The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's most scenic stretches of coastline and one of the top places to visit in southern Italy. A string of picturesque towns perched on cliffs runs along the coast, and on the other side of the peninsula is the charming town of Sorrento.
Amalfi Coast Tourist Map Showing Towns
Because there's so much to see and do on the Amalfi Coast and there are many good places to stay, the towns on the peninsula make a great base for spending at least a few days or even a week or longer. You can use Sorrento, for example, as a base for exploring the rest of the coast and for day trips to the islands of Capri and Ischia.
For transportation, see our guide to how to get from Rome or Naples to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.
Positano made the transition from sleepy fishing villages into one of Italy's most popular resort towns. Built into the steep seaside slope, it offers amazing views, especially if you walk or take the bus to the top.
Amalfi was the first Sea Republic of Italy later joined by Pisa, Venice and Genova. Amalfi is now a peaceful resort town with great views. Students of history may want to be based here; Amalfi was an important port in southern Italy through the 12th century and its prominence is reflected in its architecture.
Although it's not as glitzy as Positano, Ravello's position in the hills above the town of Amalfi and the sea makes it a great place for views.The Ravello Concert Society holds performances from April through October, most of them at Villa Rufolo.
An ancient fishing village turned into a prestigious seaside resort, Praiano is more spread out than the other villages, stretching along the sea. Be sure to visit the church dedicated to Saint Luke, the Chiesa di San Luca Evangelista, containing actual historic relics of the saint.
This charming town with its olive and lemon groves and quaint old-time feel is well connected to all the attractions of the Amalfi Coast, the city of Naples and the archaeological sites of Campania, making it a good place to make a base for your Amalfi Coast vacation.
Public gardens along the cliff tops offer great views of the sea and Vesuvius in the distance.
Shopping on the Amalfi Coast
Buy anything lemon. This, of course, means limoncello, the lemon liqueur that's often offered after lunch or dinner, made from lemons of Sorrento and other parts of the peninsula. Sorrento is a good place to buy limoncello, jewelry, and inlaid wood.
Ceramics are also very popular purchases around the Amalfi coast, especially in the town of Amalfi.
Beyond the Amalfi Coast: Tourist Attractions to Visit
Several interesting destinations can easily be visited from the Amalfi Coast. Off the coast are the romantic island of Capri and the island of Ischia, known for its thermal spas. Several top archaeological sites are easily reached from the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento, and you can visit Mount Vesuvius or the city of Naples. Of course, the Amalfi Coast can also be visited as a day trip from Naples.
Pompeii, probably the best known archaeological site in Italy, can be visited as a day trip. The smaller archaeological site of Herculaneum, or Ercolano, can also be reached by train from Sorrento, getting off at Ercolano Scavi and walking to the site.
Famous for its Blue Grotto, the small and charming island of Capri has two main towns, Capri and Anacapri. You can get each around on foot and take a bus between them. There are frequent boats from Sorrento and Naples. From Positano or Sorrento, you can book a small group tour with boat transportation through Select Italy.
Famous for its bubbling hot springs, the island of Ischia is considered the laid-back counterpart to more stylish and exclusive Capri. There are several places where you can soak in thermal waters for free, or you can pay a day use fee to access one of the island's many spa complexes. There are also many hotels with thermal spas, ranging from modest to high-end facilities.