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Planning A Trip To The Amalfi Coast – Best Amalfi Coast Itinerary

Are you thinking about planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast?

Awesome! Let’s plan the best way to travel to the Amalfi Coast, how many days in Amalfi Coast you will need, the best way to tour Amalfi Coast, and ultimately plan an Amalfi Coast itinerary. 

The Amalfi Coast is unbelievably beautiful!  I highly recommend spending a few days in this area of Italy.

As you start your Amalfi Coast tour you want to be as prepared as possible.  There are a few tips and tricks that we will explore in this post!

Let’s get started on planning an Amalfi Coast itinerary! 

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Let’s plan a trip to the Amalfi Coast!  First, we need to ask some basic questions! Where is the Amalfi Coast?  Why is the Amalfi Coast famous?  Is it worth it to go to the Amalfi Coast?

Second, we need to get informed! That is why you are here.  Take in all this information so you can plan a trip to the Amalfi Coast.

Last, we need to take action and set everything up. This is the fun part. Deciding which tours you want to go on and set them up beforehand.

This is how we will be coming up with the perfect Amalfi Coast itinerary. 

Where is the Amalfi Coast?

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The Amalfi Coast is located in Southern Italy. It is on the northern coast of the Salerno Gulf.

How Long is the Amalfi Coast?

The Amalfi Coast is 34 miles long.  It includes many beautiful cliffs and beaches and includes coastal towns to explore.  

What is the Best Time of Year to Visit the Amalfi Coast?

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The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is Spring and Fall.  The crowd levels are low and temperatures are in the 70’s and 80’s.  May and September are the best months to explore the Amalfi Coast.

So when you are planning your Amalfi Coast trip keep that in mind. 

How Do I Get To The Amalfi Coast?

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This depends on where you are coming from.  If you are flying, the Naples Airport is the closest.

If you planning an Amalfi Coast road trip then you can rent a car at the Naples Airport. 

Keep in mind that driving the Amalfi Coast is not for the faint of heart.  It will cause knuckle clenching and anxiety attacks! It is dangerous for the inexperienced!  However, if you do decide to drive yourself my best advice is to rent a small car! 

How to Get From Naples to the Amalfi Coast

If you decide that renting a car is not for you don’t worry.  You can take a taxi, bus, train, or ferry.  It is very easy to get from Naples to the Amalfi Coast!  We took a ferry to get to the coast and then took the train back to the airport.

How Many Days Do You Need On The Amalfi Coast?

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Ultimately,  how many days on the Amalfi Coast depends on your interest but I would recommend 3-5 days.  When I went I stayed 2.5 days and wished I had a little longer to explore more towns along the coast.

Why is The Amalfi Coast so Famous?

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The main reason millions of tourists come to this area of Italy is because of how beautiful it is.  Positano has a dramatic landscape between the hills and the ocean.  It also is very colorful! 

Is the Amalfi Coast Expensive?

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We went in May and I did not feel like it was unreasonable.  The prices for bus, ferry, and train fare were all reasonable.  Our hotel room in Sorrento was not expensive.

I didn’t feel like the food was overpriced.  In contrast to my opinion, Google suggests that the prices become very high during the summer season.

Is the Amalfi Coast Worth it?

Yes, absolutely! If you are planning a road trip in Italy, the Amalfi Coast needs to be included in your itinerary.

It is worth it to plan a trip to the Amalfi Coast.  Not only is it beautiful, but there are lots of things to see and do.  Even if you only have 1 day in Amalfi or one week on the Amalfi Coast you will enjoy what you see. Let’s begin adding activities for your Amalfi Coast itinerary.

Sorrento

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Sorrento is a great place to use as your starting point on your trip along the Amalfi Coast.

Amalfi Coast – Sorrento 

The most distinguishing part of Sorrento was the giant wall that separates the sea from the city.  It was really impressive to get off the ferry from Capri and enter the city.

