The Amalfi Coast had always been on my bucket list ever since I saw pictures of it years ago. I finally decided to pull the trigger to make my way there this past summer and oh my, it was just simply breathtaking.
Pictures simply cannot do its justice and it is no wonder that people choose the Amalfi Coast as their honeymoon destination. Situated on the southern end of Italy, the Amalfi Coast enjoys a nice Mediterranean climate. The name Amalfi Coast derives from a town called Amalfi while the rest of the towns you’d be interested in visiting may not necessary be actually on the Amalfi coast as shown on the map below.
We spent about a week on the Amalfi Coast and visited a number of towns and islands. It allowed us to see almost everything with plenty of time to explore different towns.
We started our trip in Naples, the northern most point to start your Amalfi Coast Trip. Naples is known for its pizza and breathtaking view of Mount Vesuvius, the still-active volcano that destroyed nearby Roman town Pompeii. We used Naples as a base to explore the surrounding areas and islands before moving South to Sorrento.
Caserta is not a place that’s often talked about when people visit the Amalfi Coast, but it is definitely worth a visit. It is known for the Royal Palace of Caserta, one of the largest palace built in Europe. It definitely reminded me of Versailles in France, minus all the tourists. It’s about an hour train ride from Naples and you can easily buy tickets at the train station.
Pompeii is famous for its ruins caused by the volcano eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. By 2018, Pompeii was attracting almost 2.6 million visitors per year, making it one of the most visited sites in Italy. To get there is pretty simple, it’s also about an hour train ride from Naples. Bring shades, a hat, water, and sunscreen on a summer day because you probably won’t find any cover among the ruins!
Most people think about Capri when they hear Amalfi Coast island trip. But Ischia is actually the largest island in the area. It’s known for the majestic Aragonese Castle, built on a rock near the island. There are also beautiful gardens such as Gardens of La Mortella, Gardens of Villa Ravino, and beautiful hikes and nature. It’s about an hour ferry ride from Naples.
Procida is a much smaller island near Ischia. It’s the smallest island in the Bay of Naples and a hidden gem. You can visit the waterfront, the fortress, the beach, and some small villages on the island. It’s a lot quieter than the bigger islands but nevertheless a fun visit.
Heading down from Naples towards the Amalfi Coast area, most people will stop in the town called Sorrento. It’s about 1.5 hour train ride from Naples and is normally used as the base to explore the surrounding areas of Amalfi Coast. Sorrento itself is not actually on the Amalfi Coast, but it’s a charming place with plenty to do and eat. We took daily buses from Sorrento to different places on the coast and to Capri.
Ravello is a really small town north (or up hill) from Amalfi (the town). It’s situated on the Amalfi Coast. A lot of people tend to skip this town to opt for the more famous Amalfi or Positano. But in my opinion, this town is one of the most beautiful on the Amalfi Coast and offers impeccable view of the water.
Capri is a charming island that’s off the coast of Sorrento, famous for its gardens and rock formation in the water, and of course the Blue Grotto. It’s one of my favorite islands in Italy, I mean who doesn’t want to be on a chair lift overseeing the whole coast or sipping coffee at a cafe watching the boats come and go?
The main town on the Amalfi Coast, surrounded by cliffs and beautiful ocean scenery. It is known for its architecture from the medieval times and more importantly, it’s known for the limoncello. There is nothing better than walking around exploring the different parts of town while eating a delicious gelato in the summer.
No visits to the Amalfi Coast is complete without stopping by Positano, the most famous and picturesque town on the Amalfi Coast. Stroll along the beach, get lost among the small streets, explore boutiques and souvenir shops, grab a bite by the sea, hike into the hills, take a boat tour, or pretty much anything you imagine an Italian island summer would be like. Spend a night here if you have time and truly appreciate the beauty this place has to offer.