Where to Stay in Amalfi Coast

When you want to get away from it all and lie back and enjoy the sun, nothing beats a trip to the Amalfi Coast. As a coastal area rich in heritage and charm, it preserves plenty of the old Italy that people are still in love with after all these years. It’s a calm and tranquil break from the hustle and bustle of Rome, and it’s certainly not something to be missed if you get the chance to go.

With so many little towns and charming cities dotted along the coast, it can be hard to know where to base yourself once you decide how long to stay in the Amalfi Coast. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular destinations, and see what they each have to offer you.

What cities are along the Amalfi coast?

The Almalfi Coast stretches for 37 miles, and takes in a number of villages, towns and cities along the way. Some of the most popular are Amalfi Town, Atrani, Cetara, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Ravello, and of course Sorrento. When deciding which one you want to stay in, there is far more to it than simply checking the room rates online. Each offers plenty of things to do in the Amalfi Coast, so all you need to do is decide where you want to base yourself.

1- Sorrento is the beating heart of the Coast all year round  

Not only is Sorrento a direct train ride from the  large international airport in Naples, it’s also one of the largest places on the Coast. It’s frequented all year round by the locals who love to shop and eat there — particularly the espressos and sweet pastries the region is known for!

The great thing about Sorrento is that it allows you to avoid the peak tourist crowds in the summer months, and go off and explore the winding side streets and famous central square. It’s also the place to be at Easter and Christmas if you decide you want to holiday out of season. Check our guide on how to get from Naples to Sorrento

2- Is Amalfi Town worth visiting?

If you like a little bit of hustle and bustle, and the option of immersing yourself in Italian life by meeting dozens of the locals, then Amalfi Town is the place to be. It is known for its glistening white stone buildings which catch the sun as it comes up in the morning. The most notable example of which is the stunning cathedral at the heart of the town which dates back as far as the 9th century.

From there it’s also only a short trip up to the cliff tops of Ravello. The cascading flower gardens built right along the cliff lines make it a nature lover’s dream, and the famous Villa Cimbrone gardens are the ideal place to spend the afternoon on a sunny day.

3- Will I think Positano is too touristy?

Not only does Positano have one of the best best beaches in the Amalfi Coast, it’s also the perfect place to go if you have a young family. There are beach clubs all over the place that will help you keep the little ones entertained, ideal if you want a chance to recharge your batteries. It will get very crowded between June and September, so if you want to beat the crowds you might think about holidaying between mid September and the end of October. This is when the local kids go back to school, and the town empties out just enough. Despite its popularity, the only direct way to get to from Naples to Positano is to book a private transfer.

4- What are the smaller villages like?

Atrani offers a quaint and cosy experience, with its population of just 855 making it Italy’s smallest municipality by some distance. The unique architecture and close position to the shoreline make it a one of a kind destination. If you fancy staying in the heart of the old Italy you could also head to Cetara — a traditional fishing village where everyone knows everybody, and you can sit on the shore and watch the catch of the day come fresh off the boats.

If you feel like you still want to sun yourself on the beach, but you want to beat the tourist crowds during those peak summer months, Minori is the place to be. Its beach can only be accessed by steep steps down the cliff face, and it’s a great place to get away from it all for a few hours.

Which is right for me?

Deciding the best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is all about seeing what each place offers throughout the year. If you want sun, sea, and sand with the family, the Positano is the place to go. If you want a quieter summer break then you might look into stunning views in Praiano, or the traditional fishing village of Cetara. And if you want easy access to Pompeii and Napoli, and the chance to celebrate Easter or New Year’s in style, then Sorrento is the place to be. There’s plenty of options for you to pick from. Sounds like the perfect problem doesn’t it!

8 thoughts on “Where to Stay in Amalfi Coast”

  1. Hi
    Please guide me and help us to book perfect holiday
    We are going to come from Florence
    What is the best option to reach Amalfi.
    Where to stay
    What is the must sightseeing
    We want to see Georges Clooney villa
    How do we go to Rome from Amalfi

    Thanking you

    1. Hi Rashna, From Florence, you can get on a train to Naples. Once there, you can check our guide on how to get to the Amalfi Coast. In the blog post above we added our recommendations about cities in the Amalfi Coast and here are the Must-see there. If you decided to stay in Amalfi City, choosing the right accommodation will depend mostly on your budget and preferences. Hotel La Pergola and Hotel Santa Caterina are good options.
      Good luck hunting George Clooney but I believe his villa is in Como in the North of Italy 😀 😀 😀

  2. If I am correct in viewing your dates&prices, you begin to go to the Amalfi Coast in 2022 in May. Why not April 2022?
    Your rates are in $US?
    Do you visit Positano and smaller villages on the Amalfi tour?

    1. Hi Janice,

      April is the beginning of the summer season on the Amalfi Coast, and that is when many transportation companies begin to offer their services more frequently.

      Usually, transportation companies in Italy charge in euros. It is best to clarify this with the operator directly.

      I believe several tour operators offer a tour of smaller villages. If you’re looking for a more personalized experience with a private driver, consider companies like Daytrip (mydaytrip.com). Daytrip drivers are not licensed tour guides but will provide local experience and insights.

  3. Once again, your blog provides detailed information that makes traveling to Positano so much easier. Thank you for such insightful post.
    Can you recommend a ferry company to take me from Positano to Capri for a day trip in October? Thank you .

    1. Hi Jae,

      Glad to hear it! For the ferry to Capri, you don’t have to worry so much about which ferry – just choose the one that fits your schedule. There aren’t as many running in October, so definitely book in advance through ferryhopper.com or directferries.com. Have fun! 🙂

  4. Greetings,
    With fond memories of Positano 35 years ago, my sister, husband and a friend would like to go again in the second week of March for 3 nights. As you can imagine, we are a bit older… do you recommend we return to Positano to stay in Sorento? Any recommendations?
    Thank you very much,

    1. Hi Katherine,

      I hope you managed to find a suitable option during your stay! Positano and Sorrento are both beautiful towns on the Amalfi Coast, but they offer different experiences. Positano is known for its colorful houses perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, while Sorrento is a larger town located on a plateau above the sea with a more bustling atmosphere.

      In general, if someone is looking for a more relaxed and laid-back experience, then returning to Positano might be a good choice. However, keep in mind that Positano can be quite hilly and may require walking up and down stairs, which could be challenging for older travelers.

      On the other hand, if someone is looking for a more convenient location with easy access to other nearby towns and attractions, Sorrento might be a better option. Sorrento is also better connected to Naples and other major cities in the area, which could make transportation easier.

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