Even though I have been in Italy for -more or less- one year I have never been to The Amalfi Coast before. So before leaving this wonderful country I decided to visit this world-known Italian Gem.
How to get there?
I arrived to Sorrento with the Circumvesuviana train from Napoli (If you are coming from Rome this is the best option).
*You could also reach the Amalfi Coast from Salerno, a city I fell in love with instantaneously last summer.
If you go through Napoli (with Circumvesuviana train), you MUST stop at: Da Michele in Napoli for the Best Pizza in the world. Seriously. You can’t miss it.
*The train ride from Napoli to Sorrento takes about one hour (Be aware that during Summer months the train will be packed).
*The ticket a little more than 3 Euros.
*You can’t buy the ticket for this train through Trenitalia at the main Napoli Station, this train line is managed by a separate company. You access the Circumvesuviana Station from the Main Train Station in Napoli, they are connected. Just follow the Circumvesuviana Signs.
When in Sorrento
I recommend to stay as near as possible from Sorrento Train Station. This is a gorgeous city and the views of the Vesuvio Volcano will amaze you.
I stayed at a hostel in Sant’Agnello, the town before to Sorrento. It is less touristy, but is not close enough. Both stations are connected by a the Circumvesuviana Train, and alternatively the walk between both is about 30 mins. If you are in a budget , or have little time to visit Amalfi, I insist you stay in Sorrento.
What to see in Sorrento?
Hotel Bellevue Syrene: One of the most luxurious hotels in the city. But you can enter the courtyard and even have a Cappuccino at the terrace overlooking the Ocean, even if you are not staying there. A moment you won’t forget.
*Tip: Watch the Sunset from here.
Eat some seafood at the port: Da Emilia (Via Marina Grande, 62, Sorrento).
*Extra Tip: Walk down the main street Corso Italia during Sunset for a cool vibe, full of cafes and restaurants.
How to visit the Amalfi Coast?
The busses to the Amalfi Coast (Positano, Proiano, Amalfi, etc.) depart from the Train Station in Sorrento.
If you want to do town hopping get the 24hr. ticket (you can get the tickets on the ground floor of the train station at a souvenirs store).
The Bus Schedule are posted online here and also at the bus station.
The closest town of the Amalfi Coast to Sorrento is Positano. The bus ride from Sorrento takes about 1 hour.
The next main city is Proiano, a much smaller town than the previous one but worth visiting it. You can also take the Path of Gods from here.
Sendieri degli Dei: Proiano – Positano
Ater Proiano comes the city that gives the coast its name: Amalfi. Near you will find Ravello. And many more small towns along the coast like Vetri sul mare, Maiori, Menori, Furore, etc. until reaching Salerno ( very recommended place to visit).
Together with Amalfi, Positano is the most visited town in the coastal area. It is touristy, but so gorgeous and picturesque that you can’t miss it.
Famous for its ceramic work, leather sandals and white clothing items. It offers a small and very busy beach, a port to catch the boats to the next towns and a buzzing center full of restaurants and bars.
I couldn’t think of a better way to say farewell to Italy. Although it is never a goodbye.