Amalfi Coast Tour: Positano and Amalfi
Discovering Positano and Amalfi
The Amalfi Coast Tour, departing from Salerno, will lead you to the discovery of two of the most beautiful cities on the Amalfi Coast, Positano and Amalfi. You can’t miss a visit to these cities if you want to find out the best of this area so loved by tourists: the glamour Positano and the ancient Amalfi, the historical capital of the Amalfi Coast, which it has also given its name to.
The Amalfi Coast tour is available every day
- Our tour begins at 11.10 A.M. in Salerno, with the departure by ferry from the Salerno Concordia Port. The first stop is Positano, which you will reach in about 1 hour.
- Once in Positano, you will have about three hours to visit the city. Then at 3.30 P.M. we go on board again towards Amalfi.
- Positano - Amalfi takes 25 minutes, once in Amalfi you will have 3 hours to freely visit the city.
- On board again at 7.10 P.M., back to Salerno at 7.45 P.M.
What to do in Positano
Positano is the most fashionable city on the Amalfi Coast and the first stop on your tour will be dedicated to discovering its many peculiarities.
Famous worldwide for being the holiday destination of many VIPs who are used to throwing the anchors of their super billionaires yachts in this bay, Positano will amaze you with the beauty of its skyline, one of the most photographed views in the world.
In Positano, you can wander through the many streets and staircases, on which you will find many shops of local crafts (colorful linen dresses, leather sandals, and multicolored ceramics). You can visit the Church of Santa Maria dell'Assunta which preserves a precious icon of the Black Madonna of Byzantine origin.
For history lovers, it will certainly be interesting to visit the MAR, Roman Archaeological Museum, which opened in 2018, and that preserves the remains of an Ancient Roman villa buried by the eruption of Vesuvius 79 AD, which also shook the Amalfi coast in addition to the famous Pompeii.
Take a cooling bath in the sea of Positano: it has been awarded the Blue Flag for many years, an eco-label that distinguishes quality waters, it will surely be a great experience! You can choose between Spiaggia Grande and Spiaggia di Fornillo. The latter can be reached in a few minutes thanks to the "Path of Lovers", a panoramic road that will lead you to this quieter beach where you can admire Torre Fornillo, one of the most important watchtowers built in the '500 on this coast to defend themselves from the incursions of the Saracens.
What to do in Amalfi
Amalfi is considered the true capital of the Amalfi Coast and that is why it gives the whole Coast its name.
While all the other 12 municipalities of the Amalfi Coast were just fishing villages until the middle of the last century, Amalfi was already a thriving commercial town with a maritime vocation in the Middle Ages. It soon became a Maritime Republic with many colonies in Africa and representative centers in the East and even in India. It is not by chance that the invention (or rather the improvement) of the compass is traced back to a famous Amalfitan, Flavio Gioia.
In Amalfi, you can visit the famous complex of the Cathedral of Sant'Andrea, known for the beautiful steep 62 steps staircase you have to walk to get to the entrance of the Cathedral, but also renowned for the beauty of the Cloister of Paradise and the wonderful frescoed crypt where the remains of the patron saint of the city are preserved.
You should also visit the Amalfi Arsenal which once was the shipyard of the Maritime Republic, and The Paper Museum where you will learn how the Charta Bambagina, now better known as the Amalfi Paper, was produced.
You can’t miss a walk in the winding streets of the city that will take you back in time: the most famous, the Rua Nova Mercatorum (Via dei Mercanti), is reachable through Il Supportico Rua, and it was the main road of medieval Amalfi.
It is also nice to pay a visit to the permanent nativity scenes that there are in this city: one is located next to the elementary school and extends along the rock wall, and one is set up inside the fountain Capa e Ciuccio (Donkey’s head), so called because it was once a watering hole for mules, animals that have always been used in the Amalfi Coast to transport important loads, and are now the symbol of the city.
Do not forget to make a stop in one of the many shops in the city to enjoy an ice cream, a typical lemon cake such as Delizia al Limone, and a glass of Limoncello or a Spritz Limoncello, the most famous liqueur of the entire coast that is produced with the Limone Sfusato Amalfitano IGP, typical citrus of the Amalfi Coast.