You Will Never Forget Your Travel On The Amalfi Coast
As spring approaches, we are thinking about our favourite travels for the spring and fall. We love to travel in Italy. There is so much to see and do. But our favourite trip involved travel on the Amalfi Coast. The scenery was stunning. Seafood was plentiful. Day trips let us explore the entire area.
There are many different spots along the Amalfi Coast to choose as your base. Ravello will put you high above the Amalfi Coast with great views. The town of Amalfi puts you in a smaller town. Positano is a photographer’s heaven. We used Sorrento as a base for 3 weeks for our travel on the Amalfi Coast. If you want an idyllic escape, head to the island of Capri.
Lets explore the magic as we travelled on the Amalfi Coast ….
Getting Around the Amalfi Coast
There was a direct train from Naples to Sorrento. It ran on a regular basis. Once we were in Sorrento, we could take a bus or a boat to travel on the Amalfi Coast. The bus station in Sorrento was close to the train station. When we travelled on by boat, we had to get down to the port. If we travelled light, we could roll our bags. Luckily I bought one of the safest bags on the market, it was also really light which helped a lot too.
When we travelled for 10 weeks in Italy, we came to the Amalfi Coast from the Adriatic side. We had a car and drove to Sorrento. As soon as we got to Sorrento, we returned the car. We did not feel we needed a car to travel on the Amalfi Coast. Roads were narrow, drivers were crazy and parking was often hard to find. Taxis and buses were so much easier!
The Amalfi Coast bus was a great way to hop from town to town when you travel on the Amalfi Coast. There were stops in every little spot along the way. And it was really cheap! We used the bus for day trips regularly. In Sorrento there were also town buses that got us around this bigger town.
You could take a ferry directly from Naples. There were also ferries to take you between the bigger spots – Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Capri. When we were there the last time, we rented a small boat and travelled on the Amalfi Coast. This let us meander at our own pace and let us stop where we wanted. It was great!
Could Use Naples As a Base But …..
If you want to travel on the Amalfi Coast, you could use Naples as a base. It is a relatively short trip by train or ferry to the Amalfi Coast. But if you really want to experience the Amalfi Coast, I would not stay in Naples.
If you plan a few days in Naples at the start or end of your Amalfi Coast trip, you can explore the city. The old town was a great spot to wander by foot. Just be prepared for the massive graffiti that covers all of the old buildings including churches. The one thing I would absolutely recommend is the archaeology museum. If you plan to visit Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius, a visit to the museum will round out that experience.
Naples is the home of pizza so you can find great pizza anywhere you go. Like all of the Amalfi Coast, seafood is fresh and plentiful.
Sorrento Is a Larger Town To Use As A Base
We used Sorrento as our base and travelled on the Amalfi Coast. When we stayed in Sorrento for 3 weeks, we rented an apartment high in the hills just outside of town. We had the most amazing view every day of Mt Vesuvius.
We easily walked into downtown Sorrento. Or we caught the Amalfi Coast buses to get around for local day trips from Sorrento. In Sorrento we often just wandered the small streets, shopped in the market or found a great spot to eat. We grabbed a coffee in the main square and watched the world go by.
Many of the day trips we did took us to the water. There were many beaches where we could hang out with the locals. Most had restaurants close by so we made it a full day. The water season is long on the Amalfi Coast. We still swam on Halloween one year!
The Amalfi Coast is known for the lemon liqueur Lemoncello. We found it everywhere along the Amalfi Coast. But the taste does vary widely. So enjoy sipping many options as you travel on the Amalfi Coast.
A roof patio was a great spot to watch the sun sink over the Mediterranean. You can try my favourite orange drink. It was everywhere we travelled in Italy. Just ask for an Aperole Spritz!
The Hills of Positano
No visit to the Amalfi Coast is complete without a trip along the wild coastal road. Whether you drive or take the bus, the ride is an adventure all on its own.
When we headed along the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento, the first larger town we reached was Positano. You will immediately note that Positano is built up a hill. If you come in by car or bus, you will be at the top of the town. If you come in by boat, you are at the bottom. Everything we wanted to do required walking up or down very steep roads and stairs. That may make this a more or less ideal spot if you decide on Positano for your base.
Positano offered shopping, food and a beach to relax. As we wandered the town, the views offered classic images of a coastal town.
