Things to do in Praiano

Our most recommended things to do in Praiano

From Sorrento/Nerano: Amalfi and Positano Boat Tour

1. From Sorrento/Nerano: Amalfi and Positano Boat Tour

After pickup from your hotel, your boat tour will depart at 9:00 AM. First, you'll sail around Li Galli island, where the myth of Ulysses and the Sirens is said to have been set. Then your boat will head to the Ancient Marine Republic of Amalfi where you'll enjoy 3 - 3.5 hours of free time to explore the town. Don't miss seeing the main local attractions such as the Cathedral and the Cloister of Paradise. Enjoy some time on the pebble beach, tanning and swimming in the azure waters. You may also want to shop for local products like the world-famous Amalfi Coast lemons and limoncello.  Next, sail towards Positano, where you'll also have about 1.5 - 2 hours to yourself. Admire the picturesque Furore and the beautiful old town of Praiano. On the return trip, you'll find the Fjord of Crapolla and the enchanting Islet d'Isca that belongs to Eduardo de Filippo. Finally, arrive back at the port at about 5:15 PM to catch your shuttle back to your accommodations.

Sorrento: Full-Day Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

2. Sorrento: Full-Day Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Italian coast on this full-day trip by boat from Sorrento. Cruise around Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello, with plenty of time to explore the islands and experience their unique way and pace of life. See the iconic Amalfi and Sorrento coastlines from the comfort of a boat on a full-day trip. Get picked up from Sorrento before setting sail from Piano di Sorrento along the Amalfi Coast. Sit back and admire the enchanting beauty of the Sorrento Coast with the iconic Mount Vesuvius in the background as you glide over the Mediterranean Sea.  See terraces overhanging the sea, the Baths of Queen Giovanna, the Bay of Jeranto, and the protected marine area of Punta Campanella on your journey. Hug the coastline to then admire the iconic Amalfi Coast, passing by Li Galli Island, the charming towns of Nerano and Praiano, and the Fjord of Furore before docking in Amalfi.  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own pace, soaking in its picturesque views, romantic landscapes, and the Amalfi Cathedral. Choose to hop onto a minivan to visit the village of Ravello, where you can see the splendid Villa Rufolo and its verdant gardens, or choose to spend your time getting to know Amalfi. Next, set sail again to make your way to Positano, also known as the pearl of the Amalfi Coast. Discover the town's famous narrow streets, traditional shops, and colorful pottery in your own time before jumping back on the boat for a relaxed sail back to Piano di Sorrento, from where you will be dropped off back at the starting point.

