Amalfi Coast – Small Towns

The Amalfi Coast Highway is a wonderful drive. You can star at either end (Sorrento or Salerno) and go to the opposite town. If you don’t want to drive, take a ferry to Positano. From Positano you can get to some smaller towns by ferry but the Sita bus stops at all towns.

Some towns you may want to stop and spend an hour or two in are:

  1. Arienzo – This is one of the most beautiful beaches along the Amalfi Coast. It is preserved because of the 300 steps needed to traverse to get to the beach. If you can handle the steps, this is the beach to be at.
  2. Nocelle – This town is actually a hamlet of Positano. It is 300 meters above sea level (about 930 feet). There is a 1700 step stairways to Positano, Some of the best views can be had here.
  3. Laurito – This cove started out as a pirate cove to launch attacks on nearby towns. Now it is a beautiful beach. There is also a very steep climb down to the beach from the road.
  4. Praiano – This is an unknown beautiful town half way between Positano and Amalfi. There is a beautiful cathedral here. Most people go here for the award-winning beaches and sun.
  5. Furore – This is a beach alcove with ancient fishermen houses clung to the steep sides of the gorge. There are beautiful panoramic views and a great beach.
  6. Conca Dei Marini – A beautiful fishing village. You have panoramic views back to Positano. You can watch the sun set on the sea.
  7. Tovere In San Pietro – This is a larger city that has great beaches and a wonderful cathedral Sant’ Andrea. The city is known for its bright houses.
  8. Vettica Minore – This is another little hideaway on the Mediterranean coast
  9. Atrani – Just east of Amalfi is this village, one of Italy’s smallest and most beautiful small towns. The center of town is inside ancient cliff side homes. Make your way in to discover this wonderful town.
  10. Castiglione – The town is small and just above the highway but a beautiful beach is 100 steps below the highway.
  11. Minori – This small village houses one of the Amalfi Coast’s most important monuments, Villa Marittima Romana.
  12. Maiori – This town is a small fishing village. It is known for having the largest beach on the Amalfi Coast.
  13. Cetara – This is another small fishing town at the base of Mount Falerzio.
  14. Vietri Sul Mare – This is a town with a beautiful beach and cathedral. A great place to walk around and discover Italian life.

All of these towns are known for their seafood. It is caught fresh locally. If you enjoy great seafood, eat a lot here. Some have great B&Bs if you want to spend a night.

George & Jo Anne


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