The Town of Amalfi
Amalfi is the town this region is named for. It is a small town and was easily walked on a day trip. We wandered the streets and shopped in the small markets.
The iconic image in the town is the Duomo di Amalfi.
Amalfi is a transportation hub to head high into the hills to Ravello or to other small town gems on the hillside. From Amalfi you can get a ferry to travel on the Amalfi Coast. Or you can transfer to Salerno to explore other regions of Italy.
Smaller Towns on the Amalfi Coast
All along the Amalfi Coast we found smaller towns.
On one visit we booked 3 days in the small town of Praiano. We stayed in a hotel on the cliff edge with a magnificent view. The little town had a few things to see. It was easy to hop the bus to head out for the day to travel on the Amalfi Coast. The church was a colourful sight whether you catch it from the road or the water.
There were 210 steps that took us down to the water at our hotel. Once there, we had a private area to lounge and swim. A short swim away we found an interesting grotto.
There was always great food in the smaller Amalfi Coast towns. Several of the better restaurants in Praiano were in the marina area. To get to the marina we needed to get down the cliff side to the water level. Either we walked down the stairs or took the steep road down. But once we got there, there were several restaurants on the water with a great view.
We liked the restaurants so much that we stopped at the marina for lunch one day when we rented a boat. It was great to approach this little Amalfi town from another perspective.
Head High Into the Hills To Ravello
On our first visit to the Amalfi Coast, we used Ravello as a base. On that trip, we got to Ravello through the mountains on a drive from Naples. It was a much different route than many people use to travel on the Amalfi Coast. But the views were awesome as we came in on the backside. It was a slower route as we often had to stop for goats crossing the road.
Ravello is a small town and can be done as a day trip. From Ravello we got amazing views of the Amalfi Coast.
As we wandered around, we found the small town, a beautiful cathedral, ceramic shops and the Villa Cimbrone. Don’t miss a chance to catch the sunset from the Villa. We stayed in Ravello and were able to attend an open-air concert at the Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer.
If you are there in the fall, you may even get to experience the chestnut festival in Scala. If you love chestnuts, then this is your festival. It was an interesting walk through the mountains to get to the small town of Scala. If you don’t time the bus schedule right, be prepared to walk both ways.
The Island of Capri
Most people visit Capri as a day trip. There are ferries from Naples, Sorrento and Positano. If you leave early in the morning you can do a quick run through this awesome island.
The ferry lands at Marina Grande. Most people don’t hang around here. You can take little mini buses (10 passengers) between the various levels on the island of Capri. If you are energetic and fit, you can walk!
We used the funicular to get to the main level of Capri. The funicular climbed uphill through lemon groves and dropped us directly in the Piazzetta. At this level there was much to see and do. We found a vantage point for the views. Then we strolled through the trendy shops and visited the local sites. It was easy to find a restaurant with a great view.
If you want to the better views, take the mini bus up to Anna Capri. We wandered the small town and found great viewpoints.
For the best views, we took the chair lift up to the highest point on Monte Solaro. The ride up provided us with panoramic views and a bit of excitement. Once at the top, we stopped at the café or strolled along the scenic overlook for pictures
If you visit during the day you will find Capri to be a very busy tourist spot. The beauty of the island is tainted by the crowds. Everyone jostles for views, seats on buses or a seat at a restaurant. If you really want to see the magic of Capri, book a few days on the island. We saw the real Capri after the last ferry left. You could wander and join the locals.
Visit Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius
If you travel on the Amalfi Coast, a visit to Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius is a great day trip. You can either take the train from Sorrento or arrange for a tour. The walk up to the crater will provided our workout for the day. But the views from the top of Mt Vesuvius were worth it. The volcano still emits steam from deep inside.
We were amazed at the size and breadth of the ruins at Pompeii. Half a day barely covered the site. We were sorry to have missed Herculeum for a different view of the devastation that happened the last time Mt Vesuvius erupted.
The Amalfi Coast Will Call You Back
There is a reason why the Amalfi Coast is on so many people’s “bucket list”. The images of the coast were stunning. The food was awesome. There were many little towns to poke into on our travel on the Amalfi Coast. Don’t miss the Amalfi Coast on a trip to Italy! One trip will not be enough!
Did you travel on the Amalfi Coast? What was your favourite stop? What is not worth the effort?
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