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Best Amalfi Coast Towns to visit on an Spectacular Amalfi Coast Road Trip

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Wish I could tell you that this is our cute Italian car that we enjoyed on our Amalfi Coast road trip.  It definitely would have been the perfect car to explore the windy coastal roads to some spectacular Amalfi Coast towns!  

But no, this one belongs to one of the local residents, and after driving the Amalfi Coast ourselves on our Amalfi Coast holidays, we completely and totally understand why she chose the smallest, tiniest car possibly!!

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As we landed at the Naples airports from our visit to Venice, we  decided to hire a Fiat Qubo through Auto Europe car rentals for our drive from Naples to the Amalfi Coast.  

Prior to this holiday, I remember watching YouTube videos of people driving around the narrow, zigzagging, cliff-hugging Amalfi Coast coastal roads. I remember laughing with Jolene about the comments of drivers in the videos, being shocked at how the buses seemed to squeeze through spaces too small for them; seeing drivers fold in their car-mirrors as they narrow-miss each other by mere centimeters; and excitedly imagining myself behind the wheel!!  

I couldn’t wait to get on those roads myself.

Spectacular Amalfi Coast Towns to visit on an Amalfi Coast Road Trip

Typical street parking on the Amalfi Coast. Can you park like this?

Don’t be afraid to go on an Amalfi road trip down this memorable, amazing and oh so dramatic coastline.  See it as an adventure and a bit of a fun challenge.

Get a car, prepare a map, grab our Amalfi Coast road trip itinerary and experience this magical place for yourself. 

It is truly incredible driving on these Amalfi Coast roads, looking out your window and being able to stop for a photo at whichever breathtaking view comes up around the various bends and corners.  There is something to be said about having the freedom of spending as much or as little time in each of the destinations instead of being ruled by a tour or bus company’s schedule!

Driving the Amalfi Coast | The Amalfi Coast Drive Map 

This was our planned Amalfi Coast map route for the day!  These are definitely  and we consider these to be the ‘must-see, worth stopping at’ Amalfi Coast towns to visit.

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Amalfi Coast Towns to visit on an Amalfi Coast Drive

Plan out your driving Amalfi Coast trip with our list of top places to see in Amalfi Coast! We will share recommendations of the best Amalfi Coast attractions, together with handy hints as to where to stop and eat.  This itinerary can be completed in one day if you make an early start.  You can also grab our detailed and thorough Amalfi Coast road trip itinerary PDF (for only $1.95) which you can print out and have handy in the car.

1. Positano

”Amalfi Coast Positano is our choice for a base during your road trip Amalfi Coast trip!”

It is absolutely amazing to turn the corner on the winding, hairpin bending Amalfi Coast coastal road and see the magnificent little town of Positano looming in front of you! It is one of our favourite places in the world to date! 

Amalfi Coast Towns to Visit | Amalfi Coast Positano | ItalyView from the Positano pebble stone covered Spiaggia Grande.

​If you would like to read more about this spectacular town, you can find all about Amalfi Coast Positano on our previous blog post, just follow this link, or watch our video here.  If you are wondering where to stay in Positano, read about our gorgeous and totally affordable stay at Villa Mary here.  You can check their TripAdvisor reviews here!

Perfect AirBnB to Stay at in Positano

Villa Mary offers incredible patio views over Positano at only a fraction of the costs of the local hotels!  Look them up!!  They are brilliant hosts!

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2.  Praiano

”Said to have the longest days and the most amazing sunsets.” Praiano Amalfi Coast is located in between Positano and Amalfi Town, about 10 minutes drive from each other.  Alternatively you can take a Sita bus down the SS163. Be aware that buses can get very crowded, especially in the busier times of the year. (You can buy the bus tickets at the local ‘Tabacchi’ store.) Here at Praiano, the beach of Marina di Praia is neatly sheltered by high cliffs, carefully tucked away in a unique cove where you can feel a little bit secluded from the hustle and bustle of tourists.

Marina di Praia

View from the lookout point on the side of the winding Amalfi Coast road. (Photo Source – Eleonora Bellini)

This romantic little town at the open sea is ‘littered’ with history, pastel coloured houses, shrines and churches. Whilst it might not take you very long to explore, every bend and stairway will remind you as to why this specific coastline is so popular and world known.

