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Complete Amalfi Coast Itinerary (See the Best Places in 1 to 5 Days)

Complete Amalfi Coast Itinerary (See the Best Places in 1 to 5 Days)

Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most popular destinations and planning your first trip to the region might seem a bit overwhelming. What is the best time to visit? How many days do you need for Amalfi Coast? Which towns to visit? Where to stay when visiting Amalfi Coast? And finally, what’s the best Amalfi Coast itinerary?

Our guest writer Nicky from That Anxious Traveller answers all these questions in this suggested 5-day Amalfi Coast itinerary that covers all the best places you shouldn’t miss on your first visit.

Update: This article has been updated after our own recent trip to the Amalfi Coast and Naples region, to give you even more useful info and tips for planning your visit. Read on!

The area surrounding Naples in Italy is one of my favorite places in the world. Covering the busy city of Naples, charming Mediterranean towns, glamorous islands, and UNESCO world heritage sites, Amalfi Coast has something for everyone! But you do need to take your time to explore this beautiful coastline.

While you can see the Amalfi Coast itself in one day, there is so much more to this beautiful area than just the famous towns of Amalfi, Ravello, or Positano. Depending on your interests, I recommend at least 3 days in the area, but if you really want to see all the best places near the Amalfi Coast, it’s best to spend at least 5 days on the Amalfi Coast.

TIP: If you stumbled upon this post while looking for ideas for the Amalfi Coast itinerary, but you only have one day for it, I recommend checking this day tour from Rome that includes Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. It’s run by a company that offers the best local experiences in Italy!

If you are staying in Naples or other nearby towns, you can find the best tour options here. Taking an organized tour is by far the best way to see the best of the Amalfi Coast in just a day.

Naples, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast Itinerary for 5 Days

Before we continue with the recommended Amalfi Coast itinerary, you should know that all the main sights along the Amalfi Coast can be easily visited from one central location. If you want to see the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and even places like Pompeii, we recommend staying in Sorrento. You can find more details and suggestions at the bottom of the post.

Depending on your destination for the day, you can either travel by boat, by public transport, or take organized tours. You can also visit the Amalfi Coast by car (why not rent a tiny Italian Fiat or a scooter and explore Amalfi Coast in style), however, we only recommend renting a car in the low season! See the best car rental deals here and rent the smallest car that will fit your group.

There are so many ways to make the best of your time on the Amalfi Coast – find out!

Below is my recommended 5 day itinerary for the Amalfi Coast. It doesn’t really matter which places you visit on which day, or how many days you have for the Amalfi Coast, just use it as an indication on what you can see on any given day. I suggest using these recommendations to create your own perfect Amalfi Coast itinerary, for any duration from 1 to 5 days. Find out!

Suggested 5 day Amalfi Coast itinerary
 

TIP: Below are our suggestions for your Amalfi Coast itinerary, with the best areas grouped per day. If you have less time, just pick those places that interest you the most. That way you can easily create your own itinerary for a shorter trip by selecting the itineraries of those places that interest you most. Take a look!

Day 1 – The Amalfi Coast: Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi town

You could easily devote a full five-day itinerary to the villages of the Amalfi Coast alone, but that would be to miss out on everything else in the area. So this Amalfi Coast itinerary actually foresees one full day to the villages of the Amalfi Coast itself (and absolute minimum).

Take advantage of Sorrento’s close proximity to one of Italy’s most feted spots, and see the main highlights of the Amalfi Coast – Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello in just one day. Here’s how.

Start with Positano, the mainland’s equivalent to Capri. Glamour and picture-perfect sights are the order of the day here: from the perfect beach with its dramatic backdrop of houses clinging to a mountainside, to the rows of boutique stores offering some truly unique fashions.

You can even have your own custom-made sandals made here while you wait, before popping back into the sunshine for a freshly-made gelato.

Positano is not to be missed when visiting the Amalfi Coast in Italy
Positano beach is extremely popular in summer ©ThatAnxiousTraveller.com
 

Next is Amalfi, a town that was a trading superpower in the medieval age. It is much smaller these days, thanks to an earthquake in 1343 which caused most of the city to slide into the sea.

But some things remain: Amalfi possesses the absolute must-visit sight of the Duomo, the towering cathedral which dominates the main piazza of the town.

For a small fee, you can enter and see Roman sarcophagi in the cloisters, beautiful religious artifacts in the treasury, and the remains of a saint in the cathedral itself. It’s a wonderful building and a nice respite from the bustle of the Amalfi Coast’s crowds.

