How to Get the Most Out of the Amalfi Coast

July 16, 2011

The Amalfi coast, and its string of towns from Positano to Sorrento, has been a destination for travelers since, well, ancient Roman times. More recently, everyone from Franco Zeffirelli to John Steinbeck have counted themselves among the costiera amalfitana’s fans.

The Amalfi coast remains just as popular today. In fact, in the summer, there’s a visitor for every local. This has its downsides: Like in Venice, tons of tourists can mean high prices, mediocre restaurants, tons of souvenir shops, uncomfortably packed buses, and hearing more English than Italian in the street.

That said, the region boasts one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline you’ll ever see. The pastel, ceramic-tiled towns are gorgeous. The limoncello is not to be missed. And, with the region’s proximity to sites like Pompeii and Paestum, you just might be nearby, anyway. Along with the Cinque Terre it’s the most famous stretch of sea in Italy. If you don’t kow which to visit, read our blog on how to choose between the Amalfi Coast and the Cinque Terre.

But whatever you do: don’t avoid the Amalfi coast; just know how to get the most out of it. If you still need convincing, look no further than our 5 must-see sights of the Amalfi Coast. This guide will show you how to see one of the most incredible stretches of coastline in the world without feeling like you spent a ton of money to eat so-so food, or bake on a tiny stretch of sand on a tiny town beach alongside dozens of other Americans and Australians. Believe it or not, it’s not hard. You just have to keep three big things in mind.

1. Where will you stay? (hint: it doesn’t have to be Sorrento, Positano, or Amalfi Town)

Ravello has some of the most beautiful views on the Amalfi Coast

This view isn’t from Sorrento, Positano or Amalfi — it’s from beautiful Ravello

One of the most important considerations when traveling to Amalfi is what town to make your homebase. For its convenience to Naples and Pompeii, many people wind up choosing Sorrento. And, while many people love Sorrento, it might just be the most touristy town in the whole region. Plus, being on the Bay of Naples, it’s not even, technically, on the Amalfi coast.

If the convenience factor is big, but you’d like something less touristy, There are 8 very good reasons to stay in Salerno. (but you’ll have to click through to the blog post to read them).

Another option, which is also super-convenient in terms of transport, is Vietri sul Mare. Other than Salerno, it’s the only Amalfi coast town with its own train station, so you can take the train right from there to Pompeii. The famed Amalfi coast bus also makes a stop at Vietri sul Mare (it’s the second-to-last stop before Salerno). The small town of 8,000 inhabitants is lovely and features a Saracenic tower and medieval churches, with beautiful views of the sea. And it’s famous for its handmade ceramics, which it has been producing since the 15th century.

Attrani, An alternative to staying in Sorrento, Positano or Amalfi

Lovely little Atrani: a bit different from Sorrento

For another small and tranquil Amalfi town, consider staying in tiny Atrani. With just 900 inhabitants, there’s not much to Atrani — except for medieval churches, a soft sand beach, charming piazza where the locals hang out each night, and a relaxed atmosphere. That’s even though Atrani is just a short walk from its bigger, brassier, more-famous neighbor, Amalfi Town. And, yes, the Amalfi coast bus goes right through Atrani, so it’s easy to get to.

Beautiful garden's in Ravello, a hidden gem of the Amalfi Coast.

Gardens in Ravello’s Villa Cimbrone

Although the town of Ravello is less convenient than the others — there’s no train station, and you have to switch the Amalfi coast bus at Amalfi to get there — it’s also worth considering. While definitely a resort town, and with its fair share of swanky hotels and restaurants for the small size, being off the beaten bus path means that Ravello is much less inundated with tourists than some of its neighbors. It’s also absolutely breathtaking. You haven’t seen anything like the gardens, and spectacular view over the sea, of the medieval Villa Rufolo. It also has the Villa Cimbrone, a place that was the favored escape of everyone from Virginia Woolf to Greta Garbo. Ravello is also where to come if you’re a music lover: Each summer, the town hosts a world-famous festival with a wide and eclectic selection of artists. Just know that Ravello is some 300 meters above sea level (the reason for those gorgeous views), so if you want to get to the beach, be prepared to take about 1,200 stone steps down to the sea (or a taxi or the bus to Amalfi).

Then there are the lovely towns of Praiano, Scala, Maiori, Minori… and many others. Think beyond the “big three,” and you just might wind up having a cheaper, and better, trip to the Amalfi coast.

2. How will you get around the Amalfi coast? And will you take the SITA bus?

Transportation is a big theme on the Amalfi Coast. If you want to go as part of a larger trip, we’ve written a blog on how to get to the Amalfi Coast that you will fine very helpful. Once you’re there, you need to get around. The famed Amalfi coast SITA bus is one of those once-in-a-lifetime things people say you have to do. And perhaps they’re right. Watching the bus drivers take on the hairpin curves, so narrow that two vehicles can’t pass each other, with nothing below but cliffs to the sea, is pretty horrifying entertaining.

The SITA bus from Amalfi to Salerno

The Amalfi coast bus in high season: just a little crowded…

That said, during the high season (which runs from April through October), this bus is packed. So packed, in fact, that people often wind up standing in the aisle, holding on for dear life, swaying with each curve. It’s a grueling way to travel and it can go on for an hour and a half, depending on the destination. Worse still, many of the buses have very poor/non-existent air-conditioning, which can be tough to handle when summer temperatures get up to 100°F.

Did we mention the motion sickness? If you’re busy concentrating on how to keep your balance, not melt in the heat, and not vomit all at the same time, you probably won’t be all that appreciate of the spectacular views from the bus that people rave about. All of this struck home for us the last time we took the Amalfi coast bus: Halfway to Amalfi from Salerno, one 60-something passenger became so ill and dehydrated, the bus had to stop for 45 minutes… and get her an ambulance.

If any of the above sounds like something you might not want to risk, at least more than once, consider your alternatives.

An alternative to the Amalfi bus

The ferry, in high season: just a little less crowded than the bus…

One other way to get around is the ferry. It’s often faster (one of the most frequent Amalfi to Salerno ferries takes about 40 minutes, opposed to nearly 1.5 hours by bus), less crowded, and gives you beautiful views of the towns from the water. One downside, though, is that the ferries are more expensive than the bus (that 40-minute Amalfi-Salerno ferry cost €7, opposed to €3.60 for the 90-minute bus card). And while most of the ferries are big and stable, if you’re prone to seasickness, consider staying away from the smaller boats or from taking a ride in the choppier fall months.

Ferry lines connect Salerno, Amalfi, Positano, Maiori, and Minori, as well as with farther-flung places, like Naples and Capri. There are a number of different ferry companies; here’s where to check the timetable for Caremar (Naples, Pozzuoli, Procida, Ischia, Capri, Casamicciola, and Sorrento), Coop Sant’Andrea (Amalfi, Capri, Cetara, Minori, Maiori, Positano, Salerno, Sorrento, and Vietri sul Mare), and Gescab (Amalfi, Capri, Positano, and Salerno). If you want to go to Capri check out the Walks of Italy Partner tour to Capri

A view of the Amalfi coast from the sea

You can’t get this view from the bus!

You can also rent a car and drive. Some people love doing this and some avoid it at all costs. Read our blog on how to drive in Italy to see if it’s the right option for you. Finally, you can hire a private driver, an appealing option that, unfortunately, comes with a much higher price tag.

3. When will you visit the Amalfi coast?

High season isn’t just July and August. On the Amalfi coast (and in many other popular tourist destinations in Italy), high season begins at the end of April and runs through October. That period, of course, has its downsides: Prices are higher, hotels are tougher to book, and the streets (and buses!) will be crowded with tourists.

The SITA bus navigates the winding roads of the Amalfi Coast

Come in the off-season, and you just might be able to sit all the way up front to get the best views from the Amalfi coast bus — like we did in late March

Traveling to the Amalfi coast in the off-season, therefore, can be an attractive alternative. But it has its own complications to consider. For one, those ferries that we just sang the praises of operate regularly only in high season, although sometimes, boats will begin as early as Easter weekend. If the weather is bad, though, as it’s more likely to be in spring or fall, be aware that the boats can be canceled altogether. Coming after November or before March can also mean contending with rain, fog, and cold — a downside for those hoping for the sun-soaked coast.

On the other hand, the bus runs year-round, and is much more comfortable and less crowded in the off-season. (It does run less frequently outside of summer, but it still stops fairly often). Read our blog on how to travel the Amalfi Coast in the off-season to decide if it’s the right time for you to go.

One of the best times to visit the Amalfi, therefore, might just be the shoulder season, either at the end of October or in March or early April. The weather’s often warm (or just warming up), the prices are good, and the crowds either haven’t quite arrived or have just departed. It’s the best of both worlds!

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212 responses to “How to Get the Most Out of the Amalfi Coast”

  1. Joe Gantly says:

    One small factual errors in the article: Vietri sul Mare is not the only town with a train station, the Circumvesuviana (‘Around Vesuvius’) train goes from Napoli (beside the main railway station) out to Sorrento and is not to be missed unless you have loose fillings in your teeth or a nervous disposition; a bus from Sorrento can take you all the way to Salerno, stopping in every town along the way except Atrani which is a short walk around a corner and through a restaurant from Amalfi.

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Joe,
      Thanks for your note! We actually said that Vietri sul Mare is the only town on the Amalfi coast with a train station because, technically, it is — we point out elsewhere that Sorrento’s not actually on the Amalfi coast. Tricked ya! 😉

      And you’re absolutely right, the bus goes from Sorrento to Salerno. But it does stop in Atrani as well; you don’t need to get off at Amalfi to get to Atrani. Here’s an updated schedule from the SITA site (click on Quadro 15).

      Hope that helps, and thanks for your comment!

  2. Kamakhya Mishra says:

    I am planning a day trip to Capri and the Amalfi Coast from Naples in early June. I want to take a ferry fron Naples and visit the Blue Grotto in the morning and then take a ferry to Sorrento. From Sorrento to Salerno, I want to ride the SITA bus and also the ferry. From Salerno I plan to take a train back to Naples. In terns of scenic beauty, I am not sure which parts of the Sorrento to Salerno trip should I do by bus and which ones by ferry? Also if presume that if one does the trip in reverse (Salerno to Sorrento), the crowds on the bus would be lesser. However, in this case, as the bus would be on the lane closer to the cliffs and not the one closer to the sea,would I see less of the scenic beauty of the coast?

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Kamakhya,
      Thanks for getting in touch! We would recommend doing the SITA bus trip from Salerno to Sorrento, as it is less crowded; even though the bus isn’t on the lane closer to the sea, these are very narrow roads, so it doesn’t make much of a difference. If you can, try to be the first one on the bus in Salerno and get the seat all the way up front—then you’ll get the best view of all. As for which parts to do by bus and which by ferry, for the sake of simplicity, particularly since you’ll have a particularly packed day, we’d say perhaps plan to take the ferry the whole way from Sorrento to Salerno (you’ll probably only have time for one stop since you only have the afternoon, i.e. either Amalfi or Positano) and taking the SITA bus back.

      We hope that helps! Let us know if there’s anything else we can do.

