Perched along the rugged cliffs of southern Italy, the Amalfi Coast is a dream destination you’ve got to add to your bucket list. The coast is dotted with 13 pastel-hued villages overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. No wonder it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
In this blog post, we cover a curated list of 23 amazing things to do on the Amalfi Coast whether you’re a first-time visitor or you’ve been before. I have traveled to the area 4 times and can say I am completely obsessed. Therefore, you can trust that I’ve found the best things to do in the area and have even thrown in a couple of hidden gems along the way! The list covers everything from hiking the panoramic trails of the Path of the Gods to relaxing on the beach.
I’ve also included an Amalfi Coast Map at the end of this post with so many more things to do and places to eat too!
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🚪The season opens in April and closes in October. Outside these periods, sun beds will be gone and many things will be closed. The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast without the crowds is May or September. High season is the summer months of June to August.
⛴️ Download the Ferry Hopper app to book ferry tickets so you can easily get around the Amalfi Coast.
🚗 Driving is not recommended due to tiny scary roads and taxis are expensive!
🏨 Top choice luxury hotel: Staying in Positano is a good base and is an absolute dream! However, it is much more expensive. It is definitely worth the splurge for a day or two. My top choice is Hotel Marincanto or Buca di Bacco which is more affordable and is where I stayed the first time I came to Positano. It is right near the pier and has a great restaurant.
🏨 Top choice affordable boutique hotel: Zi’Ntonio, located in Scala (Check prices & book here). Scala is the oldest town on the Amalfi Coast and nearly no tourists come here. This means it is super affordable for those visiting Italy on a budget. You can get a beautiful hotel at a fraction of the cost with a private terrace overlooking the stunning town of Ravello. You can get to Ravello by walking only 30 minutes too!
Best Things to do on the Amalfi Coast
1. Climb to see the stunning view of Amalfi
Right next to the Amalfi Cathedral, take the steps up from the left of the church. Continue walking up and up the pathway of stairs. Eventually, after a 10-minute walk, you’ll reach the most amazing views of Amalfi at Belvedere Cimitero Monumentale. This is one of the best things to do on the Amalfi Coast especially if you want to see breathtaking views. of the surroundings.
2. Shop in Amalfi Town
The shops in Amalfi are absolutely amazing and the prices aren’t too bad either. I actually bought the cute dress hanging on the outside of this building for only €30. It was the perfect Amalfi Coast outfit with the lemons and the blue print. There are also ceramic and souvenir shops throughout Amalfi town. I also loved visiting a store that sold lots of delicious Italian products like a truffle spread and more.
3. Have a Pastry at the Oldest pastry shop in Amalfi
Have a pastry at Pasticceria Pansa Amalfi, the oldest pastry shop in Amalfi. This place is a true must during your Amalfi Coast itinerary. The pastries are so very delicious. You have to try the Lemon Delight and the Santarosa of Monastery. Grab a coffee too and sit outside the pastry shop to people-watch in the busy main square next to the Cathedral of Saint Andrea.
4. Soak in the views from Amalfi
This instagrammable photo spot in Amalfi is right before you enter the main town and right outside where all the buses park. You’ll find the beach right next to this spot and the cute pastel buildings behind.
5. Visit the undiscovered town of Atrani
Atrani is a very short distance from Amalfi and it is so underrated. Many don’t know this spot, which makes it even better since there are fewer tourists around. So make sure to visit Atrani for the beautiful sunset and the panoramic views. It might just be the most picturesque town!
6. Stay at the dreamiest hotel with a cliffside pool
This has to be the dreamiest hotel on the Amalfi Coast! I felt like I was in paradise and believe it or not these shots were taken in October! It was still sunny and warm.
The cliffside pool is for hotel guests only & one of the highlights of my stay was relaxing here.
Plus, they have a Michelin Star restaurant right on the hotel grounds and a free shuttle taking you to and from Amalfi town.
