The Best Five Day Amalfi Coast Itinerary + Travel Tips

Dreamy Italian towns built on dramatic cliffsides, gentle turquoise-colored waves lapping against pristine beaches – the Amalfi Coast of Italy sounds almost too good to be true. Lucky for us, this is one bucket-list destination that absolutely lives up to the hype. The following five day Amalfi Coast itinerary will help you make the most of your time in this gorgeous seaside region of Italy. Be sure to scroll to the end for helpful travel tips as well!

Colorful umbrellas on the beach in Positano on the Amalfi Coast

Why Visit the Amalfi Coast?

In our old neighborhood in Chiswick, there was this small Italian restaurant that was our favorite on the high road. At the restaurant’s entrance, a giant mural had been painted on the wall of a fairytale-like town with multicolored houses built on top of each other on the side of a cliff. I admired it every time we were there, thinking somewhere so picture-perfect couldn’t possibly exist.

I eventually asked one of the waiters if it was just a figment of some artist’s imagination or if it was indeed a real place, and he surprised me by saying, “Oh, yes. That is Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Italy!” And I was all, “Cool. Can you please spell that for me so I can move there and never leave?”

And that is how we found ourselves spending an incredible five days on the Amalfi Coast during our second summer in Europe. It was our first time in Italy and, boy, did it leave us wanting more.

This attractive region of Italy’s southern coast is a highly popular beach destination, especially in the summer, so how I didn’t hear about it sooner, I don’t know. Thankfully, despite its popularity, the Amalfi Coast still looks very much in real life as it did in the painting that originally sparked my interest in this area of the Mediterranean.

The dramatic scenery and natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast have been ever so carefully preserved over the years, and so the most disappointing part of your trip will likely be discovering that you’ll have to leave this magical place before you are ready to go.

You could easily spend a full week or more exploring the many towns and beaches along the coast, but if you’re like us and the majority of your holidays are restricted to less than a week’s time, this is how we suggest you plan the perfect five day Amalfi Coast itinerary.

Spacious Airbnb in Sorrento, Italy Spacious Airbnb in Sorrento, Italy

Budget-Friendly Airbnb on the Amalfi Coast

Where to Stay on the Amalfi Coast

While not technically on the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is one of the best places to base yourself if you don’t plan to spend your entire vacation in the same town.

More trains, boats, and buses leave from Sorrento than from any of the other towns along the coast, so if you will be spending each day somewhere new (which I definitely recommend doing to make the most of your trip), staying in Sorrento will make getting from place to place much quicker and easier. It’s also the most economical choice, so unless you’ve got the cash to splash out for one of the luxury hotels in Positano, you’ll probably feel a lot more comfortable in Sorrento.

However, this is Italy, so Sorrento is still far from what I’d call a budget destination. We were having a hard time finding a hotel that fit our budget for a five-night stay, so we decided to try something new and stay in an Airbnb for the first time. (For the record, I wish we’d been doing this a lot sooner in our European travels!)

We stayed at Casa Filly, which at the time was new to Airbnb. Except for some electricity troubles our first few days, which a look through current reviews hasn’t happened recently to anyone else, Casa Filly couldn’t have been more perfect.

Our Airbnb was conveniently located close to Sorrento’s main square, Piazza Tasso, and was only a 10-minute walk from the train and bus station. The apartment itself was spacious enough for a family of three and just so perfectly Italian, I fell in love with it the minute we walked in the door.

Definitely give Sorrento, and Casa Filly, a look if you’re visiting the Amalfi Coast on a budget!

Not into Airbnb? Search for hotels in Sorrento here instead.

A Perfect Five Day Amalfi Coast Itinerary

The Marina Grande in Sorrento at sunset overlooking Mount Vesuvius

Day One: Sorrento

It’s your first day on the Amalfi Coast and since you just flew into Naples and then took the train or bus down to the coast, you probably only have a half day at best to do some exploring, so I suggest using whatever time you have on your first day to see Sorrento.

Sorrento does have beaches, so if you’re anxious to soak up some Vitamin D, by all means, head straight there. But if you’re content to spend your beach days elsewhere, the town of Sorrento is a fascinating one to explore.

