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Welcome to Amalfi Coast

Some of Italy's most spectacular scenery can be found along the Amalfi Coast, where colorful towns replete with forests and dramatic cliffs have been drawing visitors since the Roman Empire. And there are the ancient ruins to prove it; visit one of Italy’s most famous archaeological sites—Pompeii, buried in the first century by Mt. Vesuvius—from either Sorrento or nearby Naples. Driving between villages is another popular way to explore this winding coastline, so consider day tours that include transportation—a perk for those unfamiliar with the "Road of 1,000 Bends"—for a hassle-free visit. In Positano, candy-colored buildings tumble down the hills for those iconic photo ops, while Ravello’s hilltops offer unparalleled views. Meanwhile, the one-time mighty maritime republic of Amalfi packs a historical punch. For those looking to enjoy some time on the open ocean off the Amalfi Coast, hop on a cruise to Capri and visit its famed Blue Grotto; alternatively, if history’s more your thing, take a tour of Paestum and admire the Greek temple ruins.

Top 10 attractions in Amalfi Coast

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Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio)

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Looming above the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio) erupted in AD 79 and covered Pompeii in ash, preserving parts of the ancient city that can still be seen today. The volcano itself is still active—the only active one in continental Europe—and, though dormant, is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. Despite this, many visitors hike the mountain to see its infamous crater and are rewarded with stunning views of Pompeii, the Bay of Naples, and the surrounding Italian countryside.More
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Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

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The Amalfi Coast is one of Europe’s most famous coastlines, renowned for its scenic cliffside highway, postcard-perfect seaside villages, balmy Mediterranean climate, and chic “dolce vita” vibe. There are 13 towns in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, but Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello are by far the most popular. Though there are a few historic and cultural sights to visit, the main draws of the Amalfi Coast are its traditional cuisine, elegant shopping, and fashionable resort atmosphere.More
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Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo)

Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo)

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Tucked beneath the famous highway that skirts Italy's Amalfi Coast, the Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo) is one of the most popular attractions on this iconic stretch of coastline. Discovered in 1932 by a local fisherman, this marine cave is known for the turquoise water that fills the cavern with an emerald-green light when the sun’s rays filter up through a fissure beneath its surface. It’s covered with limestone stalagmites and stalactites more commonly associated with inland karstic caves and is popular among travelers to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.More
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Ravello

Ravello

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Tiny Ravello, an idyllic village along the Amalfi Coast, has a long history and vibrant cultural life. Founded by Romans in the sixth century, this picturesque clifftop town is today a haven for travelers drawn to its views, villas, and gardens. Home to Villa Rufolo, which has hosted luminaries from Richard Wagner to Jacqueline Kennedy, and Villa Cimbrone, known for its panoramic views, Ravello is an elegant respite from the crowds along the coast.More
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Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna)

Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna)

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One of the most remote and beautiful beaches on Italy's Sorrento coast, the Baths of the Queen Giovanna (Bagni della Regina Giovanna) is set along the rocky cliffs of Capo di Sorrento near a dramatic natural stone arch and the ancient ruins of a Roman villa. This stretch of coastline and its natural pool are accessible only by foot or private boat.More
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Li Galli (Sirenuse)

Li Galli (Sirenuse)

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According to folklore, sirens once inhabited this small group of islands known as Li Galli or Le Sirenuse. But today, it’s intrepid travelers who find their way through the placid waters and scenic coastal landscapes to the three major land masses of this archipelago: La Castelluccia, Gallo Lungo and La Rotonda.Gallo Lungo is one of Li Galli’s most popular destinations, thanks to historical roots as a home to a monastery, and later a prison. In the mid-1990s, it became privately owned by Giovanni Russo and today, offers deluxe accommodations to travelers able to afford the steep price tag. Luckily the quiet waters that surround this iconic island are open to the public, which means even visitors who will never set foot on the shores are able to at least catch a glimpse of Gallo Lungo during a swim.More
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Spaggia Grande Beach

Spaggia Grande Beach

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There is no better stretch of beach in Positano to take a dip or work on your tan than Spiaggia Grande, next to the Marina Grande port. At this well-provisioned beach you can rent a sun lounger and umbrella, stroll the beach walk, grab a meal at a beachfront restaurant, or hop on a ferry to other coastal destinations or the islands.More
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Villa Cimbrone Gardens

Villa Cimbrone Gardens

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Perched high above the Amalfi Coast is the town of Ravello, home to the gorgeous Villa Cimbrone surrounded by lovely gardens that are open to the public.Villa Cimbrone dates from the 11th century, and today is a hotel and restaurant. The gardens around the villa – once a private home – are now open to visitors, even if you're not staying at the hotel itself. The gardens owe their formal English style to the villa's 20th-century owner, an Englishman whose family owned the property until the 1960s.The gardens feature long walkways lined by trees, flowering plants, and statues. There are statues and other works of art seemingly hidden in different parts of the property, many of which are away from the main paths. The highlight of the property, however, is known as the “Infinity Terrace” at the end of the main path. This incredible viewpoint overlooks the sea and the towns below, jutting out from ground level so that it appears to be floating.More
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Amalfi Cathedral (Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea)

