The Best Amalfi Coast Towns for Every Type of Traveler

July 20, 2016

Every year about 5 million people crowd onto the Amalfi coast to experience its UNESCO world heritage landscape and culture, sample its mouth-watering cuisine, and walk in the footsteps of celebrities past and present. While there is a lot to love about the Amalfi Coast (100 separate beaches, anyone?) it can also be one of the more crowded, expensive, and frustrating places to visit in Italy.  The secret to enjoying your visit here isn’t going where your friends, or the guidebooks, told you to go – it’s finding out exactly which of the numerous Amalfi Coast towns fits your style of travel.

Despite existing shoulder to shoulder for hundred of years, there is a surprising amount of variation between the towns on the Amalfi Coast. Do you prefer the hustle and bustle of Positano or the sleepy, laid-back vibe of Conca Dei Marini? Are you looking for a big, sunny beach like the one on Maiori, or would you be happier in the mountain solitude of Sant’Agata? Before you book that hotel, check out our guide to the towns of the Amalfi Coast to figure out which town is best suited to the style and price point of you Amalfi Coast vacation.

Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast

Sorrento

Sorrento is the official starting point of the Amalfi Coast and the easiest town to reach. This accessibility is both a blessing and a curse because it places Sorrento firmly on the Amalfi Coast itinerary of most day trippers – meaning its population swells to the bursting point during the summer high season.*

The positive aspect of this accessibility is that Sorrento is the perfect place to stay on the Amalfi Coast if you want to take day trips to Naples and Pompeii. Such excursions become more difficult the further along the coast you stay because the roads in an out are few and famously narrow. Any accident or breakdown can mean long traffic jams that waste your precious time. While it may be one of the busiest Amalfi Coast towns, it’s busy for a reason, the location makes it the perfect base for a wide-ranging holiday in which you can visit many of the surrounding sites of interest.

Stay here if: You want to ease into your Amalfi Coast experience; you want to stay somewhere where most everyone speaks English; you want a strategic location for easy travel and day trips within the region; you don’t have a lot of time on the coast; you want a mix between new world conveniences and traditional atmospheres; you want to day-trip from Naples or to Pompeii; you don’t mind the crowds.

*It’s worth remembering that Sorrento is substantially less crowded in the fall, winter, and spring.

The view from the cliffs of Sorrento, Italy
The view from the cliffs of Sorrento, Italy
Photo by Gina Mussio

Sant’Agata and Nerano

Sant’Agata (short for Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi) is a pretty hill town between two gulfs: the Bay of Naples with the imposing Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Salerno with the Li Galli Archipelago. A bit off the coast, this tiny hill town has a great view of Capri as well. Visit the ancient Greek necropolis nearby, and the Monastero del Deserto, a Carmelite monastery that has been attracting travelers with its gorgeous panorama since Goethe visited in the late 19th century.

Just down the road is the fishing village of Nerano, whose beaches sit in the center of the Punta Campanella Natural Marine Reserve. Its rocky seabed and clear waters are a favorite among scuba divers, but be careful; according to Greek mythology, this is where the sirens sang to tempt Ulysses off course. Both Nerano and Sant’Agata are culinary wonders as well. Taste regional specialties like the  Sant’Anna tomato and Monti Lattari cheese, or if you want to go hyper-local, don’t miss Nerano’s legendary spaghetti with zucchini pesto.

Stay here if: You want to explore the Amalfi Coast with your taste buds; you’re interested in ancient Greek history or archeology; you want to follow the footsteps of Ulysses; you don’t mind being off the coast (if you stay in Sant’Agata); you want price options ranging from cheap to chic; you don’t mind being outside the center of the action on the Amalfi Coast.

Mmmm, be sure to try Nerano’s famous zucchini spaghetti!
Mmmm, be sure to try Nerano’s famous zucchini spaghetti!
Photo by Pauline Kenny

Positano

Positano is perhaps best known for the pastel-colored houses that spill down its sheer cliffs into the sea. Though it makes for beautiful views, it also means a strenuous hike back up. They don’t call it the “vertical town” for nothing: be prepared for a lot of steps!

