Amalfi Coast Travel Guide: Unparalleled Coastal Views

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“One of the most renowned tourist destinations in the country, the mountainous Amalfi Coast offers unparalleled, unique views, superb beaches, and crystalline blue waters.”

Driving along the SS163, otherwise known as the Amalfi Drive, is one of the world’s most famous road trips. The views along the Amalfi Coast are unparalleled, regardless of whether or not it’s you behind the wheel or somebody else. When travelling along the Amalfi Coast, there are many towns bursting with top attractions that you must stop to visit over the course of your trip.

From the main town of Amalfi, to Positano, Atrani, and the magical Furore Beach, here are the must-see spots along the Amalfi Coast.

Article Published: November 1, 2021
Last Update: November 4, 2021

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Best Times To Visit

To make the most of an Amalfi Coast vacation May to September are the best months to visit. July and August are the best months for being out on the water or lounging on the beach with beautiful daytime highs in the low 80's and mostly sunny weather. If you are into hiking and a more active vacation then May and June are more likely the best months to visit when temperatures are in the 65 to 75 range and the weather is still dryer than the winter or early spring months.

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Things To See & Do On the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi, Italy

Amalfi Italy

Situated on the Gulf of Salerno, at the mouth of a deep ravine, the coastal town of Amalfi is surrounded by dramatic cliffs, the Monte Cerreto, and breathtaking sea views. As the main town along the Amalfi Coast, there is no shortage of things to see and do in Amalfi.

Amalfi, Italy in Pictures

Check out some great shots of the Amalfi, Italy and the surrounding area

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Beach in Amalfi, Italy
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Amalfi, Italy
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Street View of Amalfi, Italy
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Grilled Fish & Seafood Assortment, Amalfi
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Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea, Amalfi
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Entrance to Grotto dello Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto), Amalfi
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Museo della Carta, Amalfi

Things to See & Do in Amalfi, Italy

1. Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea

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The cathedral in Amalfi is a striking statement of the town’s history as a maritime superpower in the 11th century. Dating back to the early 13th century, the cathedral was originally built to serve as home to the relics of St Andrew the Apostle, which arrived in Amalfi from Constantinople in 1208. Between 10am and 5pm, the cathedral is accessible through the Chiostro del Paradiso as part of a four-section museum.

2. Grotta dello Smeraldo

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Get the bus or boat from Amalfi to the Grotta dello Smeraldo, located four kilometers west of the city. Named after its iconic emerald glow, the Emerald Grotto is the unlikely home of an underwater nativity scene, or ‘presepe’. These ceramics were submerged 4m below the water in 1956, and have been a sight of traditional pilgrimage for Italian divers ever since.

3. Museo della Carta

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Housed in a 13th-century paper mill, the oldest paper mill in Europe, the Museo della Carta lovingly and faithfully celebrates the cotton-based paper production and subsequent wood-pulp-based paper production in Amalfi. The museum has beautifully preserved original paper presses that are still in working order to this day. Remember to pick up a quaint item of stationary in the gift shop on your way out to mark the experience.

4. Amalfi Cuisine

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The Amalfi Coast is renowned for its fresh seafood and fish, caught daily and prepared fresh to order. This seafood can be particularly enjoyed in a variety of pasta dishes such as spaghetti con alici e finocchietto selvatico and spaghetti alle vongole. The area is also known for its creamy, luscious mozzarella di bufala, especially in a light insalata caprese. Wash it all down with a local limoncello, which has used the same recipe for centuries.

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Positano, Italy

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Positano positively bursts with color - from its deep blue waters, rolling green hills, craggy cliffs, and pastel village facades. It truly is the most quintessential Italian village that you will find along the Amalfi Coast, with a wide variety of activities and sights for you to explore.

Positano in Pictures

Check out some great shots of Positano, Italy on the Amalfi Coast

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Positano, Amalfi Coast
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Positano, Amalfi Coast
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Positano Beach, Amalfi Coast
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Positano Nightlife, Amalfi Coast
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Positano Streets, Amalfi Coast
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Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Positano Italy
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Positano Stairs, Amalfi Coast
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Positano Coastal View, Positano Italy
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Positano Streets, Positano Italy
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Positano Streets, Positano Italy

Things to See & Do In Positano

1. Walk the Path of the Gods

Il Sentiero degli Dei

The Il Sentiero degli Dei, or ‘path of the gods’, is an old, ancient mule route from Bomerano to Nocelle. Today, it is a fantastic coastal hiking trail, with a diverse terrain that ranges from agricultural hills, to daunting clifftops, to caves that are begging to be explored. As you walk along this 4 mile (6.5 kilometer) trail, it will be clear to see how the spectacular views conjured up mystical images of sirens, gods, and ancient myths.

