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Tips and informations you need to reach the Amalfi Coast !
The Amalfi Coast is clearly more than a jumble of picturesque houses. But what most people don’t realise is that it also plays host to an ancient dialect (some would argue language) called Neapolitan.
But wait: isn’t the Amalfi coast in Italy? Don’t Italians speak… Italian? Yes and no. You see Italy, as a unified state, is a relatively new invention, with even The Italy Magazine admitting it was, “Against all geopolitical odds (that), the Italian Republic was born in 1871 after several nation states unified to form what we now call Italy.”
“European Statesmen Count Metternich once called Italy nothing more than a geographic expression.”
As a result, there are various regional dialects humming along beneath the surface, Neapolitan being one of them. This means that on the Amalfi Coast, as in the rest of the Napoli region, you will find people who prefer to speak Neapolitan, the old language of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies.
And while the vast majority also speak Italian, knowing a few well placed phrases in Neapolitan is even more impressive. And when it comes to differentiating yourself from the 25 million tourists who pass through each year, you’re going to need something special to catch the eye of the Napolitano bella/bello of your dreams.
Currency & Exchange
Italy uses euros, the same currency now used by most Western European countries with the exception of the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Norway. Prior to traveling, you can buy some euros (enough for one day or whatever your preference) and then exchange your money in the banks to get the best rates. You can also use the ATMs (called bankomat) at all main squares of every town, major airports and train stations. Credits cards are commonly accepted in most shops, restaurants and hotels. If you are going to take taxis, please note that most taxi drivers prefer cash payments as credit card transactions require them to pay a commission to the banks.
Useful Phone Numbers
Emergency (police): 113
Car emergency (ACI): 116
Guardia di Finanza: 117
Health emergency: 118
Fire emergency: 1515
Sea emergency: 1530
Carabinieri: 089 875011
Health Guards: +39 089.871122
Provincial Tourism Office: +39 089.857657
As for tipping, you’ll never see anywhere that tipping is included in the price of meals. As a result, you can dare to tip 15 to 20% in most places.
- Avoid high season
To save money and avoid crowds it is best to travel in either May/June or September/October.
- Get an early start
If you have to travel in high season, you can avoid overly crowded busses and ferries by getting an early start. I always manage to get a seat on the 8:30 bus from Sorrento to Positano, although you need to show up at least 15 minutes early to grab one (otherwise you have to stand in the aisle).
- Rent a beach chair
It may seem expensive at first, but the beach chair/umbrella rentals are worth it since they typically come with access to facilities. ( visit: www.lagavitella.it)
- Rent a boat to tour from Praiano or Positano
This is an absolute must in Amalfi Coast! It is the best way to see the gorgeous grottos, famous Faraglioni rocks and, of course, the blue grotto. We recommend: www.positanoboats.info
- Don’t miss Amalfi
Despite it being the principle city of the coastline, few people make it to the city of Amalfi (it’s about half way down the coast, or 1.5 hours by bus from Sorrento). Amalfi is a gorgeous city with a stunning cathedral and was the capital of the region when it was an independent and powerful seafaring republic from the 7th to 11th centuries.
- Taste the limoncello (or anything citrus flavored)
The region is famous for its citrus. You will see lots of lemon trees and giant citrons in every city. Their famous drink is limoncello, but the region also makes incredible lemon candies and lemon chocolate!
- Eat the seafood
Obviously, it is fresh and delicious!
- What to wear
What to Wear on the Amalfi Coast in Summer
With summer in full force, crowds of people go to the Amalfi coast to get their year’s dose of vitamin D. With highs of 85F/29C and lows of 64F/18C in the months of July and August, expect plenty of sunshine. With the crush of tourists around, it might even feel a little bit hotter.
Start by reading these general tips on packing for summer travel:
Capsule Wardrobe for Summer
Top Summer Dresses Perfect for Europe
Lightweight Jackets for Easy Layers
Best Walking Shoes for Europe’s Cobblestone Streets
If you are a bit more flexible in your planning and you are visiting the area in late fall or early spring, expect highs of 9F/26C and a lot fewer people.
Amalfi Coast Packing List for Summer
The Amalfi Coast is the perfect location to try wearing statement pieces you might not want to wear on more casual beaches in other parts of Europe. Compiling your wardrobe with colorful maxi dresses, off-the-shoulder styles and bright kaftans suit Capri and Amalfi just fine.
As you won’t always be stylishly sipping a glass of cold white wine under a big umbrella, basics are always good to pack. A pair of white jeans with a colorful top or a cute little romper will go a long way.
