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6 Top Cities Along the Amalfi Coast
The Italian Coastline is one of the most beautiful stretches of land in the world and contains some of the most picture-perfect Amalfi Coast Cities you can visit. This Coast extends for 50-km and is lined with a plethora of stunning and magical coastal towns and villages that will blow your mind. This area of Southern Italy is known for its vivid blue waters, rugged mountains, colourful houses, and delicious limoncello.
Every single thing you see in and around the Coast is both naturally and architecturally beautiful. The Amalfi Coast is – arguably – one of the most beautiful places on earth. However, the Coast is not only beautiful. It also holds a rich history, and each city has a complicated past that is very interesting. Interestingly enough, in 1997, the Amalfi Coast has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site!
Each city along the Amalfi Coast has an exciting story to tell and various attractions. There is a plethora of beauty to see and history to learn along the Coast. As a result, it is easy to get overwhelmed when planning.
Therefore, I have come up with a list of the top cities along the Amalfi Coast that will make planning your coastal journey a little bit easier.
The best of the Amalfi Coast Cities
One fantastic city along the Amalfi Coast that is very underrated is Sorrento. Sorrento is built on high cliffs that sit right against the edge of the sea. This cliff-side inhabitation makes the city very different from all others along the Coast. There is a sense of excitement when you are in the city and looking down from the hundred-meter-tall cliffs.
More so, Sorrento is full of exciting things to do. There is no shortage of things to do that will make your Italian visit optimal.
Firstly, Sorrento has a few beaches that are unique due to the city’s location amongst the cliffs. They are located at the base of the cliffs, and the beach chairs are on human-made docks that extend into the water. The beaches here have ultra-blue water that is great for swimming.
Sorrento is also where lemons grow in abundance, and the whole city is full of lemon-scented and flavoured everything. More so, if you love lemons and want to try some authentic Italian limoncello, Sorrento is the best place to taste it. The city of Sorrento is the leading producer and supply of all limoncello in the area, so the standards are high!
Be sure to spend some time exploring the lovely city streets of Sorrento as well. There are a ton of local shops, paint stores, clothing shops, gelato stands, and more just waiting to be discovered.
What makes Sorrento even better is that it is one of the less frequented cities along the Coast, which means there are fewer crowds than in some of the other cities! This makes exploring more enjoyable and intimate.
Positano is by far the most popular city along the Amalfi Coast. Every year hundreds of thousands of tourist’s head to the Amalfi Coast to visit Positano individually. There is no question as to why so many people want to visit this city; it is absolutely stunning!
The city is built into the vast, rugged mountains that surround and the town is built vertically instead of horizontally. The houses built into the mountains are all brightly coloured, and very aesthetically pleasing. As a result of the beautiful and unique city design, Positano has become one of the most photographed places in Europe.
Positano is not only one of the top cities because of its beauty, but it is also highly rated for its beaches, food, and hikes! This charming city is more than meets the eye.
There is one main beach that runs along the whole front of Positano that is always full of people swimming in the crystal-clear waters and enjoying the views of the city. The beach also has bright orange and blue sun-beds that add to the fun and excitement of the city.
Since Positano is located right amongst the enormous mountains that make up the Coast, this offers excellent opportunities for hiking. The hiking trails in Positano – mainly Path of Gods – gives visitors some of the most breathtaking and surreal views of the Coast you can ask for.
Positano has everything a traveller could ask for; adventure, relaxation, beauty, and good food.
Capri is another fantastic city that is located off the main peninsula of the Amalfi Coast. It is an island that is located a short ferry ride from the coastline. The town of Capri holds the same beauty and charm that the other inland cities hold, but with its own unique characteristics. It is famous for its vast mountains, jagged rocks, and upscale offerings.
The city is also well known as a popular Italian vacation spot for the rich and famous of the world. A visit to Capri will show you designer shops, huge mansions, yachts, and upscale hotels. The whole island is surrounded at all times with boats from the elite. Travellers can even see some with their helicopters on top. Moreover, there are entire streets dedicated to designer stores ranging from Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, and more.
However, Capri isn’t all upscale and luxury. If you are just a normal person, it is also a great travel destination. There are more than enough things to do that are both affordable and exciting.
Due to Capri being an island, there are various beaches and some of which are free beaches. There are also some fascinating and unique caves all around the island – like the Blue Grotto – that is an unusual natural phenomenon to see! The city of Capri is also stunning, and although you may only window shop, it is still fascinating to walk around and explore.
Capri is a very unique location along the Coast that puts luxury travellers and mundane travellers together in one place. And the best part is there is something to do and see for both. If you love an Italian Island destination why not head to Sardinia and check out the beaches there?
Amalfi is a little town along the Coast that is small but impactful. It takes only around 20 minutes to walk across the whole city, but there is quite a bit of beauty packed within this small town. One thing that makes Amalfi different from the other Coastal towns is that it lacks historical buildings. This is because of the catastrophic earthquake in 1343 that resulted in most of the city disappearing into the sea.
Despite Amalfi’s tragic past the city has rebuilt over the hundreds of years and become one of the top locations along the Coast. Amalfi is also a flatter city than all the others. There are rugged mountains behind it, and some buildings are built into them. However, most of the town is almost level with the sea.
Not many people know much about Amalfi because it is hard to research. Since the name of the city is the name of the entire Coast, information can become mixed and confusing! I am here to tell you it is a city, and it is stunning.
There is a long pier that heads straight into the water, and a walkout onto it gives a stunning view of the city and its surroundings. More so, Amalfi is located very close to another top town along the Coast; therefore, visiting both is very easy. This neighbouring town is called Ravello.
Ravello is located high in the mountains just a short distance from Amalfi. This city is 365 meters above the sea, and it feels like the set of a Shakespearean play. Ravello has been called the hidden gem of the Amalfi Coast. This medieval-styled city does not get even close to the attention of the other towns on the Coast. However, this is good news for all us travellers.
With less attention means fewer tourists, and that makes the city so much more enjoyable! Strolling around the lush green gardens, and stone walkways are best when they are void of people.
More so, the best part about Ravello is the views. Since it is located so high in the mountains, there are a plethora of panoramic views for you to enjoy. From the terraces scattered all around the city, you can look out at the endless blue waters and feel on top of the world.
Praiano is located between Positano and Amalfi and offers a small intimate getaway compared to the other busy cities along the Coast. The town is only about two blocks long, but the quietness in Praiano is pleasant to enjoy the Italian fantasy in peace.
Despite its small size, this Amalfi coast city has two lovely beaches that are blue watered and not crowded at all. This city also has some fantastic views of the sunset. No mountains are blocking the view so that you can enjoy it fully. Finally, there are a few restaurants here that you can stop at for a glass of wine and a bite to eat, and not pay outrageous amounts!
Praiano is not as famous as its neighbouring city Positano. But many people rate the city highly because staying in the city and visiting it are a welcome break from the busy streets of Positano. Also, Positano and Amalfi are just a short bus ride away. Therefore, you can enjoy the stunning cities and have the option to escape to your private oasis whenever you want.
If you are visiting the Amalfi Coast cities and looking for an exciting side trip to Rome here is an article on what to see in Rome in 3 days.