2. Sunbathe and swim at Positano Spiaggia Grande

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Nestled at the foot of Positano village is the grand, parasol-packed beach of Spiaggia Grande. Visitors can either rent a parasol and sun bed from the nearby bath house, or you can lay down your towel for free on the central section of the beach. Break up your day of sunbathing and swimming by indulging in the fresh taste of the local cuisine at one of the many beachfront restaurants that line the edge of the Spiaggia Grande.

3. Church of Santa Maria Assunta

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When you are visiting Positano, no matter where you are, you will be able to catch a glimpse of a colorful mosaic dome atop the skyline. This dome belongs to Positano’s iconic church, originally a 10th-century Benedictine Abbey, before being rededicated as the Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption. The Virgin Mary became the patron saint of the church after a Byzantine icon was brought to the village in the 12th century- an icon that can still be seen above the altar today.

4. Party on the beachfront

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If hiking and checking out the architecture isn’t quite your cup of tea, then why not check out the local nightlife in Positano? In fact, the coastline of Positano has a completely different vibe after the sun has set, with many fantastic clubs to experience. In particular, you must pay a visit to the beach-front nightclub carved into the rocks of the eastern Spiaggia Grande, partying in a cave at the Music in the Rocks club.

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Atrani, Italy

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Nestled between rocky high cliffs of the Dragon Valley and the serene waters of the Amalfi coast, the coastal village of Atrani is compact, charming, and boasts some truly unique views. Often overlooked for the nearby popular resort town of Amalfi, the quaint village of Atrani is a tranquil and unspoiled stretch of the Amalfi coast that you simply must experience.

Atrani in Pictures

Atrani holds strong to its roots and is less touristy than other cities along the Amalfi Coast

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Atrani, Italy
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Atrani, Italy

Things to See & Do in Atrani

1. Church of San Salvatore de Birecto

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The Church of San Salvatore de Birecto is where the coronation of the most important government officials once took place. Though it was remodelled over the years into the neoclassical style of architecture, the church was actually founded in 940. This can be seen particularly in the 11th-century marble pluteus, Byzantine-style reliefs and Lombard-style figures. The most notable historical feature of all is the bronze door to the church, which was made in 1087 in Constantinople by a prominent nobleman named Pantaleone Viaretta.

2. Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Maddalena

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This church was built to commemorate Saint Mary Magdalene in the 13th century, after the inhabitants of Atrani were spared from the bloodshed of the Saracen pirates. Nestled into the slopes of the mountain behind the city, this church consists of only one singular room, with a barrel vault set atop, and two Baroque windows.

When you visit the church, make sure to check out a painting of Doubting Thomas by Andrea from Salerno (1484-1530), one of the most highly-regarded Renaissance painters in southern Italy. And if neither art or architecture take your fancy? It is still worth the trip just for the breathtaking views of the coast.

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Furore Beach, Amalfi Coast

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The inlet of the Furore Fjord lays on the rocky stretch of the Amalfi Coast, where the cliff edge plummets sheer to the sea. The village of Furore and the Fjord beach are one of Italy’s best kept secrets, the blurred profile of any man-made buildings disappearing into the surrounding nature. This famous location for Italian cinema, and tourist attraction loved by the masses, the Furore Fjord and beach is one of the most unique places on the Amalfi Coast.

Furore Beach in Pictures

Check out these shots of this beautiful inlet beach

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Furore Beach, Amalfi Coast
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Furore Beach, Amalfi Coast
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Tunnel on Road over Furore Beach, Amalfi Coast
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Cliff Jumping at Furore Beach, Amalfi Coast
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Furore Beach, Amalfi Coast
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Furore Beach, Amalfi Coast
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Furore Beach, Amalfi Coast
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Map Furore Beach, Amalfi Coast

Everything you need to know about the Furore Fjord and Beach

1. Where is the Furore Fjord?

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The Furore Fjord is situated on the stretch of the Amalfi Coast that follows the SS163 state road, between Praiano and Conca dei Marini. You can find the Grotta dello Smeraldo only a few kilometers away, Positano ten kilometers away, and it is 25 kilometers to Sorrento.

The Furore Fjord has a tiny pebble beach that is nestled at the foot of the cliffs. To get to the beach, climb down the 200 step staircase that begins at the coastal highway at the top of the cliff.

2. Visiting options

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For those who would like to relax and sunbathe on Italy’s best kept secret beach, it is highly recommended that you get down there first thing in the morning. This is because the cliffs block out the sun in the early afternoon, leaving the beach shaded.

Parking is almost non-existent in the area, except for diners at one of the nearby restaurants. Therefore, we recommend getting the bus if possible. There is a bus stop on the bridge over the Fjord that is part of the Amalfi to Sorrento bus route that is very accessible and uncomplicated.

Visiting the Furore Fjord beach is free, though this means it can sometimes get quite crowded on sunnier days. However, you can benefit from a stand that rents sun loungers and umbrellas to visitors so you don’t have to worry about carrying a lot of things down the steps to the beach.

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