Hello there! My name is Connie. My boyfriend Alex and I quit our full-time jobs and recently wrapped up TEN months of travels! We visited almost every country in Asia and a few European destinations over the summer.
The Amalfi Coast in Italy has been at the top of my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Boy, let me tell you that this place did not disappoint. It’s probably one of my favourite places that I’ve ever visited in Europe. The pastel-coloured houses hugged by coastal mountains and breathtaking views are just one of many reasons you’ll love it here! Here are some tips to enjoy the best of the Amalfi Coast.
HOW TO GET THERE
Getting to the Amalfi Coast is actually pretty easy. You can take a direct high-speed train or bus from both Rome and Naples. There are much cheaper options that require stops if you’re looking for a more a budget friendly option! These 2 websites Omio and Rome2Rio are great websites to see all of your transportation options with or without transfers. You can also book a private driver if you’re looking at the fastest, but expensive option.
HOW TO GET AROUND
Public Transportation – SITA
The cheapest way to travel around the Amalfi Coast is by hopping on the blue-coloured SITA buses! Tickets prices are 1.30 euros – 2 euros one way! Don’t forget to buy a ticket from the ticket office before boarding. You won’t be able to buy them from the driver. Note that during the peak summer months, it can get really crowded. The buses operate according to schedule, but expect to wait up to 15 minutes for your bus! Don’t forget to check the last bus time, since they don’t operate at night. You can check the schedule here!
Car or Scooter Rental
If you’re comfortable with driving around small, windy roads, then rent a car or scooter! There’s plenty of rental offices in all of the towns, but pre-book one in advance if you’re visiting in the summer time. This is definitely the most fun way of exploring the Coast!
Travelling between towns will give you incredible views from the water. If you’re looking to save costs, I suggest travelling at least once by ferry and returning to your hotel via bus. There’s several kiosks at the ferry stop where you can buy tickets before your trip. Check here for all the different ferry routes and times.
TOWNS TO VISIT
Most buses and trains from Rome and Naples stop in this small, resort town. The main town is lined with small lemon shops, Italian deserts and boutique stores. It serves as a great and affordable base for exploring the rest of the Amalfi Coast. It’s ridiculously pretty for its historical city centre, beaches and of course – views, views views!
The cliff-side village of Positano is every photographer’s dream. It felt like a dream being there, since every corner you turn looks like a stunning real-life postcard. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves as to why you HAVE to visit this idyllic town.
Amalfi + Atrani
These two towns sit beside each other and are only a short walk away from one another. I would describe Amalfi and Atrani as the most charming town in all of the coast. Wander through the alleyways, shops, grab pizza and lounge at Atrani Beach.
Once you’ve explored Amalfi Town, walk around the corner for a stunning view of Atrani!
Don’t skip this picturesque, mountainous town that gives you the most spectacular views of the Coast, lemon farms and lush gardens! Visit the Duomo Cathedral dating back to the 15th Century, Villa Rufolo, and Villa Cimbrone.
By Connie Yang from @connie_yang