Amalfi coast – that beautiful, craggy Mediterranean pearl. It’s one of the Italy’s most desirable coastal areas, just an hour away from the hectic and at times chaotic Naples. If you’re traveling to Naples, day trip to Amalfi Coast is something you shouldn’t miss for a world.
What’s the best time to visit Amalfi Coast?
Definitely pick the warmer months (March to October). From June to early September can be pretty crowded and pricey, but it’s the best time to enjoy the shimmering azure Mediterranean sea. Ideally, if you can choose, pick late September. At this time the sea is still warm and the tourist crowds highly reduced.
What’s good to know about Amalfi Coast?
The Amalfi coast is a coastal stretch on the Sorrentine Peninsula, that’s characterized by the craggy cliffs, enchanting bays and turqouise waters of the Mediterranen. Coastal towns that make this popular tourist destination are spread around 40 kilometers long Strada Statale 163, known as the “road fo 1000 bends”. In 1997, the cultural landscape of the Amalfi Coast was listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One Day on Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Top things to do on Amalfi Coast, Italy
Follow this guide and make the best of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do on your one day on Amalfi Coast.
Take a train to Sorrento
The cheapest and most convenient way to reach the Amalfi coast from Naples is to take a Circumvesuviana train at the Napoli Central train station. Grab a seat next to the window so you can watch the lush surrounding nature, picturesque villages and the divine Mount Vesuvius. The train ride takes a bit more than an hour and costs less than 4 euros.
Renting a car can be a great option as well, but keep in mind it’s a tricky road full of bends. Also, make sure to book it weeks in advance if traveling in high season.
Do a short walk around Sorrento
Located on the very steep cliff, Sorrento is overlooking the Gulf of Naples and the Mount Vesuvius. Take a walk around the winding streets of the historic part and grab some espresso. On your way back to the bus terminal check out the ‘The valley of the mills‘ – deep canyon hiding the abandoned mill in between the thick vegetation.
Take a bus to Positano
It’s time for an hourly bus ride to Positano. The bus station is just next to the train station and the buses are going frequently, especially in the high season. Grab a widow sit for this one too. The bendy road offers an exclusive view at the shimmering azure sea, luxury villas, vast terraces and lush lemon gardens.
Stroll around Positano
Positano often gets a label of the most beautiful town on the Amalfi coast. Colorful houses and villas scattered over the dramatically steep cliff make the Positano one of the most picturesque towns on Earth. Stroll around its streets, visit the art galleries, ceramic shops and the original fashion boutiques.
Drink limoncello on the terrace overlooking the sea
Have a seat at one of the many terraces and bars overlooking the town and the main beach. Try limoncello – locally made lemon liqueur. This famous Italian digestive is pretty sweet but very delicious!
Have a swim in the Mediterranean
Positano main beach surely isn’t the most unspoiled beach in the world. Yes, it can get crowded in the peak season, but it’s still a nice pebble beach to enjoy a refreshing swim. The further you swim from the coast, the more beautiful it gets.
Next stop – Amalfi town
Last but not least – Amalfi, the largest town of the Amalfi Coast. Check out its impressive cathedral Duomo di Sant’Andrea, built originally in Arab-Norman Romanesque style. Wander around busy streets and find a place that serves granita – the most refreshing, fruit flavoured Italian drink.
Have a lunch/dinner at the beach
Head to Santa Croce, a seafood beach restaurant you can only reach by boat (look up for their boat around the port of Amalfi). Enjoy the nice, next-to-the-beach ambient and order whichever seafood dish you like – from pasta with mussels, salmon salad or just a basic grilled fish. If the weather permits, you can have an after dinner swim at the beach next to.
Where to stay on the Amalfi Coast?
Grand Hotel Ambasciatori
Grand Hotel Ambasciatori is an amazing hotel just a short walk from the center of Sorrento. It offers beautiful gardens, a pool area with the terrace, a restaurant, a fitness center and a private beach. You can enjoy stunning views over the Gulf of Naples and Mt Vesuvius directly from your room.
Grand Hotel de la Ville
Located in the heart of Sorrento, Grand Hotel de la Ville offers really enjoyable stay with the facilities like a rooftop terrace with the swimming pool overlooking the Gulf of Naples and Mt Vesuvius. The interior is furnished with traditional Sorrento-style furnishings. You can taste some real Italian flavours in Restaurant L’Altea since it specializes in Campania dishes.
Hotel Carlton International
The Hotel Carlton International is a perfect choice for those travelling around the Amalfi coast since it’s located very close to a bus and train station and a port. Being very close to the main square, it is also very convenient location for exploring Sorrento.
The Hotel Reginella is a family-run hotel located in a beautiful historical building in the heart of Positano. Even though they only have 10 rooms, most of them offer a balcony overlooking sea and the town.
From its slightly up-hill position in Positano, Hotel Bougainville provides excellent views, while being just a 5-minute walk from the beach.
Alcione Residence is another place with beautiful rooms that offer amazing views of Positano. Enjoy their phenomenal Italian breakfast served on a private balcony.
Hotel Santa Caterina
Offering breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast, Hotel Santa Caterina is an Art Nouveau villa built on a rock that overlooks the sea. It features many terraces and a beautiful pool that’s built into the rock and is hanging over the sea. Santa Caterina’s spa area includes a sauna, Turkish bath and massage service, plus a well-equipped sea-view fitness center.
DieciSedici Amalfi is a boutique 8 room hotel, a true gem located in the heart of Amalfi. The room and bathroom are newly renovated in modern Italian style with amazing view from the balcony.
EXTRA TIPS FOR VISITING AMALFI COAST
– Always buy a bus ticket in advance cause you won’t be able to purchase one at the bus.
– Check out the bus timetable in advance. Sometimes the last bus ride can be unexpectedly too early and you surely don’t want to miss that one.
– Most of the restaurants and bars charge coperto (cover charge) so it’s not customary to leave any additional tips.
– Make your trip to Amalfi Coast even more exciting! Check out Tripadvisor for all the activities and organized tours in Amalfi Coast or around the area. Make sure to purchase your tickets to all the attractions right away to skip the queues.
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