Amalfi Coast: Boat and Snorkeling Tour in Small Group

3. Amalfi Coast: Boat and Snorkeling Tour in Small Group

Board an Amalfitan Gozzo boat for a scenic ride along the Amalfi coast. Admire natural wonders, including the Natural Arch and Faraglioni Rocks. Swim and snorkel or relax on the shores of secluded beaches. Once everybody has jumped on board and had a little briefing about how you're going to spend the day, you will be ready to set off to the west towards Positano. The route will take you along Amalfi Coast’s finest beaches as well as close to natural rock arches and into sea caves, giving you the opportunity to admire the old watchtowers that dot the entire length of this coast. You will pause at beaches reachable only by sea and have time to go snorkeling or swimming in crystal-clear waters and into grottoes. Not too far from the starting point, right after leaving the center of Amalfi, you will get close to Saint Andrew's Grotto, a huge natural sea cave full of stalactites named after the patron saint of Amalfi (Andrea). Then, once passed Duoglio and Santa Croce beaches, you will stop by the "Arc of Lovers", a natural rock arch created millions of years ago by the erosion of the sea whose shape recalls two elephants in the act of kissing. Up to not too long ago young couples used to get married on the top of it. A little later you will cruise in front of the ancient fishing village of Conca dei Marini, passing near the villa of Sophia Loren and seeing the historic hotel “Il Saraceno” located on La Vite Beach. From here you will also have a stunning view of the Santa Rosa Monastery, a former convent now converted into a luxury hotel, once home of the Dominican nuns. It's right in the kitchens of this monastery that the delicious "Sfogliatella Santa Rosa" was born, a shell-shaped pastry filled with ricotta cheese-based cream and little dried fruit pieces, typical of the local culinary tradition (don't forget to taste it before leaving!). Once past the seaside of Conca dei Marini you will enter its western basin, where you will have a beautiful view of Furore and Praiano villages and the islands of Li Galli and Capri, together with the well-known Faraglioni Rocks. Further inside this basin we will find the little Runghetiello Grotto and its tiny beach, where you will anchor for a break to go swimming or snorkeling. You will reach then the famous Furore Fjord, the only natural fjord in Italy and location of the international diving competition "MarMeeting": every year in July, professional divers from around the world compete by jumping from the top of the bridge which is 28 meters high. Navigating a little farther onward to the village of Praiano you will be able to have a close look at a bigger sea cave, the Africana Grotto, where the water has a distinctive blue color thanks to the unique refraction of light. Finally you will go round Capo Sottile and continue cruising to Positano, where you will have another break for snorkeling at a beach reachable only by the sea and so not crowded at all: La Porta. The return trip to Amalfi will give you a different but equally remarkable view of both sea and land.

Amalfi Coast: Pompeii & Vesuvius Trip with Tickets and Lunch

4. Amalfi Coast: Pompeii & Vesuvius Trip with Tickets and Lunch

Discover the wonders of the archaeological site of Pompeii and the famous Mount Vesuvius on this trip from the Amalfi Coast. Take advantage of an all-inclusive trip including round-trip transportation, skip-the-line entry tickets, a guided tour, and lunch with a wine tasting. Head to Pompeii first and find out what life was like before the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Observe important buildings and structures such as the basilica, the forum, the thermal baths, the bakery, residential houses, and more. Drive up to Mt. Vesuvius to explore one of the most famous volcanoes in the world while enjoying the breathtaking view of the Gulf of Naples. Start from 1000 m above sea level, then continue walking along the Gran Cono path leading to the crater. Afterward, visit an authentic winery and vineyard for lunch and a wine tasting before getting driven back to your accommodation.

Pompeii and Vesuvius Full-Day Tour from Amalfi Coast

5. Pompeii and Vesuvius Full-Day Tour from Amalfi Coast

Discover the beauty of the Amalfi coast, climb Mount Vesuvius, and see the excavation site at Pompeii, all on one tour! Drive along the coastal road and pass the picturesque towns that make Italy's Campania region unforgettable, then explore the ancient city of Pompeii. In Pompeii, explore one of Europe's most compelling excavation sites. This Roman city was lost for 1700 years, partially destroyed and buried under ash and pumice after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, get unique insight into ancient city life. After lunch, depart for Mount Vesuvius. Take the minibus up the volcano, and be escorted by a guide to the summit. From here, enjoy views over the southern part of the volcano, and, during days with good visibility, the entire gulf of Naples. On the journey back, visit one of the most prestigious cameo and coral factories in the region to see the production of typical Italian carvings.

