It’s natural to want to know the most Instagrammable spots on the Amalfi Coast. I mean, c’mon, just look at the place!
But getting beautiful photos is part luck, and part knowledge. You have to know the secret Instagram spots; the ones you won’t find in any old Italy travel guide. These come with time and repeated trips to the area, knowing which places are too popular, and which are the hidden secrets that everyone would like to steal.
Luckily for you, I am that repeat visitor! I’ve visted the Amalfi Coast five times, and I’ve ended up with a pretty good knowledge of the best Amalfi Coast photo spots. Even better, I’m going to share them with you! Is this your lucky day or what?
Updated September 2019
So, Why Instagram The Amalfi Coast?
Italy’s Amalfi Coast, and the area that surrounds it, is known as one of the world’s most beautiful spots. Blue skies meet azure seas, pastel-coloured houses cling to cliffs which are lush with flowers and greenery, bougainvillea grows next to lemon groves – it’s obvious to see why the region attracts travellers and photographers alike. But what are the best spots? Where are the locations that are really going to get the likes flooding into your Instagram feed?
Let’s face it – we all like to brag a little when we’re visiting somewhere beautiful. Oh, we may pretend we don’t – but I’ve seen you with that little half-smile as you upload that photo. Yes, you right there. I can see your eyes glinting. By the way, I love what you’ve done with your hair.
So without further ado, let’s check out some of the most beautiful views in the area. I’m including the whole of the Sorrentine peninsula and the islands of the Bay of Naples, so wherever you’re staying during your trip, you’ll find a view to make the folks back home drool over their phones!
By the way! If you’re touring Italy and looking for some tips from a local on where to go and what to do, I highly recommend this awesome 10-day itinerary of Italy – check out the Amalfi Coast tips!
The most Instagrammable places in Positano
In a region like the Amalfi Coast, where fine views are as common as the ubiquitous lemon groves, it’s hard to look past Positano as the mightiest of them all. Beloved by the rich and famous, there’s a reason why the town draws so many visitors, both Italian and foreign alike – it’s a stunningly beautiful town, with houses tumbling down steep cliffsides until they kiss the blue sea. It’s the perfect backdrop for the beach, with its long expanse of soft golden sands and army of sun worshippers, and this is where you can find that perfect Instagram view.
1. Spiaggia Grande (the main beach)
Head down the streets to the beach, take a left, and walk along the path which skirts along the beach – you’ll spot it easily; it’s lined with restaurants. Eventually this will take you to a bend and a high wall, where you’ll find a stone staircase going upwards. This is the perfect spot for your photo; hop up a few steps for enough elevation to raise you above anyone walking through your shot. Or if you’re a selfie lover, make use of the sunbeds on the beach, and capture that photo of you working on that golden tan.
2. The view backwards from Via Positanesi D’America
After leaving Spiaggia Grande, you’ll see a small road curving around the right side of the beach, just underneath Hotel Covo dei Saraceni. Follow this around, and you’ll eventually come to a rather handsome pine tree (and a very convenient bench). Turn around, and be rewarded with a glorious view of Positano!
3. Fornillo Beach
This is an easy one to reach. After you’ve taken your shot looking backwards at Positano (the above entry), just keeping walking along the same path. After no time at all, you’ll come to this sweeping vista of Fornillo Beach, one of the most Instagrammable spots on the Amalfi Coast, and a Like winner every time. It’ll take you no more than about ten minutes to walk it.
If you’ve time, stop off at the beach club below for a break, before hitting the Instagram trail again!
4. The trellis-covered walkway south of Piazza dei Mulini
Head back to town, take a look around the shops, and it won’t be long before you stumble across this pretty little walkway. It can be a bit bare if you come here slightly out of season (late summer onwards, it’s mostly greenery rather than flowers), but in spring it’s filled with pretty purple flowers. You’ll probably only manage to photograph it when it’s empty if you happen to be staying in Positano, rather than visiting on a day trip.
5. The wall outside the church of Santa Maria Assunta
This may sound a bizarre one, but check out that perfectly-peachy backdrop. As you can see, this one even gets used by professional photo shoots!
Since you’re in the area, feel free to drop into the rather glamorous confines of nearby Chez Black, one of the hottest Positano Instagram spots!
Click here if you want to learn the best things to do in Positano!
The most Instagrammable places in Ravello
The gorgeous little town of Ravello is perched up high in the hills above the Amalfi Coast, and unless you’ve rented a car, you’ll reach it by taking a bus trip which will give you a brand new appreciation for Italian drivers. The roads are winding the corners tight, and the car horns well-used, but the town is thoroughly worth the journey. Thanks to its location, there’s not many spots in town which don’t offer a stunning view of green valleys reaching towards the sea below, but there’s one place in particular which offers a tailor-made Instagram hotspot.
