Where to stay in Amalfi Coast

Where is the best place to stay in Amalfi Coast?

With its warm summers and mild winters, the Amalfi Coast has proved an extremely popular holiday destination for both the rich and famous and the ordinary tourist looking to sample some of its legendary Italian charm. A stretch of rocky coastline on the Southern coast of the Sorrento Peninsula, it's renowned for its charismatic villages and steep cliffs, not to mention its sophisticated glamour, its hidden beaches and its cool and shady olive groves.


Featured in many films, the Strada Statale 163 links the whole of the Amalfi Coast, from Vietri sul Mare in the East to beautiful Positano in the West. Well known for its hairpin bends and vertiginous drops, it's a wonderful opportunity to take in the spectacular views as you travel towards some of the most stunning tourist destinations in Italy:  Amalfi, the largest and most popular resort, which is a great place to stay if you're young or if you're planning a few day trips around the area.  Ravello, beloved by artists, musicians and film stars, and an ideal location for a romantic getaway, or Positano for those of you who love the idea of holidaying where the rich and famous stay.

Hotel   Price per night
Floridiana Hotel
178€ - 199$
Hotel Pellegrino
205€ - 230$
Garden Hotel
221€ - 248$
Hotel   Price per night
Albergo Punta Regina
328€ - 367$
Hotel   Price per night
Belmond Hotel Caruso
846€ - 948$
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
Conca dei Marini
999€ - 1,119$
Villa Tre Ville
1510€ - 1,691$
Santa Caterina Hotel
1607€ - 1,800$


If you are interested in where to stay in Amalfi Coast, you may also be interested in where to stay in Naples, where to stay in Sicily or where to stay in Cinque Terre.

Best places to stay in Amalfi Coast


AmalfiThe town of Amalfi is the largest and most popular resort on this dramatic stretch of coastline. It's the perfect place to stay if you're an aficionado of architecture and history as there's an abundance of ancient Roman ruins to be explored. For historical buffs, a visit to the 9th century Duomo, which sits proudly at the top of a wide set of steps in the town's central piazza, is a must. Here you'll find not only sculptures and mosaics but a fascinating museum too. You may want to set some time aside to head a little further inland into the valley and wander through the abundant lemon groves, past the remnants of old paper mills, followed by a visit to the Paper Museum on the Via delle Cartiere in the historic Cartiere Milano.


Amalfi is also a great place to stay if you're looking to be right in the middle of the Amalfi Coast. It makes an excellent base if you intend to visit other parts of the coastline, as it's easy to move around from here. Young couples will enjoy staying in Amalfi as it has a lively nightlife, together with plenty of restaurants and bars, although perhaps it's not the best choice if you're looking for a relaxing and peaceful holiday, as it can get extremely busy, especially in the high summer season.


If you're a beach lover, there's a small beach where you can hire the usual sunbeds and towels, but be warned, this can get extremely busy in the height of the summer; so if you prefer a bit of space when you're sunbathing, you may want to consider taking a trip around the headland, where you'll find a smaller, but infinitely quieter beach at Atrani.


Of course, no vacation to Amalfi would be complete without exploring the maze of narrow white alleyways which lead down to the harbour and seafront; it's a great place to take a leisurely stroll before settling down to eat some freshly caught fish, washed down with one of the local specialities, limoncello, the traditional lemon liqueur. After dinner, a walk around the marina to view the luxurious yachts and fishing boats would be the perfect way to end an evening's entertainment.



Hotels and places to stay in Amalfi





RavelloPerched high above Amalfi, you'll find the captivating village of Ravello, whose winning charms have inspired artists, musicians and movie stars to linger amongst its beauty. It's easy to see why it's a popular destination for honeymooners, as it's the perfect place for a totally relaxing holiday with its fabulous views and wonderful gardens.  The infamous Greta Garbo was a regular visitor here and, while she may have said that she wanted to be alone, was quite happy to spend a great deal of time at the Villa Cimbrono with her lover; especially as it has 'the most beautiful view in the world' according to artist Gore Vidal.


The Villa Rufolo, with its equally spectacular views, is the venue for summer outdoor classical music concerts, organised each year by the Ravello Concert Society. And certainly, this picturesque town seems to inspire the arts, as Wagner is said to have written Parsifal while in residence here, so if you're a lover of classical and chamber music, you'll love spending time in this idyllic village.


The town itself is dominated by an impressive cathedral or duomo, which is dedicated to San Panteleone, and the Museo del Duomo. Of course, while the town is home to many restaurants, bars, cafes and shops, it's possible to walk to Amalfi down the steep mountain paths if you're relatively fit and able, however, you probably won't want to make the return journey on foot.


While Ravello's quiet charms will appeal to those of you who are looking for a completely relaxing break, it's maybe not the best place to stay if you love the hustle and bustle of crowded resorts and it's definitely not the best place to choose for a holiday if you love the beach, as Ravello is the only town on the Amalfi coastline which doesn't have one; the nearest beach is down the mountainside in Amalfi itself.



Hotels and places to stay in Ravello





PositanoOnce a small fishing village, Positano has grown into a popular and upmarket tourist resort. Loved by the rich and famous, it's the perfect place to go celebrity spotting or people watching. It's built a first class reputation for its luxury hotels, Michelin starred restaurants and high end boutiques. From June to September, it's awash with thousands of cosmopolitan tourists who come to eat, shop, relax and have fun in this millionaire's paradise, and can get extremely busy and crowded.


It's an ideal holiday destination for young couples, who are looking for a lively nightlife, or indeed any holidaymakers who love to party well into the night. However, due to its steep, narrow roads, it's probably not the best place to visit with a young family, or if you have problems with mobility.


Though the steep rocky cliffs plunge straight into the azure sea, Positano does have a couple of dark, gravel beaches, so if you'd like a change from your hotel pool, it's a great place to laze in the sun or take a swim.


However, the beaches do tend to get packed during the summer months. For culture lovers, there are several churches to explore, including the attractive duomo set on a tiny piazza by the beach with an impressive green and gold dome and airy white and gold interior.



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