The Amalfi Coast is one of my favorite places to visit in Italy – in fact, I’ve been 4 times so I know it really well! This Amalfi Coast itinerary will be your complete travel guide to this beautiful coastal destination in Italy. In fact, it is on the UNESECO world heritage site for a very good reason! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for a bonus map with all the places you will want to see. Look no further than this post to learn all the best things to do on the Amalfi Coast. This guide is a bit different because it will also share some hidden gems you should add to your itinerary so you aren’t just visiting the most touristy spots! There are 12 days planned in this Amalfi Coast Itinerary but feel free to pick and choose your favorite places to visit to shorten your trip to 5 days, 7 days, or how many ever days works for you!
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Before you go:
🚪The season opens in April and closes in October. Outside these periods, sun beds will be gone and many things will be closed. The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast without the crowds is May or September.
⛴️ Download the Ferry Hopper app to book ferry tickets so you can easily get around the Amalfi Coast.
🚗 Driving is not recommended due to tiny scary roads and taxis are expensive!
🤐 Hidden Gems in the Amalfi Coast: These include my absolute favorite, Vietri sul Mare, a creative town known for making ceramics. Another favorite is the colorful island of Procida.
🏨 Top choice luxury hotel: Staying in Positano is an absolute dream! However, it is much more expensive. It is definitely worth the splurge for a day or two. My top choice is Hotel Marincanto or Buca di Bacco which is more affordable and is where I stayed the first time I came to Positano. It is right near the pier and has a great restaurant.
🏨 Top choice affordable boutique hotel: Zi’Ntonio, located in Scala (Check prices & book here). Scala is the oldest town on the Amalfi Coast and nearly no tourists come here. This means it is super affordable. You can get a beautiful hotel at a fraction of the cost with a private terrace overlooking the stunning town of Ravello. You can get to Ravello by walking only 30 minutes too!
🗺️ How to plan to get to Amalfi Coast: I have some advice in this post, but I always use the Rome2Rio website or app. It’s super helpful in finding the best way to get to a destination.
Getting Around the Amalfi Coast
Traveling by Ferry ⛴️
If you can travel by ferry, this is the way to go. It is the most reliable and quickest way to get around to the best spots along the Amalfi Coast. You should download the Ferry Hopper app or use their website to book your tickets easily. However, tickets generally never sell out and you can buy tickets at the ferry terminal easily.
Traveling by bus 🚌
This is a less reliable way to get around, especially during the peak tourist season in busy towns like Positano. The buses are not that frequent, and when they come, you may not get on the bus because it’s already full. This happened to me a few times in Positano and Sorrento. However, when I stayed in the quiet town of Scala (hotel here) I had no issue at all because there are no tourists here! And, it’s a great budget-friendly place to stay.
Sometimes you will have no choice and need to take a bus. For example, to get to Praiano, Ravello, or Scala you have to take the bus because these towns do not have a ferry port.
Bus tickets must be purchased ahead of time at tabacchi shops which are tobacco shops. You will find them all around the town and near bus stops. You can’t purchase tickets on the bus itself.
Timetables for the bus can be found here. The timetable can be a little confusing to read so I recommend checking with your hotel concierge for help.
If you get car sick, then the bus may not be for you because it travels down tiny winding roads – watch my TikTok video here to see what it’s like!
I am not going to say I didn’t find traveling by bus good – it was a good way to get around but you need to arrive early and sometimes be patient in case the bus is already full. During off-peak times you won’t have these issues.
Travel by car or taxi 🚗
I do not recommend driving along the Amalfi Coast. The roads are absolutely tiny and there are cliffside views all along making it terrifying to drive. Also, the buses whip through and there is often no space to pass, meaning cars have to stop or back up along curvy areas. It can be a bit dangerous.
Taxis are extremely expensive. To go even a short distance, the minimum is around €40. If you are a group and can share a cab, this will be the most cost-efficient way to use the taxi system on the Amalfi Coast.
Check out my content on Instagram @joujoutravels to help plan your trip:
Instagram saved posts and reels for the Amalfi Coast
Mini Guidebook to the Amalfi Cost
My Story Highlights from the Trip
Day 1 and 2: Arrive in Rome or Naples
The closest airport to the Amalfi Coast is Naples Airport. If you fly to Naples, you can take a train or a ferry to any of the places along the Amalfi Coast. I actually don’t recommend staying in Naples. People either hate or love Naples and if you ask me I don’t prefer Naples! Not to discourage you to go of course but to me, it lacks the beauty of all the other places in Italy I’ve been to. It is a bit rough around the edges and is known to be a little unsafe. This is why I usually fly to Naples and go straight to Amalfi Coast!
However, if you decide to stay in Naples as you may need to before traveling to the coast, I can recommend trying some of the great food they have to offer including the famous Neapolitan pizza. Naples is known as the “pizza capital of the world” so you can’t really come here without trying it. Gino Sorbillo or L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele are the two most popular choices but there are so many places to choose from.