Amalfi town is just one of the places to see along the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Italy
Amalfi town ©ThatAnxiousTraveller.com
 

To finish off your Amalfi Coast trio, head to the mountaintop town of Ravello. Visit the gardens of Villa Rufolo and prepare yourself for one of the best views on the entire Amalfi Coast.

Head straight through the gardens until you reach the terrace and take in the beauty of blue skies meeting blue seas, whilst the towns of the coast tumble down the mountainsides.

Another must-see in Ravello is the garden of a 5* luxury hotel Villa Cimbrone. The views from Terrazza dell’Infinito are amazing and you can visit the gardens even if you don’t stay at the hotel.

Ravello on the Amalfi Coast in Italy
Ravello ©ThatAnxiousTraveller.com
 

If you like jaw-dropping sceneries (who doesn’t right?), make sure to check this out for some of the best views of the Amalfi Coast.

Practical Information: Although you can take a ferry from Sorrento to Positano, the most budget-friendly option is going by bus. If you go to Sorrento’s train station and buy an all-day bus ticket from the tobacconist by the entrance stairs, you can take in all of the Amalfi Coast’s towns for a very reasonable cost of about 7 EUR.

Simply cross over the road outside the train station to catch a bus headed to Amalfi; Positano will be your first stop. When you’ve explored there, get back on the bus to go to Amalfi, and catch an additional bus from there to Ravello.

TIP: Remember to validate your bus ticket when you get on board. Also bear in mind that the buses get extremely busy in high season; the earlier you can get there, the better. And if you want the really good views out of the window, sit on the seats to your left!

However – if you visit in the high season – the buses are often crowded and the traffic is really bad. Taking a boat is much more comfortable.

Tour suggestions: An alternative way to see the Amalfi Coast is by joining organized day tours. Here are some of the best options: a group tour from Naples, a private day trip from Naples, or the Amalfi Coast day tour from Rome.

TIP: If you are staying in Sorrento and just visiting the Amalfi Coast for a day, this full-day boat tour from Sorrento is one of the absolute best options to see all the top places in a day. Especially if you are traveling in the high season.

Amalfi Coast view from the water
Amalfi Coast ©Jeff Cooper via Unsplash
 

Day 2 – Sorrento

No Amalfi Coast itinerary would be complete without visiting Sorrento!

Take it easy on your second day along the Amalfi Coast, and explore the pretty town of Sorrento. It’s a beautiful place where you can find a more authentic Italian way of life. Scenic streets with their small shops and gelato parlors make Sorrento an ideal destination for serious shoppers and families alike.

Must-see locations in Sorrento include the Church of St. Francesco, which has a beautiful cloister area attached to the side of the church, the stunning views across the bay to Naples and Vesuvius, as well as the otherworldly ruined mill at the Vallone dei Mulini.

But Sorrento’s simple pleasures are the best: do some people-watching at Piazza Tasso, or stock up on lemon-flavored treats in the shopping streets to the west of the piazza. Our personal favorite thing to do in Sorrento is enjoying an aperitivo and seafood dinner on the terrace of a small fishermen’s restaurant O’ Puledrone at Marina Grande.

Amazing view of Mt Vesuvius from Sorrento Italy
Mt Vesuvius as seen from Sorrento ©ThatAnxiousTraveller.com
 

Practical Information: Sorrento is small and friendly. Unless you’re planning to explore the surrounding suburbs, you can easily explore the town on foot.

Be aware that if you want to go down to the port, you can either take the staircase at the north side of Piazza Tasso, or follow a longer, winding road. If mobility is an issue, there is a bus that you can catch at the port to bring you back up to town.

TIP: You may be tempted by the pizza in the cafes on Piazza Tasso, but you pay for the location. Go a little further down Corso Italia and check out Franco’s Pizzeria instead. It’s the best pizza outside of Naples, in a small and friendly restaurant, and at a fraction of the cost.

Sorrento is a great place to stay for exploring the Amalfi Coast in Italy
Sorrento ©toocheesh via Pixabay
 

Day 3 – Capri

On your third day on the Amalfi Coast, spoil yourself with a trip to one of the world’s most glamorous locations, Capri island. It’s another location you must include in your Amalfi Coast itinerary!

