Positano on the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Tips

Things to see and do along the Amalfi Coast
This page has information about towns along the famous Amalfi Coast of Italy. I will be adding more information as I find it.
This google map shows the locations of the towns and attractions below.

General Information Getting Here Vietri Sul Mare Cava dei Tirreni Cetara Maiori Tramonti Minori Atrani

Ravello Scala Amalfi Conca dei Marini Furore Agerola Praiano Positano Nearby

Amalfi Coast General Information

This section will have general information about the Amalfi Coast as I come across it.

A great time to visit the Amalfi Coast is late September, Most of the tourists should be gone and the weather should be beautiful with temperatures in the high 80's and ocean breezes to make it comfortable.

The main road that traverses the entire Amalfi Coast, The Amalfi Drive, is the SS163. It hugs the coastline and is only about 55 KM (34 miles) long.

There are 100 fabulous beaches along the Amalfi Coast.


Amalfi Coast Italy Travel and Leisure
Amalfi Coast online The Divine Coast
Seasons in Italy
Summer in Italy Italy Travel Guide pages
Positano.com Amalfi Coast Insider Guide


The Amalfi Coast is known not only for the beautiful views and the deep blue ocean vistas, but also for the variety of the local gastronomy. Each town features unique specialties from its local products.

The huge, juicy sfusato di Amalfi lemons are a main feature of the Amalfi Coast. Sfogliatella, a shell shaped pastry case filled with thick lemony cream; limoncello, a liquer made from lemons; and lemon granita are three good reasons to visit the area.

General Amalfi Attractions

Here are some attractions on the Amalfi Coast that do not relate to a particular town.

Amalfi Coast to Capri Boat Excursion

Amalfi Coast to Capri Boat Excursion
A full-day sightseeing tour taking in all the Amalfi Coast villages, including Ravello, Positano, Atrani, Praiano, Maiori and Minori. You visit the grottoes in Capri and Amalfi, you can go swimming directly from the boat, the tour circumnavigates Capri island and you have the opportunity to disembark in Capri for three hours of your own time before you cruise back at about 6pm. Departures from Amalfi, Maiori and Minori.
As of April, 2010, the cost was €79.00 per person.

Amalfi Coast Tours

Amalfi Coast Tours See Amalfi Coast Private Drivers
See Amalfi Coast is a private car service company specialized in cruise ship excursions from Naples to the Amalfi Coast.
They also do tours from Amalfi and lots more.

Amalfi Accommodations

I will add links here as I find them about accommodations along the Amalfi Coast.

Simpson Travel Villas in Corsica, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Greece, Mallorca and Morocco.

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Getting Here

You have several options for getting to the Amalfi Coast, whether you take the train, the bus or rent a car. Renting a car will give you the ability to see more of the sights listed below, and more flexability.

The Train

You can take the train from Rome to Salerno, however there is no train service along the Amalfi Coast.
Once you are in Salerno you have the option of taking a ferry to Amalfi, Cetera, Minori, Positano, Sorrento or Vietri sul Mare, or you can take a bus to Amalfi, Atrani, Minori, Maiori, Erche, Cetera or Vietre sul Mare.

The ItaliaRail website lists several trains each day going between Rome and Salerno. (When you are looking for fares, be sure to choose Salerno as your destination, and not one of the other two options for Salerno.) The Salerno train station is the best connection for busses to Amalfi — buy your bus ticket at the tourist information office in the station. There is also a cafe in the station where you can wait for the bus if necessary.

You can select a train going from the Fiumicino Airport to Salerno, but you will have at least one connection to make. If I were going to take the train, I would fly into Fiumicino Airport and take the express train from the airport to Termini station in Rome and stay in a hotel nearby for the night. Then the next morning I would take the train from Termini to Salerno.

There are lots of trains to choose from. When you are looking at the options presented on the website, look at the departure time, but also look at the Travel Time column. The ones with longer travel times will probably be making more stops along the way.

The Bus

You can take a SITA bus from Rome to Salerno and then use the bus service to make your way along the Amalfi Coast. This service serves Amalfi, Atrani, Minori, Maiori, Erche, Cetera, Vietre sul Mare and Salerno.

The Ferry

You can take a ferry from Salerno to several places along the coast via the Cooperative Sant'Andrea. Then you can use the bus if you want to visit other towns along the Amalfi Coast, or do so by ferry. This ferry service serves Amalfi, Cetera, Minori, Positano, Sorrento, Vietri and Salerno.

Rental Car

My recommendation is to fly into the Fiumicino Airport in Rome and rent a car. It is only about a 3 hour drive to Salerno, and then you have all options open as fas as where to go and what to see. From the airport, you would take the Rome-Fiumicino Autostrada to the A90 (E80) highway. Take the exit for the E821 which will take you to the A1 (E45) which you can follow to the Naples area. At Naples, you can continue onto the A3 (E45) highway to Salerno.