Because it’s a fairly large town and not just a tourist destination, you’ll see things here that you won’t in some of the more popular beach locales along the coast. People actually live in Sorrento, so here is where you’ll be able to see (and photograph, if you’re into that) Italian daily life.

Sorrento Travel Tips – Check out the Marina Grande for views across the water of Mount Vesuvius, the Piazza Della Vittoria for beautiful cliffside views, the Marina Piccola and surrounding area for beaches, Piazza Tasso for shopping and restaurants, and the Piazza Sant’Antonino and adjacent side streets for a less-touristy glimpse of Sorrento.

Read More: Staying in the Charming Town of Sorrento in Italy

Colorful houses built on the cliffside in Positano, Italy

Day Two: Positano

Let’s be honest, the main reason you’re coming to the Amalfi Coast is to see Positano, so it only makes sense to go there for your first full day!

It takes about 40 minutes to reach Positano from Sorrento, so I recommend catching an early bus to make the most of your time. Plus, the earlier you get there, the longer you’ll have to enjoy the beaches in Positano before they get crowded around mid-day.

If you arrive by bus, it’ll let you out at the top of the cliff in Positano. From here, you’ll have one of the best views of Positano, from the colorful stacked houses on the cliffside to the umbrella-dotted beaches down below. Even if you’re not a photographer, you’re going to want to bring your camera, because Positano is unbelievably beautiful.

There is just one narrow road in Positano that winds down to the village below. Most likely, you will be stopping every few feet on this road to take a photo because everything is Instagram-worthy here. (Tip: Take most of your photos on the way down. Trying to take photos after a long, hot day on the beach as you walk up the side of a cliff is not an easy task.)

If you’re visiting Positano in peak season, the first thing you’ll want to do is pay the daily rate for a sun lounger under the umbrellas as close to the water as you can get. The cost will be around €12.50 per sun lounger on Spiaggia Grande, Positano’s main beach.

Although it doesn’t have the iconic “Positano view”, sun loungers are cheaper and the beach less crowded on Fornillo Beach, a 10-minute walk from Spiaggia Grande. (If you’re facing the sea, Fornillo is to your right. Just ask someone where the path is if you can’t find it.)

After you’ve gotten settled on whichever beach you’ve chosen, the rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy the ocean. There’s not really much to do in Positano, but there are quite a few shops and boutiques, and no matter which beach you’ve settled on, I still recommend walking the path to check out the other, too, as they’re both incredibly scenic.

Positano Travel Tips – The beaches in Positano are made of pebbles, not sand, so you can leave your sand castle-making tools at home. But bring your flip-flops! After a few hours in the sun, those pebbles get hot. Unless your sun lounger is on the first row and you can jump to the water, your feet are going to be burning if you’re barefoot.

Eating in Positano isn’t cheap, but we liked Paradise Lounge Bar for its delicious, reasonably-priced pizzas with a view overlooking the main beach and the ocean.

Make sure you stick around to watch the sunset in Positano. You may not have a clear view of the sun itself depending on the time of year you visit, but the famous Positano cliffside framed in sunset colors is something you won’t want to miss. It’s best viewed from up high, so where the bus let you off in the morning is a good spot to be. Many other day visitors will have the same idea, so getting on a bus back to Sorrento may take some time, but it’s worth it!

Read More: Exploring Picture-Perfect Positano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast

The Forum in Pompeii overlooking Mount Vesuvius

Day Three: Pompeii

If you’re like me and prefer to break up your beach days with days where you’re actually doing something, visiting Pompeii is the perfect way to spend your third day on the Amalfi Coast.

To reach Pompeii on a day trip from the Amalfi Coast, you’ll need to buy a train ticket to Pompeii Scavi. Trains run every 30 minutes, so you don’t really need to plan ahead for this one. Just arrive at the station and buy your ticket. The journey takes half an hour from Sorrento, and the entrance to Pompeii is just a few steps from where the train lets you out.

