The Amalfi Coast has to be one of the most visually stunning places I have ever visited. Deep blue sea all around with colourful buildings scattered down the cliffside. No matter where you go, there’s something beautiful catching your eye. A pink sunset… bright walls… tasty gelato!
The coastline is pretty long and we found it quite difficult to decide where to stay and how to travel the whole coast without wasting time travelling back and forth. In the end, we thought that Sorrento seemed to be central to all the sites we wanted to visit and it also has a lot of good travel lines.
Our plan worked out perfectly and we were able to travel up to Naples for Pompeii as well as across to Positano quite easily. I’ve listed all the activities we did in order, to help you plan your own route too. This itinerary gives you three full days of activities.
W H A T T O S E E
D A Y 1 : P O M P E I
Explore the Roman city once buried in ash. Walk down old streets, see sculptures and ruins, visit the amphitheatre and view bodies preserved since the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
But make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes! The ground here is every uneven and the site is HUGE. Expect a lot of walking and not much resting time as there’s so much to see. And if it’s a hot day like it was when I went, make sure you’re wearing plenty of sun cream and have water on you. There isn’t much shade in the ruins…
It’s pretty easy to make a day trip up to Naples from Sorrento. Just take the train from Circumvesuviana station to Pompei Scavi. It takes around half an hour and costs a couple of euros.
D A Y 2 : B O A T T R I P & C A P R I I S L A N D
Why not take advantage of being right by the sea and go for a glorious boat ride in the sun? Tours leave from Piano di Sorrento and you can usually arrange a coach to pick you up from your hotel.
The boat takes you to different caves and grottos, and makes a stop-off at the gorgeous Capri Island. You get a couple of hours to explore here, go shopping, eat lunch, get a gelato and hike to the top for stunning views!
There are a few different options of cruises you can take depending on if you want to spend the whole day or not – but around €90 should cover it.
D A Y 3 : A M A L F I C A T H E D R A L
Catch a bus from Circumvesuviana station in Sorrento and you can travel across the coast to Positano. You can either spend the day here and go straight to the Path of God’s Trail below or catch a second bus further along the coast to visit the Amalfi Cathedral first.
After a quick stop off for lunch, we decided to take the second bus to the Cathedral and do the Path of God’s trail on our journey back towards Sorrento. You need to be up early if you want to do both though as the trail takes up half the day and you need to factor in the bus journeys.
Amalfi Cathedral is definitely worth a visit, with lots of beautiful architecture, murals and artefacts. You can end up spending a good hour in here.
D A Y 3 : P A T H O F G O D S T R A I L
Oh. My. (Path of) God. This is a stunning hike! But you have to be up for a long trek. I have to admit, at one point I did get really tired and silently grumpy but I got over it after a rest at a juice bar near the last part of the trail. So keep on trekking – it’s definitely worth it.
The pictures can’t even do it justice. This place is gigantic and you feel so so small as you look out across the expanse of sea and deep drops down the cliff. Every little bit of the way you come out to a clearing with another jaw-dropping view. Take your best and sturdiest walking shoes. You’ll be climbing a few rocks.
W H E R E T O E A T
S O U L & F I S H
Our hotel in Sorrento recommended this restaurant at Marina Grande on the first night. Soul & Fish is for fine dining so it’s a little bit on the expensive side but we were ready to celebrate our arrival in style! The food was really delicious and service was great. And because it’s right by the sea, it’s a nice, relaxing spot where you can watch the sunset at dinner. I also got to try some cuttlefish for the first time which tasted like a better version of calamari.
P O R T A M A R I N A
Another Marina Grande find. PortaMarina is also located metres from the sea, making it a scenic spot for lunch or a more affordable dinner. Lots of variety and good food. Try the risotto!
W H E R E T O S T A Y
We stayed at Palazzo Tasso in Sorrento as this was central to all the other places we wanted to visit. Only a train away from Pompeii, a boat away from Capri island, and a coach away from Positano. The best part of staying here was how friendly the staff are. They really made sure we knew where we were going, how to get there and recommended great restaurants nearby.
The hotel itself was good – affordable, clean, comfortable. And some rooms come with a dainty balcony overlooking the bustling street below, from where we enjoyed our breakfast.
The hotel is close by to the coast, lots of restaurants, shops, markets and most importantly, gelaterias!
If you liked this post, check out: West Coast America Road Trip: San Francisco
To keep updated on new posts, please follow and subscribe!