How much time do I need to see the Amalfi Coast?
…. is a question I get all the time.
It depends on your interests and travel pace, of course, but here are five things I would definitely include in an Amalfi Coast itinerary, and are feasible in about 4 days. Plug in some incredible hotels and restaurants and you’ve got yourself an unforgettable trip. But don’t forget, we can do it for you: contact us to put together a custom tour. We’d love to design a unique itinerary or just book the one below for your small group!
Visit the iconic towns of the Amalfi Coast
Spend time getting to know the picturesque towns of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello: walk through Positano’s narrow streets and get some custom leather sandals made. Walk along its main beach the Marina Grande or take the path to the less busy Fornillo beach. Visit the gorgeous Duomo di Sant’Andrea in the town of Amalfi and get a sense of the town’s history by visiting the paper museum; get lost in the small streets of Ravello while you browse ceramics stores and enjoy the views.
See the Amalfi Coast from the water
Take a boat between Positano and Amalfi to see the gorgeous coast from the water. Or, from Positano, just take a boat to Da Adolfo for lunch and then enjoy some beach time. There are lots of boats that run up and down the coast during high season, and of course you could even take the ferry to the island of Capri for the day (though I recommend staying longer).
Taste what the Amalfi Coast has to offer
There are so many ways to enjoy the tastes of the Amalfi Coast: take a cooking course in Ravello with the deservedly famous Mamma Agata or sample local foods of Positano on a guided walking tour. Take a food train excursion near Sorrento, or take a limoncello tour to see how the famous liqueur is made. If you like white table cloths, wispy sugar sculptures on your dinner plate, and multiple wine glasses and sets of utensils, book a table at Don Alfonso’s which has earned three Michelin stars. Or, let me make you reservations at my favorite local places!
See the iconic views of the Amalfi Coast
Don’t spend all your time down at sea level – go up those coastal hills to see the spectacular views of the coast from above. One of the most famous views is from the terrace of the Villa Rufolo in the town of Ravello. Stay for dinner and then get tickets to one of the outdoor concerts put on by the Ravello Concert Society, where they serve limoncello during the intermission.
Hike one of the many scenic trails on the Amalfi Coast
One of the most famous hikes on the Amalfi Coast is the 2.5 hour section of the Path of the Gods trail that goes between the towns of Bomerano and Nocelle, in the hills above Positano. I highly (!) recommend this spectacular and easy walk, but there are so many paths in the area, that it is truly a walker’s paradise. Ex hiking guide Giovanni Visetti is a wonderful source of information: his website has detailed information, photos, maps and videos of many hikes.
An Amalfi Coast itinerary of about 4 days
Now let’s put that all together: spend a half day each in the towns of Amalfi, Ravello and Positano; a half day at a cooking class and a half day hiking; a half day boat excursion and a limoncello tour; some beach time near Positano, and dinner and a concert in Ravello. Say it with me: fantastico!
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