From Amalfi: Amalfi Coast 6-Hour Private Grottoes Boat Trip

6. From Amalfi: Amalfi Coast 6-Hour Private Grottoes Boat Trip

Set off on a private boat excursion along southern Italy’s famous Amalfi Coast. This tour will offer a unique experience of this world-famous coastline as it will highlight the gorgeous grottoes along the Amalfi Coast that aren't as well publicized as the grottoes in Capri.  Marvel as your local captain shows you the hidden caves and grottoes only locals know about, and you can stop to swim inside and explore more (sea conditions permitting). While cruising along the coastline, admire natural arches, rock formations and discover tiny coves perfect for a swim that are only reachable by boat. Spend the day cruising along the coastline past private villages and historic watchtowers.  See the charming villages of the Amalfi Coast from the sea and enjoy a relaxed and authentic experience that you can only enjoy on a private boat excursion. Embark from any of the following villages: Amalfi, Positano, Praiano, Minori or Maiori. (Other options are available. If your village is not listed here, please send a message.)  Throughout the day, you will have the opportunity to stop and swim, explore caves and grottoes and experience the beauty of this unique coastline. See the incredible natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast up close on this fun boat excursion. Highlights of this tour:  -Visit Pandora's Grotto, an impressive cave near the town of Maiori, which is large enough for small boats to enter-See Grotta della Cascata: Swim into this tiny cave with incredible turquoise colored water and inside you’ll find a waterfall-Enjoy Marmorata: A lovely spot on the coast with a tropical feel. You can swim below a little waterfall cascading into the sea -See Sant’ Andrea Grotto: This cave near Amalfi is named after Amalfi’s patron St. Andrew, and is big enough to swim into and walk around-Experience Lover’s Arch: A natural arch that is fun to swim under as it’s such a romantic setting-Discover Grotta dello Smeraldo: The Emerald Grotto is a large grotto you can pay to enter. It’s named after the way the light shimmers on the green water. Inside, boatmen row around visitors for a short tour. (Note: There is a € 5 entrance fee)-Marvel at Grotta Africana: Located near the famous Africana nightclub, swim into this cave to see the light reflected in shades of blue and green-Visit Natural Tunnel: A natural tunnel between Praiano and Positano that you can swim through-Admire Laurito Grotto: A little grotto near Positano with ice cold water coming from a natural source-See Fornillo Grotto: Set beneath an ancient watchtower at Positano's Fornillo Beach, this is a popular local cave to explore-Enjoy Punta Germano: This rock formation near Positano is said to look like a face in profile-Discover Nerano Grottoes: The Baia di Ieranto and Nerano area at the tip of the Sorrento Peninsula have many incredible caves and grottoes and swimming spots

From Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Boat Cruise

7. From Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Boat Cruise

Experience the beauty of the Amalfi Coast and Sorrentine Peninsula from a different perspective on a full-day boat cruise. Discover the Li Galli islets, the setting of the myth of Ulysses and the Sirens. Begin your day with a pick-up at your hotel or the nearest meeting point, and drive about 30 minutes in a bus to the Port of Nerano. After arriving at the port, set sail to the historic city of Amalfi, where you can use your time to visit the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, see the Cloister of Paradise, experience the emerald cave, or enjoy a coffee on the main square. Return to the boat and sail out into the water. Admire the beautiful church overlooking the sea in Praiano, and pass the fjord and medieval watchtowers at Furore. Make your way to the pretty village of Positano and go ashore to stroll the charming streets and find local crafts in the gift shops. Alternatively, relax on the beach and go for a swim before sailing back to Nerano. Pass the Crapolla fjord and the private islet of Isca before arriving at the port and driving back to your pick-up point

From Positano: Amalfi Coast Boat Tour

8. From Positano: Amalfi Coast Boat Tour

Embark on a full-day boat tour of the Amalfi Coast from Positano, Nerano, or Praiano. Visit picturesque coastal towns, such as Maiori, swim in the turquoise lagoons, and admire hidden grottoes. Discover the seaside villages with time to stop and swim off of the boat in various coves and bays. Meet your captain at Positano Pier and set sail for Li Galli private islands, where celebrities enjoy private hideaway vacations. Swim in the sea by the islands and bask in the Mediterranean sunshine. See crumbling Norman towers dating back from the 13th century mixed with modern-day luxury hotels and villas.  The captain is a local of the area which means that he will show you the true beauty of the Amalfi Coast without the long lines, traffic and noise. Be sure to save room for lunch as there are many seaside restaurants easily accessible by boat. Your captain can suggest some great spots if you're not sure where to go.  Pass Atrani, the smallest village in Italy, and head to Marmorata, where a waterfall flows into the sea. The quaint seaside village of Minori will come next, full of colorful beach umbrellas and Italian men fishing off of the pier.  Finally, reach Maiori, a busy tourist town. Your captain will take you to Pandora's grotto, a cave accessible only by boat. Here, see sea fossils and ancient stalactites. 