Pompeii is enormous, so depending on how in-depth you want to get and whether or not you want to see everything there is to see, you will probably spend anywhere from three hours to all day inside the ruins. We hit all the major highlights and a few of the more obscure areas and spent a total of four hours inside Pompeii, including the time we spent getting lunch at one of the cafes.

Group tours covering Pompeii highlights are available daily or you can splurge for a private guided tour that will take you around to whatever you like. If you want to go the more economical route, you can purchase a guide book from the same place you buy your entrance tickets. I highly recommend you do one or the other because there isn’t a whole lot of information provided as you walk through the ruins. It would be a bit of a waste to go through without really knowing what you’re looking at.

Pompeii Travel Tips – Don’t forget to bring plenty of water, especially if you’re visiting in the summer. There are free faucets to fill up your bottle throughout the ruins, but we were still glad we’d brought plenty of our own.

Bring protection from the sun – a hat, sunscreen, and a shirt that covers your shoulders is best. It gets super hot here in the summer and there is zero shade anywhere in Pompeii. You will be miserable if you’re not prepared.

Plan for more time than you think you’ll need. Pompeii is a busy place, and we ended up having to wait to see some of the most popular areas. Plus, we saw lots of extra things in our guide that we hadn’t planned on seeing and we were glad we didn’t have anywhere else to be for the rest of the day so we could take our time.

If you do finish earlier than expected, you can also take the train a short distance to Herculaneum, another ancient town destroyed by Mount Vesuvius that is even better preserved than Pompeii.

Read More: Pompeii Guide: 14 Things to See in Pompeii + Tips for Visiting

Scenic Atrani Beach on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

Day Four: Amalfi and Atrani

On day four, it’s back to the beach for you. You deserve it after all that walking at Pompeii!

Besides Positano, one of the most scenic beach destinations on the Amalfi Coast is the town of Amalfi itself. An hour and a half away from Sorrento, it’ll take a little bit longer to reach than Positano, but it’s a beautiful (albeit somewhat frightening around the cliffside curves) ride and it goes quickly. Try to sit on the coastal side of the bus each way. Otherwise, the views aren’t nearly as spectacular.

The bus will let you out fairly close to Amalfi’s Spiaggia Grande, but I suggest walking a little further to the village of Atrani for an even more scenic (and certainly more low-key) beach day.

Amalfi is a much bigger town than Positano, so the main beach gets a little louder and wilder than it does in Positano. If this is what you’re after, then great! But if you’re traveling with kids or just want a little more peace and quiet, Atrani is the better choice. (If you’re facing the sea, just walk down the road to your left.)

Amalfi & Atrani Travel Tips – Get lunch at Le Arcate on the beach in Atrani. They offer eat-in or take-away and their pizzas and pasta are pretty much Italian perfection, but one of the best parts is watching them cook from the open window.

Also, even if you don’t set up on the Spiaggia Grande, make sure you head over there and the Marina Grande for some pretty spectacular pictures. Walking out on the pier provides the best panoramic view of the town of Amalfi.

Read More: Atrani Beach: A Quiet Spot on the Amalfi Coast in Italy

Sunbathing dock in Sorrento, Italy

Day Five: Your Choice!

When planning your trip, I recommend leaving the last full day on your Amalfi Coast itinerary open, just in case you want to return somewhere you loved on your first few days (which there is a strong possibility of). We were glad we hadn’t made any particular plans because we loved Positano so much that one day just wasn’t enough and we went back for a second!

If you want to check out something new, catching the bus to the town of Ravello, a UNESCO world heritage site, is a great idea. This town was my original choice for how to spend our last day – pictures I’d seen of Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone had me convinced it was worth a visit – but getting there requires traveling to Amalfi and then taking another bus the rest of the way and we just didn’t feel like spending so much of our last day on a bus.

If you’re looking for something active, hiking the Path of the Gods from Bomerano to Positano is a great way to see the Amalfi Coast. It’s an 8km hike and will take approximately three hours, so be prepared!