Here are the top foods you should try while in Naples:
- Fried Pizza: try it at Antica Pizza Fritta da Zia Esterina Sorbillo
- Neapolitan Pizza: try it at Gino Sorbillo
- Sfogliatelle: a flaky pastry. Try it at Sfogliatella Mary
- Pasta Alla Genovese: a traditional pasta. Try it at Tandem Steak
If you opt to fly into the Rome Airport, it’s a little bit further away but a great city to see if you haven’t already been!
You can’t miss seeing the main sites in Rome like the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Navona. One of my favorite places to eat dinner is at Rimessa Roscioli. They have a lot of presence around Rome and also own a great bakery called Antico Forno Roscioli. You must try the suppli here, which is a rice-filled ball with tomato sauce similar to arancini.
The Trastevere neighborhood is a wonderful place to explore at night as it’s super lively and a fun going-out scene with great restaurant options too. If you want to see some lesser explored sides of Rome then check out the Testaccio neighborhood home to a great market known as the Testaccio Market.
The easiest way to get to Amalfi Coast from Rome is by taking the train to Naples or Salerno and then taking a ferry to any of the places you choose. It will be around 4 hours travel time.
Day 3-5: Procida & Capri
On day 3 and 4 you can base yourself in Sorrento, Procida, or Capri for 2 nights. Then you can explore both Procida and Capri by taking day trips from where you decide to stay. If you wish to extend your Almalfi Coast Itinerary you can stay 4 nights and also check out Sorrento or Ischia (another off-the-radar island). There are many things to do in Sorrento and my favorite was taking a boat tour!
Here are the perfect hotels to base yourself during this part of the Amalfi Coast Itinerary:
Capri hotel option: Villa Silia is right next to the beach in Capri. While it is expensive to stay in Capri, it would be a nice splurge to stay here.
Sorrento hotel option: Hotel Capri is located within easy distance of the bus and ferry to get you to other Amalfi Coast towns or islands.
Procida hotel option: San Michele Boutique Hotel is located in the center of the action in the midst of the colorful buildings and pretty sunset of this cute island.
Not hugely known by tourists, Procida is worth going for the sunset alone! I saw one of the prettiest sunsets here with the colorful houses all dotted along the skyline. It was truly magical. Procida was named the capital of culture in 2022 – the first island to be awarded this since it was established 8 years ago.
🌈 Read the full blog post on Procida here
Here are the top things to do in Procida for day 3 of your Amalfi Coast Itinerary:
- See the most gorgeous sunset at Terra Murata. You will see the colorful pastel buildings in the backdrop and the sky turns such a pretty orangey red color.
- Explore Marina Corricella. This is the main area of the town and where you will find the rainbow-colored buildings all around.
- You can enjoy the perfect seafood dinner at Ristorante La Lampara which is located in the Marina Corricella area. You will have fantastic views at sunset here too.
Capri might be one of the most visited spots on the Amalfi Coast. Here you will find amazing shopping, delicious food, and the most insane views ever.
Here are the top things to do in Capri for days 4 and 5 of your Amalfi Coast Itinerary:
- Lounge at the beach. There are a few to choose from but try Marina Piccola or Marina Grande.
- Do some shopping. Capri is known for its luxurious and high-end shopping.
- Ride the chair lift in Anacapri for stunning views overlooking Capri. It is not as scary as you think and was actually pretty relaxing. You can watch my Instagram video here of how it went for me!
- Visit the Gardens of Augustus, a gorgeous botanical garden with lovely views of the island. You have to pre-book your tickets online.
- Do some hiking and soak in all the views!
- Have dinner at Ristorante Panorama Capri with a view.
- Take a boat tour and optionally visit the famous Blue Grotto. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Blue Grotto. Some say it’s not worth it because the line to get in can be hours if you arrive after 10am by boat. A workaround is to join the line by land instead. This line is much shorter. Here’s a wonderful boat tour from Sorrento to Capri if coming from Sorrento.
Day 6-8: Positano & Praiano
For days 6 to 12 of the Amalfi Coast itinerary, I recommend moving your base a bit and exploring the other side of the Amalfi Coast. You can stay in either Positano for a splurge, or Scala or Vietri sul Mare to avoid tourists and save money.
Read my full blog post on where to stay in Positano
Positano hotel option: Hotel Marincanto has incredible views of Positano and staying here is an absolute dream! However, it is much more expensive to stay in Positano. It is definitely worth the splurge for a day or two though.
Scala hotel option: Zi’Ntonio, is located in Scala, the oldest town on the Amalfi Coast and nearly no tourists come here. This means it is super affordable. You can get a beautiful hotel at a fraction of the cost with a private terrace overlooking the stunning town of Ravello. You can get to Ravello by walking only 30 minutes too!
