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The Ultimate 7-10 Day Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Fresh lemons, sparkling seascapes, and colorful cliffside towns are just a few things that illustrate Italy’s iconic Amalfi Coast. With so much to see and do, this Amalfi Coast itinerary for 7 to 10 days will help you say “Buongiorno” to the perfect trip. Keep reading to discover where to stay, what to do, and how to maximize your time in one of the dreamiest destinations.
Why is the Amalfi Coast So Famous?
The Amalfi Coast is home to 13 towns that include some of the most luxurious, vibrant, and unique destinations in the world. Its spectacular coastline stretches over 30 miles across the Mediterranean Sea. People from all over the world flock here to experience La Dolce Vita (the sweet life) of this special coast. Oh, and for all of the lemons and limoncello of course!
What Are the Best Months to Go to the Amalfi Coast?
If you’re looking for the full experience of the Amalfi Coast, the best time to go is between the summer months of June and September. Some of the restaurants and beach clubs may be closed outside of this window due to off-season.
If you’re wanting to visit during a quieter time with more moderate temperatures, you should go during April, May, or October. Plus, airfare and hotel rates will likely be cheaper then too.
How Many Days Do You Need in the Amalfi Coast?
With so many majestic towns sprinkled throughout, you could spend several weeks exploring all that this coast has to offer. You should spend at least five days to get a good feel for the coast; however, seven to ten days would be ideal.
Getting to and Around the Amalfi Coast
Best Ways to Get to the Amalfi Coast
The best option for easily getting to the Amalfi Coast is flying into the Naples International Airport and taking a ferry to the town you’re staying in. A great ferry to consider is the NLG ferry, which departs from Naples and travels to Amalfi, Capri, Positano, and Sorrento. The average time is around 1.5 hours.
If you’re coming from Rome, you can get to the Amalfi Coast by train. Popular routes are training to Naples or Salerno and accessing the coast from there. Salerno is just east of Vietri sul Mare, which is the first town along the Amalfi Coast.
Getting Around the Amalfi Coast
Being on the coast, utilizing ferries and boats is going to be your best way to travel between towns. You can also take advantage of buses and taxis for inland activities.
You can rent a car, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Most rentals will have manual engines and come with inflated price tags during summer months. Plus, the roads throughout the Amalfi Coast are winding and narrow. If you want to rent a vehicle, you could consider renting a scooter if you know how to drive one.
Where to Stay in the Amalfi Coast
Throughout your week in the Amalfi Coast, staying in two or three different locations will help you see more without having to move around too much. I’d recommend staying in one town in the eastern region (like Amalfi Town) to easily access places like Positano and Ravello. You should also stay in a western-region town (like Sorrento) to access places like Capri.
If you’re looking for more luxury, towns like Positano and Capri are best. In these towns you’ll find more of the five-star hotels, designer shopping, and upscale restaurants.
Below are some of the best hotels I’ve found while traveling around the Amalfi Coast.
Hotel Luna Convento (luxury): Stunning hotel sitting atop the Mediterranean Sea that features a courtyard built in the 13th century.
Hotel Amalfi (budget): Located in the center of the town, this hotel offers a complimentary breakfast on their rooftop and features charming Italian decor throughout.
La Scalinatella (luxury): Five-star hotel with breathtaking views, two outdoor pools, and a fantastic restaurant.
Casa di Capri (mid-range): Four-star hotel that’s just a ten-minute walk from the beach with complimentary breakfast included.
Capri Wine Hotel (budget): Lovely hotel with a wine bar, garden, and terrace overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Hotel Santa Caterina (luxury): Rated as one of the best hotels in the Amalfi Coast, Santa Caterina is built into a rock and offers a private beach and Michelin-star restaurant.
Hotel Marincanto (mid-range): Four-star hotel with its own private beach, wellness area, and infinity pool.
Villa Maria Antonietta (budget): Reviewed as one of the best value accommodations in Positano.
Relais Regina Giovanna (mid-range): Gorgeous hotel offering a private beach and restaurant.
The Kite (budget): Gorgeous property tucked away in Piano di Sorrento with breathtaking views of the hills and the sea.
Villa Pane (budget): If you’re looking for a family-owned, authentic, and feel-good place to stay, Villa Pane is it. This bed and breakfast is one of my favorite places I’ve ever stayed! It’s nestled in the hills about 15 minutes outside of the town square, and they offer free shuttle services. Book in for the gorgeous views and stay for the home-cooked meals, cooking class, and warm atmosphere.
