Arguably one of the most memorable and sought-after vacation destinations in Italy is the Amalfi Coast. This outstanding region is a glorious example of a Mediterranean landscape and has been duly recognized as such by UNESCO. A visit to this stunning Italian hotspot offers unlimited exciting experiences. Explore mountains that plunge right into the crystal-clear ocean, or trek through lush woodland. See abodes that cling to the cliffs or discover the underwater wonderland that thrives off the coast. Whatever it is you choose to do, there’s no denying that your vacation will be one for the books.
1.Ignazio Cerio Museum, Capri
© Ignazio Cerio Museum
Peruse collection after collection of fossils, prehistoric and classical archaeological finds, as well as items relating to minerals, fauna and flora of Capri at the Ignazio Cerio Museum. The museum, which boasts a fantastic location overlooking the Square of Capri, beguiles nature lovers and curious minds with over twenty thousand items that were discovered and gathered by Ignazio Cerio throughout the late nineteenth and twentieth-century. In just four exhibition halls and through seven collections, the museum manages to tell a story that is 190 million years old in a succinct and interesting way. To end your tour at the museum, make sure to head to the terrace of the Palazzo Cerio to enjoy remarkable views of the island, the Gul of Naples and the Capri Piazzetta.
Piazzetta Ignazio Cerio, 5, Capri, Italy 80073, Phone: +39-08-18-37-66-81
2.Museo Casa Rosssa, Anacapri
It goes without saying that the Museo Casa Rossa is one of the most striking buildings in Anacapri. The bright red walls of this complex will catch any visitor’s eye from a distance and retain that attention with its eclectic architecture and out of this world design elements. Designed at the tail end of the 19th century by an American colonel named John C MacKowen, the Casa Rossa today is a must-visit museum that features a variety of pieces from sculptures, to paintings and even archaeological artifacts. Among the most popular items to see in the museum are the unusual design elements of the building itself. Some of the spectacular things to see are the majolica cupola inspired staircases, the Classical columns, and Moorish windows of the building.
Via Giuseppe Orlandi, 78, Anacapri NA, Italy 80071, Phone: +39-08-18-38-21-93
3.Villa Romana, Minori
Villa Romana is a well-preserved Roman villa located in the heart of Minori, and the perfect place to visit for travelers eager to get a taste of first century Roman living. Located in the village of Minori, the villa stands right by the bay of the Amalfi Coast where the Regina Minor River meets the sea. The area was known to be a favorite destination for imperial Roman aristocracy, which is why so many ruins are found here in the first place. Walk the ancient stairs inside the villa, walk along the arcades, or see beautiful paintings preserved in the nearby annex.
Viva S. Maria Vetrano, 19, Minori SA, Italy 84010
4.Museo d’Arte Sacra Don Clemente, Maiori
© Museo d’Arte Sacra Don Clemente
Visitors on the hunt for a divine experience through artistic beauty are bound to enjoy a visit to the Museo d’Arte Sacra Don Celemente in Maiori. Located in the crypt of a collegiate church, the museum is filled with collection after collection of religious artefacts and art works worthy of a country like Italy, which is known for its religious history. Individuals who take some time to enjoy the museum can gain an appreciation and better understanding of the ‘sensus fideo’ of the Maiorese people, while also being able to get an up-close look at valuable pieces of Catholic arts.
Via Capitolo, Maiori, Italy 84010
5.Paper Mill Museum, Amalfi
© Paper Mill Museum
There’s nothing quite like walking into an ancient paper mill and at Amalfi, everyone is welcome to do so at the Paper Mill Museum. Housed in an authentic paper mill dating back to the 13th century, the Paper Mill Museum is a unique attraction that allows visitors to take a trip back in time and experience ancient paper production techniques. Guests can admire centuries-old machinery that was used in the production of paper like wooden hammers, water wheels, hemp rags and more. If you’re looking for an in depth experience of the Paper Mill Museum, guided tours are also available in various languages, hosted by tour guides with incredible knowledge about ancient paper making practices.
Via Delle Cartiere, 23, Amalfi SA, Italy 84011, Phone: +39-08-98-30-45-61
6.Villa Rufolo, Ravello
Built in the 13th Century, the Villa Rufolo in Ravello is a monumental complex that was named after the family that built it. Home to more rooms than there are days in the year, the village boasts of an extraordinary heritage was nearly lost due to time and, in many ways, negligence of care. Much of the beauty of the villa was, thankfully, restored through careful and loving restoration with gorgeous sites for visitors from near and far to see. Some highlights include the tower gateway with its terracotta columns, entwined arches and ribbed down, as well as the cloister, which has ancient walls and is lined with lush cypresses and lime trees. Not to mention 36 intact columns, the great tower, and the hall of the knights.
