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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 15 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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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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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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Marina Grande

Marina Grande

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Sorrento's tiny fishing village of Marina Grande is known for its colorful wooden boats bobbing in the harbor, and local fishermen still mend their nets by hand just steps from sunbathers along the beach. At the heart of Marina Grande is the Church of Sant’Anna, dedicated to the town’s patron saint, and a shore lined with small, family-run restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean fish and seafood.More
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Paper Museum (Museo della Carta)

Paper Museum (Museo della Carta)

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For centuries, Amalfi was one of the most important producers of paper in Europe, and water-powered paper mills lined the river running through the center of town. See how these ingenious mills worked and learn about the history and production of Amalfi’s prestigious paper at the Paper Museum, located in a fully functioning historic mill.More
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Piazza Tasso

Piazza Tasso

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Sitting astride the steep gorge that once divided the cliff-top center of Sorrento, Piazza Tasso is the pulsating heart of one of Italy’s most popular seaside resort towns. This bustling, café-lined main square is where locals and visitors alike come to see and be seen, and to admire the square’s baroque church and 18th-century palace.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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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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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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Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)

Cloister of San Francesco (Chiostro di San Francesco)

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The picturesque Cloister of San Francesco offers a tranquil reprieve from the bustling streets of Sorrento’s historic center. Set between a 7th-century monastery and a late-medieval church—both dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi—the cloister is a showpiece of architectural styles and one of the city’s top attractions.More
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Punta del Capo

Punta del Capo

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Protruding out into the Gulf of Naples, this rocky promontory is an appealing spot for travelers who want to swim, sunbathe, and soak up the coastal scenery away from the crowds of Sorrento town. At this peaceful perch, you’ll find a cliff-surrounded swimming cove separated from the sea by a rocky arch and the remains of a Roman villa.More
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Sorrento St. Anthony Basilica (Basilica di Sant’Antonino)

Sorrento St. Anthony Basilica (Basilica di Sant’Antonino)

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The most important church in Sorrento, the St. Anthony Basilica (Basilica di Sant’Antonino) is dedicated to the town’s patron saint. Visit the church during a walking tour of the city to view the sumptuous interiors, St. Antonius’s crypt, and votive offerings of sailors who survived shipwrecks thanks to the intervention of this saint, the patron of rescues.More
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Tasso Theater (Teatro Tasso)

Tasso Theater (Teatro Tasso)

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Originally built to serve as a convent for the Theatines religious order, the historic building was later converted into a cinema in the 1920s and now serves as a performance space. As well as local folklore shows, the Tasso Theater also plays host to various other music performances from light opera to jazz.More
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Mt. Faito (Monte Faito)

Mt. Faito (Monte Faito)

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Towering over the countryside of Campania in southern Italy, Mt. Faito (Monte Faito)—in the Lattari mountain range—overlooks the whole of the Sorrento Peninsula. Faito is a popular destination in summer, when its scenic trails offer a respite from the heat and crowds along the coastline.More
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Correale di Terranova Museum (Museo Correale di Terranova)

Correale di Terranova Museum (Museo Correale di Terranova)

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Set on the clifftop of the seaside resort town of Sorrento, the Correale di Terranova Museum occupies a historic villa overlooking the sea and is home to the Correale family’s private art collection of 17th- and 18th-century Neapolitan paintings, decorative arts, and archaeological artifacts—the most important in the city.More

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Top activities in Amalfi Coast

Capri & Blue Grotto Boat Trip-Prime Experience with max. 8 guests from Sorrento
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Capri Blue Grotto Boat Tour From Sorrento
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Capri Boat Tour From Sorrento
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Capri Boat Tour From Sorrento

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Skip The Line Pompeii Guided Tour & Mt. Vesuvius from Sorrento
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Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
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Boat Excursion Capri Island: Small Group from Positano
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Private Capri Boat Tour Top sellers

Private Capri Boat Tour Top sellers

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Capri and optional Blue Grotto small group tour from Sorrento
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Half-Day Pompeii Sightseeing Trip from Sorrento
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Amalfi Coast Small group Tour by Boat from Sorrento
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Boat Excursion to Capri Island: Small Group from Sorrento
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Private Tour: Amalfi Coast to Capri Cruise

Private Tour: Amalfi Coast to Capri Cruise

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Recent reviews from experiences in Amalfi Coast

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Amalfi Coast by speedboat
Nigel_H, May 2022
Amalfi Coast Small group Tour by Boat from Sorrento
Absolutely the best way to see the Amalfi coast and spend time in Amalfi and Positano (plus the time for a swim and visit to some caves ).
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Beautiful drive along the...
Alex_H, May 2022
Amalfi Coast Tour From Sorrento
Great way to see Positano, Amalfi and Ravello in a day along with some beautfiul views.
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A lovely day out
Elizabeth_S, May 2022
Full-Day Private Amalfi Coast Tour from Sorrento
Lovely to see the different towns, and victor couldn't have been more helpful and friendly.
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Standard car transfer ride
Javahnda_K, May 2022
Shared Transfer from Amalfi to Naples Airport
Driver was nice and spoke good English.
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Great tour!
Mireilla_P, May 2022
Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
We got to see the Amalfi coast by boat and bus.
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Amalfi Day Trip
Bryan_M, Apr 2022
Amalfi Coast Tour From Sorrento
Great way to see Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.
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Great experience
Roberto_L, Apr 2022
Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
Nice tips of what to do in cities I visited!
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Fabulous tour - I highly recommend.
CAREN_M, Apr 2022
Full-Day Private Amalfi Coast Tour from Sorrento
Marco was our driver and he spoke wonderful English and knew so much about the Amalfi coast.
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Amazing experience.
Daveia_S, Apr 2022
Amalfi Coast Premium Boat Tour
He also took us to see a cave along the way where I was able to spot a jellyfish because the water was so clear!
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Worth Every Penny!
Amanda_W, May 2022
Private Tour: Amalfi Coast to Capri Cruise
The only way to see Italy’s coast line.
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We loved it. Thank you. Highly recommended.
Adam_H, May 2022
Amalfi Boat Tour With Positano Visit Fd - From Sorrento
What a beautiful way to see the Amalfi coast line for the first time.
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Awesome experience!
Katerina_Y, May 2022
Sorrento Coast and Capri boat tour from Amalfi
Definitely recommend to see Capri this way.
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Beautiful scenery. Chilled day.
Jenifer_D, May 2022
Amalfi Coast Premium Boat Tour Max 8 People From Sorrento
Great way to see the Amalfi coast, rather than stressful road journey.
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Incredible trip with a great guide!
Lowry_C, Mar 2022
Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Private Day Trip
He was very flexible about what we wanted to do, which was nice as there are a lot of places to visit and things to do!
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Excellent tour!
Colleen_T, Apr 2022
Tour to the Amalfi Coast Positano, Amalfi & Ravello from Sorrento
Even had a boat ride to see the smaller towns from a completely different perspective.
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Amalfi Positano Path of the Gods Trip
YeHyun_S, Jan 2022
Amalfi Coast Private Tour fm Sorrento including Amalfi, Path of Gods & Positano
We got to see so many things and it was the perfect balance of a guided tour (with Marco driving and leading us from village to village) and a self-guided tour, as he dropped us off for the Path of the Gods hike and picked us up at the end.
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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 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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Awesome Amalfi Coast tour
Marta_L, Apr 2022
Amalfi Coast Tour From Sorrento
A great day trip and opportunity to visit the towns of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello.
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