The Amalfi Coast is one of the most scenic coastal destinations in the world. Additionally, we enjoyed the ancient architecture, communes, museums and cathedrals. We included these attractions and more on our Amalfi Coast things to do list. Plus, we added some improvisation for adventure seekers to follow.
Location of the Amalfi Coast
This famous stretch of the Amalfi Coastline is located on the southern part of the Sorrento Peninsula. Additionally, the eponymous commune of Amalfi is the starting point of the tour.
Fortunately, transportation on the Sorrento Peninsula is simple and inexpensive. Therefore, we took the bus from Sorrento, but private cars are also available. Either way, you get to enjoy sweeping views of the steep coastline as you arrive via the coastal road.
The Best Amalfi Coast Things to Do
The best Amalfi Coast things to do focus on the ancient commune of Amalfi. Therefore, main points of interest in Amalfi are the Museo delle Carta (The Museum of Handmade Paper) and Saint Andrew’s Cathedral.
However, these attractions are a sideshow because of the ancient ambience created by the architecture and Amalfi community. Indeed, the residents of Amalfi and surrounding communes, live a lifestyle that is very similar to their ancestors.
Therefore, you will have an abundance of opportunities to stop for espresso and other Italian treats at the cafes which line the ancient cobblestone streets of Amalfi commune. Additionally, the Sorrento Peninsula weather is ideal for the production of lemons. As a result, visitors get a taste of the famous Amalfi Coast limoncello liqueur.
Saint Andrew’s Cathedral
Saint Andrew was the patron saint of Amalfi. As a result, the Cathedral of Saint Andrew overlooks the center of Amalfi, Piazza Duomo.
The 11th century cathedral features a unique baroque architectural design. Additionally, a student of Michelangelo created a bronze statue of the patron saint that is located inside the cathedral. Furthermore, the apex of the cathedral facade features a fresco of St Andrew with the saints below.
St Andrew’s relics have been preserved inside the cathedral since 1206 when they were brought from ancient Constantinople.
Museo delle Carta
In ancient times, the Amalfi coast was famous for the production of high quality paper. This paper, known as “carta bambagina”, features an authentic watermark that is unique to Amalfi. Additionally, Amalfi paper is very thick and durable. As a result, artists value the high quality paper and still use it in modern times.
The Museum of Handmade Paper is located in the Mill Valley in the northern part of Amalfi commune. Formerly a water mill, the museum was converted to a paper mill in the 11th century. As we were nearing the museum, we encountered its power source, which is a rustic mountain stream.
However, the production method changed dramatically along with the industrial revolution. As a result, the only remaining paper mill in Amalfi is now a museum.
At the Amalfi paper museum, it is possible for visitors to participate in the production of paper. After our tour, our English speaking guide showed us the paper making process in total. It is rather fascinating, and my friend became pretty good at paper making.
First, cut up rags are pulverized. As a result, the rags are converted into pulp and then placed into water filled vats. Additionally, the pulp is strained through wire mesh and a press is used to create the final product. Watch my friend make paper at the museum on HD video. Here is the finished product below.
Visit Ravello on the Amalfi Coast
Our trip to Ravello was actually not the immediate objective after leaving the museum. However, it turned out that way after we walked to the neighboring commune – Atrani. We were exploring Atrani when we started seeing very enticing signs that pointed towards “Ravello”.
We started walking up the valley following the intermittent signs that pointed towards Ravello. As a result, we decided to keep going and see where the path went.
I was familiar with Ravello, however I did not know exactly how far it was from our current location. It was a footpath after all, so why not make the most of an unplanned adventure?
The view was excellent as we ascended the steep valley path. Additionally, we passed small village farms and churches.
Best Amalfi Coastal Views from Ravello Highlands
Indeed, the ultimate location of Ravello commune was situated high above the Amalfi Coast! Additionally, the 5th century establishment of Ravello predates Amalfi by many years. Its original purpose was to serve as a mountain refuge for protection from raiding coastal barbarians. As a result, the views from Ravello were awesome! We stopped for lunch at a place that had some of the best coastal views that I had ever laid eyes on.
Beautiful Italian Adventure on the Amalfi Coast
The sun was now setting on our excellent Amalfi Coast adventure. After some parting shots of limoncello and a few more photos, it was time to say goodbye (for now). The Amalfi Coast was an amazing experience and a very beautiful part of Italy.