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Seaside Treasures: Top 20 Things To Do On The Amalfi Coast - Updated 2020

Seaside Treasures: Top 20 Things To Do On The Amalfi Coast
Germaine
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The Amalfi Coast is like a dream, with pristine white sands, the sparkling azure ocean, colourful houses perched on steep hills, and ancient stone buildings glowing in the warm, setting sun. Through the millennia, the Amalfi Coast has drawn the noble and inspired great artists. As mentioned by UNESCO, the Amalfi Coast is truly the quintessence of the Mediterranean.

This is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone. John Steinberg

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1. Go for a boat ride around the coast (from 80.71 USD upwards)

First things first, acquaint yourself with the coast! You can take a boat ride from Positano, Praiano, Sorrento, or Amalfi, and admire the rustic buildings and stone architecture. Also, sail to Capri island, which is famous for shopping and astounding natural landforms!

Small-Group Capri Cruise from the Amalfi Coast

Address: Positano Port, Italy

Price: from 80.71 USD upwards

Opening Hours: The cruise leaves the port at 9.00 am and returns at 5.30 pm

Duration: around 8 hours 30 minutes required

Website:

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Amalfi

2. Visit Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea (The Cathedral of St. Andrew)

The most iconic attraction in the town, and built in the 1200s, the Roman Catholic cathedral sits at the top of a flight of stairs. Within the cathedral is the crypt of Saint Andrew and the eye-catching Cloister of Paradise, featuring medieval murals and white marble passageways.

Amalfi Cathedral

Address: Piazza Duomo, Amalfi SA, Italy

Price: from 3.38 USD upwards

Opening Hours: Summer: 9.00 am - 9.00 pm; Winter 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: 6-minute walk from Amalfi Ferry Terminal.

Website: Sacred Destinations

Contact: +39 089 871324

Nearby Food: Ristorante Piazza Duomo (1-minute walk away); Marina Grande (1-minute walk away).

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3. Explore Valle delle Ferriere (The Valley of the Mills)

Discover the ruins of medieval mills, wander through enchanting wooded forests, and gaze upon waterfalls along this coastal walk. The walk starts in Pontone, in Scala, which you can access via the Sita bus from Amalfi and Ravello. For more details about exploring Valle delle Ferriere, look at the website link below.

Valle delle Ferriere

Address: Pontone, 84010 Province of Salerno, Italy

Opening Hours: 9 am - 6 pm. Closed on public holidays

Duration: around 3 - 4 hours required

Access: Take the Sita bus from Amalfi or Ravello to Scala

Website: Il Vallone delle Ferriere

Contact: +65-88888888

Nearby Food: Villa Maria Restaurant

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4. Learn more at the Museo della Carta (Paper Mill Museum)

Museo della Carta
Source: Wikipedia

Discover the ancient art of paper-making at the Paper Mill Museum! Paper-making is a crucial part of Amalfi’s history, and one of the milestones for human civilisation. Learn about the history of paper that goes all the way back to the 13th century!

Museo della Carta

Address: Via delle Cartiere, 23, Amalfi SA, Italy

Price: from 4.50 USD upwards

Opening Hours: Mar - Oct: 10.00 am - 6.30 pm; Nov - Feb: Tue, Wed & Fri-Sun: 10.00 am - 3.30 pm

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: 5-minute drive or 16-minute walk from Amalfi Ferry Terminal.

Website: Museo della Carta

Contact: +39 089 830 4561

Nearby Food: Trattoria Dei Cartari (4-minute walk away); Trattoria Pizzeria La Taverna Del Duca (5-minute walk away).

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5. Be impressed by the Amalfi Musical

Enjoy a spectacular performance that tells the story of the Amalfi Republic. Feel transported back to the Middle Ages in the grand and ancient Arsenal of the Republic! Even if you are not an opera fan, the Amalfi Musical is a class act guaranteed to entertain.

Amalfi Musical

Address: Largo Cesareo Console, 3, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy

Price: from 33.79 USD upwards

Opening Hours: Shows are on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9.00 pm

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: 4-minute walk from Amalfi Ferry Terminal

Website: Amalfi Musical

Contact: +39 339 150 5818

Nearby Food: Ristorante Piazza Duomo (1-minute walk away); Da Barracca (2-minute walk away)

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6. Enjoy a feast for the soul at Ristorante Marina Grande

Ristorante Marina Grande is a lovely seaside restaurant with origins from the early 1900s. Enjoy delicious Italian food on the patio and a spectacular ocean view. Be pampered by the amazing service, and indulge in the avant-garde cuisine that retains Amalfi’s heritage.

Ristorante Marina Grande

Address: Viale della Regione, 4, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy

Opening Hours: 12.00 noon - 3.00 pm; 6.30 pm - 10.15 pm

Duration: around 1.5 hours required

Access: 4-minute walk from the Amalfi Ferry Terminal.

