Are you planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast and trying to find the perfect Amalfi Coast 5 day itinerary, things to do in Amalfi along where to stay in Amalfi Coast?
The Amalfi Coast is dotted with spectacular views, seaside cliffs, and sumptuous villas, which have elevated the coastline to one of the most fabulous and unique destinations in the world.
Its cultural landscape includes churches, gardens, vineyards, and towns that are divided into thirteen different municipalities, and UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello are the area’s top destinations, attracting thousands of travelers each year and my Amalfi Coast 5 day Itinerary will not only help you plan your vacation but help you to decide which town to make your home base.
When you think of the “Amalfi Coast“ you probably think of Beyonce and Jay Z and chartering a Luxe $900,000-a-Week Yacht sipping on expensive Limoncello but I am going to help plan the perfect Amalfi Coast vacation without breaking the bank.
As far as road trips go, it doesn’t get more cinematic than the Blue Highway, the 43-mile-long “road with 1,001 turns” that skirts the southern tip of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula.
While the drive itself may not take long, you’ll find yourself stopping around each bend to capture one Instagram-worthy moment after the next.
If you don’t get too seasick, seeing Amalfi by boat is a once-in-a-lifetime unforgettable experience.
There are so many things to do in Amalfi and my week-long Amalfi Coast itinerary and travel guide will map out all the must-sees while exploring the coast along with the best day trips you should take from Amalfi.
Pack your bags because I will help you figure out the following:
- How to get there?
- Where to stay on Amalfi Coast?
- Best tours of Amalfi Coast
- Should you take day trips?
- What is the best time to visit Amalfi?
- How many days should you stay on the Amalfi Coast?
- Is Amalfi Coast expensive?
While you can explore Amalfi in one day it will be rushed and you will not be able to see some of the famous towns like Ravello, Praiano, Positano, or Minori.
I recommend staying a minimum of 3 to 4 days in the area, but if you want to take your time and really immerse yourself in the culture it’s best to spend at least 5 days or longer on the Amalfi Coast.
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Praiano, Sorrento, Capri, and Amalfi Coast – 5 Day Amalfi Coast Itinerary
If you’ve been scrolling Pinterest for hours gazing at dreamy photos wondering if the Amalfi Coast is really as beautiful as the photos and I can say unequivocally YES!
The Amalfi Coast towns are even more breathtaking in person and just imagine each morning stepping out on your balcony and enjoying breakfast with the Mediterranean as your backdrop.
It felt like I was in a dream from the food, wine, limoncello to the beautiful people – This was the vacation of a lifetime so if you want to visit some of the best Amalfi Coast towns and look for things to do in Amalfi keep reading.
Where To Make Your Home Base on Amalfi Coast
I suggest basing yourself in Praiano, Italy if you’re planning to explore multiple towns on the coast. Praiano is easily accessible by train, bus or private car plus Praiano has some of the best views on the coast.
If you are not afraid to explore the long windy roads along the coast you should rent a car, let the top down and enjoy the scenery.
This is literally one of the simple yet best things to do in Amalfi.
Day 1: Praiano + Positano
Praiano and Positano’s pastel-colored buildings and secret coves have seduced everyone that has laid eyes on the coast.
Both hotels overlook the sea amongst olive and pine trees, and bougainvilleas narrow steps leading to the sea.
Toast to the afternoon with an Aperol Spritz at Il Pirata II which is suspended above the sea, or head to the Voce e’ Notte or Kasai for sunset drinks on the rooftop bar for stunning seaside views.
Rows of boutique stores offering custom-made linen dresses, handmade sandals, indulge in pizza, and fresh gelato while you wait on your custom shoes to be made.
Once you’ve wrapped up shopping which can easily last hours I suggest making reservations at splurge-worthy dinner at the Michelin-starred eatery, Zass.
The views of Positano and Praiano are absolutely beautiful and the food is just as amazing as the views so Zass should definitely be on your culinary bucket list.
Day 2 – The Isle of Capri
A trip to the Amalfi Coast without exploring Capri and the Grottos is a wasted trip and is definitely one of the best things to do in Amalfi.
Capri is the shining star of the Amalfi Coast and is synonymous with the rich and famous and it is easily accessible from any town along the Amalfi coast.
Capri is is a popular day-trip destination for those who are staying in Praiano and Positano but it is not a bad idea if you can afford to stay on the island to do so but it can get pretty expensive.
Capri has been visited by everyone including Emperor Tiberius and Jackie Onassis but I repeat DO NOT be like me and get carried away with shopping because for a quick moment I thought I was Beyonce and the hubby was Jay Z.
