Are you planning an unforgettable road trip along one of Italy’s most scenic coastlines? An Amalfi Coast road trip is a traveller’s dream with its dramatic cliffs, picturesque towns, and azure waters.
This page contains an open-ended itinerary for a road trip along the Amalfi coast. You can spend as many days in each town as you wish, and make your trip as long or short as you like.
Amalfi Coast road trip itinerary.
This Amalfi Coast road trip itinerary includes the towns of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. There is a section on other towns on the Amalfi Coast at the end.
Each section includes driving instructions, a map, and a suggested one day itinerary for each town. You will also find guidance for renting a car on the Amalfi coast, travel tips, and suggestions for where to stay in each town. And of course a section on food and drink on the Amalfi Coast.
I have explored the Amalfi Coast many times, with my most recent visit being in 2022 where I once again fell in love with the region. While technically not part of the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento serves as an excellent starting point for your road trip. It has incredible views and a vibrant atmosphere. You could also start your trip in Naples too.
Map of your Amalfi Coast road trip
The map below shows your Amalfi Coast road trip with each town on the Amalfi Coast pinned to show your journey. You can also see driving instructions from Google Maps by clicking the map. To use the map, click the blue icons to see more information about each place. Click the star to add to your own Google Maps.
1. Start your Amalfi coast road trip in Sorrento.
Begin your Amalfi Coast road trip by starting in the charming town of Sorrento.
If you are currently in Naples, you can take the A3 highway south towards Sorrento. The journey takes approximately one hour.
Once in Sorrento, park your car and explore the town’s narrow streets, vibrant piazzas, and indulge in the delicious local limoncello. You could also stroll along the cliffside path of Villa Comunale for breathtaking views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. For history buffs, you might like to visit Museo Correale di Terranova.
Further reading: 27 best things to do in Sorrento.
Suggested one-day itinerary for Sorrento.
Start your day in Sorrento by exploring the charming streets and alleys of the historic town centre, where you’ll discover delightful shops and get to try local treats like limoncello and pizza. Afterwards, head down to the Marina Grande to take in the scenic views of the sea and the majestic Mount Vesuvius.
There is also an opportunity to take a boat tour to the nearby island of Capri, where you can explore the mesmerising Blue Grotto and soak in the island’s natural beauty. Read more about Capri.
In the evening, as the sun begins to set, treat yourself to a relaxing walk along the cliff-top paths. The views overlooking the Bay of Naples during this time are truly enchanting.
After enjoying the sunset, consider visiting Piazza Tasso, the bustling main square of Sorrento. Here, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, enjoy live music performances, and indulge in a delightful dinner at one of the many restaurants and cafes surrounding the square.
2. Admire the beauty of Positano.
As you venture further on your Amalfi coast drive, you’ll encounter the iconic town of Positano.
From Sorrento, take the scenic SS163 coastal road, also known as the Amalfi Drive, which winds its way along the cliffside. Enjoy the stunning views as you drive through picturesque towns.
Upon reaching Positano, park your car in one of the public parking areas located on the outskirts of the town. From there, explore Positano’s charming streets, browse the fashionable boutiques, and relax on the sun-kissed Spiaggia Grande.
Further reading: 20 Wonderful Things to do in Positano, Italy.
Suggested one-day Positano itinerary.
Start your day by exploring the beautiful beaches, such as Spiaggia Grande and Fornillo, where you can relax and soak up the sun. Here you can take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean. After the beach, wander through the charming streets filled with boutiques and cafes, perfect for shopping and enjoying local treats. Be sure to try the famous lemon-flavoured desserts and limoncello.
For breathtaking views, hike up to the Path of the Gods or take a boat tour along the coast to see the stunning cliffs and coastline from the water.
In the evening, immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of Positano by enjoying a romantic dinner with a view at one of the many seaside restaurants. As the sun sets over the Mediterranean, the town comes alive with a magical glow. You can also explore the iconic Church of Santa Maria Assunta, with its striking dome and beautiful Byzantine artwork.
After dinner, take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront, with the twinkling lights of the town creating a romantic ambiance.
3. Explore the rich history of Amalfi.
Continue your road trip on the UNESCO world heritage listed Amalfi Coast, to the town of Amalfi itself.
From Positano, follow the SS163 coastal road eastward, hugging the coastline. Enjoy the scenic drive as you navigate the twists and turns of the Amalfi Coast road.
Once in Amalfi, park your car in one of the public parking areas available. Explore the magnificent Amalfi Cathedral, stroll along the lively Piazza del Duomo, and immerse yourself in the town’s fascinating maritime history. Don’t miss the chance to taste the local delicacy, sfogliatella, a sweet pastry that will delight your taste buds.
