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Are you daydreaming about a beautiful getaway to the Amalfi Coast in Italy?
This stunning stretch of coastline is known for its picturesque landscapes, charming cliff-top villages, and crystal-clear Mediterranean waters, all of which will surely capture your heart.
The Amalfi Coast seamlessly blends natural beauty and cultural heritage, providing an unparalleled sense of romance and sophistication that embodies the Italian lifestyle, or “La Dolce Vita”.
If you want to experience all of the incredible pleasures that this breathtaking area has to offer, then look no further!
In this blog post, I’ve put together the ultimate 5-day Amalfi Coast itinerary.
Not only will you be taking in the beauty of this coastline, but you’ll also be tasting the delicious local cuisine and immersing yourself in the region’s rich history and culture.
If you are planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast, I highly recommend you book your tours ahead of time to ensure availability!
Here are my top Amalfi Coast recommendations to book in advance:
Where is the Amalfi coast located?
The Amalfi Coast is situated in the Campania region of southern Italy and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Stretching along the Tyrrhenian Sea, south of Naples and the Sorrentine Peninsula, it covers an area of about 55 kilometres, starting from the lovely town of Positano in the west and ending in the charming town of Vietri sul Mare in the east.
As you wander along this stunning coastline, you’ll discover a series of picturesque towns and villages perched on cliffs, each with its own distinct character and rich history.
With 13 charming towns to explore, most of which are connected by a state road known as the Amalfitana, you’re in for an unforgettable journey.
One of the highlights of the Amalfi Coast is the charming town of Amalfi itself, located about halfway along the Amalfitana Road.
With its vibrant atmosphere and fascinating heritage, Amalfi is a must-visit destination!
Interestingly, the Amalfitana road replaced the old mule tracks that used to connect the villages, which dates back to the mid-1800s.
Today, these ancient tracks have been transformed into popular trekking routes, such as the renowned Sentiero degli Dei, or Path of the Gods, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline and beyond.
How to get to the Amalfi Coast
If you’re planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast, you might be wondering how to get there.
Don’t worry, here are some friendly options for you to consider!
To start your Amalfi Coast adventure, regardless of where you are in Italy, you’ll need to make your way to Naples (Napoli in Italian) or Salerno first.
If you arrive in Naples, you have the choice of starting from the west in Sorrento or Positano and then heading east.
You can take the Circumvesuviana, a narrow-gauge railway that travels through the suburbs of Naples and connects Naples to Sorrento.
It’s about a 70-minute journey, and you’ll get to enjoy the scenic views along the way.
On the other hand, if you’re beginning your Amalfi Coast itinerary in Salerno, it might be more convenient to start from Vietri sul Mare and then move towards the west.
Salerno is well connected to Italy’s rail network and has high-speed and regional trains from Rome and other cities.
From Salerno, there’s a small railway that runs to Vietri sul Mare, which is the first town from the east and the only one on the Amalfi Coast with a train station.
It only takes about 10 minutes to travel between Salerno and Vietri sul Mare.
If you want to arrive in style, you can take a ferry from Naples or Salerno to one of the towns along the Amalfi Coast.
The ferry rides offer incredible views of the coast, and they’re a great way to avoid the traffic on the coastal road.
Travelmar runs between Salerno and Positano, stopping in all the major towns along the way.
Alternatively, Alilauro operates a direct ferry service from Naples to Positano and Amalfi.
How to get around the Amalfi Coast
Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to get around the Amalfi Coast.
One of the highlights of any trip to the Amalfi Coast is driving along its scenic winding coastal road, which offers breathtaking views of the cliffs, the turquoise sea, and the charming towns along the way.
Exploring the Amalfi Coast by car can give you the freedom to move around at your own pace while taking in the spectacular views.
However, it’s important to note that this depends on the time of year you’re visiting.
During the low season (before June and after the end of September), you will be fine.
In contrast, during peak season (June, July and August), driving the Amalfitana Road can be tricky – it’s a winding, narrow road with high traffic levels, especially in the villages’ area.
On top of this, parking spots are limited and often shared with locals, meaning you could find yourself wasting a lot of time searching for a spot far from the town centre.
So, if you’re visiting during peak season, it’s important to drive carefully and to leave plenty of time to find parking.