Capri is a jewel of an island in a sapphire-blue sea. Synonymous with the rich and famous, it’s been visited by everyone from Emperor Tiberius, to Jackie Onassis, to Taylor Swift…

You can while away the hours doing serious damage to your bank account in the designer-laden shops, or taking in the natural beauty on some glorious hiking trails.

Blue Grotto is top of most visitor bucket lists: a cave located just off the sea, where the water turns a brilliant, luminous blue. Also popular are boat tours around the entirety of the island’s coast, a highlight being the Faraglioni rocks, where your boat passes through a natural tunnel at the base of the towering rocks. 

You can arrange a tour at the Marina with various local companies, or avoid disappointment and book one in advance. Here’s the best price/quality Capri Island boat tour that I found (it includes both, Blue Grotto, as well as Faraglioni rocks).

Capri island is just a short boat trip away from the Amalfi Coast
Capri island’s beautiful coastline should be seen from both – inland as well as from the water ©lleahllynn via Pixabay
 

If you don’t want to stay at sea level, catch a bus from Capri Town to Anacapri. It takes just 10 minutes and costs around 2 EUR.

Once there, you can get a chairlift up to the summit of Monte Solaro, the island’s highest point. Here you can soak in one of the finest views you’ll ever see, of the lusciously green isle surrounded by sparkling blue seas.

TIP: Capri tends to be expensive, but you can get one of the island’s finest sights for next to nothing. Walk through Capri Town, and navigate your way to the Giardini di Augusto. The entrance cost is just 1.5 EUR and you can enjoy stunning views of the blue waters underneath the snaking footpath of Via Krupp, or the Faraglioni rocks in the other direction.

Via Krupp in Capri Italy
Via Krupp ©Moise GH-Marian via Pixabay
 

Practical Information: To reach Capri, go to Sorrento’s Marina Piccolo (don’t be confused by the names of Sorrento’s marinas – Marina Piccolo is the big one, Marina Grande is the small one!), and buy a ticket from any of the booths which are marked with “Capri”. The journey will take about 20-30 minutes, and cost anything from 15 to 35 EUR, depending on the time of day. Earlier in the day tends to be cheaper.

LEARN MORE: How to Visit Capri from Sorrento

Tour suggestions: You can also visit Capri with organized tours. Here is one of the best-rated options from Sorrento: Capri full-day small-group boat tour.

READ ALSO: Best things to do in Capri & Things to do in Anacapri & Where to Stay in Capri

Beautiful coastline and azure blue water of Capri island in Italy
Capri island ©ThatAnxiousTraveller.com
 

Day 4 – Pompeii

It would be wrong to visit the Naples region and not visit its most famous historic site! The Roman town of Pompeii was destroyed in 79 AD when the nearby volcano of Vesuvius erupted, causing a chain of events so destructive that they wiped out the town’s population and buried it under a thick layer of solidified ash.

Visiting Pompeii is the closest you’ll ever get to traveling back in time, as you walk over the same cobblestones and enter the same temples and amphitheaters as the ancient Romans did.

It’s extremely easy to reach Pompeii from Sorrento. You can take a 30-minute train from Sorrento’s train station, which is located just off the central Corso Italia. You can catch any train heading to Napoli and alight at Pompei Villa Dei Misteri station. It’s a short walk from here to the site’s entrance; just follow the row of souvenir stalls.

Ancient ruins of Pompeii in Italy
Pompeii ©Graham Hobster via Pixabay
 

Practical Information: If you don’t want to waste your time standing in line, you may consider buying fast track tickets for Pompeii in advance. Also, prepare to get hot! Pompeii is notoriously unforgiving in the sun, and the savvy traveler plans accordingly.

Take plenty of water (there’s a cafe on site if you do run out), use plenty of sunscreen, and wear a hat and sunglasses. There’s very little shade in Pompeii. You can hide from the sun inside the cafe or in one of the few buildings with a roof. It’s also advisable not to wear heeled shoes – the Roman cobblestones and pavements are awkward to walk on even when wearing flats. Your ankles will thank you for it!

TIP: Don’t push yourself too hard in trying to see all of Pompeii in one day – I’ve been three times, and still haven’t seen it all! You’ll be given a map with your ticket: identify the key things you want to see and treat everything else as a bonus. Make sure not to miss the Forum, the Villa of the Mysteries, the House of the Faun, the Cave Canem sign, the Lupinarium, or the amphitheater.