We’ve got a roundup of 20 beautiful maxi dresses – get ready to update your travel wardrobe with these versatile styles!
Packing a glamorous pair of sandals is also a no-brainer when packing for the Amalfi coast. A big floppy hat or straw hat and a pair of Italian sunglasses will protect you from the sun and will keep you stylish.
Even though you might not be wearing them all the time, put a pair of flip-flops in your bag. On days where you decide to sunbath or swim in the ocean, you’ll need them to get back and forth from the water.
Find out the benefits of polarized sunglasses for women who travel, plus my top picks!
The pebble beaches that can be found everywhere in the area can get very hot.
Packing several pairs of stylish bikinis or swimsuits is a must, as well. Combine with a bright sarong and a straw tote to fit in perfectly.
When to go to the Amalfi Coast
It’s all about good timing on the Amalfi Coast
Many hotels, restaurants and attractions are firmly chiuso (closed) from November until Easter.
High summer sees narrow coastal roads clogged, soaring temperatures and the occasional frayed temper, so it’s best to avoid July and August.
Spring and autumn, though, are wonderful in this region spring for its swathes of bright wildflowers and autumn for warm seas and bountiful seasonal produce including mushrooms, black truffles and chestnuts.ivate transfer from Rome!
What is the best month to visit the Amalfi Coast?
Where to Stay
Suggested by travellers
Is basically two villages which grew together, so if you choose to stay here, be careful on which of the two sides you choose to stay at.
Vettica Maggiore has great views of Positano, the Li Galli Islands, Capri, lovely Sunsets. A lot of Hotels on this side, and also the place the “Bar del Sole” is located at, which has always been a popular hang out place. Others have opened over the years, but there was a time when this Bar/Cafe was the only choice to go to.
Praiano (proper) is on the other side, facing the Capo di Conca, it’s also generally the quieter side. Though, it is easier to reach the beach, and the Africana Night Club is also on this side (though except perhaps at the 1 Hotel very near it, you won’t get sound disturbance). It does not offer views of Positano, but of the Bay towards the Conca Cape. No direct Sunsets, but on this side one sees the Sunrise.
Regarding the Busses, besides the crowded SITA busses (depending on time of year), there was also an inner Bus service, driving through Praiano/Vettica Maggiore (from top to bottom and to the “La Praia” beach) and from/to Positano – as it was from the same Company as the Inner-Positano Bus “Flavio Gioia”. This Bus is not part of the UnicoCampania/UnicoCostiera ticket – it was around €1 each trip.
What not to miss
- Praiano is made up of two centres, both of which are tuny – Vettica Maggiore, which is the upper town along the main corniche road and Marina di Praia, the lower town which is tucked into a cleft in the cliffs at sea level, a little further east towards Amalfi.
- Like Positano, Praiano also features pretty coloured houses, a maze of little lanes and flights of steep steps. Look out for the majolica-tiled votive shrines dotted around the town.
- The first thing you’ll want to do is go for a swim as the sea is irresistible. There are several small beaches, some sandy, some pebbly, all of which are much quieter than those at Positano.
- The next big attraction here is the Grotta dello Smeraldo, a natural feature a couple of miles from the town. Essentially it’s a flooded cavern in which sunlight turns the water an iridescent shade of green while all around are weird and wonderfully shaped stalactites and stalagmites.
- There are several lovely churches in the town, including the Church of San Luca Evangelista with a beautiful majolica floor. The Church of San Gennaro, the Church of Santa Maria a Castro and the Convent of San Domenico high above the town and with breathtaking views.
- It’s worth spending a day in Positano (four miles to the west) to explore the cute little stairways and passageways between the steeply raked buildings.
- And then it’s only a couple of miles or so in the other direction to Amalfi town – with its Duomo, paper museum and splendid piazza and seafront. Make sure you’re back in Praiano for sunset, the most spectacular along this coast.
Choosing one of the best places to stay in Praiano could make a sensible choice for enjoying the Amalfi coast while escaping the crowds.
Location scouts go weak at the knees when they round the bend in the Amalfi Coast road and spy Positano nestled in the cliffs, rising like a staircase from the bright blue sea towards the citrus and olive groves. Positano’s unbleached peach and pink buildings are stacked so neatly, that there are plenty of properties with exquisite views. But some of the best views are of the town itself. Our list of the best places to stay in Positano offers a selection of both views.
The town itself is a colourful stack of buildings, with roads so narrow you can’t fit a car through. To that add girls in floaty florals – Positano is is famous for Moda Positano fabric popular in bright fifties fashions – and colourfully painted fishing boats. Magenta fronds of bougainvillaea stir gently in the breezes.