  3. Evelyn says:

    Hi there,
    Do you have more information on how exactly to get to Vietri sul mare (vs the other towns) and accommodation options?

    Thanks very much!

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Evelyn,
      Absolutely! Vietri sul Mare is as easy to access as many of the other Amalfi coast towns. It’s right on the main SITA bus line, a short ride from Salerno (so if you take the train into Salerno, it’s a quick bus ride to access). Also, one of the ferry lines, the Coop Sant’Andrea line, stops there.

      For accommodation, we’ve heard good things about the B&B La Soffitta sul Mare and Hotel Voce de Mare, both of which have beautiful views and are much better-value than any accommodation you’d find in Positano, Sorrento or Amalfi Town. The Relais Paradiso is good for a boutique hotel that’s a bit more higher-end. You might also want to check out renting a villa like Villa Sorvillo.

      We hope that helps! Let us know if there’s anything else we can do.

  4. Michelle says:

    Thanks for your very helpful blog! We’ll be landing in Naples with 4 nights to spend in the area starting the 30th of October. We’re looking forward to less crowds but don’t want to end up places that are too deserted (i.e. most shops & restaurants are closed). We’re thinking of spending 2 nights in Naples and 2 somewhere either in Sorrento or somewhere actually on the Amalfi coast. We want to see Pompeii but otherwise just want a relaxing time. Any suggestions on what we should do with our 2 nights outside Naples? We’ll have a suitcase with us so that might make stopping in towns along the way from one to another difficult. Also, any other suggestions to make the most of the area at that time of year?


    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Michelle,
      What a wonderful trip! With 2 nights outside of Naples, you have lots of options. On the Amalfi coast, we love Salerno (which you can take the fast train directly to from Naples, rather than changing to the Circumvesuviana), as well as the towns of Ravello and Vietri sul Mare. You might consider going from Naples straight to Salerno on the train, dropping your luggage, and spending the night there; it makes a great base for exploring the rest of the Amalfi coast and Pompeii as well. Here’s more on Salerno:

      We hope that helps! Let us know if you have any other questions!

  5. Catherine says:

    Useful blog indeed. I am going to the Amalfi Coast in late December. Wonder how is it like? Any boat operators or water taxis going along the coastline or going Capri? If not, anything we should (could) do out there in winter? Thanks!

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Catherine,
      Ferries likely won’t be running, but there’s plenty to do there regardless! You can take the SITA bus between the towns and do a bit of exploring. Although it’ll be chilly in late December, it will also be tranquil and beautiful—you’ll get to experience a far different, and more “authentic”, Amalfi coast than travelers who come at the height of summer. Enjoy!

  6. Penny says:

    We are taking a tour in mid-April. We will be starting in Sorrento, arriving a day early to get acclimated before we begin. We have 2 1/2 days in Sorrento to explore on our own. What do you suggest? How do you suggest we get around? We would like to see Pompeii but have no other agenda. Thanks…your blog is very helpful.

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Penny,
      We’re glad to help! In 2.5 days, you can definitely get some side trips in from Sorrento. We’d recommend Pompeii (give yourself at least half a day for this), which is easy to get to from Sorrento on the Circumvesuviana. We’d also recommend spending one day touring the Amalfi coast on the SITA bus or by ferry; popular stops include Amalfi and Positano, but our favorite towns include Ravello, Maiori and Salerno, as well. While most people skip over Naples, we also think the city makes a fantastic day trip (you can read more about why here). Please let us know if you have any other questions, and enjoy your trip!

  7. Gaurav says:

    thanks for this – really great tips!
    We are planning a trip to Naples and Amalfi coast during Easter and would like to get your opinion/ suggestions on the below:
    Start off in Naples on the 28th and spend the day in the city. Spend the entire day visiting Pompeii and (possibly) Vesuvius on 29th. How far is Pompeii from Naples and is it easily accessible/ can one leave in the morning and return back same evening?
    Leave for Amalfi coast on 30th and stay till the 2nd in either one of the villages (likely Positano or Ravello). I understand the only way to get there is take the Circumvesuviana from Naples to Sorrento and then switch to the SITA bus. Considering we will have 2 large suitcases, do you see this as an issue?
    Can you suggest what best to do for the 3 days in the Amalfi coast? Will the boats be functional (websites suggest they start during Easter weekend – so does that imply from Good Friday)? Will the good restaurants be open? What do you think the weather will be like?
    On the 2nd we are considering leaving for Capri and spending one night there before moving back for Naples on the 3rd afternoon and eventually flying back home. Do you think it’s worth spending the night in Capri or staying an extra night in Amalfi coast instead while doing a day trip to capri?
    Looking forward to your reply!

    Many Thanks!

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi there,
      We’re happy to help!
      -Pompeii is about 45 minutes on the Circumvesuviana local train from Naples. It is easily accessible, and yes, you can do it in a day trip.
      -There actually are other ways to get to the Amalfi coast, too. One other way is to take the normal, fast train from Naples to Salerno and then switch to the SITA bus. Especially if you are staying in Ravello, that will be the faster option, as Sorrento in fact isn’t even on the Amalfi coast—the bus has to cross the peninsula and then go along the coast if you are starting from there. Two large suitcases will make your transfers from train to bus a little more annoying, to be sure, but other than booking a transfer with a car which you can do with us by contacting [email protected], that’s your only option!
      -One of the days could be spent taking the SITA bus along the coast to “town-hop.” Other day trips, aside from Pompeii, include to Herculaneum and Paestum (best reached from Salerno). If the ferries are running, taking a boat out is a nice opportunity to see the towns from the sea. Other than that, we’d say just relax and enjoy the coastline!
      -Unfortunately, nothing is cut-and-dry in Italy, so some ferries might start their schedules on Easter Sunday, others on Good Friday! You’ll just have to check the ferry timetables as we get closer. Same goes for the restaurants, although most should be open by Good Friday… although some might be closed for the Easter holidays. It just depends, unfortunately! If there are places you especially want to eat at, have your hotel call on your first day there to make you reservations, so you’re both booked *and* know if the place is open.
      -The weather of course can vary, but will likely be balmy and sunny, if too cold for beach-going and swimming.
      -We’d recommend Capri as a day trip; it’s a very expensive island, so you’ll probably find cheaper accommodation on the Amalfi coast—plus, it makes for less moving-around with your two big suitcases.

      We hope that helps! Let us know what else we can do!

  8. elainegreen says:

    Great blog with valuable info. I am interested in agriculture of Amalfi. When will tomatoes and lemons be in season?

    This is our second trip to Amalfi and are very interested in private tours and off beaten towns,wineries to visit, historical areas.

    Thank you for your assistance.

  9. Katie says:

    Thanks for all the info. Is there any info on when the ferries stop running? I have looked at the metrodelmare website but couldn’t find any information. I am travelling Oct 4-8 and would like to spend two nights in Positano and two nights on Capri. Will ferries to both of these places still be running?

  10. Jessica says:

    I will be staying in Sorrento for three days in late April and want to take a day trip to Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello… how would you recommend we make this happen? Do you think there will be enough time to cover all three towns? We are just so excited to have this opportunity and want to see all the beauty the amalfi coast has to offer!

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Jessica,
      The easiest and fastest way is to take the SITA bus and get off at each of those towns. (You’ll have to switch buses in Amalfi to go up to Ravello, but it’s only about a 10-minute detour). You could also take the ferry between towns, but they run less frequently than the buses so aren’t as time-efficient if you need to do everything in one day.
      Let us know if we can do anything else!

  11. Ben says:

    Hello – I just found your website while doing some honeymoon research, likely to be in September of this year. Thanks for keeping all of this great information up to date!

    Out of curiosity… just how bad of an idea is it to rent a car? I like to think I’m a competent driver (don’t we all) and I don’t mind the twisty roads. I’ve always driven a manual transmission, and I’ve driven cliff-side roads in other countries, so I’m tempted to try it in Amalfi as well. Bad idea?



    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Ben,
      Everyone’s different, so there’s no saying if it’s a good or bad idea for everyone. If you’re well aware of the fact that the roads are VERY curvy and cliff-side, and that’s okay with you, then you’ll probably be fine. Just drive carefully!

  12. Becky says:

    Hi! I’m planning a trip also for myself and 4 other ladies. It’s a pre-cruise, 3 days in Rome; then train to Salerno and staying in Minori for 4 nights. I want to get to Sorrento for a visit to the inlay wood museum, and a mozzarella making/tasting tour. I know that there will be a bus change in Amalfi and I’m wondering if it would be better to take the ferry from Minori or Amalfi? I’m having a time understanding the websites, as my Rosetta Stone lesson 1 hasn’t gotten that in-depth! Do they (bus & ferry)run on a 1/2 hour or hourly schedule? And finding the price for the trip is a challenge also. If purchasing a three-day pass would that include any ferries? Thanks for your help!

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Becky,
      We’re happy to help! However, the bus change could not be easier—it just involves getting off the bus and walking to another bus in the same lot (lots of people will be able to point you in the right direction). The bus’ frequency depends on what time of year you’re going, but in the high season, it usually departs every 20 minutes to half hour. Finally, the 3-day pass is only for the SITA bus, not the ferries. Let us know if we can do anything else!

  13. Vanessa says:


    We are staying in Ravello. What is a must see of the coast? Top 5 would be fantastic!

    Thanks and cheers!

  14. italyfan says:

    Hi, we are planning to visit Sorrento early to mid April. Hadn’t read your post so chose Sorrento for convenience. We wish to see the Amalfi coast town, Pompei/ Herculaneum and Capri. Pompei (by train), Capri/Blue Grotto (ferry day trip) and Ravello, Positano, Salerno and may be Amalfi. I have two kids with me and they can get car sick. Would you suggest a ferry from Sorrento to visit these places. Kids would like a beach as well. I have 7 days in total, so perhaps I should keep 4 days for Amalfi alone?

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi there,
      Four days for Amalfi would give you enough time to relax a little bit, so especially with a couple of kids, that might be a good idea! 🙂 You can knock off a lot of your Amalfi coast destinations by ferry (although you’ll have to switch at Amalfi Town from a ferry to bus to get to Ravello), so yes, that might be your best option if your kids get sick.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  15. Dean says:

    We are getting married in Positano this May and the wedding party is staying in Sorrento. My mother is afraid of heights and does not want to travel around the coast to get to Positano. I am trying to find the cheapest other option but it seems the ferries do not run until July. Have you any suggestions?

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Dean,
      Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Ferries should, in fact, be running by May, so we’d go with that option. Unfortunately, the only way to get from Sorrento or Positano is by boat or by driving. The drive from Sorrento to Positano is a bit long and curvy, so we don’t blame your mother for her nerves if she’s afraid of heights 🙂 Please let us know if we can help with anything else!

  16. itchha says:

    Hi there,
    Really going crazy planning and need your desperate plan. Im going to rome in june. So from Rome i plan to take a train to Salerno and from Salerno a ferry to Amalfi. I plan to stay there for a day and then next morning go to capri, spend the day there and then go to Rome. Is it a good idea to go to Rome or naples would be a better choice?

