On Italy’s Amalfi Coast, 5 Must-See Sights

March 24, 2013

Amalfi Town and its Duomo, just one top sight on the Amalfi coast

Amalfi Town and its Duomo, just one top sight on the Amalfi coast

At walks of Italy we run walking tours all over this beautiful country. If you’re interested in the Amalfi Coast check out our day trip from Rome.

Visiting the Amalfi coast of Italy? It’s quite a long and spectacular stretch of Mediterranean coastline, so figuring out where to go and what to see can be a little overwhelming.

Everyone has favorite towns along the Amalfi coast (whether Amalfi or Positano, Ravello or Salerno). Where you choose to stay and spend your time depends on what you’re looking for. But as far as specific sights and attractions go, here are five of our favorites!

Villa Cimbrone, Ravello

Ravello's Villa Cimbrone, a top sight on the Amalfi coast

Ravello’s Villa Cimbrone, a top sight on the Amalfi coast

We consider the tiny town of Ravello, perched more than a kilometer above the Mediterranean, an Amalfi coast must-see. The views are spectacular, and a summer concert series makes the town unmissable for any music lover.

But within Ravello, one of our favorite attractions is the Villa Cimbrone; dating back to the 11th century, the villa, now a hotel, has gorgeous gardens that are open to the public. We promise, you haven’t seen views like this before.

Duomo, Amalfi Town

St. Andrew's Cathedral in Amalfi town
Most visitors to Amalfi Town pay a visit to the town’s towering Duomo—and with reason. The cathedral purportedly has the remains of St. Andrew the Apostle, which were brought to Amalfi from Constantinople during the Crusades. Regardless of whether you believe in the relics’ origins, the cathedral is a must-see. Don’t miss its elaborate bronze doors, cast in Constantinople in the 11th century, or the 9th-century Basilica of the Crucifix next door.

Spiaggia di Laurito, Positano

Forget what you’ve heard about the Amalfi coast’s beautiful beaches: Because the coastline here is steep and rocky, the town beaches tend to be tiny, packed, and not that nice. Enter Spiaggia di Laurito, a hidden gem located 2 miles from the center of Positano. Yes, the beach is still tiny, and rocky. But it’s a cove, so well-protected, and much less crowded than the central town beaches. Plus, it’s beautiful. And Da Adolfo, the restaurant here, is excellent.

You can get to the beach by boat or by bus. The shuttle boat leaves from Positano’s main port. Be warned that by bus, it’s a steep hike down, and therefore also back up, from the stop to the beach.

Castello di Arechi, Salerno

Castle in Salerno on the Amalfi coast, Italy

We’ve sung the praises of Salerno before. But one of our favorite sights in the city, located at the opposite end of the SITA bus line from Sorrento (or an easy train ride from Rome or Naples), is Arechi Castle. Perched up on a hill, this 8th-century fortification boasts gorgeous views of Salerno and the Mediterranean. There’s also a museum inside with finds from the castle, like medieval coins and ceramics. And the summer sometimes sees concerts hosted here. (Here’s more information on Salerno’s Castello di Arechi).

Sentiero degli Dei, Amalfi coast

A must see on the Amalfi coast

Sentiero degli Dei, or “God’s Trail,” on the Amalfi coast. The name says it all!

Up for some hiking? Then the Sentiero degli Dei, or “Trail of the Gods,” is a must-see! This path starts in Bomerano, a village in the mountains between Sorrento and Amalfi. Over the 4.5 or so hours of hiking, you’ll see vineyards, caves, a gorge, and breathtaking views. It’s also a great way to get away from the tourist crowds in the towns (although, of course, the path does get crowded in high season).

(For more on hiking in Italy, check out our post on four favorite places to hike in Italy!).

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101 responses to “On Italy’s Amalfi Coast, 5 Must-See Sights”

  1. Andrew says:

    We are coming to Amalfi in June. I haven’t done much research yet, but it looks like an amazing place. That castle above Solerno looks cool.
    Depending on the weather I might try the hike of the Gods.

  2. Rex Bush says:

    Great photos! I’ve been to Salerno but never to the castle on the hill.

