Best places to stay in Amalfi Coast: towns, villages, hotels and villas [2024]

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Dreams come true on the Amalfi Coast. They really do.

How could they not when you wake up to the sun beaming down on turquoise seas crashing into that famous coastline? And the Amalfi Coast towns are almost too perfect for words.

When you are planning your vacation to this picturesque region of Italy, it is hard to choose where to stay so we created this guide to the best places to stay in Amalfi Coast.

From bustling beach towns to romantic hilltop villas, and tiny hidden coastal hamlets – there is the perfect place to stay on the Amalfi Coast for you!

About the Amalfi Coast

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Stretching 50 kilometers along Italy’s western coastline, the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana) is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Soaring cliff faces, tiny coves and some of the bluest water you have ever seen give this region an otherworldly aura. So much so that several places along the coastline were used as the location for the mythical land of Themyscira in the recent Wonder Woman movie.

The towns of the Amalfi Coast each have their charm too – whether you want glamor and glitz or rustic charm.

Map of the Amalfi Coast

First, get your bearings with this Amalfi Coast map. As you can see, the towns stretch along the coast between Sorrento and Salerno. Use the table of contents to choose the town that suits you or simply browse at your leisure. 

At the end of the article, there are some tips on how to get to the Amalfi Coast and getting around. 

TIP: Vacation rental specialists VRBO (owned by Expedia) have a great choice of apartments and villas on the Amalfi Coast – click here to browse.

Best places to stay in Amalfi Coast region

Positano – best for a glamorous romantic getaway

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Ahhh Positano! One of the most picturesque places on the planet, you can’t help but fall in love with this town. Colorful, terracotta-roofed houses perch on the cliffside and seem to cascade down to the water. Positano is known for its steep and winding cobbled streets and hanging wisteria. And of course, its iconic beachfront lined with vibrant umbrellas.

Positano is the place for lazy breakfasts on a terrace taking in the magical views. It’s the place for browsing boutiques and galleries, lazing in the sun and long seafood lunches. And of course, the sunsets are nothing short of incredible.

If you can tear yourself away from Positano itself, it is a useful base to explore the Amalfi Coast by boat or take a day trip to the beautiful island of Capri.

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The perfect spot for a honeymoon, Positano will best suit couples looking for a romantic getaway.

But consider also, such beauty inevitably attracts big crowds. Most visitors come for the day and leave before sunset but if you are looking for a quiet town Positano is probably not the place for you – particularly in summer.

Note that the streets are very steep and there are lots of steps so do consider this if you are traveling with small children or have mobility issues. There is no easy way to get to the upper parts of the town without walking.

Lastly, Positano is not a budget travel destination. If you want to secure the best deals at the best hotels in Positano you need to book well in advance – at least 6 months. 

Where to stay in Positano

Everyone will tell you to stay at Le Sirenuse. It is one of the iconic hotels of the world. Le Sirenuse is a luxury hotel known for its traditional yet elegant rooms, impeccable service and Michelin-starred restaurant La Sponda.

But most of all, people come to the hotel for its terrace with some of the most dreamy views in the world. The hotel also has a pool, wellness center and oyster bar >> Click here for Le Sirenuse reviews and prices.

If Le Sirenuse has no availability or is out of budget, here are some suggestions for your Positano escape.

Hotel Poseidon

Hotel Poseidon is a traditional family-run hotel with gorgeous views of the coastline. Boasting a pool and an outdoor dining terrace, the hotel is a perfect haven close to all the action of the town. Superior rooms have beautiful views and you can have your breakfast served on your balcony >> Click here for more information.

Hotel Palazzo Murat

Set in a beautiful garden bursting with lemon trees, Hotel Palazzo Murat is a place of tranquility close to the center of Positano.

The hotel has a pool and restaurant and is a short walk to the beach and ferry terminal. This hotel has a large carpark (rare in Positano) for those wanting to tour the Amalfi Coast >> click here for details and prices.

Villa Rosa

Just 2 minutes walk from the beach, Villa Rosa is one of the best budget hotels in Positano (although not budget in the traditional sense – budget for Positano!).