Also, if you are thinking of renting a car, it’s best to go for a small family or subcompact car and check the type of gearbox.
Most cars in Italy have manual transmissions (stick shift), so if you’re not used to driving with a manual transmission, make sure to book one with an automatic transmission.
Finally, if you are coming from a non-European country, you will need an international driving permit to drive in Italy.
You can apply for it before leaving your home country.
Alternatively, do a combination car and boat tour!
A better option is to rent a motor scooter, which may seem expensive at first but the best way to truly appreciate the beauty of the coast is on two wheels.
With a scooter, you can easily find parking, save money on parking fees, and navigate through traffic with less stress.
You can stop at any corner to take in the breathtaking scenery or indulge in some refreshing lemonade or granita from the stands along the Amalfitana Road.
Moreover, a scooter is the perfect choice if you plan to visit the Fiordo di Furore, which is not easily accessible by other means of transportation (there are no parking spots near the area) unless you wake up early or deal with bus schedules.
Keep in mind that even mopeds are required to pay for parking in town centres, but the convenience and flexibility of exploring the Amalfi Coast on a motor-scooter are well worth it.
So, during peak season, leave the car behind and hop on a scooter for an unforgettable experience on this stunning coastal road.
If you don’t feel comfortable riding a scooter, let a local, specialised guide take you.
Another option for getting around the Amalfi Coast is by bus.
The buses can be crowded, but they’re an affordable and convenient way to explore the coast.
You can get around on the SITA bus system for small distances, but I wouldn’t rely on it for long distances during peak season.
They can be slow and overcrowded, and you may have to wait for the next one to arrive.
For example, it would take roughly one hour and 40 minutes to get from Sorrento to Amalfi during low season, when there are fewer people; imagine how much time you will spend on the bus during high season.
If you want to explore the Amalfi Coast by water, you can take a ferry from one of the coastal towns to another.
This is also a great way to avoid the traffic on the coastal road and enjoy the incredible views from the water.
There are several ferry companies that operate along the coast, including Travelmar and Alilauro.
5 Days Amalfi Coast Itinerary: Where to base yourself
For this 5-day Amalfi Coast itinerary, I’m basing the first two nights in Sorrento and then three more nights in Positano.
If you’re staying in Amalfi, Maiori, or another Amalfi Coast town, you can still follow my recommended itinerary.
The SITA bus system makes it easy to get around from these towns.
And if one of the tours I recommend doesn’t include pickup from Amalfi or the town you’re staying in, you can take the bus, taxi, or car to Positano.
You’ll find helpful information about where to stay on the Amalfi Coast, as well as some hotel recommendations, at the end of this post.
5 Days Amalfi Coast Itinerary
Here is a 5-day itinerary for exploring the Amalfi Coast:
Day 1: Sorrento
Arrival in Naples and transfer to Sorrento
Your Amalfi Coast adventure begins with your arrival in Naples, which is the closest airport to the region.
From Naples, you can easily reach the Amalfi Coast by train, bus, or private transfer.
Once you arrive, make your way to the charming town of Sorrento, which will be your base for the first two nights of your trip.
Sorrento is a beautiful town perched on cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples; it’s considered the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, even though it technically isn’t on the Amalfi Coast.
It’s known for its narrow streets, historic buildings, and local craftsmanship.
After settling into your hotel, take a leisurely stroll around town to get a feel for the place.
Explore the Cathedral of Sorrento, and then head to Piazza Tasso for a taste of local culture.
Piazza Tasso is the main square of Sorrento and a favourite meeting spot for locals, where you can people-watch from a cosy café.
Treat yourself to a spritz with limoncello at the historic Bar Ercolano.
Limoncello is a lemon-flavoured liqueur made from locally grown lemons.
Explore the historic centre with its narrow alleys lined with souvenir and local product shops.
Afterward, visit the charming Villa Comunale to take in the breathtaking views of the Sorrento shore and Mount Vesuvius.
Insider tip: For a fantastic view, consider visiting Bellevue Syrene, one of Sorrento’s most prestigious hotels, which has a magnificent terrace that’s open to anyone, although not many people know about it!
In the evening, indulge in some local cuisine at one of Sorrento’s many restaurants or family-run trattorias near Marina Grande, a historic fishing community known for its picturesque beauty.
