The Emerald Grotto

The Grotta dello Smeraldo along the Amalfi Coast between Positano and Amalfi

The Emerald Grotto

The glowing turquoise waters in the half-submerged Grotta dello Smeraldo, along the coastal road between Praiano and Amalfi, don't quite compare to the Blue Grotto on nearby Capri, but it does make for a fun diversion along a coastline light in the attractions department.

The oarsmen's commentary is just as cheesy, though, and this sea cavern does boast something its Capri cousin lacks: a submerged nativity scene (though why they insist on calling this a "miracle" is beyond us).

This cavern was formed above sea level (you can tell since it has stalactites and stalagmites, which don't form in sea grottoes), then partially sunk below the water, and the effect of light inside causes the water to glow an eerie green.

Dockside boat outfits in Amalfi and Positano offer sightseeing trips here (€10).

If you're driving, just pull over at kilometer-marker 26.4, outside the fishing community of Conca dei Marini, and take the stairs or elevator down.

The Emerald Grotto
SS 163, Conca dei Marini
Open daily 9:30am–5pm (to 4pm in winter)
Admission: €5

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