Amalfi Coast Towns: The Best Day Trips From Positano
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy. I’d recommend a minimum of 3 days in this area, with your base being the town of Positano . You can then easily take day trips from Positano to explore the Amalfi Coast towns by bus, ferry, rental car, or guided tours. Several towns make up the coast, but I will be sharing more on the main ones such as:
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Another money-saving option would be to base yourself in Naples , which is one of the most affordable cities in Italy. Naples is 35-45 minutes north of Sorrento by train, ferry, or car. Naples isn’t part of the Amalfi Coast, but it’s close enough to explore the region for day trips. By staying in Naples, you’ll be closer to the island of Procida , which is also considered part of the Amalfi Coast.
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Amalfi Coast Roads
Keep in mind that the roads on the coast are curvy and narrow. I never get car sick, but when we took a bus to Sorrento from Positano, the roads started to get to me. I was too nervous to rent a car and drive these roads myself, but I know there are plenty of people who love it and safely do it. The ferry is probably the most comfortable form of transportation (and offers the best views), but it’s also the priciest option.
We spent 5 days on the Amalfi Coast with our base being Positano, and we set aside 2 days for day trips (sans tour). We chose the bus to Sorrento, the ferry to Amalfi, and then walked to Atrani. You can do these trips in one day depending on what you want to see or if you do a guided tour.
Amalfi Coast Towns: Positano
From my experience, Positano is the most breathtaking town on the coast. It felt bigger than the town of Amalfi and a lot nicer than Sorrento. I liked that Positano is located in the center of the Amalfi Coast so it makes it a short trip in either direction to visit other towns. You can go down to the main port to see your ferry options.
Positano is built vertically so you’ll be climbing a lot of steps! But I loved that every angle looked like it was straight out of a postcard. And, the town is covered in flowers! We visited in May, so not sure if the flowers continue year-round. Positano can get crowded with visitors, but it’s large enough to feel like you can have your own space.
Positano offers an abundance of great restaurants, photo spots, beaches, and one of my favorite bed and breakfast in the world, Dimora del Podesta.
If you’re interested in this incredible b&b, click here to book your stay. Below you’ll see the breakfast view we had from our balcony.
We took the Sita bus from Positano to Sorrento. You can find the bus schedule HERE . You can purchase the bus tickets at any “tabaccherie” (cigarette shops), newspaper stands, or cafes.
Sorrento was my least favorite of all the Amalfi Coast towns we visited. Jorge shares this sentiment. Sorrento felt touristy and not as appealing. It could have been the area we were in. All I kept seeing were souvenir stands. We tried walking away from the crowds to find some picturesque streets, but we were unsuccessful.
I took about 3 photos while I was there, with the photo below being my favorite. We eventually got frustrated with the situation and made our way back to Positano.
One of the benefits of staying in Sorrento will be that most tours depart from there. If you prefer tours over exploring on your own, then I recommend Sorrento as a base. You will also be a hop away from Naples where you can try their incredible pizza.
After the dreadful bus drive, we decided to splurge on the ferry when visiting Amalfi. You can find the ferry schedule HERE . As mentioned, you simply go down to the main port in Positano and purchase your ferry tickets there. You can’t miss it.
The town of Amalfi was prettier than Sorrento, but not as nice as Positano. It felt smaller and more congested, almost like there were no streets that you could sneak off to be on your own. It may have been the season we visited. Amalfi still had its charm though, and a beautiful cathedral to go along with it.
I’m sure the day-trippers don’t help this crowding situation. So, if you stay in the town of Amalfi you’ll probably experience quiet mornings and evenings. Let’s be honest, those are always the best times in any town.
Walk to Atrani From Amalfi
I learned about Atrani the day we visited Amalfi. I realized this small town was less than a mile away by foot so decided to walk over there. If you walk it straight, it’s 20-25 minutes away from Amalfi. Since you’ll most likely be stopping to take photos of the stunning views, it’ll take you slightly longer to arrive.
As you’re walking away from Amalfi, you’ll get this view of its lovely beach. Look at that water! I don’t even care for beaches, but I can’t deny this one is a looker.
You’ll be walking along the road with traffic, there aren’t many sidewalks, and at times it can be a wee bit scary. But no worries, it’s not like cars are passing constantly or quickly. The drivers are aware that they’re sharing the road with pedestrians. Many (including us) walk this route without any problems. You can see them in the photos below.
I promise the walk from Amalfi to Atrani is worth it.
Sure, you can take a ferry or drive but that’s not as exciting! Plus, you’ll miss out on all these photo opportunities.
Did you know that Atrani is the smallest city (land area) in Italy? Guess I should’ve put that together considering it only took about 30 minutes to explore it all. Besides Positano, Atrani was my favorite. I love layered towns with no crowds. At times it felt like we had Atrani to ourselves. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of this unique place.
Isn’t it perfect?
When we were finished, we took a different route within the town of Atrani back to Amalfi. You’ll see signs leading you back toward that area. They are easy to follow and will give you new views of the coast.
Capri is a popular day trip on the Amalfi Coast. Ferries depart frequently toward the island or you can join a tour. If you’re interested in visiting the famous blue grotto then add Capri to your list.
If you’d like a tour, this one will pick you up from your hotel and take you directly to Capri. They depart from Praiano, Positano, or Amalfi. So if you’re staying within any of those towns, you can check out this Capri tour for pick up.
This other Capri boat tour comes with a happy hour! You can also swim/snorkel in the Tyrrhenian Sea during your tour. If this sounds like it’s more your style, click here for the current pricing of the happy hour boat tour .
Procida is an easy day trip if you’re based in Naples , but you can also make it work while staying elsewhere on the coast. You can take the ferry and explore the island at your own pace or book a tour.
This day trip from Naples allows you to experience the island on your own with lunch included. Click here to book .
This tour will pick you up from Sorrento and take you to both Ischia and Procida with a small group. You’ll also get to enjoy a taste of local limoncello. Check availability here .
I recently visited Procida on my second trip to Naples and fell in love with its pastel architecture and beautiful views. Read more about the pastel island of Procida and why it’s worth a visit.
I’m sad we didn’t make it to Ravello. I think it’s a town I would’ve enjoyed and have heard nothing but good things about. Ravello is perched high overlooking the coast and offering impressive views. I think it’s worth a day trip, I would’ve personally swapped it for Sorrento.
From what I know, there’s no direct ferry to Ravello. You’d have to take a ferry to Amalfi and then a bus up to Ravello. You can also take a ferry to Minori, which is closer to Ravello, then take the bus up. An easier but more expensive option is to take a taxi. The drive is about 54 minutes from Positano or 30 from Amalfi.
More Tours to Consider
Depending on where you are based, GetYourGuide has some cool tours to check out on the Amalfi Coast.
- This one is pricey, but it’ll take you on a private vintage Vespa along the coastline starting in Positano. It includes several treats and will make stops in all the top towns including Amalfi, Atrani, and Ravello. Click here for pricing.
- This tour is a good deal from Naples. It’s an all-inclusive 8-hour tour of the Amalfi Coast. Includes hotel pickup. Click here to book .
- Rather walk? This cool tour guides you through the Path of the Gods trail with an insider who will show you hidden landscapes and historical locations starting from the town of Pianillo all the way to Positano. Check availability here .
- Have a specific itinerary in mind? Check out more tours offered here . Just put in your dates and see what catches your eye.
Hoping to see more of Italy? Here are some helpful guides
- Naples to Procida Day Trip
- Cinque Terre Guide
- 2 Days in Venice
- Tuscany in One Day
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I can not wait to explore the Amalfi Coast one day! Thanks so much for sharing this insightful post 🙂
Thanks for reading 🙂
I have visited Italy several times but I haven’t seen the Amalfi Coast yet. I find all the cities you have shared so charming! I am looking forward to visit them!
Italy has so much to offer! Hope you make it over to the Amalfi soon.