The hotel has a charming sun terrace and most rooms have a sea view so you can catch those stunning sunsets >> Click for more information.

A villa in Positano

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One day I dream of taking our whole family to the Amalfi Coast and spending a week or two vacationing in a luxury villa. Imagine breakfasting with views like this! Truly the stuff dreams are made of.

This 6 bedroom villa has a pool, is decorated with antiques, local artwork, Vietri ceramic floors and a couple of lounge areas for relaxing.

It is available for weekly rental. Go take a peek at more photos of this stunning property and you’ll start packing for Positano immediately >> Check out the villa.

If this appeals but the budget is slightly out of your price range (which I think it is for most people – us included!)then check out the very well-priced villas and apartments on VRBO in Positano. VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner) offer a great selection of villas and apartments at various price points on the Amalfi Coast – much better than AirBnB in my opinion >> Click here to browse Positano properties.

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Amalfi – best for exploring the Amalfi Coast

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At the heart of the Amalfi Coast, the town of Amalfi is an excellent base for exploring this beautiful region. Once a maritime power to rival Venice and Genoa, Amalfi is a bustling seaside town with a pretty beachfront and many restaurants and cafes.

Thanks to its historic past, Amalfi has cultural treasures worth uncovering. The most impressive of these is the cathedral, the town’s focal point. We loved strolling along the medieval cobbled streets and secret passageways that lead you there.

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Amalfi also has some of the best beaches on the Amalfi Coast. They are mainly stony but there are some sandy coves too.  If they are too crowded, take the short walk to the neighboring town Atrani with its laid-back beach vibe.

As the mid-way point along the coastline, you can take day trips from Amalfi by boat to Capri and along the coast. Local buses are easy to find at the main port. They will take you along the coastal road and up into the hills to visit the villas at Ravello.

There is a car rental agency in Amalfi if you want some more flexibility. More about driving the Amalfi Coast below.

Amalfi is a great place to stay if you enjoy mixing up your beach time with interesting day excursions along the coast and exploring historical and cultural sights.

The town is built into a cove and the surrounding hillside. Its streets are not as steep as those you find in Positano. So, if you are traveling with children or people who have limited mobility, Amalfi will suit your travel plans.

Where to stay in Amalfi

Hotel Marina Riviera


If you are looking for modern luxury on the Amalfi Coast, Hotel Marina Riviera is a fantastic choice. The hotel has stunning views over the sea and Amalfi town from its terrace and outdoor pool area.

It is an easy walk from the hotel into town or to the ferry port for excursions along the coast. Breakfast is served overlooking the bay >> Click for more details.

Residenza Luce


A charming bed and breakfast close to Piazza del Duomo, Residenza Luce is also a short walk from the beach and marina. The hotel is renowned for its hospitality – it is one of the most popular places to stay in Amalfi Coast. Parking is available close by at an additional charge >> Check availability.

Dieci Sedici


We had a wonderful stay at Dieci Sedici. Set behind the cathedral in a quiet square, yet only moments from the harbor, this apartment-style hotel is modern and beautifully decorated.

Some of the rooms have sea views and/or a terrace – we had both! Breakfast is served at one of the cafes opposite the Cathedral – a quirky, yet fun touch.

You need to walk through some secret passages to get there. Secure parking is available close by
>> Click for more information.

Villa near Amalfi

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If you want to make the most of Amalfi town’s position on the coast and have space to relax from the crowds, this traditional villa checks all the boxes. 

There are six bedrooms, all with ensuites, plus a kitchen and large living and dining area. If we stayed here I imagine sightseeing in the morning followed by lazy afternoons around the large swimming pool >> Click here for more details.

Of course that is the luxury option! Check out this great value apartment in Amalfi  that sleeps 5 with incredible views of the harbor and consistently excellent reviews >> Click to view.

Praiano – best for tranquility and beach time

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Pretty Praiano perched on the coast halfway between Positano and Amalfi. With arguably the best views on the Amalfi Coast, from Praiano you can see the island of Capri in the distance. Imagine those sunsets!

Praiano is a smaller, less busy town than Positano and Amalfi.  There is no center, simply white-washed houses scattered along the cliff.