Positano

Positano

Despite the inevitable workout involved in getting around it, Positano remains an extremely popular Amalfi Coast town, especially among the rich and famous. It’s centrally located, has a beautiful, if small, sandy beach, and is bursting with life – especially nightlife – centered around the town’s glamorous seaside bars, restaurants, and clubs. It’s also one of the few towns on the Amalfi Coast known for its upscale shopping. That said, its popularity means that you’ll have to contend with peak season crowds and perennially high prices – Positano hotels are among the priciest on the coast. Because of these factors, it remains the chicest place to take an Amalfi Coast Vacation, if not always the most tranquil or accessible. For more information on beautiful Positano, check out our insiders’ guide.

Stay here if: You’re want to vacation in luxury with a few A and B-list celebs; you want to shop; you’re physically fit; you want to stay at a sandy (as opposed to rocky) beach; you’re looking to splurge; you’ve come for the nightlife; your idea of an Amalfi Coast vacation includes those pastel-colored houses!

Praiano and Conca dei Marini

Located exactly halfway between Amalfi and Positano, tiny Praiano and even tinier Conca dei Marini are far too often overlooked. Much quieter than its two big sisters nearby, Praiano is generally considered the most romantic Amalfi Coast town due to its views – extending from the Bay of Positano to the island of Capri – and its gorgeous sunsets. The beach is also second to none, enjoying full sunlight from sunrise until sunset (a detail that is especially important to visiting Italians who can be found sunning themselves to the color and texture of leather handbags). The cherry on top is that Praiano is also a great base for hikers: the famous trail called the Sentiero degli Dei starts from here.

Conca dei Marini is home to just a hundred or so inhabitants living in cottages along the cliffs. These are the same cliffs that form the legendary Grotta dello Smeraldo or Emerald Grotto – a partially-submerged cave filled with beautiful, if somewhat eerie, green light. Despite being one of the smallest towns on the Amalfi Coast, Conca dei Marini has its very own dessert – the Santa Rosa sfogliatella. This unique treat, which sits somewhere between pastry and cake, was created in a monastery in 1600 and was so good that the recipe was kept secret for 150 years! Every August Conca dei Marini has a festival to honor it, but even if you can’t make the festival this is one treat that is not to be missed.

Stay here if: You want non-stop beach time; you don’t need to be near major transportation hubs; you want to soak in the small-town atmosphere; you’re looking for the most romantic spot on the coast; you are on your honeymoon; you’ve come to hike; you want to explore the sea caves nearby.

All those steps are worth it for a beach like this one in Praiano!
All those steps are worth it for a beach like this one in Praiano!
Photo by pumaianoale via Flickr

Amalfi & Atrani

Amalfi is the largest town along the coast and one of the most popular towns to stay in after Positano and Sorrento. It’s the perfect place to stay for those who want the luxury and beauty of Positano without the VIP nightlife/prices.

The town has a little something for everyone, with great pebble (and sometimes sandy) beaches as well as interesting culture and history. As one of the region’s main maritime powers since at least the 6th century, Amalfi is packed with historical interest and beautiful medieval buildings. It’s also smack dab in the middle of the coast – about 40 minutes from Sorrento in one direction and 40 minutes from Salerno the other – making it a perfect base for easy day trips to the island of Capri or smaller towns to the east and west. Just don’t expect to have easy access to places farther afield like Pompeii or Naples.

Just a mile or two from Amalfi the tiny town of Atrani clings to the cliffside. The smallest town in all of southern Italy, its history and life are intimately linked to Amalfi – the two even share beaches! The sandy beach of Atrani is located directly across from the town. You can hop between the two towns’ three main beaches during the day and explore their historic city centers in the evenings.

Stay here if: You’re looking for an energetic daytime atmosphere; you want to be right in the middle of the Amalfi Coast for easy travel to the other towns on the coast; you have many different travel preferences to satisfy; spending a lot of time on great beaches is a priority for you; you’d like some art, architecture, and history along with your beach time.