You can either drive to Salerno and work your way eastward along the Amalfi Coast, in the order of the towns listed below, or drive to Sorrento and visit the towns in the reverse order.

Renting a car also gives you the option of stopping off at Naples either on your way to the Amalfi Coast or on you way back to Rome.

If you are not going to visit all of the towns along the coast, you can take a short cut over the mountains and save yourself about 45 minutes.
As you make your way down the A3 (E45) highway (Rome-Salerno Autostrada), you can exit the highway at Angri and follow the signs for Valico di Chiunzi. When you get to the top, you should have some great views, and look for the sign that indicates a turn toward Ravello/Amalfi Coast. You may also see a granita stand here where you can take a break and get some inexpensive granita.


There is another option, especially if you want to spend a little of your time in Naples. You can take the train to Naples from Rome.
Once in Naples, you have several options:

  • You can take a train from Naples to Sorrento, and then take a bus or a ferry to towns along the Amalfi Coast.
  • You can take a bus or ferry from Naples to Sorrento, and then take a bus or a ferry to towns along the Amalfi Coast.
  • You can take a bus or ferry from Naples to towns along the Amalfi Coast.

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Vietri Sul Mare

As we drive north from Salerno, the first town we come to is Vietri sul Mare. It is famous for its ceramic handicrafts, which date back to the fifteenth century.

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There are several ceramics studios around the town of Vietri Sul Mare. Here are a few of them:

  • Solimene Ceramica
  • Ceramica Daedalus
  • Ceramica Cosi Stefania
  • Lavorazione Ceramiche Artigianali
  • Ceramiche Di Mosca Giovanni
  • Ceramica Artistica Falcone Di Falcone Ilaria
  • Ceramica Oggettistica Regali

Museo Ceramica Vietrese

Museum of the Ceramics of Vietri
Via Nuova Raito 84019 Vietri sul Mare Salerno, Italy
Telephone: 089 211 835
The exhibition, located in the Tower and in the ground floor of the Villa, is composed by precious pieces of antique ceramics, works of art by Richard Dölker, Elle Schwarz (Dölker's wife), Irene Kowaliska, Margarete Thewalt Hannash (known as Bab), but also local artists, such as Giovannino Carrano, Vincenzo Pinto, Giosuè and Salvatore Procida and Guido Gambone.
A section of the exhibition is dedicated to the famous "riggiole", typical local ceramic tile, used in flooring and lining applications.

Other Attractions in Vietri Sul Mare

Here are some places that you should see in Vietri Sul Mare.

  • Church of St. John the Baptist
  • Confraternity of the Annunciation and the Rosary
  • Church of the Madonna delle Grazie
  • Church of Santa Margherita
  • Palazzo Solimene
  • Palace Taiani
  • XVI century tower Crestarellatower of Marina of Albori
  • Villa Guariglia, in the village of Raito
  • The "due fratelli" ("two brothers"), two large rocks, similar to the more famous "Faraglioni" of Capri

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Cava dei Tirreni

Located north of Vietri sul Mare, Cava dei Tirreni is an ancient town made up of more than twenty hamlets, giving it a star shape.

General Information

Cava dei Tirreni, has a wide range of tourist activities and it presents itself as the "Green Door to the Amalfi Coast".
This appears to be a great web site for the town of Cava. It provides lots of information about the town, history, festivals, places to eat and drink, etc.


Be sure to check out Ristorante pappaCarbone with head chef Rocco Lannone.
via Rosario Senatore n°30, 84013 Cava dei Tirreni (SA) Italia
Telephone: 0039 089 466 441

Other Attractions in Cava de' Tirreni

Here are some places that you should see in Cava de' Tirreni.

  • Print Store Di Della Rocca Luigi
  • Duomo di Cava de' Tirreni
  • Parrocchia S. Maria Dell'Olmo

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Continuing north along the Amalfi Coast, we come to the small fishing village of Cetara that is famous for its fishing related products such as the salted anchovy sauce and red tuna. Cetara is a fishing town with one of the best equipped tuna fish fleets of the Mediterranean.


The people of Cetera are dedicated to fishing, in particular, the local anchovies and octopi. They use the octopi in casseroles!

Things you shouldn't miss in Cetara: the anchovies, main ingredient in most sauces; tuna fish preserved in olive oil; and the colatura of anchovies, an elixir extracted from the pressing of salted anchovies.