Another good option would be to take the ferry out to Capri for the day. Ferries leave frequently from the port in Sorrento during peak season and the journey only takes about half an hour, so getting there is easy. Hit the Blue Grotto first thing before it gets too busy and then head over to Anacapri to take the chairlift (or hike) to the top of Mount Solaro for some gorgeous views of the island and ocean.

Amalfi Coast Travel Tips

Fresh fruit and vegetable market on the Amalfi Coast

Getting Around the Amalfi Coast

Unless you’ve got your own car and are brave enough to make the hairpin turns along the coast on your own, you’ll be at the mercy of public transportation to get you from place to place. Luckily, both trains and buses on the Amalfi Coast are reliable and easy to use. No advance purchase is needed. Just show up before the scheduled time you want to leave and purchase your ticket.

To get from Naples airport to Sorrento (or wherever else you might be staying on the Amalfi Coast), you’ve got two good options. The first is to take a taxi (€20) to the central train station in Naples and then catch the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento (€3.50 per single ticket). The journey takes about an hour and the train will let you off near the center of town. The bus station is located just outside the train station, which is super convenient if you need to catch a ride to somewhere else along the coast.

The other option is to take the Curreri bus straight from the airport to the Sorrento bus station (€10 per single ticket). We tried both ways and I definitely preferred the bus since taking one form of transportation is almost always easier than two.

To get from Sorrento to Positano or Amalfi (or any number of other towns along the Amalfi Coast), you’ll need to buy a ticket at the bus station for the SITA bus. For a return ticket to Positano, it’ll cost about €3.50 per person. To Amalfi, a return ticket is a little more at around €5 per person.

The SITA bus typically only goes to the more popular tourist towns along the coast, so if your final destination is one of the smaller or less frequented villages, you’ll need to take the SITA bus to the closest bigger town and then hop on a local bus to take you the rest of the way. You can pay the driver as you get on, just make sure you’ve got coins on you.

To get from Sorrento to Pompeii, you’ll get on the Circumvesuviana train again. A return ticket costs about €4 per person.

Enjoying all the gelato on the Amalfi Coast Fresh seafood and pasta on the Amalfi Coast

Eating on a Budget

I think it goes without saying that when in Italy, any diet you may have been sticking to before is going to go right out the window as soon as you arrive. While I’m sure you can eat healthy in Italy, why in the world would you want to?

Some things you absolutely have to try – pizza (Naples is known for making the best in the world, but what we had in Amalfi was pretty amazing, too), pasta and seafood (bonus points if you have them together), all the gelato (at least one new flavor every day is a must), and local fresh fruits and veggies.

It’s not cheap to eat in restaurants on the Amalfi Coast, but there are a few ways to make eating here a little more budget-friendly. First of all, if you’re staying in a hotel, try to find one that includes breakfast. If you’re staying at an Airbnb, even better – you can pick up breakfast (and lunch if you don’t mind packing it) essentials at outdoor markets or the grocery store at really decent prices.

If you can’t pack your lunch, some sit-down restaurants offer a take-away menu that’s cheaper than their restaurant menu. Also, we discovered lots of local groceries have take-away pastas and sandwiches that are perfect to eat from the comfort of your sun lounger.

Dinner will be a little more difficult to do inexpensively, but it’s not impossible. Plus, if you saved on breakfast and lunch, it’s a lot easier to splurge on a good dinner!

Busy beaches on the Amalfi Coast in summer

Best Time to Visit the Amalfi Coast

Here’s the kicker – the absolute best time to visit the Amalfi Coast weather-wise is definitely the summer months (July and August). The water is the perfect temperature for swimming and sunny days definitely outnumber the rainy ones, but holy crowds! The beaches here aren’t especially long or wide, so it can get a little cramped during peak season.

If you’re wanting a quieter, more peaceful experience then I recommend going in either of the shoulder seasons. May and June are perfect if you want to see the Amalfi Coast in bloom, and September will be your best bet if you still want swimming weather, but fewer crowds. And bonus, both of these options also mean lower prices for accommodations.

But honestly, regardless of what time of year it is, if you’ve got the opportunity to go, then I say go! The Amalfi Coast will be gorgeous no matter the weather and memorable regardless of how many other people you’re sharing the beach with!