Amalfi Cathedral (Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea)

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By far Amalfi’s most famous sight, the 9th-century Amalfi Cathedral (Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea) has a theatrical staircase that leads up from the town’s main square to the church’s facade above. Climb to the top to see the cathedral’s striking mix of architectural styles and a sweeping view over the town.More
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Church of Santa Maria Assunta (Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta)

Church of Santa Maria Assunta (Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta)

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Positano’s photogenic cascade of pastel-hued houses is striking, but one of the most remarkable details is the colorful tiled dome of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta (Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta). Lovely from the outside, the church is also an architectural delight within, and home to a 12th-century Byzantine-style icon of a Black Madonna and Child.More

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Private Tour: Amalfi Coast to Capri Cruise

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Recent reviews from experiences in Amalfi Coast

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Great boat tour!
Maria_M, Oct 2021
Amalfi Coast Small group Tour by Boat from Sorrento
The boat tour was a perfect way to see the Amalfi Coast!
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Great overall tour!
Natalia_F, Oct 2021
Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
With only 1 day to see the Amalfi Coast, we felt this tour gave us a glimpse into each beautiful seaside town.
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Don't Miss this Trip
Daniel_M, Oct 2021
Amalfi Coast Tour From Sorrento
Plenty of time to see all the Amalfi coast towns and views.
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Best way to see the Amalfi Coast
Michele_W, Sep 2021
Amalfi Boat Tour With Positano Visit Fd - From Sorrento
This is the only way to see the true beauty of the Amalfi coastline and visit the towns of Positano and Amalfi without having to worry about driving and parking.
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Fantastic experience
Mandy_W, Sep 2021
Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
Great way to see the amalfi coast
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Good but ..
Ines_P, Sep 2021
Amalfi Coast day trip by Exclusive boat from Positano or Praiano
The trip was great But we book a Spanish tour and it was a English tour..
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Fantastic day with a...
Peter_H, Sep 2021
Private Tour: Amalfi Coast Day Cruise from Sorrento
The perfect way to see and enjoy the Amalfi Coast.
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Best way to experience the Amalfi Coast
Jennifer_R, Sep 2021
Positano and Amalfi Boat tour from Sorrento
Really enjoyed this trip - such a brilliant way to see both Amalfi and Positano.
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Great experience!
Laura_C, Sep 2021
Amalfi Coast Boat and Snorkeling Tour in Small Group | Half-day
An experience unforgottable to see Amalfi coast from the sea.
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the best day of our vacation
Andrea_G, Aug 2021
Full-Day Private Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Tour from Positano
We had the opportunity to visit the entire costiera amalfitana in 7/8 Hours, Understanding its story as well as visiting wonderful hidden gems.
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Highlight of our holiday in Italy
Monica_D, Dec 2021
Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Private Day Trip
I cannot recommend this tour enough-it’s the perfect way to see the beautiful towns of Amalfi.
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Wonderful Transfer Company!
Arielle_F, Dec 2021
Transfer from Positano to Naples
We were happy to see him again!
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Great day and service
William_C, Oct 2021
Amalfi Coast Small group Tour by Boat from Sorrento
We got to see the amalfi coast and swim in the sea.
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Your Italy visit is incomplete without joining this Amalfi Coast trip! A must see to this spectacular Amalfi Coast!
NenetteV_T, Oct 2021
Amalfi Coast Tour From Sorrento
The time spent in the areas we stopped at gave us adequate time to walk around, taking pictures, coffee break & little shopping and we are able to see the locals activities.
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A wonderful way to see the Amalfi coast in a day!
Pascale_W, Sep 2021
Amalfi Boat Tour With Positano Visit Fd - From Sorrento
A wonderful way to see the Amalfi coast in a day!
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Great day!
Tova_P, Aug 2021
Amalfi Coast Premium Boat Tour
They put us on a boat without a English speaking skipper, but after speaking to them they gave a partial refund which was very nice and generous.
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Five stars!
Tova_P, Aug 2021
Capri boat tour from Sorrento
They gave us lunch from a restaurant in Capri and Luigi gave us recommendations for what to do in Capri.
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Perfect!
LOUKAS_Z, Aug 2021
Amalfi Coast Premium Boat Tour
I suggest this trip to everyone who is really interested in seeing Amalfi coast from the sea, to avoid buses, to relax an board, to feel the summer breeze...
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Amazing
Nazif_G, Aug 2021
Amalfi Coast day trip by Exclusive boat from Positano or Praiano
Amazing experience to see the Amalfi Coast.
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An amazing farm experience
Lena_G, Aug 2021
Sorrento Farm and Food Experience including Olive Oil, Limoncello, Wine tasting
I strongly recommend this tour to anyone who is coming to visit the Amalfi coast.
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