An excellent place to try the cuisine of Cetara is Il Ristorante Pizzeria Al Convento, a converted convent, where you could even take a cooking class if you desire.
Piazza San Francesco, 16, 84010 Cetara (Sa), Costiera Amalfitana
Telephone: 089.261039

Discover Cetara

Discover Cetara - Only 15 miles from Amalfi!
Historicaly, Cetara followed the sort of the Amalfi Republic. Because it was a border town of Amalfi Republic and the Dukedom of Salerno, it began a Saracin navy base. From this place, Saracins attacked Amalfi Coast and Paestum. After the Amalfi domination, Cetara was under the control of Erchie Abbey, later it followed the sort of Cava Abbey, that used the Catara's harbour for their Mediterranean trade. A tragic event, happened,during the XVI century, when Turkish ships sacked and destroyed Cetara.

Parrocchia Di San Pietro Apostolo

Parrocchia Di San Pietro Apostolo church of San Pietro, the patron saint of Cetara.
Via San Giacomo

Ceramica Vietri Scotto

Ceramica Vietri Scotto
Lungofiume Bonea, 56 - Vietri sul Mare
Telephone: +39 08 921 01 97
VIETRI SCOTTO Ceramics is light in glazes. It is tradition in decoration with 15th and 16th century Vietri and Neapolitan influences. Sunlight reflections with Arab and Moorish influences that have enriched the history of the Amalfi Coast, various folk and religious votive images , echoes of sea coast and people, roses of the wind, all are impregnated into the terracotta ceramic tiles.

Agrocetus Di Pappalardo

Agrocetus Di Pappalardo G.& C.S.N.C. - Produzione Bevande Alcoliche
Piazza Europa, 30, 84010 - Cetara (SA)
Telefono: 089.261797
Their web site is only in Italian, but it appears that they use lemons to make a variety of "drinks and jams"

Other Attractions in Cetara

Here are some places that you should see in Cetara.

  • The church of San Francesco
    built in the XVII century
    Its dome was painted by the painter Marco Benincasa

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Next we come to the town of Maiori, the ancient Reghinna Major, which has a very charming old town, with narrow streets and alleys, and is dominated on the north by the imposing castle of San Nicola de Thoro Plano,and to the west by the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria a Mare.


The typical dishes of Maiori are fish-based recipes and cakes made with lemons. Also in Maiori, as in the rest of Amalfi Coast, you can find the delicious "yellow liqueur" called Limoncello. Some of the delicacies of Maiori are: ravioli with fish filling in a cherry tomato and prawn sauce; avannotti (small fish) cooked in lemon leaves; warm or cold hors d'oeuvre with finely cut octopus; and linguine with sea food. The traditional desserts of Maiori are: fried aubergines (eggplants) covered with a thick chocolate sauce (a strange dish which may have been imported by middle-eastern invaders); almond paste biscuits; and sospiri, a soft Spanish cake filled with lemon cream and covered with icing. The local suggestion to complete your meal is a fresh lemon sorbet to help with digestion.

Castle of S. Nicole de Thoro-Plano

Castle of S. Nicole de Thoro-Plano
The Castle of Maiori appears on the summit of the hill which dominates the villages of Accola and Carpineto. The fortress was built around an ancient church dedicated to S. Nicola de Thoro-Plano.
To book visits phone +39 089852600 (Mr. Crescenzo de Martino)

Torre Normanna (Norman Tower)

Torre Normanna
SS163 84010 Maiori SA, Italy
This is one of the numerous coastal towers built by the Spanish which are part of a large defensive system. Most of them are visible only by sea. The tower entitled Norman, however, dominates the landscape of Maiori, becoming one of the most representative symbols of the centre itself.

The tower's structure includes restaurants, meetings and conferences room, bathing beach and sea cliff, solarium, ...

This looks like it could be a good place to get some lunch or dinner while you are in the area.

Other Attractions in Maiori

Here are some places that you should see in Maiori.

  • The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria a Mare
    dating from the XIII century and remodeled several times in later centuries
    located on the top of the hill Torina on the ruins of an ancient fortress.
  • The Church and Convent of San Francesco
  • The Abbey of Santa Maria de 'Olearia
    which dates from the X century, built in the den of a cave
    situated along the main road (S.S. 163) in the direction of Salerno
  • The Shrine of Madonna dell'Avvocata
    on the summit of Mount Falesio
  • Other Churches: Church of St. James in Platea, Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Church of St. Martino in the village of Vecite
  • The Miramare Castle (or Mezzacapo)
    located on a rocky outcrop in area Torricella, on the border between Maiori and Minori
    topped by towers with conical spires
  • Palazzo Mezzacapoa renaissance-style building, now seat of the Town Hall, with adjoining XVIII century garden, built in the shape of the Cross of Malta
  • The caves, such as Sulfurea and Pandora caves
  • The beaches, such as Cala Bellavaia beach

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From Cetera we move along to Tramonti which is made up of a group of villages and districts. Set among the green mountains covered with vineyards, Tramonti sits away from the clamor of the coastal Amalfi towns. It is well known for its authentic flavors, excellent wines and dairy products.