Hotels in Sorrento

We actually stayed in Sorrento at the Palazzo Tasso. This hotel was very nice, we met a lot of people at breakfast which we loved. Talking with real Italians was a treat!

I really enjoyed staying in Sorrento as a base location to explore the Amalfi Coast 

Things to Do in Sorrento

  • Eat gelato
  • Go to the beach
  • Walk down the narrow alleyways
  • Eat at delicious restaurants
  • Take in the view
  • Shop for lemon themed items or go tour a lemon grove

Best Way to Travel the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is a treacherous drive.  Even if you have a car it may be best to hire a driver or take the buses. Many Amalfi Coast drivers can take you along the coast.

Getting down the Amalfi Coast using a SITA bus is not a problem, getting back is very difficult.  SITA is the city bus that usually is the cheapest option. The SITA buses are so crowded that they do not stop at the bus stops and we found that they drive right by.  Private buses will stop, although you may have to pay more.  It is worth paying more if the city bus is too full.

Amalfi Coast Ferry

One great option is to take the bus down and take a ferry ride back.  However, ferries run less often in the spring and fall.

Positano

Positano Beach

There is no real sightseeing in Positano, but what a beautiful sight it is.  The layout of the city is gorgeous.

Things to Do in Positano

  • Hike
  • Boat tour
  • Go to the beach
  • Take a cooking class
  • Stroll the city at night

There is a beach in Positano but it is private and costs money to enter.  It is a pebble stone beach.  If you are looking for sandy beaches Gaeta is a better option.

Where to Stay in Positano?

Positano is another great place for your home base for your Amalfi Coast trip.  An amazing thing about staying in Positano is the views from the hotel.

A few hotels I would recommend are Hotel Poseidon, Hotel Villa Gabrisa, and the Capri Wine Hotel.

Rick Steve’s Italy Book was such a lifesaver.  By this point in our Amalfi Coast trip we had learned to trust his suggestions, therefore choosing where to eat was a lot easier.

Amalfi Town

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Amalfi is a town located below steep cliffs along the Amalfi Coast.  

Places to stay in Amalfi

I probably would not make my home base in Amalfi Town, however, if you would like to I would recommend staying at the NH Grand Hotel Convento di AmalfiIt is very nice and the view is amazing! 

Things to Do in Amalfi 

  • Cathedral
  • Arsenal Museum
  • Paper Museum
  • Hikes 
  • Eat seafood

In Rick Steve’s book, he suggests a couple of really lovely hikes in Amalfi.

Ravello

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Ravello is a resort town with some amazing views.  It is known for its beautiful rooftop gardens.  Many people get married here.

Things to Do in Ravello

  • Beautiful gardens
  • Cathedral
  • Palace
  • Musical festivals

Villa Rufolo is a palace that you can visit, it does cost a small fee.  Villa Cimbrone is a romantic garden built upon the ruins of an old convent.

Paestum

Things to Do in Paestum

  • Greek temples
  • Wildflowers
  • Ancient Ruins

This is where you will find the best collection of Greek temples anywhere.  It is surrounded by wildflowers.  Sadly, we did not get to stop here.  I guess we will have to go back!

We have mentioned all of the major towns to hit on your Amalfi Coast trip as well as some fun things to add to your Amalfi Coast itinerary.  Let’s continue with the best way to tour Amalfi Coast.  

The Amalfi Coast is so beautiful!  I highly recommend taking a boat ride, hiking, and exploring in this area! Enjoying nature, take lots of pictures, and take in all the colors around you!

Best Way to Tour Amalfi Coast

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There are a few tours that I would highly recommend.  I am excited to share them with you.

Villages of the Amalfi Coast

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You should really book a Tour of the Amalfi Coast before you go to Italy.  The road is curvy and dangerous to drive on.  We used the bus but if I would have known about this tour I would have booked it.

Our experience on the bus was not great!  The lines to get on the bus were so long we were not sure if we would be able to get back to Sorrento.  5 buses just went right past us because they were full.  I like the idea of a guided tour that will get me back to my hotel!