Website: Ristorante Marina Grande

Contact: +39 089 871129

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Furore

7. Be dazzled at the Fiordo di Furore (The Fjord of Furore)

The villages of Praiano and Furore are home to captivating beaches, but the most unique of all is the Fjord of Furore. Located between steep cliffs, the beach is a majestic sight. Moreover, the fjord served as a natural port and a bandit hideout for centuries.

Fiordo di Furore

Address: Campania region, Salerno province, Italy. 40.621389, 14.549444

Opening Hours: 9 am - 6 pm. Closed on public holidays

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: 24-minute walk from Furore Village

Website: Fiordo di Furore

Nearby Food: L’ Incanto; Hostaria di Bacco.

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Maiori

8. Gaze out from the Castle of San Nicola de Thoro-Plano

Located in a charming fishing town is the Castle of San Nicola de Thoro-Plano. Sitting atop a hill, the castle was a fortress in the 9th century, and later renovated in the 15th century. Moreover, the castle offers amazing views of the coast.

Castle of San Nicola de Thoro-Plano

Address: 13B Via Tenente Confalone, Maiori, Italy

Opening Hours: 8.00 am - 1.00 pm

Duration: around 3 hours required

Access: 8-minute drive or 37-minute walk from Capone Servizi Marittimi

Website: Castle of San Nicola de Thoro-Plano

Contact: +39 3389403552

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Minori

9. Relax at Il Giardiniello (The Giardiniello)

Within this village, which attracted aristocrats and elites before the medieval era, is a restaurant set in a lovely garden. At Il Giardiniello, you can enjoy a gastronomic meal at the terrace filled sweet-scented jasmine flowers. A must-try at the restaurant is the signature, handmade pastas.

Ristorante Giardiniello

Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 17, 84010 Minori SA, Italy

Price: from 25.20 - 70.42 USD upwards

Opening Hours: 12.15 noon - 3.00 pm; 6.15 pm - 11.30 pm

Duration: around 1.5 hours required

Access: 4-minute walk from Boat Service S.A.S. Di Polverino Anna & C.

Website: Ristorante Giardiniello

Contact: +39 089 877050

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Positano

10. Chill out at Franco’s Bar

Franco's Bar
Source: Franco's Bar

Voted one of the best bars in Positano, Franco’s Bar is a great al fresco place to enjoy a draught Bavarian wheat beer and stunning views of the coast. The clean white floors, designer furniture, and striking yellow fountain are sights to behold.

Franco’s Bar

Address: Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, 84017 Positano SA, Italy

Price: from 12.38 USD upwards

Opening Hours: 6.00 pm - 1.00 am

Duration: around 1.5 hours required

Website: Franco’s Bar

Contact: +39 089 875066

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11. Walk along Spiaggia del Fornillo (Fornillo Beach)

Spiaggia del Fornillo
Source: Wikipedia

A quieter alternative to Marina Grande, Fornillo Beach is a lovely pebble-stone beach. Hidden in the heart of Positano, the beach can be accessed via a romantic seaside stroll from the town’s harbour, at the base of a steep cliff.

Spiaggia Fornillo

Address: Via Fornillo, Positano SA, Italy

Price: from 16 USD upwards

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: 14-minute walk from Positano Ferry Terminal. Do take note that there is a long climb down to the beach

Website: Spiaggia Fornillo

Contact: 3348148254

Nearby Food: Ristorante Lo Guarracino (6-minute walk away)

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12. Stroll along Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods)

Be led to the best views of the coast, including gorges, precipices, cliffs, and aromatic lemon orchards when you walk along the aptly-named Path of the Gods! Walk from Nocelle to Bomerano and stop at Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi, the highest point in the area, for possibly one of the most stunning views in the world!

Sentiero degli Dei

Address: Da Bomerano (Agerola) A Nocelle (Positano),80051 Agerola, Italy

Price: From 135.08 USD upwards for transport to the site

Duration: around 3 hours required

Access: Hire a car service: http://www.positano.com/en/c/astarita-car-service/i/SQ37V

Website: Sentiero degli Dei

Nearby Food: Il Ristoro degli Dei (in Nocelle, at the end of the walk)

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Praiano

13. Feel peaceful at Parrocchia Di San Gennaro (The Church of San Gennaro)

One of the most iconic sights in the artistic town of Praiano is the Church of San Gennaro. Opened in 1589, the church features a glazed, patterned cupola, beautiful paintings, and centuries-old altars. Look out for the Altar of Carmine and the painting of Carmelo’s Virgin.

Parrocchia Di San Gennaro

Address: 1 Via S. Gennaro, 84010 Praiano, Italy

Opening Hours: Mon - Sat: 9.00 am - 7.00 pm

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: 24-minute drive from Amalfi

Website: Parrocchia Di San Gennaro

Contact: +39 089 874799

Nearby Food: Ristorante La Strada (7-minute walk away)

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Ravello

14. Have summer fun at the Ravello Festival

Ravello Festival at Villa Rufolo
Source: Villa Rufolo

The Ravello Festival is held every summer in the elegant hilltop town of the same name. It features a range of activities, including orchestral pieces, ballet performances, and movie screenings. Let the music and sea breeze flood your senses at the picturesque Villa Rufolo.

