Let me paint a picture for you.
Charming towns assembled high and dense along dramatic seaside cliffs. Soft turquoise-colored waves lap gently against sands that feel pure and untouched. Your mornings begin with breakfast on the terrace, daytime adventures tracing the coastline by boat, and a leisure evening accompanied by a few too many sunset cocktails and fresh-made seafood pasta. Ah yes, the Amalfi Coast of Southern Italy certainly sounds almost too good to be true.
It’s important to remember that here, there is no shortage of rich culture. That fine Italian cuisine is as good as they say, and the views are just near heart-stopping.
Though only about 25 miles long and 13 towns wide, the full Amalfi Coast experience can easily consume a full week’s worth of your time... However, if you’re like me, time is of the essence and well, the majority of my vacation time is restricted to two weeks or less so I try to plan and do as much as I can strategically.
If you can spend a full week here, I highly suggest you do as the views only get better and better. But for the sake of this post, I’m going to introduce you to my fullproof 5-day Itinerary that will most certainly leave you feeling Amalfi Coast certified.
Let’s get started!
Day 1: Sorrento
Before booking our accommodations, we did a lot of research on where to stay for the duration of our trip. Because our time was limited, I was reluctant to the idea of staying in one place the whole time. I wanted to feel like a local and experience each town the way a local would. This would then mean each day we’d have to pack up our bags, hike up or down a hill to find a taxi, make it to our next destination, only to then carry our bags up another staircase (or two) to make it to the next hotel. Ultimately, I am very thankful we chose not to do this and made Sorrento our home base. (If I go back with more time, I’d love to stay all over the coast though!)
Sorrento is the epicenter for public transportation with easy access to Capri, Positano, Amalfi and Pompeii. Ferries, buses, cars and scooters are all accessible here and because some of these other towns are smaller and a bit more remote, transportation can be sparse. Also, Sorrento’s accommodation prices tend to be a bit lower than Positano and Amalfi due to their increase in popularity. And with all the opportunities to shop, dine, shop, dine, shop, dine… you’ll want to save every penny you can!
In Sorrento make sure to check out:
Angelo’s Bar. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner! Homemade food with sunset bar
Watch the sunset at Terrazza Vittoria. If reservations are full, still make sure to watch the sunset from the bar. Outstanding.
Day 2: Positano
No doubt Positano is one of the busiest and more popular towns along the Amalfi Coast. But for good reason, I must add. Architecture both vibrant and unique canvas the face of the mountain in a way I have never seen before.
As you make your way down to the beach, be sure to take your time. Not only are the streets narrow, the unique shops and cafes are a major part of the Positano experience.
Beach / Sunrise or Sunset boat ride
Da Gabrisa Restaurant & Wine Bar : can I get a yes, Yes, and YAS. This place. You guys. Is worth every step and stair you have to take to get there and is an absolute must. This view of Positano is unreal.
Franco’s bar for an evening drink is a must. If you’re looking to make it for dinner, arrive before 5pm to ensure you receive a spot. For those of you looking for less fancy and more divey, this stretch of road gives you a wide variety of bars and restaurants to choose from!
Day 3: Amalfi Coast + Ravello
Morning in Amalfi
The town of Amalfi is located right before the road that travels up to Ravello. Here you will find more breathtaking coastline views, a beautiful cathedral in the main square and an abundance of restaurants and shops to last you a lifetime. The center of the town is Piazza del Duomo where a plethora of ceramic goods and Limoncello reside. Please note - parking is limited, like pretty much nonexistent, and on the weekends traffic along the coast can come to a complete standstill, so I suggest against driving all together. This would be a good time to travel by ferry if you end up staying in Sorrento :)
Breakfast at Pasticceria Andrea Pansa: Famous pastry store with a unique selection of limoncello based pastries. Death. Absolute, total death. Yes, you’re in the main piazza, prices are a little more, but the experience and ambiance is worth it.
Afternoon in Ravello
For the last ½ of your day take in the immaculate views of Ravello from 365 meters above sea level. Please, I repeat, make sure you make it to this magical fairytale of a place. This town is about 20 minutes from Amalfi and perched high in the mountains, giving you the most epic view of the coastline yet.
What to do:
Again, if time permits, don’t be nervous to designate an entire day to this town. So much to see and do… and eat.
Day 4: Pompeii
A historical time capsule. A travel bucket-list must see.
If you get the chance to go, plan for more time than you think you’ll need. The ruins of Pompeii are vast, and the crowds are large. You have the option to opt for a group, private or self-guided tour. I found the group tour to be beneficial as our guide gave us a lot of extra information we never would have known otherwise.
If you end earlier than expected, just a short train ride away is Herculaneum, another ancient town destroyed by Mount Vesuvius.
Day 5: Capri
Lastly, spend your last day with some serious RnR on the beautiful island of Capri. After a week of jetlag, continuous on the go adventure and some major carb coma, you’ll need the rest. Take the high-speed ferry over from Sorrento, Amalfi or Positano for a day full of old school Italian island vibes. Though we only had about a half a day to see Capri we did get the chance to see the Blue Grotto… which is an absolute must. For specific information on this little island visit this Dana Berez’s post. (Her list is more comprehensive! Click here: )