From Amalfi: Private Sunset Cruise along the Amalfi Coast

9. From Amalfi: Private Sunset Cruise along the Amalfi Coast

Floating in the Mediterranean Sea, away from the posh hotels, crowded restaurants and buzzing boutiques, is where you can embark on a 2-hour excursion to take in the amazing Amalfi Coast sunset, while you lounge on the deck, munch on snacks and sip a cool beverage. This excursion cruises you into the sunset scene of the coastline - a quiet and relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy the sights, salty sea air and bright colors. The captain will pick you up from the village of your choice on the coastline (Maiori, Minori, Amalfi, Praiano, Positano or any village in between) and take you along the coast, stopping to swim if you would like to along the way. You will cruise in the direction of the Isle of Capri, stopping at Li Galli private islands and underwater nature reserve. This is one of the best places for a first-class view of both Positano and the sun setting behind Capri.  Floating on a boat in total comfort, it's hard not to be inspired. Where the villages climb up the mountainside, the colors of the sunset reflect off of the Mediterranean Sea, music plays on the stereo and fish (and dolphins if you're lucky) jump every so often around the boat.  It's an evening not to be missed.     

Positano: Amalfi Coast & Emerald Grotto Private Boat Tour

10. Positano: Amalfi Coast & Emerald Grotto Private Boat Tour

Sail along the colorful Amalfi Coast on a customizable cruise from Positano. See the famous cities of Monetpertuso and Nocelle from the water, explore Praiano, and enjoy a drink as you watch the sunset. Board your comfortable boat in the port of Positano, and head out into the clear blue waters. As you cruise, marvel at the brilliant colors emerging from the lush green of the coast. Slowly sail along the coast, admiring the natural landscape changing from mountains to white cliffs overlooking the sea. After a few minutes of sailing, spot Montepertuso, Arienzo, Nocelle, and Vettica Maggiore. Next, sail past the iconic Scoglio dell’Isca. Get into your snorkeling gear and dive into the water. Swim around the rock formation and spot the many fish underwater. After returning to the boat, continue to Praiano, an ancient fishing village now teeming with luxury villas. If you wish, enjoy some free time in Praiano. Visit its small historic center and explore the church of San Gennaro. Continue to the Fjord of Furore, an enchanting UNESCO World Heritage site. See where the sea meets a river creating a charming picture. Before returning to Positano, enjoy one last stop at the Emerald Grotto. Marvel at the intense green color of its waters and the fascinating stalagmites. Between 9.30 A.M and 4 P.M., you can tour the inside by boat for an additional €5.00 per person. As you return to Positano, enjoy a drink and watch the sunset over the sea. If you have any special requests, all itineraries are flexible and tailored to your needs and desires.

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What people are saying about Praiano

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,823 reviews

Our tour guide was AMAZING! A real local, so knowledgeable about the area and highly entertaining. She did the tour in both English and Italian, going back and forth between the two. We felt the time in Positano was a bit too long (same stuff to see/eat/do as Amalfi) at the end of the day, but otherwise the trip was fabulous. Side note: a list of the better restaurants in Amalfi would have been nice, we chose poorly and ended up eaten the worst food of our whole trip there (still decent, but not nearly as good as other places).

Our guide was very friendly and informative. We chose the tour with pickup from Sorrento. It was so worth it. The shuttle drive alone from Sorrento to Nerano was an adventure and a peek into other towns. The Amalfi coast is stunning. We went for our honeymoon and highly recommend this boat tour. Our stop in Amalfi was lovely.. Positano was nice too!

Amazing your, the best way to see the Amalfi coast and to avoid all the traffic. The guide was fantastic and so knowledgeable.

this experience was one of the highlights of our trip. it was such a great day

Boat views were spectacular! Very touristy in town.