Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is a cluster of small picturesque towns along the south coast of Italy. Amalfi is just one of the towns, but also along the steep cliffs lie Positano, Salerno, and just off the coast; the Isle of Capri.

Bronzed locals and pink tourists are drawn to the Amalfi Coast every year. The endless coves and relaxed vibes the perfect spot to bring a take away Margherita pizza, relax on a beach chair and go for a quick dip in the crystal clear Mediterranean afterwards.

 

The Snapshot

How to get there:

Train or boat

How to get around:

Bus

What & where to eat:

Pizza, pasta, gelato & Il Ritrovo restaura

Where to stay:

Hostel Brikkette, Seven Hostel or Hotel in Positano

Budget for 1 day:

€48

How long to stay:

4 days min

What to see & do:

Explore the towns: Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Atrani, Ravello, Minori, Maiori, Vietri Sul Mare.

See the Fiordo Bridge. Hike The Path of the Gods, and The Valley of the Mills.

Day trip to Pompeii & Isle of Capri

Sorrento

Amalfi

Ravello

Positano

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Valley

of the

Mills

Salerno >

Isle of Capri

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Pompeii

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Fiordo 

Bridge

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Path of the Gods

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The Detail

How to get there

This region lies 60km from Naples, which is very connected to wider Italy and neighbouring countries. From Naples, catch one of the regular trains which run direct to Sorrento (make sure you head to the local train line section downstairs from the main line), and from Sorrento you can catch regular buses around the coast.

 

Alternatively, from April to September you can catch a boat from Naples to Sorrento (€6.50), Positano (€14) and Amalfi (€15).

 

How to get around

Buses
The SITA bus line connects Sorrento and Amalfi, and stops in the villages of Positano, Praiano, Conca dei Marini. Change buses in Amalfi to the reach towns inland or further south – Ravello, Minori, Maiori, Erchie and Atrani.

There are frequent buses, every 30 or 60 minutes depending on the time of day, and the full trip from Sorrento to Amalfi takes around an hour and a half. You can buy tickets at most newsstands or from the driver at main bus stop in Sorrento, just outside the train station. Tickets range from a 45 minute journey (€2.20), 24 hour unlimited use (€6), to the 3-day unlimited use (€16).

During peak season, the buses become impossibly crowded and therefore drop off schedule – prepare to line up at bus stops, wait long past their due time and have to stand in the crowded bus or not even get on board.

Bus schedules can be found here.

Ferry
Ferry boats are much more expensive (ranging between €15 – €30) but the view from the boats back to the shore (especially coming in to Positano) is something to definitely experience at least once! The boats operate from April 1 through October 31, with services subject to delays and cancellations due to bad weather. Schedules can be found here.

Where to eat

Il Ritrovo in Sorrento dishes up some of the best pasta I have had in all of Italy. Make sure you try the mushroom linguine if it’s still on the menu!

Gelato seems to be synonymous with this region (maybe it’s the being on the beach!). Make sure you try the pistachio flavour… delicious.

Pizza capital of Italy is Naples, and being so close to the city there are plenty of great pizza places to discover. Pizzeria Da Michele in Sorrento has amazing pizzas starting at €4, and Pizzeria Donna Stella in Positano, starting at €5!

If you're looking for a classic, seaside Italian meal in Positano, look no further than La Combusa, right near the beach. Their Tutti Del Mare is tasty and won't hurt your budget too much!

Where to stay

Perched right on the hill overlooking the sea in Positano is Hostel Brikette – a perfect place to stay right in the heart of the Amalfi Coast for only €40 – they’ll even help organise a boat hire for the day (definitely recommended!) However, this shuts over the winter period from October to April.

Seven Hostel is located in Sorrento and is a great alternative if you’re not bothered by the lengthy bus commutes to the coastal towns. They offer a great free breakfast and comfortable, clean rooms, a nice stroll from the main street of Salerno town and the marina.

If you can afford to, I would recommend splashing out and staying in a hotel in Positano – even for one night. Waking up to breakfast on your balcony with that view… worth it.

Example budget for one day on the Amalfi Coast

€48 per day
🏠 Hostel: €20 per night
🥐 Free Breakfast at Hostel
🍝 Pasta for lunch in Positano €15
🍹Apperol Spritz at bar in Positano €7
🍕Pizza in Sorrento: €6

How long to spend on the Amalfi Coast 

Stay as long as you can on the Amalfi Coast – a week, two… there is so much to do, so many small towns to discover, don’t limit your time here to anything less than 4 days.

What to see and do

Positano
The Positano town is enclaved in the hills leading down to the coast, with a trail of coloured hotels and restaurants staggered down the mountain side.

 

As one of the most glamorous and renowned spots on the Amalfi Coast, Positano is very expensive. Be ready to splurge, or pack a picnic.

For a budget meal, Pizzeria Donna Stella is a pizzeria tucked in a back alley, serving up superb pizzas from €5 in a gorgeous hidden garden setting.