I’ve been wanting to visit the Amalfi Coast for so long! It looks absolutely stunning. Beautiful photos too 🙂
Hope you make it out! Especially after this pandemic as Im sure Italy can use our tourism dollars♥️
I’ve toured the Amalfi coast and further (Naples to Solerno) many times on a vespa, in a car, ferry and bus. It definitely needs more than one trip. Regarding Sorrento, yes it’s a bit more touristy than the other places but it does have charm and excellent restaurants. I’ve stayed there and explored many times, I’ve always found charming places. I’d love to be able to include a pic of me driving the coast on a vespa but I don’t think I can here. If you get the chance, it’s a once in a lifetime trip, or a few times if you are as lucky as me 😀
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Amalfi Coast Itinerary: 5 Ways to Plan Your Trip
Julie Last updated: November 18, 2023 Italy 3 Comments
Visits to beautiful coastal towns, wine tastings, dinner and drinks with a view, shopping, boat tours, relaxing on the beach…these are all the wonderful experiences that you can have on the Amalfi Coast.
If you are planning your Amalfi Coast itinerary, there are multiple ways to do it. For those on a whirlwind tour through Italy, you just may have a few days in the area. But if you are on a honeymoon or a longer visit, you might have more time, as much as week, to soak up the sun and the sights.
We have visited the Amalfi Coast two different ways. The first time was on a quick, 3-day visit to the area, and we were on a tight budget. We used Sorrento as a home base to get to Capri, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast and it worked wonderfully.
More recently, we spent 10 days on the Amalfi Coast, splitting our time between Positano and Sorrento. Staying in a town like Positano or Amalfi is much different than staying in Sorrento, and well worth it for reasons we will get into in a little bit.
How to Use this Guide
Since there are so many ways to plan your perfect Amalfi Coast itinerary, in this guide, we list several different ways to do it.
First, we start with an overview of the Amalfi Coast and essential things you need to know as you plan your trip.
Next, we list itineraries using Sorrento as a home base, and then itineraries using a town on the Amalfi Coast as a home base. These itineraries range from 2 to 10 days.
At the end of this guide, we list two different ways to spend one week on the Amalfi Coast (you can skip ahead to this now).
Simply pick the itinerary that fits your time frame, travel style, and budget. And if you have any questions or need help modifying an itinerary, let us know at the comment section at the end of this guide and we will be happy to help you out.
Table of Contents
An Overview of the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is located in Campania, Italy. It is a stretch of coastline that runs along the Sorrentine peninsula.
There are 13 towns along this coastline, including Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Vietri sul Mare, and Praiano, just to name a few. Salerno and Sorrento sit at either end, just outside of the Amalfi Coast.
Some Amalfi Coast towns are located right on the water, like Amalfi and Positano, and others are located higher up on the hills, like Ravello and Praiano. For an overview of all 13 towns, plus a few hidden gems, take a look at our article Beautiful Towns to Visit on the Amalfi Coast.
Best Things to do on the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast has all of the perfect ingredients for a beach holiday. Below we list the top experiences and you can read the more detailed list in our article Best Things to Do on the Amalfi Coast.
- Visit the Amalfi Coast Towns
- Take a boat tour of the Amalfi Coast
- Visit the villas in Ravello
- Visit a beach club
- Hike the Path of the Gods
- Tour the Amalfi Coast Wine Road
- Taste limoncello
- Visit the Emerald Grotto
- Visit Fiordo di Furore
- Go shopping
- Dine with a view of the sunset
- Day trip to Capri
- Spend some time in Sorrento
- Day trip to Paestum
The Amalfi Coast
How Much Time Do You Need on the Amalfi Coast?
At a minimum, we recommend spending three days on the Amalfi Coast. If you are traveling from Rome, it can take a half of a day to get here, and it can be a bit of a hassle, so you want to make sure you have enough time on the Amalfi Coast to make it worth it.
With three days, you can spend a day touring the towns on Amalfi Coast, a day in Capri, and a day split between Pompeii and Sorrento.
There is a lot to do on the Amalfi Coast, so if you can spend more time here, you can also visit the vineyards near Tramonti, hike the Path of the Gods, spend more time in the coastal towns, spend the day(s) at the beach clubs, have sunset dinners in Positano, explore the sea caves, and day trip to Paestum, the best place on mainland Italy to see Greek temples.
If you want to thoroughly explore and experience the Amalfi Coast, plan on spending 5 to 7 days here. To do everything we listed above, you will need a minimum of 5 days and you will be extremely busy.
Best Time to Visit the Amalfi Coast
The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is from late April through early June and mid-September through October, when the weather is pleasant and crowds are manageable. The busiest months to visit the Amalfi Coast are July and August and during this time, traffic jams along the Amalfi Coast are common and crowds are huge in the Amalfi Coast towns.
We first visited the Amalfi Coast in July, on our shorter trip. It was hot and crowded and we had long waits for the public buses when day tripping down the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento.
Our more recent visit was at the end of October 2022. What a wonderful time to visit the Amalfi Coast! For 10 days, almost every day, the average high was 27°C (81°F) and the average low was 15°C (60°F). A few days we had some clouds, but other than that, we had clear, sunny skies the entire 10 days. It was slightly warmer than average, but talking to many locals, this is the general weather trend for October.
To make our experience even better, crowds had really quieted down by this point. The downside of visiting the Amalfi Coast at the end of October is that the beach clubs close, so if that’s important to you, plan your trip for early October.
For more information, read our guide about what it is like to visit the Amalfi Coast in October.
Atrani | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
How to Get to the Amalfi Coast
Naples is the gateway into the region, especially for those traveling from Rome to the Amalfi Coast. From Rome, take the train from Naples.
From Naples, you can take a train to Sorrento or Salerno, but the train does not run to the Amalfi Coast towns. To get to the Amalfi Coast towns, you can drive, hire a driver, take a bus, or take a boat of some sort (usually a ferry).
Here are your options for getting to these towns from Naples. We have more information in our guide on How to Get to the Amalfi Coast.
Sorrento: Option #1: Campania Express train or the Circumvesuviana train; Option #2: drive or hire a private driver; Option #3: ferry from Naples to Sorrento
Amalfi Coast Towns (Positano, Amalfi, etc.): Option #1: first travel to Sorrento, and then take the bus, hire a driver, or take a ferry to the towns; Option #2: hire a driver to take you from Naples to the Amalfi Coast; Option #3: rent a car in Naples and drive to the Amalfi Coast (be aware of the alternating license plate system in the summer)
How to Get Around the Amalfi Coast
During the summer months, the best way to get around the Amalfi Coast is by boat (ferry, small boat tour, or private boat). The views are beautiful and you can avoid the traffic jams on Amalfi Drive.
From June through September, avoid driving the Amalfi Coast if possible, since traffic jams are frequent, parking is a nightmare, and rental car traffic is limited by the new alternating license plate system.
If you are traveling on a budget, travel by ferry or by bus.
If you want to get around the Amalfi Coast but avoid the bus and driving, the next best way to get around is by hiring a driver. Just be aware that you can still get stuck in traffic jams during the summer months.
We have a detailed guide about the Best Way to Get Around the Amalfi Coast and What to Expect When Driving the Amalfi Coast.
Amalfi Coast Drive | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Where to Stay: Sorrento vs. the Amalfi Coast
Where to stay is a big decision in planning your Amalfi Coast itinerary. There are pros and cons to each location.
Sorrento is easily connected to Rome, Naples, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast by public transportation. You can get to Sorrento by train and ferry from Naples, day tripping to Capri is a breeze, and you have tons of public transportation and tour options for visiting the Amalfi Coast. However, you will be staying right outside of the Amalfi Coast.
It’s also a little easier to find cheaper accommodations in Sorrento, so if you are traveling on a budget, Sorrento is your best option.
To stay in an Amalfi Coast town like Positano or Amalfi, you’ll spend more time and money to get there . It can also be more challenging to day trip to Capri, depending on which Amalfi Coast town you choose. But overall, the vibe is amazing and the Amalfi Coast towns are gorgeous.
Staying in an Amalfi Coast town is best for those with at least 3 days in the area, those with more money to spend, and for those celebrating something special. Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and Praiano are wonderful places to spend your honeymoon, a romantic getaway, a big life event, or to just simply relax and unwind.