    • Hi Itchha,
      We’re happy to help, but unsure what you’re asking! Rome and Naples are very different cities, so it just depends on what you’d like to see more. Naples, of course, is closer to the destinations that you’re mentioning, and we think it’s a fantastic destination (here’s a blog post we wrote on 9 reasons not to skip Naples). But Rome is of course the more famous destination, beautiful, and with lots of important sights, from the Colosseum to Sistine Chapel.

      Let us know what you decide, or if we can help with anything else!

  17. Haley Elegant says:

    Hello! I have a trip to Italy planned for July 2nd-15th. We are making are way down from Venice/Florence/Pisa and have a day in Naples and three days in Positano before making our way to Rome for the last three days. It has always been my dream to stay in Positano. What are the top things that I cannot miss doing? I love walking, beach, wine, shopping for clothes, eating…what are your suggestions? Thank you!

    • Hi Haley,
      Positano is beautiful! It’s a small town, though, so you’ll probably be able to discover most of it on your own. Restuarants we like include Da Vincenzo and Ristorante Saraceno. If you have time, walking the “Path of the Gods” is a beautiful hike. You’ll probably also want to see the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, in the center of town. We hope that helps! Let us know if we can do anything else!

  18. Izzy says:

    Hello, this is such a good site! thanks for the info….I’m planning to meet some friends in Solerno in late May. We are taking the afternoon ferry to Amalfi and spending a few days there so I need to meet them around 1pm. If I fly in a day before them, I can be in Naples at 3pm – would that be enough time to get out of the airport and go see Pompeii? (or does the site close?) Looks like I can take a train to Pompeii and it takes about 45 mins but would this be worth it? Where would you recommend staying (in Naples or Solerno) if I have to meet my friends the next day?
    thanks so much in advance!

    • Hi Izzy,
      We’re happy to help! We think trying to do Pompeii the same day you land in Naples would be pushing it, but it’s possible! It just depends on how long it takes you to get through customs, get your bags, etc. So that you know, last entrance in the spring is at 6pm, and the site itself takes at least 2-3 hours to do properly.

      In Naples, we like the B&B Atmosfere del Centro Storico or the hotels La Ciliegina or Hotel Piazza Bellini. In Salerno, we like Salerno Centro, Casa Minerva, and the Ava Gratia Plena.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  19. Roxy says:

    Great info! My family (2 teens) want a good tour guide to walk us through Pompeii, should I pre-arrange it (saw a great guide reference on Trip advisor, but its $250euros), or are there plenty of guides with very good English that we can find at the Pompeii entrance?
    And, from Sorrento to tour Positano, Amalfi, Ravello – should we do this by ferry, bus, or spend extra $ for a private car tour? (~250euros) We saw Cinque Terre by ferry and loved that experience. Any advise?
    And, if we want to hike 2-4 hours – where’s the best hiking spot(s) in the area?
    Thanks so much! We leave May 26 – yeah!

    • Hi Roxy,
      Thanks for stopping by! We definitely don’t recommend getting a guide at the Pompeii entrance; sure, some might be available, and some are good—but you won’t know until you’ve already started, and paid for, the tour. You might consider taking a group tour and arranging it in advance, which is much cheaper than a private tour. You can see the options we run (in groups of maximum 12 people) here. From Sorrento, it’s easy to get to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello with the SITA bus, so if you’re looking to be economical, that’s your best bet. Or by ferry is lovely, too, although remember Ravello isn’t directly on the coast, so you’ll need to take the bus from Amalfi to Ravello anyway. Finally, the best hiking path is “Sentiero degli Dei” (the path of the gods). Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  20. Lisa says:

    Hello. We will be arriving in Rome at 1.15pm Aug 10 and taking a train to Salerno then ferry to Positano. Do the train and ferry run often enough so as to be able to coordinate them and how long would that trip take? We will be taking the same trip reversing back to fly out of Rome.

    • Hi Lisa,
      Thanks for stopping by! Trains and ferries aren’t coordinated, but trains are frequent enough that you shouldn’t have much of a problem. The train from Rome to Salerno takes 2.5 hours and the ferry takes a little over an hour.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  21. Jamie Young says:

    Fantastic blog. My girlfriend and I are visiting Amalfi Coast for 7 days from the 22nd May this year. A few questions for you…what in your opinion is the best way to get from Naples Airport to Amalfi? Also, are there any boat trips that you really recommend? Is Pompeii a pain to get to from Amalfi? Thanks in advance.

    • Thanks for your kind words, Jamie! From the airport, the journey with the fewest legs would be to take the Alibus airport shuttle directly to the port, and grab a ferry from there to Amalfi. Otherwise, you can take a city bus or shuttle from the airport into Naples, then get to the train station, then take the Circumvesuviana to Sorrento, then the SITA bus to Amalfi… but the first option might be easier 🙂 As far as boat trips go, we recommend just taking the ferry along the coast. And Pompeii is a two-leg trip—SITA bus to Sorrento, then Circumvesuviana train to Pompeii Scavi—but very much worth it, in our opinion! Let us know if we can do anything else!

  22. Chris says:

    Hi there,

    I came across your very helpful blog whilst researching the Amalfi Coast. My wife-to-be and I are honeymooning in Sorrento for ten days in late August. Trips to the rest of the Amalfi coast are high on our agenda.

    We are feeling a little concerned we may be waiting around in huge ques for the SITA bus. Not too worried about it being packed on the bus, after all we chose August to go (it had to be in school hols due to my work commitments) so it would be somewhat hypocritical to complain about crowds, but could actually getting on it be a problem?

    If the bus proves to be tricky, are there plenty of ferries to the coast from Sorrento? I see you recommended boat over bus in the peak season, but didn’t see Sorrento mentioned on the list of places that ferry lines connect. Hoping that this would be another transport option for us.

    One final thing. Hope the weather is still hot at the latter end of August, as we like it HOT!
    Thanking you. 🙂

    • Hi Chris,
      We’re happy to help! The Amalfi coast is beautiful—you’ll love it.

      As far as the SITA goes: They do pack people on. So if there aren’t enough seats, expect to be standing in the aisle. If it’s so crowded they can’t fit everyone on (which does happen, although not a ton), the good news is the next bus will arrive quickly, as the service is frequent, especially in summer.

      Because of the crowds, though, yes, we might recommend taking the ferry instead, at least one of the ways. And Sorrento is connected via some of the ferries; just check out the different websites linked for your options.

      Don’t worry about the weather being hot. It definitely will be!

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  23. Karen says:

    Hi We are travelling to Rome on 31st May and will be spending 1 night in Sorrento on 3rd June. We plan to get the fast train from Rome to Naples and then visit Herculaneum and Pompeii on the way to Naples. The next day we would like to go to Positano and possibly Capri before getting the train back to Rome. I am having trouble finding ferry timetables in English that I can understand. We would like to depart Sorrento around 9am and travel to Positano and then take a ferry to Capri at around 12.30pm ultimately arriving back at Naples at about 5pm to get a train back to Rome. Do you know if there is a website or ferry company that can offer a round trip ticket?

    • Hi Karen,

      There’s a Sorrento to Positano ferry with Metro del Mare at 9:20am, arriving 9:55 (details here) (or you can take the SITA bus); a Positano to Capri ferry at 10:25am or at 2pm with Lucibello (details here); and Capri to Naples ferries at 4:30pm, 5:05pm, 5:10pm and 5:50pm (details here).

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  24. Andrew L. says:

    Hi there
    I am staying in Salerno 21-26th Sept 2013 and was wondering if the ferries to Capri still operate during my travel dates? Can you see most sites in Capri in one day?

    I would also like to do a day trip to Naples. Is the view better by ferry or by train? What is the quickest?

    Also, what is the weather usually like in late Sept?

    • Hi Andrew,
      Yes, the ferries will still be operating those dates (barring inclement weather, of course!). Capri is definitely doable as a day trip, although of course in a couple of days you can sightsee in a much more relaxed day :-). For Naples, you definitely get better views along the way from the ferry rather than the train, but the train is often more convenient (and faster)! Weather-wise, late September tends to still be pretty warm, even hot. So double-check the weather before you go, but it will probably be shorts-and-T-shirts weather (with some extra layers for the evening, especially on the water). Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  25. Claudia says:

    My husband ten yr old son and I are renting an apt. in Minori the last week in Sept. We would love to take the Ferrys instead of the buses, any suggestions for fun day trips for us?

    • Hi Claudia,
      On the ferry, from Minori you can easily get to Capri, or for options along the Amalfi coast, to Amalfi, Positano, Salerno, and Sorrento—all of which would make great day trip options. You can see your ferry options from Minori here. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  26. Melanie says:

    Hi, great posts on the Amalfi coast! My fiance and I are headed there for our honeymoon in November, with our fingers crossed for a bit of sun. We were sort of planning to rent a car and do day trips on our own, but after reading about the roads I’m wondering if that’s the best idea. Are the roads very busy in the off-season? Would you definitely not recommend getting a car? It sounds like it might be more stressful to do so than we thought.
    Thanks for your advice!

    • Hi Melanie,
      What a lovely honeymoon idea! If you or your fiance like driving, the Amalfi coast roads can be fun—just be aware that, because they’re narrow and very curvy, they are a challenge. (Also be aware that it is much more expensive to rent an automatic car in Italy than a manual, so it’s best if one of you is very comfortable driving stick shift). If the idea of driving those kinds of roads worries you more than excites you, though, there is no reason not to rely on public transportation in the area, as between the ferries, buses and trains (from Salerno and Sorrento), you have lots of options! Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  27. Ken says:

    Hello. Great information here. I would like to take the ferry from Sorrento to Positano – I see above it leaves at 9:20 on Metro Del Mare. Are they operating. The site says something about the course terminating? If operating – I was then hoping to connect via ferry on to Salerno – which I believe is a different ferry line – is that correct? Just trying to confirm that you can take the ferry from Sorrento to Salerno and how to accomplish that route. Thank you!

    • Hi Ken,
      Yes, it is operating. “Terminating” usually refers (in a bad translation) to the last stop on the line. There is a ferry from Sorrento to Salerno with Coop Sant’Andrea; you can see their schedule here. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  28. Caryn says:


    I need help! My husband and I will be traveling to Ravello to attend a wedding September 16-19. I have searched numerous ferry websites– I cannot locate one that provides service from Naples to Almalfi – where I believe we would then take a bus to Ravello??
    After reading some of the above posts, would we be better off taking train from Rome to Salerno?? I’d much prefer a FAST train from Rome– which I found from Roma Tributina Station to Napoli Centrale.
    Searching has given me quite a headache. I’m beginning to think a car with driver may be our only option– not thrilled about the drive.

    • Hi Caryn,
      If you want to make the trip as quickly as possible, then yes, we’d recommend Salerno. On the fast train (Frecciarossa), you can get there in 2 hours, no changes needed. In Salerno, you’d then want to get on the SITA bus to Amalfi, which will take about 45 minutes, and switch for Ravello, which is about 10-15 minutes. It’s still a journey, but less than if you went through Naples and Sorrento. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  29. Ken says:

    I had posted a couple of days back inquiring as to the possbility of taking a ferry from Sorrento to Salerno. I see in a response above there is a ferry from Sorrento to Positano ferry with Metro del Mare at 9:20am. Does that line go all the way to Salerno or do you have to change lines from Positano to Salerno. What is possible and what do you recommend? Thank you.

