DISCOVERING THE TOWNS AND VILLAGES ON THE AMALFI COAST
Among Italy’s top tourist attractions is a road, the Amalfi Drive (SS163). This road connects almost all the towns and villages on the Amalfi Coast, from the hills of Piano di Sorrento to Vietri sul Mare.
Each of them has its own atmosphere and their geographical or cultural features make them unique. It’s no coincidence that the Amalfi Coast is a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
So which are these towns and villages and what is special about them?
Let’s give you a quick overview to get an idea of Amalfi, Atrani, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Ravello, Scala, Tramonti and Vietri sul Mare.
TOWNS AND VILLAGES ON THE AMALFI COAST
Amalfi is both an ancient fishing village and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area.
Located in the center of the Amalfi Coast to which it gives its name, it’s a convenient point from which to explore other villages.
In addition, the beaches in Amalfi are among the most beautiful on the Coast.
Atrani is considered the smallest municipality in Italy and it is located so close to Amalfi that you can reach it on foot. It is famous for its excellent local cuisine and the famous Limoncello liqueur, made with lemons.
Like Scala, Cetara is not touched by the classic tourist routes and it is mainly visited by Italian tourists. This village is famous for its excellent fish restaurants and for its typical product, the colatura di alici, a fish sauce made from fermented anchovies. It may sound gross but it’s delicious.
CONCA DEI MARINI
Conca dei Marini is another small vertical village, like Positano. It’s not very touristy even if it is located near the famous Emerald Grotto, a sea cave famous all over the world for the wonderful reflections of the water and the rock formations.
Furore is a fjord, with a small beach, dominated by a picturesque bridge. It’s definitely an enchanting scenery, made even more fascinating by the murals that decorate the walls of the buildings.
In Maiori you can find the largest beach on the Amalfi Coast, about 1 km long. This beach is quite recent and it is the result of a flood in 1954 . Unlike other places, in Maiori you can find bathing establishments and a beautiful promenade with restaurants, bars and shops. The stunning panorama is enriched by the Norman Tower built in 1563.
One of the main attractions of Minori is the famous “Sentiero dei Limoni”, the Lemon Path is an ancient trail that connects Maiori to Minori, along which you can enjoy amazing views of the Amalfi Coast.
Minori is also the right place to taste great homemade pasta and the desserts from the shop of Sal De Riso, a pastry chef who is particularly famous in Italy.
If you are food lover, in Nerano you will find gourmet restaurants and excellent trattorias.
The beach of this village is characterized by a particularly clear sea while other pristine coves are hidden in the surrounding area.
Positano is a town on a hillside overlooking the sea.
It is particularly known for the many stairs that unravel between the colorful houses and for the majolica dome of the church of Santa Maria Assunta.
The town is very popular with tourists thanks to the many restaurants, clubs and boutiques, but also because the hydrofoils for Capri leave from here.
Praiano is a small village, much less touristy than Amalfi or Positano. This is why it is perfect for those seeking tranquility and contact with nature.
A peculiarity of Praiano is its geographical position thanks to which its beaches are sunlit until sunset.
Ravello is undoubtedly the cultural center of the Amalfi Coast, known for the many events held in its beautiful villas.
One of the most famous spot in Ravello is the terrace of Villa Rufolo overlooking the sea, where every year the Dawn Concert takes place.
Since it is in a higher position above sea level, there are no beaches in Ravello.
Scala is the oldest town on the Amalfi Coast. The legend says that it was founded in the 4th century by some Roman shipwrecks headed for Constantinople. Historic buildings and ancient churches are not lacking.
Scala is little visited by tourist, so it has a quiet and very authentic atmosphere.
Tramonti is located on a hill, far from the sea. Despite this, it is truly fascinating. The municipality of Tramonti includes 13 hamlets scattered among the hills, in each of which there are churches and the remains of ancient castles and fortresses.
Oh, Tramonti is also the village where the Pizza was born!
VIETRI SUL MARE
Vietri sul Mare is famous for its ceramics, but here you can also find some of the largest and most well-served beaches on the Amalfi Coast. This depends on the fact that it is close to the city of Salerno.