  3. esther says:

    Hi! I just discovered your blog b/c we are researching going to the Amalfi coast for 4-5 days this summer. I have two questions I couldnt find the answers to in any of the posts,
    1) We can either go last 2 weeks of june or first 2 weeks of august. we want to go mostly to swim all day and hike a bit. which time is better??
    2) we want to go to the amalfi coast b/c it sounds and looks sooo amazing, but since we only have a few days and will be going from Rome I was thinking it might be better to look for a small seaside town further up the coast closer to Rome to save time. Is that a smart idea or is staying on the coast closer to Naples a world of a difference in terms of beauty and nice beaches, etc?
    Thank you so much for any help!!

    • Hi Esther,
      We’re happy to help! First, we’d say last two weeks of June, which should be ever so slightly cooler and less crowded than the first two weeks of August. Also, starting Aug. 15 (and often a few days before), you’ll find shops and restaurants in Italy’s cities closed because of the August holiday. Second, the Amalfi coast is spectacular, but don’t go for the beaches! It’s mostly cliffside coast, so any beaches tend to be small and rocky. If a beach is your priority and you want to be close to Rome, you might consider the resort town and beach of Sperlonga instead, about an hour from Rome. Or, for some of the very best beaches in Italy, the regions of Calabria and Puglia are spectacular—but farther to the south.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  4. Mark says:

    We walked the Path of the Gods in June 2012 and going back to do it again in Jult 2013! The most amazing walk we have ever done! Take plenty of water though as it is very hot!

  5. Joe says:

    I have been a few times and absolutely love the area. A few tips if I may:

    1. Leave time to explore Salerno itself. People go for Amalfi & ignore Salerno.

    2. Apart from Amalfi & Positano, there are a couple of towns at the start of “the Amalfi Coast” well worth a visit.

    3. Take the boat to the Amalfi coast towns as the bus ride is a nightmare during August.

    4. Visit the Grotto…stunning!

    5. Take a packed lunch if you can or, if not, visit a deli and have them prepare some rolls or sandwiches…a lot cheaper than the restaurants.

    6. Suggest accommodation other than at Amalfi. Will be cheaper and a lot less of a hassle.

    7. If you have a car, park it at Salerno. I would not drive along the Amalfi Coast unless you have a death wish!

    8. From the northern end of Salerno, you can catch the hydrofoil to Capri. Well worth the effort if you have a day to spare.

    9. But above all else, enjoy it…it’s gorgeous. 🙂


  6. Cecelia says:

    We will be taking the train from Rome to the amalfi coast on the 15th of October, 2013, and leaving ItLy out of Naples airport very early on the 18th. Will we still be able to take a boat instead of busses at that time? I think that I would much rather see the views from the water. I get anxious on mountain roads!
    Thank you so much for any help.

    • Hi Cecelia,
      We’re happy to help! Unfortunately, the Amalfi coast ferries only run to the end of September, so it’ll have to be buses. If you’re anxious about the roads, we recommend not staying in Sorrento, as to get from there to the actual Amalfi coast, it’s a long bus ride. You might consider staying instead in Salerno, as you can get there easily on the train from Naples, it puts you right on the Amalfi coast, and from there the bus ride is shorter to other quaint Amalfi towns.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!


    We are a family of 2 adults and 2 girls aged 10 & 13 years. We have 10 days do see Amalfi Coast & Pompeii (kids insist). How does this look
    2 nts Sorrento
    3 nts Anacapri
    4 nts Praiano
    2 nts Ravello
    Too much moving??
    Any suggestions

    • Hi Justine,
      What a lovely vacation! It doesn’t look too crammed; we don’t know what you’re planning for day trips, but in fact, over 10 days spending almost all your time in one region should be quite relaxing. The only thing we might point out is that there’s not a ton to do in Sorrento, Praiano and Ravello, meaning most people who stay in those spots tend to do at least a few day trips. However, all three of these places aren’t too far from each other, meaning it might be more convenient to pick one, or at maximum two, to stay in and do day trips from there (for example, it’s easy to do a day trip to Ravello from Praiano); otherwise, you’re switching hotels somewhat needlessly.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  8. Barbara says:

    Hi I have been in the Amalfi Coast last year. And I felt in love. It’s so beautiful. In was in the small town of Praiano, also Positano, and Amalfi. This time I am traveling with my cousin and we will love to hike some of the trails (Walk of Gods maybe). And we also want to see some other beautiful town. We only have 3 days. I am wondering if you can give me some advise as to what is best regarding where to arrive and what towns to stay

    We will be traveling by train, from Florence to Naples or Sorrento. Not sure which is best yet. (Any suggestions?). I took train from from Rome to Naples last time, and then a bus which was an interesting ride, but this time I would prefer to take the ferry. Do you have any information for that?

