The Amalfi Coast is one of the world’s most beautiful travel destinations. This coastal paradise is located in southern Italy just a short distance from Naples. The whole area is brimming with blue water beaches, soaring mountain ranges, and idyllic villages. A 5-day Amalfi Coast itinerary gives you just enough time to explore and taste the beauty of one of Italy’s most magical destinations.
The Amalfi Coast is a very popular summer holiday destination that attracts tourists from around the world. This 50-kilometer stretch of coast is dotted with small towns and villages that are perfect for exploring.
Every Amalfi Coast town is different in its own way and offers something unique to explore. Once you visit you will surely understand why this is one of the worlds most popular travel destinations.
This 5 day Amalfi Coast itinerary covers the top places to visit and the best sights to see while exploring. Use this post as a guide for your visits to the coast and prepare to fall in love with the coastal gems that make up this magical place.
5 DAY AMALFI COAST ITINERARY
Day 1: Positano
Positano is the gem of the Amalfi Coast. It is the most famous and visited village in this region and for good reason. The city is famous for its pastel coloured houses, vivid blue water beach, and stunning views. Falling in love with Positano and its unmistakable charm is easy, and upon arrival you will be charmed. This is the perfect first stop on your Amalfi Coast itinerary to start off strong in one of the coasts most famous places.
In addition to its beauty, there are also a ton of amazing things to do in Positano . Going to the black rock beach is at the top of the to-do list. Spending some time soaking up the warm Italian sun amongst the stunning scenery of Positano is almost dreamlike.
Positano is also the perfect place to explore and hike! The views of the city are stunning from different angles. Spending time exploring the city’s winding streets and colorful plazas is the perfect pastime.
If you are a hiker, don’t forget the Path of Gods hike that offers a beautiful panoramic view of the coast.
Day 2: Amalfi & Ravello
Just a short distance from Positano is the beautiful city of Amalfi, and above that Ravello. Amalfi can be reached by car or by ferry from Positano. It takes about 20 minutes to get there.
These cities are the perfect second day destination due to their close proximity and diverse offerings. Amalfi is located along the shoreline of the Amalfi Coast and Ravello is located high in the mountains above. Visiting both in one day is easy and perfect.
Amalfi is a colourful, historic coastal town with beautiful scenery. The beach here is less busy than in Positano making it the perfect place to let go and relax. In addition to the lovely beach, the city is full of interesting architecture and gelato shops offering all kinds of tasty treats.
Ravello is located 365 meters above Amalfi along the rugged cliffs of the region. Ravello is quite different from all the other cities along the coast because it is not a beach side town. It is a Moorish-style town that looks and feels like something from a Shakespearean play. The best thing about Ravello is the cliff side gardens which offer spectacular views of the coast and Tyrrhenian Sea. If you are looking for a romantic Italian experience along the Amalfi Coast, head to Ravello.
Day 3: Sorrento
About one hour from Positano sits the beautiful town of Sorrento, Italy. After two days in Positano and Amalfi, head to Sorrento to explore the western side of the coast.
Among Sorrento’s many advantages is that it is one of the less expensive places to stay in this region. That’s why you may want to secure accommodations in Sorrento and use the town as a base to explore the other sights on day trips.
Sorrento is not quite as famous as Positano but every bit as beautiful. Here you will find imposing villas perched on the sides of cliffs, vineyards, bright lemon groves, and breathtaking cliff side views.
Sorrento is ideal for delving deep into Italy’s rich and extensive culture because the town is known as the birthplace, and main producer, of several classic traditional Italian products such as the popular lemon liquor Limoncello.
A highlight of visiting Sorrento is sampling this sweet drink while enjoying the view from a cliffside café with the town’s pastel colored homes as a back drop.
Day 4: Coastal Boat Tour
One of the best ways to see the Amalfi Coast is with a boat tour. There is a good selection of tours offering an assortment of adventures. From casual sailing with wine and cheese, to speedboat adventures to nearby islands, to sunset cruises, you will be spoiled for choice.
One of the advantages of a boat tours is that you can explore much of the coast in a short amount of time. The view of the coast from the sea is stunning.
Boat tours are an efficient way to see more of the coast, particularly the less touristy towns. You are more likely to discover hidden gems, secret coves and a more authentic side of the region from a boat.
Another advantage of a boat tour is that they often stop in interesting places and allow guests to jump in the water and go swimming in the sparkling blue sea.
Enjoying the coast from the water is one of the top things to do in the area and a perfect way to enjoy the beauty that is the Amalfi Coast.
Day 5: Capri
Capri is a small island made up of rugged mountains, high-end shops, and luxurious hotels and villas. Although not technically a part of the Amalfi Coast, while here, a visit is essential.
This is one of the most popular tourist destinations for the rich and famous in all of Europe. You’ll be surprised by the mega yachts and imposing mansions visible in this playground for the rich.
Although Capri offers plenty of places and attractions designed specifically for the wealthy, there is also an ample selection of activities for the more financially challenged. One of the highlights is the Blue Grotto, a sea cave along the coast that has a small sunlight opening turning the water an impossibly blue hue. There are also lovely beaches that look like picture perfect postcards.
Capri makes for a great day trip from the coast or a quick overnight trip to experience a day in this historical island and natural beauty.
How to get around the Amalfi Coast
One of the most common questions people ask before visiting the Amalfi Coast is how to get around. Since the towns and villages are small there is not a thriving public transportation system to rely on. However, there are several ways to move from city to city.
The first way to get around is by renting a car. You can rent your own car to navigate the winding streets of the coast. This is the most reliable and easiest way to get around. However, the roads along the coast are perched high in the cliffs and are very narrow so driving can be challenging if you are not familiar with the road.
The second way to get around is by the ferries. There are ferries that can bring you around to interesting cities along the coast in a quick and affordable way. However, most ferries only run in the summer months, or “in” season.
The last way to get around is by public transportation or taxi. With public transportation you will pay much less but you may have to transfer and schedules may not be convenient. A taxi will cost you quite a bit more, but it is more convenient.
When to visit the Amalfi Coast
The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast depends on your travel preferences. The summer months have the nicest weather, but these months are by far the most touristy. However, in the summer months from June to August everything is open, and all tours and attractions are in full swing. In the off season from September to May, the area is far less touristy which is ideal for exploring without huge crowds, but some attractions, tours, and transportation options will be limited, so be sure to plan accordingly.
While in this part of the world, be sure to make time to visit other fascinating nearby areas like Southern Italy from Naples to Palermo, Sicily.
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Samantha Karen is the founder of the travel blog Sam Sees World. She is a twenty something traveler on a mission to explore the world to seek the new and unknown so she can document her experiences and inspire others to explore this wondrous world.
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