What to Visit on The Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast Travel Destination
Learn more about one of the most beautiful travel destinations!
Amalfi Coast is a beautiful travel destination found in Southern Italy. It’s part of the Province of Salerno and close to Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento Coast and The Island of Capri. The whole Amalfi Coast is made out of small towns placed along the coastline, and those are: Vietri sul Mare, Cetara, Maiori, Tramonti, Minori, Ravello, Scala, Atrani, Amalfi, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Praiano and Positano. Coming from Salerno, Vietri sul Mare is the first town of the coast and Positano is the last.
The Amalfi Coast is a vacation destination that offers the whole package: insane views, amazing food, great activities, is full of history and the people are extremely friendly and full of life. But that’s no surprise, giving the heavenly spot they’re living in!
Best times to visit The Amalfi Coast are sometime from April until November each year, but if you’d also like to take a swim in the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean Sea, then think somewhere between end of May and mid-September. That’s when the water is warm enough for a swim.
Being our favourite vacation destination so far, we’ve put in place a quick travel guide on how to get there, where to stay, how to move around, what to eat and what to visit. I think you will find it really helpful and it will save you time planning and organising your vacation to get the most out of it!
Getting to the Amalfi Coast is not a direct trip! As there’s no airport directly on the Amalfi Coast, you’ll have to fly to the nearest international airport for commercial flights, and that’s in Naples. This is the main airport where you will have to land, wherever you’re coming from all around the world, in order to get to the Amalfi Coast. Therefore make sure that whatever flight you get, you will eventually land in Naples.
Now, from the Naples International Airport, how do you get to the Amalfi Coast?
We’ve found the best three ways to do it: by renting a car, by taking a ferry from Naples or by taking a ferry from Salerno!
Getting to the Amalfi Coast by renting a car
This is the easiest way to do it, but the one a bit more expensive and it means that you will rent the car for the duration of your vacation. If you rent a car, then all you will have to do is to pick the car up from the airport (or from where your reservation says), set the GPS to your Amalfi Coast hotel and drive away.
If you’re in need of a good navigation app while you’re in Italy, try installing Waze. It’s one of the best ways to get around, with live traffic updates and you can choose from multiple routes. You can choose the fastest route that your navigation gives you, or you can choose the route that takes you on the Sorrento Coast, which is a longer route, but it’s full of amazing views. You can rent a car from here.
Getting to the Amalfi Coast by ferry from Naples
Getting a ferry from Naples to the Amalfi Coast it’s a bit more complicated but it’s a fun way to do it! It’s a bit more time consuming, but you can start your vacation by already being on the water!
First you will have to take a bus that will take you from the airport to the Port of Naples. As the Amalfi Coast is right after the Sorrento Coast, you don’t have a direct ferry from Naples to the Amalfi Coast. What you have is a direct ferry to Sorrento and from there you can take a ferry to Positano and Amalfi or a bus that goes to Positano, Amalfi and Praiano. From here you will find connecting buses with the rest of Amalfi Coasts’ towns. You can find ferry schedules from Naples to Sorrento here.
Getting to the Amalfi Coast by ferry from Salerno
This way is a bit more complicated and time consuming but it’s really cost effective! If you’re on a budget, this is the way you wanna go!
In order to get a ferry from Salerno, you will first have to arrive in Salerno! To do that, after you’ve landed in Naples, you’ll have to get a bus from the airport that is called Alibus, to the train station in Naples. Once you’ve arrived to the train station in Naples, you will buy tickets for the train taking you to Salerno and board it. The train ride will be somewhere around ±40 mins. Once you’ve arrived in Salerno, you’ll have to take another bus that will get you to the port and from there you will take a ferry to the Amalfi Coast. You can find ferry schedules from Salerno here.
On the Amalfi Coast you can stay on any of its 13 small towns. If you’re looking for a more cost effective location, you can book a hotel in Minori or Maiori and you can use the money you save to travel to top locations like Positano, Ravello, Amalfi and Atrani.
If what you’re searching for is being in the middle of the Amalfi Coasts’ lifestyle, where everything happens and you don’t want to just travel to those destinations, then choose Positano or Amalfi. Not so cost effective, but you’ll be right in the middle of Amalfi Coasts’ beauty!
Another top destination is Ravello, from where you will probably have the best views of the Amalfi Coast, but the downside is that it’s located up in the mountains. That means that it doesn’t have direct access to the beach and you will have to either drive to Amalfi if you want to take a swim in the sea, or take a bus or a taxi.
Here’s a our full guide on where to stay on The Amalfi Coast!
Here are a few booking deals from The Amalfi Coast
Moving around the Amalfi Coast with a car
It’s always great to have a car while you’re on vacation, giving you the freedom to travel whenever you want and not being dependent on late buses or other transportation methods. But that doesn’t mean you should always choose to rent a car as your get around when you are on the Amalfi Coast! We’ve made a list of ups and downs of choosing a car as your transportation mode on The Amalfi Coast!
The benefits of choosing a car are:
- Traveling wherever and whenever you want on the Amalfi Coast, without following a bus or ferry schedule.
- Fast way of traveling, without losing time in each bus stop.
- Being able to stop wherever you want to take a picture or enjoy a view (legally, of course – in dedicated parking spaces!)
