With gorgeous landscapes that almost feel unreal, it is no surprise the Amalfi Coast is as famous as it is. And if you are planning to visit this beloved Italian destination, you have arrived at the right place. Here is everything you need to know to organize your perfect Amalfi Coast itinerary.
But why is the Amalfi Coast so famous? Let’s start with its awe-inspiring landscapes and stunning views. Towering cliffs dotted with pastel-colored villages overlooking the glimmering water of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Amalfi region also boasts rich culture and heritage scattered through charming seaside towns and ancient ruins. And we can’t forget its mouth-watering cuisine and incredible luxury hotels.
This unique and romantic scenery has inspired artists, writers, and travelers for centuries. Now it’s your time to experience it!
How many days on the Amalfi Coast?
With so many places to visit on the Amalfi Coast, you can stay as long as you want. Nature enthusiasts, history buffs, food lovers, and anyone in between will find plenty of things to do and see here.
I know that many of us are short on time (or budget) and want to see as much as possible in a couple of days or even in one day. If that is you, one option is to go on a private day trip to the Amalfi Coast (check out this one) or join a small-group Amalfi Coast Day Cruise, and get a taste of it.
However, the dreamiest 3-5 day trip is what you should aim for. Even better if you can plan a 7-day Amalfi Coast itinerary.
We decided to help you by designing 3 days, 5 days, and 7 days Amalfi Coast itineraries, so you can experience the very best the region has to offer, depending on how much time you can spend in this special corner of Italy.
Before we jump to the exciting day-by-day trip itinerary and what to in the Amalfi Coast, there are a few things you must take into consideration:
- When to visit the Amalfi Coast.
- Where to stay on the Amalfi Coast (the best and the cheapest places).
- How to get to the Amalfi Coast, Italy.
- How to get around Amalfi Coast beaches and towns.
This guide will walk you through all the essential information and other pieces and bits you need to know to plan your Amalfi Coast holiday.
When is the best time to visit the Amalfi Coast?
If you are a fan of warm weather and want to enjoy the beaches and the sparkling blue sea, the Summer months of June to August are perfect for you.
Summer in Amalfi Coast (June to August)
During this time, the sun shines brightly, and the temperatures reach their peak, making it ideal for swimming and sunbathing.
However, be prepared for larger crowds and higher prices, as Summer is the peak tourist season.
Spring and Autumn in Amalfi Coast (April to May/September to October)
On the other hand, if you prefer a quieter and more affordable experience, consider visiting in the shoulder seasons of Spring (April to May) or Autumn (September to October).
The Amalfi Coast weather during these months is still pleasant, with mild temperatures and fewer tourists. You will have a better chance of finding accommodations at reasonable prices and exploring the Amalfi Coast’s charming towns without the hustle and bustle.
Just keep in mind that the sea might be a bit cooler for swimming compared to the summer months.
Winter in Amalfi Coast
Visiting the Amalfi Coast in winter offers a nice and different experience with fewer tourists, allowing you to explore the charming towns and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
However, shops and restaurants may have limited hours or be closed, ferries might not sail and certain hiking trails and attractions may be inaccessible.
Despite that, it’s a unique opportunity for a peaceful and authentic adventure. Also, bear in mind that between December to February, the chance of rain is higher and the temperatures typically range from 8º to 15º degrees Celsius (46º to 59º Fahrenheit).
So, when is the best time to travel to Amalfi Coast?
The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast really depends on your personal preferences and travel budget. Whether you choose the busy and warm Summer months or the tranquility of the shoulder seasons, you will be awed by the beauty of the Amalfi region.
Where is the Amalfi Coast located?
The Amalfi Coast is located in the Campania region of Southern Italy. If you look at the Amalfi Coast map, the closest major city is Naples, and the second is Sorrento.
Many travelers plan their Amalfi Coast trip itinerary starting from Rome or Naples, as they have international airports (more about getting to Amalfi Coast below).