➢ From Sorrento, catch bus towards Amalfi

Tip:

When catching the bus from Sorrento, make sure you get off the bus at the second Positano stop – this will take you right to the top of the town. Make your way down through the lanes and window shop at the many boutiques, and spend some time down on the sunbed-lined beach

Amalfi
This is the town the coast is named for. Almost as touristy as Positano, Amalfi has plenty of souvenir shops, gelato stalls and a great pebbled beach.


Take a boat trip from Amalfi to Grotta dello Smeraldo, a nearby sea cave. Admission to the cave is €5, boat transfer is €10.

➢ Catch bus from Sorrento to end of the line – Amalfi.

Minori
With only 3000 inhabitants, Minori is one of the smallest towns on the coastline. Grab a coffee and cake at the Pasticceria De Riso on Piazza Cantilena, near the seafront.

➢ Catch bus from Sorrento to Amalfi, then change and catch bus to Salerno and get off at Atrani stop.

Maiori
This town has one of the largest beaches on the Amalfi Coast, overlooked by the Castle of San Nicola de Thoro-Plano, hidden in the vineyard covered hills and is open to the public.

➢ Catch bus from Sorrento to Amalfi, then change and catch bus to Salerno and get off at Atrani stop.

 

Cetara
The weathered, pastel houses tumble down the mountainside to a petite harbour, home to plenty of fishing boats. This town is a thriving fishing town, making most of their earnings on anchovies – make sure you try a plate of spaghetti con colatura made with local ingredients.

➢ Catch bus from Sorrento to Amalfi, then change and catch bus to Salerno and get off at Cetara stop.

 

Ravello
Ravello is perched among the mountains above Amalfi. This beautiful town has a stunning view back down along the coast, and is somewhat overlooked by many tourists.

➢ Catch bus from Sorrento to Amalfi, then change and catch bus to Ravello.

 

The Path of the Gods
This famous hike takes you high up into the mountains above the towns, on a path that was given its name as it often becomes lost in the clouds.
To find how to get to the starting point and other tips, check out my hiking guide here.

➢ Catch bus from Sorrento to Positano.

Hiking Guide: The Path of the Gods

This hike takes you high above the sea with pristine views of the Amalfi Coast. This 7.8km journey is a perfect way to experience the full scale of this region.

Fiorie Bridge
This is an Instagram favourite – hidden along the coastal road halfway between Salerno and Amalfi, you’ll need to keep an eye on Google Maps or just ask the driver to stop at Fiorie Bridge as there aren’t any signs.

The beach underneath gets pretty busy during peak summer periods, but by late afternoon the sun will have dropped too far behind the cliffs and most day trippers will be gone.

Beachcomb the rocky shore and find some smooth seaglass to take home!

➢ Catch bus from Sorrento to Amalfi, but ask to stop at Fiorie Bridge.

Isle of Capri 

The island of luxury – 5 star hotels cling to the rugged landscape, and day trippers stroll from shop to shop browsing limoncello liquor and handmade leather sandals.  

Capri sits just off the coast of Sorrento, only 30min by boat from the marina. Check out my full guide on the island here which includes ferry schedules, what to do, how to get around and more.

Capri is expensive, so make sure you prepare a good picnic and your walking shoes for your day trip!

➢ To get to Capri, catch a ferry from Sorrento Marina. The Marina is accessible by foot from the train station.

Pompeii

Pompeii makes for a perfect half day trip, only a short train ride from Salerno. This is one site you really really should get to as soon as it opens – the magic of the ruins soon becomes a little lost when infiltrated with hundreds of tourists. You can’t take bags into the ruins but they offer lockers at the gate. If the day is clear, a picture of Vesuvius from the amphitheatre makes for an excellent shot. Make sure you pick up one of the free guidebooks. 

➢ Catch train from Sorrento towards Naples, get off at the station “Pompeii Scavi”.  

 

The Valley of the Mills
This is one of the coast’s best kept secrets. Hidden in the forest behind Amalfi town are the forgotten paper mills from when this region was one of the largest producers of paper material.

➢ Catch bus from Sorrento to Amalfi, then change and catch bus to Ravello.

Hiking Guide: The Valley of the Mills

Hidden amongst the forest behind Amalfi lies The Valley of the Mills, where nature has reclaimed giant paper mills - one of the main industries in this seaside town.

Classic Italian Cooking Class with Gio & Sascha

This is what Italy is all about, and I cannot recommend this experience higher. Sascha & Gio live just outside Sorrento, and at their class they teach you how to make Gnocchi alla Sorrentina from scratch, how to prepare together a classic Neapolitan tomato sauce AND the most famous Italian dessert: Tiramisù. At the end you eat your lovely food creations, accompanied by their favourite regional wine and a taste of local Limoncello. This was one of the best cooking classes I have ever done, and no word of a lie, have recreated the dish many times on the road while travelling (it's so simple and delicious and perfect for a budget!)

You can find availabilities here, and if this is your first time with Air BnB, use this link and get a discount!

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