The Amalfi Coast is a natural paradise and it is one of the fifty Italian places declared by UNESCO as a “World Heritage site”.
The coast can be compared to a balcony overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea.
Over the years many famous and non famous painters have tried to capture the coast’s beauty and splendor but its allure can only be appreciated in person.
The Amalfi Coast is in the South of Italy near Naples and Salerno. The coast begins from Vietri sul Mare and ends in Positano. From the Amalfi Coast you can reach the famous islands of Capri, Ischia and other little gems.
Its position in the mediterranean means that the best time to visit the coast is from March to October. The hottest month being July and August however you can visit all year round due to its mild climate.
Visiting depends on the activities you prefer to do, for example if you like hiking the best time to visit is from March to June, if you are a beach addict ther best time is from July to September and if you like to party the best time is in February when Carnival is celebrated.
How can you get to the Amalfi Coast?
By plane, by train, by bus, by car and by boat. The Coast is easily reached by plane from Naples and from Rome airport. By train from Salerno. By bus from Salerno. By boat from Naples and Salerno port. By car you must take the SS163 from Vietri sul mare to Sorrento.
Your vacation on the Amalfi Coast is booked now you just have to figure out how to get on the Amalfi Coast. The closest connections are: Rome, Naples, Sorrento and Salerno.
Public transport arriving in Amalfi are the SITA bus (in detail: times of lines Amalfi – Maiori – Salerno and Amalfi – Positano – Sorrento) and, in the summertime, thanks to intensified transport links by sea, ferries departing from Salerno.
The more comfortable and less stressful way to reach the coast is to book a private transfer from the airport be it Rome or Naples. Private transport service is convenient if you have been travelling a long time.
How to get to the Amalfi Coast from Rome
From Rome Ciampino Airport you can get to Rome Termini Station by Bus Shuttle or by taxi.
From Fiumicino you can take the Leonardo Express, the train that comes from the Terminal that leads to Stazione Termini.
From Roma Termini you can catch trains to Naples Central Station and Salerno. The Freccia Rossa (AV) is the fastest and most comfortable option. In an hour you will arrive in Naples Piazza Garibaldi Station. The price is about 50 €.
Alternatively there is the Intercity train connecting Rome and Naples in about two hours and costs about € 20. Finally there is the Regional train for only 10 € which gets you to Naples in about 4 hours and makes several stops along the way.
From Tiburtina there is a ‘Marozzi’ bus (5 hours, 27 € approx) which stops in Sorrento, Positano, Praiano, Conca dei Marini and Amalfi.
For Amalfi there is only one bus that leaves at 7:00 am and arrives at 12:00. For Sorrento, on the other hand, you can choose between the 7:00 and the one at a more convenient time of 15:00.
How to get to the Amalfi Coast from Naples
From Capodichino International Airport you can take bus the ‘Alibus’ or taxi to the Central Bus Station or ‘Curreri’ (80 min, € 10) that leads to Sorrento.
From Naples Central Station there are various alternatives that differ according to the location of the coastal reach. If you are going to Amalfi, Minori, Maiori, Cetara, Vietri sul Mare, the train can reach Varco Immacolatella by taxi or train and from there a SITA bus (about 2 hours, 4 € )
Alternatively you can choose a regional train leading to the station of Salerno or the Circumvesuviana, which is a train that in 70 minutes gets you to Sorrento: the ticket price is 3.20 euro. From Sorrento, then, you must use the Sita bus mentioned above to reach Positano or Amalfi.
How to get to the Amalfi Coast from Salerno
From Salerno train station, you can reach from Naples by regional train or by the main Italian locations using the high-speed trains, part of a SITA bus that arrives in Amalfi in 75 minutes and costs € 4 per person.
Alternatively, at Molo Concordia (the port), located opposite the train station, the fast hydrofoil (35 minutes and 8 Euros a ticket) goes directly to Amalfi and 70 minutes and 12 euros, to Positano.
How to get the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento
We said that, especially for those arriving from Naples, you can easily reach Sorrento. From the train station there is an express SITA bus to Positano and Amalfi, which takes 60-90 minutes and costs between 3 and 5 € depending on the route.
Alternatively a fast hydrofoil in 30 minutes at 16 euros each to reach Positano. Another hydrofoil, instead, in 50 minutes for 17 € reaches Amalfi.
We recommend, however, that you always pay close attention to the timetables of trains, buses and ferries that can vary based on the season or due to unforeseen circumstances. It is always good before you start your journey to consult their internal sites.
How to get on the Amalfi Coast by car
For all those who, instead, choose to use their own car, first of all pay attention to the traffic in the months of July and August.
From Rome you must take the A3 Roma-Napoli and follow signs for Salerno. Once in Salerno you must take the Vetri sul Mare exit and follow the SS163 along the coastal road.
Amalfi Coast Towns
The first town, when you come from Salerno is Vietri sul mare. Vietri sul mare is famous for its colourful and artistic ceramics.
If you want to learn how to make your own vase you can book an appointment in many of the historic ceramic shops around the town where they will teach you how to make something special. Vietri sul mare has many little hamlets which are scattered nearby.
The next town is Cetara which is a small fishing village famous for its fish product. The town is a small valley on the sea with a beautiful port and has many food shop.
The best time to visit Cetara is in July when you can go on a fishing trip with local fishermen. They will show you how to fish and cook the fish for you too!
Carrying on the same road, you will come across the small village of Erchie. This is a gem due to its size and location. It is a hamlet of Maiori which is the next town. Maiori has the largest beach on the Amalfi Coast.