Suggested one-day itinerary for Amalfi.
Start your day by visiting the stunning Amalfi Cathedral, a majestic 9th-century church boasting intricate architecture and a beautiful staircase. Take a leisurely walk along the promenade and enjoy the breathtaking sea views. Don’t forget to indulge in the town’s famous lemon-flavoured treats, like lemon sorbet and delicious lemon cakes.
Afterward, head to the beach to relax on the sun-kissed shores and swim in the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean. For a touch of history, explore the Amalfi Paper Museum to learn about the town’s traditional paper-making techniques.
In the afternoon, consider taking a short bus or boat ride to the neighbouring town of Atrani, a quaint and picturesque destination. Meander through its narrow streets and enjoy the tranquil ambiance of this hidden gem.
For adventure seekers, embark on a hike to Valle delle Ferriere, a lush nature reserve with waterfalls and scenic trails. Alternatively, you can take a boat tour to discover the hidden grottos and coves along the coast.
In the evening, try the local cuisine at one of the charming restaurants, and as the sun sets over the horizon, embrace the romantic atmosphere of Amalfi.
4. Relax in Ravello’s peaceful tranquillity.
Towards the end of your Amalfi Coast road trip, make your way up to the peaceful town of Ravello, perched high above the coast.
From Amalfi, follow the signs and take the winding road that leads uphill to Ravello. Enjoy the panoramic views along the way.
Once in Ravello, park your car in the designated parking areas and explore the town on foot. Visit the beautiful Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo, wander through their exquisite gardens, and soak in the tranquillity of this hilltop oasis.
Suggested one-day itinerary in Ravello.
Begin your visit by exploring the stunning Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo, both boasting beautiful gardens and panoramic vistas of the coastline. Take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets to discover local crafts and enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the quaint cafes. Don’t miss attending a concert at the famous Ravello Festival if you visit during the summer months. For a relaxing experience, spend some time at the Piazza Vescovado, a lovely square with picturesque surroundings.
Additionally, if you’re a nature enthusiast, consider embarking on a hike along the ancient footpaths that lead to neighbouring villages or the beautiful Valle delle Ferriere nature reserve.
In the evening, Ravello offers a magical experience of dining at one of its panoramic restaurants. Treat yourself to a delicious Italian dinner while enjoying the stunning sunset views over the Amalfi Coast. Many restaurants and cafes in Ravello offer terrace seating, providing the perfect setting to enjoy the local cuisine and soak in the romantic atmosphere.
After dinner, you can enjoy a leisurely evening walk through the town’s illuminated streets (which are beautiful).
Driving on your scenic Amalfi Coast road trip.
The true highlight of your road trip is the drive itself along the winding Amalfi Coast road. With each bend, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas of the shimmering sea, rugged cliffs, and terraced lemon groves.
Take your time, stop at viewpoints along the way, and capture the beauty of this coastal paradise.
Be careful when driving on your Amalfi Coast road trip.
Driving on the Amalfi Coast is exciting and beautiful, but it can be a bit tricky. The roads wind along the cliffs with amazing views of the sea and towns. However, the roads are narrow and steep, so you need to be careful, especially when other vehicles are around. Take your time to enjoy the stunning landscapes and charming villages. It might be a little scary, but driving on an Amalfi Coast road trip is a special experience to see the beauty of Italy’s famous coastline.
If you’d rather not do the driving, consider taking a guided tour of the Amalfi Coast instead.
If you’re still up for the challenge, see my section on how to rent a car on the Amalfi Coast below.
Where to stay in each town on the Amalfi Coast.
1. Where to stay in Sorrento
Sorrento offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets. From luxurious hotels with stunning sea views to cosy bed and breakfasts nestled in the town’s charming streets, you’ll find something for everyone.
Consider staying near the historic centre to be close to the town’s attractions and vibrant atmosphere. Alternatively, choose a hotel overlooking the coastline for breathtaking vistas. Sorrento serves as an excellent base for exploring the Amalfi Coast and provides easy access to other nearby destinations.
2. Where to stay in Positano
Positano is renowned for its beautiful cliffside hotels and boutique accommodations that offer breathtaking views of the coast. You might like to stay in one of the iconic hotels perched on the hillside, providing panoramic vistas of the sea and colourful houses. Alternatively, choose a hotel closer to the beach, where you can wake up to the sound of the waves.
Keep in mind that Positano can be quite hilly, so consider the location and accessibility of your chosen accommodation.