A Day on Capri

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The day trip to Capri is a great addition to the Amalfi Coast trip.  If you do not want to take the ferry from Sorrento you could do an Island of Capri Tour with a special guide.

Pompeii Tour From Sorrento

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Looking back I would have preferred a Tour of Pompeii from Sorrento.  We took the train and it was really run down.  I didn’t feel super safe on the train or outside of Pompeii

Plan a Trip to the Amalfi Coast

Hopefully, this helps you plan your Amalfi Coast trip!  We had so much fun and I know you will too!  If you have any more questions about your Amalfi Coast itinerary please ask or comment below!

If you have one week in Italy it is possible to visit lots of cities.  We started in Venice with a Romantic Venice getaway. Then headed to Florence, Pisa and Lucca, and Siena After visiting Tuscany we headed to Gaeta, NaplesCapri, the Amalfi Coast, and Pompeii.

If you are looking for another reason to visit Italy or some great Safety Travel Tips for Italy before you travel be sure to check out my other post.

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65 Comments

  1. We’re going to Amalfi in June and staying in Praiano, which is east of Positano. We will have 2 full days there. We planned to explore the coast and then the other day go to Capri and take in the Blue Grotto. Do you think this is a good plan? Also, when you say the buses are less crowded going down the coast, do you mean east toward Amalfi? Thanks!

    1. I think two full days is enough time! Yes, we started in Sorrento, so going towards Amalfi it wasn’t too bad but trying to get back was a nightmare! Capri is my favorite! We were told there are actually lots of Grotto’s around the island and you can take a private tour to see them. We stuck with the blue grotto because it was a little cheaper than a private boat. It was awesome! You are going to have so much fun!

    1. I know! When I look back at pictures its almost unreal that we were able to see so many beautiful places!

  2. This is on my bucket list. Hopefully not too far out though in actually getting to go there. Thank you for your insight. Looks like a wonderful trip.

  3. We absolutely love the Amalfi Coast! We started in Sorrento as well and went to all of these places except Paestum. We took a private speed boat down the coastline and it was fabulous. Amalfi should be a must on everyone’s bucket list!

    1. My friend went to Italy right before us an told us all about it! I was so glad we went! Especially Capri, which is off the Amalfi Coast!

  4. I’ve been up and down Italy, but have yet to make it to the Amalfi coast. Hoping it will be a stop on our next trip. And now I totally want a cannoli!

  5. It looks like the Amalfi Coast has it all! I love the pics and will be bookmarking this post for future travel plans!

  6. What an adventure!!! Wow – your pictures are fantastic and I could soooo use a beach day on that pebble stone beach.

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  17. I would love to go to Italy in any capacity but the coast looks awesome! Would love to go to the beaches.

  18. I am ready to go to Italy for at least two weeks, I think you need that much time to explore everything. Amalfi looks amazing!

  19. I’ve been to Italy once but we didn’t get an opportunity to visit the Amalfi Coast. This sounds like the perfect itinerary for when we return as there are so many cool things to do. I’ve also always been fascinated with Pompeii so would love to take that day trip.

  20. I’ve never been to the Amalfi Coast, or even Italy so this made me really want to go. I love the straight forward advice you give about visiting, it would really help someone plan a great trip!

  21. I’ve never heard of the Amalfi Coast! It looks and sounds absolutely wonderful! I love the idea of taking cooking classes and eating my way through this area. Yummy! The seaside view of the homes and buildings is so cool!

  22. My friend, Lara, who lives in Rome, has a standing invitation for me to visit, and drive with her in her Aston-Martin along the Amalfi Coast. Some day, I will do that! I like slow travel, so when I do get to Italy, I hope to spend at least 2-3 months there. My mother was an oil painter, and spent a year in Florence in the early 70’s, so Italy holds a magical mystique for me.
    Hopefully, we can all get back to traveling again soon!

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