As well as being beautiful, Positano is colourful and lively, full of kids queuing for gelati and families playing on the beach. Though of course it also has immaculate boutiques for the chic Milanese to peruse and restaurants to please even the most gourmet palates.
What not to miss
- The spectacular sea views. These open out along the coast, and if you’re in the right spot you can peer across the bay to Capri.
- Don’t fall too deeply in love with pretty Positano that you don’t explore more of the Amalfi Coast while you’re here. Take a boat trip (www.positanoboats.info)
- For some night time action head out to Music on the Rocks, a spectacular club carved into the rock.
- Pick up a pair of made-to-measure handcrafted sandals, created while you wait. There are numerous shops continuing this tradition which began at the end of the Second World War.
It’s extremely busy here during the peak summer months. So if you want to book one of the best places to stay in Positano get organised and plan well ahead.
What to do
Take a boat tour into the Grotta dello Smeraldo Cave
The Emerald Cave is a natural phenomenon that is one of the most beautiful caves in the whole of Italy.
Located in-between Amalfi and Praiano, the Smeraldo Cave is one of the few caves in the world that is bathed in a natural emerald light.
The effect is simply amazing and the colour of the water and the cave itself are gorgeous.
Visit for more info: www.positanoboats.info
Watch the fishing fleets at Cetara
Cetara is one of the most authentic and unspoiled villages on the Amalfi Coast.
This small settlement has not been effected by tourism and retains virtually all of its original charm.
If you want to see what the towns of Amalfi looked like before the area became saturated with tourist attractions then this is the place to visit.
Furthermore, Cetara has the only fishing fleet that still operates in this region and you can watch the fishermen in action in their small brightly coloured boats.Aside from the fishing activities, Cetara also has a range of high quality restaurants that serve delicious fresh seafood.
Take in the gorgeous waterfalls of the Valle delle Ferriere
The Ferriere Valley is a protected area in the province of Salerno and is a wonderful region to explore for those who enjoy hiking and the outdoors.
Throughout this region you can find some absolutely stunning natural scenery and there is a myriad of hiking and cycling trails that wind through the luscious forests.
This protected area is little travelled and you will not encounter the usual bustle of tourists found at the busy coastal towns of Amalfi.
Furthermore, the trails present some interesting view points and allow you to see some of the towns from unusual angles that are not normally seen.
Visit the Island of Capri
Capri is a truly magical place and one of the most popular destinations on the Amalfi Coast.
This island sits just off of the western edge of the Amalfi Coast and can be reached via regular ferries from several of the coastal towns.
Capri is known for its gorgeous landscapes, its array of beautiful beaches and its superb mountain views.
Consider taking a boat trip from Positano to explore this magical place and ensure you stay through until the evening.
At night, Capri has a vibrant nightlife and the main square has a handful of bustling bars and a superb atmosphere.
Also consider taking an organised trip to see the famous Blue Cave Grotto – this cave complex is absolutely stunning and a boat trip through this subterranean world will surely impress.
Visit for more info: www.positanoboats.info
Visit the charming town of Furore
Furore is a town that is often overlooked but it has a great deal of attractions and is a fantastic place to visit in the central section of the Amalfi Coast.
The roads leading up to Furore are quite spectacular and rise past dramatic limestone cliffs and row upon row of terraces packed full of gorgeous vines.
Within the confines of this town you can find a selection of beautifully painted murals decorating the walls of some of the houses and shops.
These murals have been hand painted and show some colourful depictions of life on the Amalfi Coast.
Furthermore Furore offers some brilliant views out to the sea and of the surrounding coastal towns and cliffs.
Visit the Ruins of Pompeii
The archaeological ruins of Pompeii cover around 440,000 square meters, a vast area that would take at least three full days to explore completely. Remember that Pompeii is an entire buried city with squares, temples, baths, public buildings, private villas, and shops…just a visit to the city’s forum takes about an hour.
That said, you can easily follow a shorter itinerary that includes some of the buried city’s most famous sites, giving you an idea of what daily life was like in this Roman city.
Here we suggest a few sites that you should include during your visit to the ruins, marking them with the same names as included on the free map provided at the ticket office and info point at the entrance to the ruins.
Getting to the Amalfi Coast
Getting to the Amalfi coast by private Boat Transfer
The best option (for a stress free arrival!)
