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Wondering which is the Best Town to Stay in Amalfi Coast?

Best town to stay on Amalfi Coast

It can be slightly tricky figuring out what the best town to stay in Amalfi Coast is. The best town will differ from traveller to traveller as it really depends on various factors such as traveling style, budget, length of stay and more.

I wanted to compile a post that would be really beneficial in helping you choose what the best town to stay on Amalfi Coast would be for your personality as well as your holiday style.

How To Decide on Where To Stay in Amalfi Coast

So how do you choose what town to stay in Amalfi Coast?

Which town to stay in Amalfi Coast is dependent on a few different factors, they are:

  • Getting around - are you relying on public transport or do you have a rental car?
  • Location of the town in relation to your chosen activities
  • What are the main things you want to do on the Amalfi Coast?
  • What is your budget for accommodation?
  • Do you want to relax in your chosen town or explore all the towns along the coast?
  • Length of stay
  • Whether you prefer a quiet town or a town buzzing with tourist activity

Map of Amalfi Coast Towns

We have 4 highly recommended towns at which you could choose to base yourself. Below you will find a map showing their location. I have also circled Naples as this will most likely be the starting point for your journey to the Amalfi Coast.

The Best Town to Stay in Amalfi Coast

Below you will find a helpful comparison table to help you pick the right town for you. You can also find a detailed outline of the positive and negatives of each of these towns in the sections below the table.

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SORRENTO

POSITANO

PRAIANO

AMALFI

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Positano Amalfi Coast Italy

LOCATION

Not on the Amalfi Coast.

Closest town to Naples

Close to Montepertuso, Nocelle & Praiano

Close to Positano & Borgo di Furore

Central Location; Close to Atrani & Ravello

ACCOMMODATION

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QUIET/BUSY

Busy with day trippers from cruise ships

Busy due to popularity

Quiet

Busy with day trippers from cruise ships

PERFECT FOR

Those who wish to do the Amalfi Coast Drive

Mid-Way between Pompeii and Amalfi Coast

Romantic Stays

For those who can afford to stay in the prettiest town on Amalfi Coast

Romantic Stays

For those after more affordable accommodation.

For those after a quieter town

Due to the flat terrain, this town is great for families and older travellers

Great for those who wish to go on many day tours

OUR RATING

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Positano | The Most Picturesque

Positano is our personal preference and in our opinion the top choice of town to base yourself in for your Amalfi Coast vacation.  It is a truly beautiful little town, in the day you will see all the pastel colours of the buildings whilst at night the lights will illuminate the town.  Most accommodation options have beautiful views of the colourful buildings with the Mediterranean in the distance.

Positives:

  • Really charming and colourful little town
  • Beach access
  • Day trips and tours make a starting point from Positano
  • Local buses and ferries make it easy to explore the coast
  • Lots of great restaurants to enjoy

Negatives:

  • Pretty touristy
  • Accommodation is more expensive than in surrounding towns
  • Lots of stairs to get to beach if you are staying in the top area
  • Can get busy as it is the most popular town on the coast

 

Praiano | Quieter Alternative

View of the town of Praiano in Amalfi Coast, Italy

Praiano is around 15-20 minutes from Positano.  A lot of people prefer to base themselves in Praiano simply because accommodation is cheaper here (almost around half the price per night in comparison to Positano) and it is typically less busy than at the other towns on the list.  There are some people sights to see here and most accommodation have splendid views over the Mediterranean.

Positives:

  • A town that is beautiful with white buildings and gold churches
  • Less crowded and quieter
  • Beach access
  • Accommodation is more affordable than at Positano
  • Lots of great restaurants to enjoy

Negatives:

  • Lots of stairs to get to beach
  • You will need to head to Positano if you wish to join any day trips or tours
  • In high season the local buses fill up quickly and it can take a very long time to get to Positano or Amalfi due to backed up traffic

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Amalfi | Central Location

Best town to stay on Amalfi Coast | Amalfi, Campania, Italy

Amalfi is in a central location on the Amalfi Coast.  If you have limited days and you wish to explore the Amalfi Coast towns, then this might be a great town to base yourself at.  This is also a great option if you wish to avoid stairs and steep roads.  This is also our top pick if you are choosing to travel with kids.

Positives:

  • Flatter terrain in comparison to Positano and Praiano
  • Easy Beach access
  • Day trips and tours make a starting point from Amalfi
  • Local buses and ferries make it easy to explore the coast
  • Lots of great restaurants to enjoy
  • Great sights to see in the town itself
  • Atrani is walking distance away

Negatives:

  • Pretty touristy and busy
  • Accommodation is pricey and slightly more expensive than in Sorrento and Praiano
  • Cruise boats make a stop at Amalfi, so it can get pretty overwhelming with waves of tourists

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Sorrento | The Gateway to the Amalfi Coast

View of the cliffs of Sorrento, Italy from the harbor

Sorrento isn’t really located on the Amalfi Coast, but it is named the ‘gateway to the Amalfi Coast’ as so many people choose to base themselves there.  It’s a larger town and makes a true impression due to the fact that it is built right on top of steep cliffs.

Sorrento is a great pick if you have a rental car and you wish to explore the famous 43-mile Amalfi Coast Drive. It is not a good pick for those who wish to spend a lot of time on the Amalfi Coast, unless you enjoy spending a lot of time hanging out on local transport.

Positives:

  • A beautiful town set on high cliffs
  • Beach access
  • Accommodation is more affordable than on the Amalfi Coast
  • Lots of great restaurants to enjoy
  • Brilliant starting point for the Amalfi Coast Drive
  • Closer to Naples
  • Great tours and day trips to enjoy from Sorrento

Negatives:

  • Challenging to get down the cliffs to the beach
  • Far away from the Amalfi Coast towns.  It will take you around 40-60 min to get to Positano (if there is not traffic, and in summer there will will backed up traffic) and around 1h15min to get to Amalfi.

 

Hopefully this post has helped you to figure out which town you would like to stay in for your Amalfi Coast holiday.

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Michelle | michwanderlust
    August 10, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Loving your detailed chart on the 4 options! Super useful for those planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast 🙂

    • Jolene Ejmont
      Reply
      Jolene Ejmont
      August 10, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      I love charts myself so I’m glad somebody found it a useful way to compare information 🙂

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