The Ultimate 8-Day Amalfi Coast Itinerary

To plan our 8-day Amalfi Coast itinerary was not an easy task. The entire Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula. Colourful fishing villages, cliffs, terraced vineyards, rugged small beaches, hidden hiking trails have made this area super attractive. However, it is impossible to travel the entire coastal area in 8 days.

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A panoramic view of the Atrani village

So the first things we did was to rent a car. The Amalfi coastal roads have narrow stretches, and in some small villages pedestrian, scooters, and cars share the same small streets. Therefore, we considered to rent a small Car (click for the best car rental deals here). The hotels in major coastal towns are super expensive. But in small inland villages, even up-level hotels are also affordable. During our entire trip, we stayed in this apartment Gocce Di Capri Resort with wonderful view of Capri, sunsets, and even Tornado on the vast open sea.

8-Day Amalfi Coast Itinerary

Our ultimate 8-day Amalfi Coast itinerary included following activities:

  • Day 1: Arrival at Rome and drove to the hotel
  • Day 2: Walk in the rainy Positano
  • Day 3: Enjoy the views in Nocelle
  • Day 4: Relax at the beach of Marina del Cantone
  • Day 5: Visit the famous Villa Rufolo and Ravello
  • Day 6: See the enchanting seaside town Amalfi
  • Day 7: Hiking to Atrani from Amalfi
  • Day 8: Drive to Rome and return our car

If you only have a day for the Amalfi Coast, you can join organized tours since many tours cover several places above.

Day 1: Arrival at Rome and drove to the hotel

There are two Airports in Rome. We arrived at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport. The Airport has easy access to all car rental companies and the pick up process was very easy. Most rental car companies have their offices in the parking building of the Airport. Everything was pre-arranged and we got our car within 10 minutes.

The drive to our hotel Gocce Di Capri Resort was quite easy and gorgeous. The most part was along the SS145. It took us around three hours to reach the hotel. You can find this hotel at Booking.com or HotelsCombined.com.

In fact, there is no lack of hotels along the Amalfi coast. But you might need to book well advance since most affordable hotels could be booked out months before your trip. You can check here to find the best suitable offer. Or, pick one of the popular and affordable hotels below:

  • Hotel Marincanto in Positano centre is suitable for couples.
  • Hotel Fontana in Amalfi is just 100 m away from the port, and bus stops so you can immediately start enjoying your holiday.
  • And Hotel Villa Cimbrone in Ravello is a perfect venue for special events or anniversary.
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Hotel Fantana, Amalfi Italy

Day 2: Walk in the rainy Positano

The cliffside village Positano is well-known for its pebble beachfront, steep and narrow streets, and boutiques and cafes. When we arrived there, it was very stormy. The waves were very high and a tourist boat was struggling to get the passengers on board. Because of the bad weather, we were able to find a roadside parking place. Then we rushed into a café near the beach.

Luckily, a few hours later, the sun shone! We could walked on the stairs that cut in the steep cliffs and see the gentle waves hug the small pebble beach.

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The romantic Positano

Day 3: Enjoy the views in Nocelle

Nocelle, a tiny, still relatively isolated mountain village, sits around 443 meters above Positano. It is the highest and oldest village of Positano.

It is the start and endpoint of the scenic Path of the Gods (a trail between Bomerano and Nocelle). Besides, the small mountain village provides stunning vistas of the coastline. As our family always likes to explore the hidden corners without all the touristic hustle and bustle, we spent a whole day in this small mountain village and lost ourselves in the views that are out of the world.

It is possible to visit both Nocelle and Positano in one day. Then you could add other places to your Amalfi Coast itinerary.

Related post: Nocelle, a Mountain Village of Positano with the Views That are Out of the World

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The Path of the Gods, Nocelle, Positano

Day 4: Relax at the beach of Marina del Cantone

Marina del Cantone is just 10 kilometres away from out hotel. It took us less than half-hour to be there. The small village is a hidden spot and less known by travelers. But, it has two beaches linked by a seaside walking path. A few restaurants offer tasty Italian cuisine at affordable prices. It was mid-October and the water was quite warm. We had a swim in the sea and a lunch with seaview.