    • Hi Ken,
      Yes, you have to change lines in Positano (or elsewhere); there is no direct ferry available between Sorrento and Salerno. Alicost is an operator that links Salerno and Sorrento (with a change in Amalfi), while Gescab links Salerno to Ischia and Capri. However, if you don’t want to take the SITA bus, the ferry is pretty much your only/fastest option.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  30. Jack says:

    I am going to positano in August. I arrived in rome about 9:30 AM at the airport. Will it be hard to take the train from the airport to naples or positano? I do not speak iialian. Does positano have a train station and if so is that a good way to get there? If not, from naples, should I go by ferry, or get my hotel to pick me up at the train station, a service they provide for a fee?
    I get carsick and seasick easily. Thanks for the help.

    • Hi Jack,
      We’re happy to help! Yes, it is easy to take the train from the Rome airport to Naples, although not to Positano, as Positano does not have a train station :-). If you need to get to Positano, your only option for the last leg is by bus or ferry. We’d recommend the following: Take the Leonardo da Vinci express train from FCO airport to Rome’s Termini station (30 minutes). From there, switch to the fast train to Naples (2 hours). In Naples, you’ll have to then take the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento (45 minutes), and from THERE, the SITA bus to Positano (about an hour). Or, alternately, from Naples you can get a transfer with your hotel, or with us (email us at [email protected] for more information). It obviously makes for a long day and lots of changes, so if at all possible, we’d recommend spending a night or two in Rome, especially as there’s so much to see there anyway.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  31. Ivana says:

    I am glad I’ve found this very interesting blog 🙂 We will be staying in Napoli next month for a week. We’ve already made some plans, but still need advice from the experts like you, to make the most of for our short trip. We are planing to make a daily trips from Naples:

    – DAY 1: Napoli – Pompeii (morning) + train from Pompeii to Sorrento? (afternoon) and back to Napoli
    – DAY 2: Napoli – Climb to Vesuvius (morning) + Herculaneum archaeological site (are both sites at the same Circumvesuviana train stop – Ercolano Scavi?)
    – DAY 3: Napoli – Paestum (morning train) + back to first Salerno (afternoon train) and to Napoli by train (in early evening).
    – DAY 4: Napoli – Amalfi + Ravello / Here I need help… Should we take train Naples – Salerno, and from Salerno some ferry to Amalfi? Is it possible and where, to buy return ticket for ferry (what are the costs?), so we can spend the whole day in Alalfi/Ravello, before we go back by ferry to Salerno, and than by train – to Naples?
    – DAY 5: Naples – Capri – Naples
    – Day 6: Naples – Procida – Ischia – Naples

    Is it possible to buy (at Napoli Centrale) some type of weekly, reduced train ticket to all the trains that cover Napoli coast (Pompeii, Herculaneum), Paestum and Salerno? Do trains run often?

    Thank you very, very much in advance 🙂

    • Hi Ivana,
      We’re happy to help. This itinerary looks good, although quite packed; we might suggest dropping either Sorrento or Salerno, especially as it sounds like you’ll spend a day visiting other Amalfi coast towns in any case.

      Yes, Mt. Vesuvius and the Scavi are at the same stop (but you’ll have to take a bus up to Mt. Vesuvius).

      As for day 4, you can go by ferry. What we’d recommend, though, is you take the train to Sorrento and then go by SITA bus along the coast, which also would mean you wouldn’t have to fit in Sorrento on the Pompeii day. We’d suggest visiting Sorrento, Amalfi, and Ravello, taking the SITA bus on to Salerno, and taking the train from Salerno to Naples at the very end of the day.

      There is a transport pass you can use for the trains and buses on the Amalfi coast; you can find out more about it here.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  32. Caryn says:

    Thank you for the Rome- Salerno train information. Rather than a bus from Salerno to Almalfi, we’d prefer to take a ferry. I am having a difficult time finding ferry schedules online in English. Can you recommend a website for ferry schedules in English.

    Thank you!

  33. marina says:

    I would like your opinion about a family vacation on amalfi coast during christmas – new years. Is it worth it? Are a lot of things going to be closed?

    • Hi Marina,
      We’re happy to help! While many restaurants and hotels will be closed over the holidays, not all will be—and we’ve found that, because of the lack of tourist crowds, it can be one of the most beautiful times to visit the area. The weather will be much more mild than winter in other parts of the world, too 😉 You might want to check out our post on the Amalfi coast in the off season for more information.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  34. Rhiannon says:

    Hi there,

    I left some questions a few days ago about moving between Naples and the Amalfi coast…I’ve just realised I could take a ferry from Palermo to Salerno instead of Naples and was wondering if you think that was a better idea rather than going to Naples, given we have only 4 days to see Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi coast. Your thoughts would be much appreciated!

    • Hi Rhiannon,
      Yes, Salerno probably would be a more convenient jumping-off point than Naples if you want to explore the Amalfi coast and Pompeii. We’d recommend perhaps spending the last night in Naples itself, so you can explore the city as well.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  35. Michelle says:

    Thanks for your blog. I’m in town for about 10 hours for one of our port destinations arriving in Naples. We have a private tour scheduled and doing a 2 hour stop in Pompeii (or 3 hours? what do you suggest?). With that in mind, which cities should we visit along the Amalfi coast? I was thinking of visiting Sorrento; but from reading your blog, maybe we should skip Sorrento and do Positano, Ravello and Salerno/Amalfi??? Is that doable with the time we have?

    Thanks again for your help!

    • Hi Michelle,
      We’re happy to help! In one day, it’s not particularly relaxing to try to do Pompeii, Positano, Ravello and Salerno 😉 We’d recommend doing Pompeii, getting on the regional train to Salerno, and taking the SITA bus from Salerno to Amalfi Town and *maybe* Ravello, if you have time.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  36. Linda says:

    My husband and I are visiting the Almalfi Coast in late September and are thinking of renting a car from Naples and driving so we can do what we want when we want. Is that crazy? We are from Alaska and are use to driving curvy mountainous roads.

    • Hi Linda,
      It’s not crazy, by any means—lots of people choose to drive in the area! However, we only recommend it for people who are not only comfortable with driving curvy, mountainous roads, but also with having a fast-driving Italian on their tail while they do so ;-). Having your own car does give you more freedom and flexibility, of course. But it’s also not necessary, since you have so many public transport options in the area, so if you think you’d be more relaxed not having to drive, we’d suggest using buses and ferries instead.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  37. Richard says:

    I would like to spend 10 days hiking between villages of the Amalfi Coast in October with my teenage sons. Do you think that the scenery would be too uniform for kids to spend that much time in one area? We could spend more time in cities like Florence and Rome, but I can’t relax in cities!

    • Hi Richard,
      Sounds like a lovely trip! Most people spend less than a week in the Amalfi coast, but especially if you add in day trips and hiking, you can easily fill up 10 days. And with kids, we think it’s better to move less between destinations, not more! However, to mix up the scenery, you might want to look into adding in day trips to the islands of Capri or Ischia; the archaeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Paestum; or to the city of Naples, which has a lot to offer (not to mention fantastic food, including pizza!). Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  38. mechelle reyes says:

    hi..can i have the schedule of SITA bus?..From Salerno to Amalfi, and where i can wait the bus if i’m in Salerno?..tanx

  39. Ash says:

    Thanks you for the great information. This is going to sound a bit crazy, but my husband and I are trying to plan a trip to the AC in August (of this year…). We have yet to book our hotels and are looking for any recs you might have for nicer/higher end hotels. We’re looking to stay away from crowds as much as possible, realizing that we’re going at the height of the tourist season. If you had any favorite hotels on the AC (putting aside cost) we would be very grateful for your advice! We’re very much open to your advice on cities too. I believe we’ll be renting a car for our transport and trying to fit Rome on the front or back end.


    • Hi Ash,
      We’re happy to help! Putting aside cost, one of our favorite high-end hotels on the Amalfi coast is Hotel Covo dei Saraceni, in Positano. To get further off the beaten path, you might consider the luxury Hotel Caruso or Palazzo Avino in Ravello, which is a gorgeous resort town—but still has an authentic, small-town feel, especially at night, when day-trippers have left. Towns we’d recommend checking out include Ravello and Vietri su Mare along with the better-known spots (like Positano and Amalfi Town).

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  40. Pratibha C says:

    Hello…what a wonderful blog this is! I am trying to gather as much info as needed but I am also going slightly mad trying to absorb it all in one go.

    So definitely need your invaluable advice. My friend and I have 5 nights in Positano. What would you advise would be the best itinerary to make the most of being there without feeling cheated that it was too little time and we didn’t really see much around the Amalfi Coast. We are looking at using the ferries/bus etc for moving around but if need be could hire a car as well, although in August I understand it would mean wasting a lot of time on the roads.

    Would you recommend doing a day trip to Capri as well?

    Thank you in advance for all your efforts.

    Pratibha x

    • Hi Pratibha,
      We’re happy to help. Five nights in Positano is ample time (many people spend just one or two), although you might just fall in love and want to stay longer! 😉 With five days and nights, we’d recommend spending a full day enjoying Positano; another day or two visiting one or two other Amalfi coast towns and/or touring the whole coast by SITA bus (we especially like Ravello, Vietri su Mare and Salerno); a day trip to Capri, Procida or Ischia; and, if you’re interested, a day trip to Capri. These are all accessible options by car or ferry.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  41. Chad says:

    Hi. We are planning to visit the Amalfi Coast in the first week of April 2014. Is Sorrento a nice and convenient place to make a base. We would like to do day trips to Amalfi, Positano, Capri etc. We also would like to get to Pompei for a day trip. Would ferries be running in the first week of April and what itinerary would you suggest for a 7 day trip. We would be using public transport. Thanks.

    • Hi Chad,
      We’re happy to help! Lots of travelers like using Sorrento as a base, as from there it’s fairly easy to get to Capri, Pompeii, and other towns on the Amalfi coast. However, you should check out our post on where else to stay on the Amalfi coast for other great alternatives. Only some ferries will be running the first week of April, so check the ferries’ websites as we get closer; the SITA bus will be running then, too. For a 7-day trip, the itinerary very much depends on you! Some ideas include a day in Capri, Procida or Ischia; a day in Naples; a day in Pompeii; and a day taking the SITA bus along the Amalfi coast.

      Please let us know if we can help with anything else!

  42. Eric says:

    Thanks for all the info! It really helped.

    I just had one question. We are trying to go from Salerno to Maiori or Minori. THe only problem is I can’t seem to find prices or schedules on the Coop Sant’Andrea webpage. The other issue is most of it is in italian. Do you happen to have a direct link that I could maybe refer to?

    Thank you


  43. Sherry says:

    We are traveling down from Rome to Salerno then to Amalfi Coast. We are staying 4 days then we are traveling up. However we want to go to Naples, so the question is, can we ride a ferry from Amalfi Coast to Naples?