Tramonti is known for its excellent wines characterized by the scents and the aromas of this area and for its contributions to the development of pizza thanks to the love of its inhabitants for this delicious dish, cooked in their own ovens together with their bread.

In addition, goat meat is a specialty in Tramonti, served in all kinds of sauces, as are chiodini mushrooms fried in a corn flour; and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Azienda Vinicola Di Apicella Giuseppe

Azienda Vinicola Di Apicella Giuseppe Viticoltore (Wine Grower)
Via Castello S.Maria, 1, Frazione Capitignano, 84010 Tramonti(Sa) - Italy
Telephone: +39 089 85 62 09
Thanks to Giuseppe Apicella's resolution, the Apicella family has been nourishing and cultivating a passion for vineyards and wine, following a tradition that has belonged to the lands of Tramonti for centuries (we are talking about the Red wine produced in this area since the time of the Amalfi Maritime Republic) and using the experience inherited by the forefathers.

Other Attractions in Tramonti

Here are some places that you should see in Tramonti.

  • Castle of Santa Maria la Nova
    built in 1457 by Raimondo Orsini, prince of Salerno
  • The remains of the castle of Montalto
    partially hidden by vegetation
    on the top of Mount Montalto, between Tramonti and Ravello
  • The Church of Sant'Erasmo
    in the hamlet of Pucara
  • The rocky Chapel in the hamlet of Gete
    dating back to the XIII century
  • The Royal Conservatory of the Saints Teresa and Giuseppe
    dating back to the XVII century
    where the famous "concerto" (a digestive liqueur obtained by the maceration in pure alcohol of several spices) was prepared for the first time

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Now we move on to Minori, which is another village made up of numerous districts that cling along the ridges of the surrounding hills. Man made terraces are cultivated with lemons and grapes, and are a good place from which to enjoy a beautiful view over the entire coastline.


Recently been proclaimed the "City of taste", Minori's inhabitants have devoted themselves to the production of hand-made pastas. The production of these special pastas has been encouraged in the recent years, along with the preparation of other local products such as various liqueurs (limoncello, or others flavored with mandarin, wild strawberries or dill); and fresh cakes and pastries. A eno-gastronomic event, Gusta Minori, is held in the first weeks of September with a theatrical theme combined with the tasting of the typical specialties of Minori.

Minori is famous for the fresh hand made pastas like the scialatielli served with vegetable or seafood sauces or the ndunderi a sort of gnocchi made of a mixture of flour, bran and local ricotta cheese served in a fresh tomato sauce. Not to miss: the tagliolini with a lemon sauce and the risotto with citrus fruits.

Sal de Riso (Pasticciere)

Sal de Riso Il Pasticciere della Tradizione
Piazza Ettore e Gaetano Cantilena, 1, 84010 Minori SA, Italy
Telephone: +39 089 85 36 18
La Pasticceria De Riso — De Riso Confectionary — is located in Minori, just opposite the seafront and a few steps further St. Trofimena's Cathedral. It is the confectionary par excellence of the Amalfi coast thanks to the quality and quantity of cakes and pastries made by Salvatore De Riso, well known for his talent and genius.

Other Attractions in Minori

Here are some places that you should see in Minori.

  • The Maritime Archaeological Villa
    Ancient Roman Villa of the I century A.D.
  • Basilica of Santa Trofimena
    in late XVIII century style
  • The Convent and the Church of St. Nicholas (XI century)
    located on Mount Forcella
    founded by the Augustinians in 1628
  • The Church of Saints Gennaro and Giuliano
    in the district of Villamena
  • Other Churches: Church of Our Lady of the Rosary which interconnects with the Church of Saints Gennaro and Giuliano, Church of St. John the Baptist of Piezulo, Church of Saint Lucia, Church and the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, Church of St. Michael the Archangel
  • Tower Mezzacapo in Torricella situated along the main road SS 163 "Amalfitana", on the border of the town limits between Maiori and Minori
  • the XI century Fountain of the Lions
    situated on the seafront
  • The Grotto of the Annunciation
    located between the towns of Maiori and Minori, along the SS 163 "Amalfitana"
    was originally used by fishermen as a the shelter of their boats
    Inside are preserved the remains of an ancient chapel dedicated to Our Lady and a small pond of fresh water.

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Atrani, a fishing village, is one of the smallest municipalities in Southern Italy. It has a picturesque square and the ancient church of San Salvatore dei Birecto (tenth century). During the times of the ancient Maritime Republic of Amalfi, the Dukes (Dogi) received their official investiture at this church.