We spent six days in Positano and it was one of our most memorable experiences in Italy. We splurged on a 5-star hotel and having this much time allowed us to visit a lot of places and still have plenty of leisurely time.
View from our hotel in Positano | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Amalfi Coast Itinerary Options
Next, we list a variety of Amalfi Coast itineraries. These range from just a few days to an entire week.
Here is a list of the itineraries:
- 3 Days in Sorrento
- 4 or More Days in Sorrento
- 1 to 2 Days in Sorrento
- 4 or More Days on the Amalfi Coast
- 1 Week on the Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast Itinerary #1: 3 Days in Sorrento
This is one of the most popular ways to visit the Amalfi Coast. In these busy three days, you hit the highlights of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.
It’s a great itinerary for budgets of all sizes, but if you are traveling on a budget, this is the most budget friendly Amalfi Coast itinerary on the list.
This is what we did on our first visit to the Amalfi Coast. You can see a detailed version of this itinerary in our article Three Days in Sorrento.
Day 1: Rome to Pompeii to Sorrento
Take an early morning train from Rome to Naples (travel times range from just over one hour to two hours). In Naples, transfer to the Campania Express or Circumvesuviana and take this to Pompeii Scavi. At the train station, store your luggage (read how to do this in our Traveling to Pompeii guide) and visit Pompeii. Then, retrieve your luggage, ride the Campania Express or the Circumvesuviana to Sorrento, check into your hotel, and have dinner.
Pompeii | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Day 2: Amalfi Coast Day Trip
Spend today on the Amalfi Coast.
On a day trip from Sorrento, you will only have time to visit a few towns. We recommend Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. If you love hiking, you could join a guided tour of the Path of the Gods hike (this eliminates the hassle of transportation) and spend the afternoon in Positano.
To visit the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento, you can hire a driver, use the public bus, take a tour, or hire a private boat.
For budget travelers, get around by bus, ferry, or group tour. We visited the Amalfi Coast by bus and had a terrible experience. The buses frequently run late and will get stuck in traffic jams in the summer. We recommend using the ferry to get around if you are on a budget.
If you have a little more money to spend, you can hire a driver (better in the spring and fall when the roads aren’t as congested) or hire a private boat. This gives you the flexibility to travel on your own schedule.
The Amalfi Duomo | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Day 3: Capri Day Trip
Capri is a wonderful day trip from Sorrento. Learn how to do it in our Capri Day Trip guide.
The view from Monte Solaro in Capri | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Amalfi Coast Itinerary #2: Four or More Days in Sorrento
If you have more time in Sorrento, then you have more time to visit the Amalfi Coast.
Here are two different itineraries with five days in Sorrento.
On the first itinerary, visit Pompeii in transit between Naples and Sorrento. This gives you more time on the Amalfi Coast.
Day 1: Travel from Rome to Pompeii to Sorrento Day 2: Boat tour of the Amalfi Coast sights (Positano, Amalfi, Nerano, the Emerald Grotto, Atrani) Day 3: Capri day trip Day 4: Ravello and Tramonti (Amalfi Coast wine region), best by private driver or tour Day 5: Path of the Gods hike
On the second itinerary, you travel directly from Naples to Sorrento on day 1 and then day trip to Pompeii on a different day. What you are giving up in this itinerary is additional time on the Amalfi Coast.
Day 1: Travel directly from Rome to Sorrento, afternoon in Sorrento Day 2: Boat tour of the Amalfi Coast sights (Positano, Amalfi, Nerano, the Emerald Grotto, Atrani) Day 3: Capri day trip Day 4: Pompeii day trip + Vesuvius Day 5: Ravello and Tramonti (Amalfi Coast wine region) or Path of the Gods hike
Path of the Gods hike | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Amalfi Coast Itinerary #3: 1 to 2 Days in Sorrento
Is it worth day tripping to the Amalfi Coast from Rome? People do it and there are a lot of tours that get great reviews, but it is a long day. We don’t recommend it.
We think it is better to put three or more days into your itinerary to visit the Amalfi Coast region, to make it worth the time and money to get here.
Having traveled extensively through Italy, it’s better, in our opinion, to slow down a little, visit fewer places, and really get to know them, rather than checking a bunch of cities and towns off of a long list. I understand the appeal of taking a Rome to Amalfi Coast day trip if you have never been here before, but most of your day will be spent on a bus, train, or boat, and you have to make sure you are OK with that.
If you like the day trip idea, this is one of better reviewed tours.
Two Days in Sorrento
If you only have two days, your itinerary will look something like this:
Day 1: Arrive in Sorrento
If you are traveling from Rome, you will get here about midday, without stopping off at Pompeii. Spend the afternoon in Sorrento. You also have the option to visit Pompeii in between Rome and Sorrento, but you won’t have any time to explore Sorrento in the afternoon.
Day 2: Amalfi Coast day trip from Sorrento
What you lose is Capri, which may not be that big of a deal to some people. Of course, you could skip the Amalfi Coast and visit Capri instead.
Sorrento | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Daily Itineraries on the Amalfi Coast
These daily itineraries are for those who plan to stay in an Amalfi Coast town, rather than Sorrento. We recommend spending at least four days on the Amalfi Coast in this situation, since it takes longer to get to and from these towns.
For this itinerary, I am using Positano as the home base, since that’s one of the most popular towns to stay in on the Amalfi Coast (and it’s what we did). Positano is also well connected by ferry, so if you want to get around the Amalfi Coast by ferry, and day trip to Capri, Positano works well.
Below we list 10 different ways to spend a day on the Amalfi Coast. You can simply pick out your favorite days and link them together, depending on the amount of time you have.
Day 1: Arrive in Positano
From Rome, the quickest way to get to the Amalfi Coast is to take the train to Naples and hire a private driver to get to your Amalfi Coast town. You can use Amalfi Driver or your hotel can also make recommendations for a driver and give you advice on how to get there.
Alternatively, you can take the train to Sorrento and from Sorrento, take the ferry, bus, or hire a driver to get to you Amalfi Coast town. This will take the majority of your day, just to get to Positano.
Positano | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Day 2: Visit Several Towns on the Amalfi Coast
There are 13 towns on the Amalfi Coast. Some are fantastic and others are worth skipping. You can get more information about each town in our Guide to the Amalfi Coast Towns.
On this day, we recommend getting around by boat of some sort. Not only does it avoid the traffic jams but the views of the Amalfi Coast from the sea are spectacular.
By boat, the best towns to visit in one day are Positano, Amalfi, Atrani, Minori, and Nerano (a small town just outside of the Amalfi Coast but the food is amazing). If you are on a small boat tour or private boat, you can also visit the Emerald Grotto and Fiordo di Furore.
If you are traveling on a budget, use the ferry or join a small group tour, like this one.
If you have more money to spend, or if you will be traveling as a small group (so you can split the cost), consider hiring a private boat.
Prices for a full day cruise range from €800 to as high as €3000, depending on the boat and company you choose. If you are traveling as a group of four to six people, splitting the cost of a €800 or €1300 boat is not as crazy as it first seems, especially given the advantages that come with having a private boat.
Nerano | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Fiordo di Furore | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Capri is a popular day trip destination from both Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. Of the towns on the Amalfi Coast, Positano is the easiest town from which to day trip to Capri.
To do this, you will take the ferry to Capri in the morning, spend the day on the island, and ferry back to Capri. It’s also possible to hire a private boat that will take you to Capri, circle around the island, and give you some time on land.
For full details on how to do this, read our Capri Day Trip Guide and Best Things to Do on Capri.
Via Krupp, Capri | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Day 4: Path of the Gods Hike
The Path of the Gods (also called Sentiero degli Dei) is 5.6 km/3.5 mile one-way hike that is mostly downhill. It is located high in the mountains above the Amalfi Coast so the views are jaw-dropping. In fact, it is one of the most beautiful walks in Italy.
The logistics can be a little bit challenging, since you need to take the bus or hire a driver to get you to the starting point in Bomerano. Once you finish the hike in Nocelle, you can either walk to Positano or take a bus or taxi to wherever you are staying on the Amalfi Coast.
