5 Unmissable Places to Visit – Amalfi Coast


Italy’s Amalfi Coast crams many beautiful sights into its 50 kilometers, with pastel coloured houses nestled against steep rock faces. This UNESCO World Heritage site in the Campania region is considered to be an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, and I’ve rounded up 5 unmissable places to visit here.

AMALFI
Amalfi gives its name to the whole coast and is a picturesque little town with a lively harbour. The city dates back to Roman times and there’s a legend that Hercules loved a nymph called Amalfi, who died and to immortalize her, he gave the place her name. There are some excellent seafood restaurants directly overlooking the sea. Monastero Santa Rosa is the perfect base from which to explore the area, it’s a former convent that has retained all its charm yet incorporated modern touches like an infinity pool overlooking the sea.

Amalfi harbour Italy
Make time to visit the imposing cathedral, the Duomo di Sant’Andrea Apostolo. It dates from the 9th century and has an unusual Arab-Norman Romanesque style, with striped marble, stone and open arches with a lace-like detailing. Parking is difficult in the centre so be prepared to walk ten minutes from the car park by the harbour or take a boat trip there instead.

Amalfi Cathedral ItalyPOSITANO
This village came to fame in the 1950s after the novelist John Steinbeck sang its praises, saying “It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” Today, it’s a thriving place with many boutique shops and art galleries. The church of Santa Maria Assunta has a rare thirteenth-century Byzantine icon of a black Madonna and an attractive tiled dome.

Amalfi Coast places to visitThe lemon sorbet at Covo dei Saraceni is a must try, just be prepared to queue at peak times.

Covo dei Saraceni Positano lemon sorbetThere are wonderful views over the bay from Via Cristoforo Colombo, close to renowned Le Sirenuse hotel.

Positano view luxury blogRAVELLO
Perched high on a hillside, Ravello is a quaint, compact town boasting cobbled streets and an impressive bell tower with Byzantine and Moorish influences.

Ravello church tower ItalyIt’s a vibrant cultural centre despite its size, with regular classical music events and a contemporary concert hall designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the famous Brazilian architect. Many celebrities such as Greta Garbo, Richard Wagner, Virginia Woolf and Winston Churchill have explored its winding streets.

what to see Ravello village
The major draw here though is the incredible view over the Mediterranean from Villa Cimbrone‘s Terrace of Infinity and Villa Rufolo. Both of these are gardens open to the public and well worth a look around. Belmond Caruso is a good choice of hotel, housed in an 11th century palace and with a lovely infinity pool where a famous rock star was relaxing when we visited.

visit Ravello Villa CimbroneSORRENTO
Further up the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento enjoys a wonderful location atop a cliff and also has fantastic views over the bay of Naples. Wander around the narrow alleyways in the historic centre bordering Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with peaceful cloisters.

Ferry_and_yacht_port_of_Sorrento_-_Campania_-_Italy_ by Norbert Nagel Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons

Sorrento by Norbert Nagel licensed under Creative Commons

There’s a lovely square lined with cafés, Piazza Tasso, where you can while away the time people spotting.

what to eat Amalfi Coast
VIETRI SUL MARE
If you fancy a break from the crowds and you’re interested in ceramics then Vietri sul Mare, or Vietri on Sea, is an interesting place to visit. On a quieter stretch of the Amalfi Coast towards Salerno, it’s the birthplace of chef Antonio Carluccio and an internationally renowned centre for ceramic handicrafts.

what to buy VietriDating back to the fifteenth century, these colourful ceramics adorn many of the town’s buildings and make excellent souvenirs. Stay in a historic seafront private villa or its medieval watchtower, available through Carpe Diem, a member of UltraVilla.com, the little black book of the most luxurious holiday residences from around the world.

Vietri church ItalyThere are many workshops selling pottery and tiles and the area is a good starting point for the scenic hiking trails nearby.


Vietri ceramics ItalyHave you been to the Amalfi Coast? Are there any other places that you would recommend to visitors?

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    I’m definitely book marking this, I’m desperate to visit the Amalfi coast at some point!

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

    • I hope that you get to do so Angie, am sure you will love it

  • Back In Town

    Ah this is one of our all time favourite places in the world! Great article and stunning pics.

    • I can see why you love it so much, I’d really like to return and to visit Capri which we didn’t get time for

  • Catherine Lux

    Another brilliant guide Suze! It looks absolutely gorgeous, and your photos are beautiful! I love how colourful everything is!

    C x | Lux Life

    • Oh thank you Catherine, we certainly enjoyed ourselves and it was all so colourful – the houses, the food, the ceramics…

  • My goodness this is gorgeous! While I’ve done other areas of Italy (Rome, Florence, and Venice), I haven’t touched the Amalfi Coast yet, and clearly I need to!

    • There’s something very special about the Amalfi Coast, you just need to get used to the tiny roads!

  • I’ve never been to the Amalfi coast but I would love to. It’s my epitome of laid-back summertime glamour! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • It certainly is, there’s a real 50s style glamour to the place!

  • truly a must see! not only are those places oh so beautiful but they sure are romantic too <3

    Jessica
    | notjessfashion.com

    • You’re right Jessica, the whole area has such a romantic atmosphere, I can see why it is popular with honeymooners!