The downsides of choosing a car are:
- Expensive parking fees – starting from 3€ and up to 7-8€ per hour maybe even more.
- With some of the most beautiful roads in the world, the driver may miss the beautiful views by keeping their eyes on the road
Moving around the Amalfi Coast by bus
Photo by Chris Sampson
Buses around the Amalfi Coast during the season are quite frequent and come/leave on time. There are the SITA buses, which is the local bus company, or the tour buses. This way you can enjoy the full coast, going from town to town. Below is a list of ups and downs on taking the bus around the Amalfi Coast.
The benefits of taking a bus are:
- Admiring the amazing views of the Amalfi Coast from some of the most amazing roads in the world
- The buses connect the entire coast so you can travel with it anywhere on the whole Amalfi Coast.
- Cost effective – cheap bus tickets and you can buy daily passes
The downsides of taking a bus are:
- Traveling with a bus means that it won’t be fast, as it will stop at different stations
- It may scary you a bit to be in those big buses on some roads that will give you the impression that you’re on the edge of falling
- Time wasted on waiting for buses
Moving around the Amalfi Coast by ferry
This has been my favourite way of traveling around the Amalfi Coast when I visited last summer! It’s one the quickest and most beautiful way of visiting and it’s also probably the cheapest! Even though a ferry it’s a great way to move around the Amalfi Coast, it may not work for you! We’ve made a list of ups and downs, so you can better make a decision if this is the way you’d want to do it!
The benefits of traveling with a ferry:
- You get to witness the incredible landscape views of the Amalfi Coast from the sea.
- Really cheap prices! I’ve paid only 3€ to get from Minori to Amalfi.
- Fast – 10 minutes from Minori to Amalfi.
- You get to travel in a boat without actually having to rent one.
The downsides of traveling with a ferry:
- Limited access to the Amalfi Coast towns as not all of it has sea access or a port
- If you get sea sick, this may not be for you.
- Having to wait for the ferry.
Amalfi Coast is a food lover’s paradise!
Probably the second best thing you will find on the Amalfi Coast, beside the views, is the food! Due to the Mediterranean climate, everything tastes better here! Vegetables are ten times tastier than the ones you usually eat, even if you grow it yourself, fruits are incredible and the italian foods that you’ll find here will be just out of this world!
While you’re traveling on the Amalfi Coast, there are lots of foods, deserts and drinks you shouldn’t miss! Below we’ve made our recommendations!
Foods to eat while traveling on the Amalfi Coast:
- Try different types of pastas. Spaghetti alla Vongole, Pasta con Pomodori and Linguine a Frutte di Mare are just some of the ones we recommend!.
- Eat pizza! Try the classic Margherita, Diavola or Capricciosa.
- Try sea food – grilled, fried or sote. Everything is fresh and most probably it was fished in the morning or the day before.
- Grilled vegetables – with a lot more savour, grilled vegetables with a bit of olive oil and garlic are incredible!
Deserts from the Amalfi Coast:
- Cornetti – similar to croissants, but not so reach in butter. They’re incredibly good and most of the hotels serve it as breakfast. You can have it with Nutella, Jam or simple.
- Gelato – everything you’ve heard about gelato is true, and here it’s even better! Most of the gelato served on the Amalfi Coast is made in house by the pastries!
- Fruits – fruits you have to try here are: oranges, lemons, strawberries, peaches, grapes and the list can go on! Find a fruit stand and choose your guilty pleasure!
Drinks you must try on the Amalfi Coast:
- Limoncello – that’s probably the most known beverage of the Amalfi Coast! Due to the amazing lemons they grow, you’ve never tasted a limoncello like the one they make here!
- Orange juice – I’ve never tasted an orange juice more tasteful than a freshly squeezed orange juice from Salvatore’s fruit stand on the Amalfi Coast!
- Wine – try their local wines with your pasta or grilled seafood.
- Beer – try the Peroni beer. The classic one, not the Peroni Nastro Azzurro.
The most amazing thing you can see on The Amalfi Coast is.. well, The Amalfi Coast! The views are a miracle in itself and you will fall in love with it immediately, but there are also main attractions that you can visit while you’re there.
Some of the main things you have to see and visit on the Amalfi Coast are:
- Amalfi Cathedral – also know as Duomo di Amalfi, it’s a beautiful historical building, dating back to the 9th century and also home to the remains of St. Andrew
- Grotta dello Smeraldo – it’s a beautiful cave inside the coast, where the water emanates amazing emerald colors
- Villa Rufolo in Ravello – witness the Amalfi Coast beauty from above and the beautiful gardens of the villa.
- Fiordo di Furore – it’s and amazing fjord inside the Amalfi Coast with a small private beach
- Road trip on the Amalfi Coast – take a road trip and visit the whole coast and it’s little towns
- Boat tour of the Amalfi Coast – take the ferry or rent a boat and see the entire coast from the sea to see the incredible way the towns are built.
- Day trip to Capri – while on the Amalfi Coast, you must visit the beautiful Island of Capri! You can book a ferry in the morning that will take you there. The ferry will give you a tour of the island, it will leave you there for the day and it will pick you up in the evening to take you back on the Amalfi Coast. You will have ±8 hours to visit Capri!