Piazza Duomo, Ravello, Salerno, Italy 84010, Phone: +39-089-85-76-21
7.Museo della Ceramica, Vietri sul Mare
Inaugurated in 1981, the Museo della Ceramica is found inside the Belvedere Tower. The tower is found inside the Villa Guariglia, an eclectic complex that is best known for being the summer home of Rafaele Guariglia, the Ambassador of Italy. The museum showcases traditional ceramics, which are undeniably the pride of the locals, and give insight to the unique craftsmanship involved in creating these gorgeous ceramic pieces. Practically a cultural institution, some of the must-see items in the museum include the Vietri ceramics, some of which are the oldest preserved specimens of ceramics in the country, as well as wall and floor tiles from Calle Driggiole.
Villa Guariglia, Via Nuovo Raito, Raito di Vietri sul Mare SA, Italy, Phone: +39-089-21-18-35
8.Liquid Art System, Capri and Positano
© Liquid Art System, Capri and Positano
Learn about art research, gain appreciation for various forms of art, and feast your eyes on amazing examples of contemporary and fine arts at the Liquid Art System in Capri and Positano. The museum takes a “glocal”, or global and local, approach to contemporary art and features the works of 62 artists. With close to 800 pieces of art stored in the Liquid Art System, and counting, guests can look forward to appreciating rotating exhibits with the works of artists like Coderch & Malavia, Antonio Sannino, Marco Cornini, Matteo Procacciolo, Umberto Ciceri. The Liquid Art System is also home to pieces by international artists like Seo Young-Deok, Zhuang Hong Yi, Peter Demetz.
Via Vittorio Emanuele, 56, Capri, Italy, Phone: +39-089-87-52-57
9.Italian Fine Art Gallery, Positano
© Italian Fine Art Gallery, Positano
With a folklore claiming that the town was born by Poseidon, there is an undulating bond between the people of Positano and the sea. This love and ancient bond with the sea has resulted in a deep artistic awareness, a lot of which can be viewed and enjoyed at the Italian Fine Art Gallery. The gallery is home to a collection of works including paintings by Roberta Diazzi, Ciro Palumbo, Claudia Giraudo, and sculptures by Isabel Miramontes, Mariela Garibay, Coderch and Malavia, Gio Frigo, Ermanno Leso, and more. The Italian Fine Art Gallery also has various photographs to peruse and study.
Piazza dei Mullini 8, Positano SA, Italy 84017, Phone: +39-089-87-51-13
10.Torre a Mare, Praiano
A comforting and commanding presence in Praiano, which overlooks the emerald-green sea by the Amalfi Coast is the Torre a Mare. This ancient medieval tower sits peacefully on a photogenic promontory and was built to protect the coast from possible Saracen invasions. Today, the Torre a Mare is a treat for travelers who are eager to get a taste of the Amalfi Coast’s history. It’s also a great place to visit for people who are looking forward to seeing and appreciating medieval architecture. Despite its place in history, the Torre a Mare is actually quite a romantic place to spend the afternoon with a loved one. After seeing all that Torre a Mare has to offer, guests should also explore the side streets to see a great collection of ceramics and artists by Paolo Sandulli.
Via Terramare, SNC Praiano, Italy 84010
11.La Caravella Art Gallery
© La Caravella Art Gallery
A restaurant might be the last place you would think to find a ceramic museum, yet that’s exactly what guests will get when they visit the La Caravella Art Gallery. This quirky museum was founded in 2009 when the La Caravella restaurant celebrated its 50th anniversary. At this museum, the colors, shapes, and textures of the Amalfi Coast come alive through every piece displayed. Unlike many other museums, guests are actually encouraged to touch the ceramics at this restaurant in order to gain a more holistic appreciation of ceramic arts. That’s not all there is to a visit to La Caravella though. As a gastronomic icon in Amalfi, guests are welcome to tuck into a meal of elevated cuisine made with local ingredients. Don’t forget to sample their excellent selection from the wine cellar while you view their incredible collection of art.
