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!
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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.