Recommended Amalfi Coast itinerary for 5 days

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

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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. 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 highly rated Amalfi Coast day tour from Rome or this day tour from Rome that includes Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. They’re both run by the same 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. I 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 car (why not rent a tiny Italian Fiat or a scooter and explore Amalfi Coast in style – check for the best car rental deals here), boat, public transport, or take organized tours. 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
 

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

You could probably 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 devotes just one day to the villages of the Amalfi Coast itself.

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 which 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 artefacts 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.

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, you’re far better off 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!

Tour suggestions: An alternative way to see the Amalfi Coast is by joining organized day tours. Here are some of the best options: All-in Amalfi Coast tour from NaplesAmalfi Coast minivan tour from Sorrento, or this highly-rated private Amalfi Coast day trip from Naples. Also, the earlier mentioned Amalfi Coast day tour from Rome.

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.

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

Practical Information: Sorrento is small and friendly, and unless you’re planning to explore the surrounding suburbs, you can easily explore it all 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 which 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 from everyone from the 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. Entrance cost is just 1 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 minutes, and cost anything from 13 to 32 EUR, depending on the time of day. Earlier in the day tends to be cheaper.

Tour suggestions: You can also visit Capri with organized tours. Here are two best-rated options: Capri Island full-fay semi-private trip from Sorrento or Capri full-day small-group boat tour from Naples or Positano.

TIP: Here you can find our complete guide to the best things to do 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 79AD 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. Alternatively, you can join a walking tour that covers all the highlights.

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, from Sorrento, 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 rumours – 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 speaking 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. You can book the tickets here.

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.

Gesu Nuovo church in Naples
Gesu Nuovo ©ThatAnxiousTraveller.com
 

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.

Some other popular things to do in Naples include Naples Underground tour, Pizza cooking class, or if you have more time, the Royal Palace of Caserta, a bit outside the town.

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 which have been freshly-picked from the rich soil around Mt Vesuvius, mozzarella cheese which 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.

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 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. My favorite place to stay is the Best Western Hotel La Solara. Don’t be put off by the Best Western prefix; the hotel has a family-run feel, and the friendliest staff I’ve ever encountered! They truly make your stay special, and the hotel richly deserves its reputation as one of the best in the area. It’s also the ideal base of operations for exploring the Amalfi Coast region!

TIP: Here you can compare prices and find the best deals for Amalfi Coast accommodation.

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.
  • 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 13 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!

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
 

Thanks again to our guest writer Nicky for these great Amalfi Coast itinerary suggestions. I can’t wait to explore this beautiful part of Italy for myself!

About the author. Nicky Cade spent too many years not travelling 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.

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.

***If you have’t yet, take a look at our guide to Capri island. Capri is not to be missed when visiting the Amalfi Coast!***

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Comments

  1. I am a solo 60 year old woman. I am doing a tour in Tuscany (flying into Florence) for a week but I want to venture out on my own by train or bus for another week (or two) to Venice, Rome and wishful thinking – The Amalfi coast.

    I have never travelled solo on my own and is it safe for a woman to walk around sightseeing or should I look at another tour? I was thinking of staying at hostels as well. Is the bus and train to these locations easy to figure out on my own? I speak no Italian at all.

    I am going on the tour in Tuscany from April 13-21 and then totally on my own after that. I may stay till April 27 or May 1. But any advice would be so helpful as I have never been to Europe before. Thank you.

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      Hi Denise, don’t worry- you’ll be just fine and you’ll love Italy. I’m here right now and it’s simply amazing and never feels unsafe to me, even at night. It’s just like anywhere else in the world- use common sense, don’t wander around places you don’t know well at night (ask the locals if it’s safe, if you’re not sure), and watch out for pickpockets in the busy tourist areas or on public transport. For the rest, enjoy it.
      I don’t speak Italian either, but always find my way around. A smile and a few simple words like hi or thank you in Italian will always help. You’ll be fine. We have many blog posts on so many areas in Italy, so read them, figure out your itinerary, and book accommodations in advance.
      Hope this helps.