Praiano Amalfi Coast Italy

(Photo Source – Tom Willett)

Make sure to check out Praiano’s Church of Santa Maria a Castro, Church of San Luca Evangelista and Church of San Gennaro.  San Gennaro is known for it’s golden glow in contrast against the dark blue Mediterranean waters, so make sure you snap a photo here.

Praiano’s Church of Santa Maria a Castro, Church of San Luca Evangelista and Church of San Gennar

(Photo Source – Mariano Mantel)

3.  Borgo di Furore 

‘The town that isn’t a town.’ Furore, Fury in Italian, is a must see.

Borgo di Furore Furore is located in between Praiano and Amalfi Town. As it is pretty small and easy to miss on your Amalfi Coast drive wen you concentrate on the steep cliff edges, it advisable to slow down when you get close.  Take a walk down the 200 metre descend to this amazing beach and don’t forget to take the camera!! You won’t find masses of tourists here, but only a handful of locals, occasional spear fishermen and a few scattered holiday rooms to rent.  The climb back up to the top is a little exhausting, but the effort is worth the unique opportunity to step foot on this amazing beach.  It is definitely a ‘must-see’ destination on your road trip.

   

4.  Amalfi Town

”The centre of Amalfi Coast.” The Amalfi town is located only a few minutes drive from Furore, right in the centre of the Amalfi Coast.  For those without a car, you can also hop on a Sita bus from Positano. During the summer months you can also get here via public water transport. Here the atmosphere surrounding you is totally relaxing and it happens to be one of the few places on this coast line where space opens up. This town, dating back to the Roman time, is definitely a crowd pleaser. The masses of tourists spread over the beach, boats filled to the brim with new-comers and day-trippers pull in and out of the harbour.

Amalfi Town Best Italian Seaside Towns Amalfi Town is clustered with white houses, mazed with alleyways crisscrossed throughout this medieval feeling town and scattered with watch towers overlooking the town squares. The alleys in Amalfi are congested with tourists and locals are driving closely at your feet, so immerse yourself in the feel of this gorgeous town.

Don’t forget to try the local Limoncello, stop over at many of the local shops to purchase gifts and souvenirs for the family and don’t forget to cool down with an amazing gelato.

Apart from that, the Amalfi Town attractions include the impressive Paper Museum and the magnificent Duomo. Climb the 62 steps to the Cathedral towering over the main piazza, step inside and loose yourself for a moment or two between bronze statues, silver masonry and enjoy the beautiful Italian baroque art.

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6.  Atrani

‘The fishing village’ Located just a few minutes from Amalfi town, you will find the fishing village of Atrani.

Atrani Amalfi Coast Italy

(Photo Source – Andrei Pavel)

This smallest town in the whole Southern Italy is yet another gorgeous place to stop and admire. The colourful houses clinging to the sides of the cliff and the steep flights of stairs only add to the beauty of Atrani.

(Photo Source – Mem Photo)

White and pastel villas peacefully look out over the town centre. Balconies filled with flowers and the relaxing atmosphere found here definitely makes it a destination worthy to stop at and enjoy, if only for a while. Atrani is famous for it’s seafood, so do not hesitate to book a table and enjoy a lunch at one of the lovely restaurants in this little town. They say to try Involtini di Mozzarella in Foglia di Limone, which are simply delicious mozzarella rolls in lemon leaf, yumm!!

6.  Ravello 

”Ravello Amalfi Coast is the Almafi Coast cliff-top town.”

ravello wanderlust storytellers 2 Ravello, Amalfi Coast has picturesque views, amazing gardens, delicious home cooked food, classical music concerts, spectacular villas and many more. With only a short trip from Atrani; 3 kilometers up a hill; you are high up at the top of the cliff looking at the amazing Amalfi Coast from almost a birds eye view.ravello wanderlust storytellers 1

In the heart of Ravello, here at this magnificent white marble Duomo ,we witnessed the beginning of a wedding, Amalfi Coast style. What a gorgeous place for a special moment in life for the lucky couple.  Definitely a place to visit on your Amalfi Coast holiday in Italy! Ravello is a slower paced town, where you can breath a little after a busy day of road-tripping, strolling down the alleys and gardens.

ravello wanderlust storytellers 3 There are many spectacular views and villas to visit here, but Villa Cimbrone has captured our hearts. The amazing gardens and the enchanting statues at the Terrace of Infinity which is looking out over the Mediterranean waters will be forever engraved in our minds.

