Fora Favorites: Our Guide to the Amalfi Coast

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  • Italy

  • Amalfi Coast

  • Positano

  • Food & Wine

  • Art & Culture

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

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A rugged Italian coastline dotted with picture-perfect pastel villages, the Amalfi Coast has a spellbinding effect with its undisputed beauty.

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Hotel Santa Caterina

The definition of Amalfi coast elegance, from its historic suites to the stunning private beach club.

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Borgo Sant'Andrea

Freshly renovated, this Amalfi showstopper boasts some of the best views on the coast.

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Casa Angelina

White-on-white decor tucked into the cliffs outside Positano.

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What to see & do in Amalfi

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The enchanting landscape of Amalfi, the town whose name blesses the entire coast, is a picturesque interlacing of alleys and stairways overlooking the sea.

Relax and soak up some sunshine by the famous Marina Grande beach. If the area is too busy, head to the tiny cove of Santa Croce. To get there, walk to Pier Darsena and look for a free boat that says Santa Croce. For the adventurous, head to Duoglio Beach, a spot that requires some effort to reach, but once there, you're in paradise.

Valle delle Ferriere: A great way to explore the beautiful hills of Amalfi, including breathtaking views and gorgeous waterfalls. More touristy than it was in years past, it is still a treasure that’s worth the visit.

Duomo di Amalfi: Well worth the visit, the Duomo in Amalfi is a stunning cathedral that provides an interesting insight into Italy's past.

Places to eat & drink in Amalfi

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Agricola Fore Porta: Farm-to-table, homestyle cooking in a rustic setting. 

Da Gemma: Classic choice. Michelin-starred restaurant hidden in the middle of Amalfi. Pricey but delicious beyond belief. 

Pasticceria Pansa: If you’re visiting the cathedral, grab food here to eat outside in Piazza Duomo.

Ristorante La Caravella: Michelin-starred restaurant specializing in regional dishes with a modern twist. 

Taverna Buonvicino: Welcoming restaurant tucked away in the heart of the city’s historical center.

Sensi Restaurant: High-end modern dining with gorgeous waterfront views.

Santa Caterina Al Mare Restaurant: Quintessential Amalfi meal – great views, great food.

What to see & do in Positano

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A scenic and culinary delight, Positano is a dramatic showstopper for the region. 

Everyone should do the drive from Positano in the west to Vietri sul Mare in the east at least once.

Visit the town center to check out the many boutiques selling locally crafted goods, and marvel at the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta

For the fashion aficionado, check out Safari, a shop that produces dozens of footwear styles and can craft made-to-measure pieces in a couple of days.

When in Italy, learn how to cook as the Italians do. Ristorante Buca di Bacco and Ristorante Casa Mele both offer cooking classes to visitors wanting to learn Italian dishes.

Places to eat & drink in Positano

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Caffè Positano: Simple restaurant overlooking the sea. Go for their fresh fish and seafood. 

Cumpa’ Cosimo: Old-school, family-owned trattoria. 

Il Tridente Cocktail Bar: Charming rooftop venue with unparalleled views, and the perfect spot to check drinking a limoncello off your bucket list.

L’Olivo: Relaxed and intimate setting with a menu rooted in tradition. 

Le Tre Sorelle: Local dig with simple Italian dishes, including some of our favorite wood-fired pizzas in the region. 

Zass: Hyperlocal eatery with superb wine pairings from their in-house sommelier.

What to see & do in Ravello

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Set above the other towns, many never make the trek up to Ravello, but those who do will be rewarded with a blissful retreat. 

For those traveling during the late summer months, Ravello Festival is a must. There's classical music in the belvedere of Villa Rufolo and jazz in the piazza. 

Piazza Vescovado is the heart of Ravello, framed by the architecture of Palazzo Rufolo and the cathedral.

If you visit Ravello and don’t spend an hour or two roaming through Villa Cimbrone’s gardens, you’re essentially missing the point. Make sure you check out the infinity terrace – not for those who are afraid of heights!! 

Take a hike. There are foot paths to Scala, Maori, Minori, Amalfi and Atrani.

One of the hidden gems of Ravello is the Museo del Corallo. Stop in at the Camo Factory and arrange a tour.

Visit a winery. Le Vigne di Raito Az. Agricola Agrituristica Biologica is our go-to, organic favorite. 

Lido di Ravello Beach Club: Very few know that Ravello has a beach, and this makes it one of the best options for some R&R.

Places to eat & drink in Ravello

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Babel: Wine bar in the heart of Ravello. 

Caffè dell’Arte: Enjoy an apéritif and stunning views. 

Cumpà Cosimo: This place is no frills, affordable, and amazing Italian food made by locals. 

Il Flauto di Pan: Costly-but-worthwhile seafood with garden views. 

Mimi’s: Incredible pizza. Enough said.

Ristorante Belvedere: Italian specialties with a modern twist and phenomenal views. 

Ristorante Vittoria: Casual and traditional Italian restaurant. Good for a return to reality and an informal bite.

Rossellinis: Everyone loves it (yes, everyone), and for a good reason. 

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