      1. Thankyou Nicky perfect guide for Amalfi coast

  2. Hi Jurga!
    Is sightseeing & exploring the amalfi Coast stroller friendly??? We’re planning a trip with our 1 year old & with all the steps & hikes I’m not sure if it’ll be smart to bring a stroller or not…

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      Hi Yusara, just as anywhere else in Italy (and especially in the coastal areas), you can expect a bit of both – flat and hilly surfaces. Even the flat ones are usually cobblestones, so if you take a stroller, take one with big rubber wheels. If you can avoid taking the stroller, I think it’s better not to – you’ll be much more flexible in where you go and will have one thing less to worry about. Maybe try a baby carrier if you are up to it…
      On the other hand, you can use the stroller at the airports and maybe some of the places, so why not just take it. You can always leave it at the hotel for the day too and only use it when it’s really easy.
      PS When our kids were in strollers and we really couldn’t carry all three of them, we took big strollers (with big wheels) to Italy and always took bicycle locks with us as well. Often, when we had to take some stairs or wanted to climb a tower, we would leave the strollers behind and lock them up with the bicycle lock. Still, it also meant that there were quite some places we couldn’t visit. I remember that in Venice, we turned around at the first bridge (they all have stairs) and brought the strollers back to the car. The kids had to walk and were exhausted a few hours later, so we ended up taking a taxi boat back to the car. With one child, things are much easier though, so I’m sure you can make it work.
      Enjoy your trip!

      1. Thank you so much for your response, that really helps! 👍🏽

  3. Hi Jurga
    Thank you so much for your 5-day itinerary; we are spending 8 days in the region from 07 Sep 2019. in/out of Naples Airport and have hired a car. We will use your recommendations for 5 days and just chill for the remainder (I owe my wife the downtime although I am likely to get bored after an hour or so).
    We have booked a hotel for the first 5 nights in Massa Lubrense (west coast 6km from Sorrento) and just considering options for the next 3 nights (the hotel in Massa Lubrense was not available for longer)
    Regards

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      Hi VJ, why don’t you try the Positano area or Amalfi for the last three days. That way, you can explore places that are closer to there without having to drive from Sorrento area all the time. Not that it’s that far from each other, but still, with the narrow roads and all, it might be nice to stay in two different areas.
      Enjoy your trip!

  4. Hi Jurga, is it possible to see the Amalfi Coast in one day? My friends and I are planning a day trip(we only have one day) to Amalfi from Rome. So from Rome take a train ride to Naples, then what do you suggest is the best way to reach Amalfi from Naples?

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      Hi Rowo, the best way to do that in just a day is by taking an organized tour. However, it’s not cheap.
      The best alternative to this is taking a private driver from Naples to the 3 nicest Amalfi Coast towns. It costs much less that way and they can pick you up/drop you off at the railway station in Naples.
      Otherwise, if you take a train, you’ll waste too much time on trains/buses and won’t see much I’m afraid. Or you just go to Naples OR Pompeii OR Sorrento and see that one place. I think that trying to see more than that as a day trip from Rome by public transport isn’t really easy. This is, of course, my personal opinion as we rather see fewer places and actually see something than just tick boxes…

  5. Hello Jurga, I am planning a trip to the Amalfi coast next May 2020 to celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary.
    So far I have us flying into Rome and spending 1 night to get our land feet then taking the fast train to
    Naples and spending 1 or 2 nights there to see the sites. We have already seen Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius on another trip. Leaving Naples and taking the ferry to Ischia island for 2 nights, then to Sorrento for 4 nights as our base. I have booked hotels in Ischia and Sorrento. Now I am looking at what to do next. I would love to see the Trulli area but don’t know how to get there or how far it is. We will not be renting a car so plan to do everything by ferry, train or bus. Or should we just stay on the Amalfi coast before going back to fly out of
    Rome? I am figuring 12 to 14 days including flights. (I looked up the hotels you mentioned in Positano and they were already booked for our dates and the one in Capri too.) Should I book tours now? Thank you for your help. Renée

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      Hi Renee, I have not been to Trulli (is it even a place?), so I can’t comment on that, but visiting those white cute houses is something I’ve been looking at myself. Looks really nice, at least in the pictures.
      If you have about two weeks and spend about half of it at the Amalfi Coast, why don’t you go and visit Tuscany afterwards. It’s so beautiful! We have some articles on the blog: best towns in Tuscany and Tuscany itinerary. From there, it’s also very close-by to Cinque Terre and the Ligurian Coast. Also Rome itself is worth a few days, even if you have visited before… Or, indeed, the Puglia region, which is closer to the Amalfi Coast. The possibilities are endless.
      I am not sure if you need to book tours now already, but if you have your travel dates fixed and the tours are available to book, why not. The links on our site are usually linking to tours that have free cancelation for up to 24 hrs before the tour, so you have nothing to lose. One thing you should book asap is the hotels. I can’t imagine many will be fully booked already, but it’s possible that some hotels have minimum stay requirements and thus show as unavailable if you are just looking to book for 1-2 nights. Italy is so popular and the main tourist places are already in peak season in May, so many vacation-type hotels require minimum stays of 3-7 days.
      Good luck with the planning!