Amalfi Town is one of the most lively spots on the coast.
Amalfi Town is one of the most lively spots on the coast.
Photo by Anemone123 from Pixabay

Ravello

Ravello is a tiny village that sits back from the coast, perched atop a cliff overlooking the sea. Many visitors stop only during the day since there isn’t direct beach access, allowing those who do stay to enjoy peaceful evenings with few crowds and spectacular views. Ravello is one of the most romantic places along the coast and a common choice for those who want all the glamor of Positano and Amalfi without the crowds. Take a break from the jaw-dropping vistas to ogle the gardens and opulent villas that Ravello is known for.

Stay here if: You want peace and quiet; you don’t want to share your Amalfi Coast town with the crowds; you don’t mind not being directly on a beach; you don’t mind the lack of nightlife; you want to take beautiful travel photos.

What’s better than beautiful flowers and a seaside view, like this one from the Villa Cimbrone gardens? You can find both in Ravello.
Photo by Gina Mussio

Maiori and Minori

Maiori is home to the biggest beach on the Amalfi Coast as well as a host of other beaches only accessible by boat. In general, it’s a little less quaint than other Amalfi Coast towns, but it’s also a little less expensive. It’s flat, sandy beaches, cheaper prices, and convenient beach-front hotels and restaurants make it a perfect destination for families with small children. Mom and dad don’t have to worry about hauling around beach toys and the kids don’t have to navigate pebble or rock beaches.

Maiori is also notable for being an ancient Roman settlement and is home to some spectacular ruins, most notably the Villa Marittima Romana, one of the most important Roman archaeological sites on the coast. After exploring the town, take a boat to the stunning sea cave called the Grotta di Pandora, or some of the other beaches of Maiori accessible only by boat.

Nearby Minori enjoys a fresher microclimate than many towns on the Amalfi Coast and is almost always blessed with a pleasant breeze. Its beach is small and can be cramped, but it also soaks up the sun for the entire day. Known as the “City of Taste”, Minori’s terraces house vineyards and lemon trees, but the town’s real fame comes from its pasta. Minori has been a pasta powerhouse since the 16th century and today its fresh, carefully-made pasta is celebrated nationally. Minori’s restaurants are on the Amalfi Coast itineraries of all real gourmands. Both Minori and Maiori are still curiously crowd-free when compared to the more trendy towns on the Amalfi Coast.

Stay here if: You’re traveling with children and looking for a family-friendly atmosphere; you’re not interested in nightclubs or VIP bars; you’re hoping for a beach with some space between umbrellas; you want to avoid the crowds in Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello; you’re interested in small boat excursions; you’ve come for the pasta!

Maiori - Amalfi Coast Towns
Maiori’s sandy beach is one of the biggest beaches along the Amalfi Coast.
Photo by Sabine Cretella

Cetara and Erchie

Cetara is still a working fishing village – home to one of the Med’s most important fleets of tuna fishermen – making it the least reliant on tourism and perhaps the most old school of the Amalfi Coast towns. On a related note, it is also said to have the best seafood on the coast – though whether this is a fact or a matter of tradition is a matter of fiery debate. If your Amalfi Coast vacation revolves around eating good seafood, this is your spot. Try the town’s famous Colatura di Alici, (a sauce made with fresh, local anchovies that is thought to date back to Roman times) or Cetara’s world-famous tuna, when it’s in season.

Right beside Cetara is Erchie, a tiny hamlet with a massive Norman tower on the coast and two small beaches. Legend has it that Hercules founded the town on his arrival from Greece.

Stay here if: You want a no-frills atmosphere that is as unchanged by tourism as you are going to get on the Amalfi Coast; you are a die-hard seafood lover; you’re fascinated by ancient Greek history; you want to relax without the tourists; you’re looking for a good value along the coast.

Cetara by night
Cetara by night
Photo by Alessandro Bonvini

Vietri sul Mare

Vietri sul Mare is technically the last small town on the Amalfi Coast and just two miles from the city of Salerno. As with all the towns along the coast, Vietri sul Mare enjoys great food and great views but its real claim to fame is its rich ceramics tradition. Vietri sul Mare is the cradle of Italy’s brightly-colored earthenware pottery known as majolica. In fact, the whole town seems to be covered in beautiful ceramics! Vietri sul Mare is a no-nonsense town that doesn’t specifically cater to tourists. As a result, there are fewer to contend with but not quite as many nice amenities for visitors

Stay here if: You don’t need tons of tourist bells and whistles; you want to avoid tourists at all costs; you’re a lover of fine ceramics; you don’t need to hang out with a celebrity crowd; you’ve come for a simple seaside holiday.