It is a large valley and behind it you can find Tramonti which has many hamlets on the mountains.
Maiori is overlooked by a Norman Tower called “Torre Normanna” and a castle built in a French style. This town is the perfect choice for families with young children because there is a lot of space and a large promenade.
The village of Tramonti is the green belt of the Coast. Tourist can hike here and appreciate the cultivation of wine, lemons and vegetables. This is a place where the locals still take advantage of their land.
Continuing along the coast, a few kilometers from Maiori you can find the beautiful town of Minori.
Maiori and Minori are linked via their names. Maiori meaning “major” and Minori “minor”. Infact Minori is small village and for this reason its beauty is enhanced by its small alleys, vintage street lamps and local shops. Here you can visit the Villa Romana from the Roman era.
The following town is Atrani which on first impact takes your breath away because you pass through a bridge to reach the town.
Due to its beauty it has been chosen as the place in many international adverts. Most recently the American advert for FIAT.
Next to Atrani you will find the famous Amalfi. Amalfi is famous for its history as an important commercial port linked to the East, its production of paper and it also once had its own currency.
Today Amalfi is still an important tourist attraction, the cathedral is at the heart of the town and plays a crucial part in Amalfi’s many festivities.
It is also the place where tourists can take the ferry to Capri, Ischia and Salerno.
Amalfi is a ‘must’ if visiting the Amalfi Coast and during the summer period is inundated with tourists and cruise ships coming from all over the world.
Ravello and Scala and are other important places to visit on the Amalfi Coast. Ravello, famous for its spectacular view of the coast and Salerno coast line, is a breath taking location for tourists.
You can visit Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone which are beautiful gardens overlooking the coast. Walkers will love the intimate alleys and secret places hidden among the town. Scala is like Tramonti a small mountain village and it is said that it is the oldest village on the Coast. Many people choose to live here as it is calmer than Ravello and other places on the coast.
Continuing along the coastal road from Amalfi you will come across Conca Dei Marini and Furore. The two towns are famous for its two natural gems: The Emerald Grotto in Conca dei Marini and the well known Fiord in Italy is in Furore.
The houses in furore are all painted with various decorations and in Conca the famous “Sfogliatella” was invented. (The sfogliatella is pastry made with ricotta and dried fruit).
A few kilometers away you will find Praiano and Positano. Praiano is a small village on the sea which runs down the mountain to the sea. It is the place where the sun sets the latest.
Positano is in a stunningly beautiful panoramic position along one of the most beautiful stretches of coast of the Sorrento peninsula. It is an ancient fishing village which has become one of the most elegant and well known known health resorts of the Amalfi Coast .
Hailed by writers and poets, reproduced countless times on canvas, Positano is mostly known in the earliest stages of its existence.
As often happened in the past, the lack of reliable data created myths; one of them says that Positano was founded by Poseidon, greek god of the sea, for the love of the nymph Pasitea.
Records date back to the centuries following the fall of the Roman Empire, when Positano becomes part of the Amalfi Republic through a flourishing period, owing to trade with other countries of the Mediterranean. Unfortunately, sad periods of domination followed..
In 1668 Positano disbursed 12943 ducats to redeem itself from the feudal weight declaring it a royal trading with Greece and with the island of Cyprus regaining great importance and prestige.
After the First World War, Positano became a refuge for painters, filmmakers and writer especially Russians who, fascinated by the magic atmosphere, the scenery and the lifestyle of the restructured fishermen huts and monasteries built villas by creating golden shelters. Some of which are: Vincenzo Caprile, Seminov, Zagazonito, Essud Bey, Clavel, Escher, Massine, Kovaliska, Ghillausen.
Tourism boomed after World War II. Despite intensive development, Positano has preserved its characteristic vertical city, its solar architecture, its corners and scenic beauty.
Thanks to the innate sense of hospitality the Positano people were able to gain and maintain one of the first places among the most famous tourist destinations of the world.
Positano is an international benchmark in the field of fashion-sea: countless and colourful shops and boutiques fill the bleachers and the alleys, satisfying the needs of a cosmopolitan clientele.
Sorrento has its own coast called Costiera Sorrentina however you can reach Sorrento along the Amalfi Coast. It is a large city, known all over the word for its beauty and the famous song “Torna a Surriento”. It is frequented by celebrities and is well looked after.
Capri is the most exclusive island in the area. It is best known for its natural sites such as the Blue Grotto and the spectacular view from Anacapri. This is a ‘must’ see as visitors can appreciate an amazing view from the island and exclusive designer shops and restaurants and maybe a celebrity sighting too!
We previously said that the Amalfi Coast is not only beaches and sea but it also has beautiful mountains where you can go hiking. There are many paths that tourists can follow.
The most famous is the ‘Path of the Gods’ but each town hides its own hiking trail which offer a breath taking view and varied flora and fauna.
In Amalfi you can walk along the ‘Valle delle Ferriere’, in Maiori you can reach Falesio mountain where you can view the coast at a 360-degree angle. From Ravello you can walk down to Minori and from Minori you can walk to Maiori passing through the “Lemon Trail”.
Due to the structure of the area, the coast has many local products with the lemon being its most famous.
The towns along the coast still continue their fishing traditions and its sea is full of squid, anchovies and tuna.
The speciality of the coast is the ‘Colatura d’alici’ which is anchovy sauce invented by the romans. However, there are many others such as wine, beer, hams and mozzarella cheese.
To appreciate the coast at its best visitors mustn’t just explore the sea or the mountains but must explore every angle of the coast from the small villages to the typical craft of the area.
Whatever you do on the coast you will definitely have the time of your life!