3. Where to stay in Amalfi
Amalfi town offers a charming selection of accommodations that range from elegant hotels to cosy guesthouses. Many prefer to stay in the heart of Amalfi, close to the Piazza del Duomo and the main attractions, to immerse themselves in the town’s history and atmosphere.
Alternatively, consider staying in one of the hotels or bed and breakfasts tucked away in the narrow streets for a more intimate experience. Some accommodations even offer views of the Amalfi Cathedral and the sea.
4. Where to stay in Ravello.
Ravello offers a peaceful and serene retreat from the bustling coastal towns. This hilltop village is known for its luxurious hotels, historic villas, and breathtaking views. Consider staying in a villa-turned-hotel with stunning gardens and terraces overlooking the coastline. Ravello’s accommodations often exude a sense of tranquillity and charm, providing a perfect escape for those seeking a more secluded and romantic stay.
For all Amalfi Coast hotels, make sure you book early as they sell out quickly, even off-season.
On Booking.com you can usually reserve rooms with one click, without paying anything up front, and with free cancellation. It’s a good idea to reserve your room straight away even if you have to cancel later (I do this a lot).
Amalfi Coast map of hotels
If you prefer to see hotels on the Amalfi Coast by location, below is a map from Booking.com which shows a more visual display of accommodation and prices. Clicking the map will take you straight through to Booking.com where you can reserve your room (usually without paying anything up front).Booking.com
What other towns are there on the Amalfi Coast?
In addition to the well-known towns of Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, and Sorrento, there are several other charming towns and villages along the Amalfi Coast worth exploring on a day trip. You could easily add any of these towns to your Amalfi Coast road trip itinerary.
- Atrani: Atrani is a small and picturesque fishing village located just a short walk from Amalfi. It offers a more tranquil and authentic atmosphere with narrow streets, local cafes, and a beautiful beach.
- Maiori: Maiori boasts one of the longest and widest beaches on the Amalfi Coast, making it a popular destination for beach lovers. It also has a cute seafront promenade and historical sites to explore.
- Minori: Just a short distance from Maiori, Minori is a quaint town known for its Roman Villa, ancient ruins, and lemon groves. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy the local ambiance.
- Praiano: Nestled between Positano and Amalfi, Praiano offers a quieter alternative to its more famous neighbours. The town is perched on the cliffs, providing stunning views of the coastline.
- Cetara: Cetara is a small fishing village known for its anchovies and traditional fishing practices. It offers a glimpse into the authentic coastal life and a chance to sample fresh seafood dishes.
- Conca dei Marini: This lesser-known town is famous for the Grotta dello Smeraldo, an enchanting emerald-green sea cave accessible by boat.
- Vietri sul Mare: Considered the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, Vietri sul Mare is known for its colourful ceramics and beautiful beaches. It’s a lovely place to explore before venturing further along the coast.
Each of these Amalfi Coast towns and villages has its own unique charm, history, and attractions, and you’ll drive past many of them on your Amalfi Coast road trip.
Food & drink: local delicacies of the Amalfi Coast.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know I don’t go anywhere without indulging in the local cuisine – and Italian regions are my favourite!
On your Amalfi Coast road trip you can enjoy freshly caught seafood, and local pasta dishes such as scialatielli ai frutti di mare (seafood pasta) or spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams). There is always lashings of gelato and granita available, and you must also try the region’s famous limoncello.
Here is a summary of the most popular food and drink items from the Amalfi Coast.
Being a coastal region, the Amalfi Coast is renowned for its fresh seafood. Popular dishes include grilled fish, seafood risotto, spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams), or baccalà (salted cod). A famous local specialty is scialatielli ai frutti di mare, a pasta dish with a medley of fresh seafood cooked in a tasty sauce.
The Amalfi Coast is famous for its lemons, particularly the fragrant and juicy Sfusato Amalfitano lemons. One iconic product derived from these lemons is limoncello, a sweet and tangy lemon liqueur. One of the best places to try limoncello (in my opinion) is Positano (or Sorrento), but you can get limoncello all over the Amalfi Coast.
Naples, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, is the birthplace of the Neapolitan pizza. The traditional Neapolitan pizza features a thin and soft crust topped with simple yet delicious ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella di bufala, fresh basil, and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.
Further reading: Food from Naples: all the best foods, and where to eat them.
Sfogliatella is a popular pastry hailing from the Campania region, which includes the Amalfi Coast. This flaky, shell-shaped pastry has a crispy outer layer and a rich filling made with ricotta cheese, semolina, candied fruit, and sometimes flavoured with hints of lemon or orange. There are two main types: sfogliatella riccia (curly) and sfogliatella frolla (shortcrust).
