Amalfi Coast - Wednesday 004
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The Amalfi Coast lies in the southwestern region of Campania, Italy. For its extraordinary beauty and its iconic medieval cliff side Mediterranean fishing villages, it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


The Amalfi Coast is a stunning beauty with its steep sloped lemon tree gardens and coloured terrace houses and stunning views and azure sea. It is south east of Naples starting from Sorrento stretching almost to Salerno. Along the coast line you will find places like Amalfi, Ravello etc., each of them stunning beauties with their own flair. The Amalfi Coast is a well known secret to German and American tourists and prices are high compared to nearby Naples.


From west to east

On the beach

  • Positano

  • Praiano

  • Furore

  • Amalfi

  • Ravello

  • Maiori

  • Cetara

In the mountains

  • Agerola

  • Tramonti

Getting there

Most trips to Amalfi is done by boat, most people use Naples as a transit point, but you can also take ferries from Capri, Salerno and Paestrum during the summer months. If you get easily sea sick, or would just rather take the bus, there are regular services by Sita Coach to Amalfi (1h50) about 4 times per day.

Taking your car is discouraged because of the road size and lack of parking. During the summer there may be limitations on the road for tourist buses: e.g. sometimes the road along the coast is one way only for tourism buses from Sorrento to Salerno.

Traveling around

Sita buses go along the coast from Sorrento to Amalfi and from Amalfi to Salerno. Choose the region "Campania" from the website to find the timetables. Tickets cannot be purchased on board but are very easy to find in bars, newsagents, etc. Many people opt to rent the ubiquitous scooters, which is a indeed a good option, if you have previous experience, otherwise the heavy traffic and narrow roads makes this a bad place to learn.


The Amalfi coast is renowned for its diversity; every town has its own character and interesting sites. The most noticeable places to visit on the Amalfi coast are:

  • The Duomo (the cathedral) in Amalfi, and its cloister (Chiostro del Paradiso in Italian)

  • The church of Santa Maria Assunta in Positano

  • The churches of San Salvatore del Birecto and of Santa Maria Maddalena in Atrani

  • Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo in Ravello

  • The churches of San Luca and San Gennaro in Praiano and their viewpoints

  • The church of San Pancrazio in Conca dei Marini and its viewpoint

  • The church of Santa Trofimena and the ancient Roman villa in Minori

  • The Fjiord of Furore with the Mulino Cartiera (Paper Mill) and the "Monazzeni" of Anna Magnani & Roberto Rossellini Furore

Things to do

  • Hiking trips along the mountain paths (see Positano)

  • Visit nearby Herculaneum and Pompeii.

  • Climb Mount Vesuvius

  • Visit Paestum

  • Visit Naples

  • Visit Capri

  • Visit Ischia, an island outside Naples.

  • Visit Praja a Mare

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