Must-try the traditional gnocchi alla sorrentina at O’Parrucchiano’s, a restaurant that has made culinary history in Sorrento and even invented the recipe for cannelloni.
Here, you can relax in the shade of the lemon pergola as you savour your meal.
Other must-see attractions in Sorrento include Marina Grande Beach and Marina Piccola, which served as backdrops for some of Sofia Loren’s movies.
Don’t forget to visit the cloister of the Church of San Francesco, and be sure to pick up some limoncello to take home.
Pro tip: You can either explore Sorrento on your own with a self-guided walking tour or join a local food and farm tour.
During this 5-hour tour, you’ll learn the secrets of Italian family recipes, make Neapolitan-style pizza, take a walk around olive groves, try fresh olive oil, visit a cheese factory, and indulge in fresh bread, salami, and cheese.
Finish your culinary tour with a limoncello liqueur while learning the family recipe for this popular after-dinner drink.
Day 2: Capri Island & the Blue Grotto
On your second day, take a ferry from Sorrento to the beautiful island of Capri, located just off the coast of the Amalfi Coast.
Known for its glamorous reputation and stunning natural beauty, Capri is a must-visit destination on the Amalfi Coast.
Ferries operate frequently throughout the day, connecting the Italian mainland with Capri.
You can catch a ferry from Amalfi, Sorrento, Positano, or even Naples, with a roundtrip fare costing around €40.
As you sail towards the island, take in the awe-inspiring sea vistas.
Once you arrive in Capri, treat yourself to a boat journey to the magnificent Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra in Italian), which is sure to be a highlight of your trip!
The mesmerising blue waters and the play of light inside the cave create stunning displays.
I recommend visiting the Blue Grotto in the morning to avoid the crowds that come later in the day when the tour boats pass by.
You can purchase tickets for boat tours and transfers to the Blue Grotto from the ticket booths at the Marina Grande pier.
Many companies provide round-trip rides from Marina Grande pier to the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra in Italian) alone or a tour of the entire island of Capri with a stop at the Grotta Azzurra.
In high season, especially in July and August, budget an hour or more to travel directly from Marina Grande to the Grotta Azzurra and back.
If, on the other hand, you prefer a trip that takes you around the entire island, including a stop at the Grotta Azzurra, allow for a couple of hours.
When you arrive at the Blue Grotto, you must pay an additional 14 euros to enter the cave.
The Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto) can only be reached by boarding small rowing boats that can only hold four people at a time.
The entrance fee is collected at the floating box office anchored at the cave’s entrance.
It costs 14 euros (10 euros for the boat service, 4 euros for the entrance fee), and it is only possible to pay in cash.
This fee is not included in the boat tour prices.
Depending on your budget, you can also choose a private tour on a gozzo boat.
If you’re like me and dislike waiting in lines, you may want to plan your boat tour of Capri in advance.
And, my preferred way to explore Capri is on a gozzo, a traditional Capri boat that accommodates only six passengers and can stop at various locations, including the famous Blue Grotto and lesser-known Sea Grottoes, and the iconic Faraglioni rock formations.
You can even opt for snorkelling.
Once your tour is over, take a chairlift to Capri Town, the main urban centre of the island.
Take a leisurely stroll around the Main Square and the island’s charming town centre, with its designer boutiques, chic cafes, and beautiful gardens.
Then head to the Gardens of Augustus, which offer spectacular views of the Faraglioni, which are sharp triangular rocks along the coast created by erosion.
You can also visit the Villa San Michele, a stunning villa built by the Swedish physician and writer Axel Munthe, which is now a museum with beautiful gardens and panoramic views of the island.
He also bought the mountainside that overlooks Villa San Michele; perched at the top is a thousand-year-old castle called Castello Barbarossa.
In the spring, ornithologists use it to study migratory birds.
You can also venture up to the top of Mount Solaro, the highest point on the island, for breathtaking panoramic views of the island and the sea, or relax on one of Capri’s beautiful beaches and go for a swim in the turquoise waters.
In the evening, return to the mainland and enjoy a leisurely dinner at one of the local restaurants, savouring the flavours of the Mediterranean cuisine.
