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Visiting Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Italy’s Amalfi Coast

It has always been a dream of mine to visit the Amalfi Coast. I mean, how can you see pictures of such a uniquely beautiful place and not dream of visiting?

The Amalfi Coast, located just south of Napoli, is the destination for tourists from all over the world, from backpackers to celebrities who own homes on its cliffs.

The Amalfi Coast is riddled with small towns carved into the mountainside. The most popular town along the coastline are Salerno, Vietri sul Mare, Maiori, Minori, Cetara, Amalfi, Positano, and Sorrento. Amalfi and Positano are probably the two most famous towns, with Positano being the most photographed on the Amalfi Coast. In fact, the picture above is a picture of Positano!

 

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Where to Stay

Honestly, your options on the Amalfi Coast are pretty limitless when it comes to lodging! In the end, it is going to come down to three things: your budget, what you want to see on the Amalfi Coast, and how you are traveling.

Where to Stay Based on Budget

Before you go to the Amalfi Coast, you need to come to terms with the idea that you’ll be spending a lot of money if you want to stay on the Amalfi Coast. You can get pretty decent rates on the Amalfi Coast if you look into hostels or Airbnb, but even with those I would expect to spend between $90-$150 a night. It’s true, the Amalfi Coast is a huge tourist destination. If you want to stay in Positano, Amalfi, Maiori or Minori, expect to pay the price. But hey, I’m not saying it won’t be worth it!

If you’re looking for the cheapest lodging on/near the Amalfi Coast, I recommend looking at places in either Sorrento, Salerno, or Vietri sul Mare. These two large cities bookend the Amalfi Coast (meaning it’s pretty easy to get there for a day trip) but are far enough away that they avoid some of the price tags. Honestly, both are still on the Mediterranean, so you can still get the good views from your hotel room for less.

Where to Stay Based on Your Desired Itinerary

If you want to spend multiple days in Positano, Amalfi, or hiking between any of the surrounding towns, you should absolutely get lodging in one of those towns! Yes, Sorrento and Salerno are cheaper, but they are still about 1 1/2 hours away from the heart of the Amalfi Coast. That commute could be a little exhausting if you did it for multiple days.

If you only plan on spending one day visiting Positano and/or Amalfi, then I still recommend staying in Sorrento or Salerno. Take an early morning bus or water taxi to either towns, giving you enough time to walk around, shop, and enjoy some lunch.

Where to Stay Based on How You Are Traveling

Are you touring Italy via train? Stay in Sorrento or Salerno. Due to the fact that Sorrento and Salerno are two of the largest cities near the Amalfi Coast, it is much easier to get there via the wonderful Italian train system. If you don’t mind taking a train to either of those cities, and then taking a 1.5 hour bus ride to the heart of the Amalfi Coast, you may consider staying in Amalfi or Positano! If you have a car or a yacht and can travel freely, the Amalfi Coast is your oyster!

 

So, Where Did We Stay?

Relais Paradiso, Vietri sul Mare

Located on the hillside overlooking the Mediterranean, Relais Paradiso proved the perfect location for relaxing and exploring the Amalfi Coast. The hotel has it’s own restaurant, which was perfect when we were too tired to travel to town for dinner. The most delicious breakfast was also included! Not only did we have a perfect view of the mediterranean during our meals, but we also enjoyed that same view lounging by the pool with mojitos in our hands.

We choose the location because we could get a nicer hotel for our budget. Vietri sul Mare is a quick taxi ride away from the Salerno docks, where you can grab a ferry that takes you to Amalfi and Positano. From Salerno, the ferry takes you past Veitri sul Mar, Maiori, and Minori, all of which look add to the incredible view of the Amalfi Coast from the water! I’m so glad we choose the ferry route over a bus trip. At the end, when it was time to leave the Amalfi Coast, we once again grabbed a taxi to Salerno, where we boarded a train directly to Rome. Ultimately, it ended up being a perfect, relaxing two days on the Amalfi Coast, and I would do it the exact same way again.