LEARN MORE: How to Hike the Path of the Gods
Path of the Gods | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Day 5: Ravello + Tramonti
This was one of our favorite days on the Amalfi Coast. It combines a visit to one of the prettiest Amalfi Coast towns with one of the best off the beaten path experiences.
For this day, it is best to hire a driver. The wine region is not easily accessible by public transportation so the best way to get around is by private driver. If you have a car, you can use that, too, but since this day includes wine tasting, it’s best to have a driver, so you don’t get behind the wheel of a car at the end of the day.
Start in Ravello and visit the villas. Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone both offer stunning views of the Amalfi Coast. A visit here takes about 2 to 3 hours.
Villa Rufolo | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Villa Cimbrone | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
In the afternoon, visit one or more vineyards near Tramonti. Tramonti is an Amalfi Coast town in the mountains above Ravello. This area is covered with vineyards and looks vastly different from the terraced, lemon tree covered slopes closer to the coast.We booked a lunch with wine pairings at Tenuta San Francesco.
We just happened to be here on the day when the grapes were harvested. Our visit started off by tasting grapes right off of the vine. After a quick tour of the cellar, we sat down to a delicious lunch with wine pairings. During lunch, we shared some wine with Gaetano Bove, one of the owners of the vineyard.
What we thought was going to be a quick lunch, followed by visits to other vineyards in the region, turned into a long, leisurely afternoon with fellow travelers and Gaetano (and a LOT of wine!), at this one vineyard. It was one of our favorite experiences on our most recent trip to Italy.
I don’t know if every visitor has that same personal experience with the owner or if we just got lucky, but all of the staff members were simply amazing and went out of their way to make sure that their guests had a top-notch experience.
Once finished at the vineyards, return back to where you are staying on the Amalfi Coast.
Day 6: Drive the Amalfi Coast
For some people, driving along the Amalfi Coast, past dramatic coastal cliffs, some of the most beautiful towns in Italy, and famous beaches, is a bucket list experience. You can either rent a car and drive the Amalfi Coast or hire a driver and sit back and enjoy the views.
We have driven the entire Amalfi Coast and found it’s a more frustrating experience than what you may read about online and definitely different from what you see in the movies. Traffic jams are a daily occurrence in the summer and there is now an alternating license plate system, which limits the days that you can drive. Plus, parking is nightmare, even during the off season.
Hiring a driver is the best way to go, since it eliminates some of the stress of the drive, and saves you from having to rent a car and then pay for parking. But it is a beautiful drive, and if you have a few days on the Amalfi Coast, we think it’s nice to see the Amalfi Coast both from the road and the sea.
Learn more in our article What’s It Like to Drive the Amalfi Coast?
Amalfi Coast | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Day 7: Free Day
Rather than overloading your schedule with busy days, one of the best things to do on the Amalfi Coast (and maybe the main reason why the Amalfi Coast is on your list) is to simply relax at the beach.
The “beach experience” ranges from free beaches in some towns to exclusive, VIP clubs where you spend several hundred euros per day to rent a lounge chair.
If you are staying in Positano, you can spend the day at Spiaggia Grande, the main beach in the center of town. This has both a free beach and a beach club, where you pay roughly €30 for a lounge chair and umbrella for the day. About a 10-minute walk from Spiaggia Grande is Fornillo Beach, a quieter beach in Positano with a beach club and restaurants.
On these leisurely days (you can have more than one, of course!), you can also go shopping in town, go to bar or restaurant in the late afternoon for a drink with a view, and then go out to dinner.
Spiaggia Grande, Positano | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Day 8: Pompeii Day Trip
Pompeii is one of the most popular archaeological sites to visit in Italy. You can visit Pompeii as you travel to or from the Amalfi Coast (storing your luggage at the train station or at Pompeii), but if you do it as a day trip from the Amalfi Coast, it takes some more time, but you eliminate the hassle of traveling with luggage.
The best way to day trip to Pompeii is to hire a driver for the day or drive there if you have a rental car. From Positano, it takes about an hour to drive to Pompeii. Alternatively, you can take the ferry to Sorrento and the Circumvesuviana to Pompeii, but this will take longer (but it is a cheaper way to travel). You can also join this tour of Pompeii from Positano.
Day 9: Paestum
Paestum is one of the best places in Italy to see Greek ruins. Home to three ancient Greek temples dating back to 450 BC, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is often an overlooked destination in Italy.
Paestum | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
The ancient city of Paestum sits just to the south of Salerno and the Amalfi Coast. For those with an interest in history or archaeology, Paestum can be visited as a day trip from the Amalfi Coast. Learn how to plan your visit in our guide to Paestum.
The best way to do this is to either drive to Paestum (if you have a rental car) or hire a private driver. You can get to Paestum from the Amalfi Coast using public transportation, but you will have to string together several buses, which can be a big hassle.
However, it is a lot of driving, about 2 hours one-way, and it could be longer if there is traffic.
Day 10: Day trip to Sorrento
If you have no plans to stay in Sorrento but still want to see it, you can day trip from the towns on the Amalfi Coast to Sorrento by bus, private driver, and ferry. Check out our Guide to Sorrento for things to do and recommended restaurants.
Marina Grande, Sorrento | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
One Week on the Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Taking from the list of 10 days above, here are two different ways to spend one week on the Amalfi Coast.
#1: Staying in One Amalfi Coast Town
Below is an itinerary if you just stay in one town on the Amalfi Coast, such as Positano or Amalfi. You will stay in one hotel in one town for the entire week.
Day 1: Arrive on the Amalfi Coast Day 2: Boat trip to the Amalfi Coast towns Day 3: Leisurely day (beaches and shopping and dinner) Day 4: Ravello + Tramonti Day 5: Pompeii day trip Day 6: Capri day trip Day 7: Path of the Gods hike, free time in the afternoon
#2: Sorrento + One Amalfi Coast Town
Below is a one week itinerary if you stay in both Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.
Day 1 : Rome to Pompeii to Sorrento (stay in Sorrento) Day 2: Capri day trip (stay in Sorrento) Day 3: Morning in Sorrento, transfer to the Amalfi Coast town of your choice in the afternoon (by bus, driver, or ferry); stay in the Amalfi Coast town for the rest of this itinerary Day 4: Boat trip to the Amalfi Coast towns Day 5: Ravello + Tramonti Day 6: Leisurely day Day 7: Path of the Gods hike and free time in the afternoon
Boats in Capri | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Frequently Asked Questions
How many days do you need on the Amalfi Coast?
At a minimum, we recommend spending three days on the Amalfi Coast. With three days, you can spend a day touring the towns Amalfi Coast, and day in Capri, and a day split between Pompeii and Sorrento.
However, there is a lot to do on the Amalfi Coast, so if you can spend more time here, you can also hike the Path of the Gods, spend more time in the coastal towns, visit the vineyards near Tramonti, and spend some time at the beach clubs.
Is it better to stay in Sorrento or on the Amalfi Coast?
Sorrento is easily connected by public transportation and it’s also a little easier to find cheaper accommodations in Sorrento. If you are traveling on a budget or have limited time, Sorrento is a better option.
Staying in an Amalfi Coast town is best for those with at least 3 days in the area, those with more money to spend, and for those celebrating something special. Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello are wonderful places to stay on your honeymoon, a romantic getaway, a big life event, or to just simply relax and unwind.
Is it better to stay in Amalfi or Positano?
Both are beautiful towns on the Amalfi Coast. Positano is better connected by public transportation and has a longer list of hotels and restaurants, so Positano is our first choice when staying on the Amalfi Coast.
When is the best time to visit the Amalfi Coast?
The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is from late April through early June and mid-September through October, when the weather is pleasant and crowds are manageable. The busiest months to visit the Amalfi Coast are July and August and during this time, traffic jams along the Amalfi Coast common and crowds are huge in the Amalfi Coast towns.
Conca dei Marini | Amalfi Coast Itinerary
More Information for Your Trip to the Amalfi Coast
We have a lot more Amalfi Coast planning information on our website.
PLACES TO GO: In our article Beautiful Towns on the Amalfi Coast, we give an overview to each Amalfi Coast town, plus a few hidden gems. For the top experiences, read our article Best Things to Do on the Amalfi Coast.