    Our travel dates are around August 30- 2 of Sept.
    If we do the “Walk of Gods” where do people usually stay?. I am wondering where to leave the luggage.

    Can you send me a website that might have the ferry schedule information?

    Any help is welcome.
    Thank you so much

    • Hi Barbara,
      We’re happy to help! The town of Nocelle is a starting point for the Path of the Gods, so you might want to look into options there. This website has a useful search option for ferries from Naples and Sorrento, in English. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  9. Liza says:

    I’m arriving in Rome on sat 9/13/13 what is the best and quickest way to get to Ravello on the amalfi coast. Also a day trip to Capri best way to get there and must see places. Thank you

    • Hi Liza,
      The best, fastest way to get to Ravello from Rome is to take the train directly from Rome to Salerno (2 hours), and then take the SITA bus to Ravello (you’ll have to switch buses in Amalfi Town, so this can take about 1-1.5 hours).

      To get to Capri, you’ll want to take the fast train from Rome to Naples (1 hr 10 mins), then the fast ferry to Capri (50 mins). As for what to see and do in Capri, check out our post on Capri in a day here.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  10. I LOVE your five hot tips of things to see on the Amalfi Coast. After 20 yrs living there, I would say they are all definite must-do excursions!

    I was also happy to see Da Adolfo found it’s way onto your hot tips list. I lived and loved this beach establishment for 18 years and was the partner of the owner Sergio Bella. As the founder of this fabulous spot (and Sergio’s father) always called it ‘il piccolo paradiso’ (a little paradise).

    So true and love your blog.

  11. Cynthia Hoofman says:

    I am arriving in Naples Sept. 7th, and would rather take a ferrie or hydrofoil to Sorrento.
    How do I get from the Naples Airport to the ferrie docks,,, and is there a ferrie you prefer?? Thank you!!

    • Hi Cynthia,
      The easiest is probably to take the Alibus airport shuttle, which goes from the airport directly to the Beverello port. It costs about 5 euros, so it’s cheaper than a taxi and easier than figuring out the Naples buses. Here’s more information about the Alibus shuttle. As for ferries, the only difference really is in speed and price of boat, so go with whatever makes the most sense for your trip.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  12. Sheila Walker says:

    I love your blog!

    I am going to the Amalfi Coast in a couple of days and I can’t get enogh of searching things to do. I am planning 2 days/1 night in Capri; 5 days/4 nights in Praiano and my current itinerary is:
    day 1 – Sorrento
    day 2 – Positano
    day 3 – Ravello/Minori/Amalfi
    day 4 – Pompeii/Amalfi
    day 5 – Amalfi
    I want to explore the area, take beautiful pictures, eat good food. Not very interested on the beaches although I will have sometime for relaxing.
    What do you thing about my plans?

    • Hi Sheila,
      That looks fine! You’ll probably find you don’t necessarily need a whole day to see Sorrento or Positano (although of course it depends on how relaxed you’d like to be), so you’d have time for another day trip in there, too. But for now, we’d say stick with what you’ve got and you can always tweak your itinerary once you’re there and have a feel for the area.
      Enjoy your trip!

  13. Aileen says:

    Youre blog is very helpful.. Were travelling to italy mid November. We planning to stay for 1-2 nights in Ravello but the problem is most of the hotels with the best view we preferred will be closing starting from November 2nd. Please..can you suggest any hotel/hostel with a beautiful view that are are still open from November onwards.
    Thank you..x

    • Hi Aileen,
      We’d suggest you take a look at B&Bs rather than hotels; a search on Tripadvisor should show you some of the best-reviewed ones in the town. Remember that pretty much everywhere in Ravello has great views—you’ll get great views at restaurants and even while just walking around—so if all else fails, even if your room doesn’t have a panoramic view, remember that that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out in general!
      Let us know if we can help with anything else, and good luck!

  14. joanne says:

    what is the best way to travel to Amalfi coast / Pompeii if we are traveling in December? Prices for 2 for private tours seem a bit extravagant.

