The Amalfi Coast of Italy is the perfect European holiday and summer getaway destination. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its unique and beautiful landscapes and it has some of the best turquoise beaches in the country.
With 13 seaside towns each offering colourful villages, savoury delicacies and coastlines, you may be unsure where to go. In this article, with the help of our solo female community, I’ve put together one-week, two-week and three-week Amalfi Coast itineraries to help you plan your Amalfi itinerary.
- How To Reach Amalfi Coast
- Amalfi Coast Itinerary 7 Days
- Amalfi Coast Itinerary 14 Days
- Three Week Amalfi Itinerary
How To Reach The Amalfi Coast
To reach the Amalfi Coast, you’ll need to travel from Naples. You can either travel from Rome, where you can take a train to Naples or, if take a flight and touch down at Naples International Airport. From Naples, you can either take a taxi for the hour’s journey or the ferry that takes 1 hour 45 minutes. Another way is to take the train to Sorrento, Salerno or Vietri sul Mare and then take a Sita bus to Amalfi Town.
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Amalfi Coast Itinerary 7 Days
Day 1: Amalfi
The first stop on a seven-day itinerary is Amalfi Town, the largest town along the coast, from which the name ‘Amalfi Coast’ was derived from. A historical town with a medieval origin, you could start your first day by visiting the Cathedral of St. Andrew (Duomo di Sant’Andrea) which is located right at the centre of the town’s main square. The Cathedral is designed in an Arab-Norman style with a golden mosaic on top.
Then for museum lovers, pay a visit to both the paper museum, Museo Della Carta and the medieval shipyard-turned-museum, Arsenale della Republica, which is not too far away from the town centre.
In the afternoon, after all the walking and sightseeing, recharge and relax on one of the beautiful beaches. Choose from Spiaggia Grande, the main beach of Amalfi or you can opt to travel another kilometre and visit Duoglio Spiaggia beach.
One tip, when you’re in Amalfi Town, is to try Limoncello, a famous Italian liquor, with a strong lemon flavour. It has a sweet taste and an alcohol kick if you like tasting the local tipple.
Places To Stay in Amalfi
Residenza Luce – This charming B&B is located in the historic Piazza del Duomo, right near the Duomo. The staff are wonderful and can organise your bus and ferry and breakfast is included. Prices from €153 per night. * Check prices and availability
Hotel Relais Villa Annalara – Set in the mountainside, this 3-star hotel is 550 metres from the historic centre. There’s a panoramic terrace for breakfast with a gorgeous view and the hosts are really welcoming. Prices from €210 per night. * Check prices and availability
Day 2: Ravello
From Amalfi town, you can either take a 25-minute bus ride or a seven-minute taxi ride to Ravello.
Ravello is a beautiful town that is definitely worth visiting due to its stunning beach and picturesque coastal views. Ravello is a rather tiny town up the hill, which is less crowded than the other towns along the Amalfi coast. Compared to other crowded beaches, Ravello offers a more serene and peaceful atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy the beach on your own.
While you're there, be sure to take a stroll around Villa Cimbrone, which is surrounded by breathtaking Wisteria vines and features some impressive statues. You should also visit the town's cathedral, Duomo di Ravello, located in the town centre, where you can appreciate its Romanesque architecture.
If you're feeling hungry, head to the main square, Piazza Vescovado, where you'll find plenty of restaurants to grab something to eat. Two recommended options are Cumpa Cosimo and Rossellini’s. At the end of the day, you can catch a ride back to Amalfi town.
Day 3-4: Positano
Positano is undeniably one of the most known towns on the Amalfi coast. It is also one (if not the most picturesque) town in the whole of the Amalfi coast. The quickest way to Positano from Amalfi is by ferry which takes approximately 20 minutes.
On the boat, you’ll get to see the spectacular coastline of the little village in between. You definitely need to spend longer than a day here as Positano is a town of pastel colours and picture-perfect views.
On day one, once you arrive, you can either relax at one of the beaches such as Spiaggia Grande Beach or Fornillo Beach. Or head straight to the local museum, Museo Archeologico Romano, to learn the town’s ancient history. Visit the Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption (Church of Santa Maria Assunta) where above the altar is a Byzantine icon.
At sunset, do as the Italians do and grab an aperitivo (a pre-meal drink to warm you up and stimulate your appetite) in Aldo’s Cocktail Bar and Seafood Grill or Li Galli Bistro. After a long day, these places are ideal to watch the sunset.