It is the town for you if you want a lazy beach vacation. There are several gorgeous beaches that get almost full sunlight the whole day. When you get hungry, stop at one of the many rustic trattorias to try the freshest seafood dishes on the coast thanks to the local fishermen. Try Trattoria da Armandino.

Praiano is an ideal place to stay if you are planning to do the Il Sentiero degli Dei hike – Path of the Gods. The trail starts or ends there depending on which route you take.

For all its beauty, Praiano is a sleepy, tranquil town and it might not be the spot for you if you want a buzzy nightlife and shopping scene.

Bear in mind that while the local SITA buses stop in Praiano they are often full from previous stops at the larger towns, especially in summer. Sightseeing and excursions are not as easy from this spot on the coast.

Where to stay in Praiano

Hotel Piccolo Sant’Andrea

Nestled into a cliff face, Hotel Piccolo Sant’Andrea is a beautiful luxury five-star hotel decorated in contemporary style. With exceptional panoramic views from most guest rooms and its terraces, it may be difficult to tear yourself away.

If you do, the hotel is just a nine minute walk from the beach. The hotel also offers its guests a free shuttle to and from Positano >> Check prices and availability.

Grand Hotel Tritone


Grand Hotel Tritone is one of the most popular hotels in Praiano.At this unique family run property you can swim in the swimming pool or at the hotel’s private beach. The hotel has a beachside bar and in-house restaurant with a terrace featuring traditional local cuisine.

Choose a room with a furnished balcony and views of the sea for the most memorable and relaxing vacation on the Amalfi Coast >> Click for more details.

Hotel Pellegrino

A great value place to stay in Praiano Hotel Pellegrino is a friendly hotel with lots of charm. Rooms are air conditioned and decorated in traditional style, many with views of the coast.

Guests enjoy home-cooked breakfasts and meals with views from the shady terrace overlooking the sea. The hotel has a large garage and offers free shuttles to the local beach >> Click here for more details.

Villa in Praiano – Palazzo Rocco

This beautiful vacation home is close to the beach and enjoys stunning panoramic views. Palazzo Rocco has four bedrooms and can sleep up to 10 people in air conditioned comfort.

All bedrooms have sea views and there is a large living room and terrace. If that wasn’t enough to help you relax, guests are also able to access nearby hammam and spa facilities >> Click for more details.

If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, this 2 bedroom apartment offers spectacular views of the coastline at a fraction of the cost. 

Atrani – pretty fishing town with a lovely beach

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Just a short walk along the coast from bustling Amalfi, the pace slows right down on the cobbled streets of Atrani. The smallest town in southern Italy, Atrani is the place to go for seaside breezes and respite from the crowds of the larger towns along the coast.

A fishing village with lots of charm, the town is built on cliff edges. Houses and hotels are perched high on the hills and from them, a raggle-taggle of cobbled streets wind their way down to the seafront. Along the way are rustic cafes and restaurants serving up the catch of the day.

Atrani has a sandy beach and its relaxed vibe means it is great for families and those detoxing from a fast-paced reality at home.

If you want to do some sightseeing, Atrani is on the major SITA bus routes along the Amalfi Coast and ferry transfers are a 10 minute walk away in Amalfi.

Where to stay in Atrani

Most of the accommodation in Atrani are short term vacation rentals in traditional houses. To search available properties in Atrani >> Click here

In contrast to this rustic and historic village, Palazzo Ferraioli has contemporary styled and air conditioned rooms – most with sea views.

The hotel has an onsite spa and hammam and an outdoor sun terrace with panoramic views of the harbor and sea.

Just a few minutes from the small beach at Atrani, it is also an easy walk to the larger facilities in Amalfi. From there you can organize excursions along the coast >> Click for more details.

Ravello – glamorous relaxing with incredible views

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Perched 365 metres above the sea, Ravello is an elegant and historic town with swoon-worthy views. Over the centuries, writers and artists were entranced by its picturesque landscape and regal villas. Notable former visitors include Truman Capote, D.H. Lawrence and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Built in the 13th century, Villa Rufolo’s beautifully manicured gardens and terraces have grand views of the coastline.  You could spend hours in this garden, lost in the scenery around you. The villa is open to the public and hosts concerts and recitals throughout the year.