GETTING TO THE AMALFI COAST: Learn how to get from Rome to the Amalfi Coas t and we also have a guide on how to visit Pompeii when traveling to the Amalfi Coast.
GETTING AROUND THE AMALFI COAST: We have a guide to the Best Way to Get Around the Amalfi Coast and what to expect when Driving the Amalfi Coast (and is it worth it).
WHEN TO GO: Learn why October is a great time to visit the Amalfi Coast (plus info on visiting in September and November).
WHERE TO STAY: For recommendations of where to stay, including Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello, take a look at our Amalfi Coast Hotel Guide.
CITY GUIDES: We have detailed guides on the things to do in Ravello , Sorrento , and Positano.
PATH OF THE GODS: Get the full details on how to hike the Path of the Gods , one of the prettiest walks in Italy.
CAPRI: Check out our articles Best Things to Do in Capri and How to Day Trip to Capri.
In our Italy Travel Guide , we also have information on Rome, Florence, Tuscany, the Cinque Terre, Lake Como, Venice, the Dolomites, Puglia, and Matera, as well as more itineraries and helpful tips as you plan your trip.
If you have any questions about how to plan your Amalfi Coast itinerary, let us know in the comment section below.
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This guide is excellent! We are planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast in April ’24. I am particularly interested in visiting Ravello and Tremonti — especially the vineyards.
My question is: you discuss staying in Sorrento and taking day trips FROM Sorrento but you never covered what there is to do while IN Sorrento. If it’s just a springboard to go to other towns and do day trips to other places, I’m thinking we might skip it and not stay there at all, focusing on Positano and Amalfi Town. What are your thoughts on that?
Second question: If we work our way down the Amalfi Coast staying in (possibly) Sorrento, then Positano and ending up in Amalfi Town, what is the best way to get back to Rome and the airport from Amalfi Town? Train? Private car? And, I’m guessing it’s best to head back to Rome the day or night prior to the flight back to the US?
Thank you so much.
Hello Janet. I’m glad you like our guide. For things to do in Sorrento, take a look at our article Best Things to Do in Sorrento . In April, you could potentially rent a car and use that to get around, since it won’t be crowded just yet. Depending on how much time you have, Sorrento is worth it, for about a day, and you could add on a second day and visit Capri from Sorrento. Then stay in Positano for the rest of your trip. I don’t think it’s worth it to also stay in Amalfi, since it’s not that far from Positano. We had a rental car but also occasionally used a driver (we used a driver for the day we visited Ravello and the wine region, which was a good thing, because we drank a lot of wine). From Positano and Amalfi, the best way to get to Rome is to hire a driver to get to Naples and then take the train to Naples. But if you rent a car, then of course, drive to Rome. And yes, I recommend traveling to Rome the day before your flight, unless your flight is very late in the day. If you haven’t seen them, we have a lot of articles about the Amalfi Coast on our Italy Travel Guide that should help you out. But if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to write in again. Cheers, Julie
Great post!Thanks for sharing!
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Visit the Amalfi Coast of Italy
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Italy's Amalfi Coast has long been a popular and romantic destination. Its dramatic coastline, clear sea, and moderate climate have attracted visitors since Roman times. From the Amalfi Coast, there are several easy day trips to top sights.
Where to Stay on the Amalfi Peninsula
If you plan to spend most of your time exploring the Amalfi Coast towns and the island of Capri, the towns of Positano or Amalfi make a good base. From Positano, you can visit other towns by bus or ferries that leave from its port for the islands and the town of Sorrento or take a guided day trip . Built on the face of a cliff, Positano is one of the most picturesque and luxurious towns on the coast. Amalfi is a charming and historical resort town, also built on the slopes of the cliffs.
Since Amalfi Coast roads are narrow and windy, traveling by bus or car can be slow so if you want to take more day trips, consider staying in Sorrento on the other side of the Peninsula. Sorrento is a charming town that's well connected by public transportation. It's larger and offers a wider range of hotel options.
Transportation and Where to Stay
Ferries run between Sorrento and Amalfi or Positano, a nice day trip that lets you visit both parts of the peninsula as well as view it from the sea.
Top Day Trips from Amalfi Coast or Sorrento
- Visit Sorrento if you're staying on Amalfi Coast or Amalfi Coast from Sorrento
Island of Capri
- Mount Vesuvius Volcano
Island of Ischia and Thermal Spas
Amalfi coast guided day tours.
Select Italy offers several options for Amalfi Coast Guided Day Tours including grottoes and islands by boat, road trips, cooking classes, or visits to archeological sites or wineries.
TripSavvy / Deanna Mazzola
Visiting the enchanting island of Capri is a highlight of an Amalfi Coast holiday. A favorite with Roman emperors, the rich and famous, artists, and writers, it's still one of the Mediterranean's must-see places.
What to See and Do on the Island of Capri
Visitors arrive at Marina Grande where there is a funicular to take you up the hill to Capri , the island's main town. You can also catch a boat from Marina Grande to visit the famous Blue Grotto. To get to Anacapri, the highest town on the island, you will need to take a bus or taxi. Villa San Michele, in Anacapri, has beautiful gardens with spectacular views. Nice beaches can be found all around the island.
Capri Island Guided Boat Excursion
Travel by boat from Positano and enjoy a cruise around the island of Capri with this full-day Capri guided boat excursion , through Select Italy, or if you're staying in Sorrento take the Capri Small Group Tour that departs from the port of Sorrento.
Transportation to Capri
The island of Capri can easily be reached by frequent ferries and hydrofoils from Sorrento and less frequent ferries and hydrofoils from Positano and Amalfi. Note that in winter, fewer ferries are scheduled and ferries are usually canceled in bad weather. Schedules on websites are not always up to date, so check at the port.
The excavations of the Roman city of Pompeii, buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, is one of Italy's most popular ancient Roman sites. The archeological site is huge and there's a lot to see so plan to spend at least half a day there. There's a snack bar inside the archeological area and several restaurant choices in the modern town of Pompei where the excavations are located.
Transportation to Pompeii from Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast
From Sorrento, you can easily get to the excavations on the Circumvesuviana train line. Frequent trains go to Pompei Scavi (excavations), taking about half an hour. Check the schedule on the Circumvesuviana website. If you have time for another site, you can take the train to Ercalano Scavi (Herculaneum), a smaller site, about 17 minutes farther down the rail line, or take the bus to Mount Vesuvius if you are finished with Pompeii quickly.
From Positano or Amalfi, the trip is longer as you will first have to take a bus to either Sorrento (and follow above directions) or Salerno and then take the regular train to Pompei Scavi , about a 45-minute train trip .
Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour from Amalfi Coast
If you prefer a guided tour departing from Amalfi Coast, Select Italy offers a Lost Cities - Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour .
What to See on a Day Trip to Naples
You probably won't have time for all of these but these are top choices for a day in Naples:
- Naples Historic Center including Santa Chiara Monastery, street of nativity workshops, underground Naples, and the cathedral.
- Castel Nuovo , erected in 1279-1282, houses the Civic Museum (closed Sundays) with 14th-15th-century frescoes and paintings, silver, and bronzes.
- Naples National Archeology Museum
Find out more with this guide to Naples Attractions
Transportation to Naples from Sorrento or Amalfi Coast
From Sorrento you can easily get to Naples on the Circumvesuviana train line, taking a little over an hour. You can take the train all the way to Napoli Porta Nolana, in a nicer part of town than the main train station. Check the schedule on the Circumvesuviana web site. You can also take a ferry from Sorrento to Naples if you prefer to travel by boat (see Alilauro website for ferry schedules).
From Porta Nolana station, you can walk or take a taxi to the historic center.
Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that hovers above the Bay of Naples, is part of the National Park of Vesuvius and is open to visitors. From the parking area and ticket office, the walk to the summit of the crater is about 20 to 30 minutes uphill on a rocky trail. On the way up there's a good view of Naples. Mount Vesuvius Visitor Information gives you an illustrated look at visiting the volcano.