Mozzarella di Bufala
Made from the milk of water buffaloes, this cheese has a soft texture and a slightly tangy taste. Enjoy it on its own, paired with fresh tomatoes and basil in a Caprese salad, or as a topping on your Neapolitan pizza.
Treat yourself to a scoop or two of creamy gelato in a variety of flavours, ranging from classic favourites like pistachio and chocolate to unique regional flavours like lemon and almond. An excellent place for gelato in Sorrento is the Gelateria Davide (see photo in Sorrento section above).
The Amalfi Coast region is also known for its excellent wines. Sample the local varieties, such as Lacryma Christi, Fiano di Avellino, and Greco di Tufo.
During your Amalfi Coast road trip, you’ll find local trattorias and family-run restaurants to fully immerse yourself in the authentic flavours of the region.
Here are some more Italian food posts:
- 78 Delicious Pugliese Dishes to Try in South Italy
- A Street Food Tour in Bari
- 15 Best Alberobello restaurants, cafes, pizzerias, bakeries and wine bars.
- Guide to wine from Puglia + best wineries.
Renting a car for your Amalfi Coast road trip.
Renting a Car on the Amalfi Coast with Discover Cars.
If you’re considering renting a car for your Amalfi Coast road trip, I recommend using Discover Cars.
Discover Cars is a trusted online platform that allows you to compare car rental prices from various suppliers, ensuring you find the best deal for your needs.
Here’s a guide to renting a car on the Amalfi Coast using Discover Cars:
1. Visit the Discover Cars website.
Go to the Discover Cars website and enter your desired pickup location (e.g. Naples city or Sorrento) and travel dates. Choose from a range of vehicle options, including compact cars, sedans, or even larger vehicles if you’re travelling with a group.
2. Compare prices and rental conditions.
Discover Cars will provide you with a list of available rental options along with their prices, rental conditions, and customer ratings. Take the time to compare prices, review the rental conditions, and check for any additional fees or restrictions.
3. Select your desired car.
Once you’ve reviewed the available options, select the car that best suits your needs and budget. Pay attention to the vehicle’s features, such as automatic transmission, air conditioning, and sufficient luggage space.
4. Review rental terms and conditions.
Before confirming your reservation, carefully review the rental terms and conditions provided by Discover Cars. Take note of important details such as the fuel policy, mileage limits, insurance coverage, and any additional charges or requirements.
5. Book your rental car.
Once you’re satisfied with your selection and have reviewed the terms and conditions, proceed to book your rental car through the Discover Cars platform. Provide the necessary information, including your driver’s licence details and payment information.
6. Pick up your rental car.
On the designated pickup date, head to the specified rental car provider’s office. Be sure to bring your driver’s licence, credit card, and a valid form of identification. Complete the necessary paperwork and inspect the vehicle for any existing damage before driving off.
7. Drive with caution.
Driving along the Amalfi Coast requires careful attention and adherence to traffic rules. Plan your road trips, and take note of the narrow roads, sharp curves, and steep cliffs. Drive at a moderate speed, be patient with other drivers, and use designated parking areas when stopping to explore the towns or admire the scenery.
8. Return the car.
At the end of your road trip, return the rental car to the designated drop-off location as agreed upon during the booking process. Ensure that the car is clean and in the same condition as when you picked it up.
For further tips on driving in Italy, see my article Guide to Driving in Puglia Italy. This is a guide for the Puglia region, which is not far from Amalfi Coast, and the driving rules are the same.
Further reading: Ultimate Guide to Renting a Car in Puglia, Italy.
FAQS about your Amalfi Coast road trip.
Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about going on an Amalfi Coast road trip:
Q: Is it safe to drive along the Amalfi Coast on a road trip?
A: Driving along the Amalfi Coast can be challenging due to its narrow and winding roads, but it is generally safe if you exercise caution and follow traffic rules. Be prepared for narrow passages, sharp curves, and steep cliffs. Drive at a moderate speed, be mindful of other drivers, and use designated parking areas when stopping. It’s advisable to have experience driving in similar conditions before attempting the Amalfi Coast road trip.
Further reading: Hazel’s Guide to Driving in Puglia, Italy.
Q: Should I rent a car or use public transportation?
A: Renting a car offers flexibility and allows you to explore the Amalfi Coast at your own pace. However, if you’re not comfortable driving or prefer to avoid the hassle of parking, public transportation is a viable option. The Amalfi Coast is well-connected by buses and ferries, providing easy access to the main towns. Consider your preferences, itinerary, and level of comfort when deciding between renting a car or using public transportation.