Vietri sul Mare hotel option: B&B Sogno is really central and has spectacular views of Vietri sul Mare.
Here are the top things to do in Positano for day 6 to 8 of your Amalfi Coast Itinerary:
- Lay on the beach. You can choose from the main beach, Spiaggia Grande, or go a bit further to Fornillo Beach. One of the beaches that is way off the radar is Arienzo Beach Club. Here you take a short boat ride to get there and you must reserve ahead of time. They also have great food while you’re there! All of the beaches mentioned cost at least €25.
- At lunch, you can have heart pizza at Chez Black, one of Positano’s most popular places to dine. The food is great even though it’s situated right in the middle of all the action.
- Go shopping, there are many cute boutiques.
- Have lemon sorbet in an actual lemon from Covo dei Saraceni.
- Admire the views at sunset at Franco’s Bar. It is one of the best views you can find and I’m obsessed!
- Visit the cute fruit stand situated on a street next to Il San Pietro Hotel. While you’re here stop at the hotel for a drink and a snack with a view.
- Check out the Furore di Fiordo, a unique spot famous for its arched stone bridge that crosses this impressive gorge. It is not easy to get to but this boat tour will take you there and you can get pictures from the boat with the arch behind you!
- On one of your days, take a short bus ride or taxi to Praiano. This charming hidden gem has spectacular views of Positano. You can enjoy an unforgettable sunset dinner with no tourists at Voce ‘e Notte Restaurant & Bar. It looks like the below photos.
🍋 Read the full blog post on Positano here for more things to do.
💡 Useful tip: In Positano, at the Ferry port, there will be guys in blue shirts who are porters. They will take your luggage for only €10 to your hotel or anywhere you’d like really. They will also store your luggage and bring it to where you want when you’re ready for it. It is a super convenient service. If you need to phone them the number is +39 089 811496. Positano can be a LOT of walking so it can be helpful to get a porter if your hotel is far up the winding pathways.
Day 9: Ravello
Ravello is a picturesque medieval town on the Amalfi Coast not too far from Positano. Ravello is on a hilltop overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and offers jaw-dropping views, terraced gardens, and historic villas.
Here are the top things to do in Ravello for day 8 of your Amalfi Coast Itinerary:
- Enjoy the views from the Terrazza dell’Infinito, which is an incredible viewpoint. You will find the terrace decorated with Roman-style statues.
- Visit the Chiesa dell’Annunziata, a small church overlooking more stunning views.
- Wander the streets of Ravello. You will find yourself lost in the many charming and winding pathways.
- Have dinner at Da Mimí or Giuliana’s View for some incredible pizza.
Day 10-11: Amalfi & Atrani
Amalfi might be the first place you think of when you hear about the Amalfi Coast as it’s part of the name after all! It is situated right on the Tyrrhenian Sea and offers a scenic coastline and is always bustling with many tourists.
Here are the top things to do in Amalfi for days 10 and 11 of your Amalfi Coast Itinerary:
- Have a pastry at Pasticceria Pansa Amalfi, the oldest pastry shop in Amalfi.
- Climb to see the view of Amalfi at Belvedere Cimitero Monumentale. After climbing many stairs, you will be rewarded with views of Amalfi.
- Eat at Da Gemma for pizza or nice seafood.
- Shop at the many wonderful shops. I picked up a beautiful dress with lemons on it here. Lemons are the Amalfi Coast symbol because you will find many vineyards for growing lemons in this region of Italy.
- Visit the nearby undiscovered town of Atrani, moments away from Amalfi. Here you can visit the pristine beach and wander the picturesque streets.
Day 12: Vietri Sul Mare
Last but not least, Vietri sul Mare is a hidden gem known for making ceramics. I adored this creative town and loved walking the vibrant streets full of tiles on every corner. It is one of my favorite spots along the Amalfi Coast. Best part is, you will find no tourists around!
Here are the top things to do in Vietri Sul Mare for day 12 of your Amalfi Coast Itinerary:
- Enjoy a Panoramic View of Vietri sul Mare from the exit near the main train station.
- Relax at Spiaggia della Crestarella, a quiet and gorgeous beach.
- Go ceramics shopping! Every store is full of ornate and handmade ceramics.
- Visit the colorful street by Marina Di Vietri. The exact location can be found here on Google Maps.
- Have dinner with a view at Pane & Panorama during sunset.
♥ Read the full blog post on Vietri Sul Mare here for more things to do.
Amalfi Coast Bonus Map
Here’s a handy map with hotels, restaurants, and things to do, all mapped for your ease!
For more reading, you might also like these posts!
🍋 What to see in Positano, Italy in One Day
♥ Things to do in Vietri sul Mare, the hidden gem of the Amalfi Coast
🌈 Procida – the most colorful island on the Amalfi Coast
🏖️ 10 Beautiful Seaside Towns along the Coast in Italy
👩 Solo Female Travel Guide to Italy
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