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A little further up the hill, Villa Cimbrione is famous for its belvedere –  the Terrace of Infinity (Terrazza dell’Infinito). This iconic small hotel is known worldwide for the view from its terraces. If you can’t stay there, make a booking at Michelin Michelin-starred restaurant, Il Flauto di Pan.

Less busy than its beachside neighbors, Ravello is home to several luxury hotels and has a quieter, more refined glamor. It’s the place to stay for a relaxing vacation without a beachfront.

Where to stay in Ravello

If there is no availability at Villa Cimbrione or you are looking for something a little more low key, try the following properties:

Hotel Villa Maria

Once a Roman nobleman’s retreat, Hotel Villa Maria is a peaceful luxury hotel with many famous clientele. Guests return to the hotel for its panoramic sea views, delightful sun terrace and highly rated in house restaurant. If you fancy a dip in the sea, the beach is a 15 minute walk away. Parking is available on site >> Click here for more information.

La Moresca

Right in the center of Ravello, La Moresca is a gorgeous boutique hotel with views of the Amalfi Coast. The hotel’s nine ensuite and air conditioned rooms are decorated with locally made Vietri ceramics.

A delicious continental breakfast is served daily in the breakfast room and there is an excellent restaurant on site >> Click here for more information.

Maiori – best for families

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Are you looking for a sandy beach spot for your Amalfi Coast vacation? Look no further than beautiful Maiori. With almost a kilometer of wide sand and shingle beachfront, Maiori is a popular place to stay for families and those who like to swim and play in the sea.

Apart from two very small free beaches, the Lungomare Amendola beach is packed with beach clubs complete with loungers, umbrellas and bars. Perfect for long days in the sun.

If you tire of beaching, the town’s medieval streets are home to shops, cafes and restaurants.

Popular day trips from Maiori include discovering local grottos, Roman archaeological site Villa Marittima Romana and nearby foodie haven – Minori.

Where to stay in Maiori

Hotel Club Due Torri

Only a 5 minute walk from the beach, guests at Hotel Club Due Torri enjoy large rooms, many with a private terrace and views of the sea. The hotel offers quadruple and family rooms so it is ideal for a trip with the kids.

A swimming pool, restaurant and bar on site are welcome amenities for those wanting to relax. Parking is available nearby for an additional charge >> Click here to find out more.

Botanico San Lazzaro


Botanico San Lazzaro is a 5-star luxury boutique hotel only 4 minutes walk from the beach. The hotel has an outdoor pool and private beach with sun loungers free for guests. All rooms at the hotel have a sea view, balcony or terrace.

There is a wellness center on site where you can arrange massages or relax in the hammam. After all that relaxing, you can dine on the sea view terrace on local seafood dishes from the in house restaurant >> Click here for more details.

Maiori apartments

If you want the convenience and space of an apartment, Maiori has some great value options close to the beach. This 2 bedroom apartment is just 50 meters from the sea in the heart of town. 

Minori – best for foodies

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Famous in Italy for its fresh pasta, Minori is a food lovers paradise. The small town is known as ‘The City of Taste’ thanks to the pasta, local olive and lemon groves and some of the best restaurants on the Amalfi Coast.

Minori has a small beach that can get very crowded in the summer months as it is blessed by full sunlight throughout the day. Fresh sea breezes keep the atmosphere airy though and it is a lovely spot to swim.

If you want to do some exploring, you can visit the archaeological site at Villa Romana or hike up to Ravello for its famous views. The local ferries take visitors to the other towns along the coast.

When it is time for dinner, Gardiniello has some of the best pasta and seafood dishes on the coast. Dine outside on the terrace covered in jasmine for one of the ultimate Amalfi Coast experiences.

Where to stay in Minori

Villa Romana Hotel & Spa


Close to Minori’s famous archaeological site, Villa Romana Hotel & Spa is a modern hotel with easy access to the beach. A family-run hotel, there is a restaurant featuring local seafood dishes on site and a bar for poolside snacks.