Vicolo Masaniello 14, Amalfi, Italy 84011, Phone: +39-089-87-10-29
12.Luiggi Nappa Gallery
© Luiggi Nappa Gallery
A repository of modern art, the Luigi Nappa Gallery exclusively exhibits the works of the prolific artist, Luigi Nappa. The gallery is a passionate expression of the artist’s deep love for traveling, cooking, cultures and people, but is most known for the spectacular pieces of modern paintings on display. The paintings of Luiggi Nappa are characterized by imperfect borders, irrational textures, as well as unexpected colors and patterns. Visiting art enthusiasts are welcome to get to know the story behind each painting, and see every stroke and every piece of texture up close and personal. You never know, you might just fight a painting that speaks to you and be moved to bring it home to appreciate for a lifetime.
Via Roma, 50, Procida NA, Italy 80079, Phone: +39-08-18-96-05-61
A gastronomic treat nestled in an ancient village within the Maritime Republic of Amalfi is the Il Teatro. At this restaurant, it would seem that time has stopped completely, as the atmosphere is absolutely relaxing and pervades every space of this incredible dining establishment. Il Teatro eagerly dishes up home-made appetizers of fresh fish, exquisite seafood buffets, and a cuisine built on traditional local recipes. Guests can feast on oysters, crustaceans, and lobsters, that form rustic meals characterized by intense and decisive flavors. While seafood is absolutely the star at Il Teatro, you definitely won’t want to miss out on their tasty pizzas either, which are cooked in a wood-fired oven according to the regions Neapolitan tradition.
Via Ercolano Marini 19/21, Amalfi SA, Italy 84011, Phone: +39-089-87-24-73
14.Ristorante Lido Azzuro
© Ristorante Lido Azzuro
Location right along the charming Amalfi marina, the Ristorante Lido Azzuro treats guests to an exclusive and magnificent panoramic terrace that is perched above a gorgeous touristic spot. Of course, this stunning view is coupled with outstanding and pleasurable meals, all of which are prepared with exceptional culinary tradition. What makes this restaurant special is its location just a few steps from the historic center of an ancient Maritime Republic. This gives the restaurant access to authentic ingredients and wealth of ancient sea recipes. Each dish is composed of excellent local ingredients and the catch of the day from local fishermen.
Via Lungomare dei Cavalierri, 5, Amalfi SA, Italy 84011, Phone: +39-089-87-13-84
15.Ristorante Marina Grande
© Ristorante Marina Grande
Innovation and Mediterranean flavors collide at the Ristorante Marina Grande, where passionate chefs take all of the flavors of the sea, course it through their kitchen, and dish it out on the plates of eager guests. The food at Ristorante Marina Grande is a combination of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, which has been fused with Italian culinary innovation thanks to recipes that have withstood the test of time. Seasonal menus are available here, along with a regular selection of crowd favorites like the 8-Course Chef Picked Tasting Menu. Additional all-time favorites and crowd pleasers include the Artisanal Linguine Pasta, and the Risotto Carnaroli.
Viale della Regione 4, Amalfi SA, Italy 84011, Phone: +39-089-87-11-29
16.Ristorante La Caravella
© Ristorante La Caravella
A historic restaurant in Venice that is situated just a stone’s throw away from Piazza San Marco is the Ristorante La Caravella. This restaurant features 3 distinct but equally amazing dining locations: The La Caravella Room, perfect for couples in search of privacy, exclusivity and romance, the Sala Il Cortile, which is ideal for larger parties and banquets, and the Garden, which is surrounded by greenery and Venetian wells for guests who want to eat in a stunning outdoor space. Though the ambience differs at each location, they are all tied together by impeccable cuisine and a menu that comprises of historical dishes presented in refreshing ways. Some traditional favorites on the menu include the Venetian style of fish with seafood cicchetti, Venetian fish risotto, and steamed grancevola with lemon extra virgin olive oil emulsion.
XXII Marzo 2399 Venice, Italy, Phone: +39-04-15-20-71-31
17.Da Maria Trattoria Pizzeria
Opened in 1968 by Luigi Colomba, the Da Maria Trattoria Pizzeria finds its footing in family tradition. The restaurant features a cuisine that has been saturated with the flavors of the mountains and the sea, thanks to ingredients that were once overlooked and thought to be only for the poor. Taking humble ingredients and transforming them into spectacular meals seems to be a specialty of the Da Maria Trattoria Pizzeria, as their dishes will leave your taste buds singing in delight. Feast on linguine with fresh anchovies or limpets, or tuck into meals of baby octopus, marinated flag fish, or traditional Italian vegetables dishes bursting with the flavors of tomato, oregano, basil, garlic and more. Of course, there’s always the pizza and no one in the neighborhood does pizza quite like Da Maria does.
