5 “must sees” on a trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast


As soon as you see the beauty of the Amalfi Coast, you will understand why it has become one of the most visited destinations in the country. Sitting between Naples and Salerno, the coastline boasts mountain vistas and the Sorrento Peninsula. The scenery is magnificent and takes several days to see everything worth seeing, so you will also appreciate why people choose to return year after year. If you are visiting this glorious slice of heaven, then here are five things you really want to see while you are there.

1. Head into Sorrento

Steeped in history Sorrento is a must-see coastal town that produces Limoncello. There are plenty of coloured buildings which are famous in the area, and there are two fishing ports which are always filled with boats and plenty of chance to charter a sightseeing trip. Take the time to visit the 11th-century cathedral and check out the Correale Museum and the Museo Della Tarsia Lignea to learn more about this stunning town.

2. The Grotta Dello Smeraldo

Translated as the Emerald Cave this natural wonder of the world is very much worth a visit. Don’t worry; you do not have to swim as regular boat tours are heading into this beautiful cave. The natural light bathes the whole location in a glistening emerald hue and it is located between Amalfi and Praiano. To catch your boat, you need to head down on the elevator, which is found on the SS163 route and your experienced and local guides will be delighted to teach you all about this subterranean beauty.

3. Visit Capri

A small island that is located on the western side of the Amalfi Coast, there are regular ferries heading over many of the coastal towns. The island has a stunning collection of beaches, and the scenery is simply exquisite. At night the area comes alive, so it is worth staying to get involved after dark. You can also grab a ticket for the Blue Cave Grotto which is another naturally formed cave complex in the area. There is plenty of lush green landscape to explore for the keen walker.

4. See colour in Positano

If you enjoyed the coloured houses in Sorrento, you will adore the views of Positano. The best way to see this spectacle is by water, and once out away from the land, you will get the full effect of these beautiful buildings. It is a truly unique sight, and you will come back determined to paint your property on your return home. Once you have finished exploring, you can relax on the beach or head down the winding streets and find many lovely bars and restaurants to replenish your stores.

5. See the beaches of Maiori

Just a short trip from Amalfi you will find the two towns of Maiori and Minori, both of which have lovely beaches for you to explore and relax on. The towns are both worth a visit and are just a short distance apart along the SS163 route. There are plenty of shopping opportunities and a good choice of cafe for resting your feet with a coffee.

Kerrie Potts is CEO at Exclusive Private Villas Limited. Exclusive Private Villas offers exquisite, handpicked luxury villas around the world.

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Comments (13)

  1. Stephen says:

    I did the Amalfi Coast a long time ago on the savings from my first job’s salary. Even though it was a package tour my friend and I stayed in an incredibly grand hotel with a huge room. Like so much of that coastline the hotel was perched on the side of a hill with superb views out across the sea from Sorrento. We crawled along a congested road in a coach to get there. I’m hoping that road construction had improved the accessibility since then?

    If traffic has improved I’d been interested in going back and doing the place in style, perhaps staying in a more upmarket villa. Also money was so tight that we couldn’t afford the day trip to Capri! Would be good to do that now.

    • Kerrie Potts says:

      Hi stephen.

      We didn’t have a problem with road construction but the nature of the route (very windy and steep in places) makes it quite a slow route.

      You’re right an upmarket villa would be a perfect way to visit again.

      Regards,

      Kerrie

  2. Liz says:

    I’m interested in this area but I’m not just one to sit in the sun all day long. I’ve a vague recollection that every summer there’s a Wagner festival somewhere in this region. Are there any other cultural activities going on? Also there must be some historic Roman sites around too?

  3. Steven Ham says:

    Take a look at that last picture of the beach. I’ve got great memories of my times along the Amalfi coastline, not that they are in the past, I hope to get back soon.

    The beaches are immaculate, perfectly organised and beautifully clean. I think that’s got a lot to do with why the locals treat the beaches as if they are a fashion walk. There are a lot of deep golden tans and designer swimwear around.

  4. Kate Sirrell says:

    Aww I’ve never been but the Amalfi Coast is on my ‘must visit’ list. My friend bought me back a gift from her trip there last year – my first taste of Limoncello! The now empty glass boot thing sits on my kitchen window sill. It’s brilliant you can visit so much while you’re there and not be restricted to one area, taking a ferry to another coastal town to explore more or a boat ride around the Emerald Cave. I love the imagery of the Amalfi Coast, like the most quaint fishing villages, vineyards, coastal roads and the sheer cliffs. It’s very photogenic.

  5. Kerry Holden says:

    It’s beautiful, stunning scenery and great food. We stayed in Positano at hotel Covo De Saraceni, a lovely hotel with great views put to sea and visited Amalfi and Capri. It’s expensive to go there but definitely worth it. I would love to go again one day.

  6. David DuBois says:

    I’m now going only tp areas not overrun by Chinese (or amy other mass throng) tourists.
    I am somewhat handicapped amd was trampled in Seville
    Is Sorrento for me?

  7. Rebecca Hamilton says:

    There is so much more to the Amalfi region and a trip along the coastal road between Sorrento and Amalfi with a private driver or a small group bus is a MUST! Do a boat ride along the coast ffrom Amalfi and also have yur driver take you up to Ravello. Dont miss Paestum further down the coast near Salerno – the Greek Temples are awesome. In the other direction from Sorrento you have to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum and a day in Naples is also a must do. The archeological museum in Naples is worth the visit. All of these places are an easy train or ferry ride from Sorrento and I highly recommend this gem of a town as your base for a two week visit to Amalfi. We stayed in the awesome B & B Maison Kalea near to central Sorrento and the train station ( all easily within walking distance) and enjoyed the best European vacation so far. Go in the middle two weeks of September and you will find the crowds to be a bit thinner, fewer waits at the restaurants and the weather is usually perfect.

  8. Arturo Frazier says:

    Ah Sorrento and Positano! I love those places. I remember just cruising along the Amalfi Coast Highway end to end during summer and all the bright colours of the sea, sky, and the quaint houses. I admit though, there were some hairy moments along that highway when some of the turns are just too narrow for it to be considered two-way. It’s defnitely crazy. That, and sometimes you get the occassional (I say, brave) pedestrian. Other than those times, my whole Amalfi Coast trip was a blast. I’d recommend it really.

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