If you’ve just arrived in Naples and want to reach Amalfi Coast in the quickest and most relaxing way as possible, avoid the crowds of public transportation and have your private drivers meet you at the airport or train station to whisk you to the port, where a luxury yachts awaits to sail you to Amalfi Coast in style and comfort .
Approximate navigation time: 1 hours 30 min.
Boat company suggested: Positano Boats
You can get a private water transfer from Naples to Amalfi Coast, and then from there use the local bus system to get between towns (which costs just 1.30€ more or less!).
Getting to the Amalfi coast by renting a Car?
Avoid renting a Car!
In general, the travellers love doing road trips in Italy. Why, you ask? Well, it’s a little bit dangerous (Italian streets are the definition of “controlled chaos”) but the added flexibility is usually worthwhile. However, the further south you go in Italy, the conventional wisdom is that the cars are more banged up and you need to get more insurance – which obviously increases the cost of a simple car rental.In retrospect, I wish we had not rented a car. Not because it was scary to drive on the winding roads on Amalfi Drive (I mean, it definitely was), but because renting a car in Italy comes with a lot of costs.Car Rental. Insurance. Gasoline. And parking. For just 3 1⁄2 days, that car cost us over 400€!
You can optimize the cost of the private transfer by buying one with a group price or an individual price, depending on how many people you’re traveling with.The reason to do that for a private transfer is because the transfer takes just 2 hours, and there are no direct trains from Naples to Positano. You have to transfer in either Sorrento or Vietri sul Mare to a bus, and honestly you just value your time otherwise, you can do the cheapest possible option and use entirely public transit, it will just take longer.
Visit our page: Shore Excursions
Getting to the Amalfi coast by Train
Rome to Naples by train
From Naples, you’ll want to take a mode of transport on to the Amalfi, so check out the section below for exactly how to do that!
Time to Naples: 1hr 10 mins (fastest train). One-way ticket cost to Naples: €4o (less if booked a few days in advance). Operates: year-round.
Rome to Salerno by train
Alternatively, you can get directly to the Amalfi coast from Rome by train if you head to Salerno. If you’re unsure about where to stay, read our post on Salerno, the perfect off-the-beaten-path city on the Amalfi coast.
Salerno is also a good destination if you are traveling to towns further south on the Amalfi coast, like Vietri sul Mare, Maiori, Minori or Amalfi.
Time to Salerno: 1 hr 55 minutes (fastest train). One-way ticket cost to Salerno: €44 (less if booked a few days in advance). Operates: year-round.
Read on to see how to get from Naples and Salerno to the Amalfi coast!
Naples to Salerno by train
If your final destination are towns south of Amalfi or Salerno itself, you might consider taking a direct train from Naples to Salerno. The train ride takes less than 40 minutes. From Salerno, you have the option of taking the SITA bus to other towns on the Amalfi coast, including Vietri sul Mare, Maiori, Minori and Amalfi.
Time to Salerno: 30 minutes (fastest train). One-way ticket cost to Salerno: €15 (less if booked in advance). Operates: year-round.
Naples to Sorrento by train
Alternatively, if your final destination is Sorrento or towns north of Amalfi, you’ll want to take the Circumvesuviana from the main Naples station (Napoli Centrale). When you’re there, look for the signs for the “Circumvesuviana” trains and buy the tickets from the desk—the main ticket machines you see are not for the Circumvesuviana trains.
The Circumvesuviana train ticket from Naples to Sorrento costs €4.10, and takes slightly more than an hour. There will be stops along the way. This website provides the details and schedule.
Time to Sorrento: 1 hour. One-way ticket cost to Sorrento: €4.10. Operates: year-round.
As with Salerno, once in Sorrento, you can take the SITA bus to towns along the coast (read on to our section on “Getting from Sorrento to the Amalfi coast by bus”). This route is the cheapest option for getting to the Amalfi coast.
From the Capodichino airport, you can take the Alibus to the main train station. It leaves every 20 minutes from the airport, and takes about 20 to 30 minutes. The cost of the ticket is €3. If you decide to take a taxi instead, the fixed rate is €16 (read the official list of tariffs here).
Getting to the Amalfi coast by Bus
Rome to Positano and Praiano by bus
In summer (the beginning of June to the end of September), a bus runs to both Positano and Praiano from the bus depot at Rome’s Tiburtina train station. The bus leaves at 7am from the depot, located a short walk from the Rome Tiburtina station. Just don’t get it confused with the local ATAC bus stops just right outside the Tiburtina train station. It gets into Positano at 11.30am and Praiano at 11.45am.
Now it seems that with Marozzi Bus Journeys you can take the bus to Positano, but it also has other stops such as Pompeii and Sorrento.
