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The city of Amalfi is a great central place from which to explore the rest of the
Amalfi Coast. The beaches in the city of Amalfi itself are not that great so you will want to spend some time in
Maiori, two very easily accessible villages. They are a very short drive (by car or bus) away along the coast. Buses are a great way to explore the rest of the coast - they leave the city of Amalfi frequently at Piazza Flavio Gioia and cost only a couple of dollars, depending on distance. The entire coast can also be explored by train - the last stop being Sorrento.
Positano, Ravello, Atrani, Naples, Sorrento,
Capri and even
Pompeii are all great options for daytrips because they are so close to Amalfi. You can get to Positano by boat and enjoy all the fun designer shopping and the traditional arts of the region. It's one of the swankiest, and the most expensive, towns in the Amalfi Coast and it is famous for the cliffside houses. In Pompeii you can explore the ruins of this majestic city that was destroyed by the eruptions of Vesuvius with a history that today is wrapped up in many myths and legends.