Alternatively, you can embark on a semi-private boat tour to the enchanting island of Capri from Sorrento or Amalfi and cruise along the coast, taking in the breathtaking views of the cliffs and the sea.
Day 3: Positano, Praiano & Furore
On day 3, it’s time to base yourself in Positano, one of the gems of the Amalfi Coast, and immerse yourself in its beauty.
Known for its colourful houses perched on cliffs, narrow winding streets, and stunning beaches, Positano is a must-visit destination.
The best way to experience the charm of Positano is to get lost in its famous bougainvillaea-covered alleyways, letting yourself wander and discovering hidden treasures along the way.
If you’re in the mood for shopping, Positano won’t disappoint.
The town is dotted with attractive art galleries, artisan shops, and premium boutiques, where you might be tempted to pick up one of the brightly coloured garments that are a hallmark of the local fashion scene.
For a touch of culture, a visit to the Church of Santa Maria Assunta is a must. Famous for its majestic majolica-tiled dome, it’s a sight to behold.
Despite being smaller compared to Sorrento, Positano can easily be explored on foot, and you can see the main landmarks in just about an hour.
However, keep in mind that Positano is known for its hype and breathtaking views, and prices here can be higher compared to other destinations like Rome or Florence.
But it’s all worth it for the unique experience Positano offers.
If you’re a beach lover, make sure to head straight to Spiaggia Grande, located right at the foot of the village.
Here, you can relax, sunbathe, and swim to your heart’s content in the crystal-clear waters.
And if Spiaggia Grande feels too crowded, a local tip is to consider visiting nearby Fornillo Spiaggia for a more serene beach experience.
Around midday, you may want to venture to the picturesque villages of Praiano, located between Positano and Conca de’ Marini.
Praiano stretches to Marina di Praia, which boasts one of Italy’s most stunning pebble beaches.
The sun only hits this beach around midday, making it a unique spot to soak up the sun.
Plus, Praiano offers spectacular vistas that are truly unforgettable, especially during sunset.
On the same day, don’t miss the chance to visit the Fjord of Furore, a one-of-a-kind location along the Amalfi Coast.
This lesser-known gem is known for its breathtaking coastal views and traditional architecture.
The highlight of this spot is a cluster of antique fishermen’s huts seemingly attached to the rock, creating a striking sight.
The fjord is a high gorge that cuts inland from the sea, leading to a small beach with emerald-green water, a sight that has earned it the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
To cap off your day, head to Marina di Praia, where another fishing community is nestled in a stunning natural setting between the beach and the rock.
Here, you’ll find the famous “da Armandino” restaurant, set in a fjord with an old fishing hamlet.
This eatery serves up authentic local specialties, including freshly caught fish, impepata di cozze (mussels with pepper and lemon juice), and linguine with shellfish, giving you a taste of the region’s culinary delights.
If you’re looking for alternative options, consider taking a private boat tour along the coast to fully appreciate its beauty from the sea.
There are several tours from Positano giving you a chance to explore the Amalfi Coast from a different perspective.
Some include stops at the Fjord of Furore and the Emerald Grotto, a natural cave with crystal-clear water that’s illuminated by sunlight filtering through an underwater opening, creating a mesmerising emerald-green glow.
Day 4: Amalfi, Atrani, & Ravello
Get your day started in Amalfi, the largest town on the coast and a true gem of the Amalfi Coast!
This small and charming town is perfect to explore and can be seen in just a couple of hours.
Begin by reaching Amalfi’s Main Square, dominated by the magnificent eighteenth-century fountain of Sant’Andrea, and take in the sight of Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, a majestic church erected in 987 with its grand steps and mosaic façade.
You can’t miss it, as there’s a massive staircase leading up to the cathedral’s entrance from the square.
Admission tickets cost just €3.
Afterward, treat yourself to a delicious coffee and pastry at the famous Pansa pastry shop in Piazza Duomo, which is renowned as one of the best on the Amalfi Coast.
The location is unbeatable, being in the middle of the main square and to the right of the cathedral.
Be sure to try the local specialties, Delizia al Limone and Sfogliatella Santa Rosa, which is an Amalfi Coast specialty that differs from that of Naples because it’s made according to the traditional recipe created in the 17th century at the Santa Rosa monastery in Conca dei Marini.
