Exciting Amalfi Coast Holiday awaits you with picturesque villages, hidden bays and beaches, impressive cathedrals and numerous opportunities for extraordinary activities. In our article on Amalfi Coast holiday, we give you all the information about the most beautiful and popular sights, beaches and places along the dreamlike coastline.
Let’s discover best things to do, best towns to see on your Amalfi Coast holiday together, from Sorrento to Positano, from Amalfi to Salerno!
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The city of Sorrento is the grande dame of Amalfi Coast tourist resorts and has been the epitome of European Italian longing for centuries. Numerous writers and painters have immortalized the place in words and pictures. Sorrento is picturesquely situated on a cliff with a spectacular view of Mount Vesuvius. At the foot of the town lies a fishing village by the sea.
If you thought that the 10.4 square kilometer island of Capri off the coast near Naples is only something for the beautiful and the rich with a private jet and your own yacht, then you were wrong. Holiday guests from all over the world flock here all year round, because the mild climate makes it easy to explore and enjoy the island in any season. For centuries, artists, writers and intellectuals, but also powerful figures from contemporary history have been drawn to this small island dream come true, which is only five km’s away from the Italian mainland. Many are inspired and enchanted here. One of the reasons for this is the evergreen vegetation with beautiful citrus trees, vines, olive trees and the blooming, magnificent gardens that adorn the island.
Many holidaymakers in Italy only take a day trip to Capri, which is a shame, because the best way to experience the island is when the day tourists have turned their backs on it. Let yourself be enchanted by the unique charm of Capri on your Amalfi coast holiday!
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The most famous place on the Amalfi Coast is of course Positano. The former, quiet fishing village now attracts numerous travelers and influencers – not without reason! Because picturesque, colorful houses rise up in terraces on the high rock walls and give a unique picture. Despite the hustle and bustle and increased prices, the place is absolutely worth seeing and a must on your way along the coast.
For a full guide on things to do in Positano check our best of list!
After you have collected enough snapshots for your Instagram account or travel blog, a winding road leads you along the shore to Praiano . Although it is not far away, Praiano is an idyllic retreat and offers you a cheaper and quieter alternative to the lively Positano. Here, too, the houses are built step-like on a mountain slope along the Amalfi Coast.
Despite the few shops or typical tourist attractions, you should definitely stop here. Because of its location, the place offers a fabulous view of the open sea and Positano.
Is this place named after that it causes a lot of furore? It would fit, because it also attracts many bloggers and Instagramers. Especially the unique fjord of Furore , which is crossed by a 30 meter high bridge, offers an incredible backdrop and the steep limestone cliffs and the wonderful turquoise water give a magical picture.
The Amalfi Coast owes its name to this pretty, formerly Roman village. Reason enough to pay a visit to the place. You will also find a large harbor and impressive historical, religious sites. The most famous of these is the majestic Duomo di Sant’Andrea, which is located in the heart of the city. Further out you will find the Valle delle Ferriere, a beautiful valley , impressive waterfalls and wild rivers. So sightseeing and adventure are close together – the choice is yours!
Just around the corner, within walking distance through a tunnel, is a quieter place again: Atrani – a real insider tip ! Here the clocks tick even slower, there are more locals than tourists, which for a change makes for more relaxing city walks and brings you closer to real Italian village life. Stroll through the idyllic place and lose yourself in the labyrinth of winding streets and stairs. Even if there are only a few hotels here, you will find all the cafes, ice cream parlors and restaurants where you can enjoy the distinctive Italian cuisine.
You can even reach this picturesque place on foot from Atrani if you embark on long walks or hikes along fragrant lemon groves. Ravello used to be inhabited by many noble families and exudes an artistic charm that attracted noble tourists like the famous composer Richard Wagner as early as the 19th century. Particularly worth seeing are the imposing villas with their beautiful, spacious gardens, which are considered the most beautiful on the entire coast. From there you also have a breathtaking view of the seemingly endless sea thanks to the high location.
The city of Salerno is located at the eastern end of the Amalfi Coast and is actually a real city with over 130,000 inhabitants. The large harbor in front of Salerno played an important role in antiquity and is not only the starting point for numerous boat tours, but also for commercial and cruise ships.
There is a lot to discover in the place itself during your visit – from impressive churches and cathedrals to villas and museums. If you need a break after so much sightseeing, you can look for a shady spot in one of the pretty gardens and parks. But an evening stroll along the illuminated promenade can be quite romantic, depending on how much time you have.
BONUS – Pompeii
The glories of ancient Rome survived in Pompeii, of all places, because of the devastating volcanic eruption. Vesuv buried the city in AD 79 under a meter-high layer of ash and pumice and therefore miraculously preserved it. Today, the exposed ruins and impressive frescoes can be admired on the extensive archaeological site.