    • Hi Joanne,
      Private tours tend to be pricier in the Amalfi coast/Pompeii than in the cities, if transport is included, because the cost of tolls and gas are quite high; plus, drivers usually don’t of course live on the Amalfi coast or Pompeii, so they are paid more because they also have to drive further to get clients. If you want to get around the area on your own, in December, we recommend the SITA bus along the Amalfi coast, and for Pompeii, taking the Circumvesuviana train from Naples or Sorrento to Pompeii Scavi, or alternatively taking the fast train from Naples or Salerno to Pompeii.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  15. Patti Ann says:

    Hi, love all the information. We will be in Naples Dec 24 – 29 visiting our daughter who is an exchange student at university. We would like to hire a driver to take us to Positano, Amalfi, Ravello on Dec 26 or 27. Will the attractions and restaurants be open during that time?


  16. Judith Hague says:

    can we travel from Naples airport to Positano by boat in September?

    • Hi Judith,
      You’ll have to get from the airport to the Naples harbor. From there, yes, in September there should be ferry connections to Positano.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  17. Ciera says:

    Hi! These are all great tips. I’m currently planning a trip to Amalfi, would it be better to go in July or early September? I’m mainly concerned about if restaurants will be closed in September or if it will be too cold to swim. Thank you so much for your great tips!

    • Hi Ciera,
      September tends to still be quite hot, especially in Italy’s south, and restaurants will certainly open—September is in fact one of the busiest months on the Amalfi coast. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  18. Jalpa says:


    I love your blog. We will be arriving in Rome on 4th July (night. We are a couple with a 3 year old son.

    We have to reach Florence on the 7th July. We are very confused whether should spend 5th and 6th July in Naples or Aamalfi or should we spend those 2 days in Tuscany (closer to Florence). We have a small child so hiking and too much walking is not an option with us.

    I would love to have your recommendations.

    Many thanks!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Jalpa, you may want to consider 2 days in Tuscany, as it is in fact much closer to Florence. You can explore some of Tuscany’s smaller cities – like Pisa, Siena and Lucca – or the gorgeous countryside. Have a look at the tours we offer in Tuscany on our website!

  19. Louise says:

    Hey! I LOVE your blog. I am planning a trip to Italy (Florence, Rome and Amalfi) at the end of May / start of June and have been using your blog like the bible.
    For the Amalfi coast, we have booked accommodation in Conca dei Marini (right near the Sita bus stop). I was wondering whether you thought it would be a better idea to catch the train from Rome to Salerno or to Naples (? does it go to Sorrento?) and catch the Sita from there?
    I know it will be squishy with our luggage but I can’t find anywhere that says the ferry goes to Conca dei Marini!?
    Thanks so much!
    Louise (Australia)

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Thank you so much, we’re glad you find it helpful! Unfortunately since there is no ferry to Conca dei Marini, we’d recommend taking the train to Salerno and catching the SITA bus from there. To save time, be sure to take the train from Rome that stops directly in Salerno without making a transfer in Naples. Let us know how it goes!

  20. Simone says:


    I’m thinking of coming to Italy for my honeymoon at the end of October. Can you suggest a 7 day itinerary for Venice, Amalfi Coast, and Naples area?

    I want to get an idea of what to do and what to leave out.

    Any reccomendations would be very helpful!!


    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Simone! You may want to take a look at our tours in the cities you are visiting and the travel tips on our blog (you can navigate by category on the bottom right hand corner or using the search bar) for more detailed information!

  21. Cate says:


    I will be visiting in mid-June this year and planning spend 5 days in Rome then heading to Amalifi Coast / Positano / Ravello / Capri / Sorrento. I will follow your advice to stay in Saleno ( take train from Rome to Salerno) Can I finish all this within 4 days? Am I having too much ?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Cate, 4 days should be enough time to travel these towns along the Amalfi Coast as most of them are quite small and can be visited in 1/2 day. Let us know if you have any other questions about your trip!

  22. Dominique says:

    I will be renting a villa in May 2015. It’s location is Mass Lubrenese. I will be having my wedding reception at the villa along with 25 guests. What is something I can have planned as a group that’s relatively inexpensive the day after the wedding?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Dominique, congratulations on your upcoming wedding! We think a boat ride along the coast would be a fantastic way to celebrate as a group after the wedding. Do let us know if you have any other questions!