Transportation from Sorrento
From Sorrento, take the Circumvesuviana train to the Pompeii-Villa dei Misteri stop. From the station in Pompeii, there is bus service by Busvia del Vesuvio . Check the train schedule on the Circumvesuviana website.
Some hotels in Sorrento and on the Amalfi Coast offer excursions to Mount Vesuvius, probably the most convenient way to get there.
The island of Ischia is known for its thermal pools with healing waters and its health spas. Water from the natural hot springs, heated by volcanic action, is believed to be the most radioactive in Europe and is good for a variety of health treatments including rheumatism.
Ferries to Ischia from Sorrento and Amalfi Coast
Ischia is farther than Capri but is visited by fewer tourists so it can make a nice getaway if you don't mind the longer boat ride. You can take a ferry to Capri, then transfer to an Ischia ferry. From Sorrento, Positano or Amalfi there are one or two morning ferries daily that continue on to Ischia after a stop at Capri and return in the afternoon. Schedules on websites are not always up to date, so check at the port.
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5 Best Day Trips from Positano | Plus Amalfi Coast Tours
If you’re planning on spending more than a couple of days in Positano, consider taking a day trip to one of the nearby towns on the Amalfi Coast. The towns along the Italian coast are all unique and have their own distinct characteristics, making them worth visiting.
Positano is conveniently located on the Sorrentine peninsula and thanks to its coastal location, Positano is an excellent base for exploring the beautiful region and other towns along the Amalfi Coast.
If you’d prefer to have your day organized for you, there are also tour companies that offer day trips from Positano and take care of all the details.
This is a great way to see more of the region and experience some of the other charming towns and villages that dot the coastline.
Let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of these Italian seaside towns. Start your journey in Positano and discover the wonders of the Amalfi Coast.
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Explore the neighboring towns around positano .
If you’re interested in discovering nearby towns while in Positano, I’ve got you covered with some great day trip suggestions. Check out my top picks below:
Capri is an island situated near the coast of Positano that is famous for its stunning beach clubs and lavish villas.
If you travel south of Positano, you will reach Amalfi Town , a town renowned for its impressive cathedral, picturesque streets, and breathtaking panoramas.
A short distance inland from the coast, Ravello is a hilltop town that boasts exquisite gardens and grand villas.
Traveling north from Positano, you’ll reach Sorrento , a town known for its lively streets, delectable local cuisine, and splendid views of the coast.
Lastly, Pompeii is another notable destination that’s worth visiting for history enthusiasts.
DAY TRIP TO CAPRI FROM POSITANO
If you have the opportunity to extend your stay in Positano, consider treating yourself to a day trip to the beautiful island of Capri. Capri is a world-famous destination known for its stunning beauty, rich history, and excellent restaurants making it a perfect paradise getaway.
Capri is a legendary island paradise located in the southern part of the Bay of Naples. Throughout history, it has been a popular destination for the wealthy and famous, including Roman emperors, royalty, and Hollywood celebrities. Capri’s beauty is unmatched, and it’s easy to see why so many people have been drawn to it over the centuries.
It’s home to the popular Blue Grotto, designer boutiques scattered throughout the streets, luxury hotels, and top-quality Italian restaurants. There’s no shortage of things to see and do on the island, making it a must-visit destination for anyone who loves beauty, history, and good food.
A day trip from Positano to Capri is a great way to experience all that the island has to offer, from its stunning beach clubs and charming streets to its luxurious villas. Don’t miss the chance to visit this amazing destination while you’re in the area. It’s one of my personal favorite destinations and I highly recommend it.
GETTING FROM POSITANO TO CAPRI
To reach the island of Capri from Positano, you will need to travel by water. There are several different options to choose from, including hiring a private boat, joining a group tour, or taking the ferry.
Both the private boat and group tour options can be more expensive, but offer a more personalized and luxurious experience. The ferry is a less expensive option that is still convenient and allows you to enjoy the beautiful views as you travel to the island.
TRAVEL TO CAPRI BY FERRY
If you choose to travel to Capri from Positano by ferry, you can expect the trip to take around 40 minutes. The cost of a round trip ticket is currently €39,90. It’s important to note that the ferry schedule and times can vary based on factors such as the time of year, demand, and weather conditions.
It’s a good idea to book your ferry tickets in advance, especially during the high season, to avoid long lines.
Regardless of which option you choose, make sure to plan ahead and book your transportation in advance to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip. You can find the current ferry schedule by clicking the link provided.
Click here to check the current ferry schedule
TRAVEL TO CAPRI BY BOAT TOUR
Another option for traveling to Capri from Positano is by private or shared boat. This allows you to stop along the way to see different sights, learn about the area, and take photos. It also gives you plenty of time to explore Capri once you arrive.
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DAY TRIP TO AMALFI TOWN FROM POSITANO
If you’re spending more than a couple of days in Positano, it’s worth considering a day trip to Amalfi Town. While Positano is a beautiful place to visit, you’ll be missing out if you don’t venture outside its boundaries at least once during your stay.
Amalfi Town is definitely worth a full day trip and is a great way to experience more of the region.
You’ll find a variety of things to see and do in Amalfi, including marveling at the unique Amalfitan architecture, visiting the iconic Duomo di Amalfi, touring the legendary Amalfi paper mills, shopping, and trying some delicious lemon sorbet served in a lemon.
The town is full of interesting sights and activities, making it a great destination for a day trip from Positano. When you’re ready to head back to Positano, there are several transportation options to choose from, including bus, ferry, or private car.
TRAVEL TIP: Amalfi Town is more accessible than Positano, as it is more level and has fewer stairs to navigate. It’s also larger than Positano, so it’s a good idea to do a little planning and narrow down the places you want to visit or eat to make the most of your day.
TRAVEL TO AMALFI TOWN BY BUS
The SITA bus is a convenient way to travel from Positano to Amalfi Town and can get you there in less than half an hour, depending on the time of year.
However, it’s important to note that the buses can get very crowded and the driver may refuse to allow additional passengers once the bus is full. If you’re planning to take the bus, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and try to arrive at the bus stop early to ensure that you get a spot on the bus.
TRAVEL TO AMALFI TOWN BY FERRY
In my opinion, taking a ferry is the best choice for traveling from Positano to Amalfi Town. While it may be a little more expensive than the bus, the ferry offers more options and will get you to your destination in less than half an hour.
The ferry also provides the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful coastal views as you travel, which can be a highlight of the trip. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend taking a ferry to Amalfi Town as it is a convenient and enjoyable way to travel.
DAY TRIP TO RAVELLO FROM POSITANO
If you have time to explore the area beyond Amalfi Town, I highly recommend adding a visit to the charming small hamlet of Ravello to your itinerary.
Ravello is located above Amalfi Town and can be easily reached by bus from the town. The journey up the hill to Ravello is an adventure in itself, and once you arrive, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views, beautiful gardens, and impressive villas.
If you’re planning a visit to Ravello, be sure to include a stop at Villa Cimbrone on your itinerary. While the villa is now a five-star hotel, the beautiful gardens, preserved ruins, and the breathtaking view from the Terrace of Infinity are open to the public.
It’s a great place to spend a few hours or even a full day, depending on your schedule. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the beauty and charm of Ravello for anyone visiting the region of the Amalfi Coast.
DAY TRIP TO SORRENTO FROM POSITANO
If you’re planning to travel to or from the Amalfi Coast region by plane, spending a few days in Sorrento can be a convenient and enjoyable way to extend your vacation without going too far from the Naples airport.
Sorrento is a charming town that offers a mix of history, culture, and natural beauty, making it a great destination for a day trip or short getaway.
There are several different options for traveling from Positano to Sorrento, including taking a bus or ferry. Once you arrive in Sorrento, it’s a short walk up the hill to the town center. You can choose to take the stairs or opt for the lift, which costs €1.
One of the best places to start exploring Sorrento is Piazza Tasso, the main square in town. Although it’s not a large piazza, you’ll find small open markets selling produce, meat, and fish, souvenir shops, enotecas (Italian wine bars), and limoncello shops.
There are also plenty of coffee and pastry shops, restaurants, and sites to see in the historic center. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon exploring and soaking up the local atmosphere.