How To Get To Capri
You can get to Capri by ferry, smaller public boats, or rent a private charter boat.
Most visitors take the ferry so take look at the ferry schedule and check the times based on where you are coming from and please note the last ferry leaves Capri at 6:00 p.m. so do not be late or you will be left.
The schedule does change based on the time of year so please make sure you have your times correct.
- Positano: 30 minutes/~20 Euro – $22.16
- Amalfi: 50 minutes/ ~23 Euro – $25.48
- Sorrento: 20 minutes/~20 Euro – $22.16
- Naples: 60 minutes/ ~22 Euro – $24.37
- Salerno: 120 minutes/~25 Euro – $38.78
Things to do in Capri, Italy
If you want to see some of the most amazing views Capri has to offer check out Villa San Michele.
Villa San Michele was built in the early 20th century by Axel Munthe, a Swedish physician.
Today Villa San Michele is a museum and Swedish cultural institute that was named one of the Top 10 gardens in Italy. (Ticket cost: €7).
Top Things To See In Capri:
- Augustus Gardens
- Villa San Michele
- Faraglioni Rocks
1. Blue Grotto a “Must See”
The Blue Grotto is a total tourist trap but who cares! If you are visiting Amalfi you should spend the $15 or whatever it is to go to this cave!
You will get tired of telling people you didn’t see the blue grottos if you don’t spend the hour or so checking them out.
The Blue Grotto was on the top of my bucket list as it should be on the top of yours: The grotto is a cave located just off the sea, where the water turns a dazzling and luminescent color of blue.
You can arrange a tour at your hotel so book well in advance because the lines are long and the tickets sell out fast.
2. Inside the Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto is a cave inside the side of a mountain and can only be reached by squeezing through a narrow opening.
Once we began to enter the Grotto we had lay down but after we entered a calm came over us and the water is illuminated by the sunlight outside of the Grotto.
We spent about 5 min inside the Grotto. Again, Is it a tourist trap? Yes! Should you go anyway? Yes, why not?
3. Augustus Gardens
After you had enough time wandering around town and getting a feel for Capri it is time to head to a few noteworthy attractions.
First up are the Augustus Gardens. Here you will be able to walk through a garden filled with a variety of different plants and flowers, as well as take in some spectacular water views of the Faraglioni Rocks out in the distance.
It really is just a beautiful place to relax and enjoy.
4. Villa San Michele
After grabbing some lunch around the area next up is Anacapri, a bit west of the Capri town. To get there is pretty simple – you can either hop on a bus from near the Piazzetta or grab a taxi.
It should only take about 15 minutes to make the drive. The first thing you will do when you get to Anacapri is walk to Villa San Michele.
Once the home to Swedish physician Axel Munthe, it is now open to the public to explore. You can spend time roaming around the estate, which includes the main villa, gardens, terraces, artwork, and some more great views.
It will cost 8 Euro to enter San Michele and it is definitely worth it.
Day Three – Day Trip To Pompeii
Don’t miss Pompeii if you are visiting Southern Italy. The town/city of Pompeii dates back to 500BC. From the arenas to the people frozen in time, it’s just amazing!
The Roman town of Pompeii was destroyed in 79AD when the volcano of Vesuvius erupted, causing the town to be wiped out and buried under ash.
If you are a history buff like my hubby visiting Pompeii is the closest you will get to traveling back in time and tracing the exact steps as the ancient Romans.
Pompeii is another one of the things to do in Amalfi that you will be extremely disappointed you missed out on.
How To Get To Pompeii
It’s extremely easy to reach Pompeii from Praiano. I suggest purchasing a tour from Viator and taking the hour bus ride from your hotel to Pompeii.
The bus picked us up directly in front of Hotel Onda Verde and we were able to relax and enjoy the views of Amalfi.
Be prepared for the windy roads because those buses hug the edges of those cliffs without any guard rails.
Guided Tour vs. On your Own
We took a guided tour because we wanted to really understand and learn all the secrets of Pompeii.
We walked the ancient Roman streets to see the structures that have been preserved under ashes from Mt. Vesuvius.
Our tour guide, Benedetto, was amazingly knowledgeable. A Ph.D. archaeologist who actually works in Pompeii during the week, he brought a practitioner’s perspective to his narrative and was able to point out numerous things that are not normally covered in a standard tour.
Group Tours in Pompeii
Group tours can be an excellent way to see Pompeii, and there are many tour companies that organize trips to Pompeii.
I suggest taking a private tour vs a group tour because that any given time there were easily 25,000 tourists the day in late May. I doubt very seriously all of those folk paid for a group tour.