The on site spa features a range of beauty treatments to make your stay even more relaxing >> Click for more details.

Furore – off the beaten path village with great walks

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Furore is built on the side of a rocky gorge overlooking the dramatic fjord for which the town is named. A very small town, it is really just a handful of cottages and a pocket-sized stoney beach.

Lemon trees, grape vines and olive groves blanket the surrounding countryside in a typically romantic Italian scene. The bridge soaring 30 meters above the fjord is a wonderful backdrop for photos but is also the venue for the annual high diving competition. It is possible to do several day hikes from Furore, so the village is popular with walkers. 

Where to stay in Furore

As it is such a tiny village, most people day trip to Furore. If you are keen to stay in the area this villa with a pool has amazing views out to sea. Otherwise, >> Click here for a full range of accommodation options close by.

Conca Dei Marini – tiny secluded village

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Fishing villages do not get more charming than Conca dei Marini. Traditional whitewashed houses are surrounded by olive and lemon groves and the waters of the Tyrrhenian sea laps at its rocky shores.

These days the village is home to several exclusive villas popular with royalty and celebrities due to the remote and picturesque location.

Close by you can visit the Emerald Grotto – a cave where beautiful green light bounces off stalactites – and the pretty local churches. Conca dei Marini is a place to escape from it all. 

Where to stay in Conca dei Marini

Luxury villas are sought after in this area but if you are after something a bit more rustic there are several guesthouses and bed and breakfasts offering good value >> Click to browse and several apartments like this one.

 Villa in Conca dei Marini

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An austere but beautiful fortified construction dating back to the 1500s, this lovely villa is just 15 minutes from the town of Conca de Marini has four bedrooms and bathrooms and has stunning interiors and incredible views.

This unique accommodation has an infinity swimming pool overlooking the coastline and turquoise sea. What an idyllic place to spend your vacation.

Cetara – rustic seaside vibes

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One of the last towns on the Amalfi Coast drive before you reach Salerno, Cetara is a traditional fishing village without pretense.

Each night the local fishermen set out into the Tyrrhenian Sea in search of the anchovies that Cetara is famous for as they have done for generations.

The town hugs a small cove with a pretty sheltered beach. White-washed houses gaze over the scene and lemon groves scent the air.

When it is time to eat, Cetara is also well known for its restaurants featuring the local delicacy colatura – the juice of salted anchovies. It is best served as a sauce for spaghetti. Delicious!

Where to stay in Cetara

La Corte dei Naviganti B&B is typical of the type of accommodation offered in Cetara. Simple rooms and generous hospitality are what you can expect if you book a stay there.

For a list of similar properties, >> Click here for apartments and villas in the area >> Click here.

Best places to stay near the Amalfi Coast

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Staying on the Amalfi Coast was a dream come true for us and we definitely recommend trying to spend at least a night or two at one of the coastal towns if you are in the area.

But, sometimes you just don’t have enough time or you want to avoid the crowds and crazy prices common in this area, particularly in summer. Here are some alternative places to stay close to the Amalfi Coast.

Sorrento – perfect base if you are short on time

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Technically Sorrento is not on the Amalfi Coast. But its position between the famous coastline, Naples, and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida means that it is a popular base for many visitors to the area.

Ferries connect visitors to the Amalfi Coast towns and the islands while the ruins of Pompeii are a 45 minute journey by train or car. Half-day tours of Pompeii from Sorrento are also popular

The city itself is a modern bustling tourist hub that becomes packed with tour groups throughout the day. If your dream is to experience the true beauty of the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is not the best place to stay.

Sorrento is however a great place to stay for those who have limited time and want to visit Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and Herculaneum within a few days.

If you’re after some beach time you can certainly find that at Marina Grande and Marina Piccola too. Sorrento is a big living city so if you’re like me (a little nosy) and enjoy watching the goings on of cities, then you won’t get a better introduction to the southern Italian lifestyle. Hint – it’s chaotic, noisy and fun.

The city also offers a wide range of accommodation. It is much easier to find budget-friendly hotels and places to stay in Sorrento than in Positano or Amalfi.

