3 Days in Amalfi Coast Itinerary
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful coastal regions in the world. This gorgeous stretch of coastline is famous for its stunning seaside towns, breathtaking views, delicious food, and natural beauty. If you are looking for the perfect summer destination in Europe, the Amalfi Coast will not disappoint. With our 3-day Amalfi Coast itinerary, you can explore the beautiful towns of Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and another day take a day trip to Capri.
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Where is Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is an incredible stretch of land with 13 picturesque towns. The Amalfi Coast is a Unesco World Heritage Site in the Campania region of southern Italy, south of Naples.
How to Get to Sorrento from Naples
If you arrive at Naples International Airport, take the bus, which runs several times a day, directly to Sorrento for €10, which takes 1.5 hours, or you can rent a car at the airport.
- The easiest and cheapest way to get from Naples to Sorrento is to take the Circumvesuviana train, which takes around 1.5 hours. The Circumvesuviana train departs from the lower level of Naples Central Station from Piazza Garibaldi. Tickets are available at the ticket office at the entrance to the platform and cost €4.
- A quicker but more expensive option is to take a public ferry from Naples to Sorrento. Ferries leave from Naples’ Molo Beverello port, tickets cost €13 and take 40 minutes.
- You can also take a taxi or private car transfer to Sorrento.
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Most people usually arrive on the Amalfi Coast by train or car. After that, you can only visit the other towns by rented car/scooter, bus or taxi. There is no train service on the Amalfi Coast.
If you don’t want to rent a car, SITA buses connect all villages between Sorrento and Salerno. You don’t buy a ticket on the bus. You can only buy them at the train station, bars, newsagents or Tabacchi shops.
Buses usually run every 15-30 minutes. The price varies between €1.30 and €6 one way, depending on where you are going. You can also buy a 24-hour bus ticket for €10, which gives unlimited travel between towns.
The only other public transport system on the Amalfi Coast is the ferries. Depending on the weather, they usually run from April to October.
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Best Time to Visit Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters.
– The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is during the two shoulder seasons, April to May and September to October. During these months, the weather is pleasant, and the region is less crowded.
– The summer months are the high season on the Amalfi Coast when the weather is perfect, but the towns are crowded, and accommodation is expensive.
September is the best month to visit, as the weather is still warm and the summer crowds have disappeared.
Off-season visits to the Amalfi Coast can be a good idea to avoid crowds and high prices. But the weather can often be cold and wet, ferries are limited, and most hotels and restaurants are closed.
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Day 1 – Arrival in Sorrento
Sorrento is not part of the Amalfi Coast. However, many people stay in Sorrento and then take a day trip from there to Capri and easily explore the sights and towns of the Amalfi Coast.
Because of its easy accessibility and moderate prices, Sorrento is the best place to start an Amalfi Coast itinerary.
It is good to know that accommodation prices on the Amalfi Coast are much higher than in the other regions of Italy. Because of the popularity of the Amalfi Coast, we strongly recommend that you book your accommodation, boat tour, or car rental well in advance!
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Once you arrive, take a stroll around the charming town of Sorrento, try the famous limoncello, have dinner at one of the restaurants and then watch the beautiful sunset.
Scooter rental in Sorrento is cheaper than in Positano. Motorbike rental costs €50/day.
Parking by scooter in the center of Sorrento is free.
Day 2 – Take a Day Trip to Capri
The best experience of our Amalfi Coast itinerary was the visit to the island of Capri. From the harbor of Sorrento, you can easily take the public ferry, which costs €19.50 one-way and takes about 30 minutes.
Capri is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, so during the peak season is crowded, and prices are higher. The best way to explore Capri is to take a boat tour.
Depending on what you want to see and your budget, we recommend booking a private or group boat trip in advance. Afterward, walk around the small streets, shop for clothes or handmade sandals, drink a limoncello, and enjoy the beach.
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Day 3 – Scooter Ride Along the Amalfi Coast
Good morning! After breakfast, it’s time to set off on one of your best discovery trips.
Start the morning with a Vespa adventure and visit Positano, the most picturesque town on the Amalfi Coast.
The journey time by scooter between Sorrento and Positano is 30 minutes. But we recommend you plan more time because the views along the way are fantastic and you will always feel a burning desire to capture the moment.
As most visitors prefer to explore the Amalfi Coast by Vespa, we recommend booking in advance.
There is no free parking in the center of Positano, and most parking spaces are for residents. We recommend that you don’t waste time looking for a parking space. You can use one of the parking garages in Positano. We left our scooter in the Mandara car park where we paid €3/hour.
Positano is a beautiful town and well worth a visit on your Amalfi itinerary. Stroll through the charming streets of Positano, taste delicious Italian food, make your custom-made sandals or enjoy the sun on the beaches.
In our opinion, add an extra day to your Amalfi itinerary and spend at least one relaxing day at the beach and enjoy the bustling atmosphere of Positano.
If you spend more time in Positano, take a private boat trip or walk along the Path of the Gods. The Path of the Gods is a famous trail along the Amalfi Coastline. The path leads between the towns of Nocelle Bomerano with stunning landscapes. The hike is 7 km in each direction and takes about 4 hours round trip. Start the trek in the morning or afternoon when the heat is more comfortable and take enough water with you.
In Positano, you can’t miss the Spiaggia Grande beach, as it is the most photographed spot on the Amalfi Coast. The beach offers fantastic photo opportunities with its orange chairs and blue umbrellas. Most of the black sandy beach is private, which means you’ll need to rent a chair for the day, and it’s worth arriving early. As the rental fee for chairs is high at €25/person, you should plan to spend more time at the Spiaggia Grande. However, the small part of the beach is public, just bring your towel and find a spot.
If you are looking for a quieter and cheaper option in Positano, visit Fornillo beach. The lovely Fornillo beach is about a 10-minute walk along the coast from Spiaggia Grande beach. Like Spiaggia Grande beach, you can rent a chair and umbrella or bring a towel and book a free spot on the rocks. In Positano, you can also visit beach clubs like Arienzo or Villa Treville.
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After Positano, visit the small town of Furore, where you can see one of the Amalfi Coast’s most popular attractions, Furore Fjord. Located on the coast following the SS163, Furore Fjord is a 30-minute motorbike ride from Positano. Bring your swimsuit and enjoy the view on the beach.
When you have spent enough time taking photos, continue your Amalfi itinerary and take a short visit to Atrani.
Park in the Luna Rossa car park located between Atrani and Amalfi. The car park connects the towns with a tunnel that leads to Amalfi on one side and Atrani on the other.
The parking fee for a motorbike is €3/hour.
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After Atrani, visit the town of Amalfi, from which the Amalfi Coast takes its name. In Amalfi, you can enjoy the sun on the beach or spend your time sightseeing and don’t forget to buy some lemon souvenirs.
Have lunch in one of the restaurants, then go to the Amalfi Dome and try the delicious lemon sorbet. The Amalfi Cathedral is free to visit, but there is a €3 entrance fee to visit the museum and the monasteries.
The last stop on the Amalfi Coast itinerary is the town of Ravello, where you can visit Villa Cimbrone, which offers one of the most beautiful views of the Amalfi Coast. Enjoy the charming atmosphere of Ravello and stroll around the gardens.
The Villa Cimbrone is open from 9 AM to 8 PM, and the entrance fee is €7 for adults and €4 for children.
From Amalfi, it takes 15 minutes to get to Ravello and then park in the large car park under Piazza Duomo, which costs €2/hour or €15/day.
If you have more time, visit the Villa Ruffolo, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view.