Where to Stay on the Amalfi Coast, Italy: The Best Towns and Villages

Amalfi Coast.

A dream destination for many travellers

But do you wonder which are the best towns and villages? And where to stay and base yourself?

This post will briefly introduce you to the best towns on the Amalfi Coast. I will summarise what is there to know about each village and town. At the end of this post, you should be able to pick the perfect one for your stay.

Each town along the Amalfi Coast feels unique. Find out what makes them different and what are their individual traits. 

Transport and Getting Around The Amalfi Coast

Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello: The Most Famous Destinations

Positano and Amalfi are the most famous destinations on the Coastline of Amalfi.

Yet the Amalfi Coast has 13 municipalities. That means that you can choose between 13 towns. And many of this towns also has satellite villages. In this post, we will explore the best towns and villages on the Amalfi Coast. And help you to choose the best one to base yourself.

There are some hidden gems on the Amalfi Coast. For more off-the-beaten-path destinations, check out the lesser-known villages. In this post, you will find Furore, Cetara, and Tramonti too.

Introduction of the Best Villages and Towns:

Vietri Sul Mare


The thirteen main towns on the Coast are Amalfi, Atrani, Cetara, Conca de’ Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Ravello, Scala, Tramonti, and Vietri sul Mare.

Among them, Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello are the most famous and well-known. Because of their popularity, these three villages draw a significant number of international tourists. However, the lesser-known towns are just as worthy of your visit.

So, let’s find the ideal place for your stay on the Amalfi Coast!

Vietri Sul Mare

Train station and Ceramic Capital

First on the list is Vietri sul Mare, the first village on the Amalfi Coast from Salerno.

It is the easiest to reach among the Amalfi towns, thanks to the train station. Vietri is connected with direct trains from Salerno and Napoli. The town is a convenient start or end point to put on your itinerary of the Amalfi Coast.

Panoramic View of Vietri Sul Mare, at Dusk. Image taken from the hamlet of Vietri, Raito.

Vietri Sul Mare may not have the secluded charm of the other Amalfi towns. But it’s very close to Salerno and easy to access by train. That can be both a good and a bad thing. Depending on your preferences.

Vietri sul Mare is world famous for ceramic production, known as the “vietrese” style. Manufacturers in Vietri produce hand-painted tiles, fabulous dinner sets, and ceramic furniture. There are factories and smaller artisan laboratories dedicated to this art form.

The town is divided into two parts: the upper city and the Marina on the seaside.

Vietri Sul Mare also has several satellite villages, or “Borghi” in Italian. Albori is on the list of the most beautiful borghi in Italy. And Raito is a stunning holiday destination. There are lesser-known hamlets like Dragonea and Molina as well.

Check out my VIETRI TRAVEL GUIDE to know more about this town.


Anchovies and Local Charm

Cetara is a charming and ancient fishing village. Here you can admire traditional coastal life. Just a short distance from Salerno: you will find this picturesque fishing harbor and its hardworking fishermen. Cetara has authenticity and allure. Especially during the off-season when you can immerse yourself in the place without the crowds.

The village is small and has a close-knit community, yet worth putting on your itinerary.

The little fishing village of Cetara, as seen from the sea. Fishing boat navigates on the water. Village nestled in a valley under the lush mountains.

As you spend more than three days in Cetara, you’ll soon be acquainted with the locals who make this place special. Because of this intimate atmosphere, the village attracts both international and local tourists.
A port full of colourful fishing boats and the ancient tower are here to create a postcard-perfect view.

Cetara is known for its anchovies and the “colatura di alici” fish sauce. Colatura is said to be a direct descendant of the ancient Roman “garum” sauce and very tasty. Try local pasta dishes featuring this fermented fish sauce. Almost every restaurant in town offers a plate with this sauce.

Dining in Cetara will give you several options. The local gastronomy scene is experiencing a revolution. Attracts Italian food enthusiasts in quest of unique gourmet experiences.

Don’t miss out on dining at Convento, a Michelin Guide and Gambero Rosso recognized restaurant.

There are some bars, pizza places, and ice cream shops too. Mini markets of the town have quality local ingredients and can make you fabulous paninis.

Cetara is also a great starting point for hiking adventures. Explore the nearby mountain peaks or hike up to the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary Advocate. The town is nestled between mountains and has many lemon terraces up in the valley.


The Longest Beach and Proper Supermarkets!

Maiori is known as the most family-friendly town on the Amalfi Coast. Because it has the longest shoreline it is a great choice for families. It feels more like a real city compared to the other towns on the coast.


The town has proper supermarkets and bars with some nightlife and many restaurants.

Unfortunately, the old historic center was destroyed by a flood in the 1950s. After renovation, it has a more modernized look and fewer narrow alleys.