The distance between Naples and Amalfi Coast is only 60.9 km, circa 1h 25min driving. On the other hand, the Amalfi Coast distance from Rome is 276.6 km, over 3 hours of driving.
How to get to Amalfi Coast, Italy?
The most common start points of a trip to the Amalfi Coast are Rome, Naples, or Sorrento. But you can also come from the north, like Milan or Florence.
If you are flying to the Amalfi Coast, the nearest airport is Naples International Airport, also called Naples Capodichino Airport.
Another option is to fly to Roma Fiumicino International Airport in Rome.
If you don’t have your tickets yet, we recommend using Skyscanner to search for the best Amalfi Coast flights. You can compare the prices of both airports and choose the best option.
If you are staying, or just landed, in Naples or Rome, the next steps will take you to Amalfi Coast.
Getting from Rome to Amalfi Coast
You can start your Rome Amalfi Coast itinerary by train or bus. The first option is the fastest and the other is usually the cheapest.
By train: the high-speed train from Rome to Naples takes around 1 to 2 hours, and the price of the tickets varies according to the train class and how in advance you buy it.
There is also the option to take a train from the Roma Fiumicino International Airport to Naples, with a connection at Rome Termini (central station).
You can also opt to travel from Rome to Sorrento, but this route has fewer options for high-speed trains. This trip can take from 2h 50min up to 4 h 50 min depending on the type of train.
You can buy the tickets at the train stations before departure, and don’t forget that you have to validate your ticket before boarding. The best option is to book your tickets in advance and get cheaper prices.
Check the timetables and book your train ticket via OMIO.
By bus: travel to Amalfi Coast by bus is easy, there are many companies offering services departing from Rome (and the airport) to towns like Amalfi, Positano, and Sorrento.
The bus journey takes around 3 to 4 hours, depending on traffic conditions and your final destination. It’s highly recommended that you book your bus ticket in advance, even more during the summer months.
You can book your bus to Amalfi Coast via OMIO website. Super easy and safe.
Or if you don’t want to stress about public transportation, there are private transfers that can pick you up at your hotel/airport and drop you at your accommodation on the Amalfi Coast.
Here are 2 good options for Rome – Amalfi Coast transfers:
– From Rome: Transfer to Amalfi Coastline via Pompeii
Then, for getting from Naples/Sorrento to Amalfi Coast you follow the steps below.
Getting from Naples to Amalfi Coast
You’ve made it to Naples, after tasting a traditional Neapolitan Pizza you have a few options of transportation to get to your final destination on the Amalfi Coast.
For those planning an Amalfi Coast road trip, then you can pick up a car in Naples. Use the RentalCars website to compare prices and book the best option.
If you want to enjoy a scenic trip without worrying about driving, then you can choose from ferries, buses, and private transfers.
By ferry: ferry or hydrofoil from Naples to the town of Amalfi or Positano is the most popular and straightforward way of traveling. The ferry ride offers stunning views and takes approximately 1 to 2 hours, depending on your destination.
Check the Amalfi Coast ferry Prices here.
By train or bus: you can take a regional train or bus from Naples to Sorrento, which takes from 1 to 2 hours.
Here is our Guide to travel from Naples to Positano, it has all the details about the ferry and bus trip.
Getting from Sorrento to Amalfi Coast
You are in Sorrento, which means you are almost on the Amalfi Coast and you have 3 options to get there.
By ferry: catch a ferry from Sorrento to one of the Amalfi Coast towns. Just keep in mind that not all towns are connected by a ferry, Google Maps can help you here.
By bus: no matter where you are going, a bus will probably take you there. Catch a SITA bus that connects all villages between Sorrento and Salerno.
Ticket prices are between €1.30 and €6 one way, depending on the destination. There is also a 24-hour bus ticket which gives unlimited travel. Note that you can only buy bus tickets at the train station, bars, newsagents, or Tabacchi shops. NOT ON THE BUS.
