Pictures can’t do it justice, but photos of the magnificent cliffside towns along the Tyrrhenian Sea that make up the Amalfi Coast are enough to inspire millions of tourists to visit each year.
Spanning the coast from Positano to Vietri sul Mare, the Amalfi Coast is 34 miles (55 kilometers) long, and would take about 90 minutes in total to drive. But, while you can certainly see the coast in one day, we think it takes at least a full week to truly experience the splendor of the scenery, history and culture.
Additionally, though some people tackle the drive themselves, the white-knuckle driving caused by narrow coastal roads filled with buses is best left to a personal driver or the well-run public transportation. Plus, that means you can keep your eyes on the lovely landscape.
A word to the wise: Summer sees a huge influx of tourists, so it’s best to visit in the spring or fall when temperatures are cooler and crowds are more manageable. It’s also worth noting that hotels, excursions and transportation book up well in advance.
We’ve started our itinerary in Positano, presuming that you fly into Naples. We suggest staying a couple nights in Naples to see its sights, as well as make day trips to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. Then, follow this eight-day itinerary, which will help you get the most out of your Amalfi Coast getaway.
Starting on the western end in Positano, you’ll immediately be rewarded with the jaw-dropping vistas that typically come to mind when you hear “Amalfi Coast.”
The cliffside village is a popular resort area thanks to its pebbly beach, stucco buildings with colorful roofs that slope down the hills and the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta (Catholic church), which boasts a striking dome covered in majolica tiles. After enjoying a cappuccino and filling buffet breakfast at one of the many well-positioned cafes, take the Path of the Gods trail that connects Positano with Agerola. Ideally, you’ll start in the latter, as the route gently slopes down, allowing hikers to focus on the breathtaking scenery instead of catching their breath.
For a more laid-back activity, numerous boat operators provide affordable private and group tours of the area with non-stop picturesque views. Most restaurants in the area serve a mix of Italian, Mediterranean and seafood dishes, and you really can’t go wrong with the region’s famous fresh pasta and clams alongside limoncello. Ristorante Casa Mele and Il Ritrovo are some of the top options….