    • Hi Sherry,
      You can, but it’ll probably be a two-pronged trip. That’s because most ferries from Naples go either to the islands (like Capri or Procida) or Sorrento; from Sorrento, you can then take another ferry to Amalfi, Positano or Salerno. The site is one of the best aggregators for showing you your different options.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  44. Melissa says:

    Planning a last minute trip to Italy the first two weeks in October. Went two years ago and went to Rome , Florence and Venice and fell in love. I want to do amalfi coast, Sardinia and Sicily. Is October a good time to go or should I hold off for another time ?

    • Hi Melissa,
      We think October is one of the best times to visit those areas. The temperature will still be warm and the tourist crowds are just starting to abate. Just be aware that by the end of October, some ferry lines, etc. close down, so early October is best.
      Please let us know if we can help with anything else!

  45. Kristin Oliver says:

    Hi there! What a great blog you have! THANK YOU! You have some fantastic information on here but I have to say, it is quite overwhelming to plan a trip like this. My fiance & I are planning our honeymoon there the end of October. If you had 6 days to go to the Amalfi Coast and you wanted to mix exploring with a little bit of relaxation, how would you plan your trip? How many towns would you stay in? Would you stay in just 1 or 2 towns and do day trips to the other, etc? From your blog, it definitely sounds like we’d like to stay a night or 2 in Ravello. I would LOVE to hear an itinerary of what you consider a “perfect” 6 day trip to the Amalfi Coast. Looking forward to hearing your response! 🙂

    ~Kristin from Oklahoma

    • Hi Kristin,
      We understand that it can be overwhelming! However, 6 days is a good amount of time to experience the Amalfi.

      We’d suggest staying in one town, and going elsewhere as day trips; the coastline is relatively small enough that it doesn’t necessarily merit the hassle of moving hotels. To that end, if you like the look of Ravello, why not stay there? That way, you could easily get to Amalfi town (a short bus ride downhill).

      There’s no “perfect” Amalfi itinerary, of course, as everyone has different ideas of what they want to do! But just to throw out itinerary ideas, could spend one day taking the SITA bus west, stopping at, say, Positano and Praiano; another day taking the SITA bus east, stopping at Vietri sul Mare and Salerno; a day taking the ferry from Amalfi to Capri; and a day exploring Pompeii (this would be the longest transfer, as you’d have to take the SITA bus to either Sorrento or Salerno, and then the train from there).

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  46. carrie says:

    This is a great source of information. Thanks! My husband and I are going to Italy in a few weeks. Do you have suggestions on moderate priced nice hotels in Sorrento, Amalfi, Catania and Naples? And any suggestions on travel options from the Amalfi coast to Catania Sicily then to Naples?
    Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Carrie,
      Thanks for the kind words! We’re happy to help. Everyone has different accommodation needs, so we’d recommend looking at Tripadvisor and Venere at the reviews of hotels in your destinations; that said, for the best prices, we generally recommend staying in B&Bs rather than hotels, so make sure to check those out, too. In Naples, we especially like B&B Piazza Dante or Cupole E Campanili.

      For travel, you’ll probably want to fly from Naples to Catania and back to Naples. You can also take a train, but it will take a very long time!

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  47. Brian says:

    Hello! My brother and I are going to be in Italy next week and want to see the Amalfi coast. We are going to be in Rome, and want to spend a day or two in the Amalfi coast area. We are mostly interested in beautiful views, and maybe a beach (we want to do a boat to, I’m into photography). Do you think positano would be a good place to stay? Any recommendations on boat tour operators? And what is the best way to get to this area from Rome?

    • Hi Brian,
      Yes, Positano is a very picturesque spot. Just remember that it’s the height of high season, so it will also be quite crowded with tourists! If you want to get slightly more off the beaten path, we’d recommend looking into Ravello, Vietru su Mare or Salerno. As for boat tour operators, there are a number of ferry lines operating, so go by the price and timing that works the best for you.

      How to get to the area depends on where exactly you’re staying. You can either take the train from Rome to Naples, the Circumvesuviana train from Naples to Sorrento, and then a bus or ferry to Positano; or can take a train directly from Rome to Salerno and then, if need be, a bus or ferry from there to another town of your choosing.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  48. laura mayeron says:

    che bel servezio offrite domattina partenza da roma per le vostre localita- spero di poter trovare i musei aperti esattamente a sorrento salerno battipaglia napoli pozzuoli paestum amalfi so che c’e’ tanto da vedere

  49. Mauro says:

    Congrats on your blog! It´s been really helpful. My girlfriend and I will be arriving to Rome on the 29th September in the morning and head directly to Amalfi coast for 3 nights. So we will be two and half days (maybe add another day).

    We found this very nice B&B in Conca dei Mari that we want stay. Should we head to Sorrento or to Salerno from Rome, and from there to Conca dei Mari by bus? Is it too complicated to move around from there?

    Would it be better if I rent a car in Rome, head to the Amalfi Coast, and then continue by car to Tuscany (our next stop).

    Thank you !

    • Hi Mauro,
      We’re happy to help! Conca dei Mari is quite far from the Amalfi coast; if you stay there, we’d highly recommend renting a car. You could rent one in Naples (take the train from Rome to Naples), then use it in the Amalfi coast and Tuscany.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

      • Mauro says:

        This is the place:
        IL Pavone, Via Panoramica, 8, 84010 Conca dei Marini Salerno, Italy

        It seems to be 9 minute drive from Amalfi.

        I´ve heard that driving there is complicated, so I was skipping renting a car. Do I have buses from Conca dei Marini to the rest of the towns?

  50. Fiona says:

    hey hey WOI,
    i’m using castellammare di stabia as a base for a week of laziness and visiting the area solo either next week or the week after. any particular recs on group tour operators that take you: 1. along the amalfi coast; 2. grotta azzzura; 3. up mt vesuvius?
    is going on a tour recommended for 2. and 3.? best to prebook or is it feasible to rock-up and wing it? i’m happy to take the ferry along amalfi but i’m equally open to taking a tour too.
    kudos to you guys for all the info you kindly give to everyone! top notch.

    • Hi Fiona,
      We’re happy to help! Of course, we like to think our tours are among the best: Our maximum group size is always 12, we have plenty of private options, we seek out authentic, off-the-beaten-path experiences, and yes, we have some great options in the Amalfi. You can see our various options, including a visit to Mt. Vesuvius with a volcanologist, here!

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  51. Georgina Thompson says:

    We are staying in Amalfi town and will need to get transportatlion to Salerno on Tues. Oct. 22. We have a train leaving from there in the late evening. I am wondering what transport you recommend for us: the Sita bus, the ferry, taxi or private chauffeur. My husband (69 yrs.) has 2 smaller suitcases, I (58 yrs.) have 1 med. size suitcase. Can we rely on the bus (7, 8 or 9 p.m. one) or will it be packed. My husband is not assertive and gets claustrophobia. Should we look at the ferry (5:50 or 6:55 p.m.), can we find a taxi easily for an after supper ride between Amalfi and Salerno, or should I bite the bullet and go ahead an reserve a private driver and car? thank you.

    • Hi Georgina,
      Your best bet, given your husband’s claustrophobia, might well be the ferry, as long as it’s running at the times you need. Otherwise, the bus is a very easy option but can get a bit crowded. Taxis tend to be very expensive, and it can often be better (and even more cost-effective) to book a private transfer instead, if you go that route.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  52. Erika says:

    Hi there. We are planning to visit Rome and Amalfi Coast with 3 kids below 8. Do you think it is better to go in end of March or mid June? Will the water be warm enough to swim in March? They are quite active, love to swim and climb stairs. So we are thinking to stay in Positano. Thanks!

    • Hi there,
      It will definitely be too cold to swim in March, but we’d still recommend it over June—you’ll find many fewer crowds and lower prices.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  53. amanda says:

    Hi there I am planning to go 4 full days to naples and its surrounding with my family.

    I am thinking of this

    A day in naples

    a day in capri will be doing it by ferry, easier right having kids around

    day pompei and mt vessuvio or Sorrento ( don’t think will manage this as well right)

    last day amalfi… how is the best to go there?

    our acc will be in centre naples


    • Hi Amanda,
      That sounds very doable to us! To get to Amalfi, you’ll want to take either the ferry from the Naples Beverello port to one of the Amalfi coast towns, take the train from Naples to Salerno (which is on the Amalfi coast, and from there about 30 minutes on the SITA bus to Amalfi Town), or take the Circumvesuviana train from the Naples train station to Sorrento (which is not strictly on the Amalfi coast, but from there you can take the same SITA bus, in the opposite direction, to Amalfi, Positano, etc). So, lots of options! Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  54. Erin says:

    Hi, we are planning to visit Amalfi coast mid – may but I am concerned that it may rain the whole time or be a little too cold!! Would love temps of like 22celcius or 23celcius We would be going from 18th may – 23rd may, do you think this is a good time to visit?? Its been my lifelong dream to visit Positano would hate to get there and then it rains!!!

    • Hi Erin,
      Of course there’s no guarantee with the weather, but late May tends to be balmy and sunny, in our experience. Just pack some layers, especially for the evenings when sea breezes can be a little cooler, keep your fingers crossed, and you should be fine! Safe travels!

  55. Natalia says:

    I am going to Italy in March with my husband. Is there absolutely no boats/ferries that run during this time? Please advise. Thanks!

    • Natalia says:

      Continuing from the post above…. we wanted to take a tour down the coast and then come back up via ferry/boat.

    • Hi Natalia,
      Some ferries will be running. However, if the weather happens to be bad or water too choppy, they may not. We’d say you should be fine, but plan on being a little flexible, just in case (always a good approach when it comes to transport in Italy, anyway!). There’s always the SITA bus, too. Safe travels!

  56. saiqa says:

    Hi. I will be attending a friends wedding in June. I need to get from Naples airport to Ravello (and back again at the end of my stay). As I will be travelling alone, getting a taxi will work out too expensive. Are there any other ways of travelling other than using the SITA buses as I presume in June the buses will be overcrowded. Also, will I need to book in advance? Thank you!

    • Hi there,
      Your only alternative to a private driver or renting a car is either the SITA bus (which will be crowded, but is your most convenient and cheapest option) or taking the ferry from Naples to Amalfi, then the SITA bus 10 minutes to Ravello. You don’t have to book either the ferry or bus in advance of arriving on the Amalfi coast, but can buy your ticket at the respective terminals.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  57. Helen Cheuck says:

    Dear Walks of Italy,

    Would you recommend a group of four staying more time in the Amalfi Coast vs. Florence? It’s a broad question and very subjective but we’re an active group that likes to walk, hike, eat, drink etc. If we have an extra day to spare, which location do you feel is worth spending longer in?


    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Helen! If you’re interested in exploring museums and a larger city, we’d recommend Florence. If you’d prefer more hiking and outdoor activities along the coast, Amalfi Coast may be more ideal for the group. Do let us know if you have any other questions 🙂

  58. Jennifer says:

    Hello – wonderful site/blog! I am surprising my husband for our 15th wedding anniversary this July – July 10th being the actual date. We fly into Rome, on July 7th, spend the night and depart for Positano on the 8th for 3 nights. I was planning to take the train from Rome to Naples and from there, catch a ferry to check out the beautiful views. However, I have only found a departure from Napoli to Capri based on the sites that were recommended on your blog. Do you know if there is a ferry and/or boat in July that we can take from Napoli to Positano? Also, from the Napoli train station, luggage in tow, what is the best way to get to the Napoli port? Thanks so much!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Jennifer! You can take a ferry from Napoli to Positano with the Metrò del Mare service, which will take approximately 40 minutes. You can either take a taxi from Napoli Centrale train station (standard fare is around 12 euro), or the Alibus public bus (3 euro) to Piazza Municipio with a short walk to the port. Let us know if we can help you with anything else!