Vietri sul Mare is filled with shops selling the areas famous majolica pottery.
Vietri sul Mare is filled with shops selling the areas famous majolica pottery.
Photo by Kārlis Dambrāns

Salerno

Though it’s technically not an Amalfi Coast town, Salerno sits at the end of the 43-mile highway and bus route that we started in Sorrento and it’s a great place to stay. To start with, it’s a transport hub that is directly connected to Rome by train, and thus much easier to get to than the proper Amalfi Coast towns.

Salerno’s size makes it less quaint but gives it an eclectic mix of clubs, pubs, and restaurants next to cathedrals and castles. Its centro storico is also exploding with life. Here you can visit the Medieval Cathedral when you’re not lounging on one of Salerno’s many beaches, which are also bigger than most of the beaches along the typical Amalfi Coast itinerary.

Travel tip: If you’re planning to take the train through this part of the country, you can book your train tickets through ItaliaRail. This is the tourist-friendly version of the official, national train ticketing system TrenItalia, and offers a couple of extra perks as well as English-speaking customer service.

Stay here if: You want to be on the main train line to Rome or Pompeii; you’re looking for convenience; you want a mix of small-town charm and city life; you’re a public transportation pro; you want something less touristy than Sorrento.

If you have any questions about a certain town, or just want to let us know which Amalfi Coast Town is your favorite, let us know in the comments! 

Read More: How to Get to the Amalfi Coast

Salerno is a big city and an important transit hub along the coast with one beautiful panorama!
Salerno is a big city and an important transit hub along the coast with one beautiful panorama!
Photo by Sabrina Campagna
A stunning view like this is one of the benefits of staying in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast. Find out what other Amalfi Coast towns are best suited to your next Vacation over at Walks of Italy.

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161 responses to “The Best Amalfi Coast Towns for Every Type of Traveler”

  1. Barbara says:

    OMG — hit the nail on the head with every town. Our favorite is Praiano, where we have rented a house for the week and stayed many times. With a car, we easily visited all the other towns…and Ravello is stupendous! Visit Capri or Pompeii before or after settling in for a week on the coast.

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Gina,

      Inspiring indeed is the Amalfi coast. Any suggestions and recommendations and you can give me will be greatly appreciated. I am taking my 82-year-old mother to Italy in September / October of this year. I am wanting to be based in a town, place that is the most easiest to walk around without her having to walk up or down that many stairs. Because I would be concerned that it might be too much for my mothers well-being and safety, as she tires easily The longer she walks.

      I’m not sure yet if I will be renting a car or taking the train and waterways. While we are in this part of Italy we will be going to Capri, Naples, and Grottolella. Where in the Amalfi coast would you recommend or staying for three days? I was even thinking about being based and staying in Grottolella, and taking a day trip to the Amalfi coast, and Naples. Because Grottolella is the town that my grandfather, and his father, my mother‘s father was born in.

      Thank you in advance for your support and assistance.

      • Walks of Italy says:

        Hi Thomas,

        What a great trip! Grottolella is a bit out of the way for visiting the Amalfi Coast, unless you’re willing to take taxis everywhere. (See your different transportation options here.) We might suggest basing yourself in Salerno which is relatively near to Grottolella for a day trip and along the ferry line to visit Capri, Amalfi and Sorrento. We’d definitely avoid Positano, as it’s very steep with many stairs! Hope this helps

        • Thomas says:

          Hi, Thank you for getting back with me. Sounds like a good idea and plan. We will be in Italy for 3 to 4 weeks, most probably starting out in Paris then going on to Milan from there.

          I think it might’ve been somewhere on one of your blogs that mentioned that Salerno is a great place to stay and be based instead of Sorrento for the Amalfi coast. Thanks again. Are there any must do‘s to experience when I am in this part of Italy that you might be able to suggest?