After you’ve gotten your fill of people watching and finished your coffee, make your way up the main road (Via Lorenzo D’Amalfi) that divides Amalfi in half; it is lined with stores offering handicrafts and souvenirs.
Feel free to wind your way along the side streets that branch off the main road.
You’ll find boutiques selling limoncello, ceramics, and airy white shirts and dresses, making for a delightful shopping experience.
Be sure to visit Amalfi’s Paper Museum, a one-of-a-kind must-see in Amalfi. Given the town’s long history as a national centre of paper mills and top-quality handcrafted paper, the local bambagina paper is an iconic local product that you won’t want to miss.
Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade and enjoy the breathtaking views of the sea and the picturesque harbour.
Then walk for about 10 minutes to Atrani, a tiny coastal village that holds the title for the smallest town in Italy!
Nestled between two steep cliffs facing the sea, Atrani is easy to explore due to its modest size, although the hundreds of steep flights of stairs can be challenging.
Sit at a bar table in the Piazzetta and sip a granita or limoncello while watching the waves.
At sunset, it’s even better.
If you prefer to avoid the stairs, you can also walk along the coast and enjoy the lovely sight of tiny dwellings clinging to the cliffs and the arches under the coastal road that drop into the sand behind the beach, making for a fantastic photography spot.
Once you’ve explored Atrani, you can return to Amalfi to catch the bus to Ravello. The SITA bus system has frequent departures every 15 to 30 minutes, and the ride to Ravello takes approximately 15 minutes.
- Pro tip: If you’re hiking from Villa Cimbrone in Ravello to Amalfi Town, you can skip Atrani because you’ll pass through it on your way down from Ravello.
Ravello is known for its stunning panoramic views and its beautiful gardens. Perched high on the cliffs above Amalfi, Ravello is a peaceful and picturesque town that offers a serene and relaxing atmosphere.
Be sure to visit Villa Cimbrone, a historic villa with stunning gardens that offer panoramic views of the coast.
The gardens are adorned with sculptures, fountains, and colourful flowers and provide a perfect spot for a leisurely stroll and some quiet contemplation.
Explore the town of Ravello, with its narrow streets, mediaeval architecture, and charming squares.
Don’t miss the 13th-century Ravello Cathedral and Villa Rufolo, another historic villa with beautiful gardens and panoramic views.
After exploring the beautiful town of Ravello, you can head back to the main square and catch the bus to return to Amalfi.
But if you’re feeling adventurous and up for a scenic hike, you can walk back down to Amalfi town from Villa Cimbrone, with a stop at Atrani along the way.
The hike takes about 45 minutes and offers breathtaking views of the coast.
Once you’re back in Amalfi Town, you can either take the bus or a taxi to Positano.
When you arrive in Positano, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy a sunset cocktail followed by a delicious dinner.
Day 5: Vietri Sul Mare & Cetara
Vietri sul Mare is truly a gem on the Amalfi Coast.
As the first of the 13 towns along the coast when coming from Salerno, it is known to be the oldest town with a rich history of artistic and traditional ceramics.
The locals of this charming seaside town have been crafting magnificent porcelain for decades, making it a significant centre for ceramic arts, which are distinguished by their vibrant colours and unique designs.
Make sure to visit the Museum of Ceramics in Villa Guariglia, where you can admire ceramics and pottery for everyday use as well as traditional Salerno ceramic arts and religious ceramic pieces.
A must-see is the towering late Renaissance Church of Saint John the Baptist, with its unique dome and bell tower adorned with typical painted ceramics and majolica interiors.
Wander through the colourful alleys of Vietri sul Mare and don’t miss the iconic small pink and blue house, a perfect spot for a memorable photo and a true landmark of Vietri.
After exploring Vietri sul Mare, continue your journey along the coast to Cetara, a charming fishing community that has gained popularity in recent years.
Treat yourself to a local delicacy for lunch: pasta con colatura di alici, pasta with anchovy sauce.
There are many local restaurants to choose from, but I highly recommend ‘Cetara e Pasta’ for their delicious handmade pasta.
Besides the food, Cetara exudes a distinct, authentic romanticism, making it a perfect spot for a romantic escape with your sweetheart.