PRO TIP: If you want to see the musts of Pompeii in just a few hours, I highly recommend joining a guided walking tour with an archeologist. It covers all the highlights in the most efficient way – you would never see (or understand) half as much on your own.

Tour suggestions: Pompeii is also a popular destination for organized day trips. You can visit Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius with these highly-rated tours from Naples or Sorrento or from Amalfi Coast, and even from Rome.

Pompeii is not to be missed on any Amalfi Coast itinerary
Pompeii is not to be missed when visiting the Amalfi Coast ©ThatAnxiousTraveller.com
 

Day 5 – Naples

Some people are put off Naples by the city’s reputation of being dirty, unfriendly, and crime-ridden. Don’t believe the rumors – if you pass up on Naples, you’ll be missing out on one of Italy’s most authentic cities. It’s a must if you have 4-5 days at the Amalfi Coast.

Napoli might have a few rough edges, but after five visits there, I’ve never once had any problems. The people are friendly (especially if you attempt to speak in Italian!), the historic sites are world-class, and the scenes are far prettier than some would have you believe. Not to mention that the food in Naples is out of this world!

A definite must-visit is the Archaeological Museum. If you have an interest in Roman history – or if you acquired one during your visit to Pompeii – then the National Archaeological Museum is one of the foremost places of study in the world.

You’ll be able to see the original artifacts discovered in Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were removed and kept in the museum for their own preservation. Most notorious is the Secret Cabinet room, where you can see some of the more erotic discoveries! Add to that the famous Farnese Marbles statue collection and a huge array of Egyptian artifacts, and you have a full day for any fan of classical history.

Naples city can easily be included in any Amalfi Coast itinerary
Naples is a big city that requires at least a day ©Enzo Abramo via Pixabay
 

Another sight you won’t forget in a hurry is the Church of Gesú Nuovo. Entry is free, and a building that looks curiously plain and rectangular from the outside will suddenly bloom into a riot of color when you step inside. Take in the beautiful blues and golds of the ceiling, and the religious artworks which line the walls.

Just nearby, check out the monastery of Santa Chiara – its gardens and cloisters are among the most beautiful places in Naples!

For the best views of Naples, take the funicular up to Castel Sant’Elmo.

READ ALSO: One Day in Naples (what to see and itinerary)

Gesu Nuovo church in Naples
Gesu Nuovo ©ThatAnxiousTraveller.com
 

Some other popular things to do in Naples include the Naples Catacombs, an underground tour, food tours, and pizza-making classes. And if you have more time, visit the Royal Palace of Caserta, a bit outside the town.

If you like history, then don’t miss the Herculaneum archeological site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most preserved ancient cities.

LEARN MORE: Best Things to Do in Naples

Spaccanapoli street in Naples Italy
Spaccanapoli street in Naples ©lena1 via Pixabay
 

No visit to Naples would be complete without tasting the world-famous pizza of Naples! The reputation for having the best pizza in the world is absolutely accurate: with tomatoes that have been freshly picked from the rich soil around Mt Vesuvius, mozzarella cheese that is made nearby, and the expertise of generations of Neapolitan pizzaiolos, you won’t find a better one.

TIP: My favorite pizza is to be found at L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele, not far from the Central station; just make sure to get there early to avoid the inevitable queues.

Practical Information: All trains from Sorrento station have a final destination of Naples, so you really can’t go wrong. I personally like to catch the train to Naples in the morning, then head down to Molo Beverello port and catch the ferry back to Sorrento in the afternoon. You avoid the crowded rush hour on the trains and put your feet up on the ferry’s more comfortable seats after a day’s walking.

Naples cityscape with Mt Vesuvius in the distance
Naples ©Francesco Palermo via Pixabay
 

Practical tips for visiting the Amalfi Coast

Best time to visit Amalfi Coast

With its mild-Mediterranean climate, Amalfi Coast is a year-round destination. Visit in spring or autumn for nice weather for sightseeing and fewer crowds, or in summer for the beaches.

READ ALSO: Best Time to Visit Europe

Where to stay when visiting Amalfi Coast

Although I usually like to backpack my way around an area and stay in a different hotel every night, I don’t recommend this strategy for Amalfi Coast. Instead, I find it far better to take advantage of the reasonable accommodation costs and transport links of Sorrento, which sits right in the middle of the region. 

Staying in Sorrento allows you to make day trips with short journey times to all of the local areas of interest, whilst keeping a ‘home base’. Furthermore, it’s much cheaper to stay in Sorrento than in the little villages of the Amalfi Coast itself, not to mention Capri.