    • Monika Smith says:

      Hi There I’m planning a trip to the Almafi Coast in June next year it’s with 4x girlfriends for our 50th. We fly into Naples can you recommend places to see and do and is 10 days enough time to enjoy the experience.
      Thanks Monika

  2. Joni says:

    I was wondering if you could help me decide on where to set up home base for this trip. We plan to arrive sometime after Easter in April and will be traveling in a group of six people. We would like to see the following:
    Pompei
    Paestum
    Capri
    Amalfi Coast

    We are concerned about the best transportation options to these attractions and home base. We want a beautiful home base with views, yet convenience to all attractions mentioned above. We also like to travel on a budget. We considered Sorrento, but read that the ferries from Amalfi Coast to Sorrento may not be running in April. We really wanted to see the Amalfi coast from the water (ferry) . What home base area would you suggest?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Joni,

      For this tour we think the best option is absolutely to stay along the Amalfi Coast (as opposed to Pompei which is further north). You can search different ferry services on Google to see where they run, but overall the entire coast is quite well connected with public transportation, making it easy to jump from town to town. We’d suggest a slightly bigger city such as Amalfi or Sorrento. Have a great trip!

      • Shailesh S.N.P. Sardessai says:

        This is a good suggestion.Even I would prefer to stay in Amalfi or Sorrento & explore the entire Amalfi Coast.

    • Jaa says:

      Completely agree with Walks of Italy’s response. 🙂 I have traveled during that time and Sorrento or Amalfi would be perfect to get through your itinerary. You will absolutely love it! Buon viaggio!

  3. Alexx says:

    Hi guys! I’m coming to the coast next June for just three nights. Group of three mid-twenties gals, we enjoy good food, beaches and hikes but are on a medium budget. We’d like to see Positano, Capri and Amalfi ut happy to stay somewhere else nearby to avoid massive prices. Can you recommend a place to stay?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Alexx,

      Unfortunately we’re not in the accommodation business, but we often use booking.com or other online sites to find great places to stay. We’re sure you’ll have a blast!

  4. Brie says:

    My husband and I will be visiting Italy during the last week of February- will it be worth going to the coastal towns during late winter? I know all the beaches and ferries are closed, but the views & relaxing atmosphere seem worth it. We will not have a rental car, so will need to use public transportation to get back to Naples airport. I read that Sorrento and Salerno are the most accessible- but are the other towns very difficult to get to with public transportation? Thank you!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Brie,

      We totally agree with you – though it’s too cold to swim, the coastal towns in winter are less trafficked, calmer and still have incredible views and food! You should be fine with public transportation, both the buses and trains still run in winter 🙂

  5. JZ says:

    My wife and I are planning to visit the Amalfi coast for the first time from last week of May to first week of June. Will the beaches already be open, and are the crowds already pouring in, or is it still considered a relative quiet period?

    Also undecided between Cetara and Conca dei Marini after reading the above guide. Would it be a good idea to spend a few days in Cetara and then move to Conca dei Marini, or should we stay completely at one place to really soak in the atmosphere?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi JZ,

      The beaches in the Amalfi Coast are always “open,” but during the high season you’ll find chairs and umbrellas available and might have to rent these out to have access. In late May and early June you should find some of these already set up, especially if the year is hot! Though May might be a shoulder season in other locations, in the Amalfi Coast things are already heating up and you’ll find that you’re not the only visitors to the area. Still, it should be quieter than busy, crowded August! We suggest you stay in one place to save yourself the stress of checking out and in, packing and unpacking and transiting for no reason. The towns in the Amalfi Coast are well connected and you can easily travel from one to the other in the day and return back to your hotel at night.