In the center of Maiori is a pedestrian street with stores selling souvenirs and historical pastry shops.

Maiori has a rich tradition of delicious pastries and desserts. The local cookies are a must-try. Ask for sweet treats like ‘Sospiri‘ and “Pastarelle” (small almond pastries)when in Maiori.

If you enjoy trekking, you can explore the famous hike to the sanctuary.

Maiori is connected to Minori by the ancient trail called the Path of Lemons. It takes about 1.5 hours to walk. The Path of Lemons is a relatively easy hike. However, it’s worth doing if you’re in the area. Alternatively, you can also reach Minori by walking alongside the main road. This option takes less than 20 minutes.

If you are interested to stay in Maiori check out my MAIORI TRAVEL GUIDE.

There is also Erchie, a village worth mentioning.

Erchie is a tiny little village on the seaside, right after Cetara. Closer to Catara yet part of the municipality of Maiori. Very secluded and often overlooked by tourists.



Ancient Pasta and Lemon Delights

The name “Maiori” means “larger”and Minori” means “smaller” in Latin. So yes, you guessed well: Minori is the smaller sister town of Maiori.

The view of Minori

Minori is on every Italian tourist’s itinerary, for the reason of the patisserie shop of Sal de Riso. The celebrated pastry chef has invented many famous desserts. The Delizia al Limone (Lemon Delight) is a must-try here.
The village has an imposing-sized Basilica dedicated to Saint Trofimena.
Another important site is the ancient Roman villa.

Minori has its local gastronomical specialty called ‘Ndunderi. It’s a type of pasta that is said to have origins in Roman times.
Even if they look similar to Gnocchi, but locals will quickly tell you they aren’t.

Do you think pronouncing “gnocchi” is tough? Wait until you find yourself in Minori, attempting to order a plate of “‘Ndunderi”!

Just above Minori is the town of Ravello, which can be reached by walking up the steps. Or you can take a bus from Amalfi to Ravello and descend on foot back to Minori. Numerous pathways connect Minori with Ravello, and provide opportunities to explore some rural areas between the 2.

The town offers some lesser-known hikes to explore. One is the hike up to the Convent of St. Nicholas. There is also a forest hike that takes you to the locality of Sambuco.

The village is a convenient point to catch a ferry ride, as Minori has a small and lovely beach with a ferry port. Could be a good base to visit Amalfi and Ravello. It’s one of the Top places to stay in Amalfi Coast.

If you are interested to visit Minori, check out my MINORI TRAVEL GUIDE.


Panoramic Views and Melodies in the Air

The city is not on the coastline but high above a rocky cliff plateau.

Alleyway in Ravello

Ravello is renowned for its two splendid gardens, namely the Garden of Villa Ruffolo and the Garden of Villa Cimbrone offer stunning walks and views of the Amalfi Coast.
Ravello is well known as the city of music. Earned this reputation by hosting numerous events, especially during the summer and the famous Ravello Festival. The Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer is a captivating architectural design built in 2010. Serves to extend the city’s music season.
In addition, Ravello has a coastal section called Marmorata. The Castiglione Beach is part of Ravello and situated near Atrani.
From Ravello, you can comfortably walk down to Minori, Atrani, and Amalfi, making it an excellent place to base yourself. The town has many souvenir shops with an emphasis on ceramics and linen clothes. Numerous restaurants offer dining options with splendid views in Ravello. The town is home to one of the best ice cream shops on the Amalfi Coast: Baffone Gelateria Artigianale. Try it out yourself!

Ravello is one of the most recommended towns to stay in Amalfi Coast.

If you would like to know more about Ravello, check out my RAVELLO TRAVEL GUIDE.

Atrani: Lemon Spritz and Escher’s Favorite Hideout!

Ideal village to stay in Amalfi Coast. Atrani resembles most a crib among the many crib-like villages on the Amalfi Coast. This village presents itself like a jewelry box filled with charm and beauty. Its characteristic church with a bell tower, hugged by the winding road and the small bay, creates together a postcard-perfect look from every angle.


You will hear that the smallest commune in Italy is Atrani. However, it does not actually mean that Atrani is the smallest village in Italy, though! The meaning is that Atrani is the smallest municipality in Italy: Because it does not have satellite villages or rural areas under its jurisdiction.

Atrani puts you in close proximity to Amalfi. You can walk there on the side of the main road. (Tip: skip the tunnel and cross on the terrace of the restaurant near the tunnel). Or navigate your way through hidden and narrow tunnel-like passages. It is fun to discover a series of arched alleys that inspired Escher! You can reach Amalfi in under 20 minutes both ways.