Best hotels in Sorrento. Sorrento has hotels and accommodations for all types of travelers: from high-end hotels to B&Bs and hostels, as well as local agriturismos out in the hills surrounding the town. Here are some suggestions for all budgets:

My experience & recommendation: One of my favorite places to stay in Sorrento is the Hotel Del Mare at Marina Grande. This charming little fishing harbor is one of the more local parts of Sorrento. It’s about 20 minutes walk from the central station or 15 minutes from the main harbor, but makes a great base for exploring the Amalfi Coast region!

READ ALSO: Where to Stay on the Amalfi Coast (detailed info about all the best towns)

Sorrento is one of the best places to stay for exploring the Amalfi Coast
Sorrento is a great central base for exploring the Amalfi Coast ©Nick Fewings via Unsplash
 

How to get to Sorrento from Naples

Most people arrive at the Amalfi Coast via Naples airport. Here’s how to reach Sorrento from Naples:

  • Private taxi pickup. A number of local companies offer private transfers. You can book your transfer here – it’s usually much cheaper than having your hotel or accommodation arrange it for you. This is where we booked all our transfers on the most recent visit to the Amalfi Coast.
  • Train. Catch a shuttle bus or taxi from the airport and travel to Napoli Garibaldi station. Get on a Circumvesuviana train which has Sorrento as its final destination. The journey will take about an hour and ten minutes, the train ticket costs about 5 EUR.
  • Ferry. Catch a shuttle bus or taxi from the airport to Molo Beverello port in Naples and take a ferry to Sorrento. The ferry trip takes 40 minutes and will cost around 15 EUR.
 

So here it is, my suggested 5 day itinerary for the best of Amalfi Coast. There’s so much to see in the Naples and Amalfi Coast region!

Once you’ve been there, you’ll see why it’s one of the most-visited regions in the world. With a rich mix of culture, food, history, fashion, glamour, and amazing scenery, Amalfi Coast truly has something for everyone. You’ll definitely want to come back very, very soon!

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Amalfi Coast vs. Cinque Terre

How to see the best of Amalfi Coast - 5 day itinerary
Amalfi coast will leave you wanting to return for more… ©Sander Crombach via Unsplash
 

About the author. Nicky Cade spent too many years not traveling thanks to crippling travel anxiety, before finally defeating her fears. She now runs That Anxious Traveller, a blog devoted to travel and how to overcome travel anxiety, chronicling both her rediscovery of the world and her inevitable embarrassing travel fails.

Thanks again to our guest writer Nicky for these great Amalfi Coast itinerary suggestions. This article has inspired us to explore this beautiful part of Italy as well, and you can now find many more guides to the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples area on our blog.

TIP: If you are planning a trip to Italy, make sure to also check our Italy travel guide. It covers lots of amazing destinations all over Italy and is filled with trip inspiration, itineraries, and practical tips for your visit.

READ ALSO: Most Beautiful Towns and Cities to Visit in Italy

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What to see on the Amalfi Coast in Italy and suggested 5 day itinerary that brings you to all the best places

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Sheila

Saturday 23rd of April 2022

Hi, my husband want to travel to south of Italy In June for 6 days. From maple to amalfi and capri . We like live places with lots of restaurants and bars and beach. What’s your suggestion

Jurga

Sunday 24th of April 2022

Hi Sheila, there are lots of places with amazing restaurants and beach bars in this area. As for beaches, it really depends. Most of them are rather small or rocky - no long stretches of sand. And even if there's sand, it's dark and rocky - not a tropical beach in any way.

One of the best beaches in this area is probably that in Positano on the Amalfi Coast. We just stayed there two weeks ago and it was already quite lively in April. July will be very busy. On Capri island, there are a few rocky beaches where you can swim and so, but not much sand either except a little bit near the Marina Grande. With 6 days for the area (not counting the time in Naples or Pompeii), I'd likely split your stay between Capri and Positano. However, if you also want to do some sightseeing like Pompeii and other places in the area, then you could also stay in Sorrento and just make day trips everywhere. Sorrento is a bigger town, has a tiny beach at Marina Grande and a bit of a 'beach' at Marina Piccola. It has good train connections to Naples and Pompeii, and you can take a boat/bus to the Amalfi Coast and a boat to Capri.