For a romantic outing, rent a pedalo at the small beach at the foot of the village, adjacent to the small harbour.
Just 150 metres away, you’ll find a small stretch of sand and pebbles that’s only 6 metres long, known as Spiaggia degli Innamorati (Lovers’ Beach), and the name says it all.
This exquisite bay is secluded and sheltered, making it a perfect spot for a romantic getaway for two.
Alternatively, you can unwind at the Bay of Erchie, a small paradise between Cetara and Maiori, with its turquoise waters and soft sand.
The beach is located between two old Saracen watchtowers and offers both beach clubs and free zones.
Don’t miss Cauco Beach, which can only be reached by boat from Erchie, for an extra-special experience.
Of course, there are many other sights and activities to enjoy on the Amalfi Coast, so feel free to customize this Amalfi Coast itinerary to your interests and schedule.
If you’re looking to explore Ravello, Tramonti, Furore, and Agerola, you’ll need to climb the roads up to the Monti Lattari.
One of the unique features of the Amalfi Coast is its vertical development, with villages perched high above the sea, cliffs that seem impossible to climb, and small beaches carved from the rock.
In many municipalities, stairs are more common than roads.
So, get ready for some exercise!
If you’re planning to drive or ride a motorcycle along the entire coast, it’ll take you around an hour and a half.
But, this doesn’t include the stops you’ll make to visit the villages, take photos from the scenic viewpoints, or just admire the stunning landscape.
So, take your time and enjoy the trip!
More Days on the Amalfi Coast?
Maiori & Minori
If you’re looking to extend your stay on the Amalfi Coast, Maiori and Minori are definitely worth considering!
Maiori is a picturesque mediaeval town located between Amalfi and Ravello, with some of the most stunning beaches on the Amalfi Coast.
Don’t miss out on Erchie Beach; its iconic tower overlooking the sea is a must-see!
Maiori is also renowned for its ancient Roman baths and has been a popular summer resort for centuries, so don’t miss out on the chance to experience it for yourself.
Be sure to visit the Norman Tower, which dates back to 1563, and Saint Nicholas Castle, an eleventh-century fortification on a hill with stunning views of the bay.
And don’t forget to pay a visit to Maiori’s sister village, Minori.
You can get there along the Lemon Path (Sentiero dei Limoni), an old walkway that connects Maiori and Minori and is the perfect way to explore the stunning views of the Amalfi Coast.
This delightful trek through lemon groves and quaint villages is an easy 1.2-mile (2.5-kilometre) route.
It’ll take you around an hour to complete and is suitable for everyone, no matter your fitness level.
Minori is a charming village with a rich history, said to date back to the Etruscan era.
You’ll be enchanted by its tranquil atmosphere and gorgeous coastal views.
Spend a peaceful half-day taking in the lesser-known sights of the Amalfi Coast and uncover Minori’s hidden beauty.
This unnoticed seaside village is home to the majestic Villa Romana, a stunning 1st-century Roman palace.
This villa, most likely belonging to a wealthy aristocrat, has a beautiful outdoor atrium with a central pool and plenty of mosaic and mural artwork.
It’s one of the most overlooked archaeological sites in the area, yet it’s definitely worth a visit.
While in Minori, treat yourself to something sweet at De Riso, an iconic pastry shop renowned around the world for its sugary delights.
You must taste the “Ricotta and Pear Cake,” which is a Sal de Riso speciality, and the delicious “Delizie al Limone,” delicate and aromatic with the perfume of the Coast’s best-known and most consumed citrus fruit.
This pastry shop is also the ideal place to enjoy the stunning views of the sea with a light breakfast or pre-dinner aperitif.
Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods)
I recommend taking a walk down the Path of the Gods, or “Il sentiero degli Dei” in Italian, during your trip to the Amalfi Coast.
Travellers have declared this trek as the most beautiful walk in the world, and it is one of Europe’s most gorgeous day hikes.
The path provides a stunning view of the Amalfi Coast from the top.
It’s important to note that there are two paths to choose from: the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) “alto” (high) and “basso” (low) versions, named after the height at which the path develops.
The high path starts in Bomerano (Agerola) and ends in Santa Maria del Castello, and is slightly more difficult due to many uphill stretches.