  23. Simon says:

    You have a great blog here full of very useful information. I just wanted to add that in Ravello you can go and see Villa Rufolo as well and for every one that are into classical music there is the Ravello Festival from June to mid September. Another great cute place is Fornillo Beach in Positano away from the main touristic main beach, peaceful and quite place to relax.

  24. Abby says:

    Wonderful blog. Thank you for all your suggestions. My husband and I are moving to Italy for six months and will spend 2 weeks on the Amalfi Coast. We already have one week lined up in Minori but want a different type of town for our second week. Where would you suggest we look? We are active, 27-year olds who will need to work a bit during the day but also want to explore!

  25. Nikki says:

    Hi, my brother and I are planning on spending a few days on the Amalfi Coast in the second last week of August (23 – 26), I know it’s the worst time to go, but it was the best time for us. I’m not sure where to stay, there are so many towns in the area. I definitely want to do a half day trip to Pompeii, spend a day in Capri and also maybe go to Paestrum. Where do you think we should be based? I was debating between Sorrento and Salerno, but any advise would be great.

  26. Philip Kitching says:

    I have booked to stay at a hotel in Maiori in early May as a treat for my wife (50th Birthday) also book a spider car to drive round for three days. Can you advise me how to get from the Airport to the hotel. I have seen taxi cars to pre book fine for 8 people £26 roughly each £90 for 2 A lot expensive. What will be the best way to get from the airport to the hotel? Do they have Taxi’s at the airport and how much would it be. Arriving at about 7pm on a sunday!

    Kind Regards

    phill kitching

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Phil, if you’d like to take a taxi, you can absolutely find one at the airport and the fare should be around 65 euro (for 2 people) to Maiori. If you would prefer to take public transportation, the bus that runs from the airport to Salerno unfortunately does not run on Sunday, so you would have to take the “Alibus” bus to Napoli Centrale (3 euro), the regional train to Salerno (around 4 euro) and the SITA local bus to Maiori (around 4 euro). Buon viaggio and do let us know if you have any other questions!

  27. Rebecca says:

    I’m coming to the Almafi Coast this summer. We are staying in Sorrento and planning on spending one day in Capri and the other day visiting the different towns on the Coast. We plan to take the ferry to the first town, probably Positano and the same on the way back to avoid the long bus ride. I’m guessing taking the bus is the best way to get between the different towns though. Is there some sort of day pass that would save us from buying tickets for each time we hop towns? Do you know the approximate cost of taking the bus between Positano and Almafi or Almafi and Vietri Sul Mare for example? Thanks!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Rebecca, you may be interested in the Unicocostiera ticket that lets you travel the Amalfi Coast by bus for 3 days at 18 euro. Let us know if you have any questions!

  28. Laureta Alvaira says:

    My husband and I are coming to the Almafi Coast in July for two nights and three days. We are staying in Salerno and would like to visit the different towns on the Coast. We are considering to use either the bus and/or boat or ferry to an from the towns. Can you recommend the best towns to see and most optimal way of transportation, given our short stay?

    Thanks so much for your help!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Laureta! We recommend trying both the ferry and the bus: the bus may be more convenient for traveling to some towns and the ferry gives you spectacular views of the coast. Some of our favorite towns are Amalfi, Positano and Capri. Do let us know if you have any questions 🙂

  29. Trang Tuyet says:


    First of all let me say how great your blog is!

    My name is Trang (25 years) and i’m planning on going visiting Naples & the Amalfi Coast in two weeks with my boyfriend (32 years). I’m still deciding where to go & stay on the Amalfi Coast… Any suggestions are more than welcome!

  30. shira feldman says:

    hello thank you so much for this helpful information. my husband and i will be traveling in the beginning of june to the amalfi coast . we will be staying in posatano for our base for 3 nights 4 days. this is what i am thinking in terms of day trips . we want to go to ravello pompeii and sorento would you combine them together? or go each one on a different day? also would the ferry be the best way to get round? we will be going to capri for the weekend any must see things i need to know about? thanks!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Shira! We’d suggest doing Ravello and Sorrento in one day and then taking a day trip to Pompeii. Taking the ferry is a great option to get wonderful views of the coast! For Capri, we think you’ll enjoy our Capri In a Day: What to Do and See post with helpful tips and info. Buon viaggio and let us know if you have any questions 🙂