  • Serene Kurd

    Thank you for your suggestions Suze, Ravello and Sorrento look spectacular!

    Serene | I Am Serene L

    • Ravello is really pretty and the gardens there are both worth a visit

  • Danielle

    These photos capture the beauty of these 5 places perfectly! The wonderful views, vibrant colors, delicious food – I love Italy’s Amalfi Coast! Thanks for this guide! Have a nice day!

    Danielle
    http://www.spring2spring.com

    • There’s so much to love about the Amalfi Coast isn’t there Danielle!

  • Wow these photos look amazing!
    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • Ernst Stavro Blofeld

    If you have strong legs — or a team of porters to carry you in a rickshaw — make the 1700+ step hike up the mountainside from Positano to Nocelle, a charming little mountain village. The views are breathtaking and a fresh-squeezed lemonade awaits in the little churchyard (in summer). Enjoy!

    • That’s a brilliant tip, we thought of walking to Maiori from Ravello and back which is also a long hike, but thought better of it 😉

  • Paola

    Wonderful pics, my favourite place is Positano!!!!
    Kisses, Paola.

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    • I was charmed by it too, loved the beach and did a bit of shopping there

  • Elena Dal Maso

    Amalfi coast is one of the beautiful locations in the world 🙂
    Great post!

    xoxo
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  • Beautiful place, I’ve never been there, but now definitely is on my wish list. Thanks for sharing those beautiful places!

    xx

    cvetybaby.com

    • You’re very welcome Cvetina, hope your week is going well

  • What a spectacular view, unfortunately I’ve never been there. Looks like I am missing a lot!

    http://www.elabellaworld.com

    • I hope that you get to visit soon Ela, there’s so much to see

  • Beauty Follower

    The place and food look awesome!

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  • stylentonic Constantinos

    My dream place!!!

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  • Looks like you found some incredible gems on your trip, Suze! The Amalfi Coast has always attracted me but as yet I’ve not been able to go. LOVE the idea of the lemon sorbet served in a lemon!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

    • There were so many people trying that lemon sorbet, it’s obviously the in thing to do!

  • This is like a fairy tale it’s all so pretty. I love how NOTHING is grey

  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    Italy is on my list of places I must visit again. You made me want to go back more, gorgeous photos

    • I’ve been lucky to get there twice this year but there’s so many more places I want to visit, like Venice and Bologna – hope you do get to go soon

  • Positano is so cute (if you don’t mind walking all those steps!). It was our favorite of the Amalfi Coast towns when we visited by cruise ship several years ago. Sorrento is larger, more like a small city (but it’s level/flat, so easier to walk). It would be nice stay put for a few days in Positano, to soak up the atmosphere – we remember stopping for chocolate cake and cappuccino, chased with limoncello!

    • I think Positano was my favourite too – the chocolate cake with a limoncello sounds lovely!

  • clare

    Looks so pretty there, your photos are making me want to go there so much.

    http://blushinginlife.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thanks Clare, looking forward to reading your Art in London post

  • Love the view! I’ve been there once and I wish I can go back! Love the blog and let’s connect!

    http://www.petiteandpretty.com

    • Yes I’d love to return and to visit more of the coast, especially Capri and Ischia – looking forward to reading more of your blog

  • I’ve wanted to go to the Amalfi Coast foreverrrrrr- so gorgeous!

    -Ashley

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • I hope that you get the chance to visit soon Ashley, it’s so stunning

  • Corinne C

    I’ve never been here but it looks stunning! I love coastlines that are built up across hills like that!

    Corinne x
    http://www.skinnedcartree.com

    • It’s amazing how they managed to build all those houses on the cliffs

  • Ah, I love the Amalfi Coast. It’s so wonderfully colourful and vibrant and super chilled out. Of course, the food is absolutely on point, too!

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

    • I did love the laid back atmosphere and the colourful houses too

  • What a great post Suze, especially when the weather is far from sunny out of UK windows right now! Positano is undoubtedly one of my favourite places in the world to be, it is such a beautiful and calm area – I haven’t visited for a couple of years now and I’m having withdrawal symptoms!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • It feels like just yesterday that I was sunning myself there but as you say it’s quite a contrast to the UK at the moment!

  • This City Life | Charley

    Oooooh, all these places look absolutely beautiful! Right, that’s sorted – next holiday is an Almafi Coast road trip!

    • Make sure to get a small car Charley, we were really glad that we did – those roads are narrow!

      • This City Life | Charley

        I wouldn’t have thought about that – thanks for the tip!

  • what a fun post! these pictures are incredible! looks gorgeous!

    kelseybang.com

    • That’s very kind Kelsey, the Amalfi Coast is so gorgeous – have a great weekend!

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  • My favorite town is Positano on the Amalfi Coast. It’s such a beautiful drive, but the roads are a little curvy.

    • Those roads were so curvy, weren’t they! We took the boat from Amalfi to Positano as we’d been warned that it was quite hard to park there

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  • Lucy

    I love Italy and the Amalfi coast has been on the wish list for a while, this definitely makes me want to go. The scenery is breathtaking Lucy x

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  • Marissa Tejada

    Looks beautiful. Amalfi Coast is high on my Italy wish list. Soon I hope.

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