(Photo Source – The Well Travelled Man – Also known as Jolene’s little brother, go visit his blog)

Printable Amalfi Coast Road Trip Itinerary

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How to Get to Amalfi Coast by Plane

The main transportation hubs for the Amalfi Coast are Naples, Sorrento, and Salerno.  Unfortunately, there is no direct public transport between Naples and Positano which is why we personally recommend that you hire a car.


1.  Catch a Plane to Naples

There are no flights to Amalfi Coast.  You will need to catch an internal flight to Naples Airport.  The flights are typically pretty frequent and usually affordable.  The plane takes around 45 min and you can usually pick up a ticket for around €140.

​You can organize your Alitalia domestic flight through Skyscanner.

To get from Naples airport to Amalfi Coast you have the option of either:

  • Hire a Rental Car 
  • Organize a Private Transfer
  • Catching a local bus or ferry (time consuming!)

2.  Transfer from Naples to Amalfi Coast

Hire a Rental Car

For all our car hire bookings we use and recommend Expedia. We’ve found they offer the most comparable prices, let you search and compare multiple car hire companies and they have a great customer service team who can help if you come into any unexpected troubles.

You can probably grab a car rental for around €50 per day if you can make do with a smaller car.​

BOOK YOUR CAR RENTAL


Book your Direct Private Transfer 

We love having our hotel transfers organised ahead of time! It simply means that our trip will run so much smoother!! For a transfer service that is always reliable and that offers exceptional service, we highly recommend Blacklane! Your transfer from Naples airport to Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast will cost you around €120-150.

Reasons why you will LOVE Blacklane:

  • They offer complimentary wait time
  • There are no hidden charges, their rates are all-inclusive and affordable
  • Their drivers are professional
  • Free cancellation up to 1 hour before your pickup!

BOOK YOUR BLACKLANE TRANSFER


Catch a Local Bus or Ferry 

Alternatively if you have lots of time on your hands and you are a patient person, could you also make use of the local transport.  There is no direct local transport from Naples to Amalfi Coast.  

Therefore you will need to catch the Naples to Amalfi Coast train which will only take you as far as Sorrento.  The train takes around 1 hour and a one way ticket will cost you €4.10.

From Sorrento to Amalfi you have a choice of either catching a bus from Sorrento to Amalfi or alternatively catching the local ferry (between April and October only).

Taking a Train from Rome to Amalfi Coast

The main transportation hubs for the Amalfi Coast are Naples, Sorrento, and Salerno.  Unfortunately, there is no direct public transport between Naples and Positano which is why we personally recommend that you hire a car.


1.  Rome to Amalfi Coast Train

The cheapest option of getting to Naples is via train!  The train takes around 1h 32min and will only cost you around €20-40. The trains run on very regular schedules.  You can book your tickets through Rail Europe here.

From the train station you have the option of either:

  • Hiring a Rental Car 
  • Organizing a Private Transfer
  • Catching a local bus or ferry (time consuming!)

2.  Transfer from Naples to Amalfi Coast

Hire a Rental Car

For all our car hire bookings we use and recommend Expedia. We’ve found they offer the most comparable prices, let you search and compare multiple car hire companies and they have a great customer service team who can help if you come into any unexpected troubles.

BOOK YOUR CAR RENTAL


Book your Direct Private Transfer 

We love having our hotel transfers organised ahead of time! It simply means that our trip will run so much smoother!! For a transfer service that is always reliable and that offers exceptional service, we highly recommend Blacklane! Your transfer from Naples airport to Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast will cost you around €120-150.

Reasons why you will LOVE Blacklane:

  • They offer complimentary wait time
  • There are no hidden charges, their rates are all-inclusive and affordable
  • Their drivers are professional
  • Free cancellation up to 1 hour before your pickup!