Ravello Festival

Address: Piazza Duomo, 84010 Ravello SA, Italy

Opening Hours: From July to September

Duration: around 3 hours required

Access: 17-minute drive from Amalfi

Website: Ravello Festival

Contact: +390 89 85 83 60

Nearby Food: Ristorante Pizzeria Vittoria (1-minute walk away); Al Ristoro del Moro (3-minute walk away)

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15. Discover the beauty of Villa Rufolo

The former home of a wealthy family in the 13th century, Villa Rufolo is now open to the public, featuring luxurious gardens and dazzling panoramic views. Admire the gorgeous old structures that housed the wealthiest people in town. For the best views, visit between May and October.

Villa Rufolo

Address: Piazza Duomo, 84010 Ravello SA, Italy

Price: from 5.63 USD upwards

Opening Hours: 9.00 am - 8.30 pm

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: 17-minute drive from Amalfi

Website: Villa Rufolo

Contact: +39 089 857621

Nearby Food: Ristorante Pizzeria Vittoria (1-minute walk away); Al Ristoro del Moro (3-minute walk away)

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16. Admire Villa Cimbrone Gardens

Once home to a noble family, Villa Cimbrone is now a historic building and hotel. The highlight of the hotel, though, is its famous gardens, or the Terrace of Infinity. Renowned writer Gore Vidal named it the most beautiful view in the world, a review that echoed through time.

Villa Cimbrone

Address: Via Santa Chiara, 26, 84010 Ravello SA, Italy

Price: from 7.88 USD upwards

Opening Hours: 9.00 am - sunset

Duration: around 1.5 hours required

Access: 20-minute drive from Amalfi

Website: Villa Cimbrone

Contact: +39 089 857459

Nearby Food: Villa Maria Restaurant (3-minute walk away); Ristorante Pizzeria Vittoria (8-minute walk away)

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Salerno

17. Take a rest in Giardino della Minerva (Minerva’s Garden)

Sitting at the heart of this old town is a lovely garden filled with greenery on the walls, ceiling, and ground. Giardino della Minerva is an important cultural site and contains many rare plants that were important medicines in the Middle Ages.

Giardino della Minerva

Address: Via Ferrante Sanseverino, 1, 84125 Salerno SA, Italy

Price: from 3.38 USD upwards

Opening Hours: 9.30 am - 1.00 pm, 4.30 pm - 8.00 pm. Closed on Mondays

Duration: around 1.5 hours required

Access: 18-minute walk from Salerno Ferry Terminal

Website: Giardino della Minerva

Contact: +39 089 252423

Nearby Food: Il Pozzo Spagnolo (3-minute walk away); Vicolo della Neve (7-minute walk away)

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18. Explore Centro Storico Salerno (Salerno’s Old Town)

Admire the rustic buildings, stop by one of the many museums, churches, and shops, and have a hearty, traditional meal at a restaurant. Unlike other tourist attractions, which are normally flooded with people, you can feel like a local while strolling around the old town of Salerno.

Centro Storico Salerno

Address: Via Duomo, Salerno, Italy

Opening Hours: 9 am - 6 pm. Closed on public holidays

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: 17-minute walk from Salerno Ferry Terminal

Nearby Food: L'Unico; Botte Pazza; Ristorante Cicirinella

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19. Drive the Road of 1,000 Bends: Amalfi Drive SS163

The famous Road of 1,000 Bends meanders around steep cliffs by the sea and it is not for the faint-hearted! Formally known as SS163, the 40-kilometre-long (25-mile-long) road stretches from Sorrento to Salerno. Enjoy breathtaking views of the coast and the colourful houses throughout this scenic drive!

SS163

Duration: around 35 minutes - 2 hours 45 minutes

Access: By car or taxi

Website: Reids Italy


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Vietri sul Mare

20. Admire art aplenty at Sol’Art Ceramiche

Within the town heralded as the Ceramic Capital, feast your eyes on artworks strewn around the town. Moreover, visit the Sol’Art Ceramiche, a museum featuring eye-catching ceramic pieces. If you want a thoughtful souvenir, you can even customise your own ceramic tile!

Sol’Art Ceramiche

Address: Corso Umberto I, 64, Vietri sul Mare, Italy

Opening Hours: 9.30 am - 7.45 pm

Duration: around 1.5 hours required

Access: 8-minute walk from Vietri sul Mare train station

Website: Sol’Art Ceramiche

Contact: +39 089 763010

Nearby Food: Ristorante La Sosta (1-minute walk away)

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Heaven by the sea

The Amalfi Coast is perfect for a romantic getaway or a nice family vacation! However, here are a few things to note to make your holiday perfect: - Avoid wearing shorts, as you may be refused entry into churches and restaurants. - Bring comfortable clothes, as some beaches are only accessible by steep stairs. - Bring formal wear for posh restaurants and bars.

That said, book your trip to the Amalfi Coast and enjoy ever second of exploring this beautiful area’s many treasures and delights.

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