Transfer: the easiest way! You can hire a private transfer to reach your final destination.
I can’t stress this enough:
Check the schedules and book everything way in advance. Ferries and bus tickets sell out quickly, and some ferries only operate (or have more availability) during the high season.
We use OMIO and Bookaway to search, compare and book your buses, ferries, and transfer tickets.
Where to stay on the Amalfi Coast – The perfect travel base!
With a roughly 50-kilometer coastline, there is so much to see on the Amalfi Coast that it can be overwhelming to decide where to stay.
The first thing is, don’t stay in every town you visit, especially if you are planning a 3, 4, or 5 days Amalfi Coast travel itinerary. You will spend a lot of time checking in and out of the hotels, which leaves you with fewer hours and energy to visit the places.
Second, the best place to stay on the Amalfi Coast will depend on your budget and how many times you will be here.
Which are the best towns to stay on the Amalfi Coast?
Well, all towns are amazing and they will give you stunning views, a taste of Italian hospitality, and the magical energy you can only find on the Amalfi Coast.
But among the 13 towns on the coast, Amalfi Town and Positano are the ones that offer the best hotel options, central location, are close to the main attractions, and are a good base for getting around.
Why should you stay in Amalfi Town?
Amalfi is the largest town on the coast. It has a rich history, charming streets, and the proximity to other coastal towns makes it a convenient place to stay.
Plus it has a ferry port, is easy to get to and around by ferry or boat taxi, and is handy for day tours. Important to note, usually, hotels in Amalfi Town are cheaper than in Positano or Ravello.
Here are some suggestions on where to stay in Amalfi Town:
Luxury hotels in Amalfi Town (click on the hotel name to see the details and prices):
- Anantara Convento di Amalfi, originally a 13th-century convent now converted into a luxury hotel, is undoubtedly a unique stay.
- Hotel Residence, classy decoration, and stunning views.
- Hotel Santa Caterina is a beautiful Art Nouveau villa built on a rock overlooking the sea.
Mid-range hotels in Amalfi Town:
- DieciSedici, this stylish B&B has only six rooms, so book well in advance.
- Hotel Marina Riviera, the property overlooks the city of Amalfi and the Mediterranean Sea.
- Residenza Luce is centrally located in the Piazza del Duomo, its rooms are tastefully decorated in a Mediterranean style.
Budget accommodation in Amalfi Town:
- Giardino Sul Mare, an apartment with incredible views and a fully equipped kitchen.
- Casa Barbara is a B&B with a wonderful host, great views, and a good breakfast.
- Lucy’s House is a comfortable apartment with a beautiful terrace.
Why should you stay in Positano?
Positano is one of the most beautiful towns in the region. The stacked building hanging on the Lattari Mountains overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea is a site you won’t forget.
Positano hotel options are incredible, with many having private terraces, perfect gardens, and incredible views.
Beyond the beautiful hotels, Positano is famous for its lovely restaurants, and upscale boutiques. It has the dazzling energy you expect from Amalfi Coasts. But all these come with a price, it’s one of the most expensive towns on the coast.
If you want to snatch a good deal or an affordable luxury stay, do your research and book in advance.
Here are some suggestions on where to stay in Positano, Amalfi Coast:
Luxury hotels in Positano (click on the hotel name to see the details and prices):
- Il San Pietro di Positano offers a private beach, spacious rooms, and a Michelin Star restaurant.
- Hotel Palazzo Murat is set in an elegant 18th-century palace with incredible sea views.
Mid-range hotels in Positano:
- Hotel Vittoria is located 5 min from the beach, has bright rooms, and the views from the terrace are stunning.
- Hotel Il Gabbiano offers panoramic sea views from all rooms, it is located 15 minutes walk to Positano city center.
Budget accommodation in Positano:
- La Mammola has simple and comfy rooms in a family atmosphere.