BOOK YOUR BLACKLANE TRANSFER


Catch a Local Bus or Ferry 

Alternatively if you have lots of time on your hands and you are a patient person, could you also make use of the local transport.  There is no direct local transport from Naples to Amalfi Coast.  

Therefore you will need to catch the Naples to Amalfi Coast train which will only take you as far as Sorrento.  The train takes around 1 hour and a one way ticket will cost you €4.10.

From Sorrento to Amalfi you have a choice of either catching one of the local buses or alternatively catching the local Sorrento to Amalfi ferry (between April and October only).

The Amalfi Coast drive is arguably the world’s most stunning and thrilling road trip.  In our opinion you simply can’t go to the Amalfi Coast and not drive on this scenic winding, bending and curving oceanic road!!

 

Over to you:

  • Which Amalfi Coast town is your favourite? 
  • Did you grab the printable Amalfi Coast itinerary? 
  • Do you have an Amalfi Coast holiday written down on your bucket list?

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33 Comments

  • Reply
    Peter Morris
    July 22, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Andrej,
    What a beautiful trip showed along the Amalfi Coast line. Thank you.

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      Jolene Ejmont
      July 22, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Peter, this is definitely a ‘must-do’ road trip! Amazing!

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    Mary Anne
    July 22, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Borgo di Furore looks amazing! I love secluded beaches and i will definitely go there the next time i go to Italy. Thanks for blogging about it!

    • Jolene Ejmont
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      Jolene Ejmont
      July 23, 2015 at 8:28 am

      Definitely go and check it out!! But make sure you keep your eyes peeled for it as we completely drove past it on the way and it is impossible to turn around on those roads haha. So had to stop on the way back 🙂 Hoping we can go back one day again as we would love to do some of the hikes in the mountains too 🙂

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    Grace Keogh
    July 23, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Wow!! I just love taking this journey with you guys. As someone who previously wasn’t all that interested to travel to Italy at all … your photos and descriptions are really beginning to tempt me to add the Amalfi coast to my bucket list!

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      Jolene Ejmont
      July 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      Awesome!! That is the whole idea, to inspire you to pack your bags and travel! Can’t wait to see your picks of Germany and Malta 🙂 Thanks for the comment, Grace 🙂

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    Lies
    January 18, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I loved my time at the Amalfi coast. We did rent a car, but only stayed around Sorrento with our car, which was already quite difficult to drive on those small windy roads!
    We visited the villages on the Amalfi coast by boat, we were too scared to drive those roads (and they told us it was way too busy, so all we would be doing was being stuck in traffic)!

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      Jolene Ejmont
      January 18, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      I know, the roads here at Amalfi Coast are a bit extraordinary and they definitely make a huge impact on even most experienced drivers. Absolutely gorgeous though. Great to hear that you visited the villages anyway! What a beautiful place!

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    Megan Thudium
    March 10, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Loved reading! I never though to make it into a road trip. It’s a great suggestion, that I might take you up on.

    • Jolene Ejmont
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      Jolene Ejmont
      March 11, 2017 at 8:40 am

      It was the best way to explore!! Plus it gives you all the freedom to stay for as long as you want at each town 🙂 Enjoy your trip!

  • Reply
    Tracy (lifeofkuhl)
    March 11, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    OK! Renting the car thing… Sounds like so much fun (and crazy)! I traveled solo just being a number of years ago and rented a car and drove the coast. Not quite as crazy as Italy, but it was enough to make my heart race. Great memories 🙂 and great post

    • Jolene Ejmont
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      Jolene Ejmont
      March 13, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Exactly!! The crazy adds to the memory, so many of my memories of the Amalfi was from driving the windy roads! Squeezing past buses, pulling in side mirrors in order to fit past haha!! A must-do in my opinion! 🙂

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    Candy
    April 27, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Ok, you have totally convinced me to take on this road trip along the coastline! Every photo is simply stunning and it made me feel like I’m missing out on so much! Growing up in Japan, I think I can tackle the narrow and windy roads 🙂

    • Jolene Ejmont
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      Jolene Ejmont
      April 27, 2017 at 8:58 am

      You won’t regret it!! Honestly, it was one of our favourite parts of our Italy trip!!