  6. Sophie says:

    Hi, I am heading to Italy in early-mid june. I have about 5 nights of free time between tours. I am leaning towards staying somewhere on the amalfi coast – however wanting to also see pompeii, naples – but from what I have seen it seems do-able to just organise some day trips and base myself somewhere along the coast? I will be on my own, and wanting to stay in a fairly picture perfect area, whilst still having places to wander around throughout the day/night and have transport options to other areas (or perhaps an area where day trips often depart from). Thanks!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Sophie,

      It depends where your tours are, but five nights in the Amalfi Coast is a great amount of time to really explore the area – including Pompeii and Naples! If you’re coming to the Amalfi Coast from the north (Rome etc) you might want to consider stopping in Naples and Pompeii along the way down the coast. Then you can base yourself in whatever charming Amalfi Coast town you decide on and take day trips to explore from there. Have a great trip!

  7. Sam says:

    Hi
    Im planning to visit the amalfi Coast and would like to stay 3 nights 01-4 June my aim is to visit capri, sorrento, positano, and Amalfi where do you think should I stay im confused if i should stay in Sorrento or Amalfi. Im interested in breath taking view but in the same time I don’t want to get bored at night

  8. Christina Branidis says:

    Hi!
    We are travelling to the Amalfi Coast in mid-late May. We love the idea of staying in Praiano but are worried that we may not be able to easily visit Pompeii. Is this day trip plausible from Praiano or do we need to chance our home base?
    Or may we have the best of both worlds by staying in Praiano and visiting Pompeii on the way to or from there?
    Thankyou!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Christina,

      The Amalfi Coast is quite small, with each town being near to the next. Many travelers prefer to stop at Pompeii on their way into or out of the Amalfi Coast, since it is along the way. You might want to consider that if possible to better use your time. That said, it’s still possible to visit Pompeii on a day trip, even though Praiano isn’t a major transportation hub! In fact, by bus it takes just 40 minutes (see here)!

      • Frances says:

        I think that might not be correct…It actually takes about 120 minute drive from Praiano to Pompeii. We decided not to stay in Praiano for that very reason and instead are staying in Salerno because we can easily take the train to Pompeii as a day-trip, and the ferry to the Amalfi Coast towns such as Positano, Ravello (through Minori), Vietri Sul Mare and Cetara.

  9. Jen Goodeman says:

    Hi,
    This article has been very helpful! We recently found a beautiful villa in the town of furore. We have not booked it yet. Can you tell me anything helpful about staying there? Is it possible to do without a car? We would love to be able to walk to a beach, hike, get food, etc.
    Thank you!!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Jen,

      Sorry, we don’t know the area, but we do know that all the towns in the Amalfi Coast are served by public transportation and completely possible to do without a car.

  10. Lisa says:

    We are going to visit the Amalfi coast in mid-June, after staying 3 nights in Rome and staying 2 nights in Naples. Thinking of visiting Pompeii on our way (by train) and considering using Vico Equense as our base, but wondering about luggage on the train/bus – what would be the recommended mode of transportation to get there?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Lisa,

      The fast-speed trains will have luggage racks at the front of each car. Regional trains often have racks overhead, or you can try to tuck your luggage behind the seats at the front of each car. The Pompeii archeological site also has a spot for luggage, though we hear that it is unattended, so you might do better to pay to leave it in the train station during your tour of the site.

  11. Susmita says:

    Hi,
    me and my family wants to go Italy on october.how will be the weather then..plz ans soon

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Susmita,

      That depends on where in Italy you are. In the north the weather will start to be quite chilly, possibly even rainy. In the south, for example along the Amalfi Coast, it will still be quite mild, but we suggest dressing in layers, so you can take off or add clothes with the temperature of the day. You can also find seasonal averages on Google.

  12. Bilal says:

    Hi there, I am going to be getting married on the 8th October, would the Amalfi coast be a good option for Honeymoon, would obviously not like to spend too much time travelling – and like quieter beaches. Would mid October be a good time to visit. Open to suggestions from anyone who has gone to honeymoon here before.
    Many Thanks, Bilal (South Africa)

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Bilal,

      The Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, and for good reason! It’s absolutely stunning! In October you’ll find wonderful weather, slightly cheaper prices and fewer crowds. It will, however, likely be a bit too cold to swim in the sea. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!

