The Amalfi coast, in Campania southern Italy, is beautiful and has tourists stops like Sorrento, Capri, Positano, Amalfi and Salerno. You can see Naples on the way. If you don’t want to drive how do you get there. Naples has busses and trains from Rome. Getting to Capri (an Island) can only be done by a ferry. The Amalfi Coast is difficult except by car or ferry. Salerno has good train service from Naples.
Many people do not like to drive especially in this area of narrow winding roads. You have two choices:
- Hire a driver from Naples or the Naples airport
- Take the ferry (hydrofoils) – there are two types the cheaper and slower kind and the higher speed more expensive type. We always opt for the high-speed.
From Naples you can go to many cities by ferry including:
Then from these cities you can ferry to others. Local ferries stop at many small towns that give you a glimpse of life in Italy. Check schedules and return schedules so you don’t get stranded in a city. You can also go to Agropoli but service is limited and usually requires an overnight.
These cities along the Amalfi Coast are hilly and roads can be very crowded in the summer (especially August). You do not need a car! Take the ferry and enjoy the sea and the beautiful water. We recommend seeing Sorrento, Capri and Ana Capri, Positano and Amalfi. From Amalfi you can take a bus up the mountain to Ravello. Spend at least a night on the Island of Capri. It changes in the evening after the day tourists leave. Spend a couple of nights in Positano. It is a very magical town. Amalfi and Ravello can be seen in a day. Take a ferry in the morning from Positano to Amalfi. See the church and have lunch in the Piazza. Then catch a bus (near the ferry stop) up the mountain to Ravello. You can be back in Positano for a late (Italian style) dinner.
All of these towns are walkable. They are not very big area wise but towns like Positano have many steps. Be prepared. The one road in Positano is steep but saves you hundreds of stairs. On a hot summer day, stop for a gelato. It gives you a break from the steep climb and a refreshing snack.
George & Jo Anne