On the other hand, the low path crosses Nocelle and is less challenging, making it ideal for the elderly or those who prefer a less strenuous hike.
The walk begins in Agerola (Bomerano) and ends in Positano’s upper part (Nocelle). The round trip is approximately 10 kilometers long and takes about 7 hours to complete, depending on your pace and the number of stops you make along the way.
However, it’s worth mentioning that most tourists only do the outward trek, starting in Bomerano (Agerola) and ending in Nocelle (Positano).
In my opinion, retracing the trip backward would be redundant as you would have already appreciated all the splendor on the outward voyage.
Along the way, there are protective structures for the most difficult and inaccessible points, panoramic terraces from which you can admire the Faraglioni of the island of Capri, Punta Penna, the island of Li Galli, and the Monti Lattari. There are also comfortable wooden benches where you can rest and replenish your energy with water and snacks.
One of the highlights of this hike is the various springs of pure drinking water along the path, which is a wonderful advantage during the hot summer months.
It’s best to start early in the morning, especially during the summer, to avoid the worst of the summer sun and enjoy the best views.
Starting from Bomerano and working your way to Nocelle allows you to get that wonderful perspective of Positano when you descend.
The trail is not difficult, but it does require a minimum level of physical fitness suitable for walking about 5 kilometers (one way).
I recommend wearing very light clothing, especially during the warmer months, such as a half-sleeved cotton T-shirt or vest and shorts.
However, if you are allergic to plants or various herbs, I recommend wearing knee-length or long trousers.
Hiking shoes are recommended, avoiding high shoes with a raised sole or wedge, and wearing a hat of any form or size to protect yourself from the sun.
Additionally, you must have a backpack with everything you will need for the journey, including food and enough water, as well as any equipment such as a reflex camera, GoPro, and drone to capture the breathtaking sights and natural landscapes along the way.
If you want to make your experience easier, you might consider joining a guided tour, such as a round trip from Sorrento: Path of the Gods Hike, or a one-way Path of the Gods Private Hiking Tour from Agerola.
Take a boat trip to the nearby island of Ischia, known for its thermal springs and beautiful beaches.
From the tranquil waters of Negombo Park to the stunning Poseidon Gardens, Cavascura, Castiglione le Nitrodi, and Aphrodite Park, Ischia’s thermal parks provide a plethora of therapeutic benefits, making it the perfect destination for an unforgettable wellness experience.
Visit the Castello Aragonese, a medieval castle perched on a rocky island just off the coast of Ischia.
The Aragonese Castle is a stunning fortification situated on a tidal island of trachytic rock on Ischia’s eastern side.
It is connected to the centuries-old Borgo di Celsa by a 220-metre-long masonry bridge known as Ischia Ponte.
Coastal Boat Tour
Sailing along the Amalfi Coast is a wonderful way to take in the sights.
There’s a great selection of boat tours to choose from, ranging from tranquil sailing with delicious snacks and drinks to thrilling speedboat rides to nearby islands and romantic sunset cruises.
A boat trip allows you to appreciate the beauty of the coast in a short amount of time.
The view of the coast from the sea is simply stunning.
Exploring the Amalfi Coast by boat is an amazing way to discover its hidden gems. From secret coves to less-visited towns, a boat trip offers the perfect chance to experience the coastline in all its glory.
Not to mention the opportunity to swim in the dazzling blue waters!
Whether it’s an activity for the day or an entire excursion, boat trips are a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty of the Amalfi Coast.
If you’re looking for something truly special, a private cruise is the perfect way to spend the day.
While it may be more expensive, you can take the reins and decide exactly how to spend your time.
Be sure to let the skipper know what you’ve already seen so you can skip the repeat sights and explore some new ones.
If you’re already familiar with the places on this itinerary, spend a bit more time on the boat and really savour the scenery from the sea.
You can determine the itinerary from swimming and snorkelling at hidden coves and beaches to simply sitting back and taking in the beautiful views from the sea while sipping your prosecco wine.
Where to stay on the Amalfi Coast?
When planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is where to stay.
With so many beautiful towns and villages along the coast, it can be tough to decide which one is the best fit for you.
The best idea might be to stay in Positano or Amalfi, as they are centrally located, and that way it’s easy to explore both the east and west coasts.