Where to stay in Sorrento

There is a large number of hotels, apartments and guesthouse-style accommodations to choose from in Sorrento. We chose those that offered something special.

Bellevue Syrene

Classic architecture and modern design collide at the Bellevue Syrene. A stunning hotel overlooking the Bay of Naples, all rooms have a balcony to enjoy the incredible views. The hotel has a small swimming pool and wellness center as well as two world-class restaurants.

Start your day with a full buffet breakfast with views of the sea and wonder about the fabled sirens who are said to live here >> Click for more details.

Grand Hotel Ambasciatori


One of Sorrento’s classic hotels, Grand Hotel Ambasciatori has views across the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvius. The hotel has a private beach with sunloungers and deck chairs as well as a swimming pool and wellness center.

Guests can dine at one of four restaurants and bars at the hotel. The most famous, Restaurant Le Muse serves Italian and international cuisine. The Ambasciatori is only a short walk to the center of town for a quick gelato >> Click for details.

Hotel Mignon Meublè

A small hotel close to the beach and the Cathedral, Hotel Mignon Meublè is a quiet place to relax after a day of sightseeing or island hopping. This is a great value pick if you are visiting Sorrento, the hotel offers a wide range of tastefully decorated rooms.

Don’t miss the daily home made breakfast served on the garden terrace before you head out on your adventures. Sorrento’s ferry port is only a 700-meter walk away >> Click for more information.

Sant’Agata sui due Golfi – peace and quiet in the hills near Sorrento

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Sitting on top of a hill with views over the bays of Naples and Salerno, Sant’Agata sui due Golfi is a pretty town from where you can also see Mount Vesuvius.

We spent some time here last year, attracted by its position close to the Amalfi Coast and easy access to Sorrento, Capri and Pompeii. And its village atmosphere.

It’s the type of place where the owners of the local pasticceria give your kids treats and wave ciao. We loved it.

Sant’Agata has a reputation for excellent restaurants too thanks to the abundant natural produce of the area. It is home to Don Alfonso 1890 a famous Michelin-starred restaurant by chef Ernesto Iaccarino. The restaurant also offers cooking classes. 

Where to stay in Sant’Agata sui due Golfi

Grand Hotel Due Golfi

High on the hills between the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast, the Grand Hotel Due Golfi. Guest rooms and the hotel’s restaurant overlook the bay and the enticing infinity pool.

It is only a short walk into the village of Sant’Agata where you can enjoy the southern Italian village atmosphere. The hotel has a free shuttle bus to Sorrento where you can connect with ferries and tours.

Free parking is available onsite >> Click for more details.

Apartments and villas

There are several hotels in the area and many apartment and villa rentals available. We stayed at one of these, La Dimora and would return in a heartbeat. The photo of Vesuvius above was taken from the roof terrace. To browse all available properties in the Sant’Agata area >> Click here.

Nerano – the secret beach cove of your dreams

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We stumbled across Nerano one day when we went exploring from Sant’Agata. This cute as a button seaside town is hidden away between Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.

It’s just how you imagine this region was in the 1950s. There are colorful umbrellas, rustic seafront bars and turquoise waves crashing in onto the pebbled beach.

Nerano is not the easiest place to get to but I’m sure that’s the way most people who love the place prefer it.

One day I’ll spend a week there splashing in the sea and maybe hiring a boat to cruise along the coast. Maybe. It would be so hard to leave.

Where to stay in Nerano

Quattro Passi Relais

A modern hotel with colorful flourishes, Quattro Passi Relais is a small hotel with views of the pretty Nerano shoreline. When I discovered that the hotel is also the site of Michelin-starred restaurant Quattro Passi, I thought I might move in!

Come for the food, the cute beach and hotel swimming pool – it’s a true gem >> Click for more information.

How to get to the Amalfi Coast

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The closest international airport to the Amalfi Coast is in Naples. From there you can either hire a car, organize a transfer or take a local shuttle bus to the town you are staying in.

You could try to navigate the public transport system – train and bus –  but it is a bit tricky and will take 3-4 times as long. We recommend organizing a transfer if you don’t have a car.

