Top Attractions on the Amalfi Coast
Collected by Gillian Longworth McGuire, AFAR Local Expert
The allure of this region is overwhelming: Brilliant sunlight on lemon orchards, villas set on cliffs over glittering seas, hikes through fragrant hills to the same views admired by Roman emperors of old. Come for the history or the beaches—just come.
Via Duca Mansone I, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
The cathedral in Amalfi, with its glittering gold mosaic facade and colorful Majorca-tiled dome, dominates the main piazza. Construction on the cathedral began in the 9th century, and centuries of additions and renovations are revealed in the...
Via delle Cartiere, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
Lemon trees grow in precarious, terraced plots on the steep cliffs that run between Positano and Vietri sul Mare along the Amalfi Coast. The almost year-round sunshine and salty sea air help produce a sweet-tart fruit...
84010 Conca dei Marini SA, Italy
Ask any ancient Greek or Phoenician and they’ll tell you the best way to explore the Amalfi Coast is by boat. Sign on for a voyage with Exclusive Cruises, a local company run by an Italian and American husband and wife. Valeria and...
8 Largo Cesareo Console, Amalfi, SA 84011, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
Handcrafted paper has a long tradition in this region. The art was learned from 11th-century Arab traders and Amalfi's fame for paper production grew to comprise 11 mills operating in Valle dei Mulini. Duck into this beautiful store near the...
Via Giuseppe Orlandi, 78, 80071 Anacapri NA, Italy
This quirky Pompeian red house in Anacapri, Italy, was built by a Confederate officer who fled the United States after the war. His several archaeological finds from the region and beyond are on display in the house, some built...
Viale Axel Munthe, 34, 80071 Anacapri NA, Italy
Walk the long shop-lined Via Capodimonte (or, if you are feeling particularly industrious, climb the 921 Phoenician Steps to the very top) to reach the former home of the Swedish physician and author Axel Munthe. This 20th-century mansion,...
Monte Solaro, 80071 Anacapri, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
The summit of Monte Solarno, the highest point in Capri is almost 2,000 feet high! You can choose to climb it or opt for the considerably easier chairlift. Along the ride and at the top, you will enjoy an incredible 360-degree...
Via Lo Capo, 12, 80076 Capri NA, Italy
Villa Lysis is a monument to love, excess, and heartbreak, themes that begin with the inscription "Amori et Dolori Scrvm" (a shrine to "love and sorrow") carved into its facade and continuing through a downstairs space called...
Via Camerelle, 3, 80076 Capri NA, Italy
Since 1946, this shop on the elegant Via Camerelle has been crafting leather sandals for movie stars, princesses, and the rest of us mere mortals. Canfora supplied Jacqueline Onassis with her favorite chic flat sandals: She would often...
Capri, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
After years spent working in small workshops in France, Rome, and Orvieto, Italy, and being lauded with an armful of awards, Massimo and Tiziana Aloisio, the couple behind Orogami, have opened a boutique in Capri to sell their jewelry. Their...
2 Piazza Cerio Ignazio, Capri, NA 80073, 80076 Capri NA, Italy
Ready-to-wear and made-to-measure dresses, shirts, pants, and skirts are just some of the beautiful things you will find in this pretty store. Around the corner from the flashier names on the Via Camerelle and a short stroll down the...
Via Santa Chiara, 26, 84010 Ravello SA, Italy
Your long walk along the narrow paths of Ravello to reach the Villa Cimbrone will be well rewarded. The fabled Terrace of Infinity lives up to any superlative you may have read about it (American writer Gore Vidal called the...
Piazza Paolo Capasso, 7, 80051 Agerola NA, Italy
Take a break from the crowds sunbathing on the Spiaggia Grande in Positano, Italy, and head to the mountains for a hike. The Path of the Gods (Sentiero degli Dei) is a 5.5-mile hike that links the towns Bomerano (near Agerola) to Nocelle...
Via della Tartana 2, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Positano is the place to get custom-made sandals, and Safari offers just about any style you could want, from the simplest design of thin leather straps on flat soles to baroque jeweled numbers with kitten heels. The shop’s tiny...
Via Cristoforo Colombo, 137, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
For the best selection of the region’s handpainted and colorful pottery, head to the Ceramica Assunta shop at number 97 on the Via Cristofero Colombo. There you can shop for tableware, serving bowls and platters, and pitchers. Buy an...
Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
The carefully curated inventory of this shop across from the Hotel le Sirenuse is pretty much perfect, starting with a line of signature scents, L'Eau d'Italia, which evokes the magic of Mediterranean summers. Among your...
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