There's really no one right answer to this - depends a lot on what you want to see and do. If it's just swimming, eating, and enjoying life, then go for Positano and Capri. Prepare to do lots of stairs in Positano, unless you stay down by the water (check out this hotel). In Capri, all the beaches are also below whereas most places to stay are higher up the mountain, so you'll likely need to take buses or walk a lot too. Even if you stay at Marina Grande (check out this hotel) and go to the beach there, you'll still want to see the rest of the island, but it's easy to get around. Keep in mind that Positano and especially Capri will be more expensive than e.g. Sorrento and incomparably more expensive than Naples. Good luck!

Donna

Friday 15th of April 2022

We are planning a road trip through Italy and will be turning in our car at Naples or Sorrento and then taking a train to Rome before flying home. My husband wants to drive the Amalfi coast. Would it be better to drive it on Sunday or Monday? What time of the day would be less crowded. We will be there the second week of September. Can we drive from Sorrento along the coast and then drive back another way? Also can that be done in one day?

Jurga

Monday 18th of April 2022

We are just back from the Amalfi Coast and if there's one place in Italy where I wouldn't recommend renting a car, it's definitely here (and any of the big cities). Especially in the high season - which September definitely is... To give you an idea, driving from Sorrento to Pompeii (which is like 25km - 15miles) in the first week of April (which was still a rather low season) took us about 1.5 hours. And this was every day, no matter the time of the day or week. Locals told us that just this one stretch of road can take 3 hours in the summer. Madness. Much faster and more relaxing by train.

The Amalfi Coast is not better (likely worse) - the roads are narrow, parking impossible to find and if you find it, it's very expensive (like 6 EUR per hour for the smallest car). Unless you just plan to drive without stopping much and don't mind going slow and just enjoying the scenery while you're stuck in the traffic, I wouldn't recommend this. Also, you won't enjoy much of the scenery because you'll constantly have to look at the road and try to pass others without hitting a wall, another car, or one of the Vespas around you.

Just take a boat and visit the towns - so much more relaxing! Or take a public bus (cheaper, but it will take much longer and won't be as comfortable as the boat), get a day ticket, and hop off at the towns you want to see. And if you still decide to drive, definitely avoid Sundays. There are some local taxi companies that don't even take any clients on Sunday afternoon for leaving the Amalfi Coast because the traffic is usually horrible.

In general, yes, you can drive from Sorrento to Amalfi and back on the same day, but I'd just take a boat (or a boat tour) and visit Positano, Amalfi, and from Amalfi you can also take a bus to Ravello (since it's not by the sea, you can't get there by boat, but it's very close-by and the bus or the taxi shouldn't take too long).

If you absolutely want to see the coast from the car rather than from a boat, there are also lots of organized tours (group or private) available - at least you don't have to worry about driving or parking. Hope this helps.

Effie

Thursday 7th of April 2022

Hello Jurga, nice article thank you for the info!!

Me and my boyfriend are planning to visit Amalfi coast during July , but there are so many villages around and I was wondering which one do you think is the best and closer to Amalfi to stay in. We're flying to Naples we are going to stay there 2 nights and then take the train or bus, stay on the Amalfi coast for 3 days and then go back to Naples again for another 2 days because our flight is from there. I saw you are suggesting Sorrento but is also a bit far away, we were thinking to stay in Amalfi or Ravello that seem to be closer What do you think?

Jurga

Thursday 14th of April 2022

Hi Effie, we are JUST back from this region and I have to say that Sorrento is indeed one of the best places to base yourself for pretty much everything - the Amalfi Coast, Capri Island, and possibly also places like Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mt Vesuvius (although these can also be easily visited from Naples). Just DO NOT rent a car - traffic is a nightmare even now in the low season; in the summer - it's totally worthles and will just make things more difficult. Also, you can easily get to Sorrento by train from Naples, which is much easier, quicker, and cheaper than getting to the Amalfi Coast villages. If, however, you are only interested in the Amalfi Coast itself and potentially Capri (so no Pompeii, etc.), then you can also stay on the coast. In that case, base yourself either in Amalfi (relatively flat) or in Positano (prepare to do lots of stairs). Positano is more central, however; also if you want to visit Capri, it's closer from there AND it has somewhat of a beach if that interests you. I wouldn't stay in Ravello if you plan to do many excursions since you'll have to take a bus down to Amalfi every time and back to Ravello in the evening. It's better to just visit Ravello for a few hours from Amalfi. Hope this helps.

