Visiting the Amalfi Coast was definitely on my bucket list, and when I started to think about where to go on my next vacation, I knew it had to be there. This was my second time in Italy and I’m sure that I will keep adding this country to my vacations as many times as I can!
Every place we visited was so picturesque and full of charm. The colorful houses carved into the cliffsides were so dreamy and every town had its own magic to the point I don’t think I would be able to pick one as my favorite.
I was a little bit confused when I started planning this trip because of the many options and opinions that I found when doing my research. Should I arrive in Rome? Should I stay in each town for more than two days? Should my base be Sorrento? Should I rent a car? etc; I went with my gut and my budget lol and I love our final itinerary. We traveled to Naples and from there, we arranged for a private car to be waiting for us at the airport to take us to Amalfi. This little town was the perfect way to start our journey because it was not too crazy as many people seem to take day trips to Amalfi instead of staying more days, which made it a little bit more peaceful. While here, we took a Limoncello class and learned how to make this famous drink from scratch, it is truly an art!
After spending some days in Amalfi, we moved to Positano and got to enjoy its beautiful views and unique beaches made of pebbles. In here, I got to see one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen!
From Positano, we rented an Airbnb at Sorrento and stayed there for the rest of the days. From Sorrento, we did many day trips ( We opted for taking the Ferry) to the other towns and it was so nice to come back at night and enjoy Sorrento’s central square and lively streets. I made sure I tried many restaurants and had many amazing coffees throughout the days 🙂 We also did a wine tasting Airbnb experience, and I can truly say it was one of the best nights we had while in Sorrento.
One of my favorite day trips was to Capri. We got a boat tour that took us to the town and gave us enough time to explore this lovely town full of designer boutiques, luxury hotels, and yummy restaurants. we also got to tour the Augustus Gardens, made up of a series of flower-decked terraces overlooking the Bay of Marina Piccola to the right and the Faraglioni to the left.
My favorite part was definitely to explore Capri from the boat. We got to jump out of the boat, swim and explore Marvellous Grotto, the Natural Arch, and Faraglioni rocks!
Here are a few things you should know if you are planning to go to the Amalfi Coast any time soon :
- You don’t need to speak Italian as many people speak English, however, knowing a few words in Italian always come handy!
- Get ready to walk and to get some hardcore workout for your legs as many of the towns have never-ending stairs
- Know that tourism in the Amalfi Coast is getting crazy now, and so the prices! So get ready to pay extra for pretty much everything.
- In my opinion, the best sunset views in Positano are at Franco’s bar, inside Le Sirenuse Hotel. You do have to make reservations but it has awesome drinks and it’s the perfect spot to avoid the crazy crowds and get stunning views of this town!
- Make sure you check the Airbnb Experiences, as you are supporting the locals and will meet very lovely people who are eager to show you their culture.
- When in Italy, go for aperitivo. It’s essentially like our Happy Hour in the states, but better lol and your drink comes with light bites that will hold you over until dinner.
Honestly, I loved to cross this place from my travel bucket list, but I don’t feel any immediate urge to return soon, as I believe there are many other beautiful places to visit in Italy that are not so overpopulated with tourists. it is definitely a place that you should visit once in your lifetime because it’s charm will steal a piece of your heart 🙂
I hope you liked this post and that you find my tips helpful when planning to visit the Amalfi Coast!