It was almost 10 years ago since I had been to Italy and I am already counting down to the next time. Read on for my Amalfi coast 5 day itinerary guide. The Amalfi coast is a beautiful region with astonishing views. This coastal region is one of the most beautiful and unique beach destinations in the world. Positano, Amalfi and Salerno are the most visited places and attract thousands of visitors every year. Despite its popularity, the region of Amalfi has remained authentic and is even on the list of Unesco World heritage. The narrow streets do not always make it easy to get to your next destination, but the beautiful views will make you forget the traffic jams.
With this Amalfi Coast 5 day itinerary I take you to all the must-sees along the Amalfi coast, the ruins of Pompeii and Naples. I point out the places that you absolutely must visit as well as the best restaurants in the region.
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Amalfi Coast 5 day itinerary
When is the best time to visit the Amalfi coast?
The best time to visit the Amalfi coast is during spring and autumn. The months of May and September are the best months to visit in this region as you escape the crowded and hot summer months, while still enjoying a nice Mediterranean climate. Are you traveling on a budget? Then you can also visit the Amalfi coast during the winter months but bear in mind that many bars and restaurants will be closed during this period.
How much time do you need to visit the Amalfi coast?
I advise you to stay at least five days along this beautiful coast, so you can visit all the cities and have enough time to do some shopping and enjoy the beaches. In addition, you can enjoy some culture in the ruins of Pompeii or go hiking to the top of the Vesuvius.
Day 1: Salerno
Salerno is a coastal port in the south-east of the Italian Amalfi coast. Although the region is known as jetsetters paradise, many tourists visit this region for its beautiful beaches, nature and authentic Italian cuisine.
Below some highlights in Salerno, which are certainly worth a visit.
Enjoy a wonderful walk through Parco Naturale Diecimare. Pay a visit to Paestum Templi or the Museo Archeologico Provinciale. Stroll through the beautiful Minerva garden.
For a delicious dinner you can go to Osteria Dedicato a Mio Padre.
Day 2: Amalfi and Positano
Amalfi is the largest city along the Amalfi coast and is known for its lemons and limoncello liqueur.
Stop on the way to Positano at Fiordo Di Furore, a wonderful place for the perfect Instagram photo!
Find the best hotels for the Amalfi Coast here.
One of the things that makes Positano so unique are the beach clubs built on the docks in the water. Keep in mind that you will have to pay to use a beach chair. This price is between 10 and 25 euros per day depending on the location and facilities. But if you still want to enjoy a day at the beach, you’d better pay a little more for a comfortable lounger, clean toilets and a bar service. Believe me when I say you will want to enjoy a Spritz in this setting. Arienzo Beach Club is recommended.
Day 3: Sorrento
The old town of Sorrento is perched high on a cliff side just an hour’s drive out of Naples. With its beautiful beaches and spectacular views, many shops, intriguing culture and history, Sorrento has everything to offer for the perfect summer vacation in Italy
Enough of the beach? Take a walk through Vallone Dei Mulini Di Sorrento.
Marina Grande is one of the most charming places in Sorrento so don’t skip it! At the Marina you will find the best sea food restaurants in a romantic setting between the boats.
Definitely go for a bite to eat at Porto a Marina, this family restaurant is run by 5 brothers and their sister. The brothers go out fishing every day and the sister prepares the catch of the day in the evening!
Day 4: Pompeii Archaeological Park
If you want to interrupt your beach days, you should definitely stop in Pompeii.
The Roman city of Pompeii is one of the most famous and fascinating archaeological cities in the world.
Depending on how long you want to walk around, you need to take into account to spend 3 hours up to an entire day in this beautifully reserved ancient town. Don’t forget to take plenty of water and sun lotion with you, especially during summer.
The entrance for the park is just under 20 euros per person and there are plenty car parks in the area.
Day 5: Naples
There is an Italian saying that Rome is the heart of Italy, but Naples is the soul of the country. Naples is a chaotic but wonderful city where you can shop, eat the best pizza in the country and drink the tastiest coffee.
Grand Caffè Gambrinus is one of the oldest and nicest coffee bars in Naples.
For an aperitif you can go to Officina followed by a delicious dinner at Mimi Alla Ferrovia, which is highly recommended for its pure classic Italian cuisine.
Does a strong hike not frighten you? Put on your walking shoes and climb the Vesuvius! A volcano of 1281 meters which offers you a beautiful view over the coastal region once you reach the top. Take enough water and sun cream with you. Don’t forget to drag along a sweater for when you arrived at the top of the volcano.
Some more tips
- Book your flights and hotels well in advance. The region is very popular among national and international tourists which results in fairly expensive accommodations. Italians are particularly known to be fond of being a tourist in their own country, so prices are even off season at the upper end.
- You can also book your day trips like Pompeii online and in advance to purchase tickets to avoid long queues.
- Book a small rental car so that you can easily get maneuvered through the many narrow streets.
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