Time: 4.5 hours. One-way ticket cost: €21. Operates: June, July, August, September. More info here.
Sorrento to Positano and Praiano by bus
The beautiful town of Praiano is known as the pearl of the Amalfi Coast, Praiano is one of those destinations which, even if you’re simply just passing through you can count on two factors that make it unique, the first being the breathtaking views and the the second being the delicious authentic food. In recent years many readers from all over the world decide to stop in Praiano because of its perfect location halfway between Positano and Amalfi, boats some of the best restaurants of the Amalfi Coast, it’s unique preserved atmosphere and it’s lovely beaches.
Praiano is located just after the town of Positano and it is in fact from the terraces of Praiano that it is possible to enjoy the most fascinating and magical sunsets of the Amalfi Coast. If you want to reach Praiano from Sorrento with bus visit SITA bus website.
Getting to the Amalfi coast by Taxi
Naples to the Amalfi coast,by taxi or private transfer
The most expensive, but fastest, option is a taxi or private transfer to Amalfi or Positano from Naples. This will set you back about €120 to €150, one-way. From Naples, taxis are meant charge a fixed rate, as per the tariff set by the City of Naples.
Taxi fares Estimate at Amalfi Coast :
- From Amalfi to Conca dei Marini, which was 4km, 10-minute ride, the fare was €50
- Amalfi to Positano: €80
- Amalfi to Ravello: €40
- Amalfi to Ravello: €40
- Amalfi to Naples: 130 €
- Naples to Positano/Praiano 90 / 110 €
-Payment is by cash only
-Taxis are available 24 hours a day
-There is no Uber, Lyft, or any other ride share apps available at Amalfi Coast
Getting to the Amalfi coast by Ferry
Naples to Sorrento, Positano or Amalfi, by ferry
From the port in Naples (Moro Beverello), you can catch a ferry with Alilauro to Positano or Amalfi by first stopping in Sorrento
Time to Sorrento: 40 minutes. One-way ticket cost to Sorrento: about €12. Operates: to Sorrento, year-round.
Note: From Capodichino airport, you can take the Alibus to Piazza Municipio.
Driving on the narrow winding roads along the Amalfi Coast, which follows the shoreline from Sorrento south to Salerno, is once-in-a-lifetime experience, but we think that the best way to get around is by ferry! You will get a first-class view of the coastline from the blue and clear sea. We lately receive a lot of questions about using the ferries instead of reaching the Amalfi Coast by local bus or via taxi which are very uncomfortable and expensive especially during the summer. So we will give you special tips!
When do the ferries run on the Amalfi Coast?
Ferry routes to and from the Amalfi Coast usually run from April to October. The Sorrento – Positano – Amalfi route begins running in mid-May. During winter season, the only active ferry routes are those between Sorrento and Naples, and Naples or Sorrento and the islands. Services run through the autumn until the end of October or the beginning of November, anyway they are weather dependent. If you are planning on visiting in the early spring or late autumn, consider a plan B, because in case of rough seas, routes may be suspended.
Where are the ferry terminals of departure for Amalfi Coast?
First of all, there are no ferry routes which connect Naples and the Amalfi Coast. In Salerno, there are two ports: Piazza Concordia and Molo Manfredi. Piazza Concordia is directly across from the train station, while Molo Manfredi is a few kilometers away. Sometimes, during peak summer season there is ferry service from Sorrento to the Amalfi Coast. Gescab company offers ferry service connecting Amalfi and Positano from Capri. However the most extensive ferry service is run by Travelmar which connects the cities of Salerno, Amalfi and Positano. It also offers connections among Minori, Maiori and Amalfi.
Where do the ferries stop on the Amalfi Coast?
Mainly the ferries stop to Positano and Amalfi, where the ferry service is very focused. However, there are connections between Minori and Maiori with Amalfi town, so that you can reach Salerno, Positano and Capri.
What about the ferries prices on the Amalfi Coast?
Prices may vary and this depends on the length of your journey and the company you choose. Actually, average price is 8-12€, but more for the route from Salerno to Positano. There are discounts available for children under 12 and children under 3 travel free.
Where can I find the ferry schedule on the Amalfi Coast?
Sometimes it might be difficult to find information in English on the connections by sea to the Amalfi Coast, but on Amalfi Coast Ferry Connections you will find the ferry schedules to and from the Amalfi Coast.
Getting around the Amalfi Coast
Rent a Boat
Getting to the Amalfi coast by renting a Car?
Rent a scooter
Rent a bike
Rent a Taxi
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