    • Anna says:

      Hi Jennifer

      I just noticed your question and thought I’d send you this link in case you haven’t come across it. I have been searching for this info for days and days and it has been driving me nuts, and tonight have come across this site. Not sure if its too late for you but i thought might be helpful.


      p.s. although silly site won’t let me book anything, oh well at least we have times

  59. Ana says:

    Hello there – this is a great blog with a lot of fabulous information. I have been reading throught all the comments and replies and now I’m getting really nconfiortable with my excpectaions of the trip. We are planing to go in July (I know – the crowds) and we will have 2 adults, 4 kids (3, 6, 11, 15 years old) and 2 seniors (70,71 years old). Our plan was to spend 9 days in Italy: 3 Rome, 2 Florence and 4 somewhere on Amalfi Coast. First I wanted to book either Sorrento or Positano as a base, but we work off of somewhat lower budget. Then I thought maybe Minori would be a great option – but with 2 seniors I’m not sure there would be able to do all the steps (or maybe I have wrong impression that htere are a lot of steps around town). Now I’m thinkign maybe Salreno or even Napels should be our base sonsidering that we need to reach airport in Rome at the end of our trip. WHat is your opinion? Also, I really got scared that we wouldn’t be able to do daily trips on the SITA bus as little kids and old people don’t do well with heat and croweds(I dind’t realized it can be that bed until I started reading this blog), and we are not good with driving, so ferry sounds like a better option even if it is more expensive. What would you recomend as, first, base for staying (please consider we have a lot of kids with us so they might be interested only in beach time) and then 2 day trips that should not be missied? Thank you so much for all the information you are sharing with us

  60. Jay says:

    My husband and I will be in Rome (mid May) and are looking into visiting Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. Here is how we are thinking we will do it, but I was hoping you could chime in help us with suggestions.

    Day 1: Leave early in the morning from Rome on a train to Naples, take the Circumvesuviana to Sorrento. Take SITA bus to Positano (explore for a couple hrs) and then take a ferry to Amalfi and spend the remainder of the evening exploring Amalfi (we have booked hotel already).

    Day 2: Leave to Ravello on SITA bus in teh morning. Explore Ravello. Get back to Amalfi after lunch and then take a ferry to Salerno. Take a train from Salerno back to Rome.

    1. How crowded will SITA bus be in mid May? We would love to grab seats on the right hand side.
    2. Could you also suggest ferry companies that typically operate in the month of May that might be ideal for us to take from Positano to Amalfi ((how late in the day do they run?) and Amalfi to Salerno?
    3. Is there a good hike you can suggest in Amalfi?
    4. What else is there to see in Ravello other than the 2 villas? Is 2.5 hrs suffient time to explore?

    Thanks a million, in advance!


    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Jay, your itinerary looks great! The SITA buses will be crowded, so we suggest arriving a few minutes before the bus departs to snag a seat with a great view. Ferries should be running on a regularly in May (we recommend Alicost and Coop. Sant’Andrea, but we suggest you to contact the ferry company directly to understand how late they run as schedules are subject to change. Finally, we love the “Sentiero degli Dei” (the path of the gods) for a great hike and 2.5 hours in Ravello should be just enough time to visit the villas and explore the town. Buon viaggio and be sure to let us know about your experience!

  61. Kyle says:

    Thank you so much for the helpful article! I was hoping you might be able to help me with a few other questions. My wife and I are going to be in Positano for 6 nights in mid-April, and we are trying to finalize some of our plans. I know that your article says you really discourage renting a car, but we would really love to have the flexibility of travelling from town to town at our leisure. Aside from the narrow/twisting roads (and expensive parking) are there any other downsides to renting a car? I’m from Colorado in the US so I’m familiar with driving on mountain roads. We plan to take the train from Rome to Salerno, then rent a car to drive to Positano.

    Another thought we had was to take the train from Rome to Salerno, then a ferry to Positano–and rent a car once we reach Positano for day trips to other towns. Do you know if that is possible? Also, I’ve been having some trouble finding if the ferry runs that early in the year or not.

    Any advice you can offer would be wonderful! Thank you!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Kyle, we think your best bet would be to rent a car in Salerno as there are more rental companies in the area. There are no agencies in Positano, although there are a few in Sorrento that may offer the possibility of transporting the rental car to you with an additional – and large – fee. Aside from the narrow roads and expensive parking, other rental car cons are the high gas prices and rental fees. If you do decide on driving, check out our helpful 6 Tips to Know Before You Drive in Italy guide!

  62. Paula says:


    My husband and I are visiting southern Italy Sept 14 – thru Oct 2. We’re flying into Naples and would like suggestions on how to divide up our time. We want to visit Pompei either at the end or the beginning of the trip. We thought we would start out in Sorento for a few days then head to the Amalfi coast & Positano, perhaps Ravello, visit Capri for 2-3 days and spend 5-6 days in Sicily. We’re celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary on Sept 24th so were thinking of staying on Capri at that time, therefore needing to co ordinate the trip around that.
    Suggestions welcome!
    Thank you,

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Paula, congratulations on your upcoming anniversary! Have you taken a look at our tours in Pompeii? We also offer full day excursions from Naples. Please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Care Team at [email protected] if you have any questions. Buon viaggio!

  63. Lola says:

    This question may have been asked and answered but I couldn’t read all the comments. We are basing in Positano for 4 days in the third week of June. I’ve researched hiring a car to take us to the Amalfi Coast villages and it’s a bit pricey for the day but not a budget breaker. Would you recommend this if it’s an option or are we losing out on experiencing the true Amalfi visit? We are spending one day on Capri, one day in Sorrento and the arrival will follow a visit to Pompeii.
    Thanks so much for this blog! Every time I research something, your blog is one of the hits. I’ve ‘liked’ you on Facebook!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Thank you so much, Lola! There are some alternatives to hiring a car: the more affordable SITA public bus and ferries (we personally love them as you get a chance to see some wonderful views of the coast from the boat). You may be interested in checking out our tours and excursions in Pompeii! Buon viaggio 🙂

  64. Johanna says:

    We have a few walks booked with you in Rome and then we head to Praiano for 4 nights. We then go on to Siena.
    I’m sure that lots of people have this query – What is the best way to get to Siena by public transport (we are from NZ and will not be renting a car)? Many thanks for your helpful blog.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Johanna! The trip from Praiano to Siena will take a few different stops by public transportation: you’ll have to take the bus to Sorrento, then take the Circumvesuviana train to Naples, then a high speed train to Siena (we suggest Frecciarossa or Italo, making just one stop in Florence). Buon viaggio and let us know if you have any questions!

  65. Dom says:

    We’re thinking of heading out there in late September for 5-6 days.
    Ideally we’d like to do this on a budget, mainly spending our money on food! So I was wondering if you might recommend a ballpark figure for prices, not including flights…I know that’s a tough one!
    Also, how late do the buses/ferries run?
    Many thanks!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Dom! We’d love to help, but we’d like to ask you some more information first. Are you planning to travel through the various towns of the Amalfi Coast? What town were you planning on staying in (hotels can be quite costly in the main towns, which is why we love Salerno as a base!). Let us know! As for the buses and ferries, SITA buses run until around midnight during the peak season and ferries depend on the route, so we recommend checking the various ferry website depending on the town you’d like to visit.

  66. María says:

    Thanks walks of Italy! I have just finished booking a b&b in salerno inspired in your great sugestions we decided staying there instead of napoli as we thank will be much better for our kids

  67. Lindsay says:

    Hello! We need some advice for our upcoming trip to Italy. We will be coming in from Arezzo, probably going through Rome to Naples and would like to stay one night in Salerno, Vietra Sul Mare or Minori. We will then be heading up to Naples for two nights and doing day trips to Capri and Positano, etc. from there. Which town would you recommend staying in for the first night? Also, any tips for traveling from the Tuscany area into Amalfi?


    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Lindsay! Have you considered Salerno? We think it’s a great base when traveling around the Amalfi Coast (you can read more information in this post). Depending on where you are traveling from in the Tuscany area, we’d definitely recommend taking the train as it is usually the most convenient way to get to the Amalfi Coast. Let us know if you have any questions!

  68. Cameron says:

    Hi Walks of Italy,

    4 of us Aussie travellers will be flying into Naples on the 16th September this year and then making our way to Positano for 3-4 nights. I have been trying to source a ferry timetable, Naples – Salerno but am having little luck. All my research suggests they do run at this time of year and that they are the most scenic and quickest form of transport so I am wondering if you can point me in the direction of the best website.

    Many thanks,


    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Cameron! We’d suggest these ferry companies that do provide schedule information on their website: Caremar (Naples, Pozzuoli, Procida, Ischia, Capri, Casamicciola, and Sorrento), Coop Sant’Andrea (Amalfi, Capri, Cetara, Minori, Maiori, Positano, Salerno, Sorrento, and Vietri sul Mare), and Gescab (Amalfi, Capri, Positano, and Salerno). Let us know if you have any questions!

  69. Theresa says:

    Love all this info! Thanks so much for all the advice and effort that you put into maintaining this site.
    My daughter is coming to join us in Positano but booked a flight arriving in Rome after 5. I see that the Salerno/Positano ferry option would now be out. And the Sorrento/positano ferry is out. Is her only option- Rome to Naples train-circumvesuviana to Sorrento and then SITA? I had heard of a bus from Rome but I think she also misses that departure….
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Thank you for your kind words Theresa, we’re glad to help! There is a bus that departs from Rome to Positano, but it only leaves in the morning. We recommend taking the train from Rome to Naples or Salerno and then taking the SITA bus to Positano. Do let us know if you have any questions!

  70. Liz says:

    Hi Walks of Italy,
    Thanks for all the information which is on your website. My boyfriend and I have ten days to explore Naples and the Almalfi coast in July.
    We are going to travel from Naples to Pompei and then on to Priana, which wel will use as our base to explore the coast. I was wondering how you would reccommend getting from Pompeii to Priana. Should we hire a car or take the bus, or train?
    I would be grateful for your thoughts and knowledge

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Liz! We suggest taking the train to Sorrento then switching to a SITA bus. Let us know if you have any questions!

  71. Cary says:

    Thanks for all the helpful info. Two friends and I are planning a 12-day trip to Italy in June, and I am thinking of Rome – Amalfi/Capri – Firenze/Chianti. I was originally thinking of only one night in Capri and one night in Napoli before heading up to Firenze, but looking at your post it seems like Amalfi coast has much more to offer than just a drive by scenery.