If you decide to take a group tour you need to understand it might be 50 to 100 people in your tour and they are walking and talking fast and you will most likely be in the very back not hearing one word.
Just pay for a personalized tour you will thank me later.
The Heat In Pompeii
Pompeii gets extremely hot! I don’t mean regular hot but the sun feels like it is sitting directly over Pompeii.
Finally, make sure you wear shoes that are made for traveling! This is not the time to be cute – the Roman cobblestones and pavements will kill you if the sun doesn’t kill you first.
Day Four – Amalfi Coast By Car
After a lavish breakfast at Hotel Onda Verde, we rented a convertible, let the top down, and just get lost on the scenic drive to Amalfi.
The views along the coast are unbelievable.
Amalfi is the largest town along the coast located halfway between Salerno and Sorrento.
If you are vacationing in Amalfi during the late spring or summer you will enjoy beach hopping from Amalfi to the town of Atrani which is a small fishing village.
The beauty of this town is frozen in time from its covered passageways and quaint homes carved into the cliffs.
We decided to spend the day exploring Positano and slowly taking in the scenery of the romantic and colorful small towns that sit along the coast.
We enjoyed the smells and taste of local limoncello, ceramics, and of course linens.
Another thing to do in Amalfi is to take cooking classes. Please sign up for cooking lessons and learn simple but yet delicious southern Italian dishes.
Cooking classes typically prepare regional appetizers, first and second courses, and a dessert.
If you are not interested in the cooking classes and just want to eat pizza, pasta, drink limoncello, or just sip on a glass of wine that is ok as well.
We wandered down side streets, alleys, and stairways to uncover beautiful views and sipped on Limoncello while I snuck in a bit of shopping.
After shopping all day and exploring the coast take a break and grab a slice of pizza before continuing on your exploration of the coast.
Stop by the Museum of Paper, Museo della Carta, which is housed in a 13th-century mill, take a hike through Valle dei Mulini, where you will pass beautiful waterfalls along the hike.
For dinner, take a seat on the terrace of Lido Azzurro, which hovers over the port, and enjoy super fresh fish, shrimp scampi, or lobster.
After dinner and on your drive back to Praiano stop by the small village of Conca dei Marini, home to the shell-shaped Santa Rosa sfogliatelle pastry.
Day Five -Ravello
Ravello is home to Italy’s second-oldest music festival, held in the summer months which is when Amalfi is the most crowded but it is a glamorous hideaway in the hills.
Ravello is less touristy Positano but well worth the day trip.
Once one of the largest and most expensive villas on the Amalfi Coast, the Moorish-style Villa Rufolo, built by a merchant family in the 13th century, is now home to gardens as impressive as Versailles.
If you decided to take a day trip to Ravello park your car and rent a bike for a few hours and cruise the vineyards of Maria Cuomo where you can indulge in a tour and tasting.
After five days of exploring the beautiful towns along the Amalfi Coast, we decided not to stay out too late spent our last night hanging out on our balcony admiring the amazing views of Praiano, Italy while drinking Vodka tonics, Limoncello, and playing Uno!
Not the regular Limoncello but Crema Limoncello! It is so creamy and delicious!
What I loved Most About Amalfi
Lemons and More Lemons
I was in absolute awe of the lemons in Amalfi!! Lemons everywhere.
I can’t think of a better way to end our trip.
If you find one of the towns really resonated with you, you can take this time to revisit one of the towns or do like we did which was nothing.
Your five-day Amalfi Coast itinerary is planned but make sure you leave time for unplanned adventures.
5 Stunning Hotels On The Amalfi Coast
Italy’s Amalfi Coast looks almost mythical—the dizzyingly high coastal roads, the sweet-smelling lemon groves, and colorful villages that cascade down cliffsides towards the sea.
The Amalfi Coast has some of the most gorgeous hotels and many are built in former palazzos and Include Michelin-starred restaurants, glamorous pool scenes, and unparalleled ocean views.
Below are my top picks for the best hotels on the coast for your Amalfi Coast 5 day itinerary.
1. Hotel Onda Verde, Praiano
If you, like me, want luxury accommodations in Praiano – look no further than Hotel Onda Verde. This boutique hotel is perched on the side of a mountain, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Hotel Onda Verde is perfect for couples!
The views are breathtaking, the free breakfast was great and there were not a lot of tourists in this part of the Amalfi Coast.
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2. Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi
Couples walking hand-in-hand through citrus groves and terraced gardens.