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    LaiAriel R. Samangka ( Thelittlelai: Beyond limits)
    April 27, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Wow, the road going to your destination may sound really fun and challenging because of the not so wide space of the road, but you guys were still able to manage it. The Car that you have used was really small, but looks so cool to drive and I think its perfect for the dramatic road while you guys are having fun on your trip. Anyway, the Amalfi Coast Town is indeed a perfect haven for those who want to enjoy the innate beauty of nature. I like the limestone cliff and the beach as well. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Jolene Ejmont
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      Jolene Ejmont
      April 27, 2017 at 8:53 am

      Yes! Tiny cars or even a vespa is the way to go for sure!! It was super fun driving ourselves and we highly recommend it 🙂

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    Natasha
    April 27, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Wow — this sounds and looks like an amazing journey. I’d love to see Borgo di Furore in person — it looks like the perfect little-hidden gem! I must add a costal road trip to my list 🙂

    • Jolene Ejmont
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      Jolene Ejmont
      April 28, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Hi Natasha! Yes Borgo di Furore was truly special! So many stairs back to the top though haha! Was such a fabulous trip and I’m sure you will love it if/when you go!

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    Katie
    April 27, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    So pretty! It’s about time that I went back to Italy and the Almalfi coast is definitely on the list!

    • Jolene Ejmont
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      Jolene Ejmont
      April 28, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Ah yes, I want to go back to Italy too!! And I want to return to the Amalfi Coast, just such a stunning region!

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    Iuliana Marchian
    April 27, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    I visited Amalfi 15 years ago on a very short bus trip. I was a student by then and interent was just at the beginning. It’s amazing to see how many things there are around and how much it changed. or maybe I don’t remember it very well

    • Jolene Ejmont
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      Jolene Ejmont
      April 28, 2017 at 8:50 am

      That is very interesting Luliana! Some of my favourite travel memories are from my childhood 🙂

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    Tara
    April 27, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Wow, what an amazing drive! I think the road itself would take some getting used to, especially when I know the car we’re driving belongs to someone else. Your itinerary sounds perfect, but then again, the entire coast is beckoning .

    • Jolene Ejmont
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      Jolene Ejmont
      April 28, 2017 at 8:52 am

      Hi Tara! Yes, well I’m lucky that I have a husband who can tackle any road as I didn’t drive myself … I just closed my eyes on occasions 🙂 And yes, we made sure to take out insurance on the rental car as we knew that cars got scratched easily there!

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    Stella
    April 28, 2017 at 9:32 am

    This looks like a beautiful trip! I love the cute little cars. I don’t know how to drive so I couldn’t make the drive myself. But I hope to visit the Amalfi Coast someday and see the adorable little houses and the crystal-clear water!

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      Jolene Ejmont
      April 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Well, lucky there are plenty of local buses to take or tours to go on! 🙂

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    Paige W
    April 28, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I really HAVE to get back to Italy. Other than Venice I haven’t seen the ocean in Italy and I’ve been twice. I always get a serious case of wanderlust when I look at and read about gorgeous towns like these. I’d love the rent a car and do this drive for sure!

    • Jolene Ejmont
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      Jolene Ejmont
      April 29, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Hi Paige, Italy always calls me too!! Can’t wait to go back and explore more of the beautiful country! We have done a fair bit of road tripping through Italy and really feel like it gave us a different perspective compared to just flying from one point to the other! Hope you get to return one day soon!

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    Reshma
    April 28, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Loved the absolutely gorgeous landscape of the Amalfi coast! Not only does the drive seems fun, but the activities and the places make me wanna go there! I would want to try fishing. Good to know that public transport is available!

    • Jolene Ejmont
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      Jolene Ejmont
      April 29, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Yes, the public transport is great! We did use it a bit as well – the buses can get super crowded though! Amazing how many people they can squeeze in their small buses!

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    Cat
    April 28, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Amalfi Coast is absolutely gorgeous! It took you through so many interesting sites and cute little towns like Positano! Great tips on hiring a small car as the roads are quite narrow!

    • Jolene Ejmont
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      Jolene Ejmont
      April 29, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Hi Cat! Yes, I think every curve and bend in the road at Amalfi Coast has some sort of stunning gift for a traveler! Love it 🙂

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