The Amalfi coast is often mentioned as if it was a specific location, but in reality, it’s a fairly long strip of abundant, mountainous Mediterranean seaside that’s impossible to experience in just a couple of days. However, if your time in this little slice of paradise is limited, you’ll want to choose your sites wisely, and make room for a pleasant pace so you can really take in the magic of the surroundings.

There are a few urban centers along the Amalfi coast, from the gateway town of Salerno to the mountaintop village of Ravello, to the lively towns of Positano and Amalfi. Each has its own set of beautiful sites, and these are some of the highlights.

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1.  Positano

The entire town of Positano deserves a mention, given that it has so many virtues. It’s centrally located, the most picturesque of all the towns on the coast, and known for delectable restaurants that promise a memorable dining experience. Plenty of fashionable boutiques, historical churches and galleries, and seaside gelato stands means there’s a little something for everyone here. Come in the summer when the streets are fragrant with flowers (and buzzing with activity).