It’s important to remember that Sorrento is a fairly large city, so it’s a good idea to plan your day with what you want to do and see before your bus or ferry departure back to Positano. This can help you make the most of your time and ensure that you don’t miss any of the highlights of the city.
DAY TRIP TO POMPEII FROM POSITANO
Pompeii is one of the most famous historic locations in the world and is a must-see destination for anyone visiting this part of Italy. It is considered one of the best day trips from Positano and is one of the most impressive archeological sites in the world.
Daily trips to Pompeii run from Positano, making it easy to visit this iconic destination. If you’re interested in history or just want to see one of the most remarkable sites in the world, Pompeii is definitely worth a visit.
Pompeii offers a unique opportunity to see what everyday life was like in ancient Rome. The ruins of the city were buried in ash from the 79D eruption of Mount Vesuvius and have been preserved for centuries.
When you visit Pompeii, you’ll have the chance to see the everyday items that have been recovered during the excavation of the site, providing a fascinating glimpse into the past.
Taking a day trip from Positano to Pompeii is easy and convenient. To get there, you can take the bus to the Sorrento train station and then catch the train from Sorrento to Pompeii.
The trip by train takes just over an hour, plus the time it takes to get from the bus to the train station. This leaves you plenty of time to explore the site and see the ruins of ancient Pompeii.
Whether you’re interested in history or just want to see one of the most impressive archeological sites in the world, a day trip to Pompeii from Positano is a great way to spend a day.
Positano is an enchanting coastal town that will undoubtedly steal your heart, but that’s not all there is to see in this region of Italy. To truly make the most of your visit, venture out on a day trip to the neighboring towns along the Amalfi Coast.
With my top day trip recommendation, you can explore the area around Positano to its fullest potential. Enjoy your journey to Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii, Ravello and Amalfi Town.
So, if you’re planning to spend a few days in Positano, be sure to set aside a day or two for exploring the neighboring towns. With my recommendations, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the best of the Amalfi Coast!
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It is considered to be the pearl of the divine coast for its vertical architecture developed on the slopes of a steep cliff overlooking a magnificent emerald colour sea. Steps and steps everywhere round the small centre full of colourful shops selling all the most different local products: clothes, ceramics and the delicious local cakes. Its parish church dominates the whole village with a magnificent majolica tiles paved dome. The drive starts with the most impressive view over the Bay of Salerno, the winding road is full of delightful corners for photo stops and charming outlook over the most splendid emerald coloured sea. Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone. Its houses climb a hill so steep it would be a cliff except that stairs are cut in it. I believe that whereas most house foundations are vertical, in Positano they are horizontal.
Certainly the most famous town of the coast for its glorious past having been the oldest maritime republic and still preserving monuments proving it, like the Duomo, the remains of the arsenal and one of the oldest Italian paper factory. Also considered the mother land of Flavio Gioia the presumed inventor of the sea compass. The town centre is worth of a visit also for shopping purposes.
The town of Ravello is for sure the best place where to leave the crowds and where to enjoy the quiet of a village, where most of the historical centre is still untamed, and still recalling the magnificence of the grand private residences once belonging to the most important local noble families. The most famous of them is opened to the public “villa Rufolo”, dating back to 11th century, belonged to the family with the same name and in the 19th century sheltered Richard Wagner, who was inspired by the beauty of its gardens and the views for the composition of the 2nd act of its Parsifal. One more too, is worth of visiting, though 15 min. walk from the main square, Villa Cimbrone*.
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Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip from Rome
- Make the most of your time and enjoy three of the most famous and beautiful sites in Italy in a single day trip from Rome. In a comfortable, air-conditioned coach you will be led by our dedicated and enthusiastic tour guide to discover the wonders of Pompeii , the Amalfi Coast , and Positano .
- Enjoy Skip-the-Line entry to Pompeii where an expert, English speaking, local guide will bring to life the ancient city as you wander the streets that have been frozen in time since the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.
- Discover the beauty of the Amalfi Coast as you leisurely drive down to, arguably, the most beautiful seaside village in Italy, Positano . Here you can enjoy free time for an afternoon walk through the local shops, or simply sit back and soak in the views while sipping a limoncello.
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- Round-trip transport from Rome in a private, air-conditioned coach
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With so many amazing sites around Italy to visit it can be difficult to decide how to spend your time. With our Pompeii , Amalfi Coast , and Positano day trip you can mark three sites off your list that are so incredible and awe-inspiring they are also UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Your enthusiastic tour guide, who will be with you throughout your journey, will meet you in the center of Rome at the start of the day. You will be escorted aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus where you can sit back and relax as you escape the chaos of the Eternal City.
When you arrive in Pompeii our Skip-the-Line tickets to the ancient site will be much appreciated as you breeze past the long lines and enter into this time capsule of the ancient Roman world. Here you will meet your local, expert, English speaking guide who knows all the hidden corners and interesting tales that are waiting to be discovered inside. Visit the marvellously preserved ancient villas, public baths, restaurants, theatres, and maybe even a brothel, of the ancient world as the past comes to life through the insights and stories of your enthusiastic guide.
After some free time for a few last pictures and lunch the tour will continue further south along the picturesque seaside roads of the Amalfi Coast …where the Dolce Vita was born. Here your breath will be taken away by the spectacular coastlines as the mountains cascade into the sea and romantic villages climb up the mountains like grapevines.
The winding roads will lead you to one of the most beautiful seaside villages that the Amalfi Coast has to offer, Positano . Here you will have free time to explore the meandering streets lined with artisanal local shops or just sit back and enjoy the incredible view while sipping the local specialty, limoncello! Whichever you choose you will be sure to remember your afternoon in this jewel of a seaside village.
From the magical ancient city of Pompeii to the incredible natural landscape of the Amalfi Coast this day trip out of Rome is one that is sure to satisfy everyone!
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From Rome Day Trip of Amalfi Coast and Positano with Transfer.
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- Catch the high speed train from Rome to the Amalfi Coast.
- Discover one of the most beautiful coastlines in Italy.
- Wander the narrow streets of Positano.
- Admire the typical Mediterranean architecture of Amalfi.
- Relax on the beach and soak up the rays of the sun.
Discover one of Italy’s finest coastlines on a full-day tour to the Amalfi Coast from Rome . A high-speed train will whisk you from the Italian capital to Salerno in no time, where an English-speaking driver and minivan will be waiting to drive you along the coast roads.
Head to the enchanting town of Positano , considered one of the most beautiful villages in the south of Italy. Wander the narrow streets as they spill down the hill to the colorful harbor, and find some of the unique products to purchase in the many souvenir stores.
The minivan is at your disposal for the day, and groups are restricted to a maximum of 8 people for a more personalized experience. Get a taste of southern Italy at Amalfi, where the typical Mediterranean architecture will enchant with its characteristic white houses, one piled upon another.
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Lemon trees and vineyards cascade down the terraced cliffs to the sea. Soft sea breezes mix with the scent of fresh basil, tomatoes and olive oil. Capri sparkles in the distance. Welcome to Amalfi! This is a no-holds-barred invitation to live life to the fullest.
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SUNDAY : Boarding your overnight flight, you’re off on your Italy adventure. Buon viaggio !
MONDAY : Benvenuti a Roma ! We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from the Rome airport to your hotel at scheduled times. Your Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you.
Enjoy some free time this afternoon—take a walk on Via Veneto, have a gelato or maybe do some shopping. Tonight, we’ll meet our tour leader for a brief orientation and welcome drink, followed by dinner out in Trastevere.
TUESDAY : This morning, it’s a five-minute drive to another country – Vatican City! With our expert local guide we’ll tour the Vatican Museums, a massive collection of ancient Greek sculptures, medieval tapestries and Renaissance paintings. Our visit culminates in the Sistine Chapel, the room where the Pope is elected.
Next, we visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world. We’ll see Michelangelo’s Pietà, sculpted when he was just 24 years old, as well as Bernini’s seven-story bronze canopy located above the main altar.
Tonight, you’ll be our guest at a fine Roman restaurant with flowing wines and great friends!
