The Amalfi Coast has been on my bucket list for such a long time. Having been to Venice, Verona, Rome, Florence, Pisa and the beautiful Cinque Terre villages in Italy I was super excited to visit during the spring time.
The Amalfi Coast stretches along 50km of the south west region of Italy and is easily accessible from Naples. We decided to base ourselves in the town of Sorrento and visit all of the Amalfi villages from the there on day trips.
We flew into Naples from London where we then caught a bus from Naples airport to the main train station for €5 and from there jump on a train to Sorrento. The train took about an hour and was a pleasant journey.
Sorrento was super pretty from the moment we got off the train, lots of beautiful flowers, colourful grand buildings and authentic eateries. The airbnb we stayed at was close to the station and easy to find and the apartment was HUGE! It had a huge balcony that stretched around the building and had gorgeous sea views, mountain views and you could even see Vesuvius in the distance.
Sorrento has a small main centre and a historical part to it as well. The small alleyways were so cute but like most tourist destinations just filled with shops selling junk. There was a nice viewing area to look out to the ocean and it felt so nice to have some sunshine!
What to do in Sorrento:
We took a short walk out of town to a place with ‘fairy pools’ and a great view over Vesuvius.
In Sorrento there is a small fishing village called Marina do Puplo where there are a handful of restaurants serving up fresh seafood, Aperol Spritz and lots of local dishes. There were lots of colourful homes dotted along the promenade and we chose to eat at the 5 sisters restaurant. Funnily enough all 5 sisters were in attendance that day! We enjoyed a meal in the sunshine with the waves lapping up on the quaint little beach.
Sorrento is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to explore Amalfi Coast on a budget.
We caught the bus from Sorrento to Positano one morning, it was absolutely packed and we ended up having to stand the whole journey but the views on the way were spectacular. The rocks rose up so high from the coast and the water was so blue.
The journey was around 45 minutes and like most things in Italy it was a little disorganised so we just got off and started walking down to the town from what seems bloody miles away. The views of Positano were lovely but as we got closer to the town I already began to feel that this place had been way over hyped.
The town was bustling with day trippers from cruise ships, so many people, such small alley ways, so many tourists, so many guides and about 90% of the shops were just selling tourist crap. Perhaps now that I am living a more minimalist life these things have now become more apparent but how many ‘lemon’ themed items does one need?
We strolled down to the beach but it was really rocky and not that appealing. Yes, the view of Positano is an iconic one but it most definitely was not worth the instagram hype!
We grabbed a sandwich from a shop as all the restaurants were so busy and just sat by the water and enjoyed the sunshine and waves. We found a nice little bar and drank some local wine before making our way up the many steps to the bus stop.
In typical Italian fashion (nothing is organised, everything is a shambles) we ended up waiting over an hour a half for a bus back to Sorrento. The bus never came even though they are supposed to be every 15 mins. We ended up getting a taxi with other people who were fed up with waiting as well.
Amalfi Town & Ravello
For another day we took the bus to Amalfi Town where we then got on another smaller bus to the hilltop village of Ravello. This turned out to be my favourite place in all of Amalfi. We visited a beautiful estate with the most magnificent gardens, enjoyed the peace and quiet of the town and marvelled at the amazing views from the very top.
After strolling around the beautiful gardens it was another hour before the bus came so we decided to have a wine pit stop at the most incredibly placed bar. The landscape was phenomenal, bright blue ocean, rugged mountains and winding roads around the cliffs.
Amalfi Town was very underwhelming, like Positano it was tourist shop after tourist shop, no cute little streets. An impressive looking church and plenty of small pizzerias though. I had the best pizza I’d had yet at a cute little restaurant before we hopped back on the bus and headed back to Sorrento.
Pompeii & Vesuvius
From Sorrento we were also able to do a day trip to Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius. We took a train straight to Pompeii from Sorrento train station and purchased tickets on arrival.
Pompeii is vast and can barely be done in a day. But we saw as much as possible and I was delighted to finally be visiting such an iconic place. It was so interesting seeing how the town existed as a whole, the amphitheatres and of course I adored all of the beautiful mosaic pieces that had been amazingly restored.
After a few hours spent marvelling at Pompeii we caught a bus to Vesuvius. There were buses situated outside which took us straight to the mountain where we then walked for around 20 minutes to the top.
The views from the top of Vesuvius were brilliant and stretched out right across the coast and nearby Naples. You can walk around half of the summit and we even saw some steam coming from the crater which is always exciting when climbing a volcano!
After spending a week on the Amalfi Coast we caught a ferry to Capri where we spent a further 5 days of absolute island bliss. Capri post coming soon.
I really enjoyed the week we spent in the Amalfi Coast. There is a lot to see, do, eat and drink. I liked how the days are action packed and the evenings more chilled out in the towns. Even though we went during the spring time (Easter) it was still busy enough, especially when it came to the buses so I can only imagine in peak summer how busy it would be and how much harder getting around would be.