- Villaverde offers spacious rooms and great views at affordable rates. It is usually fully booked.
Ok, let’s face the truth, Amalfi Coast hotels are not cheap.
Even if you check the map with hotels going from Positano to Vietri sul Mare, passing by all 13 towns, you will notice that cheap, budget-friendly accommodations or hostels in Amalfi Coast are almost none.
You can check the Amalfi Coast Map with hotels here:
Can you stay in Sorrento instead of Amalfi or Positano?
If you are traveling to Amalfi Coast on a budget, or want to save a few Euros, you can opt to stay in Sorrento.
It’s technically not the Amalfi Coast, but it’s cheaper.
Sorrento is connected to Amalfi Coast towns by ferry and bus, so you can get around easily. Just keep in mind you will need a bit more time to get to places and attractions on the Amalfi Coast.
Sorrento is also a good location for joining a Capri Boat Tour Cruise (check this out).
Here are some suggestions on where to stay in Sorrento:
Luxury hotels in Sorrento (click on the hotel name to see the details and prices):
- Bellevue Syrene has impeccable service, outstanding suites, and great views.
- Maison La Minervetta rooms are well decorated and boast breathtaking views of Mount Vesuvius and the Mediterranean Sea.
Mid-range hotels in Sorrento:
- Romantic Relais Sorrento offers spacious rooms with unbeatable views of Sorrento.
- Mediterranean Suites has a modern design, functional rooms, and a great location.
Budget accommodation in Sorrento:
- Alma Sorrento Suite is centrally located and offers spacious rooms with a clean deco.
- B&B Il Saraceno is a sustainable property with comfy and bright rooms.
How to get around the Amalfi Coast, Italy?
Now that you know where to stay on the Amalfi Coast, let’s move to your transportation options.
Amalfi Coast by car: renting a car is the easiest way to travel between the Amalfi Coast towns. You will have the freedom to do it at your own pace and stop to take pics along the scenic Amalfi coast drive. Just remember that the roads are narrow, there are plenty of curves and few parking spots. Your Amalfi Coast driving experience will be amazing, but also challenging. Get your rental car quote here!
Amalfi Coast by bus: if you are not in for a drive, the bus is your best option. The public buses, operated by SITA Company or Mobility Amalfi Coast, offer frequent rides during the Summer, and you will get to the different coastal towns for very cheap.
Amalfi Coast by train: the train won’t be a public transfer unless you need to travel between Naples and Sorrento (and the places along the way, including Pompei), as the Circumvesuviana train only covers this area.
Amalfi Coast by ferry: if you are traveling to the Amalfi Coast between April to October, you can move around by ferry. Ferries run between Positano, Amalfi, Capri, Sorrento, and Naples. More expensive than the buses, catching a ferry makes for a transfer with beautiful views! If you want to book your Amalfi Coast ferry tickets in advance use OMIO.
Now, let the Amalfi Coast capture your heart as it did with ours!
Don’t forget your Travel Insurance! You don’t want anything to ruin your trip, right? So don’t take the risk! Reliable travel insurance can help you in case of travel issues, from accidents to health problems, travel delays, and lost luggage.
There are many insurances in the market, our picks are HeyMondo and SafetyWing. We used both and always had a good experience. Click on the insurance names to get a quote.
Amalfi Coast Itineraries: 3, 5, or 7 days
It’s time to dive into what to do on Amalfi Coast, places to visit, and experiences you must have.
The itineraries are organized by days, being the short one (Amalfi Coast 3-day itinerary) a summary of the top attractions, while the others will explore a bit more of the region.
Even if you are not planning a 7-day itinerary Amalfi Coast, read until the end. You can always tweak your travel plan.
Also, we listed all the stunning towns and most beautiful beaches at the end of the guide. Just in case you want to visit extra ones or the lesser-known ones.