For the second day, if you have the budget for it, you can visit Li Galli, the island of sirens with its three islands, Gallo Lungo, La Castelluccia, and La Rotonda. It is a private property but you can take a three-hour boat tour here to appreciate its untouched natural beauty.
For the active solo, you can hike the Path of the Gods, an 8 km trail that connects Bomerano and Nocelle. On the 2 hour trek, you’ll witness undisturbed nature, breathtaking landscapes and the pristine azure waters below. From Positano, the trail starts from a municipality called, Agerola and ends in Positano’s upper area, which is a village in Nocelle.
Places To Stay in Positano
Hotel Villa Delle Palme – This 3-star family-run hotel is 15 minutes walk from the Cathedral, and close to a bus stop that will take you into the centre. Rooms come with a fridge and have either a city or sea view. Prices from €144 per night. * Check prices and availability
Hotel Conca d’Oro – This gorgeous 4-star hotel comes complete with a panoramic terrace and a hot tub. Located 15 minutes from the centre, there’s a Mediterranean restaurant and each room has a balcony or a terrace. Prices from €252 per night. * Check prices and availability
Day 5: Sorrento
From Positano, you can either head to Sorrento, either by ferry in 40 minutes, the bus that takes an hour or you can rent a car and reach Sorrento in 30 minutes.
Once you’re there, you’ve made it to your fourth town along the Amalfi Coast! Sorrento has a lot to offer, making it perfect for day trips. As soon as you reach the town centre, Piazza Tasso, you'll be greeted with lots of shopping and dining options.
You can start by exploring some of the churches in the area, like the Cathedral of San Filippo and San Giacomo, which has an old bell tower, and the Basilica of Sant'Antonino. You should also check out the monastery that was built for St. Francis, which has beautiful vine-covered cloisters.
In the afternoon, take a stroll through the old town and explore the narrow streets and medieval alleyways. Along the way, you'll discover plenty of great restaurants, bars, and shops. Be sure to try some of the delicious pastries and pasta dishes like Spaghetti e Vongole.
If you're in the mood for a swim, head to the nearby bay and enjoy the beautiful blue waters. For a more secluded option, check out Bagni della Regina Giovanna, a natural swimming pool that's separated from the sea by an arch of rock. You'll also get to see the town's two harbours, Marina Grande and Marina Piccola, upon arriving.
Sorrento is a great place to spend the day exploring and trying out some of the local cuisines while taking in the beautiful scenery.
Places To Stay in Sorrento
Ulisse Deluxe Hostel – For a more budget option, this hostel feels more like a hotel than a hostel. There is a 24-hour reception and spa facilities available too. Plus it's close to the bus stop. Prices start from €40 per night. * Check prices and availability
La Ferrovia Guest House – This 3-star guesthouse is close to the train station and offers a garden or city view. Rooms come with a TV, iPad and a coffee machine. Prices start from €198 per night. * Check prices and availability
Day 6-7: Capri
Capri is the perfect island for your quest of La Dolce Vita or “The Sweet Life”. From Marina Piccola in Sorrento, you can take a ferry to travel to Capri. Once there you can hop aboard a boat tour to to visit the majestic Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto). Inside this large, flooded cave with an opening to the sea you can see its blue glow from within that is caused by the reflection of the sunlight.
Giardini di Augusto (Gardens of Augustus) is another spot that’s worth a visit. It’s a botanical garden with leafy terraces and a panoramic view of the islands and the Bay of Naples.
At the end of your first day here, head to Capri’s main square, Piazzetta, to try their aperitivo cocktails before dinner.
On the second day, from the main square, walk towards Via Tragara to check out the beautiful and colourful floral gardens within the area’s villas.
After you've had your fill of flowery beauty, spend time on one of the island's amazing beaches to relax both your body and mind. Whether you want take a dip in the turquoise sea or just work on your tan, it's the perfect way to unwind.
Savor the foods from different seafood and fish restaurants by the seaside at night. Then, end your Capri trip and your Amalfi coast experience by witnessing the magnificent sunset with a drink in your hand by the Punta Carena lighthouse.
Places To Stay in Capri
B&B La Melodia – If you prefer your own space, this modern studio in Anacapri comes with a fully equipped kitchenette. Located in Anacapri near to shops and restaurants, you can take a bus into Capri. Prices start from €56 per night. * Check prices and availability
Casa Boutique – This gorgeous house located a few minutes from Piazza di Capri is beautifully decorated with a terrace and stunning views of the sea. It feels more like a home than a hotel. Prices start from €270 per night. * Check prices and availability
Amalfi Coast Itinerary 14 Days
If you have longer to explore and are looking for a 2 week Amalfi Coast itinerary, here’s a two-week Amalfi Coast itinerary you can follow.