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  • Lori
    May 1, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Loved your blog on the Amalfi Coast – very informative and useful information – thank you! My fiance and I are visiting in September 2019 for our honeymoon – 6 nights in Positano and 2 nights in Praiano – soooooo exicted! We visited Florence and the Cinque Terre last summer and fell in love with Italy. Any suggestions for romantic dinner locations (anywhere on the coast)?

    • Sarah Shumate
      May 2, 2019 at 9:13 AM

      How exciting! The Amalfi Coast will be the perfect place to honeymoon! One of the most romantic dining spots in Positano is the La Sponda restaurant at Le Sirenuse Hotel. It pops up all the time on Instagram and is absolutely gorgeous. It’ll be a bit of splurge and I recommend booking ahead to ensure you have a table with an unobstructed view of the cliffs. If you can’t get in at La Sponda, then I’d try Zass at Il San Pietro di Positano. Both are beautiful with the most elegant atmosphere, perfect for honeymooners. :)

  • Chris
    April 10, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    My wife and I and 3 other couples will be spending 3 days in the Amalfi coast, then to Rome for a week long tour. Concerning the Amalfi coast, what were some things you’ve done that you regret doing and some things you haven’t done that you regret not doing?

    • Sarah Shumate
      April 11, 2019 at 3:46 PM

      Good question! I don’t actually have any regrets in regards to things we DID do, but if I had to change something, I believe I’d have made the effort to include a visit to Ravello on the same day we visited the town of Amalfi and Atrani. After seeing other travelers’ photos from that village, I think it would have been worth the extra bus ride to see. :)

  • Jane
    March 13, 2019 at 8:14 AM

    I’m heading to the coast in July w/my husband. I was planning to stay 3 notes in Sorrento and 3 in Amalfi. Good choice? Would Capri be better? I heard Naples is a city and skip, can catch most transports from Sorrento and Positano to other areas but silly to stay in both places since they are so close. Thoughts?

    • Sarah Shumate
      March 14, 2019 at 9:54 AM

      I think that’s a great plan, actually. Basing yourself in Sorrento for three nights would make it easy to explore Sorrento itself, take a day trip to Pompeii, and get to Capri on the ferry if you decide to visit. (Keep in mind, Capri will be BUSY in July.) From the town of Amalfi you’d easily be able to take a bus to Positano, walk to Atrani, and see several other small coastal towns over your last three days.

      As far as Naples, besides flying in and out of it, I can’t say I’ve been. I do know it has a completely different vibe than Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, so if this is more of a scenic, relaxing trip for you, I’d say you’re safe to skip it. I hope that helps!

  • Pasquale Mottola
    January 22, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Hi Sarah,
    thanks to share your trip in Amalfi coast. Next time I suggest you to visit Salerno too. It’s the perfect pace to start your new visit Amalfi coast. It’s well connected ( a lot of train, bus, boats to reach Amalfi coast, Pompeii, Naples and so on ).
    Who could be interested can contact me to have ALL informations about the area ( I live in Salerno at 30 minutes far from Amalfi)

    • Becca
      March 6, 2019 at 8:32 AM

      Hi Pasquale,

      My husband are coming to Southern Italy and May and we are trying to put together the perfect trip. we have about 6 days there and were thinking a couple nights in Naples and a couple nights in Solerno. We are looking to do some vespa rentals, maybe a convertible rental one day, and then a boat tour. Any recommendations or ideas of what we can’t miss would be great! Thank you!

