The Best Amalfi Coast Itinerary
If you are searching for the perfect Amalfi Coast itinerary, look no further! I have visited multiple times and created this thorough Amalfi Coast travel guide with the help of a handful of local friends who have lived there their entire life.
Below is an Amalfi Coast itinerary 3 days to 4 days. If you have more time than that, the last day has a list of things you can pick and choose from, allowing you to add any number of additional days to your itinerary. It includes all of the best of Amalfi Coast — the things you shouldn’t miss! (Pssst... you can also click here for my list of 8 things you absolutely cannot miss in Positano)
It also covers the best places to visit on the Amalfi Coast, including how I recommend you see them all, and the best Amalfi Coast things to do!
Have plans to visit other parts of Italy during your trip? Click here for the best Italy itinerary 3 weeks.
What to Pack for The Amalfi Coast
COMFORTABLE SHOES. You will likely (hopefully) be doing a lot of walking so this is very important! My very favorite are M. Gemi’s white leather sneakers. I literally never travel anywhere without them. Click here to see latest prices and click here to get $50 off!
SUNGLASSES. Of course! Three timeless styles I’ve been wearing non-stop: click here for my favorite Quay aviators (I have numerous pairs), click here for my round Ray-Bans, and click here for my all time favorite black on black Ray-Bans that are often hard to track down because they sell out consistently.
BRIGHT LIPSTICK. Because you won’t want to spend time on makeup, and you’ll probably have a bit tan depending on when you go, so a bright lip is the perfect way to spice up your nighttime look! Click here for the one I've been loving from Sephora (especially because it’s called “First Class” and it seems like good upgrade karma, haha).
CONVERTER ADAPTER. This one is universal and works no matter where you’re going so it’s a must. When going to the EU I also bring along this very inexpensive 6 pack so that I have extras. So much to charge these days! Need other recommendations? Click here to see my list of 20 must have travel products from Amazon Prime.
STYLISH CAMERA BAG… if you are bringing a camera! You can’t go to Italy with anything that isn’t chic ;) I usually bring GATTA’s Christie camera backpack (named after me) because it’s hands free, has a zipper AND a buttoned flap, and fully protects my camera yet is so cute no one will ever know it’s a camera bag. Click here to see the latest prices. Want to see more options? Click here for the most stylish camera bags for women!
BLACK PASHMINA. A total lifesaver! It folds up small so you are able to easily throw it in any bag and it weighs basically nothing. However, because of the material it is capable of keeping you surprisingly warm in situations where you have mistakenly underestimated the weather. You can wear it as a scarf, wrap it around your body like a shawl, use it as a blanket on cold planes or trains, etc. - it serves so many purposes. I recommend a black one because black goes with everything and if it gets dirty along the way it will be way less noticeable. Pro tip: if you’re only bringing a small cross body bag with room for your wallet, tie it to the strap! Click here for J. Crew’s best selling version.
LEATHER TOTE. I never, ever, ever travel without my Cuyana Leather Zipper Tote. It holds so much yet never feels as heavy as other bags! Click here to check it out. Wanna know my organizational tricks? Click here for how to organize your carry-on.
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE. I always pack this but it's especially handy in Italy because there are so many fountains you can fill up in. Hydro Flask is the best because it keeps your drink cold (or warm). So worth the investment. Click here to see the latest prices.
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Amalfi Coast Itinerary:
Arrive in Positano via ferry from Salerno. How to get to Amalfi Coast and to Positano specifically can be a bit confusing which is why I have an entire post dedicated to it! Click here for how to get to Positano.
Check into your Positano hotel. Is Positano the best town to stay in Amalfi Coast? Yes. You must stay in Positano. Trust me on this.
Assuming you read everything you need to know about visiting Positano prior to arriving (click here to read it), including where to stay in Amalfi Coast, you should hopefully be checking into one of two hotels: Dimora del Podesta or Hotel Poseidon.
Hotel Poseidon is a stunning, family-run, 4-star hotel in the heart of Positano. They have the most beautiful view, the most beautiful space, and the kindest, sweetest employees you could ever imagine. Click here to see the latest prices.