  13. Hailey says:

    Great reviews! My fiance and I are traveling to Italy on our honeymoon in June/July. We are planning 4 days in Amalfi. A lot of accommodations are already booked but we are having a hard time deciding on Positano, Praiano or Sorrento. We are pretty social and like to go out for dinners and drinks with a nice view! I’m worried that Praiano might be too “low key” and Sorrento might be too far if we plan on taking day trips to the different cities for dinner etc. What would you suggest?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Hailey,

      Unfortunately we can’t make that decision for you. This post has our best suggestions. That said, Praiano is quite low-key and Sorrento is a bit off the Amalfi Coast path (but very well connected!). We can tell you this: Every town is absolutely beautiful and the coast is so small that it’s super easy to town-hop and explore all the Amalfi Coast has to offer.

  14. Laurie says:

    Thank you for this informative blog. Traveling in from Rome and trying to decide where to stay … Arthritis and motion sickness plagues us. We want a beautiful view like in Positano – a place where we can call a taxi if we are tired. Can we do this in Positano? How many steps?
    Is Sorrento as beautiful? Is it flatter?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Laurie,

      Unfortunately most of the Amalfi Coast towns are quite steep – they’re built right on the hill – but Positano is perhaps the steepest. If the steps are a problem, we’d suggest Sorrento or perhaps Ravello (it’s mostly all on top of the cliff, but if you want to go down to the seaside you’ll still have to hike a bit). They all, however, have absolutely gorgeous views! 🙂

  15. Jessica Ma says:

    I’ll be visiting amalfi early October; i’ll be brining my little puppy with me.
    which town will be most pet friendly? would puppy be allowed to walk on the beach?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Jessica,

      All towns are equally pet-friendly. If your puppy is well behaved, you can take him or her with you nearly wherever you go if on a leash, including outdoor eating and strolling through stores. Be sure to book accommodation that allows dogs and check first before bringing your pup to the beach – he might not be welcome there!

  16. Aj Bhatt says:

    Hi,
    We are planning a 2 day trip to the coast mid june. We would be starting in Naples the morning, heading to Pompeii and checkin by evening somewhere on the coast (still confused where to stay) settle in for 2 days before heading out to Rome. .
    After reading the article, Positano and Praiano sound to more what we are after. . Any recommendations on what to do or not do since we are on a 2 day limit only. . And whats the best way back into Rome from there. So far I found the best way is to get to salerno and train it from there to Rome. .
    Thanks in advance

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi AJ,

      With two days in those towns, we suggest strolling the town and hitting the beach. The best way back to Rome is by train, but you don’t need to go all the way down to Salerno to get back to Rome – trains leave from Sorrento as well and they are closer. Have a great trip!

  17. Malak says:

    Hello. I am planning a visit to the amalfi coast end of june with two friends. We will be arriving from florence. What is the best way to get to one of the amalfi coast towns by train? Also is renting a car a good option or should we use buses to commute between towns ?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Malak,

      You can take the high speed train from Florence to Naples, then the regional train down to the Amalfi Coast. We think that though the bus can be a bit confusing, it’s still less stressful than driving the curves and finding parking along the Coast.

  18. Jade says:

    Hello, we have 2 weeks in mid September 2017, we will fly into Rome and then visit the Amalfi Coast, is it recommended to rent a car for 2 weeks or use the train/bus?? Cheers! Jade

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Jade,

      That depends on how you feel about driving/what you’d like to do in the Amalfi Coast! The coastline is gorgeous, but curvy – driving those hairpin turns on the cliffs edge can take the relaxing part out of the vacation for some people! That said, with a car you’d definitely have more freedom and flexibility. Just be sure that if you do decide to rent a car, your hotel has parking!

  19. Annette says:

    We would like to rent a boat to Foti Capri and the grottos. Is that possible from Positano or just Sorrento?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Annette,

      If you’d like to join us on our Capri tour, stopping to snorkel & swim and touring the famous grottos before 4 hours on land in Capri, you’ll have to depart from Sorrento. Otherwise, we think you can likely find boat rentals from Positano as well as Sorrento. Have a great trip!

  20. Caroline says:

    I am thinking of visiting the Amalfi Coast in late Sept/early Oct. Will the ferries still be running? Are accommodations less expensive at this time of year? Will it be warm enough to swim?