    I’d like your suggestion on how to best plan an Amalfi/Capri trip, if it’s a 3 day trip. I am thinking of

    Day 1: leaving Rome early for Pompei by train, then take train to Sorrento and ferry to stay in Capri
    Day 2: Capri in the morning, then Amalfi Coast in the afternoon. Where do you suggest? Salerno or Ravello?
    Day 3: A hiking trip. And take train to Firenze late in the afternoon.

    Does this sound good? Or should I plan one more day in Amalfi Coast? Am planning around June 20, hopefully weather would be good then. Thanks.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Cary! We think your itinerary looks good, but spending an extra day depends on how much of the coast you’d like to see compared to the other stops on your trip. The weather should be great (it’s quite hot in Italy at the moment) and we would suggest Ravello for the afternoon of your second day. Let us know if you have any questions!

  72. Vanessa says:

    Hi Walks of Italy

    Thanks for the wonderful info. My friend and I are heading to Amalfi end of August. We want to try to avoid the expensive tourist food traps and enjoy nice local foods. Are there any places around Amalfi or the coast that you recommend we visit? Thanks.

  73. Teri Shore says:

    This is the best info I’ve found so far on the Amalfi coast. My partner is mobility impaired. He can walk and get on and off trains, buses, ferries. But slowly and sometimes I need to help. Which of the towns you mention are most “accessible” and would make it easiest for him, in other words, close to public transit; and fewer hills and cobblestones.

    Right now I’m considering Vietre sul Mare, Amalfi Town or Salerno. We want to go to Capri Island one day; and also take the ferries. Not sure about the SITA bus if it is crowded. We’ll be there September 12, 13, 14 2014.

    Thanks for your thoughtful replies.

    Teri, Sonoma, CA

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Teri, thanks so much! We think the best options would be Sorrento, Salerno and Maiori, which are all pretty much flat and have good access to public transportation. The SITA buses will be crowded, but mid-September is the end of peak season so you may not find it too packed. Let us know if you have any questions!

  74. Chez says:

    Hi my girlfriend and myself are going from Vince through to Rome with 2 different tour companies in our spare time can we get a ferry or bus from Serentto to Positano.
    I have only ever been to Rome Naples and Carpri so I know about the ferry place at Naples.
    Thanks for you help we arrive first in Vince on the 19th July not long how exciting.

  75. D says:

    A friend and I were in Monterosso in the Cinque Terre last summer after a meeting, and thought how great it would be to go back there again with our families (including teenagers from 13 to 16.) We really loved the ‘Italian families on holiday at Grandma’s beach house’ feel, having swimming and hiking and eating and drinking be the order of every day, and the idea that we could just send the kids off with swimsuits and some Euros for gelato and tell them to be back at 7 for dinner.

    The meeting is on again for next summer, but I started looking at Campania instead because there seem to be so many other things available to do (particularly Pompeii and Paestum). Of the towns on the Amalfi coast, which one would be most like Monterosso? Is there one that would be particularly good for self-guided teenagers? We would probably be renting a house or self-catering apartment.


    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao D, we think Postiano would be a great option for you and is a lot like Monterosso! Let us know if you have any questions 🙂

  76. Jess says:

    Hi there, I am planning a month-long trip around Italy this May and I just have to say your blog posts have been invaluable!! However I am just wondering if you could help further – I have 6 days in Salerno (at the Salerno Centro B&B – thanks for the recommendation!!) and I want to do some day trips – I’m thinking Naples, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi, Paestum and Vesuvius. However I want some time to explore Salerno as well so do you think it’s possible to combine some of these places into one day? Or should I ditch some altogether? Thanks so much for your help!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Jess,

      We’re glad we can help! A trip to the Amalfi Coast can be as relaxed or as busy as you’d like, it all depends on your energy level and needs. So you can decide: Capri will take an entire day – it will be nearly impossible to do it in less time and definitely not worth the ferry ticket for a half day. Pompeii, Paestum and Vesuvius often take up nearly an entire day in and of themselves. You could potentially mix Pompeii and Vesuvius or Herculaneum. The towns along the Amalfi Coast can definitely be combined, but we suggest taking the bus from Salerno to Sorrento to get the most out of the coastline and enjoy the terrifying, and beautiful, drive! Perhaps this article on the area can help you. Have a great trip! 🙂

  77. Vivek says:

    I will be travelling with my family to Naples from 22-26 March 2015. I wish to visit Amalfi coast, Sorrento, if possible Capri. I am not able to decide locations for overnight stay as I will be travelling with 2 years child. Can you please suggest?
    Thank you in advance


    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Vivek,

      Sorry, we can’t choose your hotel for you, but we often use and have found it to be very helpful and accurate. Have a great trip!

  78. Jit says:

    Our family of 4 is planning to travel around the Amalfi coast, after reaching Rome on the 29th of March.

    The possible plan is a train to Salerno, and then walking along the coast to Amalfi and Positano. Returning to Rome on the 2nd of April from Sorrento / Salerno ?

    Could you suggest the best way to do this, and which paths to take.

    Would ferries be available at that time of year ?

  79. Jennifer Wheeler says:

    My sister and I are renting a villa in Praiano at the beginning of May for a week, and will have 5 full days to explore the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii. I’m thinking we would need to allocate a day for Pompeii and a full day for Capri. Your comments to Jess somewhat address my question, but I wondering if you could recommend which of the “not to be missed” towns specifically could be combined in a day using the SITA bus so we can spend some time in each of the beautiful places in the remaining 3 days? Would it be feasible to include the Path of the Gods hike also, or will this all be too much in the time available?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      You’ll definitely need a full day for Capri, but you could potentially do Pompeii in a half day, adding on a trip up Vesuvius or to Herculaneum instead. We have a great tour of the area to get the most out of your time. You can take a ferry or the SITA bus up and down the entire coast. Popular stops include Amalfi and Positano, but our favorite towns include Ravello, Maiori and Salerno as well. The Path of Gods takes about 4.5 hours to complete, but you can always do less of the hike by turning around or simply taking a bus back. Read here for more information on that hike. Have a great trip!

  80. Chris says:

    I enjoy reading your articles and will continue to do so over the next few months.
    I will be flying into Naples from Greece. What is the recommended way to get from the Naples airport to our hotel, Grand Hotel De La Villa in Sorrento?
    Would a private car or taxi be best and how readily available are the taxis, in August? Thanks!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Chris,

      Taxis would definitely be available in August, as would a private car, but each option can be rather expensive. To get to Sorrento with the best quality for your money option is to take the bus. Tickets cost 10 euro, which you pay to the driver in cash on boarding. There are no seat reservations and your luggage goes in the luggage hold under the passenger cabin. You can find the timetable at (be careful to click on “bus routes” rather than “shuttle”.) Enjoy your trip

  81. Theano says:

    We are planing to go to salerno on July for 3 days with our children can you give us suggestions. We want to go to Pompeii for one day and to amalfi or positano or Capri.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Theano,

      We think our Pompeii and Vesuvius tour is great for adults and children! In 2.5 hours you can tour the world-famous buried city, entering in ancient homes preserved under ash, and follow it up by climbing to the rim of one of the most famous volcanos in the world and even down into the crater, where you’ll see bursts of smoke creeping through cracks!

  82. Lisa M says:

    Hi! My boyfriend and I will be in Sorrento/Amalfi Coast this May. We are SO excited, but having a bit of trouble figuring out how to navigate btw Positano/Amalfi/Ravello in 1 day. I am reading that there are many options: bus, ferry, boat tours, private car tours, group bus tours…I cannot decide! The private tour may be a little over budget, tho it sounds lovely. I’d love a simple sample itinerary from an expert! This is a wonderful blog – thank you for writing it 🙂

    Lisa (and Ryan)

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Lisa,

      Thank you, we’re glad you like the blog! If you’re ust going to be in the Amalfi Coast for one day, it might be best to take the bus. That way you can see the famous Amalfi Coastal road and the spectacular sea views and not have to worry about driving. It’s also probably the least expensive option. We hope you have a great trip!

  83. Lana says:


    Fabulous blog – so extremely helpful as we are planning our honeymoon to both the Amalfi Coast and the Greek Isles 🙂 If you could help us out with a few things…

    We are first going to Greece (8/25-9/5). We are planning to arrive in Naples on 9/5 in the afternoon and then take the train to Sorrento, where we have booked the Hilton hotel for three nights (with points). We will basically have two full days in Sorrento, one of those days we are planning to use for a Capri day-trip and the second day to relax/beach/pool. On the third day, we will be heading to either Amalfi or Positano, and staying there for three nights. We want to explore, but we (mainly fiance) also wants to lay on the beach or by the pool and relax. To quote him, he “doesn’t want to feel like he needs a vacation after coming back home from a vacation.” (Because I enjoy more of the exploring and sightseeing and that tires him out a bit). Does it make sense to stay in Amalfi and day trip to Positano for both the beach and exploring? Also, is it expensive/time consuming to go back and forth between the towns if we just want to go there or to Ravello for dinner one night? How late do the ferries or buses run?

    Rough itinerary:
    Sat 9/5: Arrive in Naples, take train to Sorrento
    Sat 9/5 – Tues 9/8: Sorrento (also day trip to Capri, Blue Grotto, beach)
    Tues 9/8 – Fri 9/11: Amalfi (also explore Positano, maybe Vietru/Ravello/Praiano)
    Fri 9/11: Driver to Naples or driver to Sorrento, then train to Naples (meet local friends, explore city a bit, see where pizza was made, dinner)
    Sat 9/12: Train to Rome and fly home

    Our main reason for booking in Sorrento was because we read it’s a good “base”, easy to ferry to Capri, and, of course, the stay is free because of the points! Do you think we should just save the points for later, and stay all 6 nights in either Amalfi or Positano? OR perhaps should we reverse our trip and start in Amalfi/Positano, and then go to Sorrento?

    Also, we are planning to return back to Naples mid-day Friday. Should we hire a driver, take a ferry, or what is faster and what are rough estimates of the related costs? We will stay the night in Naples and take the train early morning (7am) to Rome and go to the the airport (our flight is at 12:15pm). Do you think that it’s risky to do so?


    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Lana,

      First, congratulations on your wedding and great choice for honeymoon locations! It is very easy and inexpensive to take a bus between the towns on the Amalfi Coast, so wherever you decide we’re sure that you’ll be able to choose any town for a day trip or dinner. If you’re worried about time during your time in the Amalfi Coast you can try some of our guided tours to get the most out of your trip, or even hire a private driver to take you to your must-see sights! You can go from Sorrento to Naples by bus or train, both of which should be much cheaper than hiring a private driver. This article about how to get to and from the Amalfi Coast should answer some of your questions. Have a great trip!

  84. Theano says:

    Hello we will stay for three nights to salerno we want to go to Pompey and to positano or amalfi can you suggest which is better

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Theano,

      The Amalfi Coast is made up of many towns, including Positano, and Pompeii is nearby, meaning you can likely visit both. Get the most out of your time with our excellent Pompeii Tours!

  85. KIm ng says:

    WE plan to spend 10 days fom Oct 11 to 21 2016 in Amalfi…
    Is this too much time ?
    Wld u have an itenery to propose ..?
    Thank u

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Kim,

      We don’t think that’s too much time at all! It sounds quite relaxing, actually! Perhaps some of our articles on the Amalfi Coast can help you to decide your itinerary. Here’s one about the top 5 must-see sights along the coast.