A 1904 villa, dripping with bougainvillea, whose rooms are filled with family heirlooms, local antiques, and balconies with sweeping views.
Two glass elevators that drop 10 stories through bedrock to a private beach and saltwater swimming pool. Hotel Santa Caterina knows each guest by name and provides that personal touch that not many hotels still provide today.
Seat yourself at the thatched-roof open-air restaurant, Al Mare, which overlooks the pool and relax or people watch.
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3. Le Sirenuse, Positano
Le Sirenuse is a dream come true and the photos just don’t do this property justice. This 58-room family-run palazzo is just as romantic and luxurious as it was back in the day.
There are colorful handmade tile floors, curated antiques, Tyrrhenian Sea balcony views, and a gorgeous restaurant on the property.
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4. Belmond Hotel Caruso, Ravello
This former 11th-century palazzo turned 43-room stunner, the hideout of choice for stars like Jackie Kennedy and Humphrey Bogart, occupies the highest point in Ravello—on a limestone bluff with unobstructed views of the sea.
Every angle here is Insta-worthy, from the building’s colorful frescoed ceilings and Moorish arches to the rooftop infinity pool, whose waters appear to melt into the horizon.
The guestrooms are just as eye-catching, with their mosaic-tiled floors, ancient stone walls, and private gardens.
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5. Capri Tiberio Palace, Capri
Milanese designer Giampiero Panepinto worked a miracle when he transformed this former Marriott into one of Capri’s most fabulous stays.
Every detail at Capri Tiberio Palace appears as if it was always so, from the soothing blue-yellow-coral color palette, majolica tiled floors, and travertine bathrooms in its 60 guest rooms to the various vintage statement pieces scattered throughout the hotel.
Hit the mojito bar on the roof deck before dinner at Terrazza Tiberio.
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Where To Eat & Drink in Praiano
- Voce ‘e note grill & sunset bar+ Best Sunset Bar
- Il Pirata Restaurant + Best Restaurant with a view
- Villa Corallium + Best 5 Star Restaurant
- Criscito’S + Best Hidden Gem
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Tips For Visiting The Amalfi Coast
When To Visit The Amalfi Coast
The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is in the spring and fall, specifically in May and September. During these months it’s less crowded and temperatures very comfortable, with highs in the 70s and 80s.
While summer may sound like the ideal option, remember both domestic and international travelers flock in droves to the tiny towns that line the Amalfi Coast, making it impossible to really explore the coast.
Winter travel is great if you are on a budget, but the downside is most of the cafes and restaurants close for the season.
I also recommend the fall months as a great time to visit because the weather on the Amalfi Coast is still relatively warm.
How To Get To Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is located to the South of Naples. The main and closest connection points are Naples, Salerno, and Sorrento.
The first city you will reach is Positano and continuing along Highway 163 you reach Praiano, Amalfi, Minori, Maiori, Cetara, and Vietri Sul Mare.
Rome To Amalfi
Traveling from Rome to Amalfi Coast can be a very long and exhausting day so make sure you plan appropriately.
If your plane lands in the afternoon, consider the option of spending a night in Rome or Naples before you travel to the Amalfi Coast.
Rome Airport To Amalfi
From the airport take the Leonardo Express, train to the city’s main Roma Termini railway station. From here you can take a train to Naples or Salerno
There are different types of trains from Rome to Salerno when you are deciding when To Visit The Amalfi Coast
- Eurostar Freccia Rossa (TAV) is definitely the most comfortable option but also the most expensive. In about two hours you’ll be at the station in Salerno. Trains leave every hour for this category and they are on time so do not be late! It costs about 40€.
- Intercity: are mid-range trains and connect Rome to Salerno in about three hours. It costs about 20€.
- Interregional: trains that stop at every station and every town. It takes about 4 hours to go from Rome to Naples. The ticket costs 10,00 euros but I would only recommend taking the Interregional if you are on a really tight budget.
Once you arrive at Salerno Station from Rome, follow the directions to Tourist Port, near “Piazza della Condordia” (it is almost directly in front of the train station) and from there take the ferry to Amalfi or other towns along the coast.
Everything was smooth sailing for us because we were able to spend the first two days of our trip in Rome doing the typical tourist stuff.
You will be in Amalfi in about 40 minutes once get on the ferry. In Amalfi, you will find the bus stop SITA headed to all destinations on the Amalfi Coast.
How To Get To Amalfi From Naples
If you land at Naples Capodichino, to reach the Amalfi Coast you’ll have to get to the town of Sorrento.
- Curreri bus to Sorrento immediately outside Terminal 1. It costs about 10€ and you pay directly to the driver.