Via Lorenzo D’amalfi, 14, Amalfi, Italy 84011, Phone: +39-089-87-18-80
What better ingredient is there to celebrate and feast on when by the stunning Amalfi coast then seafood? At Lo Smeraldino, fish is the undisputed protagonist of the menu, with shellfish and other items from the ocean’s bounty coming along for the culinary ride. Meals at Lo Smeraldino are crafted with care and bring patrons on a journey through local tradition with every bite. Avid meat eaters are bound to find the dishes here just as satisfying as a red meat dish, but just in case, there’s also a great selection of hearty and beefy offerings to sink their teeth into. Vegetarians can also look forward to a wonderful selection of vegetable dishes while dining at Lo Smeraldino.
Piazzale dei Protontini, 1, Amalfi SA, Italy 84011, Phone: +39-089-87-10-70
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The Silver Moon Restaurant is the first restaurant to open to have ever opened along Amalfi’s large beast coast. Founded in 1987 by the Esposito Family, the restaurant is located at the Flavio Gioia beach resort and has one particular goal in mind – to offer the best pizza in all of Amalfi. It’s safe to say that Silver Moon succeeded with their fragrant pizzas drawing eager eaters from near and far. Their key to success is their secret family recipe, which produces airy and delightfully chewy pizzas. Their sauce and toppings are all made with products found exclusively in the Amalfi Coast, while vegetables and fish are sourced daily to ensure freshness.
Viale della Regione, 6, Amalfi SA, Italy 84011, Phone: +39-089-87-21-50
© Taverna Buonvicino
It’s clear that the Amalfi Coast is one of the most sought after vacation destinations in Italy. Because of this, many restaurants can be over priced and too heavy on the pocket for some travelers. That doesn’t mean that finding a reasonably priced meal in Amalfi is impossible though. Frugal foodies, say hello to Taverna Buonvicino, a cozy and candlelit restaurant staffed with charming and passionate individuals, and rich in recipes that are simply to die for. Located in a quiet little courtyard, the restaurant dishes up regional specialties that will have guests coming back for more. Dishes to try include the fettuccine a la colatura, while fans of tart flavors will definitely get a kick out of the light and refreshing lemon pasta. Looking for a hearty meal? Try the grilled lamb, which although simple with just a hint of salt and rosemary, will absolutely hit the spot
Largo S. Maria Maggiore, 1-3, Amalfi, Italy 84011, Phone: +39-08-98-73-63-85
Tradition and passion are apparent and on unabashed display at Eolo, a lovely restaurant situated on one of the most beautiful and scenic corners of the Amafli Coast. Eolo features a stunning view of the austere Ziro Tower and the dramatic horizon, while the restaurant itself is decorated with elegant and decorated ceramics indicative of the beautiful culture of Vietri sul Mare. Their excellent wine list goes well with the fresh and traditional dishes that come out of the kitchen, where seafood is on grand display. It’s inexcusable not to have the seafood tasting menu, which features sublime flavors through a series of small and mouthwatering dishes that will leave you breathless. Additionally, the sea bass main is divine and sublime all at the same time.
Via P. Comite 3, Amalfi SA, Italy 84011, Phone: +39-089-87-12-41
22.Chair Lift, Capri
There’s no better way to take in the sights and sounds of the Amalfi Coast than on the Chair Lift of Monte Solaro in Capri. Taking guests on a rapid ascent up the mountain side, the Chair Lift offers unbeatable views of the Gulf of Naples, while Mount Vesuvius serves as a glorious backdrop to the panoramic view and the distinct color of the sea which sparkles in the sunlight. The lift stops at the peak of Monte Solaro, the highest point in Capri, with the whole ride taking roughly 13 minutes altogether. While at the Chair Lift, travelers ought to explore the nearby areas, which are home to luxuriant vegetation and a rugged coast line.