( Please note that the visit of St. Peter’s Basilica is subject to availability based on the events planned by the Pope. )
WEDNESDAY : This morning, after breakfast,we will board our chariot for a relaxing, panoramic driving tour of Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, an arena for horse races during the Roman Empire, and the Synagogue.
Then we will enter the Colosseum, reliving the brutal entertainment of the gladiators and the lions, refereed by the Emperor himself.
Tonight, you have the chance to explore the wonderful restaurants in Rome on your own. Be sure to try some “Fiori di Zucca,” a specialty in Rome: Zucchini flowers, deep fried and filled with mozzarella and sometimes, anchovies.
*Colosseum entrance subject to ticket availability*
THURSDAY : This morning we drive to Amalfi, one of the most famous coastlines on earth.
Along the way, we’ll stop in Pompeii! Imagine, a city perfectly preserved as it was on that fateful day 2,000-years-ago, when ash and lava literally stopped it in its tracks. You’ll see the tragic fossils of people attempting to escape along with children and dogs.
Next, we’ll settle into our home in Amalfi at the historic Hotel Luna Convento, a twelfth-century convent converted into a charming first-class hotel overlooking the sea. Tonight, dinner at our hotel with great local wines.
FRIDAY : After a relaxing morning, we’ll take a short ride up the mountain to charming Ravello. The town’s beauty is so inspiring that for centuries it has attracted world famous composers, writers and artists. We’ll visit the stunning Villa Rufolo; built by a very wealthy merchant family in the 13th century, it was one of the largest and most expensive villas on the Amalfi Coast. When the famous German composer, Richard Wagner, visited the villa, he was so inspired that he stayed there long enough to write the second act of “Parsifal”, an opera that he had been working on for over twenty years.
Next, we’ll return to Amalfi for a wine tasting with the best Amalfi Coast wines and the world famous Limoncello liqueur. It goes down easily… but it’s quite strong! Salute! This evening is yours to enjoy as you please!
SATURDAY : What better way to visit the splendid towns of the Amalfi coast than by sea!
Today, we’ll sail from Amalfi to Positano (in case of bad weather, we’ll travel by bus). There will be time to explore this picture-postcard village set on a cliff dropping into the blue Mediterranean Sea.
Then we will take a quick drive to Sorrento to enjoy a lunch featuring the fresh specialties of the Campania region.
This evening is yours to enjoy as you please!
SUNDAY : Amalfi at our stern, Capri at our bow, this morning we sail to one of your world’s most enchanting islands. Weather permitting, we’ll visit the Blue Grotto, famed for its translucent aqua blue water. We’ll also tour the island followed by a well-deserved lunch with wine.
Later this afternoon, we’ll sail back to Amalfi. Tonight, we’ll enjoy our final night at a relaxing dinner in the hotel. Don’t forget to exchange contact information so you can plan another trip together in the future!
MONDAY : This morning your trip home starts at the Naples Airport. Unless, of course, you have chosen to extend your stay and let this unforgettable journey continue a little longer! We hope you enjoyed Rome, Amalfi, your guide, your driver and your traveling companions. Buon viaggio and please join us again in the near future for another Perillo Tour!
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Experience luxury at The Grand Hotel Palace, 5 star boutique located in the heart of Rome city center on the Via Veneto with dazzling rooftop views, elegant interiors and an abundance of historic charm. Example of Belle Époque luxury on the glamorous street of Via Veneto, it was designed by legendary architect Marcello Piacentini in 1927 and beautifully restored by award-winning architect, Italo Rota in 2010 to blend timeless Italian design with 21st century modernity. Marble floors, grand Murano crystal chandeliers and stunning frescoes by Venetian artist Guido Cadorin embody the true essence of La Dolce Vita.
The Hotel Luna Convento Amalfi is an outstanding, top-quality 4 star hotel that provides its guests with a service that can only be described as impeccable. A magnificent location hanging right over the sea, luxurious rooms, delectable cuisine in stylish restaurants, an inviting swimming pool, an atmospheric and historic building and a group of highly trained and professional staff all combine to make the Hotel Luna Convento Amalfi a lavish 4 star experience.
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Really not a great place with kids over several days IMO. Beaches are pebbly, stony, so not good for digging in sand. Ischia would suit better.
Not really similar
There are no hotels as you describe; there is a hotel above the sea that has reserved beach area below but you need to get down to it from the hotel -
There are just a few hotels right at sea level (note: there is no road at all by the sea in Positano so you arrive to it via foot from above or by boat)
One hotel is Hotel Covo dei Saraceni which has a pool but given that is right next to the very very very busy dock with ferries coming and going and other boats, I personally never suggest it as a good option but some people love it.
Buck di Bacco o is the other hotel (no pool) right at beach level - no beach area of its own.
To get an idea of just how small the beach is take a look at this live webcam: https://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/italia/campania/salerno/spiaggia-positano.html - that is the entire main beach (just wait for the newly added commercial to end) - about 1/3 is not accessible to tourists as some is roped off for Positano residents and another part is for access to sea reasons.
As you can see, there is no road so to go up into the village, there is one, one-way narrow road, Viale Pasitea which is lined with some hotels, shops and some restaurants. It is packed to the gills to walk up through the pedestrian only walkway and these days given the crowds, I personally don't think it is a great place for such young kids.
You can book boat rides and take ferries to other villages and depending on when you are there, there are ferries to islands - There is no port/harbor in Positano, just a dock.
If you are used to the Caribbean this is nothing like it if that is what you hoping to find
This is super help everyone! If we wanted the Amalfi experience and want beaches, should we look at Capri, or some other places. If there is not for kids to do we might as well skip and go somewhere else. We want the beach, sand, pool and a relaxing time with some drinks. Luxury resort type setup.
You can reach Ischia from Naples
Capri doesn't really have beaches - it has rock outcrops where people perch their sunbeds on the rocks and either dive into the sea or use a ladder to climb down into the water.
There is one small beach in Marina Piccola - also small pebbles and another not large one on the Marina Grande side
Most of what there is to see/do/eat/etc on Capri is high above the sea - not sea level
Here is an Italy family seaside resort, as an example (but it's nowhere near the Amalfi coast ): https://www.loano2village.it/it/home
Here are some others to consider (but note that not all are seaside resorts): https://www.luxurytraveldiary.com/2020/02/top-10-luxury-family-resorts-in-italy/
Sardegna might be a better choice for beaches with luxury family resorts.
Thanks all! This is a part of a longer Italian trip. We wanted to relax on beach for few days in addition to the cities and history. I will check out the other recommendations. Maybe if we can drive around and check out some small villages.
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Day Trip to Paestum from the Amalfi Coast
Visit ancient Greece...in southern Italy!
The Paestum archaeological site is about 100 kilometers south of Positano, and is famous for its perfectly conserved ancient Greek temples, unique in the world.
Getting from Positano to Paestum
It's not easy to travel from Positano or the other towns on the Amalfi Coast to Paestum by public transportation. You first need to take the bus to Salerno (if you are departing from Positano, you must change bus in Amalfi) and then the train to Paestum; the entire trip takes between 2 and 3 hours.
During the summer months, you can also take the ferry from Positano and Amalfi to Salerno . From Salerno, there is both a train and a bus to Paestum .
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A much more convenient alternative to public transportation is to book a private transfer by car with driver, or rent a car and drive yourself.
To Drive or Not Drive on the Amalfi Coast? The famous 163 highway which skirts the Amalfi Coast to Salerno is 50 kilometers of curves and drops along a narrow road which is often blocked by traffic, especially when it passes through the coastal villages. We suggest renting a car only if you have experience driving in these conditions.
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Private tours by car from Positano and Amalfi to Paestum lets you enjoy the drive along the Amalfi Coast to Salerno, including the option of stopping off in the less well-known coastal villages like Cetara and Vietri sul Mare. On the way from Salerno to Paestum, you an also visit the artisanal mozzarella and cheese factories and sample the best local products.
The area around Paestum is famous not only for its temples, but also for the local herds of buffalo which produce the excellent fresh buffalo mozzarella beloved across Italy. You can stop at a ranch, sample their products, and even enjoy lunch in the countryside.
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