  86. Michael says:


    Great blog, really good info. Quick question. We’ll be in sorrento as a base in August (two adults and two kids – 10 and 7). I know the area isn’t know for beaches but we’d love to get some swimming and beach time. I’ve read a little about coves you can get small boats to. Will the ferry to positano or the like be our best bet to see some of amalfi and get some beach time (we’ll also spend a day on Capri).



    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Michael,

      The ferry just brings you to and from the cities, not directly to the beach. That said, it is a pleasant means of transport! If you want to have some beach time, you’ll need to plan it into your day and exploration of a specific place, whether it’s the Island of Capri or Amalfi, Positano or wherever! If you’d like to explore a cove, you’ll need to rent a small boat and go independently or with a skipper, depending on the rental outfit.

  87. Jacquelyn says:

    I’ve been reading this entire blog. Thank you for such great, detailed information.

    The AC is one of the stops on my honeymoon this August. I’m not sure how to do it and we leave in 2 days, I’m wondering if I can solicit your expertise on the area? We arrive in Naples Aug 3 at 5pm. We will stay the night in a hotel there. The next part I’m not sure how to do…

    Aug 4 board a ferry at 6 or 7am from Naples to Capri. I have read we can leave our two large suitcases in luggage storage at Capri. Go up and sightsee/walk around/take pictures and grab breakfast. We are getting picked up for a private boat tour with Capitan Ago at 10:30am in Capri. I hope that will be enough time to at least see a little bit of Capri. The boat tour is taking us around Capri, a stop in Positano and dropping us off in Amalfi town at 6:30pm. I’m currently looking for a hotel near Amalfi town. I’m not sure where to stay because we will have two large suitcases. Are there lots of stairs up from the docks, are there taxis nearby, how easy will it be to get to our hotel with luggage? If taxis are nearby, what town would you recommend to stay at that has easy access to the bus line for town hopping? The next day Aug 5 we would like to visit more of Positano (I want to have lunch or dinner at Le Sirenuse), visit more of Amalfi, Ravello, and Vietre de Sur… just spend the day sightseeing. Hoping we can leave our luggage somewhere while we walk around. We could spend 2 days at a hotel near Amalfi or one night there and the second in Salerno. The morning of Aug 6 we will head to Rome. I’m just not sure if there is a smarter way to arrange these couple days? Any advice is appreciated!! Thank you SO much.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Jacquelyn,

      Unfortunately, navigating any of the towns along the Amalfi Coast with luggage can be tricky at times. The towns tend to be built right into the cliffside which, while beautiful, is also steep! Because of that, we suggest choosing a town as a base (This article might help you decide which) and leaving your luggage there for the entire time (after Capri of course). In any case, Amalfi town is a great base to explore the other towns along the coast, as it’s right about in the middle and well-connected by bus and train to the other towns. It’s also right next to Ravello. Because of this and to avoid any extra stress, we’d stay both nights there, rather than moving to Salerno. Have a great trip!

  88. Leeanne says:

    Hi there!
    So much great information thank you!
    We are currently in Maiori, and have a place here for the week (August 13th) I have a few questions! First, from Maiori what is the best way to see caves, and snorkelling, potentially boat/ water excursions like this? Second, after our stay here we have two nights available to stay elsewhere before we fly home (to Canada) from Gatwick Airport (Engand, UK). Looking for another city (in Italy, or just outside) to spend a shorter amount of time, possibly near an airport and potentially a cheaper option (“hidden gem”) any suggestions? We have already explored Tuscany for a the first couple weeks of our Italy vacation.

    Any help would be amazing!!

    Kindest Regards,
    Leeanne M.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Leeanne,

      From our experience we found outfitters advertising in the town and rented from there. Sorry, we can’t suggest specific boat tours or cave outings. Italy has many airports so it all depends on where you want to fly out of and what will be the easiest. Milan’s Malpensa airport often has the cheapest international flights, but it’s quite far from the Amalfi Coast! Perhaps you can use the Naples or Rome airport and stay a bit outside of each of the cities.

  89. Robert says:

    I will be going to the town of Ravello for four days in Sept and would like to visit Pompeii. Can we take a bus or would you recommend a private driver or car service. How far is Pompeii from Ravello? Is the train an option? Thanks! Great blog.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Robert,

      Yes, you can take a bus but it will take you around 2 hours to get there (via Minori, Nocera then Pompeii). By car it’s about 35 minutes so a taxi could even be possible, but costs much more than the bus! From Vietri sul Mare there is a train to Pompei the town, which is very near to Pompeii the excavation site. It runs hourly. Hope that helps!

  90. Jackie Darr says:

    we are traveling to amalfi Coast in late march and have 3 full days with 2 kids ages 9 and 11. What town would you recommend we use as our home base- Sorrento? Amalfi or Positano?
    We want to go to Capri for a day- would love to explore the villages- eat food and shop!

    We were thinking Bellevue Syrene in Sorrento or Santa Caternia in Amalfi or villa magia in Positano—any thoughts or recommendations greatly appreciated

  91. Julie says:

    Hi! I am planning a trip to Southern Italy mid-Sept for 2 weeks. I plan to fly into Naples and rent a car. I want to see Puzzoli and Baia then head south to Paestum and Maratea. Do you think it will be crazy to drive the Amalfi coast and wiggle my way through the towns towards Paestum? I took the SITA bus down the A. Coast in 2001 and all I saw of Amalfi was the bus stop to change buses to continue to Salerno. I would like to wander around a couple of the villages this time if possible. I know parking in most places in Italy is horrendous so do you think I will be able to find some sort of car park to leave the car (safely) and wander around, maybe even bus to another town and back? I was also wanting to maybe go to Capri from Sorrento before I hit the coast. I did this in 1987 and left the rental car in the parking lot. It was still there upon my return but that was a lifetime ago and the world is a much difference place now for safety. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Julie,

      If you’re comfortable driving, we think driving the coast is a great idea! Parking is a bit of a problem, but if you’re willing to pay a car park, you’ll likely find something everywhere you go. Just keep in mind that if you’re the driver, you might have a hard time catching any views of the coastline – the road requires a lot of attention!

  92. Janvi Vakil says:

    My husband and I will be visitng the Amalfi Coast in the second week of May. We will be staying at Salerno (We choose Salerno based on the suggestion you provided here. It was very helpful, so thank you!), and we have 4 days to go around from Salerno to visit the other coastal towns. We would definitely like to do Capri. Would Capri take away a day or can it be done in half a day? Also, what other places do you suggest besides Positano, Amalfi and Sorrento? Is Paestum a good option? Also, which would be the most scenic beach to visit? Any off-beat places where we can expect less crowd?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Janvi,

      Capri can be done in half a day but it might not be worth the time in transit etc. Try visiting with an expert guide to get the most out of the beautiful island. On our Capri day trip you’ll take a boat from Sorrento to Capri to snorkel & swim, touring the famous grottos, before 4 hours on land in Capri. Read: The Best Amalfi Coast Towns for Every Traveler to have an idea of what other towns you’d like to visit and which has the best beaches. Have a great trip!

  93. Melis says:

    What’s the best way to get from Positano back to Sorrento? Latest time one can return? Many thanks!

  94. ANya says:

    Hi, if Im only in Amalfi Coast for 2.5 days, what are the best day trips / sight seeing I can do? I am interested in maybe a 2 hour coast boat ride, Mt Vesuvious and Pompeii and then trip to Ravello. What are your recommendations as to timing / scheduling my itinerary. We are travelling in August.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Anya,

      With just 2.5 days, a tour is a great option to help you see as much as possible with little stress. You can see the sights on our Capri Day Tour from Sorrento. You’ll go by boat from Sorrento to Capri, stopping to snorkel & swim and tour the famous grottos before 4 hours on land in Capri. Or explore Pompeii with an expert guide on our 3-hour Pompeii Tour.

  95. Marc Mothersell says:

    Fantastic arrticle. We will be staying in Vietri Sul Mare for 6 days in early March. We are interested in making day trips to Napoli,Roma and Pompei and Capri. What would be our best forms of travel to get to these destinations?

  96. Kathleen Kovall says:

    My girlfriend and I will be traveling to the Amalfi coast the first week in April. Are there trails to hike from town to town, staying in a different town each night? Possibly a company that brings our luggage to each new accommodation? Thanks for any information you can provide!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Kathleen,

      The famous Sentiero degli Dei runs past many of the Amalfi Coast towns. The whole path takes about 4.5 hours and has easy and moderate sections. For more information on the hike, you can read our article here or search online. Unfortunately we don’t provide a support service for hikers in the Amalfi Coast, but there are public bus services that run between the towns that you can use to reach your start point.

  97. Ramya says:

    Where to get SIT A bus tickets from salerno to positano.

  98. Christine says:

    Thanks for all the info. I’m heading to Italy in July for a cruise. We have 3 days after that we will spend in Rome. We also have 2 1/2 days before that I can’t decide where to go. It doesn’t seem like enough time to spend in the Amalfi Coast and I’m a little leery of how busy Venice might be. We love food,wine, biking, beaches and usually shy away from busy cities. Do you have any suggestions? Maybe 2 days in wine country? Much appreciated

  99. Lynda Thompson says:

    Sorry to post again in just a few minutes, but I thought I’d give you our whole itinerary:

    Arrive Rome, May 5–4 nights
    Arrive Salerno May 9–4 nights
    Arrive Florence May 13–4 nights with day trip to either Siena or Pisa
    Arrive Venice May 17–3 nights–fly home to U.S. on May 20

    Let me also say that I am not married to the idea of going to the Amalfi Coast; we had to choose between there and the Cinque Terra (at least that was the overwhelming advice on Trip Advisor. We chose the AC after reading/seeing so many pictures of the crowed CT. But, after reading your blog on the Italian Rivera, we COULD go there instead of to Amalfi Coast, but the travel time is rather long.

    Thanks again for your wonderful blog and your advice.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Lynda,

      We agree that its best to choose either the Amalfi Coast or Cinque Terre for one trip. Seeing your itinerary and based on this comment, we might suggest that you go to Cinque Terre instead. It’s not too far from Florence and you can see it all in less time, allowing you to add a day to Rome or Tuscany!

  100. arriya says:

    I have plan to spend roughly 3 days in Amalfi Coast start from Salerno Ravello Amalfi Positano. I have not made decision which town to be home base during this trip. At first i choose Amalfi because it’s in the middle of them. Do you have any idea about bus ticket for 3 consecutive days with unlimited ride?

    Thank you

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Arriya,

      We believe you can get bus tickets with a certain number of rides on them, but you’ll have to ask at the edicola. In any case, the tickets are quite inexpensive. Otherwise, there are trains connected Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Salerno. Have a great trip!

  101. Roberto says:

    Im a budget traveller & will be based in Sorrento fr Mar 15-21 (Ostello le Sirene)&visiting all these wonderful places-amalfi, ravello positano capri atrani. Can anybody suggest budget place/restos for lunch in any or near these places. GRAZIE

  102. Roberto says:

    I just changed my base fr sorrento to salerno. Mar 25 to 21.
    I read d blog about salerno

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