6. Villa Rufolo
You’ll find Villa Rufolo easily; it’s the main attraction in town (if you’re still having trouble, it’s directly opposite the easily-spottable Duomo). It’s open every day from 9AM to 7PM, and entrance costs €5. A tour of the building itself is thoroughly worth it – it dates back to the 13th century – but for that prime Instagramable spot, you want the gardens. Aside from the blooms themselves, the main draw is the view from the terraces, where you’ll find a dreamlike vista of the building framed by nothing but blue. It’s most definitely one of the best places to take photos in Amalfi Coast.
7. This awesome tunnel on Via dei Rufolo
Just nearby what is definitely one of the most Instagrammable spots on the Amalfi Coast is this adorable little tunnel – literally around the corner from Villa Rufolo! It usually has some bright and quirky artworks outside, and it looks especially good if it happens to be raining. The street will be quieter, and you’ll get a lovely reflection on the cobbled streets.
8. The cats who hang out near the Monastero Di S. Chiara
These cute critters always seem to be in the same area: the little grassy field just outside the Monastero di S. Chiara, and I suspect that the local monks feed them and keep them healthy. I’ve visited Ravello on a few occasions and seen them here every time; they’re also fairly friendly and not at all camera shy! My photograph above was taken on a misty day, but you’ll often see them snoozing in the sun.
After all, who doesn’t love some #catsofinstagram?
The most Instagrammable places in Sorrento
Just over the other side of the peninsula from the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento commands a wonderful position overlooking the Bay of Naples. There’s plenty of places to make the most of the views, and it’s equally attractive at night, when you can see the streetlights of Naples and Ischia glittering on the horizon.
9. Piazza della Vittoria
The element of Sorrento which really draws a photographer’s eye is Vesuvius. The infamous volcano lurks across the bay, usually shrouded with wisps of steam, and its the perfect backdrop to illustrate your travels in the region – who can resist a volcano selfie? There’s usually a big crowd of people down by Sorrento’s San Francesco church (the cloister of which is also perfect for an Instagram snap), but what about somewhere a little quieter, with less tourists in the way?
From the church, head back out to the road, and turn right – if you keep going down Via Vittorio Veneto, you’ll reach the Piazza Della Vittoria. Pop across the road to the little balcony situated outside the gates to the Hotel De La Syrene, and you’ll have a stunning view with the added bonus of bougainvillea framing your shot. Perfect, and definitely one of the most Instagrammable spots on the Amalfi Coast!
10. Marina Grande
Marina Grande is the opposite of Sorrento’s busy Marina Piccolo – it’s small, cute, and far less crowded! It’s the last remaining vestige of traditional Sorrento, and a snapshot of the fishing village it used to be. Go there to photograph the brightly-painted buildings, and local fishermen plying their craft. Beware, though – I’ve always found Marina Grande to be slightly less welcoming than the rest of town, and residents will occasionally get a bit funny about you photographing their property. If you’re in love with that marine vibe, and craving some more picturesque fishing villages, check out Cetara – it’s just a little further on from Amalfi!
11. The metal pier at Marina Grande
Keep exploring Marina Grande, and you’ll discover a metal pier at one end of the harbour (it’s where the private tour boats operate from, though you can generally find a few fishermen hauling in a catch there). If you walk along this – taking care, because it can get pretty slippery – you’ll get a fantastic view of Vesuvius, and quite possibly a few boats at the same time! I highly recommend wearing flat shoes though; the pier is made from metal girders with a kind of holed metal sheeting over the top. It’s definitely not stiletto-friendly, unless you want some dishy Italian fishermen to laugh at you.
12. Via degli Archi
This spot is down the narrow lanes which branch off from Sorrento’s central square, Piazza Tasso. The locals call them “the drains”, but they’re actually ancient Roman streets which have been continusously lived in since ancient times – consequently, they’re narrow, filled with people, and pretty as all heck. There’s a plethora of pretty streets to photograph in this area, but if you stand on this spot on Via degli Archi, you’ll be able to look forward and get a shot of the church tower on Corso Italia framed by scenic streets! Again, get here early or late if you want the street to yourself.
13. Sorrento sunsets
If you’re in the right places, Sorrento is one of the best spots on the Amalfi Coast for sunset photography. Obviously you’ll need to be facing west, but get to the coast, and you’ll get the sun’s rays reflecting over the whole of the Bay of Naples. I don’t think I’ve been anywhere else which sees better sunsets!
