Amalfi coast – one of Italy’s most desirable coastal areas. It is just an hour away from chaotic Naples. If you are traveling to Naples and want to spend One Day on the Amalfi Coast, then this itinerary will help you out.
Our trip was about 3 weeks, and of course, the Amalfi Coast had to be in it. Read my First Trip to Europe post to learn more about my whole trip and all the other places we visited in Europe.
If you read my previous post about our stay in Naples, we decided to stay there as the stop before heading on our tour to the coast. This was a great choice because we were able to enjoy both places.
Although we visited in mid November and the temperature was a bit cold, we still enjoyed the breathtaking views. The best time to visit is during the summer, but try to avoid between June and August because it can get a bit crowded. May or late September might be a better time.
One day Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi coast is a coastal stretch on the Sorrentine Peninsula. We decided to visit this beautiful area with a private tour. Our tour guide was amazing, his name was Giovanni and he explained everything in amazing details. He took us all around the area. However, if you are not taking a tour and are coming from Naples, you have the choice to the train at Napoli Central or you can also be adventurous and rent a car, but keep in mind that you might get lost.
We made our first stop in Sorrento. It is located on the very steep cliff and overlooks the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. We walked around the winding streets of the historic part and grabbed a hot chocolate and cappuccino.
We continued our journey and made it to Positano. You can take the bus here, ferry lines, or again, take a tour or rent a car. Either way you’ll enjoy an exclusive view of the beautiful sea and villas.
Positano is mostly known to be the most beautiful town of the coast, with its colorful houses and villas. We made a stop here and walked around its streets. You can also visit some of the galleries and shops.
Our next stop was Amalfi town. It is the largest town of the coast. Wonder around its busy streets and find a place to enjoy something quick to eat. We enjoyed some delicious sandwiches and of course, some gelato. We also tried limoncello, which is a locally made lemon liqueur.
We then started heading back to our hotel since we had to leave to FLORENCE by train, but we continued to enjoy the beautiful sunset views from the coast, before getting on the highway. There are many small towns in between which can also be a great option for your stay or to make a quick stop. Some of these may be cheaper and less crowded during peak times.
If you are going during warmer days, don’t forget to have a swim in the Mediterranean. Positano could be the best stop for this. It can get a bit crowded, but I hear it is a great beach and the further you swim from the coast, the more beautiful it gets. I am definitely making another trip here during the summer.
Watch this video to enjoy some more of the beautiful Amalfi Coast views.
Some extra tips for visiting Amalfi Coast.
Tip # 1: Be aware of pickpockets, especially around tourist attractions. This wasn’t too much of a problem for us since we were mostly in the car, but if you are riding the bus or train, keep your bags tight, or in the front if possible.
Tip # 2: Visit during slow season. We visited in November, which was a bit colder than expected, but I hear that late October, or late March are great times to visit as well, less traffic and good weather. Prices are also lower.
Tip # 3: Leave some space for spontaneous things.
Tip # 4: Enjoy the local food, of course. We got a hotel that included breakfast, and prepared something for lunch, so that all we had to really sit down for was dinner. But enjoy the delicious sweet treats you’ll find during your walks. We also waited to ask the locals what they recommended for us to eat, instead of looking for restaurants online.
Tip # 5: Look for a place to stay that is close to the transportation. Get familiar with the map of the area you’ll be staying in and places you’ll be visiting. Get familiar with the routes.
Tip # 6: It is also recommended that you contact your Bank before leaving, to let them know that you will be making purchases in a different country so that they don’t block your card. Also, ask if they charge you for using your card, if they have any fees, to see if its more convenient to only use cash. You should still carry a certain amount in cash.
Tip # 7: Try to purchase your tickets early, and when I say early, I really mean early. We bought our plane tickets almost a year ahead of time, and the train tickets (trains from city to city, not the local trains) we purchased months in advanced. Same with the place you’ll be staying and any tours that you will be doing. Trust me, this will help you save A LOT. Buy a bus ticket in advance because you won’t be able to purchase one at the bus. Check out the bus times as well. You don’t want to miss the last one and stay stranded in a town.
Tip # 8: The TripAdvisor app was a big help before and during our trip. In finding where to stay, where to eat, and even the places to visit. Also, we purchased a lot of the things we needed for our trip, like our Travel Power Adapter, through Amazon.
In conclusion, we loved the Amalfi coast. The views left us speechless and the food was amazing. This is a must visit location. Like I said earlier, I am definitely making another trip here during a warmer season.
Well, I hope that this itinerary and tips for The Amalfi Coast help you during your next visit. And if you do follow it, or take any tips from here, please write me. I want to know how it went for you. Don’t forget to read my Europe Trip post to read more about my whole trip and the other places we visited in Europe. Who knows, maybe you follow our same 3 week route.
Get ready to take lots and lots of picture at every single stop you make in the beautiful towns.
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