📍Santa Caterina Hotel – Amalfi, Italy
7. Go Ceramics Shopping in Vietri sul Mare
Vietri sul Mare stole my heart away. It’s one of my favorite towns. This hidden gem is a small town that explodes with creativity. Many people don’t know it or choose to skip it for more popular places.
I loved coming here to escape the busy crowds Positano and see the creativity that pours from this town. Every shop will be full of handmade ceramics as the town is known for these stunning ceramics.
You will see the ceramics all over Vietri sul Mare. They won’t just be in the stores but also on the footpaths, the facades of buildings, and more!
Read my full guide on the best things to do in Vietri sul Mare.
8. Try lemon granita
Lemon is known to the region here and the best snack to try is lemon granita. I have been here several times and always dream about this refreshing snack which tastes just like a lemon sorbet. It is served in an actual lemon too! The best place to try it is Hotel Covo dei Saracen in Positano. You can also try them in Amalfi but I much preferred the one here in Positano and it was also much cheaper.
9. Relax at one Arienzo Beach Club
Arienzo Beach Club is one of the best beach clubs along the Amalfi Coast. It’s more secluded and you can only get to by a small boat that picks you up and takes you here (arranged by the beach club). To visit, you need to book in advance and you have to pick one of their day passes which will include a meal, drinks, towel, and a spot to relax on a sunbed. I really loved this spot as fewer people know about it so it comes with less crowds than the main beach in Positano. It’s the perfect place to lounge without a worry in mind.
10. Have an Aperitivo at Il San Pietro in Positano
Il San Pietro in Positano is a stunning 5-star hotel with its very own private beach. If you can’t spend the money to stay at this luxurious hotel, at least stop by their restaurant for a drink or dinner. They have beautiful tiled benches with breathtaking views of Positano. The hotel is a bit secluded and a far distance from the main town of Positano so you’ll need to take a water taxi, cab, or public transportation to get here.
11. Snap an iconic photo at Spiaggia Grande in Positano
Spiaggia Grande in Positano is the most famous beach in Positano along the main strip of the town so you won’t miss it. I find Positano to be the most beautiful town on the Amalfi Coast.
A lot of people snag a photo in this exact spot as you can see the stacked buildings behind and the beach sunbeds and umbrellas lined up.
If you want to lounge here then sunbeds are around €30 and can be rented from L’incanto.
Just be aware that during peak season, Positano becomes very crowded!
12. Enjoy the views from Villa Cimbrone in Ravello
Ravello is a picturesque medieval town on the Amalfi Coast only about 30 minutes from Positano. You’ll need to take a bus to get here. Ravello is on a hilltop overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and offers jaw-dropping views, terraced gardens, and historic villas. The best viewpoint is from the Terrazza dell’Infinito in Villa Cimbrone.
13. Hire a Vintage Car for a Tour of Positano!
A really fun experience on the Amalfi Coast is doing a photo tour with a vintage car. You’ll have a driver and guide take you around in this cute vintage Fiat 500. The car will park in the most instagrammable spots on the Amalfi Coast and you can take as many photos as. you please!
14. Have heart pizza at Chez Black in Positano
Chez Black is one of my favorite restaurants in Positano. It’s right next to the Spiaggia Grande in Positano and offers some tasty food. I especially love the heart pizza which by the way is only available by request! My little insider tip for you! They also have great pasta dishes and I just love the decor and ambiance here. Food in Italy, especially Positano is just incredible!
15. Take a scenic boat trip
Possibly the best thing to do when visiting the Amalfi Coast is going on a private boat tour! There are many to choose from leaving from varying coastal towns on the Amalfi Coast. The one I did left from Positano and it took you to beautiful places like Fiordo di Furore, an Instagram famous spot that is a bit hard to get to normally.
Learn how to spend the perfect day in Positano with my full guide.
16. Day trip to Capri
Capri is a must if you have time during your Amalfi Coast trip to take a day trip. You can take a ferry there from Positano, Naples, or other popular towns. During your visit, you should plan to shop the high-end stores, soak in all the stunning views, and if time allows visit the famous blue grotto which is a sea cave with an ethereal bluish hue.