  31. Joe says:

    Flying into Naples October 7 flying out of Florence October 18. Spending 4 nights in the Amalfi Coast before heading to Rome then Ovierto (finally Naples) and having trouble deciding where to stay in AC. This will be my honeymoon and looking for romantic, relaxing, spas, beaches and nightlife. I am leaning towards Positano but Amalfi and/or Ischia look promising as well. What are your suggestions?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Joe, we’d suggest Positano or Capri for your honeymoon! Buon viaggio and let us know if you have any questions 🙂

      • Katie says:

        Hi! We are also planning our honeymoon in Italy in Mid-to-End September 2015!

        This is the plan so far:

        4 nights in Salerno (based off your article!)
        1st night: Explore Salerno
        1st full Day: Explore Salerno and visit Paestum (afternoon to early evening)
        2nd full Day: Path of the Gods (bus to Agerola and start walking) End in Positano
        3rd full day: visit Ravello, Amalfi, and spend majority of day in Positano

        3 nights in Rome:
        Major historical sites and Vatican

        4 nights in Florence:
        1st Full Day: Day trip to Lucca
        see sites for remainder

        3 nights in Venice: (picked our neighborhood based off your article as well!)
        See a couple sites and get lost!

        Any thoughts or feedback? Especially for Salerno??

        Would love any insights!

        Thank you, Katie (Wisconsin, USA)

    • Hello Joe,

      I will definitely go for Positano which is the best out of the villages on the Amalfi Coast with great restaurants, bars and easy access to Capri and all the surrounding area.

  32. Mary Jo says:

    Good morning from Florida! Our daughter and her soon to be husband will be honeymooning in Italy this April. As a bridal shower gift, I am considering giving her a gift certificate for an attraction or restaurant near Hotel Amalfi Marina Riviera. Ideas or suggestions on this?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Mary Jo,

      That sounds like a great honeymoon! Italy doesn’t have such a widespread gift certificate network as America does, but you could look on Groupon Italia to potentially order them a dinner, or book tickets ahead online for major attractions such as a Pompeii tour or the Naples National Archeology Museum. (We have the Pompeii tour covered for you!) 😉

  33. Great blog with full of useful information well laid out. Thank you very much.

  34. About the visit of the Duomo in Amalfi, I would like to suggest a visit to the Cloister of Paradise, that is nearby the Duom, it’s a sort of open air museum and a peaceful place where you can rest relatively far away from the crowded alley. Entrance cost is 3€

  35. Briana says:

    Hello! I am planning my honeymoon to Italy early next June and am trying to figure out the best places to go to so that we have a relaxing trip with a little bit on adventure mixed in. Here’s the itinerary I’ve come up with:

    Positano- 6 days
    Capri- 4 days
    Rome- 4 days

    What do you think of this plan?


    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Briana,

      We’re sure you’ll have a spectacular honeymoon in Italy and your itinerary sounds beautiful! Check out some of our tours in Rome and the Amalfi Coast to be sure you make the most out of your time there!

  36. jennifer says:

    Hi there, myself and a girlfriend are wanting to travel from the Cinque Terre to the Amalfi coast on the 26th Sept this year. We are staying in the Hotel Amalfi. Can you suggest the best form of transport for us to make this journey.
    Many thanks Jennifer

  37. Katie says:

    Hello, not sure if my post worked? We are headed to Salerno for a honeymoon and have the following itineray…

    1st Night: Explore Salerno

    1st Full Day: Explore Salerno in morning and Paestum (early afternoon to evening)
    2nd Full Day: Walk of the Gods, end in Positano
    3rd Full Day: Visit Ravello, Amafli and Positano (ferry back)

    Any thoughts or comment? Thank you!

  38. Enrique Mocelo says:


    My wife and I are planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast. We are interested in staying in Salerno. Any idea what type of transportation there is from the Naples Airport to Salerno? Is this something that is best arranged by a hotel?

    We have already been in Rome and a few northern cities but never visited the Amalfi Coast.

    Thank you,


    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Enrique, It’s relatively easy to get from the Naples airport down to Salerno. You can take a train, bus or drive. This website helps you decide among your various options. Have a great trip!

