When you ask Google about the Amalfi Coast, it will say that is a 50-kilometer stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, in the Campania region. Now when you ask us about it, we will tell you that it is probably the best not only Italian but European destination to visit in the summer and spring months.
If you have a taste for delicious food, picturesque and colourful backdrops, beautiful churches, exquisite handmade ceramics, and pastel-coloured fishing villages, this is your place to be.
Costiera Amalfitana, how Italians call it, is the ultimate destination for love; a true Italian gem that portrays "La Dolce Vita" at it’s best! *The Sweet Life
How to get there
The easiest way to get to the Amalfi Coast from most places in the world is to fly to Naples and drive down the coast for about 1.5 hours to Positano. You can rent a car or take a taxi; most drivers will charge a standard fee of 120 euro.
A cheaper way to do it is by pre booking a shuttle bus with positanoshuttles.com they go from the airport to most cities of the Amalfi Coast and back, seven days a week every hour for around 35 euro.
Where to Stay
Even though Positano will not be the cheaper option, we highly recommend to stay in this fairytale like town to live the full experience.
Positano is in the heart of the coast so it’ll be easy to get to the rest of the destinations from there.
The town of Praiano is only 25 minutes away by car or Vespa; Furore around 30 minutes away, and Amalfi city about 45 minutes away. Ravello, Minori and Maiori will be between an hour to an hour and a half.
All of the above towns have plenty of hotels and bed and breakfasts where you can stay. We chose to stay in a cute lil’ B&B ran by an Italian family as we wanted to live like true Italians, but there are lots of options depending on your budget.
When to go
Despite the fact that going in July and August will assure you perfect summer weather; going between the months of May and June will you give you the pleasure of enjoying this piece of heaven on earth without the crowds of tourists. It is just the beginning of their season so prices will not be as expensive and the average temperature is still between 20 to 25 degrees.
How to get get around
The easiest option by far is to rent a scooter, they are non-expensive, easy to drive as the roads in all the coast are very winding and narrow, and also easy to park! If you are into photography this is a great plus as you can easily jump off, take you shot and carry on!
If you want to spoil yourself you can also rent a cute Fiat 500 to feel like a true Italian driving the charming seaside roads.
We were lucky to stay in the Amalfi Coast for a whole week, and we wouldn’t recommend staying any less than that as there are many towns to explore when you are there.
Day 1: Naples
We arrived at the airport, took a taxi, had a lil’ stroll in town, lunch in Naples is always a great idea; then straight to Positano to plan the next day and enjoy the afternoon and sunset.
Day 2: Positano
Getting up early is always a must if you want to beat the crowds. Visit the iconic Spiaggia Grande full of colourful umbrellas, you can stay there the whole day for around 20 euros per day. I know, it’s not cheap, but oh so worth it! A cheaper option is to visit Spiaggia dil Fornillo, smaller with a more local vibe and sunbeds are not more that 10 euro per day.
In the afternoon, go for a drink while enjoying the breathtaking panorama; there are plenty of cute lil’ bars around town with majestic views.
If you want to indulge a lil’, we highly recommend to either go for drinks or a delicious dinner at La Sirenuse, best view in town, hands down! It never gets old, that balcony view only gets better and better!
Day 3: Praiano
Praiano is the town located between Positano and Amalfi, it’s less crowded and it also has a beautiful church to visit.
Day 4: Boat Trip Around Amalfi Coast
There are plenty of boat companies that will take around Amalfi or Capri. We chose the Amalfi trip as the weather in Capri wasn’t the best, but both trips will be unforgettable. Unless you go during the high season you probably don’t need to book your trip in advance, you can check all the stands around Spiaggia Grande and try to get the best price. We went with positanoboats.info (highly recommended!), and had an amazing day, stopping in all the main towns and having lunch in a restaurant only accessible by boat.
Day 5: Furore
This very small town is located right between Praiano and Amalfi. It is so small that we pretty much missed it and had to go back! The highlight of this town is the famous Fiordo di Furore which we had the pleasure to visit twice, by land and sea.
Day 6 Amalfi
Amalfi is one of the most historic towns in the Amalfi Coast; most people don’t know that it is an actual city. It is full of shops and gets really busy in the summer, giving you the feel that you are more in Rome than in Amalfi. Having said that it is a must! The top place to visit: The Duomo di Amalfi, the Arab-Norman Sant'Andrea cathedral at the heart of town, with its striped Byzantine façade.