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Atrani has a typical medieval town structure with narrow streets and alleys, many of them covered by vaults and arches, which wind among the houses and then meet in a square.
Wealthy Romans built summer villas in Atrani, as they did all the other towns of the Amalfi Coast, and archaeological excavations are bringing many of these villas to light.
Several traditional festivals held in Atrani celebrate the beautiful clear water of the sea and the abundance of fish, such as the Sagra del Pesce Azzurro (fish festival).


In Atrani, fishing has always been very important, especially the fishing of anchovies. The people of the Amalfi Coast called people from Atrani "Magna Alice" (anchovy eaters). At night, the lights of the fishing boats departing, light the sea in a very charming way, which can be seen from the beach.

Be sure to try the Involtini di Mozzarella in Foglia di Limone, which are delicious mozzarella rolls in lemon leaf.

Sarchiapone, stuffed cylinders of long marrow (a fruit of July), filled with minced meat and cheese and cooked in a rich tomato sauce, is a typical dish of Atrani. Also the cassata Atranese, the pasticciotto (a delicate short crust pastry cake filled with cream and cherry marmalade) and lemon cake.

In August, the village of Atrani holds its Festa del Pesce Azzura (Blue Fish Festival) celebrating the anchovy. Every resident of Atrani contributes to the festival.

Casa Vinicola Ettore Sammarco

Casa Vinicola Ettore Sammarco Vitivinicola (Wine Producer)
Via Civita, 9 - Ravello (SA) Costiera Amalfitana
Telephone: +39 (0)89 87 27 74
Although the address is listed as Ravello, I have put this here because it appears to be closer to Atrani than to Ravello.

Other Attractions in Atrani

Here are some places that you should see in Atrani.

  • Masaniello's Cave
    on the eastern slope of Mount Aureo
    where the famous popular leader, Tommaso Aniello d'Amalfi, sheltered after the Neapolitan insurrection against the Spanish Government in 1647. The mother's home of the famous revolutionary was historically situated not too far from the cave.
  • The Grotto of the Saints
    not far from the Torre dello Ziro
    decorated with frescoes in Byzantine style
    This is all that remains of the ancient Benedictine monastery, entitled to the Saints Quirico and Giulitta, founded by Archbishop Leone I in 986.
  • Churches: Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Maddalena, Church of San Salvatore de' Birecto, Church of the Immaculate, Church of the Madonna del Carmine, Church of Santa Maria del Bando, The Church of San Michele Arcangelo

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The cliff-top town of Ravello is 350 meters above sea level and has breathtaking views of the coast. It has beautiful Roman villas (Rufolo and Cimbrone), the cathedral of San Pantaleone and other architectural treasures. Many important writers, artists and chiefs of state have been enchanted over the centuries, such as: Boccaccio, Wagner, DH Lawrence, V. Woolf, Gore Vidal, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart, JF Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline, and many others.

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There is a nice path with a stream between Amalfi and Ravello which is well marked. What could be better after having had lunch in a little restaurant of Ravello than a healthy walk?


Ravello offers a mix of fish and meat options, tasty rustic pastries and a selection of lemon cakes along with a glass of special Ravello Costa d'Amalfi DOC.

Ristorante Villa Maria at the Hotel Villa Maria
Vi.Pa. Alberghi, Ravello - Costa d'Amalfi
Telephone: +39.089.857255

Bar Il Panino
Piazza Duomo, 7, 84010 Ravello (SA)
Mobile: +39 346 3500246

Villa Rufolo

Villa Rufolo
Villa Rufolo is the masterwork in Ravello's extensive repertoire of historical and architectonic showpieces. It bears the name of the family which created it, and at the height of its importance in the 13th century it could boast "more rooms than there are days in the year".

Villa Cimbrone

Villa Cimbrone
An eclectic building famous for its gardens and the famous panorama over the whole Coastline known as Belvedere dell'Infinito.

Villa Eva

Villa Eva
Part of the same touristy complex as Villa Maria and Hotel Giordano benefits from the rooms and all services of the other hotels.

Cooking Courses

Nonna Orsola - Ravello Cooking - Cooking Courses in Ravello Amalfi Coast
Via Santa Chiara, 2, 84010 Ravello, Italy
Telephone: 089 85 72 55
Nonna Orsola cooking school, founded in 1974, has more than thirty years experience and is renowned both in Italy.