Day 1-3: Naples
Naples is one of the most major cities in Italy, next to Rome and Milan. From its long history, the city’s port played a very significant role in the country’s economy. To this day, Naples also remains a major tourist destination.
Upon arriving, you can stroll around the Old Town and through the narrow street of Spaccanapoli and enjoy Naples’ main square, Piazzo del Plebiscito. Visit the gothic basilica of Chiostri di Santa Chiara and take a glimpse of the royals’ opulent life back then in the Royal Palace of Caserta.
For those seeking an adventurous day two, a thrilling challenge would be to conquer the majestic Mount Vesuvius. Rising over the Gulf of Naples, this active volcano is renowned for its historic eruption in 79 AD that buried the ancient city of Pompeii. The hike to the summit can take around an hour, but the panoramic views of the crater and the surrounding landscape make it all worthwhile.
For those who prefer a more leisurely activity, horseback riding can be a great alternative to hiking. Imagine trotting along the lush hills and vineyards surrounding Vesuvius, enjoying the fresh air and the stunning views of the bay and the island of Capri.
After the morning adventure, take a fascinating tour of Pompeii's archeological site. This ancient Roman city was once a prosperous commercial center and a popular resort for wealthy citizens. The eruption of Vesuvius preserved the town's remains for centuries, providing us with a unique glimpse into the daily life and customs of ancient Romans.
Walking through the streets, houses, and public buildings, you can admire the intricate mosaics, frescoes, and sculptures that once adorned this remarkable city.
Did you know that Naples is actually where pizza was invented! So, for your last day, why not take part in a pizza-making workshop where you get to learn to make a Neapolitan pizza from the experts and in the heart of pizza. A fab culinary experience!
Day 4: Procida
Procida Island, which has been declared Italy's Capital of Culture, is the most vibrant and colourful island in the country. It's easily accessible via a 30 to 60-minute ferry ride from Naples. The island has a creative energy and is bustling with over 150 cultural events, including various exhibits and literary readings by 350 artists from around the world.
You may find yourself swept up in one of these programs when you visit. Don't miss the opportunity to stroll up to Marina di Corricella, where you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the bay from the high vantage point, filled with boats and charming, ice cream-colored houses and buildings.
Day 5: Ischia
The ferry ride from Procida to Ischia takes approximately 25 minutes, while if you depart from Naples, the travel time will be around an hour. Ischia, a volcanic island situated off the coast of Naples, boasts stunning rock formations and natural hot springs.
One of the main attractions on the island is Castello Aragonese (Castle of Aragon), which is the very first fortress built there. Don't miss the chance to visit this historical site. Another must-see destination is Spiaggia San Pancrazio, which you can reach by renting a boat. This beach is home to the incredible Green Grotto.
Also on the island, make sure you visit their thermal parks, such as Giardini Poseidon in Forio and Fonte Dele Ninfe Ntrodi. Taking a break from the seawater and indulging in the warm spring waters is an ideal way to fully relax and unwind whilst you’re here.
Day 6-7: Capri
For day 6 and 7, check out our two-day tour of the island in our one week itinerary above.
Day 8-10: Sorrento
In addition to the activities and locations mentioned earlier, Sorrento offers the opportunity to explore various museums. Begin your museum-hopping journey with a visit to Correale di Terranova Museum, widely regarded as the most beautiful provincial museum in Italy, which houses an impressive collection of fine art pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Next on your list should be the Museo-Bottega della Tarsia Lignea, also known as the Wooden Marquetry Shop-Museum, where you can admire handcrafted wooden art pieces and hand-painted wallpapers.
And finally, wrap up your museum tour with a trip to the Archeological Museum of Sorrento (or the Museo Archeologico), where you can see all kinds of ancient Roman sculptures, artifacts, vases, and statues. Don't forget to hit up the local shops and sample some of the amazing gelato and Limoncello they've got on offer!
Day 11-13: Positano
Whilst you’re in Positano, add Music in the Rocks to the list of places you must go to at least once. It’s a nightclub literally carved out of the rock, hence its name. If you’re a party solo you can male a night of it here. There are also few beach clubs around the town you may want to check like the Treville and Arienzo.
If you haven’t yet jumped on a scooter Italian-style, make sure that you rent a Vespa to add to your Italian coast experience and drive around the town feeling the winds blowing of the sea and taking in the busy streets at your own pace.