  39. Ron says:

    I’m staying in Furore from mid-February to mid-March 2016. Do you have any tips or advice as to what is open and what isn’t at that time of year, and things to do or not to do because it’s winter?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Ron,

      Though we don’t know any specifics on what is closed and what is open (speaking about restaurants and hotels) it is likely that the ferries will run less, if you were interested in using them. Otherwise, we’d say you can enjoy all our favorite Amalfi Coast activities even in the winter besides maybe swimming! The weather is milder compared to most temperate climates and still quite enjoyable. Try going for a hike (this article might help you) or renting a car or taking the bus up and down the coast to explore the many beautiful towns. Have a great trip!

  40. Mario Machado says:

    My wife and I are driving from Milan to Verona in June – Venice (2 nights 11 & 12) then Venice – Bologna – Florence (1 night, 13th) , Florence -Pisa- Siena (1 night, 14th), and on the 15th June Siena to Vietri Sul Mare (1 night) then to Sorrento via Amalfi, Praiano and Positano (1 night 16th). We then need to drive back to Rome to catch a flight on the 17th June

    We have a very limited amount of time (as you can tell) and I am concerned we are trying to do too much and not spending enough time in the areas we intend to visit. Should we cut the Amalfi coast (2 nights) and stay extra time in Tuscany, or should we instead cut 1 night in Venice and Siena and spend the extra time in Amalfi? What would you do?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Mario,

      While you’ll definitely see a lot of Italy with that schedule, it might be a little bit too much to truly see each place. We’d suggest cutting out some hotel changes and taking day trips instead. For example, you could drive from Milan, stop in Verona along the way (we have a new day tour in Verona coming up this spring – look out for it!) and then continue on to Venice, where you can stay a night. Then, you can stay in Florence and take the train for a day trip to Siena, without having to haul your luggage around and lose time with constant hotel changes. Also, we’d suggest checking out the distances between locations. Italian highways are usually smaller, quite trafficked and windy, meaning you might not go as fast as the distance seems. You can use the Rome2Rio website to do that. For example, Florence to Amalfi takes about 5.5 hours driving, meaning that if you only stay one night, you certainly won’t see much! Let us know what you decide and if you have any other questions, and have a great trip.

  41. Faith says:


    I am planning a day trip through from Sorrento both Amalfi Coast and Capri [separately], but one of the days I will be leaving for Florence. Which of the two options will take less time, and therefore should be schedule for the day I plan to leave for Florence as well?


  42. Tanesha M Ledesma says:

    Hi –

    So happy I stumbled upon this.
    I am traveling to the coast with 5 other friends in May 2017.

    – We are trying to stay at a moderate budget. thinking Air B n B.
    – WE are hoping to see
    1. Path of gods
    2. Grotta dello Smeraldo
    – We are coming from Rome. Take the train from rome to naples. Prefer to take ferry. Is ferry go right form naples? or must go to other city first? Was thinking of staying in Positano.

    Do you have better reccomendations?
    It seems if we want to see the two above we would have to stay in two different places as they seem on opposite sides of the coast. This is the last leg of a two week trip so we may be pretty tired – is there anything similar to the grotta near the path of gods? I dont want to be rididng on buses backa nd forth but rather enjoy the 3 days – as I assume all cities are beautiful.

    Also any safe places to cliff jump into the water? (not very high of course)

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Tanesha,

      We have many posts on the Amalfi Coast that might help you to plan your trip better. You could probably just stay in one city and move around with public transportation as day trips, the coast is quite small. That way you can avoid the tiresome hotel change and lugging your bags around. No matter what, we’re sure you’ll see many beautiful sights during your time in the Amalfi Coast!

  43. Lily says:

    I am travelling with my 2 sisters to Italy end of March for 3 days. We arrive in Rome and are making our way via train to Positano. I know train will only go to Naples but what do you suggest in getting to Positano from Naples during that time.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Lily,

      Sounds fun! As you can see here, there are trains from Naples to Positano, but you’ll have to change to a bus in Sorrento. Alternatively, you could take a bus from Naples.

  44. Tia says:


    I am travelling to Amalfi in February – March.
    Day 1 – Bomerano
    Day 2 – Duomo and town trip
    Day 3 – Pompeii or Capri (not decided yet, although want to visit Mt. Vesuvius)
    Day 4 – Monte Tre Calli
    Day 5 – Path of the Gods and Positano
    Day 6 – Valle delle Ferriere National Park
    Day 7 – Ravello
    Day 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 – ??????????