Other Attractions in Ravello

Wedding in Ravello
Ravello - Costa d'Amalfi
Telephone: +39-(0)89-857255
Email: info@weddingravello.com
Impressive location in a Liberty Villa set in 3000 square meters of enchanting park with a stunning view out onto the Amalfi Coast. The reception would either be held in the delightful park adorned with an array of rare flowers, or inside the luxurious Villa Eva itself. All of the vegetables and herbs that feature in the cuisine are organically grown in the gardens of Villa Maria, thr sister hotel across the road. Spread across the grounds of Villa Eva is a barbecue, a pizza oven, bars inside and out and a wine tasting hut. The layout of Villa Eva complemented with the experienced staff allow them to provide you with an event that will fulfil all your needs and requirements.

Here are some places that you should see in Ravello.

  • Cathedral of San Pantaleone
  • Other Churches: Church and the Monastery of Santa Chiara, Church of San Giovanni del Toro, Church of Santa Maria a Gradillo
  • Villa La Rondinaia Ravello

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Scala is full of fascinating views over the coastline and important monuments. The oldest town of the Amalfi Coast, Scala was the birthplace of the founder of the Knights of Malta, Fra' Gerardo Sasso.

General Information


Scala's tasty offerings include: orecchiette and beans, spaghetti with pork blood sauce, spaghetti with nut sauce, fried polenta, tied and baked liver with bay leaves, fried broad beans in suet, red marrow and beans, cakes with local chestnuts, black and white (marble) cake and tart with pork chocolate (sanguinaccio).

Ristorante il Pinguino
Via Frate Gerardo Sasso, 5, Scala, Italy
Telephone: 089.857304

Other Attractions in Scala

Here are some places that you should see in Scala.

  • Palazzo Mansi d'Amelio
  • The Arab Bath
    in the hamlet of Minuta
  • The remains of the de Saxo Palace
    in the hamlet of San Pietro
  • The Ziro Tower
    in the hamlet of Pontone
  • The State Natural Reserve of Valle delle Ferriere
  • The Cave of Scala
  • Monastery of Santissimo Redentore
  • The ruins of the Church of Sant'Eustachio
    in the hamlet of Minuta
  • The ruins of the Church of San Cataldo
    in the hamlet of Campidoglio
  • The remains of the Church of Santa Maria della Neve
    in the hamlet of San Pietro
  • Other Churches: Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Chapel of Sant'Alfonso, Church of the Annunziata, in the hamlet of Minuta, Church of Santa Caterina, Church of Annunziata, in the hamlet of Campidoglio, Church of San Giovanni, Church of San Pietro, Church of San Giovanni Battista, in the hamlet of Pontone, Church of San Filippo Neri, in the hamlet of Pontone, Church of Madonna del Carmine, in the hamlet of Pontone
  • The Bishop's Residence
    in the hamlet of Pontone

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Amalfi is the first of the four Maritime Republics in Italy, dating back to Roman times. It has an imposing Cathedral dedicated to St. Andrew with an imposing staircase in front. There are the ancient arsenals of the Republic and the Cloister of Paradise. Also, there is a Paper Museum, in which tourists and curious can admire the antique methods of production of the precious handmade paper of Amalfi.

General Information

The town of Amalfi was the capital of the maritime republic known as the Duchy of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839 and around 1200. In the 1920s and 1930s it became a popular vacation spot.


An important dish of Amalfi is a memorable hand made pasta, the Scialatielli, a mix of flour, bran, finely cut parsley, pepper and grana cheese. This is usually served with a fresh cherry tomato sauce with clams, savory chicory soup, chicken broth with cabbage, various vegetables, pezzenta (a local spicy salami), rolled pork skin and interiors, profiterole cakes with lemon sauce and lemon cake with different preparations (all flavoured with the famous Sfusato Amalfitano IGP lemons).

Ristorante Santa Croce You need to take a boat to get to the restaurant.
84011 Amalfi
Telephone:; Mobile: 338.79.18.315
Email: info@ristorantesantacroce.it

Ristorante Marina Grande
As soon as you arrive, you breathe the warmth of an elegant, yet comfortable environment created by Arturo Esposito and his wife Melina, who have successfully passed on the art of hospitality to their sons Nicola, Gianpaolo and Enzo. Inside the restaurant, there are intimate areas in an atmosphere of extraordinary refinement.
Viale della Regione, 4 - 84011 Amalfi (Sa) Italia
Telephone: 089871129
Email: info@ristorantemarinagrande.com

Pasticceria Andrea Pansa
Located in the Piazza Duomo next to the Amalfi Cathedral. Founded in 1830, be sure to try the granita di caffe.
Piazza Duomo 40 - 84011 Amalfi
Email: info@pasticceriapansa.it

Cioccolato Andrea Pansa
Chocolate shop in the Piazza Municipio.
Piazza Municipio 12 - 84011 Amalfi (SA)
Telephone: +39 089 873 291
Email: info@andreapansa.it

Il Ristorante la Taverna del Duca
(Try the pizza)
Piazza dello Spirito Santo, 26 - 84011 Amalfi Salerno
Telephone: 089 872755
Email: info@amalfilatavernadelduca.it