Amalfi Coast Itinerary Overview
Here’s a quick overview of what your 7-day Amalfi Coast itinerary looks like. Each day details what you should do and where to eat in these must-see towns.
Day 1: Explore Amalfi Town and Atrani Beach
Day 2: Day trip to the fabulous Positano
Day 3: Day trip to Ravello for its beautiful gardens and villas
Day 4: Path of the Gods hike and discover Praiano
Day 5: Depart from Amalfi Town and travel to Sorrento
Day 6: Explore Sorrento and its beach clubs
Day 7: Day trip to Capri by boat
At the end of this post, I’ve listed additional things to do and places to see if you have more time. These activities can fill a 10-day Amalfi Coast itinerary.
Day 1: Amalfi Town and Atrani Beach
Welcome to the magical Amalfi Coast! Start your day by grabbing an espresso and a light bite before heading to Atrani Beach (or Spiaggia di Atrani Beach). Atrani is a small town just east of Amalfi Town, and has a sandy beach that’s great for swimming. If you’re coming from Amalfi Town, it’s a 15-minute walk to the beach and has gorgeous views of the Amalfi Coast along the way.
Head back into Amalfi Town for the afternoon and treat yourself to lemon gelato, which comes inside of a lemon of course. Walk around the town and browse all of the great shopping, hand-crafted ceramics, and lemon-inspired everything. We found a lot of the items here were reasonably priced compared to towns like Positano and Capri.
Freshen up and snag a table within the main square, Piazza del Duomo, for a lemon or Aperol Spritz. Enjoy some great people watching and the town’s buzzing energy before heading to dinner.
Where to Eat in Amalfi Town
1. Ristorante de Zaccaria
This restaurant sits on the cliff right in between Atrani and Amalfi. Go for fresh seafood with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.
2. Pizzeria Donna Stella
Dine under a canopy of lemons in the heart of Amalfi Town. The pizza and the ambience here are chef’s kiss.
3. Sensi Restaurant
Michelin-star restaurant that offers fine dining with amazing food and ambience. Try the tasting menu and wine pairing, they won’t disappoint.
What to Do in Amalfi Town
At the center of Amalfi’s Piazza del Duomo is the gorgeous Amalfi Cathedral. The interior of the cathedral is said to have begun construction in the 9th century. Definitely buy tickets to go inside for the full tour.
Amalfi Summer Jazz Festival
Amalfi hosts a Jazz festival in July featuring free live music in Piazza del Duomo. We caught one of the shows here and it was one of our favorite nights of the trip. I highly recommend trying to make it to one!
Day 2: Positano
Dive into day two by visiting the Amalfi Coast’s iconic town, Positano. Take a day trip here via ferry, which should take around 20 minutes from Amalfi Town.
When you envision the Amalfi Coast, the image that comes to mind was likely taken in Positano. This stunning, cliffside village is lined with colorful buildings and florals, and is one of the most popular destinations along the coastline.
Positano is home to some of the most amazing restaurants, glamorous hotels, and breathtaking scenery. Whether you’re heading to a chic beach club or getting lost in its narrow laneways, you can’t help but feel like you’ve stumbled into an Italian daydream.
What to Do in Positano
Sail Along the Amalfi Coast
Between shopping and eating great food, one of the best things to do in Positano is get out on the water! This sunset cruise sails along the Amalfi Coast, and includes time for a dip in the sea with Prosecco to enjoy afterwards.
Positano is known for its idyllic beach clubs, with colorful umbrellas bordering clear turquoise waters. There are several clubs to choose from, but some of the more exclusive ones require reservation. A few beach clubs that I’d recommend checking out:
Positano has some of the best storefronts on the coast. Shop around for some Italian linen, ceramics, or other great souvenirs. There are several vendors throughout the streets as well, many of whom only accept cash.
Important to note! The ATM machines in Positano have higher withdrawal fees compared to other towns, so try taking cash out elsewhere before you go. Also, pay attention to when the last ferry leaves, which is usually around 10 p.m.
Where to Eat in Positano
Casa e Bottega
If you’re craving greens or looking for vegan-friendly dishes, you must try this trendy and aesthetically pleasing cafe. It’s open through lunch until 3:30 p.m.
Located directly behind Positano Beach, Chez Black is one of the most popular restaurants due its history and celebrity diners. Make a reservation for lunch or dinner and indulge in some of the freshest seafood out there.
Hotel Villa Gabrisa
Head to this cliffside hotel restaurant with gorgeous views of Positano for drinks or dinner. Grab a taxi to get there or be prepared to climb dozens of steps. We climbed our way there, and most definitely deserved our pasta and gelato afterwards.