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What to Do on the Amalfi Coast

Visit a ceramics workshop. The Amalfi Coast is famous for gorgeous Italian ceramics. Take some time in Vietri sul Mare or Positano to get up close and personal with these time-honored techniques. Make sure to leave some room in your suitcase for some oil and vinegar bottles.

Sample Limoncello in Positano. You won’t get far on the Amalfi Coast before you realize that they love all things lemon. The Amalfi Coast is the perfect environment for growing the specific types of lemons required for making limoncello. If you’re in Positano or Amalfi, you’re sure to stumble upon a store selling this refreshing after-dinner drink.

Walk around and shop. Strolling through the streets of the towns on the Amalfi Coast is the epitome of relaxing. You will find tiny shops all over the place. The best part, though, is how amazed you will be by all of the beauty and color that you pass by.

Visit the Duomo in Amalfi. If you adore churches, this Italian beauty is not to be missed. There is also an equally stunning duomo in Ravello if you are able to make it to that small town.

Hike the Amalfi Coast. If you are planning on staying on the Amalfi Coast for an extended period of time, then you must take advantage of the areas scenic hikes! Take the same trails that people did hundreds of years ago.

Take a swim in the Mediterranean. I will be honest, beach access on the Amalfi Coast is expensive. But, if you are willing to spend the time and the money to use one of the beaches in Positano, Amalfi, or any of the smaller towns, swimming is the perfect way to spend an afternoon on the Amalfi Coast. There are also many options for taking small boats to private beaches. From there, you can spend the entire day wading in the Mediterranean.

Take a day trip to Capri. If you are staying on the Amalfi Coast for an extended period of time, a ferry ride to the island of Capri is a must!

Whatever you decide to do, I only have one word of advice for you: don’t forget to pause, often, and admire the beauty all around you. The Amalfi Coast is full of breathtaking sights and color that you won’t find anywhere else.

 

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15 Comments
  • Belle
    February 17, 2017

    Such a beautiful place! The photos are breathtaking too!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Jennifer Leigh
      February 17, 2017

      Thanks for reading! It is a beautiful place!

  • HERRENDEZVOUS
    February 17, 2017

    Such beautiful photos, I can’t wait to visit Italy! X

    Love, http://herrendezvous.com/

    • Jennifer Leigh
      February 17, 2017

      It’s a beautiful country, you’ll have the best time!

  • Moriah
    February 17, 2017

    So beautiful! I spent a semester in Rome and I really regret not going here.

    • Jennifer Leigh
      February 17, 2017

      That’s so cool, we loved Rome! Hopefully you’ll be able to return to Italy someday! 🙂

  • Leah | Five for the Road
    February 17, 2017

    Wow! So beautiful!! It is like looking at a different world!! Bucket List!!

  • Sophia
    February 17, 2017

    It looks so pretty I love the pictures.

  • LAUREN JOHNSON
    February 17, 2017

    Holy beautiful… I’m seriously in love. My boyfriend and I have discussed traveling after we graduate, and you definitely just helped us (or made it harder to pick where to go…) in our journey! I hope one day to be able to capture pictures like these, truly stunning. Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.onceortwiceblog.com

  • That is so beautiful. Everything looks amazing! I have been to the Cinque Terre but we didn’t go all the way to the Amalfi Coast. Bucket list trip for sure.

  • Anna
    February 18, 2017

    This is one of my dream place to go. These pictures are so beautiful. I would love to see these beautiful scenario in person one day. Thank you for sharing this amazing view.

  • Crystal
    February 18, 2017

    These are such breath-taking photos.

  • Julie Hoag
    February 18, 2017

    So gorgeous! I would love to go there someday! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Suzanne
    February 19, 2017

    Wow, this looks insanely beautiful! It’s definitely on my list of places to see.

  • val
    February 19, 2017

    Insanely gorgeous! We did Cinque Terre for part of our honeymoon, not too far away. But Amalfi Coast is still on my list 😉

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