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Marine Places

Amalfi Coast

Stretching along the southern edge of the Sorrento Peninsula, south of Naples, the Amalfi Coast is famous for its steep cliffs punctuated by caves and grottoes, and for its picturesque coastal towns, some of which are built into the cliffs. The inclined layers of limestone rock that form the cliffs lie at the foot of the Lattari Mountains and were formed between 100 and 70 million years ago.

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  • Atlantic Ocean East
  • Type Secondary coast
  • Formation Marine erosion of folded and inclined limestone rock strata
  • Extent 43 miles (69 km)
  • Location Southern side of the Sorrento Peninsula, south of Naples, southern Italy
Amalfi Coast habitat mapzoom image