- Buses to the center of Naples “Alibus”, to be taken outside Terminal 1, which takes you to Naples Central Station (Piazza Garibaldi). The ticket costs about 3€ and can be purchased directly on board.
Once at the station you have two choices:
- If you want to reach Sorrento, take the Circumvesuviana, the local train that is situated on the lower level of the station. From there, take the train that is about an hour will take you to Sorrento. Once you reach the local train station to Sorrento, you have to take one of the SITA buses that connect the Sorrento Peninsula to the Amalfi Coast.
- If you want to reach the Amalfi Coast towns of Maiori, Minori, Ravello, or Salerno, take a regional train to Salerno which will take about 40 minutes, and from there take a ferry from the tourist port or Sita bus from the main station.
When Not To Visit the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is not at its best in summer, when coastal towns are crowded with tourists and the heat is unbearable. The optimum times are May-June and September-October.
Visiting in winter is an appealing option—the temperature remains comfortable, rain is relatively rare, and luxury hotel rates are at their lowest.
However, be aware that some hotels and restaurants will not be open—always call ahead or check hotel websites just to make sure.
Getting around Praiano, Italy
Planes, trains, and automobiles, ferries, buses, and even your feet. On the Amalfi Coast, the options are endless for exploring the towns along the coast.
Let the Top Down and Rent A Car:
Have you ever imagined traveling up the Amalfi Coast with the top down, scarf blowing in the wind, and oversized shades keeping the sun out your face?
Traveling by car is still the most romantic way to get around Amalfi and is one of the best things to do in Amalfi.
You can rent a car at Naples International Airport or opt for something more lavish from the Positano Car Service.
They offer luxury vehicles that will ensure you’re driving up the coast looking like a million dollars.
Make sure to check with your hotel before renting a car because most will have their own private car or boat services to shuttle you between towns.
Best Amalfi Coast Towns
First-time visitors to the Amalfi Coast are often confused and unsure where to stay.
Take your time and research each city and decide what is important to you when exploring the Amalfi Coast because there are so many things to do in Italy.
We picked Praiano because the views are just as beautiful as Positano but you will pay half of the cost for a room.
- Positano is popular for its central location, its restaurants, and its beauty. Despite having 5-star restaurants and charm many find the peak season crowds, prices, and stairs to be a bit overwhelming.
- If you are on your honeymoon and money is not an option I suggest grabbing a top-floor suite at Le Sirenuse.
- Ravello is an enchanting village perched on a ridge high above Amalfi. Most people find Ravello out of the way and only stay for the day.
- Sorrento is convenient for visitors that want to check out of the small town along the coast and Sorrento is a quick trip to Pompeii for those that want to see the city frozen in time. It also marks the start of the 43-mile infamously winding coastal road that runs to Salerno.
- Amalfi is the Amalfi Coast’s largest city, but it still feels quaint and intimate. It is convenient for excursions to Capri and the Grottos.
Things Not to Miss on the Amalfi
Highlights of Passports and Grub Amalfi Coast travel guide include:
• Touring the Villa Cimbrone
• Museo Correale (Neapolitan arts housed in an 18th-century villa)
• The Sant’Antonino Festival
• Sagra del Tonno
• Africana Club (fish swim beneath its glass dance floor)
• Shopping at Antonello della Mura
What To Know Before You Plan Your Trip To Amalfi
Cost. Did you know Delta Airlines offer layaways for vacations? Delta Vacations gives you the flexibility to pay for vacation over time.
Flying to Italy can be very expensive and hotels aren’t much better so imagine having everything already paid for before you even get on the plane.
Delta Vacations allow you to put down a 10% deposit on the total cost of your trip which will include airfare hotel and rental car.
After you make your initial downpayment you can pay as little or as much per month as you like as long as the entire trip is paid off 30 days prior to your departure date.
By the end of each day, my feet were so sore and I could barely walk because all of the towns are built into the side of cliffs so what seemed like a short walk will turn into the hike of a lifetime.
Language Barrier. Praiano and the coastal towns have English-speaking staff, therefore, we did not encounter any language barriers whatsoever.
Conclusion of my Amalfi Coast 5 Day Itinerary
Every nook and cranny of this beautiful coastline could easily be called romantic and the perfect place to reconnect with your spouse and remember why you fell in love.
It is easy to leave a piece of your heart behind after visiting this remarkable stretch of coastline in southern Italy.
If you’ve been dreaming of visiting the Amalfi Coast it’s time to stop dreaming and figure out when to visit Amalfi.
There are so many amazing things to do in Amalfi and my guide only touched a few.
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