  6. Do you think it’d be possible to do your 5 day itinerary then add in Capri and / or Ischia? Will only have 10 days total – including travel to and from the states

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      Hi Lali, this 5-day Amalfi Coast itinerary already includes a day in Capri. If you also want to add Ischia, I think, it’s best to plan an extra day for it. That’s 6 full days. With the rest of your time, I assume, you’ll want to see the main highlights of Rome and 2-3 days is about the right amount of time in the city. So I think that it could work out, including travel times and all. I mean, on the days when you travel between Rome and Naples, for example, you still have enough time to see some of Naples upon arrival, etc.

  7. ^__^ Can you give some tips about the public transport? because I will hop on hop off a lot during this trip. how to make it cheaper? is there any 1 day ticket or weekly ticket for the whole napoli and amalfi coast that can cover Sita bus and Train? about Ferry to Capri, should I buy it when I arrive in the port or is it better to buy now? and for Pompeii, I would like to go on the First Sunday of the month so I can have free pass. Do you think it is a good idea? Do I have to do something to get the free pass (maybe booking or something) or I can just go there directly?

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      Hi David, I don’t have any experience with any of the above, so I can’t help you. I am sure you can find a lot of all this info on Google, but often it’s easier to just ask about public transport options at the local tourist office or your hotel once you get there.
      If you aren’t doing any tours and just taking buses/ ferries, normally you can get tickets there. In the worst case, if it’s very busy, you may have to wait for another boat, but I am not sure how much of an issue that would be in the region? I assume, a lot depends on when you travel – which season, but also the time of the day. The best way to avoid crowds is to start your day as early as possible.
      Enjoy your trip!

  8. I want to be there 🙂

  9. I’m traveling to Amalfi Coast Oct 15 2019 and staying for a week. I’ll be doing a lot of hiking so I’m wondering what sort of weather and landscape to expect.

    Also I’ve read that many restaurants,
    shops and attractions close up shop in early October. Do you think that is true?

    Thank you for your guide. It is very helpful.

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      Hi Sandra, I really cannot tell you how the weather will be – nobody can. We once visited Cinque Terre at the end of October/ first week of November and had beautiful sunny weather, warm enough to wear a t-shirt… But it can also be rainy and cold there that time of the year. The same counts for the Amalfi Coast. But, in general, I think that mid-October can still be quite nice.
      I think it’s safe to say that there will still be many places open. Most of the places we visited in Italy, consider April to October to be their prime season, so – in general – it’s still very lively in October. Even if a few places will be closed, I don’t think you’ll have difficulties to find an open restaurant. If anything, it will be more enjoyable because there will be fewer tourists.
      As for the landscape – you can see the pictures. It’s a stunning coastline with beautiful hills and also some beaches.
      Enjoy your trip!

  10. Hi my name is Cora. Your post has been very helpful. My family and I are traveling to Amalfi Coast in August. Our first stop is Rome and then spend 3-4 days on the Amalfi Coast. What is your advice as for as traveling. Should we catch a train or bus, or what do you suggest.

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      Hi Cora, you can take a train from Rome to Naples and on to Sorrento (more info here). Alternatively, you can rent a car (check here for the best car rental deals).
      Having a car makes it easier to travel around the Amalfi Coast, but you also have to drive narrow roads and try to find a parking spot, which is not always easy. If you just take a train, you can base yourself in Naples or in Sorrento and then take buses and boat trips from there. There are also lots of guided tours in the area, depends on what you want to visit. It’s really a personal choice of how you like to travel.
      Enjoy your trip.

  11. Thank you for sharing this itinerary 🙂 . If we only have 3 days to spend in the region, what would you recommend keeping/taking out? Our next stop is Rome for a wedding – Thank you!

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      Hi Gida, unless you’re very much into history or like big towns, I think I would go with the first three days from our itinerary – so a day in Sorrento, a day trip to Capri, and a day exploring Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi.
      Enjoy your trip.

