The Amalfi coast is beautiful in all aspects. If there is anywhere comparable to the biblical paradise, Amalfi coast should qualify as one. It is blessed with an outstanding natural environment that is comprised of steep mountain slopes, waters of diverse colors, terraced cliffs, lemon grooves and amazing skyline with well-painted village buildings. If you find your way to this amazing coast, here are 12 places you should consider visiting before leaving.
An Amalfi coast village, Positano is surrounded by colored houses presenting an excellent view of the area. Flanked by a sandy beach, seaside bars, the nightlife is a strong attraction in the area. Finding yourself at the topmost heights of the village will take you some climbing steps to the zenith for a clearer view of the coastal village.
Capri is a lovely island some distance away from Amalfi Coast. Known for its whitewashed houses, cascading bougainvillea and turquoise waters, Capri has built a strong reputation as an island with a long history coming from the year 8 BC when inhabited by the Greeks.
Sorrento, the birthplace of Limoncello, serves as Amalfi Coast’s entry or exit point depending on which direction you’re coming from. Sorento is blessed with blue ocean, sea fishing, amazing food, and diving.
Li Galli Islands
Made up of three small islands of Castelluccio, Gallo Lungo and Rotonda, Li Galli Islands is only a distance away from Positano. Believed to be the home to many sirens, the names of the islands come from their shapes, a cockerel pattern.
Ravello is the pride of the Amalfi Coast, popular for the gathering of the famous and rich in the society. Visitors to this place find it an excellent choice for amazing views of gardens of Villa Cimbrone, Terrace of Infinity and the lovely atmosphere of Piazza del Vescovado. During summer, this UNESCO World Heritage site hosts the annual Ravello Music Festival.
Amalfi is a lovely coastal town in Almafi Coast. Starting off as an important trading center, it has transformed into a beautiful haven for relaxation and pleasure. Having a nice time on the beach can’t be more interesting here with Marina Grande beach or cove Santa Croce as an alternative for some relaxation to soak in the sunshine. Here also is the historic 11th-century Cathedral of Sant’ Andrea and the Chiostro del Paradiso.
This is nature’s wonder and a beauty to watch in Amalfi Coast. The photogenic beach is formed as a result of a deep gorge which cuts inland to the valley right from the sea. The Furore Fjord has remained a strong attraction for tourists on the coast. From the Amalfi coast road, you’ll find a bridge that spans across its two edges. In the early days of June, a diving competition is held where athletes across the globe dive from as high as 100 feet into the water down below.
A historic town famous for its numerous characters, this beautiful town has never stopped to attract filmmakers including Rossellini for the background of their films. Maiori is adorned with amazing ancient towers, churches and old castles. The longest beach in Amalfi Coast resides here. Seafood is also available with sites for shopping especially at Corso Reginna, the main street with stores and boutiques.
Vietri Sul Mare
Looking much like a museum, this beautiful town is an attractive location in Amalfi Coast. Lined with many magnificent ceramics all around, attractive colored houses, beautiful majolica domed church and a vibrant seashore, nothing more describes the beauty of this small town in Italy.
City of flavor as fondly called, Minori was once famous for its pasta-making factories. It is today a delightful place as a renowned UNESCO site. The beautiful Amalfi Coast site is known for its characteristic old buildings and narrow alleys. The 1st Century Roman Villa (the Convent of Nicola XI) is one of such notable buildings around.
Initially popular for silk production and as a summer residence of the Amalfi Dukes, Praiano is now a striking lovely town a center for art collections. Taking a view of the area is a swift possibility from the La Gavitella beach and a peaceful time can be accessed at the Church of Parrocchia Di San Gennaro.
Just So You Know:
- It took 750 years to build the road to the Amalfi Coast towns.
- If you visit Ravello, make sure to visit Castiglione (Lido di Ravello) – it’s a small beach below Ravello, bounded by sheer cliffs on one end and the Church of Santa Maria Maddalena on the other end.
- There is a beautiful ancient monastery-turned-hotel, called the Capuchin Convent, perched upon one of the cliffs of Amalfi. Legend has it that the Capuchin monks that lived there were the first to add warm milk to their coffee, creating what we know today as a Cappuccino.