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Matina del Cantone, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Day 5: Visit the famous Villa Rufolo and Ravello

Ravello is just a few kilometres east of the graceful town, Amalfi. Founded in the 5th century, it was a shelter against Barbarian invasions when the Roman empire fell. Then, Ravello became an important port of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi in the 9th century. The inhabitants were involved in maritime trade with the Orient, and that gave it wealth and status. Those new merchants of that age had built castles, villas, churches, and civic buildings to present their wealth.

We did a few things there, such as spending several hours in villa Rufolo, having a pleasant lunch at the Garden Restaurant, and walking to the Ravello’s hidden neighbourhood.

Related post: Ravello, a City of Music with the Famous View Over the Amalfi Coast

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The enchanting mountaintop setting and views on the beautiful Amalfi coastline

Day 6: See the enchanting seaside town Amalfi

Amalfi is an enchanting seaside town on the Amalfi Coast. Its colourful houses, the amazing views of the sea, the good climate for almost the entire year, have made the Amalfi the dream summer place for many travelers, including our family.

While the information about Amalfi Coast is available everywhere on the website, we found it quite difficult to get detail information about things to do in the Amalfi.  Originally, based on limited information, we only planned to spend half a day there. But in the end, we spent our entire day there. The main activities we have done in a day are such as beach walk, stunning at the colourful marina, visiting the landmark Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, and Lost ourselves among Amalfi’s traditional streets and alleys.

Related post: Amalfi, the Enchanting Seaside Town on the Amalfi Coast

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The Path of the Gods, Nocelle, Positano

Day 7: Hiking to Atrani from Amalfi

Atrani, a fishing village, is linked to its graceful neighbour, Amalfi. The total area of 0.12 km² and around 1000 inhabitants make it the smallest village in Italy.  Atrani is isolated from main road traffic because it is protected by its houses placed one upon another. Therefore, its ancient character as a small fishing village is well preserved and intact.

As with most villages along the Amalfi coast, steep streets, narrow alleys, and pretty houses are the charms of the village. However, tourists overlook it easily when visiting the Amalfi Coast.

It was not on our original Amalfi Coast Itinerary. When we visited Amalfi, we accidentally discovered this village because we parked our car in Luna Rossa parking house, which links both Amalfi and Atrani. In the usual case, tourists can reach there via SS163. But on the top of the parking house, there is a cliff walkway to Atrani. The walkway is a very impressive and scenic route. It is the best way to explore Atrani.

You can combine Amalfi and Atrani in one day, since the hiking trail is very short.

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Related post: Atrani, an Undiscovered Village with a Secret Scenic Hiking Route from Amalfi

Day 8: Drive to Rome and return our car

The highway to Rome was quite empty on the Saturday morning. Arrived at Rome Leonardo da Vinci International Airport quite early, we were able to return our car on time to avoid punishment. The drop-off place is also in the same building, where we had picked up our car. Since we bought the full coverage, the staff just examined our car roughly and signed off the return process.

Add some popular tours to the Amalfi Coast Itinerary

The Amalfi Coast drive is one of the most stunning drives in Europe. When we were driving, we had to keep our eyes on the road instead of the scenery.

The narrow road winds along the coast for 80 km, some places only allow one car to pass, other places have low or non-existent safety barriers between us  and the rocks and sea ​below. But if you join a tour, you could enjoy the spectacular views without having steel nerves.

Tours start from many major towns. You can check here to find the best offer that suits your budget. Some of the popular ones are:

How to reach Amalfi Coast

The nearest Airport is in Naples. Trains from the Naples central station go to  one of the major towns, such as Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento, and Ravello. If you arrive at Rome, there are trains from Rome to Naples central station as well. Some trains are faster and more expensive than others, so know which one works best for your travel schedule before you buy your tickets.

You can also rent a car at the Naples Airport, or at Rome Airports like we did. Alternatively, you can also rent a car in Sorrento.

Between the ports of Naples, Sorrento, Capri Island, and other Amalfi Coast towns ferries run during the summer seasons. Plan to purchase your tickets well in advance, especially if you’re traveling during the peak summer tourist months.

 

 

26 Comments

  1. Wow! This is an amazing experience. A visit to Villa Rufolo and Ravello is part of our bucket list but having this 8-day trip is just awesome. Thank you for sharing your itinerary. This is helpful for first-time visitors like us.

  2. Our family likes to do road trip and from your description, seems like driving along Amalfi Coast is very interesting. It will be a challenge, too, to decide how many days to spend since those villages are stunningly beautiful. Just like your, we also like to explore the unbeaten path. Nocelle and Marina del Cantone sound wonderful to explore.