Valley of the Dragone is a lush and green oasis just behind Atrani. The valley has a small river and cute little stone bridges. Furthermore, picnic areas with benches await you here. A hike, a bit more difficult and steep is to go up to the Torre del Ziro. This path will provide you with stunning views over the towns of Amalfi and Atrani.

In Atrani bars and restaurants are mostly concentrated in the main square. The piazza of Atrani is an ideal backdrop for trying a Limoncello Spritz. Spritz made with limoncello is a refreshing and popular aperitif around the coast. If you’re craving a livelier scene, you can easily have dinner in Amalfi and walk back to the tranquility of Atrani.

Before visiting Atrani, check out my ATRANI TRAVEL GUIDE.


The central town of the Amalfi Coast, with the same name.

It was the capital city of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi.

Therefore, the town is full of history. And also has fantastic little museums. Visit the Arsenal of Amalfi to know more about the history of the Duchy of Amalfi. And the Paper Museum will introduce you to the paper-making tradition of the Amalfi Coast.

Amalfi is well connected with all the other towns on the Coast.

Direct busses run between Ravello, Positano, and Tramonti. You can reach Sorrento and Salerno too by direct bus or ferry.

If you base yourself in Amalfi, you can have a fantastic day trip to Positano. And also easily visit other towns, like Ravello, Minori, or Maiori. The splendid Atrani is only a 15-minute walk from Amalfi.

Amalfi is famous for its Cathedral. And one of the most stunning hikes of the Amalfi Coast starts from here. The Ferriere Valley is behind the town. And hides several waterfalls and lush green forest. 

Many of the most prestigious hotels of the Amalfi Coast are in Amalfi, like San Andrea or Anantara.

To know what is there to see and do in Amalfi, check out my AMALFI TRAVEL GUIDE.


The town itself is not directly on the coast. But it’s extended on the hillside above.

What makes it famous is the beach side of Furore.

The iconic beach under the bridge is the Fjordo di Furore.

It’s often photographed. I am sure you have already seen images of it.

The Furore Fjord is one of the must-visit destinations on the Amalfi Coast.

Should you consider staying in the town of Furore?

Furore is great if you want to be a bit out of the crowds. And if you don’t mind some walking or taking the bus to get to the beach.

It’s excellent if you rent a car during the low season. (We don’t recommend driving a car in high season on the Amalfi Coast.) Or if you have a scooter to drive around.

Positano: Where Sirens Sing and the Vertical Beauty Blossoms

Oh,…Positano! What can I even say about this fabulous place? The destination sought after by many, inspiring poets and capturing the hearts of travellers since Roman times.


Positano: The vertical city surrounded by legends. The land of legends and sirens that are tempted Odysseus with their songs.

Here views and vistas are framed by vibrant bougainvilleas. Sunsets paint the sky with palettes of purples, pinks, and oranges.
One can wander around the vertical alleys, visit boutiques, and savour fresh seafood along the coast. Nothing is in a rush here. All Mediterranean magic. All seaside paradise. All cocktail sipping and gelato tasting. But if you’re looking for things to do (like, really, do you?), not just leisure, then check out my detailed itinerary for a perfect Positano experience.

If you considering to stay in Positano, make sure you read my post, on what to know about Positano before booking your accommodation.


Aside from Scala, Tramonti is the only one of the 13 municipalities without a beach locality In fact, the name Tramonti means between the mountains.

This is one of the unspoiled regions of the Amalfi Coast. Offering a real, authentic countryside experience of the Peninsula.

Tramonti is famous for its cheese-making tradition. 

Under the name of Tramonti, there are actually many small villages and hamlets.

If you love being off the beaten path and enjoy hiking, this is a place to consider. Tramonti is well connected by bus to Maiori, so you can enjoy some beach days too.

Watch our video for more inspiration to visit the Amalfi Coast

Other towns on the Amalfi Coast: Praiano, Scala, Conca dei Marini.

Praiano is often used as the base to visit Positano, given its proximity. Mostly favored for being slightly more affordable compared to Positano. And also less crowded. Prainao is one of the most charming villages along the Amalfi coast. And the town has a perfect laid-back holiday atmosphere.

Scala, located just above Ravello. And offers a fantastic view over.

Many localities of Scala are within walking distance from Ravello. It’s perfect for hiking in the Ferriere Valley. To reach Scala by public transport, change buses in Amalfi.

Conca dei Marini has beautiful bay and is often visited for the Emerald Cave. The village is between Amalfi and Positano.

Towns on the Sorrentine Peninsula near to the Amalfi Coast


while technically not part of the 13 municipalities. It falls under the province of Naples rather than Salerno. However, Agerola offers good access to the coastline above Furore and is the starting point for some of the most scenic hikes.


 Sorrento is a favored base for exploring Positano and has direct bus connections to Amalfi and other coastal towns. Click here for my SORRENTO Travel Guide.

