi Coast are its traditional cuisine, elegant shopping, and fashionable resort atmosphere.More
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Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)

Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)

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Sorrento’s Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco) is an oasis of tranquility steps away from the historic town’s bustling central piazza of Sant’Antonino. The cloister unites a religious complex of seventh-century monastery and a late-medieval church, both dedicated to St Francis of Assisi, and is a showpiece of various architectural styles from pre-Roman through Arabic to medieval.In the 14th century Franciscan friars from the monastery repurposed an ancient oratory into their church; it has some Baroque features and its simple white façade was rebuilt in 1926. Inside there are several richly decorated chapels adjoining the single nave and in 1992, a bronze statue of St Francis was placed outside the church; it is the work of Roman sculptor Alfiero Nena.But the cloister, built at the same time as the church, is the star turn here; its tranquil gardens are filled with bougainvillea and vines that climb over arched arcades, which are made of soft tufa stone and rubble pinched from earlier pagan temples. During the summer there are art exhibitions and concerts set to the stunning backdrop of the cloister and it is also one of Sorrento’s most popular venues for weddings.Always dress conservatively when visiting churches in Italy; shoulder and legs should be covered.More

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Top activities in Amalfi Coast

Skip-the-line Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Guided Tour From Positano
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Capri Boat Tour From Sorrento

Capri Boat Tour From Sorrento

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Recent reviews from experiences in Amalfi Coast

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The perfect boat experience!!
Ashley_J, Jul 2021
Day Trip to Capri from Positano
This was the perfect way to see Capri and more of the amalfi coast!
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a Must do if you can !
Yacine, Jul 2021
Amalfi Boat Tour With Positano Visit Fd - From Sorrento
Really good couple / family time, Nice staff, Wonderful swimming break & spots, Best way to visit Positano and Amalfi : To be highly recommended !
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Great tour
Vasoula_L, Jul 2021
Amalfi Drive: Sorrento to Amalfi Excursion
Rino was courteous, and accommodating and planned the day according to our needs, enabling us to see and do everything we wanted, within a limited amount of time.
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Worth it
Margaret_S, Jun 2021
Amalfi Boat Tour With Positano Visit Fd - From Sorrento
This excursion was a little pricey, but is really the best way to see the Amalfi coast.
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WOW - What an Experience! - A fun day filled with life long memories!
Roberto, Jul 2021
Capri and Blue Grotto Day Tour from Naples or Sorrento
The tour was well structured and we got to see all parts of Capri.
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Amalfi coast experience
Helen_C, Oct 2020
Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
This was an excellent experience which gave us the chance to visit, Pasitano (my favorite), Amalfi coast proper and Revello.
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Great tour
Daniel_B, Sep 2020
Amalfi Coast Tour From Sorrento
It's a good way to see the Amalfi coast, and gives you a taste of the area.
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Sweet
Adriana_W, Feb 2020
Amalfi Drive-sharing tour
We were able to see 3 cities without the headache of driving the crazy small roads of the Amalfi coast and also not worry about parking (a huge issue).
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Great Amalfi Coast tour
Paula_B, Feb 2020
Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
Our guide Laura was very informative, she gave good advice of what to see and do in our free time.
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Loved this tour!
elena_whyte, Dec 2019
Small Group Sorrento Coast and Amalfi Coast boat tour with Local Host on board
Best way to see the beautiful Amalfi coast.
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Loved it - highly recommend!
marissakef, Dec 2019
Amalfi Coast Private Day Tour from Sorrento: Positano, Ravello and Amalfi
From the comfort of the drive, to the information provided by the tour guide, this was the perfect way to see the Amalfi Coast!
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Great Show
Camper241325, Nov 2019
Sorrento Musical Theather Show
Great show to see & enjoy.
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Amalfi coast by boat a trip highlight!
jomacinvic, Nov 2019
Amalfi Coast Tour by boat from Sorrento
A superb way to visit this coast and such a great perspective to take in the beauty of the shoreline!
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Knowledgable Guide
Lori C, Oct 2019
Full-Day Private Amalfi Coast Tour from Sorrento
Hard to see the beauty of the coast by land.
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good tour operator
rlwarren, Oct 2019
Amalfi Coast Tour From Sorrento
you can find it near the train station and book there straightaway I think ravello is not necessary to visit
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Good drive!
pwgingell, Sep 2019
Tour of the Amalfi Coast for small groups with lunch from Sorrento
The Amalfi Coast is a great place and we had always wanted to visit it.
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Amalfi coast by van
Mary G, Sep 2019
Amalfi Coast Experience Private Tour from Sorrento
He was professional, nice, very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English!
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Day trip of the Amalfi Coast
Tjatcheson, Aug 2019
Amalfi Coast Private Day Tour from Sorrento: Positano, Ravello and Amalfi
What a great one day trip to see the Amalfi Coast.
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A coastal paradise
Stephanie F, Jul 2019
Private Tour: Amalfi Coast to Capri Cruise
We took their recommendation to see "the heart of Amalfi" instead of Capri.
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Capri cruise
gills32019, Jul 2019
Capri Island Cruise. Full day group tour experience from Positano
Great cruise and a nice way to see the Amalfi Coast.
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