  • VegemiteSpaghetti
    October 17, 2018 at 11:55 AM

    What a fantastic blog you have! The Amalfi Coast is one of the most magical destinations in the world.
    Another tip to have when travelling to Pompeii is an umbrella. I know it seems silly as the likelihood of it raining is 0-none but as there is no shade at Pompeii this is quite a useful accessory to have.
    From experience too, the secret to enjoying a nice spot in the sun on the beach of Positano, without another person sitting on top of you, is to come and have a nice early or afternoon dip! These times I always find to be the most peaceful on the beach also there is a couple of free strips here and there in the Positano so for those who don’t want to spend the 12 euro, there other options :)
    I completely agree with you in saying that the sunset in Positano is a MUST! My favourite bar to see the sunset is at Franco’s bar with a nice cocktail! I love your photos! Keep up the good work!
    Love VegemiteSpaghetti xx

    • Sarah Shumate
      October 17, 2018 at 1:39 PM

      Thank you so much for your helpful comment! These are great tips! :)

  • Rachel
    August 5, 2018 at 2:58 AM

    Thank you for a great read and inspiration as well as very useful information. Heading that way with my family in October- a trip down memory lane for my husband who spent many holidays there as a teenager-hoping our grumpy teenagers will be made happy with pizza and gelato- it worked in Venice a couple of years ago….:)

    • Sarah Shumate
      August 6, 2018 at 9:11 AM

      Haha! Even grumpy teenagers are no match for the magic of the Amalfi Coast. It’s near impossible to have a bad time there. :) I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

  • Stephanie
    July 1, 2018 at 3:32 AM

    Loved reading your blog – we go next week – first few days in Venice then we go by train to Naples and get a car to go to stay in Paestum – so excited

  • Intan
    May 25, 2018 at 7:20 AM

    I’m heading there solo in a couple of days… Can’t wait! I have 5 days so I’ve set up base in Naples. Hopefully it won’t be a bad decision. By the way, I’m from Singapore~ Definitely bookmarking your blog ;)

    • Sarah Shumate
      May 27, 2018 at 2:02 AM

      How exciting! I hope you have beautiful weather and a great time! Very cool that you’re from Singapore – I love living here! :)

  • paniz
    May 10, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    The most perfect post for travelling to Italy. thank you

  • Olivia
    April 24, 2018 at 2:27 PM

    I’ve put most of your tips on my list for my birthday trip. THANK YOU! Amazing blog x

  • Ranu Mangal
    February 12, 2018 at 4:51 AM

    Amazing photographs, thanks for the inspiration I truly love your blog!!Nice pictures and awesome writings.

  • Rose
    January 24, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    You have some seriously amazing pictures of the Amalfi Coast! I can’t wait to read your other posts! I also went last summer and wrote about it :) I would love your feedback.

    Rose xx

  • Tammy Chrzan
    December 2, 2017 at 12:26 AM

    I remember when you went here, I just thought to myself… “Is this place really this perfect?”, Hannah and I will be going to Italy and Greece for the first time in 2018. I have to say, I haven’t quite decided our journey yet, or where we will go, but just the other day, I was researching Pompeii, it seems like a sad place, but like much of history, a lot of places are. I think that Rome is a must, I’ll really do more planning after Christmas, right now I am focusing on the Holiday season and apparently you can call me Betty Crocker, as I have baked more in the last month than I have in 10 years. When I get the baking bug, I really get it! :) I love Airbnb’s, I haven’t regretted one once!

    • Sarah Shumate
      December 2, 2017 at 6:52 PM

      I think you could spend a month in Italy and still feel like it wasn’t enough time. Rome should definitely be on your list, and then possibly add somewhere scenic along the coast? Maybe it was because we went on such a sunny day, but I would describe Pompeii as more interesting than sad. Some parts, particularly the body casts, are sobering to see, but otherwise it’s more of a historical time capsule!

      • Tammy Chrzan
        January 1, 2018 at 8:47 PM

        Why am I just Seeing this? Sometimes I miss complete conversations, seriously. Is it old age? Ha! I wanted to ask you, where was that Holocaust museum that you went to a couple of years back? Hannah was telling me there is one in Seattle that she wants to go to, and I plan on taking her, but I was also telling her about the one you visited. History in a museum is more hands on and realistic than just reading a book. I’d like to go to the one you had blogged about as well.

  • Rita
    October 5, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    I absolutely adored your pictures! I went to the Amalfi coast this August and was mind blown, Positano was also my favourite place. Oh and the food! *drooling*
    If you are interested I posted my Amalfi coast trip, it was just a few days but I think we made the most out of it!