Handmade Amalfi Paper

Not all of Amalfi's power came from the sea. The tiny town is also famous for having produced some of Europe's first paper. Some paper-makers still continue the ancient technique, which came to Amalfi in 1220. It takes 10 days to make just one sheet, so it's incredible to see the artistry still practiced today. Pick up a pack of the paper, distinguished by the Amalfi watermark, as a perfect souvenir.
—from Passport to Europe Travel Guides, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Museo della Carta

The Paper Museum in Amalfi
Via delle Cartiere, 23, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy
Telephone: 089 8304561
Our visit at the Paper Mill Museum begins inside the mill. It's here where the history begins of a very old art; hand made paper, which has helped people to multiplicity their expressions during the centuries.

Other Attractions in Amalfi

Here are some places that you should see in Amalfi.

  • Cathedral of St. Andrew
  • The Campanile (bell tower)
  • The Cloister of Paradise
  • The Civic Museum in the Town Hall
    contains the famous "Tavole Amalfitane" (Tabula Civitatis Malphae), the first legal text of navigation rules

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Conca dei Marini

The church of San Pancrazio overlooks the sea and the spectacular Emerald Grotto. In the 600s, the nuns of the austere convent of Santa Rosa created the famous sfogliatella Santa Rosa — a layered pastry with an orange-flavored ricotta filling, although sometimes the filling is flavored with almond paste or candied peel of citron. Sfogliatelle means "many leaves/layers," and can also mean "lobster tail", which are similar pastries made in Italian/American bakeries in the US, with a French-cream filling.

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In addition to the sfogliatella, Conca dei Marini is famous for the pennette with a cherry tomato (piennolo) sauce and baked rabbit in lemon leaves.

Other Attractions in Conca dei Marini

Here are some places that you should see in Conca dei Marini.

  • The Emerald Grotto
  • The fortified Tower of Capo di Conca
    also known as the Saracen Tower or White Tower
  • Marina di Conca
  • Churches: Church of San Pancrazio, Church of San Michele ArcangeloChurch of St. John the Baptist and St. Anthony from Padua, Chapel of Our Lady of the Snow
  • Monastery of St. Rosa from Lima
    with its adjacent church of Santa Maria di Grado

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Borgo di Furore

Furore is known as "the town that does not exist", the Italian Neverland, since there is not a real center but just small groups of isolated houses on the ridges and the cliffs. There is a deep fjord characterized by a wild beauty, "en plein air" murals and small villages scattered along the sides of the mountain.
Park near the top if there is space available. Then walk down 200 meters to a beach where you will find few tourists, just a few locals and some holiday rooms to rent.

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The most attractive thing about Furuore is its beautiful setting. There are olive trees, grapevines on terraces, bowers of lemons, red roofs on the small bell towers, brilliantly colored flowers of the wild blackberry brambles, and the sea ever present in the corner of your eye.


Furore's specialties include: squid and potatoes in tomato sauce; timbale of pork meat and bran (caponata); a cold plate of softened bread biscuits called "freselle", covered with cherry tomatoes, anchovies, aubergines, and other vegetables preserved in olive oil. And to top it all off? A glass of a good Furore Costa d'Amalfi DOC.

Cantine Marisa Cuomo
Winery with wine tastings.
Via G.B. Lama, 16/18 - 84010 Furore (SA)
Telephone: 089 830348
Email: info@marisacuomo.com

Other Attractions in Furore

Here are some places that you should see in Furore.

  • The Hermitage of Santa Barbara
    a Medieval monastic rural site
  • The Fjord of Furore
  • The houses, today inhabited have been transformed into an interesting Ecomuseo, which consists of several sections: the paper-mill, the paper drying room, the herbarium and the museum Costadiva.
  • The fjord is overridden by a bridge suspended at 30 meters high, along which runs the main coast road. Here, on the first Sunday in July, takes place a stage of the of Marmeeting (High Diving Championship).
  • Churches: Church of St. James the Apostle (or Holy Jaco), Church of St. Michael the Archangel, Church of St. Elias, Church of Santa Maria

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Comune di Agerola

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Conveniently located, Agerola is a good place to make your base and do day trips to other places along the Amalfi coast.
Agerola provided wood for Amalfi's ship production, and also was known as a producer of fine silk fabric.