For more information on both of those hotels as well as other hotel recommendations, click here to read everything you need to know about visiting Positano.
Above photos via Le Sirenuse
Once you are done checking in and freshening up, it’s time for a celebratory drink! Head to Le Sirenuse’s Champagne Bar and Grill. It has one of the best views in town and is the perfect way to kick off your Amalfi Coast holiday. The cocktails are a bit pricey but it is worth it.
Above photos via Le Sirenuse
After happy hour it is time to grab dinner. For night one I have two recommendations: Da Vincenzo or La Sponda.
Da Vincenzo (Via Pasitea 172/178) is one of the oldest restaurants in Positano. It has local cuisine and is very good. Click here for more info on Da Vincenzo.
On an Amalfi Coast honeymoon or just you prefer something fancier? La Sponda (Via San Sebastiano 2) is Mediterranean cuisine Amalfi Coast restaurant at the iconic Le Sirenuse. They use fresh, local ingredients in the most beautiful venue. It’s hard to get into so you should book a reservation on their site prior to your arrival. Click here for more info on La Sponda.
If you have decided to stay at Dimora del Podesta then on day two, just as every other day, you will wake up and eat breakfast on your balcony overlooking town. If you’ve chosen to stay somewhere else, grab breakfast there.
Next up: the beach! Many people don’t know this, but the main beach in Positano is not the only beach. The beach you see in everyone’s photos and the one you arrive at if you come by ferry, Marina Grande, can become a bit of a tourist nightmare depending on time of year. And we don’t like tourist nightmares, so we’re definitely not going there.
We’re going to Fornillo Beach, a much lesser known beach where locals and wanna-be locals like myself hang out instead. It’s a bit smaller but still easy to get a spot at even in July during peak tourist season.
To get here you’ll walk down the stairs at Via Fornillo. See the included map for more info.
The Amalfi Coast beaches are not nice sand, but are covered in rocks, so don’t forget your sandals. Click here for the ones I bring (I have numerous pairs).
We also usually bring a floatie or two with us since it can be painful to stand on the rocky sand. As much fun as those ginormous floats are, traveling with them is a major pain (I know from experience). Click here for floaties that are good for travel.
And last but not least, don’t forget SPF. Click here for the best face SPF.
Once you get hungry for lunch, head to Da Ferdinando. It is located on the beach also and is very good.
Whenever you tire of beach lounging, it is time to explore Positano! Don’t worry - you don’t have to walk up that huge hill (yet). Instead, take Via Fornillo over to Marina Grande.
If you stand facing away from the sea towards Positano and walk straight, you’ll see a walkway. Turn right and walk along that road until you arrive at Marina Grande. See the included map for more info.
From here I would recommend spending the rest of the afternoon walking around Positano. There are so many beautiful things to see and photograph so do not forget your camera!
You should also do some shopping. One thing in particular that you must buy is local, handmade, custom sandals which the Amalfi Coast is known for. Positano is filled with dozens of stores that will make you sandals by hand while you wait, fit perfectly to your foot! You simply pick the style, the color, the size, and within around 15 minutes you have your own pair of fully custom sandals. I had mine made during a power outage (very impressive!) and still love them four years later.
As you explore, wind your way slowly back up Via Pasitea. It’s much easier than taking random stairways and this way you won’t miss anything! Make sure to stop by Saracena d'Oro and make reservations for dinner. You should specifically request to sit outside. Depending on the time of year you might want to do this on your way to the beach in the morning or even the night before.
Above photos via Music on the Rocks
Arrive for dinner at Saracena d’Oro at the time of your reservation. You must order pizza!
After dinner head to Franco’s Bar for some drinks. Franco’s Bar is a beautiful bar with an old-fashioned, quality-first drinks menu and one of the best views in town! It’s a popular spot even for locals — it’s many of my local friend’s favorite places.
Once it gets late enough I very highly recommend checking out Music on the Rocks. It is a club in a cave that you get to by walking across the beach and it is so. much. fun. I don’t know what it is exactly that makes me love this place despite not being a club person, but you’ll catch me here until it closes down at 4am most nights I am in town. Don’t miss it and make sure not to show up before 1am or you’ll be the only one there, literally!