    • Sarah Shumate
      October 7, 2017 at 5:13 PM

      I know – nothing really beats Italian food actually eaten IN Italy! So good! :)

      Your photos from Amalfi were gorgeous, too! I love that you were able to get some full landscape shots from the water. Especially in Positano, that really showcases just how compact these little beach alcoves are in Italy!

  • Peppermint Dolly
    September 9, 2017 at 4:49 AM

    I know exactly which restaurant you’re talking about in Chiswick!! Such a great spot!! Love your photos here, makes me want to take a trip right now!


    • Sarah Shumate
      September 10, 2017 at 1:25 AM

      Yes! Villagio was our favorite! I think Valentina has since taken its place, but hopefully they left the mural! :)

  • Emma @ AdventuresofaLondonKiwi
    July 25, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    If my bank manager wasn’t already annoyed at me with my latest trip, I would be booking this RIGHT now!

    • Sarah Shumate
      July 26, 2017 at 4:11 AM

      Who even listens to their bank managers anyway? ;)

  • Laura
    July 24, 2017 at 8:46 PM

    Oh wow. My cousin went here on her honeymoon and LOVED it. Looks amazing.

  • Julie
    July 4, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    I’m so behind on my blog posts due to being sick in some form ever since I returned from my Alaska cruise but what a great one to start with!

    As always, your photos are absolutely stunning and I think my favorites are Postiano (those dramatic cliffside houses, swoon!) and the food ones. I’ve only been to Italy once (when I was studying abroad in Spain, a much easier flight :) but it was in many ways a bust of a trip! Bad traveling companion, crappy hostel, and abysmal food choices (I look back at my 20 year traveling self and cringe!) I was based in Rome and only made it to Florence for the day. But how I would love to return to Italia, especially seeing the legend of all legends, the Amalfi Coast! Good to know about the weather, although I’d probably opt for either May or June, how I love seeing everything in bloom!

    • Sarah Shumate
      July 6, 2017 at 3:52 AM

      Hey, at least you traveled in your 20’s! I hardly went anywhere until I was 29 and moved to London! I hope you’re feeling better by now!

  • topchelseagirl
    June 11, 2017 at 1:41 PM

    Oh I went there for 2 weeks many years ago. We visited Ravello, which is well worth it and Capri – again stunning. We went if memory serves me right around 28th of August for 2 weeks

    • Sarah Shumate
      June 21, 2017 at 5:51 PM

      Whoa! That’s crazy! What a cool experience. I wish we’d had enough time to visit Ravello and Capri. They both look incredible!

  • Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate
    June 3, 2017 at 10:17 PM

    That first photo of all the umbrellas would make an awesome canvas or piece of framed art! Your photography is just stunning, and now I’m dying to go back to Positano!

    • Sarah Shumate
      June 4, 2017 at 4:01 AM

      Best compliment ever! It’s super hard to take a bad photo here, so I can’t really take much credit, but THANK YOU! :)

  • Julia Dent
    June 3, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    I just went to the Amalfi Coast and I wish I had more time there! I didn’t get to go to Pompeii, but I did do Capri and loved it. I also stayed in Praiano and it was pretty cheap and right in the middle of the coast, so it was easy to get places.

    • Sarah Shumate
      June 4, 2017 at 4:00 AM

      I’m so happy to hear you loved Capri! I often hear mixed reviews, but I’m sure that a lot of it comes down to how good the weather was and how many other people were there. :)

  • Meg
    June 3, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    What a gorgeous blog post! You had me at the mention of your favourite local Italian and the friendly people who worked there -it’s so wonderful to genuinely be inspired. I’m so glad that their recommendation spot on and meant that you had a brilliant holiday. A really thorough guide and one that I’ve pinned and will be referring to in future!

    • Sarah Shumate
      June 4, 2017 at 4:02 AM

      These days when most of our inspiration is coming via Instagram and the internet, I do think it’s extra special when you discover a new place the “old school” way. :) I’m so glad you found this helpful!