The Perfect 3-Day Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Amalfi Coast Day 1: Amalfi Town
If you ask us, the perfect Amalfi Coast itinerary begins from its namesake town, Amalfi. A spectacular port town that used to be the epicenter of the historic maritime power of the Gulf of Salerno.
Amalfi has a charming center made of a small group of houses perched on the cliff overlooking the sparkling sea.
You will love strolling around the narrow lanes of the Rione Vagliendola neighborhood, up and down its steep stairs to find breathtaking viewpoints. In the Rione, you will also find the Paper Museum, a perfect place to learn all about the history of this local craft.
An absolute must-visit in Amalfi is the gorgeous Cathedral of Saint Andrew, the town’s Duomo, built in 987. Step inside the Duomo to discover the Cloister of Paradise, stunning with its Moorish architecture and gardens.
If you want to understand a bit more of the town’s history and the beauty of Duomo, join this 2-hour Amalfi Guided Private Walking Tour of the Gem of the Coast. It has great reviews and will take you through the sites packed with beauty and aroma of lemon trees.
Another fantastic thing to do in Amalfi is to walk to the seaside promenade called Lungomare dei Cavalieri for a refreshing gelato and a dip at Marina Grande, the town’s main beach.
A unique experience you can have in Amalfi is learning to cook local dishes on a farm. Check out this Amalfi Cooking Class and Farmhouse visit with a meal and thank me later.
For those who can’t wait to jump into the crystal clear sea, but don’t have much time for boat tours or beach hopping (3 days will fly by), there is a 4-hour boat tour departing from Amalfi Town.
Amalfi Coast Boat and Snorkeling Tour with a Captain has great reviews and will take you to incredible beaches, and places you won’t be able to visit in 3 days in Amalfi Coast.
Amalfi Coast Day 2: Ravello
The second day of your holiday on the Amalfi Coast should be spent taking in one of its gems: the breathtaking town of Ravello. Set on the cliffside above Amalfi, we assure you won’t ever forget the views you will see here!
Small and undoubtedly romantic, many people visit Ravello on the same day as Amalfi, which you can do too if you want to squeeze in more places to visit in your three days itinerary. However, only Positano rivals Ravello in the way of beauty!
Ravello hosts several architectural treasures: the Duomo, with its simple white facade embellished by Moorish elements and stunning mosaics on the inside, and the Annunziata Church of Ravello, with its twin towers overlooking the sea.
Ravello is also popular for its gorgeous villas with well-curated gardens facing the blue sea. The most famous is Villa Cimbrone, where the spectacular Infinity Terrace boasts an unparalleled panorama. You can also stay there – have a look here at the villa’s magnificent architecture and majestic rooms.
You should also visit Villa Rufolo which is the home of the Ravello Festival.
We found two walking tours in Ravello that are worth checking out. both are two hours long, one you can book via Viator and this one book with GetYourGuide.
Ravello is only 20 minutes by car from Amalfi, so it’s very easy to reach. If you don’t have a rental car, don’t worry: the two towns are well connected by public bus.
Amalfi Coast Day 3: Positano
Get up early and get in the car or catch a public bus to get to the Amalfi Coast’s undisputed best-known town, Positano. No other place along the coast boasts luxury as Positano does.
Start to soak in Positano’s unique atmosphere by exploring its historic center, where you will find the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, which houses a much-loved Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary.
Right next door to the church is the extraordinary Villa Romana, an unmissable archaeological site!
Get lost in the maze of winding lanes that climb directly from Positano’s main beach (Spiaggia Grande) and are lined with bougainvillea-covered buildings housing traditional shops and artisan boutiques.
It’s now time for some beach action! Climb down to Spiaggia Grande to sunbathe and swim, or from here follow the cliff-hugging Via Positanesi d’America to get to Spiaggia di Fornillo, a scenic beach perfect for enjoying moments of peace.
You can’t visit Positano without tasting delicious Italian food, here are three food tours/cooking classes that are unique and you shouldn’t miss.