For those seeking a privileged position: Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi lives up to its name: which translates to “Sant’Agata above the Two Gulfs”. It refers to the village’s location on the top of the Peninsula. Overlooking both the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno. Consider it as a base if you wish to explore the beauty of the two gulfs.

I hope I’ve helped you get an overall view of the beautiful towns along the Amalfi Coast. Each village has its unique feel, and there’s something for every kind of traveler. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious escape with stunning views, a budget-friendly stay to see the natural beauty and local culture, or a family-friendly destination. The Amalfi Coast has it all. From the hidden gems to the well-known towns, create lasting memories wherever you decide to stay. So, plan your dream getaway of the Amalfi Coast’s charming towns!

Reaching the Amalfi Coast: Donkeys, Buses, and Ferries…

Let’s quickly cover some basics on the location of the Amalfi Coast and how to reach it:

Where is the Amalfi Coast located?

Costa d’Amalfi is a stunning coastline that stretches along the Campania region of Italy. The Amalfi Coast is part of the province of Salerno. Campania region has 5 provinces: Avellino, Benevento, Napoli, Caserta, and Salerno.

Geographically, it is the southern coastline of the Sorrento Peninsula. 

Specifically, it spans from the city of Salerno towards the Point of Campanella, extending until the end of the municipality of Positano. While Salerno itself is not considered part of the Amalfi Coast, it serves as an easy getaway and a convenient starting point to reach it.

Getting to the Amalfi Coast is a bit of an adventure itself!

Is there a train station near on the Amalfi Coast?

Vietri Sul Mare is the only town on the Amalfi Coast with a train station. The station is called Vietri Sul Mare-Amalfi.
Although Vietri Sul Mare has a train station and proudly connects with the national train system. However, the other towns offer a mix of options too. You can reach them by bus, ferry, and roads. Even donkeys sometimes for the most secluded corners.

Yes, donkeys:
Donkeys are still in use on the Amalfi Coast. Mainly for carrying construction materials and other goods to places unreachable otherwise. They trot along the narrow paths, transporting goods and offering photo opportunities to curious travellers.

Salerno is a convenient gateway to the Amalfi Coast. From Salerno, the villages are easily accessible. (Apart from Positano, that is actually closer to Sorrento than it is to Salerno.)

Which airport is the closest to the Amalfi Coast?

If you arrive by air, then Naples Capodichino Airport is the closest commercial airport to the Amalfi Coast. This airport is approximately 60 km from Amalfi (37 Miles).
At Naples International, you can hop aboard a direct shuttle bus to Amalfi.

Another option however is an Airport bus to Napoli Centrale, then take a train train to Sorrento or Salerno.

There is an airport bus called ‘Alibus’ that goes to the Central Station of the city or the harbour.

Direct ferries from the harbour in Naples connect Sorrento and Positano.

Sita bus company also has some direct buses in the morning from central Naples to Amalfi.

The Salerno airport will open at the earliest in 2024.
Salerno Airport Costa d’Amalfi already had not one but two failed attempts to open up for commercial air traffic.
But the third time’s a charm, right? Let’s cross our fingers, toes, and wings (if you have them) and hope that Salerno Airport finally gets its act together and takes flight successfully.

How to get around?

Public transport:

Local Bus Lines:

Bus lines connect the towns of the Amalfi Coast. The Local bus company, called “SITA”, is the primary mode of public transportation. You can find more information on bus lines and their schedule here.
From April to October there are ferries between the coastal towns.

In high season, taking the sea route is the easiest and quickest option. Ferries provide the most convenient way to get around in summer. To know more on the Ferries between Salerno-Amalfi-Positano click here.

On foot:

If you have the luxury of time, the best way to see the Amalfi Coast is by walking.

The region reveals its true essence as you venture on foot, offering a much more authentic experience.
Monti Lattari National Park is crisscrossed with ancient trails and scenic hiking routes.

By driving:

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room: the traffic. During the high season, the Amalfi Coast can be buzzing with vehicles. In the most touristy locations, parking becomes an impossible task.
While you can still rent a car, be prepared for the traffic. A better alternative is renting a scooter. Or even a vintage Vespa, for traveling with more style, and perfect for the pictures too!

Private transport:

But what if you don’t drive or just prefer not to navigate yourself?
Numerous companies offer private transportation and chauffeur services.
These services can offer a more cost-effective alternative to taxi rides. Enjoy the Amalfi Coast without the stress of driving. Skip the overcrowded public transport. Additionally, it can be difficult and time-consuming to town-hopping on the Amalfi Coast. Especially with the use of public services. So this would also be a more time-efficient option. A private driver will enable you to make more out of a short 2- or 3-day visit and let you relax.