The Ultimate Guide to the Amalfi Coast

Located on the coastline of southern Italy lies the Amalfi Coast. With its quaint cliffside villages, gorgeous beaches, and sparkling blue water, this destination is on most traveler’s bucket lists. Whether you’re dreaming of taking leisurely strolls through picturesque streets, devouring authentic Italian food, or simply soaking up the Mediterranean sun, this curated list is your guide to the Amalfi Coast. Ahead, learn more about the area’s best spots to make the most of your trip to this iconic Italian coastline.

Where to Stay:

Le Sirenuse 

Le Sirenuse is perhaps the most popular hotel on the Amalfi Coast. This five-star stay in Positano was once an 18th-century summer home for the Sersale family, but it has since been transformed into a world-renowned hotel with stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Guests can enjoy incredible dining at La Sponda, where Michelin-starred cuisine is served by candlelight, or they can unwind at the hotel’s photo-worthy pool.

Palazzo Avino

Originally a 12th-century private villa for an Italian noble family, Palazzo Avino was transformed into a hotel in 1997. Since then, Palazzo Avino has been celebrated as one of the world’s finest hotels. With 33 rooms and 10 suites, an outdoor, heated pool, multiple dining options (including a 1 Michelin star restaurant, Rossellinis), a spa, limousine and helicopter service, and a beach club, this hotel has truly got it all.

Casa Angelina 

Situated in the peaceful (and less crowded) village of Praiano, Casa Angelina is a modern boutique hotel known for its minimalist design. Characterized by sleek white interiors that perfectly frame views of the Mediterranean Sea, this hotel is the definition of sophisticated. Be sure to check out Un Piano nel Cielo (the hotel’s rooftop restaurant) and the secluded beach below.

Where to Eat and Drink:

La Serra at Hotel Le Agavi

La Serra, the signature restaurant at Hotel Le Agavi in Positano, effortlessly captures the essence of the Amalfi Coast’s food scene. Right on a cliffside with views of the ocean, this restaurant, led by Chef Roberto Allocca, is renowned for its innovative take on traditional Italian dishes. Guests can enjoy a range of fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes.

Lo Guarracino Positano 

A hidden gem in Positano, Lo Guarracino is as authentic as it gets. Located on a cliffside and accessible by foot, this quaint restaurant has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The menu features an array of traditional dishes, including fresh seafood, wood-fired pizzas, and handmade pastas, all made from locally sourced ingredients. Trust us, this spot is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Torre Normanna

Housed in a medieval tower in Maiori, Torre Normanna is one of the most unique dining experiences on the Amalfi Coast. With spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, this restaurant combines history, ambiance, and food in a way that few places can.

What to Do:

Visit the Beaches and Beach Clubs

The Amalfi Coast is known for its pretty beaches and exclusive beach clubs, which makes visiting them a must. Fiordo di Furore, a hidden fjord flanked by steep cliffs, is the perfect place for swimming, snorkeling, or basking in the sun. In contrast, Marina di Praia in Praiano is a small pebble beach dotted with vibrant beach clubs and restaurants. In terms of actual beach clubs, be sure to check out Da Adolfo in Positano and La Fontelina in Capri.

Hike the Path of the Gods

The Path of the Gods, or “Sentiero degli Dei,” stretches from the hilltop town of Agerola to the small village of Nocelle. The hike, which typically takes about two to four hours, is suitable for all fitness levels, meaning it’s a great thing to do on a family trip or even solo. While on this ancient footpath, expect to see sweeping views of the sea, historical stone huts, terraced vineyards, and wildlife.

Visit Ravello

Ravello, a town located more than 1,000 feet above the Tyrrhenian Sea, has a handful of must-see attractions. The historic Villa Rufolo has magnificent gardens and great views, while Villa Cimbrone is home to its famous “Terrace of Infinity” and sculpture-filled gardens. The town’s stunning Romanesque cathedral, Duomo di Ravello, has intricate mosaics and cool architecture, and happens to be by some of the best restaurants. Plus, Ravello is known for its arts scene and has an annual Ravello Festival, which hosts concerts and events. 

Visit Positano 

Begin exploring Positano at the Spiaggia Grande, the main beach in the area. Don’t miss the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, famous for its stunning dome. For those who want to enjoy the water, take a boat tour, and be sure to stop at hidden coves, grottos, and the islands of Li Galli. Back on land explore Positano’s art galleries, which showcase works by both contemporary and traditional artists inspired by the Amalfi Coast.

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