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amalfi coast towns

Looking out towards the Mediterranean Sea, the Amalfi Coast
is one of the prettiest areas of Italy, the coastline decorated with
picture-perfect villages and surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. The drive
along the coastal road is also considered one of the best in the world, passing
blue waters, colourful houses and ancient churches, though it’s also worth
paying a visit to the individual towns to soak up the atmosphere, sample the
local cuisine and browse the shops selling the famous local ceramics. Here are
five of the towns you need to check out if you’re staying in our Amalfi Coast


Once one of the thriving centres of the Middle Ages,
Positano faced a decline as many of its residents emigrated to America, and at
the beginning of the early 20th century, Positano was a humble and
poor fishing village. Its fortunes quickly turned around, however, with the rise
of tourism, with many falling in love with this picturesque hilltop town. The
main landmark of Positano is the Santa Maria Asunta church, featuring a pretty
dome made from majolica tiles as well as a black Madonna statue.


Formerly a safe haven for barbarian invaders as well as an
important centre for trade, today people flock from far and wide to take in the
charms of this city and the breath-taking surrounding scenery. Part of the fun
is just wandering the cobbled streets and seeing what surprises lie around each
corner. Ravello was a great inspiration for the work of Richard Wagner, so much
so that a festival, the Ravello Festival, is held every year to celebrate his
legacy. Among the must-sees are the Duomo de Ravello, where the beauty lies in its
simplicity, and Villa Cimbrone, a lavish villa surrounded by spectacular


Another important trading centre from the 9th to
the 13th century, Amalfi is today known for its historic charm
combined with its incredible beauty. It is perhaps best known for its
outstanding medieval architecture, which demonstrates influences from a variety
of different places and cultures. The 11th century Cathedral of
Sant’ Andrea is the town’s centrepiece, with striking features also awaiting
inside including ceiling paintings and a statue of St Andrew sculpted by
Michelangelo. Former cemetery of the nobility Chiostro del Paradisio is today
an open-air museum worth visiting, and the Museum of Handmade Paper gives a
fascinating insight into the town’s former industry.


The smallest town in southern Italy, with less than a
thousand residents, Atrani is the epitome of la dolce vita, having been used in
many commercials including one for Italian carmaker Fiat. Among the main
attractions are a small and beautiful beach, the 15th century Torre
della Ziro, an impressive hilltop fortress, and the 10th century
Church of San Salvatore de’ Birecto, featuring extravagant bronze doors adorned
in religious scenes.


A summer tourist destination as early as the 10th
century, when it first attracted the doges of the Duchy of Amalfi, Praiano is a
special coastal town in the unique position of sitting on the side of a steep
cliff. Located between Positano and Amalfi, Praiano is a great place to stop if
you’re travelling between the two. It’s home to several pretty churches,
including the Chiesa SS Annunziata, located on the beach, the Chiesa Santa
Maria ad Castra, and the Chiesa di San Giovanni, featuring an impressive pipe

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