17. Visit a lemon grove
Amalfi is known for lemons! In fact, you will see they have become a symbol of the Amalfi Coast. You will taste them in the local cuisine and see them featured in many things like ceramics, clothing, and more.
Visiting a lemon grove, therefore, is an amazing thing to do on the Amalfi Coast. You’ll learn about the cultivation process and get to sample lemons.
18. Visit the Instagrammable Fruit Stand in Positano
One of the most instagrammable spots in Positano is this fruit stand! It is a bit further to reach, so you’ll need to take one of the Sita buses here. The exact location of the Positano Fruit Stand is SS163, 53, Positano which is here on Google Maps . The owner, @salvatore.milan0 will help you out with a photo too!
19. Go to Franco’s Bar for the best views in Positano
This is my ultimate favorite spot along the Amalfi Coast. Franco’s Bar which is part of my dream hotel, Le Sirenuse offers the most epic views of Positano and the tastiest cocktails. You have to go at sunset and trust me, you won’t regret it. They don’t take reservations and it can be a very busy place so arrive at opening time around 6 pm to grab the best spot.
20. Hike the Path of the Gods
Hiking the Path of the Gods (Sentiero degli Dei) is one of the top things to do along the Amalfi Coast especially if you are a fan of walking and nature. This activity will offer breathtaking views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and coastal steep cliffs.
The trail, starting in Bomerano and ending in Nocelle, provides a scenic journey through terraced landscapes, charming villages, and lemon groves. You can reach Bomerano by bus from Amalfi or take a private transfer.
The well-marked trail leads hikers through diverse terrain with panoramic vistas of Positano, Praiano, and the distant island of Capri.
The duration of the hike depends on the starting point, with the full trail typically taking around 3 to 4 hours.
21. Watch the sunset in Praiano without the tourists
Here’s a little secret! If you want to see an unforgettable sunset head over to Praiano a little under-the-radar town on the Amalfi Coast neighboring Positano.
The best place to watch the sunset in peace without many tourists is at the rooftop restaurant called Voce ‘e Notte Grill & Sunset Bar. And yes the food and drinks are also delicious 😋
Watch my Instagram video on the place here!
22. Dine in a Lemon Garden
Want to eat in a lemon garden? Sorrento, while not on the actual Amalfi Coast, is famous for cultivating lemons.
This restaurant is so very pretty and you can see lemons everywhere as you dine! For your main dish you must try cannelloni as it was invented here! Don’t forget to sip on a limoncello spritz too!
End your evening by strolling through the lemon garden in the very back of the restaurant and taking many beautiful photos!
This restaurant is called O’parrucchiano La Favorita. You will need to call a week in advance to make a reservation.
Check out my Instagram video on the restaurant – it’s so pretty!
23. Visit the Rainbow Colored Island of Procida
Procida, while not part of the Amalfi Coast, is a wonderful place to visit and can be reached in 30 minutes by ferry from Naples. It’s super colorful with all the brightly painted buildings and was also awarded the Italian Capital of Culture for the year 2022.
You can’t miss the stunning sunset here – it was one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve witnessed. This means you might need an overnight stay here because the last ferry may be before sunset time.
My guide to Procida will be handy if you choose to stay longer to visit this beautiful hidden gem.
BONUS: Amalfi Coast Map
Here’s a handy map with hotels, restaurants, and things to do, all mapped for your ease!
For more reading, you might also like these posts!
📅 Amalfi Coast Itinerary
🍋 What to see in Positano, Italy in One Day
♥ Things to do in Vietri sul Mare, the hidden gem of the Amalfi Coast
🌈 Procida – the most colorful island on the Amalfi Coast
🍷 Best Wineries on the Amalfi Coast
🏖️ 10 Beautiful Seaside Towns along the Coast in Italy
👩 Solo Female Travel Guide to Italy
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