Although you’ll undoubtedly find plenty of good spots yourself, my personal favourite is the one above – and you can photograph it from the comfort of a hotel room. Book a stay at the excellent Best Western Hotel La Solara (which is my favourite hotel in the world, btw), and get a room with a sea view. You’ll be able to sit on your balcony or terrace, and see sunsets like this every single night. It’s perfect!
14. Leonelli’s Beach
If Leonelli’s Beach was on RuPaul’s Drag Race (which would be difficult but quite revolutionary, let’s face it), it’d be described as a double threat. Not only can you descend to the lido itself and get a photograph of yourself relaxing, surrounded by crystal blue waters, but you can stand on the promenade above it and get an aerial view. I particularly liked this photo I took of a lone swimmer enjoying the waters, and the blueness of the sea means that it always goes down well on the ‘gram. Shantay you stay!
15. Vallone dei Mulini
Vallone dei Mullini can be found just south of Piazza Tasso – and it’s quite a jaw-dropping moment when you find it! It’s hidden from view at first, but you just need to walk along to the Hotel Antiche Mura (which is one of the nicest hotels in town, if you were wondering) and look over the railing. You’ll immediately see this lost world-esque ruined mill, which is completely covered by ferns and foliage. A photograph of this invokes that curiosity about ruined sites which we all have, and it also brings back good memories for any of your followers who’ve visited Sorrento! It’s definitely a place which is dear in the hearts of Sorrento fans!
16. The fruit shops on and around Via S. Cesario
Back to the narrow lanes which spread off from Piazza Tasso! Although you’ll find a good number of fruit and vegetable stalls dotted around this area, the best and brightest ones are on Via S. Cesario. There’s two main subjects which you can dazzle your followers with: either the bold, red shades of the peppers (which look fantastic when they’re all bunched together!), or the incredibly gigantic local lemons. Seriously, everyone marvels at the size of the lemons – they’re roughly equivalent to a football. They’re some super-impressive citruses!
For more travel tips about Sorrento, check out the ultimate guide to things to do in Sorrento!
The most Instagrammable places in Capri
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17. Via Krupp
The name may not sound terribly Italian, but there’s few finer spots for showing off la vita dolce to your Instagram followers. An easy day trip from the Amalfi Coast, Capri is blessed with an abundance of photo opportunities – the only hard part is picking which one you like best. Fans of the selfie may want to head to the balcony viewpoint at I Faraglioni for a postcard-perfect backdrop of the famous rock formations, but for invoking pure insta-envy, the view of Via Krupp is a winner. The switchback path cut into the cliff face is a structural wonder (although often closed due to falling rocks), and the blue sea at the end of the path is worth the trip alone.
You can get the best view, especially if the road is temporarily closed, by visiting the Giardini di Augusto. When you arrive in Capri, take the funicular railway up to Capri Town, then follow the streets to the park – if you don’t wander off the main street, you’ll eventually come to a pathway leading off to the right (Via Matteotti), where a granita stall is set up. Follow this path, past the Carthusia perfume shop, and you’ll come to the garden’s entrance. Tickets are only €1, and excellent value for money!
18. The island’s artworks
Some of Capri’s artworks are temporary – the island regularly hosts pieces by artists, thanks to having inspired many a creative type – but they’re well worth tracking down. The photo above was a gigantic statue which stood by the funicular in Capri Town, and was scarily realistic! Just a wander through Capri Town will provide plenty of artistic inspiration, from wall murals to a large rainbow-colored zebra outside a flower shop. Have fun finding whichever pieces are currently on display – and remember that there’s always the classical statues in Giardini di Augusto!
19. The view from Via Tragara
On an island full of the most Instagrammable spots on the Amalfi Coast, this one stands out thanks to its stunning views – and it’s perfect for those on day trips! If you’re short on time in Capri, Via Tragara is a really easy one to find and photograph. Simply walk though Capri Town, and if you follow the crowds, you’ll probably end up on swanky Via Camerelle. Walk past the posh shops and keep going: eventually the road will turn into Via Tragara, full of hotels and private villas with amazing views of the coastline beyond! There’s plenty of places you can stop for a photo, but my favourite is this private garden with its flower urns. Keep walking, and you’ll eventually spot it!
It goes without saying, but be respectful of people’s property – don’t enter the gardens. Besides, there’s no need to; you can easily get a fantastic photo without needing to get any nearer!