La Goccia Bianca S.r.l. (The White Drop)
A dairy founded in 1987, thanks to an idea on the part of Mr. And Mrs. Imperati. It operates in the cheese and dairy sector, making products from semi-processed milk derivatives (raw butter and cream) and subsequently dealing in the import/export of milk, semi-processed dairy products and/or subproducts (curd, whey, cream, etc.).
Via Ponte, 49 - 80051 Agerola Naples, Italy
Telephone: 081 8791282
Email: info@lagocciabianca.it

Caseificio Ruocco Di Milo Giovanna Carmela E C. Snc Cheese Factory
Via Iovieno, 41 - 80051 Agerola Naples, Italy
Telephone: 081 8791152

Other Attractions in Agerola

Here are some places that you should see in Agerola.

  • Agerola is the starting place for the "Path of the Gods" as well as other great hikes.

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Praiano has narrow streets, the beach of La Praia, Saracen towers, the ajolica dome of the Church of St. Luca the Evangelist and the Monastery of Santa Maria a Castro. You can watch the romantic sunsets and admire the bay of Positano, the Sorrento Peninsula and the Faraglioni of Capri.

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Praiano's typical dishes are fish dishes like tubetti with squid sauce, spaghetti with clams and spiny shell fish, sardines and potatoes. And for dessert? The "pizze roce" (a crown of pastry with cream and fresh fruit) and the lemon cake prepared in various ways.

Other Attractions in Praiano

Here are some places that you should see in Praiano.

  • La Cala of Gavitella
    the only beach on the Amalfi Coast illuminated until sunset.
  • The Tower del Grado
    built during the Spanish Viceroy domination.
  • Marina di Praia
    the beach at Marina di Praia is sheltered between two high rock walls. These cliffs can make you feel secluded from other tourists.
  • The fortified towers, built to defend the area from the Saracen pirate attacks, part of the imposing defense system of the Amalfi Coast
  • Numerous sacred images, built with the typical "riggiole" tiles of majolica, which represent the fervent faith of local people
  • The remains of the Church of San Costanzo
  • Churches: Church of San Luca the Evangelist, Church of San Gennaro, in the village of Vettica Maggiore, Church of Santa Maria a Castro with the adjoining convent of San Domenico, Church of San Giovanni Battista, Chapel of San Tommasos, Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria, Chapel of St. Nicholas, Church of Our Lady of Constantinople
    The Church of San Gennaro is known for it’s golden glow in contrast against the dark blue Mediterranean waters

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My favorite photo of Positano A view of the city of Positano.

"Moda Positano" sandals, linen clothes craft shops, the charm of its old noble palaces, the Church of the Assumption, the nearby remains of a Roman villa and the charming panorama of the "Li Galli" islands in the background, these are what make Positano "The pearl of the Divine Coast".

It is the maze of alleys and steps with small shops displaying the products of local crafts, together with the undisputed beauty of the landscape, which have made Positano and the Amalfi Coast famous world-wide.

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In the restaurants of Positano you can try the epicurean delights of the region's fish-based recipes, lemons, and much more cooked with local fish and seasoned with the delicious local olive oil. Lemons are used for cakes and limoncello. The lemons are mostly sweet; the peel is thick and tender, and very odorous. You can also eat lemons in slices, as a dessert. Be sure to enjoy these recipes along with the strong and tasteful local wines.

Ristorante Buca di Bacco in the Buca di Bacco Hotel
Situated on the Spiaggia Grande (Big Beach) in Positano, with the magnificent dome of the Chiesa Madre as a backdrop and beautiful sea views, the Buca di Bacco Hotel is in the perfect position for an idyllic stay in Positano.
They also offer cooking classes.

Other Attractions in Positano

Here are some places that you should see in Positano.

  • Grotta La Porta where traces of human settlements dating from the Paleolithic Ages have been found
  • the fortified towers (the Tower of Fornillo, the Tower of Trasita, the Tower of Sponda and the Tower of Gallo) built to defend the area from the Saracen pirate attacks and formed part of the imposing defense system of the Amalfi Coast
  • Churches: Church of Santa Maria Assunta, New Church (or Church of Our Lady of Grace), Chapel of St. John, Church of St. Matthew, Church of St. James, in the district of Liparlati, Chapel of St. Catherine, Church of Santa Margherita, Church of the Holy Rosary, Chapel of St. Peter, Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, in the district of Montepertuso, Church of the Holy Cross, in the district of Nocelle

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Caseificio e Yogurteria Il Gtanato Il Granato Dairy and Yoghurt Shop
Address: Strada Statale 18, Spinazzo 84047, Capaccio Paestum (SA)
Telephone: 0828 722 712
Email: info@caseificioilgranato.it

Mozzarella and all its variations (bocconcini, treccia, aversana...) are the highest representation of the Cerratos' passion for the flavours of their old country, once totally covered with marshes, today seat of a queen: the buffalo. Each product by Il Granato from mozzarella to provola, from yoghurt to ice-creams, is produced absolutely with buffalo milk deriving from family's breeding and whose quality is carefully controlled

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