Must See Places on the Amalfi Coast
The first real jaw drop occurs when you hit the road, but there are plenty of other must see places on the Amalfi coast.
The 50 km drive from Salerno to Sorrento on the Amalfi coast in Campania is one of the most beautiful in Italy. With sparkling emerald seas, fragrant lemon groves, sandy coves, scary hairpin bends and pretty villas and towns defying the laws of gravity as they cling to vertical cliffs. These views will leave anyone happy and contented, so just get on a bus and enjoy it. The scenery is simply unforgettable.
How to Get There?
You can also enjoy the views from a boat that goes from Salerno to Amalfi, Positano and Capri. Or walk all the way off the beaten track along ancient pathways that connect deep valleys, mountain convents and authentic villages. There is a reason 10 km of this route starting near Praiano is known as Sentiero degli Dei, the Path of the Gods.
Small and Tiny Towns
The towns along the coast are all incredibly pretty but also very, very small and very, very touristy. Still, it is nice to visit the ceramic workshops in Vietri and walk through the alleys with the characteristic tiles.
Maiori and Minori have splendid villas, the fortified castle of S. Nicola de Thoro-Plano as well as beaches and caves such as Grotta Sulfurea and Grotta di Pandora.
Amalfi and Ravello need no further introduction, as these charming towns have been popular tourist destinations for centuries. Apart from the flag throwers and open air concerts, the churches with the convents and relics and the spectacular gardens around Villa Cimbrone qualify as a must see.
In Conca Dei Marini there is an emerald cave called Grotta dello Smeraldo where you can go swimming and admire the most amazing colours.
The Geographic Hub
And then there is Positano with all the glitz and glamour of the international jetset. Positano is probably the most photogenic town on the Amalfi coast – which says a lot – and it also has more beaches and shops than its neighbours. In addition Positano serves as a local traffic hub with regular boat services to Salerno, to the three small Li Galli islands and to beaches like Grotta delle Matera and Marina di Crapolla.
You can also take a shuttle bus to Spiaggia di Laurito which is little more than a rocky cove but generally uncrowded. Or explore the whitewashed towns Montepertuso and Nocelle further up the mountain.
The sights along the Amalfi coast may not be outstanding in their own right, but they all serve to illuminate and highlight spectacular scenery that has turned this peninsula into a tourist magnet.