20. Via del Pizzolungo
If you’re looking to get a photo of Capri’s natural glory, then this is the Instagram spot for you! Keep walking down Via Tragara (see the above entry), and you’ll eventually come to a viewpoint at Belvedere Tragara. You can take a photo of the famous Faraglioni rocks here – but how about getting a better view somewhere a bit quieter? Look carefully at the side of the Hotel Punta Tragara, and you’ll notice that there’s a little staircase leading down. This will eventually take you on to the walking trail of Via del Pizzolungo, from where you can not only get a more unique view of the Faraglioni, but visit a Roman shrine and take great pics of Capri’s pine-fringed coastline!
21. The Blue Grotto
Capri’s most famous attraction is one of the rare Instagrammable spots on the Amalfi Coast that you’ll actually have to pay money to see. The Blue Grotto is a cavern just tucked underneath a cliff in Capri’s coast, and thanks to the crystal blue waters which flood it, you’ll need to go on a boat tour to see it. Unless you can walk on water, in which case you’ll probably have a lot of people interested in talking to you.
You can get a tour from Marina Grande in Capri, or book a Blue Grotto tour online for ultimate preparedness! Whichever way you do it, you’ll wow your followers with the almost-luminescent blue waters – it’s a must-see sight!
22. Monte Solaro
Capri’s highest point is a fantastic photography spot! It’s also surprisingly easy to get to (no need to hike up a mountain whilst wearing your wafty dress, you’ll be relieved to hear). Indeed, you’ll baely have to lift a finger. Simply catch a bus from Marina Grande to the smaller town of Anacapri, and you’ll soon spot signs guiding you towards a chair lift. Pay a small fee and hop on: after a ten-minute ride, you’ll be at the top of Monte Solaro and ready to get some stunning photos! Capturing the Roman statue, with the Faraglioni rocks in the background, is a classic shot.
23. Punta Carena lighthouse
The lighthouse at Punta Carena is a popular spot with locals – there’s a small beach below it, far from the tourist crowds – but it’s gradually becoming more popular with Capri’s visitors. The lighthouse is located in the far southwest corner of Capri, and it’ll take roughly about an hour to walk there from the centre of Anacapri. But if you’ve fallen in love with this pretty pink lighthouse, with its position on creamy rocks and a dazzling blue background, it’s well worth the trip!
(And let’s not mention that it looks kinda phallic…)
24. Capri from the sea
You’ll be a little heartbroken when its time to leave Capri. Whether you’re visiting Capri on a day trip, or staying a little longer, the island has a way of getting hold of your heart, and not letting go. So what better way of soothing your aching emotions than snapping some awesome Insta pics? You’re going to be leaving by boat, so take advantage of the evening light and reflective waves, and take some photos from the back of your vessel. It works best with smaller, private boats, but there’s absolutely nothing stopping you on the ferry!
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25. Via Roma
This is probably the most low-key of the Instagrammable spots on the Amalfi Coast – but that’s awesome, because you’ll more than likely have it to yourself! Plus it’s not one that’s saturated over everyone’s Instagram feed, so it’ll make yours stand out!
Via Roma is just a fairly normal street, but this is Italy, and Italy does everything with a bit of style. Walk a mere five minutes from the ferry terminal where you arrived on Ischia, and you’ll find this pastel-perfect street which has an avenue of potted plants on either side. Wheel a Vespa through for extra Italy points.
26. Castelo Aragonese
A perfect site if you’ve just got one day on Ischia, thanks to being walkable from the ferry terminal, is the Castelo Aragonese. There is a wealth of Instagrammable spots here – the exterior of the castle, situated on its own little island, is one, as is the view of the causeway once you’re in the castle. There’s also a beautiful little church, and gorgeous sea vistas from the Terazzo degli Ulivi. But I’m rather fond of the views near the Casa del Sole, where you can look upon the rest of Ischia. It looks almost Caribbean!
It may be a little further away from the Amalfi Coast, but a trip to the tiny island of Procida is well worth it – you’ll be filling your Instagram feed with colour, as well as experiencing an authentic slice of Italian life. If you’re staying on the Amalfi Coast, the easiest way to reach it is to head back to Naples. Hop on a ferry, and double up a trip to Procida with a jaunt to neighbouring Ischia, where there’s plenty of things to do! When you get there, you’ll be reminded of other Italian locations such as Cinque Terre or Burano, thanks to the brightly-coloured buildings which line the island’s harbour.
Anywhere in the town of Corricella is going to give you those wonderful colours, but for pure Instagram win, head up the road at the right-hand side of the Marina until you’re going uphill – you’ll then be able to turn and get a fabulous view, with a foreground of sparkling Mediterranean.