Grab a quick breakfast at your hotel.
First up, my all time favorite Amalfi Coast itinerary item: touring the Amalfi Coast towns. An Amalfi Coast roadtrip! There are a few different Amalfi Coast tours you can choose between.
My favorite way to do so is via scooter. It is magic; there is nothing like zipping around the world’s most beautiful coastline without windows, a car frame, or anything else blocking your view. If you want Amalfi Coast photos this is your best bet.
The day I spent zipping around the coast on the back of a scooter was truly one of the best days of my life and one that I will remember forever. There are some rental places in town that you can visit once you arrive. I cannot find a good option online.
If you aren’t comfortable on a scooter, you can have someone drive you. Driving the Amalfi Coast is very exciting and a bit easier when you have an expert doing it for you. This tour is via a vintage open air Fiat which conveniently provides unobstructed photo opps. It is a private tour Amalfi Coast so you have the entire car to yourself.
There are many towns I recommend visiting, which I have dedicated an entire post to. Click here for the Amalfi Coast towns you should visit. There’s also a map of Amalfi Coast towns there (the ones I specifically recommend you go to).
Depending on which tour you take and how early you get back, you may have time to spend the afternoon at Hotel Poseidon’s pool! If you aren’t staying there you can still go, you just have to pay a small fee to use it.
After the pool head home to freshen up, but be sure to be ready before sunset.
Thirty minutes or so before sunset, go to Il Tridente at Hotel Poseidon for sunset drinks. The view, as you’ll know if you went to the pool, are magnificent at all times — especially as the sun goes down!
For dinner you might choose to also dine at Il Tridente. If you want to try something else, head to Ristorante Mediterraneo for some good seafood, a very friendly staff, and often live music.
Day four we will spend on the water, en route to famous Capri Amalfi Coast where you will spend the day!
The tour will last all day and will include many things. First you will head to Capri, stopping to swim or snorkel in various coves. You’ll have the option as a group to visit the Blue Lagoon. We skipped this because the wait was long and we were told it wasn’t worth it, but definitely do it if you are interested!
Once you arrive at Capri you will disembark and explore Capri for about 4 hours. I’d recommend you head to Anacapri, my favorite area. Or if you want something extra glam, go lounge at La Fontelina beach club. It is jaw-droppingly beautiful. If you’re a fan of Gray Malin, you will recognize this spot from his La Dolce Vita series.
When the four hours are up you will return to Positano, stopping again to swim and snorkel.
You should arrive back in Positano roughly around 5pm.
If you aren’t too tired, get dinner at Da Alolfo. It is a fresh seafood restaurant literally on the beach. It’s only reachable by boat; the journey is free for restaurant guests. You must make reservations by phone at +39 089875022. A very cool experience!
If you can’t get in there or want something more mellow, click here to check my where to eat + drink list for other options.
Wake up and start crying because it is your last day. Just kidding, kind of :)
By now you’ve likely come up with your own list of things you would like to see and do so I will leave this day fairly flexible. What you have time for will also depend on what time you need to head out.
Some recommended things to do:
- Hike the walk of the gods. You can do this on your own or with a tour guide. Click here to see the latest prices to do it with a tour guide.
- Take a cooking class. Note that this starts at 3pm so you might need to do this on a different day. Click here to see the latest prices.
- Go kayaking. I haven’t had a chance to do this yet, but my friends at Hotel Poseidon have said they love this tour. It’s on my list for next time!
- Go to a beach club. I recommend One Fire Beach Club in Praiano, Treville Beach Club, and Arienzo Beach Club.
- Want some great photos? Try a photo shoot Instawalk! Click here to see the latest prices
- Vesuvius Organic Wine Tasting & Lunch. Click here to see the latest prices
- Explore Pompeii w/ an Archaeologist. Click here to see the latest prices
- Make handmade pasta. Click here to see the latest prices
- Amalfi limoncello experience. Click here to see the latest prices