Amalfi Coast Travel Information
The Amalfi Coast, or Costiera Amalfitana in Italian, is a stretch of coastline on the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula of Italy (Province of Salerno), extending from Positano in the west to Vietri sul Mare in the east.The Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana) is one of Europe’s most breathtaking. Cliffs terraced with scented lemon groves sheer down into sparkling seas; whitewashed villas cling precariously to unforgiving slopes while sea and sky merge in one vast blue horizon.
The Amalfi coast is renowned for its assortment; every town has its own character and attractive sites. The most noticeable places to visit on the Amalfi coast are:
- The Duomo (the cathedral) in Amalfi, and its cloister (Chiostro del Paradiso in Italian)
- The church of Santa Maria Assunta in Positano
- The churches of San Salvatore del Birecto and of Santa Maria Maddalena in Atrani
- Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo in Ravello
- The churches of San Luca and San Gennaro in Praiano and their viewpoints
- The church of San Pancrazio in Conca dei Marini and its viewpoint
- The church of Santa Trofimena and the ancient Roman villa in Minori
- The Fjiord of Furore with the Mulino Cartiera (Paper Mill) and the “Monazzeni” of Anna Magnani & Roberto Rossellini Furore
The best time to visit is in spring or early autumn. In summer the coast’s single road gets very busy and prices are inflated; in winter much of the coast simply shuts down.
Hotels in Amalfi Coast
Hotel Caruso (5 stars luxury)
Located on the highest point of Ravello, the Hotel Caruso is perched on a cliff top 1150ft (350mt) above the sea level overlooking the spectacular Mediterranean of the Amalfi Coast. The most suggestive beaches and destination of the legendary Amalfi Coast are short driving distance: Amalfi, Atrani, Positano, Sorrento, and Naples, Herculaneum and Pompeii.
Hotel Santa Caterina (5 stars luxury)
Hotel Santa Caterina is situated a mere seven hundred meters from the historic center of the town of Amalfiwhich, together with Positano and Ravello, is considered to be one of the most beautiful destinations along the Amalfi Coast. From here, Herculaneum, Pompei, Sorrento and Naples are all within easy driving distance.
Amalfi and the Hotel Santa Caterina can be reached by car by following the A3 motorway in the direction of Salerno and exiting at Vietri sul Mare, from where to follow indications to Amalfi and theAmalfi Coast. Naples Capodichino is the closest airport. The nearest railway station is that of Salerno (25km).
Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi (5 stars)
From the heights of its cliff-top position, the Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi dominates the whole of the Bay of Amalfi. The hotel is located just outside the small seaside town of Amalfi, on the spectacular and often hair-raising SS163 coastal road, also known as the “Blue Ribbon” or “Amalfi Drive”. The historic center of Amalfi with its magnificent cathedral lies within minutes of the hotel as do the majority of the Amalfi Coast’s most famous towns, such as Atrani, Furore, Praiano, Conca dei Marini, Positano, Ravello, Maiori, Minori and Vietri sul Mare.
Grand Hotel Il Saraceno (5 stars)
The Grand Hotel Il Saraceno lies on the rocky terraces descending to the sea of the Amalfi. Positano and Ravello and the most celebrated localities of the Amalfi Coast are easy drive distance from the hotel.
Belvedere (4 stars)
The Belvedere Hotel is situated 4 Km after Amalfi on the left. From Napoli Capodichino: Highway Napoli – Salerno A3. Exit Vietri sul mare. Amalfi (SS 163).
Hotel Luna Convento (4 stars)
The Hotel Luna Convento in Amalfi Coast is perched directly on the sea on the east side of Amalfi overlooking the entire bay and within walking distance to the town centre. Amalfi is a beautiful resort, former Marine Republic, has a rich artistic heritage, cultural and historical. There are close: Maiori, Minori,Ravello e Furore.
Hotel Le Terrazze (3 stars)
Hotel Le Terrazze is located in Conca dei Marini, a pretty little fishing town in the heart of the Amalfi Coast. From the height of its position, clinging to the cliff edge, the hotel enjoys magnificent views of the sea and the beach of Conca dei Marini. Le Terrazze is the perfect base for those keen to explore the legendary towns of the Amalfi Coast, such as Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, Furore, Praiano, Atrani, Minori, Maiori and Vietri sul Mare. The marvelous Grotta dello Smeraldo lies within minutes of the hotel. Behind the town, the Lattari mountains are home to any number of ancient pathways, including the breathtakingly panoramic “Sentiero degli Dei”.
Hotel Alfonso a Mare (3 stars)
Hotel Alfonso a Mare is situated in Praiano half way between the towns of Amalfi and Positano. By car from the North: take the A1 motorway as far as Naples and then follow indications for the A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway. Exit at Castellammare di Stabia and then follow indications for Sorrento, Positano and Praiano.
By car from the South: From the A3 Reggio Calabria – Salerno motorway, exit at Salerno; follow indications for the Amalfi Coast, Amalfi and Praiano. Alternatively, from Salerno, take the S.S.163 Amalfitana highroad.
Locanda degli Agrumi (Guest Houses)
Locanda degli Agrumi is an intimate little guest house situated on the immediate outskirts of the seaside town of Conca dei Marini, on the Amalfi Coast. The historic fishing harbor is now one of the area’s most popular bathing resorts. The hotel is located exactly half way between the celebrated towns ofAmalfi and Positano. Praiano, Furore, Atrani and Ravello are all within easy reach of the hotel andMaiori, Minori, and Vietri sul Mare are only a few kilometers further away. Herculaneum, Pompei and the city of Naples are just over an hour’s drive from the hotel. Boats heading to the island of Capri depart from Amalfi, Positano and nearby Sorrento.
Dimora di Mare (Luxury Villas)
Gazing out to sea, Dimora di Mare is located on the stretch of coast within the comune of Ravello. The setting is that of the legendary Amalfi Coast, characterised by stunning seascapes and a string of strikingly beautiful towns. Dimora di Mare – Villa Sgrosso lies close to the towns of Amalfi and Atrani.Positano, Furore and Praiano are also within easy reach, as is the Cilento area: famous for its Park and its magnificent, crystal clear sea. Excellent destinations for a day trip, Sorrento, Pompei, Herculaneum and the city of Naples are all no more than an hour’s drive away.