The most Instagrammable places in Naples
Not only is Pompeii saturated in history, but it’s also brimming with photo spots! Much of Pompeii is unidentifiable ruin (unless you’re a pro archaeologist), but there’s some views which will really get your Instagram feed some attention! Check out the Villa dei Misteri, the Forum, the two amphitheaters, and the above statue which is located as you exit. It’s an amazing site, and well worth a full day’s exploration!
One note though: don’t take selfies in front of the human remains / plaster casts. I saw people doing this when I was last at Pompeii, and it’s really not cool.
Pompeii’s sister town should be on everyone’s Italy travel list! Destroyed by the same volcanic eruption which devastated Pompeii, Herculaneum’s structures actually survived the blast a little better. The town looks less ruined than Pompeii, and walking through its streets really is like going back in time. Photograph any of the surviving decoration to amaze your followers, but the real standout is the art at The House of the Neptune Mosaic. Think about how old it is, but how brightly the colors shine – it’s amazing!
As with Pompeii, taking selfies with the human skeletons down by Herculaneum’s old port is a no-no.
30. The streets
The streets of Naples have a fearsome reputation – though they aren’t nearly as bad as gossip will have you believe – and they’re so gosh darn scenic! There’s no need to point you towards a specific street; walk anywhere around the historic center, and you’ll see narrow alleys like the one above. They’re a leftover from the city’s ancient past, and you’ll often see washing lines stretching from one side to the other. The narrowest streets are in the infamous Spanish Quarter: you’re unlikely to encounter any serious problems there, but keep an eye on your belongings.
31. The doors of Castel Nuovo
Castel Nuovo is situated down by Naples’ Molo Beverello port, and its bronze front doors are a sight in themselves! They were actually created by a monk to show off the achievements of Ferdinand I’s victories over the Duke of Anjou, but get a good close-up view, and they’ll look amazing in a photograph. The castle itself is well worth a visit – it won’t take ages to look around, so it’s perfect if you’re killing a bit of time before hopping on the ferry. It’s a medieval castle with Roman roots: go into the far chamber when you enter, and you can stand on a glass floor and see the Roman ruins below!
32. Christmas Alley
Want to post a splash of colour on your Instagram feed? Then Christmas Alley is for you! It’s real name is Via S. Gregorio Armeno, but it gained its nickname by selling every type of nativity scene you can imagine. Naples is famous for its handmade figures, which you then place in a nativity scene in your house come Christmas, and they like to have a figure for every imaginable profession. So in among shepherds and wise men, you can have pizza makers and teachers. They’re awesome! Christmas Alley piles them up high, making them awesome for photography – make sure that the shop owner is okay with you taking a pic.
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33. The cathedral of Sant’Andrea
King of the Amalfi Instagram spots is the cathedral of Sant’Andrea, which is conveniently placed right in the middle of town. It was constructed in a Byzantine style, making it quite unusual, and deliciously photographic. Stand in the piazza just in front of the Cathedral for the best view, though you will need to time it well – there’s a constant stream of visitors passing through. It’s also a good place for wedding photography on the Amalfi Coast – just imagine yourself on those steps! The cathedral itself is well worth a visit; there’s a small entry fee.
34. The fountain in Piazza Duomo
Yeah, yeah, I know. This rather painful-looking statue is something of a novelty, but it’s bound to get a laugh from your followers, especially if accompanied by a pithy comment! You can find this rather unfortunate mermaid in the fountain just opposite the Cathedral. entrance (which seems a bit of a weird place for it, right?)
35. The pier
You don’t have to be catching a boat tour out of Amalfi in order to grab a photo of the town! The pier juts out right into the middle of Amalfi’s harbor, and you can easily walk along it, before turning back for an epic view of the town. It’s a great spot for a panoramic view, if you’ve got the option to – there’s sweeping vistas all the way around, from the glittering seas to the steep rocky cliffs which surround the town. If not, it works just as well in a square edit!
If you take the road leading out of Amalfi (so if you’re standing at the harbor, take a right turn and walk along the promenade), you’ll come to the tiny town of Atrani. This gorgeous little place is a true secret spot – Atrani is famous for being the smallest town in Italy, and for somewhere so close to a major tourist destination, it’s almost completely empty of visitors. There’s loads of Instagrammable spots, too – you can take a photo of the coast from the road, head down to the tiny swimming platform for some shots, or take advantage of the handsome little piazza in the middle of town. It’s a lovely spot to relax in!
So, that wraps up my picks for the best Instagram spots on the Amalfi Coast! But when an area is so gorgeous, you’re spoiled for choice – let me know in the comments below if you’ve got another location that’ll have people doin’ it for the gram! I hope you’ve enjoyed these Amalfi Coast photography tips; give it a save on Pinterest if so, using the images below!
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