Positano is also a good place to depart for the famous Path of the Gods hike (Sentiero degli Dei). It’s the most famous hiking on the Amalfi Coast, with 5.6 km (3.5 miles) of distance and it’s classified as easy to moderate. Perfect for travelers that like an active trip.
You will ascend 215 meters, and descend 410 meters, and the views on the way are breathtaking. The start point of the Path of the Gods hiking trail is at Bomerano town (Piazza Paolo Capasso) and the end is at Nocelle town.
The hiking trail can be done alone, but if you like to share memories and have a guide leading you to the best viewpoints, check out this Path of the Gods Guided Hiking Tour.
There are so many things to do in Positano that you might want to stay here longer or visit it one more day, and that’s totally fine. You can make it a 4-day Amalfi coast itinerary and leave with great memories.
The Perfect 5-Day Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Amalfi Coast Day 4: Sorrento
If you have two more days to explore the Amalfi Coast, it is time to get to the incredible Sorrento.
Sorrento is a 30-ish minute drive from Positano, which you can easily get to also by public bus.
Begin to discover Sorrento by walking through the charmingly lively little streets to experience what dolce vita really means. Make sure to taste Limoncello (lemon liqueur) as it has been created in the town.
From the main square, Piazza Tasso, walk to the unique Vallone dei Mulini, a 200-year-old abandoned mill set in a mysterious-looking alley.
Head to Villa Comunale, a beautiful park with stunning gardens and a terrace from which you can admire amazing views over the Bay of Naples, with Mount Vesuvius in the background.
A walking distance from Villa Comunale is Sorrento’s fishing port, Marina Grande, perfect for enjoying a seafood lunch or dinner on the sea.
Sorrento is one of the best places on the Amalfi Coast to indulge in food-related activities: join a food tour, take a cooking class, or have a meal in a lemon grove to make unforgettable memories!
For the cyclists out there, this Sorrento E-Bike Wine & Food Tour looks amazing and it’s on my list of things to do. If you prefer a good walk, check out this Walking Food Tour in Sorrento with Food Tasting.
Here are other unique food experiences in Sorrento we curated for you:
Amalfi Coast Day 5: Capri
The gorgeous Capri is the most famous island in the Bay of Naples, so it needs to be on your Amalfi Coast itinerary!
The easiest way to visit Capri is by hopping on a scheduled ferry that departs from Sorrento. You can check the timetables and book your ferry to Capri in advance on OMIO or Bookaway websites.
We suggest you catch the first ferry to Capri Island to enjoy the island’s best attraction, the mesmerizing Grotta Azzurra, without crowds.
The Blue Grotto (as the Grotta Azzurra is known in English) is located in the Anacapri village. Once you arrive at the island, have a look at Spiaggia Marina Grande and find your way to the Blue Grotto, you will have to get a local boat tour to access the stunning blue cave.
After visiting the grotto, go to Piazza Vittoria at Anacapri village and from there you can take the cable car to the summit of Mount Solaro. Be ready for the most spectacular views of the Bays of Naples.
Walk down the mount to visit the Hermitage of Cetrella, a 15-century small church on the slope.
Another fantastic activity to do in Capri is meandering through the shop-lined streets of the lovely namesake town’s center.
From the center, you can walk to the Certosa San Giacomo Capri, a 14th-century monastery with sea views and frescoes, and to the Gardens of Augustus, splendid manicured gardens made by the Roman emperor Augustus. From this spot, you can enjoy the absolute best view of the Faraglioni rock formations and the Via Krupp, an ancient path full of steps leading to the sea.
Take Via Krupp to reach one of Capri’s top beaches, Spiaggia Torre Saracena and Marina Piccola with its delicious restaurants and beach club.
If you are up for a unique experience check out this Capri Caves and Beaches Kayaking Tour. It’s a fantastic way to explore the coast in an eco-friendly way and spend hours in the sea.