However, a lot depends on your personal interests and what you truly want to do on the Amalfi Coast.
Staying in sorrento is an ideal way to explore the beautiful amalfi coast.
Sorrento offers stunning views, easy access to and from the towns of the amalfi coast, and plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained.
You can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, ranging from hiking to boat tours, or just relaxing on one of the many beaches.
The town is also full of restaurants, cafes, and shops, so you can enjoy some local cuisine and shopping.
Sorrento is also a great base for day trips to nearby island of capri and ischia, and towns, such as Positano or Praiano, making it easy to explore the entire area.
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Positano is a great option if you’re seeking something unique and beautiful, but the prices can be on the higher side.
Couples looking for a romantic getaway and young people looking for a good time in an upscale atmosphere will find Positano to be the perfect spot.
However, due to its vertical layout full of winding staircases and steep pathways, it may not be the best choice for families or those with limited mobility.
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If you’re looking to experience the real Positano, away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, then you should definitely consider staying in one of its two charming hamlets, Montepertuso and Nocelle.
Located in the upper part of the town, they offer a peaceful and natural atmosphere, plus one of the most amazing hiking trails on the Amalfi Coast, like the Sentiero degli Dei, starts here.
And the best part?
Staying here won’t break the bank!
I stayed at Villa Sofia in the Nocelle neighbourhood, and the view from my room was simply breathtaking!
But the number of bed and breakfasts here is truly endless!
If you’re looking for a convenient and cost-effective option close to the luxurious Positano, then Praiano is the perfect choice for you.
It’s only a 15-minute drive away, and you can find great savings in certain areas.
Plus, Praiano offers wonderful hiking opportunities along the Amalfi Coast.
The Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) starts here, and it’s a journey full of breathtaking views that you won’t want to miss if you love hiking.
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Amalfi is an excellent base to explore the Amalfi Coast; it’s full of history and conveniently located in the heart of the coast.
It’s a great choice if you want to be close to the water, with plenty of opportunities for swimming and boating, and boats leave from Amalfi’s pier to take you to secluded coves that can only be accessed by sea.
However, it may get quite crowded during peak season.
If you prefer small towns that seem frozen in time, Cetara and Atrani are your best bets.
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Maiori & Minori
If you’re looking for something more practical with wide, accessible beaches, Maiori or Minori may be the best fit.
Maiori is a larger town located on the eastern end of the Amalfi Coast.
It’s a great choice if you want to be close to some of the best beaches on the coast, with plenty of opportunities for swimming and sunbathing.
Maiori also has a long promenade lined with restaurants and cafes, making it a great place to stroll and people-watch.
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If you’re looking for romance and stunning views, Ravello is the perfect destination for you.
Located high above the Amalfi Coast, this small village is often referred to as the ‘balcony of the Amalfi Coast’ due to its breathtaking perspective.
Unfortunately, getting there by public transport isn’t the most convenient, as you must first travel to Amalfi before changing buses.
But if you’re willing to sacrifice comfort, the breathtaking views alone make Ravello worth the journey.
It’s a great choice if you want to be away from the crowds, with plenty of opportunities for hiking and exploring the surrounding countryside.
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Spending a night on the island of capri is an experience that you wont soon forget.
From the breathtaking views of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the charming alleways, Capri is truly a paradise.
Staying at “Il Giardino dell’Arte” is the perfect way to take in all of the beauty that the island has to offer.
This family-run boutique hotel in the tranquil area of Anacapri offers guests a unique and exclusive experience with its tranquil gardens, stunning rooftop terrace, and cosy rooms.
The friendly staff will make sure that all of your needs are taken care of, allowing you to concentrate on enjoying your stay on the stunning island of Capri.
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In a Nutshell
If you’re looking for a destination that combines stunning natural beauty, rich history, and mouth-watering cuisine, then the Amalfi Coast should be at the top of your travel bucket list.
This 5-day Amalfi Coast itinerary has covered some of the best things to do on this enchanting coast, but there is still so much more to discover.
With its beautiful scenery, delicious cuisine, and warm Italian hospitality, the Amalfi Coast is sure to captivate your heart and leave you with cherished memories.
So, what are you waiting for?
Book your tickets, pack your bags, and get ready to experience the magic of the Amalfi Coast for yourself.
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