    Is this itinerary alright for a single woman traveller? I will be making use of public transport as I do not drive. Can you please suggest something for the last 4 days as I return back on Day 12. Also some local eating joints would be welcome.

    Thank you.

  45. Crystal says:

    I am taking my first trip to Italy on a tour via Gate 1 Travel in August 2017. Unfortunately, I saw how much there is to see at our last stop, Sorrento, after we booked the trip and airfare. IOn two days before flying home from Naples, we will be leaving Rome, stopping at Pompeii, then on to Sorrento. Not sure what time we will get there, considering the travel time from Rome and stop at Pompeii. We are staying 2 nights in Sorrento, and I wish I could see both the Amalfi Coast and Capri. They offer an OPTIONAL day trip to Capri, and I guess if we do not take that option, we have a day on our own to tour. So after all my research and reading that there’s not much to do in Sorrento, which do I choose? Capri OR Amalfi coast trip to Positano, Amalfi & Ravello? I keep looking at photos on the internet, and it makes me want to see what, I’m sure, will not be attainable in the two days we are in Sorrento. I called to see how much it would cost to add a couple days onto our hotel stay in Sorrento, but because of changing the airfare, it will be too expensive (I wish I had realized this when booking the tour, but we want to make the best of our two days in Sorrento). Is there any way to take the ferry to Capri, and see the Amalfi coastal towns I mentioned all in one day? I’m sure this is a crazy dream, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get back to this lovely place… so if I can’t do both, which do you recommend I choose? Capri or Amalfi Coastal Town tour? I love scenery, with a combination of sights and things to see! Thank you.

  46. sofia says:

    Hi! We are going to the Amalfi Coast in mid march. We have 4 nights in Sorrento
    I planned to go to Capri, Positano, the god path and Amalfi.
    Do you have any suggestions?

  47. danielle double says:

    Hi – I am flying into Rome late September (30th) and need to get to Sorento. What do you think is the best way? Fast train to Salerno then bus? Are their water taxis? Or ferrys then? Thanks!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Danielle,

      We’d take a fast train from Rome to Naples and then the regional train from Naples to Sorrento. There are ferries and water taxis, though the water taxis will be very, very expensive. You might like http://www.rome2rio.com to compare your different transportation options.

  48. Debra Stevens Nicholas says:

    We are in early stages of planning a trip to Rome and Florence August 1-10. We would like to spend about 3 days seeing countryside. Would we be better to see Tuscany or Amalfi Coast or Cinque Terra at that time and from these cities? Any suggestions would be helpful.

  49. Mike says:

    My wife and I backpacked Italy by train for our honeymoon back in 1994. We are planning an 11 day trip to Italy for our girls high school graduation present. We are looking to do 4 days south of Rome with a visit to Ischia to visit my mothers birthplace of Fontana before making our way north to end in Venice or Florence. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Mike,

      Wow, sounds great! With just 11 days and a lot of ground to cover, our number one piece of advice would be to consider day tours in some of your locations. Our expertly guided day tours help you to get the most out of each city without planning or stress!

  50. Mashael Ahmad says:


    I just fell in love with you site.
    I’m planning to visit AC at the end of October but I’m wondering, Does the weather good for a hike to Sentiero degli Dei? is too cold? Windy? Fog? Etc.
    Also I’m going with my mom, she can walk but I prefer to get a private driver for long rides, is that possible for fair prices?. Is there any cab apps I can use? Or any other suggestions?.
    I’m really glad that I found your site before booking anything. 🙂

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Mashael,

      We’re not sure about rates for private drivers, but we’d say that end of October the weather tends to still be just fine on the Amalfi Coast! It will likely still be quite mild without the overwhelming heat of summer. Have a great trip!

  51. Melinda says:

    Hi, Your site is great, with lost of very useful tips. We’re visiting Naples and the Amalfi coast in September and our base will be in Salerno. Do you know if we can visit Capri from Salerno? Should we buy tickets in advance? Thanks 🙂

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Melinda,

      Yes, you can take a ferry from Salerno to Capri. It’s not necessary to book super far in advance, but if you have a really tight schedule, you can always get them the day before to be sure that you have a spot aboard. Have a good trip!

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