And if you want to spoil yourself, take a private boat to sail through the arch in the dramatic Faraglioni before heading back to the mainland!
Talking about tours, if you don’t want to take the ferry and explore the islands on your own, there are plenty of Capri Island Cruises departing from Sorrento and any other towns on the coast.
The good thing about the tours is that they visit more places like the Grotta dello Smeraldo (Green Grotto or Grotta Verde) between Positano and Amalfi. And also the Grotta Bianca (White Grotto), a white-colored sea cave located on the east coast of Capri that is only accessible by boat.
Here are a few Capri Island boat tours you can enjoy:
The Perfect 7-Day Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Amalfi Coast Day 6: Pompei
Are you planning to spend a week on the Amalfi Coast? Then you cannot skip Pompei. After so many beaches and charming towns, Pompei will be a nice change of scenery.
This historical UNESCO site needs little presentation: a Roman-era town’s ruins left from the eruption of the volcano Mt. Vesuvius over 2000 years ago.
To get to Pompei, you can take the Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento and get off at the “Pompeii Scavi – Villa dei Misteri”. If you have a car, you will need to drive for around 30 minutes to get here.
Something you will only get once you are here is the actual size of Pompei: we are not talking about a couple of ruins, but that of an entire city! You will need 3 hours to explore the archaeological site to see its highlights and experience what life was like in an ancient Roman town.
The best way to discover Pompei’s well-preserved streets, homes, and temples, is by relying on a tour guide. Here is a Pompeii: Archaeological Park Tour with a skip-the-line entry that you should consider.
You can also book a tour to Pompei from any other town on the Amalfi Coast. Let’s say you are staying in Positano, Amalfi, or Sorrento, there are tour operators that can provide Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius private and group tours from various departing points.
Here are a few tours to Pompei departing from different towns:
Visiting the scavi di Pompei (as Italians call it) will only require half a day. So when you are done, head out of the archeological site for a traditional meal and then make your way to Naples, the beating heart of the Campania region.
Amalfi Coast Day 7: Naples
There’s no better way to end your trip than spending a day in Naples. With so much to see and do, one day is not enough to discover everything this city has to offer, but it’s a good start!
Take the cable railway from Monsanto station to reach the Pedamentina of Saint Martin, 414 steps that descend into Naples’ main artery, called Spaccanapoli. While climbing down, you will see breathtaking views over the city, the sea, and Vesuvius!
Once in Spaccanapoli, you will be in the old, historic center of the city. Walk to Via San Gregorio Armeno, the street famous for the artisan shops creating and innovating traditional nativity scenes, and to the Duomo of Naples, with its lavishly decorated chapel dedicated to San Gennaro. Next door is the spectacular Piazza del Plebiscito.
Other unmissable things to do in Naples? Visiting the Veiled Christ, a marble sculpture exhibited in the Cappella Sansevero (which you will need to pre-book well in advance), and a classic street-food tour to taste the city’s deliciousness!
Here is a 3-hour walking tour in Naples that already includes the entrance to the Veiled Christ, and travelers love it.
When it comes to food, Naples street food is to die for. Join a food tour to visit a series of restaurants and taste the traditional dishes of the city.
Here are the top-rated food tours in Naples:
Got more days on the Amalfi Coast?
If time is not a problem you can easily plan a 14 or 10-day Amalfi Coast Itinerary, there are plenty of places to visit and stay longer.
Now that you know how to get around the region and the best places to stay, it’s easy to adapt this Amalfi Coast guide to more days and destinations.
To help you plan further, below is the list of the most beautiful Amalfi Coast beaches and towns for you to visit.
A few of the towns and beaches are already on the itineraries, but there are still other charming villages and quaint beaches you can add to your Amalfi trip.
10 Amalfi Coast famous towns:
Amalfi Town: it’s the heart and the name of the region.