    Thank you.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Caroline,

      Yes the ferries will still be running. Accommodations may be a bit less expensive, but the Amalfi Coast is a year-round destination. It may be warm enough to swim, but in October you likely won’t see many Italians swimming. Have a great trip!

  21. sara says:

    Hi
    Is it wise to travel with an infant almost a year to amalfi coast and visit capri?
    Thanks!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Sara,

      Italy is a great place to bring children! The people are open and kind to children, and accepting of them in restaurants, museums etc. That said, the Amalfi Coast hugs the cliffside, meaning steps or steep hills are inevitable to get down to the beach. At times it might even be impossible to bring a stroller down to the beach. We suggest planning your beach time well or bringing a child carrier.

  22. Adam Bear says:

    Thank you for all the info – great review!

    Planning on spending 8 nights in the Amalfi region in late October 2017. Looking to see as much as we can but also don’t want to be moving every day.

    Flying in to Naples and would love to see Sorrento, Positano, Praiano, Capri & Ravello. Is this too much? Any recommendations on how to split up the 8 nights?

    Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks again

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Adam,

      We’re happy to be able to help! We think that you can absolutely see all of the Amalfi Coast in 8 nights. We’d suggest choosing a base and then taking various day trips from there. Have a great trip!

  23. Wendy says:

    HI, We are planning a trip next summer(August 2018) to Amalfi Coast, celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I found a beautiful villa in Maiori, and waiting to here if its available. We will be traveling with our 3 daughters ages 22, 20 and 16. I want to be out of the busy areas but yet able to get to the popular tourist areas for day trips. Do you think Maiori may not be a good home base? We love culture, food, beach, locals, cooking classes, shopping. We plan on spending another week in Capri. Im just worried we may be too far out and may need to find a more centrally located home base? What are your thoughts? Thank you for your blog! Very helpful!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Wendy,

      If you identified with the Maiori traveler in this post then we think it’s perfect for you! Sorrento would have more to offer in cooking classes and shopping, but it’s also much more crowded! Keep in mind that you can move around the Amalfi Coast quite easily via train, bus or even taxi. We’re sure you’ll have a wonderful trip!

  24. Maria says:

    Hello!

    I’m planning to go on a trip to the Amalfi coast mid-august.

    We’re planning to stay in Sorrento and then get to know the rest of the cities.

    We wanted to avoid renting a car. Is this advisable? Which is the best way to travel between cities?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Maria,

      All the city’s are connected by bus and most by train as well – you can most definitely explore the coast without a car!

  25. Natalie says:

    Hello!

    We are planning to visit the Amalfi Coast for 5 days after our 1-week cruise in the mediteranean, which will dock at Rome on Oct 4th. We will be taking the train from Rome to Naples and then maybe a hired car.

    We are bringing a 2.5 year old daughter and a 10-month old baby (so 4 of us).

    I am thinking of just choosing 1 base to stay. Which town do you think we should make a base for our stay:
    – Positano
    – Amalfi
    – Furore
    – Maiori (children-friendly but is it too far away if we want to do day trips to other places?)

    Thanks a lot in advance, much appreciated!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Natalie,

      Maiori is perfect for kids but in particular for the beach. Seeing that you’re coming in October, we’d probably choose a bigger town with a train station to make it a bit easier, either Amalfi or Positano. That way you can take a train or bus on day trips!

      • Frances says:

        Hi there, where are the train stations in Amalfi and Positano?? I am concerned that you are mis-leading travelers with false information!

        • Walks of Italy says:

          Hi Frances,

          The post doesn’t say that there is a train station in Amalfi and Positano, only in Sorrento and Salerno. If our responses to comments were wrong we’ll surely remedy that in the future. Thank you for drawing it to our attention and we’re sorry for any confusion.

          • Frances says:

            Please see your comment right above, from October 17th, 2017 at 12:33 p.m.. You state “Hi Natalie…we’d probably choose a bigger town with a train station to make it a bit easier, either Amalfi or Positano”. How is that not saying that there is a train station in Amalfi or Positano?? Travelers are depending on you to steer them in the right direction.