Day 14: Amalfi
Finish your two week trip in the breath-taking Amalfi town. Check out our one-day tour of Amalfi in our One Week Itinerary above.
Three Week Amalfi Itinerary
You may only have booked for one or two weeks but once you experience the stunning aesthetics, peaceful atmosphere, and sense of liberation that permeate the towns, villages, beaches, coastlines, food, and people, you may find yourself longing for more time in this beautiful destination.
To help you make the most of your trip, here are some additional details that you may want to consider adding to your plans from the above itineraries for a 3 week stay in the Amalfi Coast.
Day 1-5: Naples; Procida, Ischia
Aside from the ruins in Pompeii, you can also tour around the Herculaneum, another casualty of Mt. Vesuvius’ eruption but turned out to be and was left to be a beautiful disaster. Herculaneum is a must-visit destination for those interested in ancient Roman life. Buried under ash and pumice from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, the city's remarkably preserved buildings and objects offer a fascinating glimpse into the past.
The ancient Greek temples at Paestum, located in Italy, are a perfect destination for lovers of ancient architecture. The three temples date back to the 6th and 5th centuries BC and are well-preserved, offering an impressive showcase of Greek civilization. The San Gennaro Catacombs in Naples provide a unique and eerie experience that offers an insight into early Christian burial practices.
The catacombs, which have two levels, are complete with narrow passages and chambers adorned with frescoes and tombs, giving visitors a glimpse into early Christian beliefs. These three destinations provide something unique for history enthusiasts and those interested in ancient architecture and culture.
Day 6-8: Capri
In addition to the two-day tour of Capri, a must-visit destination is Mount Solaro. To reach the summit, visitors can take a 12-minute ride on the chairlift. Once you arrive, you'll find yourself 589 meters above sea level, enjoying the breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding islands and mountains. The view is unparalleled, making it the perfect spot to capture stunning photos or take a moment to appreciate the beauty of nature.
While the Blue Grotto is the most popular attraction on the island, it's not the only one worth exploring. The Green and White Grottos offer unique and spectacular sights that are not to be missed. From crystal-clear waters to towering cliffs and colorful rock formations, these grottos provide a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Capri. Don't forget to charge your phone to capture it.
Day 9-11: Amalfi, Atrani
Just a short 5 minute bus ride from Amalfi is a nearby fishing village called Atrani. It's a hidden gem with stunning landscapes and beaches that are still untouched by the tourist crowds.
A day trip to Atrani is perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the larger towns and cities in the area and have a relaxing day trip off the beaten path. You can spend your time basking in the warm sun, enjoying the peace and quiet of this charming village, and soaking up the local atmosphere.
One of the best things about Atrani is its unspoiled beauty. Unlike other more popular destinations on the Amalfi Coast, Atrani has retained its small-town charm and authenticity. You'll get to experience the authentic Italian way of life here, with friendly locals, delicious cuisine, and a relaxed pace of living.
Day 12-15: Positano, Praiano
After Positano, take a taxi to Praiano, a small town where you can spend your next few days taking a leisurely stroll around.
You may want to just relax and chill at the Marina di Praia beach, amongst the high rock cliffs that just out towards the sea. When you’ve had enough relaxing, near Marina di Praia is Torre a Mare, a studio filled with paintings and terracotta sculptures, which used to be an ancient guard tower on the cliff.
Day 16-19: Sorrento
Take the next few days to just relax and sightsee in Sorrento. Some ideas for the next three days are to take to the water on a kayak through the Punta Campanella Natural Marine Reserve. You’ll be kayaking along protected coastlines and caves, and gliding across rocky coasts.
For wine lovers, you could experience a wine tasting tour within the Irpinia region (2 hours from Sorrento) or for the active solo, enjoy a hike to Mt. Vesuvius.
In the evening, not far from the monastery of St. Francis (another place to visit), is Villa Comunale; the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the horizon.
Day 20-21: Your Choice
The last two days on the Amalfi Coast can be spent however you want to. Maybe you just want to lounge by the beach and top up your tan and try local delicacies that you haven’t tried before. It’s Italy so search for the best pizza, pasta dishes, gelatos, wines and limoncellos in town.
Take as many photos as you can and buy any souvenirs that you want to take home with you. Look for local markets and local shops to support people in the community. If you still have a thirst to explore, you could visit smaller, quieter and calmer towns such as Nerano, Minori, Cetara or Erchie.
No matter how long the duration of your stay on the Amalfi Coast is, I hope that this article has given you some ideas for itineraries for your trip to this magical area in Italy.