Q: When is the best time to go on an Amalfi Coast road trip?
A: The best time to go on an Amalfi Coast road trip is during the shoulder seasons of spring (April to June) and fall (September to October). The weather is pleasant, and the tourist crowds are relatively smaller compared to the peak summer season. However, even during the summer, the Amalfi Coast’s beauty is undeniable, albeit with more tourists. Avoid visiting during the winter months as some businesses may be closed, and the weather can be unpredictable.
Q: How long should I plan for my Amalfi Coast road trip?
A: The duration of your driving Amalfi Coast itinerary depends on the time you have available and the number of places you wish to explore. Ideally, allocate at least three to five days to fully appreciate the Amalfi Coast’s beauty and visit the main towns like Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. This time frame allows for a more relaxed and enjoyable journey, with enough time to immerse yourself in each destination.
Q: Are there parking facilities along the Amalfi Coast?
A: Yes, there are parking facilities available in the towns along the Amalfi Coast, but they can be limited and expensive. It’s recommended to use designated public parking areas located on the outskirts of the towns, as parking within the towns themselves can be challenging due to limited space and high demand. Consider researching parking options and costs in advance to plan accordingly.
Q: How do I get to the Amalfi Coast?
A: The most common way to get to the Amalfi Coast is by flying into Naples International Airport (NAP) and then taking a taxi, bus, or private transfer to your destination on the coast. Alternatively, you can take a train to Sorrento and then use local buses or boats to reach other towns along the coast.
Q: Can I visit the Amalfi Coast without a car?
A: The Amalfi Coast is well-served by public transportation. Buses run regularly between the main towns, allowing you to explore the coastline conveniently. Additionally, ferries connect the towns and provide a scenic way to travel between them. You can also try taking guided tours from Sorrento.
Q: What are some must-see attractions on my Amalfi Coast road trip?
A: While the entire Amalfi Coast drive is stunning, some must-see attractions include the charming town of Positano with its colourful houses and beautiful beach, the historic Amalfi Cathedral in Amalfi, the gardens and villas of Ravello, and the scenic drive itself along the coastal road with its breathtaking views. Don’t forget to stop at viewpoints, explore hidden beaches, and enjoy the local cuisine along the way.
Remember to check local regulations, road conditions, and any travel advisories before embarking on your Amalfi Coast road trip – a bucket list destination.
General travel advice for the Amalfi Coast.
Here is some general travel advice to bear in mind for your Amalfi Coast road trip.
Before travelling to the Amalfi Coast, research the best time to visit, accommodation options, and transportation. Booking accommodations and tours in advance can help secure your preferred choices and prevent last-minute hassles.
Pack comfortable walking shoes as the region involves walking on uneven terrains. Also, bring light and breathable clothing for the warm Mediterranean weather. Don’t forget to carry sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the strong sun.
Be mindful of crowds.
The Amalfi Coast is a popular destination, especially during the peak summer months. If possible, plan your Amalfi Coast road trip during the shoulder seasons (spring and fall) to enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere and fewer crowds.
Try the local cuisine.
Indulge in the delicious local dishes and flavours unique to the Amalfi Coast, such as fresh seafood, pasta, and lemon-infused delicacies. Explore small local eateries to experience authentic Italian cuisine.
Carry a refillable water bottle and stay hydrated, especially during hot summer days. There are many drinking fountains in the towns where you can refill your bottle with fresh spring water.
Respect local customs.
Respect the local culture and customs. When visiting churches or religious sites, dress modestly, and be mindful of noise levels, especially during religious services. It’s a good idea to take a light scarf to cover up when visiting religious buildings.
Be prepared for stairs
The towns on the Amalfi Coast are built on cliffs, and many areas have steep staircases. Be prepared for some uphill walking and pack light to make navigating easier.
Protect against mosquitoes.
In some areas, especially during the summer, mosquitoes can be prevalent. Bring insect repellent to avoid bites and discomfort. This is a good insect repellant from Amazon.
Enjoy the views!
Take time to relax and soak in the breathtaking views of the coastline and the Mediterranean Sea. Whether from a boat, a hilltop, or a beach, the scenic beauty of the Amalfi Coast is truly unforgettable.
- Reserve your Amalfi Coast Hotel early, before they sell out.
- Remember to pack decent sunscreen and a packable sun hat.
- There are many Amalfi Coast tours you can book (no payment required up front).
- Packing cubes are a traveller’s best friend. I recommend these ones.
- This is the best quick-dry sand-repellent beach towel.
- Going hiking? These are the best hiking socks.
- If you need a rental car, book one at Discover Cars and pick it up at the airport.
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