Ray

Tuesday 5th of April 2022

Great article.!!! We have been to Sorrento, Positano and Capri before! We are on a cruise in the summer and we're going to be in Naples for only 1 day. We were thinking of doing a boat tour of the amalfi coast or Ischia and Procida. We just want to take in the views do some swimming and a bit of site seeing in town (atleast lunch). Any thoughts you have on what we should do would be great!!

Jurga

Thursday 14th of April 2022

Hi Ray, we are JUST back from this part of Italy and - taking into account the places you already saw and the fact that you only have 1 day - I'd say visit either Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius (there are lots of tours that organize a day trip like that) OR simply spend a day in Naples. There's so much to see/do in the city itself too. But, of course, it will be hot in the summer. Still, you can easily fill a day in the city without going anywhere else. And if you actually take a boat tour anywhere it will be stressful to get back in time, not even to mention having any time left to explore the city. On our last day in Naples, we visited the catacombs with this Holy Mile tour (perfect when it's hot too!) and it was so interesting! Also, the National Archeological Museum is an absolute must. And pizza, of course! :) Take a look at some recent pictures we posted on Facebook from our trip and maybe it will give you some inspiration and help decide on how to spend your day. Good luck with the planning!

Yoanna

Monday 21st of March 2022

Hi Jurga! First I just want to say that I find your article amazing and very helpful!

We are a group of friends (9 people) who are making a similar trip this summer. We will have 2 days for the Amalfi coast and then around 4 days in Naples. Since we do not have that much time in Amalfi, we are looking for a boat/ship tour so we can see the best views of the coast. We will probably skip Capri. I find only small boats for no more than 10-12 people, with a duration of 8 hours. They are private tours and quite expensive - 80-100euros per person. Do you have information on whether there is a cheaper alternative? Maybe like a public tour similar to this one - for more people or fewer hours? Or if there isn't another way, should we book a tour now, or wait to go to the harbor and book at the exact moment, maybe there is an opportunity to negotiate the price? I will be very thankful if you have some time to answer me! :)

Jurga

Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

Hi Yoanna, we are also planning a similar (but somewhat longer) trip to the Amalfi Coast at the moment, and there's one thing I learned quickly - unless you take public transport, it's a really expensive area. To give you an idea, I asked a few companies for a quote for some transfers in the area and they quoted me e.g. 180 EUR for a transfer from Naples to our accommodation in Positano. I ended up booking this private transfer via GYG for about half the price. There are even cheaper ones if you don't need such a big car. I'm not sure why such big price differences, but it sure makes sense to do some research before you go. I don't have any experience with private boat tours, but one of the cheapest boat tours I saw when doing my research is this boat tour from Sorrento (so you'd need to get there first somehow since they only offer a pickup from Sorrento). And then you have a pretty much identical tour that costs about twice the price... No idea why. Anyway, for our own trip, we are booking as much as we can via GYG website since I find the best deals through them, and you know exactly what you get, can read reviews, etc. I don't think you can count on just finding a 'cheap' anything upon arrival. That's not my experience, anyway. Might depend on the season, but - in general - when you contact a few suppliers for anything, you see that their prices are pretty much the same. So they clearly have standard rates. It's an expensive area and it sure pays to research and book in advance. If you are looking for a cheaper way to travel, you can also just take a 'regular' ferry between various towns. But depending on the boat and the distance you travel, I think the tour I linked to above comes out cheaper. Also, with 2 days for the Amalfi Coast, you could indeed do a boat tour one day, and maybe visit Capri on the other day. Or do a boat tour one day and then spend the next day in Sorrento + take a train to Pompeii from there. It all depends on your overall schedule. Hope this helps a bit. PS If you have a half-day/ day to spare when you are in Naples, visit the Royal Palace of Caserta (you can get there by train). We booked a guided tour for our trip too, but you can also just visit on your own. And here are some other things we're doing if it interests you: Pompeii (with a guide. While there are also tours that include everything, we opted for just a guide at Pompeii so that we can afterwards explore longer) Herculaneum and Vesuvius (probably by car) In Naples, Naples Underground + Catacombs We also booked this food tour in Naples. And on the Amalfi Coast, the Path of Gods hike (best with a guide since it's a one-way hike and getting there on your own without a car will cost a fortune too). We're doing more, but these are some of the main things I prebooked. Good luck with the planning!

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