  • mysimplesojourn
    June 3, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    Awesome pictures, absolutely stunning.
    Amifi coast is at top of my bucket list, your post cleared my doubts. Great tips to save money. Saved the link for future reference :-)

  • Rebecca Brianne
    June 3, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    This is stunning! Definitely a place I’m trying to get to within the next year! My boyfriend raves about it and we hope to take a trip together. Thank you for sharing and I love those photographs!! Pinning!


  • Christina
    June 3, 2017 at 8:24 AM

    Oh sheesh I have a thing for Italians… some say, they’re all arrogant lady-hunters, but bly me if they start playing some guitar at a beach campfire and whisper some passionate Italian in your ear. Well, that’s the stuff of my dream at least. Only got as far as a daytime jam session. But the Amalfi area seems like the perfect place to have some romantic time-out! My Italy experiences to date only go as far as a week on Sicily, and a weekend’s roadtrip to Venice, sigh…

    • Sarah Shumate
      June 4, 2017 at 3:59 AM

      Too funny! Amalfi is definitely a romantic spot, but we could probably say that about everywhere in Italy. :) Besides Amalfi, I’ve only been to Rome, so I’ve got a lot more to explore, too!

  • Veronika
    June 3, 2017 at 4:07 AM

    I love those beautiful Italian cities built on rocks. I am always amazed by how they did it :) You images are so beautiful, what a great blog! :)

    • Sarah Shumate
      June 4, 2017 at 4:06 AM

      Thank you so much for the kind compliments! :)

  • Paulina On the road
    June 3, 2017 at 3:56 AM

    I love these pastel colours. It looks like in a fairy tale. But that beach…OMG so many people! Amalfi is definitely on my bucket list.

    • Sarah Shumate
      June 4, 2017 at 4:03 AM

      I know…it’s definitely not a private beach holiday sort of place! I think it gets quite a bit better in the off season, though!

  • A Broken Backpack
    June 3, 2017 at 3:48 AM

    Oh wow! Amalfi Coast has been on my list for a while now! There’s so much to see in Italy – and this looks like it is one of them! I’d love to go! Gorgeous pictures! :D

  • Jean Bean
    June 3, 2017 at 2:57 AM

    This looks like an amazing adventure. A very delicious ice cream filled adventure. My kinda adventure!!

  • Rhiannon Travels
    June 3, 2017 at 2:42 AM

    This looks like such a beautiful place! I love all the houses and buildings on the hill, the beautiful ocean and bright blue sky. I could definitely spend a week here relaxing and enjoying the scenery. Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Kat | findingmalokoko
    June 3, 2017 at 2:25 AM

    Stunning photos! I am originally from Slovenia, but been living in Germany for the past 6 years – too bad i never made it to the Amalfi coast while it was still “in front of my nose” ;) It´s definitely on my list, thanks for this detailed post!

  • Angie SilverSpoon
    May 30, 2017 at 3:10 AM

    Do high on my wish list!!

  • Lisa Michele Burns
    May 29, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Oh the colours! The umbrellas, the water the buildings…I need to get my butt back to Positano this summer! Great to read about the accessibility of Sorrento, it sounds perfect! Meet you there?

    • Sarah Shumate
      May 31, 2017 at 3:35 AM

      Yes, you do! So many World From The Water opportunities! :) Didn’t we miss each other by like a week the last time we were both there?

  • Jenn
    May 29, 2017 at 7:48 AM

    SO many heart eyes <3 <3

  • Mar
    May 29, 2017 at 5:01 AM

    This brings back so many memories from our trip a few years ago. It was a surprise destination so the planning was left to my parents. We stayed in praiano but hit up amalfi and the towns in between. Also Pompeii. The note about the water is key, it was so hot! Because we were a group of 8, we hired a boat to take us around Capri one day. I wasn’t a huge fan of the island itself, but jumping in the cool blue water around the island was definitely worth it!

    • Sarah Shumate
      May 31, 2017 at 3:33 AM

      We passed through Praiano on the bus, but didn’t get to stop. Looked lovely, though! Did you like staying there? My parents just recently went to Capri and felt sort of ‘meh’ about it as well. I think in their case it was because of awful weather, but you’re not the first to mention they found Capri to be a little underwhelming!