  3. The Amalfi coast looks very picturesque. I managed to get a glimpse of it when I visited Naples last year and would like to spend some time here in the future. It seems like a very relaxed atmosphere. Any excuse to eat good Italian food is also a plus point for me.

  4. There is just so much to see and do on the Amalfi Coast. I can spend a couple of months there and still not see it all. But I am happy to see this compact itinerary covering the best of everything that Amalfi has to offer. Plus, we have always been wary about driving those hilly roads. It was smart to rent a small car. Certainly helps.

  5. Amalfi Coast tour in 8 days is not an easy task because of its vast sea area. But in your blog, you have described all things very nicely, I have never been there and I don’t know lots of things before going through your blog. All the itinerary that you put for 8-day trips is really awesome! It will help travelers. I would definitely visit the Amalfi Coast and stay there for a while at the mountain area like Positano which one is famous for its pebble beachfront.

  6. The Amalfi Coast is one of my all-time favorite destinations! I had a single night booked for Positano and, like you, the weather did not cooperate. The next morning when the skies cleared and I saw such beauty, I asked for a second night. I was lucky that it was the shoulder season and my hotel could accommodate. It is forever etched in my memory and your post really brought me right back to this Italian paradise. Now, to book a return trip and stay longer…

  7. My friend did a trip along the Amalfi Coast and it has made me want to do this too, such a beautiful part of the world. Your article is very useful to be able to find places to stay and car rental companies and tours. It’s good to know you can visit both Nocelle and Positano in one day and I would definitely be up for doing the hike to Atrani from Amalfi.

  8. You had me at lunch with a view at Marina del Cantone! All of the views are all so beautiful though that I don’t think eight days would ever be enough for me hahaa. The hiking trail to Atrani definitely sounds like something I’d love to do too and gosh, reading this makes me wanna just book a trip and go. The Amalfi Coast has seriously been on my road trip bucket list for the longest time and I’m for sure bookmarking this for when I finally get to go!

  9. I would rather explore a place thoroughly rather than try to do everything and spend too little time to appreciate it, so for me your itinerary is perfect! With such stunning natural attractions and the charm of the villages I can see how easy it would be to lose yourself in this part of the world for a long time 😀 The Path of the Gods looks especially amazing, as does the ‘secret’ village of Atrani. Count me in!

  10. The Amalfi Coast is an Italian classic that you have to see once in a lifetime. I suggest you also the Path of Lemons, an easy hike amidst lemon groves between Maiori and Minori. The views are truly breathtaking!

    1. Hi Val,

      Yes, the Path of Lemons is also amazing! We couldn’t manage to do that. It’s a pity. Nevertheless, we go to Italy very often and can add it to our next trip. The Maiori & Minori are very close to each other.

      Best regards,

      Mijia

  11. Italy is a country where I could spend weeks together and it would still feel less! I’m yet to head to Amalfi Coast and high atop my wishlist! Apart from Positano and Amalfi, I also want to visit Pompeii in that region. Did you manage to do a stop-over there? Hiking through these tiny little villages looks so adorable, esp Nocelle looks just wow! 0.12sqkm? Wow! That’s very very tiny!

  12. The Amalfi Coast of Italy is one of the regions that has been tantalizingly tempting us and yet at the same time eluding us. On both of our trips to Italy, we could not get there. One of the places that would love to spend some time is the fairy tale village of Positano.

  13. The only time I did the Amalfi Coast (way back in 2009) I rented a car, drove to this area, drove the main coastal road, didn’t stop anywhere and when I did, I hit a parked car at 5mph whilst trying to park up, and that was it. I think I really need to go back and enjoy this area more and actually stop at places this time. 😀

  14. Oh My God! I am planning a trip to Italy in July 2020 and this is the blog post I was totally looking for! Though we will be traveling to Amalfi for 3 days at max! I will be traveling with my parents and brother! Good to note I am also make a trip to Rome from Amlafi because that’s in the plan too! The azure sea looks incredibly inviting and I cant wait!

  15. I was almost afraid to read this blog post. It has been far too many years since we were last on the Amalfi Coast. And this just made me want to go back so badly. We missed Nocelle on our last visit. But then, we also did not hike the scenic Path of the Gods. Driving the roads around Amalfi are not for the faint of heart. But a drive you will not forget! Thanks for the tease.

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