  12. Hello
    Thank-you for this amazing itinerary. my husband and I would like to do your 5 day itinerary and then we want to spend 3 days just relaxing on the beach somewhere on the Amalfi Coast, where would you recommend we stay area wise? someone quaint and not so busy but also not too far off the beaten track.

    1. Author

      Hi Cherilyn, if you want some beach time and stunning views, then maybe try Positano hotels. I think it ticks all the boxes of what you mentioned.

  13. Hi, we are finishing off a Europe holiday with the Amalfi Coast, travelling directly from Rome. We have 4 nights before travelling back on the 5th day to fly out of Rome. Can we take a train directly to Sorento or would we need to go to Naples by train & then by bus to Sorento? Thanks for your suggestions re. visiting a different town each day, & highlighting the must see places.

    1. Author

      Hi Tracie, from everything I see, you have to switch trains in Naples. Just google ‘rome to sorrento train’ and you’ll see the schedule.
      Enjoy your trip.

  14. Jurga
    Flying from Los Angeles to do a 7 day Amalfi Coast travel (my husband and I) which towns would be the nicest and not so expensive to choose for overnight stays while traveling? We originally were going to major positanto our base point but after reviewing your 5 day suggested tour it seems Sorrento May be the best option for base stay? Appreciate your recommendation

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      Hi Brenda, Sorrento is one of the best options if you are planning to do lots of sightseeing. It’s well-located for public transport, but also for organized day trips or boat trips. Also, it seems that there are more accommodation options and therefore also more affordable places to stay. Just don’t let this mislead you – Amalfi coast is extremely popular so if you’re traveling in high season (May-September), you best book your accommodations asap. Here you can find some of the best deals for Sorrento accommodation.
      PS if you rather just have a beach holiday, then Positano might be nicer, or you can also stay on Capri island for a few days. But if you rather just stay in one place and not change hotels too often, then I think Sorrento is the best option for you.

  15. Thanks for the itinerary for 5 days in Amalfi Coast.
    I certainly will make use of the useful recommendations during my 3 days trip tp the area.

    I was thinking of making Sorrento the “base camp” and now I know that I am on the right path.

    I have one question about the trek on the Path of Gods. Can you recommend any shared guided trekking tours.

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      Hi Guven, here is the cheapest (and well-rated) Path of Gods hiking tour that I was able to find AND it leaves from Sorrento (the others are crazy expensive). Hope this helps.

      1. Hi Jurga,
        thank you for the 5 day guide. exactly what I am looking for for 5 days there. arriving on 9/9/2019
        I like driving my own car and be free with my time
        do you recommend renting a car?
        if so, where is the cheapest to rent. is it Napoli airport?
        please let me know
        really appreciated

        Arsan

        1. Author

          Hi Arsan, I guess it depends on what you are planning to do. We always travel to Italy with our own car and while driving and especially parking isn’t always easy, it gives us a lot of freedom.
          If you decide to rent a car, please check this website for the best deals. It’s really not that expensive to rent a car in Italy but is always cheaper if booked well in advance.

    2. Hi Jurga,
      Thank you so much for the recommendation. You are right, this looks like the best option.

  16. Hi, I will have a week in the area, would you recommend to stay in ischia for few nights? Is it easy to arrive from sorrento? Thanks, yana

    1. Author

      I haven’t been there, but it looks really nice. So if you have a few days extra, why not. There are no bad places to visit in Italy 😉
      As for how to get to Ischia from Sorrento, there seems to be a direct ferry (more info here).

  17. Hi,
    We’d like to rent a car during our five day stay in Sorrento,
    is it easy to get around?
    Thanks for any information you can provide.

    1. Author

      Hi Lella, if you are ok with driving narrow roads, you’ll be fine. Just keep in mind that parking can be really tough, especially if you go in high season.
      Here you can find great deals for car rental. I suggest you take the smallest car that fits your group- we travel by a big 7-seater van and it’s never fun to try to park it in small Italian towns…

  18. Hello!! What’s best Airports to fly into?

    1. Author

      Naples International Airport (NAP) is by far the closest. But, depends on where you travel from, it might be cheaper to fly to Rome (FCO) or to Bari (BRI), which is known for cheap airlines. Both of these are at least 2-2,5hrs drive away though.

  19. Thanks for a great itinerary for 5 days in Amalfi Coast. I was thinking of staying in Positano and Capri, do you have recommendations on hotels?

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