8 Towns You Cannot Miss on Italy's Amalfi Coast
Italy’s Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful places in the world, if not the most beautiful, and a place I think everyone should visit at least once. No matter how many photos you see, they will never do it justice — it’s truly a place you have to see through your own eyes. It is pure magic.
Since I get a lot of questions about the different towns I went to as part of my scooter ride, I decided to do a summary of all of the towns I visited here. If you do not follow me on Instagram and therefore don’t know what scooter ride I am referring to, I have included the video at the bottom of this post.
Speaking of scooters, how to get from town to town? While there are sometimes ferry and/or bus options, there is nothing quite like zipping around Amalfi Drive on a scooter. Most importantly, if you are interested in photos this is really the only way to go. The roads are very narrow and you cannot just pull over to take a bunch of photos. If you did that, you’d block the entire road. Since scooters are much smaller you can pull over anywhere you want, as often as you want, for as long as you want! You can even squeeze around cars to avoid traffic if you are comfortable enough.
Positano is the jewel of the Amalfi Coast, in my humble, Italy loving opinion. It is where I recommend staying while visiting and also where I spend the majority of my time each trip. It is without a doubt my favorite place in the world, one that I have a really hard time putting into words. I find myself always going back to this excerpt from Steinbeck:
It is a cliffside village so tiny that it only has one main road which wraps through town. Everyone knows everyone and, by the time I leave town, I find that I do too! Unlike some of the other Amalfi Coast towns, I somehow find Positano to not be overwhelming in the slightest, even during peak tourist season (July).
I have a detailed post covering everything you need to know about Positano here, including how to get there, where to stay, what to do, and where to eat.
Praiano is a town located between Positano and Amalfi. It’s prime location and the fact that it is lesser-known make it a great place to stay while visiting the coast. The last time I was in town I visited with some friends that were born and raised in Positano and they both said that they think Praiano is the best town of all. I do not agree because to me nothing will ever be better than Positano, but it is a beautiful town and I do like that it is not overwhelmed with tourists.
If you are interested in staying in Praiano, check out Calante Luna. It is ran by the owner of the place I first stayed at in Positano, who has since become a friend. I visited briefly to say hi to him and it looked beautiful! You can see some clips of it starting in the video below at the 2:00 mark.
Furore is a very small town located between Praiano and Amalfi. So small that if you weren’t specifically looking for it, you would definitely miss it! It has the most beautiful beach, Fiordo di Furore, and is high on my list of places to go back to this summer. In the video below you can catch a glimpse of it’s magic from 2:18-2:26.
Amalfi, some don’t know, is actually a town on the Amalfi Coast (and the town that gives it’s name to the whole coast). It’s full of beaches, shops, restaurants, and of course those stunning coastal views everyone has come to love. When I visited in July I personally found it to be the busiest and therefore the least appealing, but it’s worth at least a quick visit nonetheless. If you are staying in Positano and don’t want to rent a car or scooter to see all of these towns, Amalfi is accessible by ferry from Positano.
Side note: Even if you are doing a tour via car or scooter, the ferry ride provides a different view and is quite cheap and relaxing. Might be worth looking into!
Atrani is the smallest city in all of Italy at just .08 sq miles (.2 sq km). If you visit on the back of a moving scooter, as I did, you will be through the entire town in less than a minute! How is that for small?! It is, however, extremely picturesque so I would not suggest passing through without stopping. I found the entire town to be incredibly charming.
Minori is a small town on the coast, just past Atrani but before Maiori. It apparently became famous long, long ago for its pasta factories and watermills. We just passed through and did not stop, but it sounds like I need to next time to try their delicious pasta!
Maiori is a town most people have likely not heard of, and is the most eastern city on my list. It is known for having the longest stretch of beach on the Amalfi Coastline. I did not stay long but rumor has it the nightlife is good, as are the restaurants and shops!
Minori and Maiori I did not snap photos of but in the video below you’ll see us drive through them from 3:11 to 3:28.
Ravello is the only town on my list not situated right on the sea. It is a popular, cliffside resort town and cultural hotspot. Villa Cimbrone is a popular attraction here, including the garden full of rare plants, statues, and temples, as well as the infinity terrace, said to have one of the most beautiful views in the world.