Via Copascuro 10, Anacapri, Italy 80071, Phone: +39-08-18-37-04-20
23.Positano Home Cooking
© Positano Home Cooking
Vacations aren’t just about attractions and restaurants, they’re also about experiences and doing as the local do. There’s no better way to get an authentic Amalfi experience than by learning how locals cook and eat. Food is a great communicator, after all, and in Italy, food is the best vehicle of culture. Positano Home Cooking classes is a small family run experience, which sources only the freshest and most premium cooking ingredients for students to use. By handling the ingredients themselves, guests will gain a deeper appreciation of the food culture in Italy, while learning how to cook Italian recipes give insight to the family traditions in Amalfi. Ready for a great bonus? Guests will also get to learn about the wine making process – an art that has been passed down from generation to generation.
Via Trara Genoino, 13, Positano SA, Italy 84018, Phone: +39-33-37-76-83-77
A restaurant, mozzarella bar, pizzeria and cooking institution all in one, the Ristorante Michel’Angelo was opened in 2009 by the D’Esposito brothers. The restaurant was inspired by the brothers’ father, who dreamed of seeing a place in town where people could gain a genuine experience of Italian family hospitality and Caprese cuisine. One of the greatest draws to the restaurant is its mozzarella and gourmet pizza bar, which boasts of some of Southern Italy’s freshest mozzarella, caciotta, and other specialty cheeses as well as dried meats. Patrons can also savor a wine list that is exclusively Italian with bottles PIemonte, Campania, Tuscany and more. Want to learn how to make their stunning meals? The restaurant offers cooking classes centered around the basics of Caprese cuisine as well as other master classes like the La Cucina Di Casa, the Giardino Di Capri or the Private Master Class.
Via Sella Orta 10, Capri Campania, Italy 80073, Phone: +39-08-18-37-72-20
25.Kayak to a Private Cove
Explore the coast of Amalfi first-hand with a kayak trip to a private cove at Capri. This Capri Island tour starts with a private boat trip, which takes avid explorers to the island of Capri. The boat ride alone is jewel of an experience as the trip to Capri Island treats travelers to a one-of-a-kind view to the Sorrento Peninsula, Li Galli Island, and the rest of the coast line. Members of the tour who have never been on a kayak before will have a short introductory lesson to the watersport for safety purposes before the group departs on their water expedition. Some sights to look forward on the tour include the Villa Jovis, which is the most stunning of all of Emperor Tiberius’ island residences, the Rock Window to the Sky, a natural cavity, and the iconic Faraglioni Rocks.
Duoglio Beach Via Mauro Comite 41, Amalfi, Italy, Phone: +39-33-83-62-95-20
25 Best Things to Do in Amalfi, Italy
- Ignazio Cerio Museum, Capri, Photo: Ignazio Cerio Museum
- Museo Casa Rosssa, Anacapri, Photo: IvanDub/stock.adobe.com
- Villa Romana, Minori, Photo: laudibi/stock.adobe.com
- Museo d’Arte Sacra Don Clemente, Maiori, Photo: Museo d’Arte Sacra Don Clemente
- Paper Mill Museum, Amalfi, Photo: Paper Mill Museum
- Villa Rufolo, Ravello, Photo: jsk12/stock.adobe.com
- Museo della Ceramica, Vietri sul Mare, Photo: durisi63/stock.adobe.com
- Liquid Art System, Capri and Positano, Photo: Liquid Art System, Capri and Positano
- Italian Fine Art Gallery, Positano, Photo: Italian Fine Art Gallery, Positano
- Torre a Mare, Praiano, Photo: lkonya/stock.adobe.com
- La Caravella Art Gallery, Photo: La Caravella Art Gallery
- Luiggi Nappa Gallery, Photo: Luiggi Nappa Gallery
- Il Teatro, Photo: niromaks/stock.adobe.com
- Ristorante Lido Azzuro, Photo: Ristorante Lido Azzuro
- Ristorante Marina Grande, Photo: Ristorante Marina Grande
- Ristorante La Caravella, Photo: Ristorante La Caravella
- Da Maria Trattoria Pizzeria, Photo: lsvsvl/stock.adobe.com
- Lo Smeraldino, Photo: JJAVA/stock.adobe.com
- Silver Moon, Photo: Olga Nayashkova/stock.adobe.com
- Taverna Buonvicino, Photo: Taverna Buonvicino
- Eolo, Photo: Eolo
- Chair Lift, Capri, Photo: Sergiogen/stock.adobe.com
- Positano Home Cooking, Photo: Positano Home Cooking
- Ristorante Michel’Angelo, Photo: Goinyk/stock.adobe.com
- Kayak to a Private Cove, Photo: EpicStockMedia/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Aleh Varanishcha/stock.adobe.com