Positano: one of the most beautiful towns on the Amalfi Coast with beautiful architecture and heavenly hotels. Known for its epic views from the coastal roads, delicious food, and more expensive price tag.
Ravello: the most romantic town on the Amalfi Coast and famous for its lavish gardens and arts, it is a bit of a walk (or drive) to get to the beach but it offers mesmerizing views of the Mediterranean blue water.
Praiano: a medieval town famous for having the only beach on the Amalfi Coast that has sun until sunset. Also, it’s a great place to stay if you are planning to explore Amalfi Coast hiking trails.
Atrani: a small cliffside town with a beautiful black sand beach. It only offers a little to do, but it’s a budget-friendly option.
Vietri Sul Mare: with fewer tourists than the other famous Amalfi Coast towns, Vietri Sul Mare is the most artistic destination with colorful buildings and is home of the ceramica vietrese, a traditional Italian ceramics.
Maiori and Minori: great places for family and budget travelers, both towns are relatively flat so they are easier to explore. Maiori has the longest stretches of sandy beach on the Amalfi Coast.
Cetara: the perfect Amalfi town for food lovers. It’s a fishing village famous for its tuna and anchovies.
Furore: a tiny town hidden between rock cliffs, it’s famous for its incredible beach under a road bridge.
Conca dei Marini: a laid-back town close to the beautiful Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo).
Amalfi Coast’s most beautiful beaches:
Here is an Amalfi coast bonus for you, a list of the incredible beaches in the region.
You can reach some of these amazing beaches from the towns, others you will need to get a boat taxi, also called a water taxi.
Most of the beaches have restaurants and unique terrace bars offering lounges and umbrellas. The trick part is that not all beaches have public areas with free access. Which means that you will have to pay to enjoy it.
Another important piece of information, most of these picture-perfect beaches are not actual sandy beaches. So bring good sandals or beach shoes (check these out) to walk on the warm pebble beaches without hurting your feet.
These gorgeous beaches are waiting for you:
- Spiaggia Grande, Positano (Marina Grande Beach)
- Spiaggia del Fornillo, Positano (Fornillo Beach)
- Spiaggia di Arienzo, Positano (Arienzo Beach)
- Spiaggia di Tordigliano, Positano (Tordigliano Beach)
- Fiordo di Furore, Furore (Fiordo di Furore Beach)
- Il Duoglio Spiaggia, Amalfi (Duoglio beach)
- Spiaggia Grande, Amalfi (Marina Grande Beach)
- Spiaggia di Santa Croce – Amalfi (Santa Croce Beach)
- Spiaggia di Maiori, Maiori (Maiori Beach)
- Spiaggia Cavallo Morto, Maiori (Cavallo Morto Beach)
- Spiaggia di Minori, Minori (Minori Beach)
- Marina di Praia, Praiano (Marina di Praia Beach)
- Spiaggia della Gavitella, Praiano (Gavitella Beach)
- Spiaggia di Atrani, Atrani (Atrani Beach)
- Marina di Vietri, Vietri sul Mare (Vietri Beach)
- Spiaggia di Cauco, Erchie (Cauco Beach)
- Spiaggia di Castiglione, Ravello (Castiglione Beach – where is the famous Lido di Ravello)
- Spiaggia del Lannio, Cetara (Lannio Beach)
Amalfi Coast Itinerary Wrap up
Our Amalfi Coast itinerary comes to an end. Now it’s time to organize your dates, book your flights, decide the exact location you want to stay, and book all your tours and local transportation in advance.
Many of us prefer to travel without fixed plans or not having everything organized beforehand, I know, but don’t underestimate how busy and expensive the Amalfi Coast is.
Book everything in advance to save money and time. Once you arrive here, you can enjoy the views peacefully and munch on a slice of pizza or plate of pasta without worrying about your next-day itinerary.
If you have any questions, comment below, and have an incredible Amalfi Coast trip.
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