Many companies (like this one) offer very reasonable prices to transfer passengers to towns along the coast at around €30 per person. You can be sipping your spritz in Positano in less than an hour and a half compared to almost 5 hours on the bus >> Click for airport transfer info.

If you are traveling by train, from Naples you take two different approaches depending on where you are staying:

  • For Positano and Praiano – take the Circumvesuviana train from Naples to Sorrento and connect to a local SITA bus or ferry to take you down the coast
  • For Amalfi, Maiori and Minori – take the train to Salerno and then the SITA bus along the coast

Once again, unless you are on a super tight budget, organize a transfer so you can start enjoying yourself straight away. The onward journey is at least another 3.5 hours depending on bus and train connections >> Click here for details.

READ: Our >Amalfi Coast Itinerary Ideas to build your dream trip for 3 to 7 days.

Getting around the Amalfi Coast

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I am warning you, once you have found your perfect spot on this incredible coastline, you may not want to leave. If, however, you want to check out the other towns and compare them to your idyllic paradise then there are a few ways to do this.

Renting a car gives you the most flexibility and ability to reach off-the-beaten-path spots – more on the pros and cons of driving below.

Buses on the Amalfi Coast

SITA buses roll up and down the coast stopping at towns along the way. The main routes are Sorrento – Positano – Amalfi and Amalfi – Salerno. Buses depart at least every half hour. Be warned that the buses are often packed with standing room only (if any) during the peak summer months.

You need to buy tickets at the tabaccherie (tobacco shop/news stands). Tickets are not sold on board the bus.

Amalfi Coast ferries

Ferries along the coast are a more pleasant way to travel between the towns. There is a direct ferry from Positano to Amalfi where you can connect to ferries to Minori, Maiori and Cetara.

Ferries operate during the tourist season from the beginning of April through October. Departures are irregular so the best thing to do is check the timetables to plan your trip >> Click here for the ferry timeable (in English).

There is no direct ferry from Naples to the Amalfi Coast. You need to change at Sorrento.

Private boat tour

The absolute best way to explore this region is at your leisure, without crowds and by sea.

This private boat tour of the Amalfi Coast will take you to the towns mentioned in this article. On your way you see the secret coves and grottoes, crashing seas and spectacular landscapes of this beautiful part of the world >> Click for more information.

Driving the Amalfi Coast

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With twisting and turning narrow roads along cliff faces, the Amalfi Coast road is not for nervous drivers. The road, Strada Statale 163, is known as the road of 1000 bends. There is also the Italian driving style to contend with too.

If you are a confident driver, used to driving a manual or stick shift car and driving on the right hand side of the road, you may actually really enjoy yourself. It is one of the world’s most scenic drives.

Having a car means you have the flexibility to explore special places like Nerano that you might miss otherwise. And oh those views! I jumped out of our car several times (even in Positano) for the perfect shot.

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Be aware that in summer and on weekends the roads are very busy with local day trippers and tourists. In those weeks, taking boat trips along the coast is a better alternative to driving.

Also, make sure to find hotels and villas with parking on site or nearby as that is not always possible on the Amalfi Coast.

The best place to rent a car for the Amalfi Coast would be at Naples airport or Sorrento. We use and recommend Car Rental by to find the best car rental deals for travel in Italy and Europe.

Lastly, don’t forget to make sure your travel insurance covers your car rental insurance excess. Policy costs vary by your country of residence, what is covered, age, existing conditions and the insurer. You can visit Worldnomads for a quick quote. We use this company for our family travels and find the cost, coverage and claims process to be good to excellent.

Another option if you are in the United States is Safety Wing’s Nomad Insurance. Unfortunately, neither option provides policies for those aged over 69. In this case, you can try Travel Insurance Master – a service that allows you to compare quotes and insurance policies.

places to stay amalfi coast

Dreams do come true in this part of the world. I will never forget the incredible week we spent in this region exploring its natural and gastronomic treasures. Already plotting our return, I think we’ll be renting a villa near Ravello to soak up that very special Amalfi Coast vibe. Where will you stay on the Amalfi Coast?

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