Rada is a popular venue with multiple levels, including a Michelin-star restaurant on the rooftop and beach bistro on bottom. It also turns into a disco club at night called Music on the Rocks.
Day 3: Ravello
Nestled in the hilltops of the Amalfi Coast is the art-centric and picturesque town of Ravello. Home to stunning gardens and villas, Ravello attracts thousands each summer to experience its Ravello Festival of music and art.
For day three of your Amalfi Coast itinerary, take a day trip to Ravello to explore the incredible estates and views throughout the town. Taking the bus from Amalfi Town is the best way to get there and takes around 30 minutes.
What to Do in Ravello
The most popular attractions in Ravello are exploring two of its grand villas, Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone. They’re both within walking distance of each other and easy to access once you’ve arrived to the town square.
Villa Rufolo is spectacular and has so much beauty everywhere you look. It’s also where the Ravello Festival takes place, which features art shows, orchestras, jazz concerts, and more.
Villa Cimbrone is another stunning and historic villa that dates back to the 11th century. It’s most well known for its Terrazza dell’Infinito, or Terrace of Infinity.
Walk around the main square of Ravello, Piazza Centrale. Here you’ll find shops, art galleries, and cafes. It’s also right next to the entrance of Villa Rufolo.
Shop Art and Ceramics
Ravello is known for its art scene, since the town served as a destination for many artists, musicians, and other creatives. The art and ceramics are fantastic here, so be sure to shop around and support local artists.
Where to Eat in Ravello
Babel Wine Bar Deli & Art
Charming restaurant featuring locally-sourced food and wine. It’s decorated with art and ceramics from local artists that you can purchase.
Salvatore Ravello 1958
Fantastic restaurant in the hills of Ravello with amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Day 4: Path of the Gods and Praiano
Immerse into more nature on day four by hiking the Path of the Gods trail. The hike has breathtaking views of the coastline, takes about four hours, and is considered easy to moderate to hike.
After the hike, venture into Praiano to explore another beautiful town within the Amalfi Coast.
Getting to Path of the Gods
I recommend beginning the trail at the Piazza Paolo Capasso in the town of Bomerano. Starting here will make the hike downhill, which does include a steep set of stairs. The hike will end in Positano.
From Amalfi Town, you can get there by bus or taxi in about 45 minutes. Taking the bus will cost €2.20 for a one-way ticket or €6.80 for an all-day pass. You must buy your ticket at a convenience store or ticket office. Buy it in advance so you don’t have to wait for the stores to open.
Go in the morning before it gets too hot and so that you have time for activities in the afternoon. Eat a fueling breakfast beforehand and bring water with you!
After you finish the hike, you’ll find yourself in Positano. Spend some time here to grab a bite to eat, shop around, or even cool off by taking an ocean dip. For the afternoon portion of your day, I recommend venturing into the nearby town of Praiano to explore somewhere new.
Things to Do in Praiano
Praiano is a beautiful and quieter town right next to Positano. It offers more of an authentic, small-town charm, which is great to mix into your Amalfi Coast itinerary. From Positano, you can take a bus or taxi and get there in up to 15 minutes. Here are a few things you can do there.
Visit Historic Churches
There are several gorgeous churches throughout the town that are worth a visit. Check out San Gennaro church and San Luca Evangelista church, which was built in the 12th century.
Beaches and Beach Clubs
If you’re wanting some beach time after the hike, Praiano has several beaches and beach clubs. Marina di Praia beach is beautiful with turquoise waters and cliffs surrounding it. You can also rent kayaks there to take out on the water.
For beach clubs, check out One Fire Beach Club and don’t miss their Melon Time at 4:30 in the afternoon. Make a reservation before you go!
Where to Eat in Praiano
Day 5: Amalfi Town and Travel to Sorrento
Spend your final day in Amalfi Town relaxing and browsing the shops before traveling to Sorrento. If you haven’t already, tour the Amalfi Cathedral and marvel at its amazing interiors dating back to the 9th century.
Grab a leisurely breakfast or lunch (and gelato) before hopping on your ferry to Sorrento. A ferry from Amalfi Town to Sorrento will take around two hours.
Arrive in Sorrento and head to your hotel from the port. I’d recommend taking a taxi to your place of accommodation since there’s a steep incline from the port to the city center. We chose to walk and within minutes were wishing we had grabbed a taxi!
