Since we’re Italians, we couldn’t skip to write a guide about the amazing Amalfi coast! We visited almost all the most famous spots in 2 different weekends and we’ll write exactly where we have slept and a few tips to make this trip done on a budget.
First things first!
Getting there and around
Since we live in Rome, we just took our car and drove (it’s a 3 hour drive from Rome to Positano). If you don’t have the possibility to rent a car, first you have to take the fast train to Naples, and then from Naples you can hop on the Circumvesuviana, a local train that runs from Naples to Sorrento and its surroundings.
To get to any of the other Amalfi Coast towns you have to get off the train in Sorrento and continue your travels by Sita Bus which you can catch from just outside the Sorrento Train Station.
The Sita bus is the cheapest way of getting around. You can buy bus tickets in any Tabacchi shop of the Amalfi Coast towns. One way tickets are typically around €1-2.
Where to sleep
Don’t sleep in the most famous spots as Positano and choose to sleep nearby instead! For example the first time we’ve been there, we chose to sleep in Sorrento which is cheaper!
We found a lovely b&b last minute Villa Oriana Relais which offers amazing panoramic views of the gulf and a hot tub on the terrace!
Same for the second time! We slept in a b&b just outside Amalfi, B&B Al Pesce D’Oro. This B&B offers free parking ( and a Sita bus stop is just on the opposite road), free Wi-Fi and stunning views of the Amalfi Coast.
But also don’t forget to book your accommodation in advance! When you book late, most of the affordable accommodation is already completely full and you’re left comparing 3-5 hotels per town.
How to enjoy a 5 star hotel without sleeping in it
There are several 5 star hotels that you might be willing to see because of their beauty and you really shouldn’t miss them but they’re unaffordable for most of the people so what can you do? The answer is pretty simple, have lunch in their restaurants! For example we absolutely wanted to enter at the famous Belmond Hotel Caruso cause it has one of the most stunning infinity pools in the world! We searched some info on their website and found out they have two kind of restaurants. If you want a proper meal, eat at the Belvedere Restaurant, otherwise you can have a cheaper lunch by the pool at their pool snack bar but only from 15 pm.
We made the same thing in Positano and had lunch at the Posa Posa Hotel.
Food will easily be one of your top daily expenses during your trip but we think that a trip in the Amalfi Coast without tasting the local food would be incomplete. So the important is to find a balance and try not to eat out for every meal. Consider stopping by the supermarkets to make your own sandwiches sometimes.
Things to do that you shouldn’t miss
- Positano needs no introduction and is a place you must visit at least once in your life! Just be aware that is very expensive and crowded during summertime!
Don’t forget to stop along the way to have a fresh lemonade!
- Spend some hours in the beautiful Sorrento and eat “gnocchi alla Sorrentina” the typical pasta dish
- Visit Amalfi town and enjoy a Spritz in front of the famous Cathedral
- Have lunch at Torre Normanna restaurant in Maiori
- Get lost in Vietri Sul Mare! While the over-crowded Amalfi and Positano are well established on the mainstream tourist path, this little gem remains less known and offers Ceramic artworks all over the town!
From the fountains to the doorways everything is covered in colorful ceramics.
- Visit the beautiful Villa Cimbrone in Ravello and enjoy the view from the Belvedere of Infinity
- Stop by Cetara, another less known town by foreign tourists! This tiny fishing village is famous for colatura di alici, or “anchovy drippings,” a local specialty that dates to Roman times. Besides offering the chance to experience authentic local food & culture, Cetara also has a few fine beaches and gorgeous churches.
Best time to go
Of course summertime is never the best time to go if you’re trying to save money. If you have the possibilities we would suggest you to go between the end of May/early in June or in September when the prices start to dip.
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