The Best Museums on the Amalfi Coast and Capri

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Sometimes even the laziest of beach vacations need a dose of history and while the Amalfi Coast and Capri are not as packed with artistic and archeological treasure as their nearby Naples and Rome there is just enough to keep even the keenest culture vulture busy.

1. Ignazio Cerio Museum, Capri


Capri harbour
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The Ignazio Cerio Museum is located in some of Capri’s most prime real estate just off the famous Piazzetta. Once a private family collection curated by Ignazio Cerio in the 17th century, now you can dig deep into the prehistoric history of the island with the museum’s collection of geology and natural history artefacts. There are also pieces from Roman, Egyptian, and Etruscan eras. The unique view from the museum terrace alone is worth the price of admission.

2. Museo Casa Rosa, Anacapri


This quirky museum in Anacapri was once the home of an American civil war Confederate officer. The Casa Rossa is a colorful hodgepodge of architectural styles and the rooms have a perfectly lovely collection of 18th-century oils set in heavy gold frames. The real treasure is hiding in a corner on the third floor where you will find a set of sculptures that the Emperor Tiberius had placed in the famous Blue Grotto.

via Giuseppe Orlandi 79, Anacapri, Italy, +39 081 838 2193

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3. Villa Romana, Minori

Ruins, Theater

The charming town of Minori is home to more than some of the Amalfi Coast’s very best pastries. This 1st-century Roman villa is an easy alternative to the sometimes overwhelming and hot Roman city of Pompeii. This single villa, which was essentially the beach house of a wealthy Roman, has intact rooms dedicated to music and theater, baths and a collection of artifacts, frescoes, and mosaics. There are also the remains of a garden which hosts concerts during the summer months.

Via Capo di Piazza, 28, 84121 Minori, Italy, +39 089 852893

5. Paper Mill Museum, Amalfi


The deep valleys that separate the towns and the mountains along the Amalfi Coast were once home to water powered mills that used to manufacture some of the world’s best paper products. At the height of their power as maritime republics in the 12th and 13th centuries, places like Amalfiperfected this art. Take a 30 minute tour at the museum and learn more about the history of paper in the world and how it connects to the region. You might also get a chance to use the machines that produced paper here until the mid-1960s.

6. Villa Rufolo, Ravello

This is the place for that picture of the Amalfi Coast you keep seeing in your Instagram feed, but after you get your shot go inside the Villa Rufolo and explore the decorated cloisters and the connected Hall of the Knights and the Great Tower. The tower dates back to medieval times and stretches almost 100 feet skyward. There are contemporary art exhibits in some of the spaces and the tower has recently been opened: you can climb to the top for a bird’s eye views over the Amalfi Coast.

Piazza Duomo, 84010 Ravello, Italy, +39 089 857621

7. Museo della Ceramica, Vietri sul Mare


The colorful ceramics that you see all over the coast are most likely made in the very colorful town of Vietri sul Mare. If you would like to learn more about the history of the plates and bowls you are bringing home with you, schedule a visit to the Museo della Ceramica. The museum is located inside the grand Villa Guariglia high above the town. Ceramics have been an important part of life in this part of Italy for centuries. Beginning with the production of religious articles in the late 17th century, the industry really gained worldwide popularity in the 1920s. Explore the museum’s three floors which detail the evolution of the craft.

Via Nuova Raito, Raito di Vietri sul Mare, Italy, +39 089.211835

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