Freshen up and head out for dinner nearby. See recommendations on where to eat in the section below.
If you stay at Villa Pane (recommended above), they will pick you up from the town square through their free shuttle service. The owner of the bed and breakfast is an amazing chef and cooks meals for guests every day and night.
Day 6: Sorrento
Wake up and say “Buongiorno” (good morning) to beautiful Sorrento! Spend day six of your Amalfi Coast itinerary exploring the town and take some time lounging at one of the gorgeous beach clubs.
Things to Do in Sorrento
Relax and swim at one of Sorrento’s many beach clubs in the Marina Piccola. We booked in at Marameo Beach Club and loved it. Make a reservation in advance for your lounge chair and umbrella here.
Stroll Piazza Tasso
Piazza Tasso is the main square in Sorrento lined with great cafes and shops.
To find the best shopping areas in Sorrento, check out Via San Cesareo and Corso Italia. There are also several alleyways with great vendors between these two areas.
Where to Eat in Sorrento
Ristorante Da Gaetano Vino Vero
Tucked away in the hills of Sorrento, this restaurant has amazing views of the town and sea.
Ristorante Sorrento o’Parruchiano la Favorita
If you’re looking to dine in a historic lemon grove, you’ve come to the right place. Open since 1868, o’Parruchiano is one of of Sorrento’s most popular restaurants. Reserve a table in advance here.
Day 7: Capri
There’s no better way to wrap up an incredible week in the Amalfi Coast than taking a day trip to the dreamy island of Capri. Capri is best known for its perfect blue waters, the Blue Grotto, and its effortlessly chic lifestyle.
You can take a ferry from Sorrento and explore on your own, or you can book a boat tour. I recommend booking a boat tour so you can get out on the water, stop for swimming, and walk around the island. Many of the boat tours will take you through the Blue Grotto, Capri’s illuminating sea cave.
You can also check with your hotel to see if there are tours they’d recommend. We booked with the Sea Dweller Charter Boat company and they exceeded all expectations. They served food and drinks and we sailed around the island with a few hours in between to explore Capri by foot.
What to Do in Capri
Once you arrive to the island, browse some of the designer shopping and take time to marvel at the perfectly manicured laneways. You’ll also find some great ceramics and home decor here.
Hike Around the Island
Depending on how much time you have, there are several hikes around Capri that offer commanding views. One hike to consider is the Path of the Little Forts which is a walking path between the Blue Grotto and the lighthouse.
Where to Eat in Capri
Da Luigi ai Faraglioni
Built into a cliff with gorgeous views, this restaurant is fantastic. Prepare for a bit of a walk if you’re going by foot, although I promise it will be worth it. You can also take a water taxi out of the main port to get there.
Fontelina Beach Club
If you’re looking for something similar to Da Luigi but more upscale, Fontelina Beach Club is it. Book ahead as you’ll need a reservation. Go for the food and some sun bathing under the Capri sun.
Have More Time? More Ideas for Your Amalfi Coast Itinerary
If you have more time in the Amalfi Coast, you’re in luck. There’s copious things to do and places to see that are full of so much beauty and history. These activities can fill your 10-day Amalfi Coast itinerary.
Here are a few ideas that I’d recommend considering.
Anyone will agree that taking a cooking class in Italy is one of the best experiences. If you stay at Villa Pane in Sorrento, they offer a cooking class on the property, which we absolutely loved taking. There are tons of great cooking classes offered throughout the Amalfi Coast to check out.
Ischia is an island off the coast of Naples and is accessible by ferry from Sorrento or Naples. It’s become a more popular destination due to its authentic Italian vibe, beautiful sandy beaches, and natural hot springs.
Visiting the archaeological site of Pompeii is one of the most historically incredible experiences in the Amalfi Coast. From Sorrento and Naples, Pompeii is about a 30-minute train ride.
Being Italy’s third-largest city, Naples is definitely worth exploring. Check out the 800-year-old Castel Nuovo, the Royal Palace of Naples, and indulge in a classic Neapolitan pizza.
Wrap-up: Ultimate Amalfi Coast Itinerary
I hope that after reading this you have a better idea of how you want to spend your week in the Amalfi Coast. This 7-day Amalfi Coast itinerary can be adjusted based on where you’re staying, and can be added to for a 10-day Amalfi Coast itinerary.
While you’re abroad, you should consider exploring more of Italy. For more ideas on the best things to do in Italy, check out this blog post.
No matter how you spend your time in the Amalfi Coast, I know it will be amazing. And I know you will very much love it there. Ciao!