Best things to see and do in the Amalfi Coast in 7 days, including day trips to Capri and Naples (or Pompeii). Discover the region’s most famous landmarks and tourist hotspots – like Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi or Ravello – in our Amalfi Coast 1-week itinerary!
This Amalfi Coast 1-week itinerary is a part of our broader Amalfi Coast travel guide. We recommend you check it out for the best travel tips and the most accurate information on transportation, hotels and restaurants in the Amalfi Coast.
Considering we’ve made the bold choice to add neighboring destinations such as Capri, Napoli or Salerno to our 7-day guide, one needs to keep in mind there will have to be concessions. After wall, one could easily spend double the amount of time visiting the Amalfi Coast without running out of things to do and places to visit.
Still, we believe our Amalfi Coast 1-week itinerary has all the essentials to allow you to fully enjoy a visit to this idyllic destination!
This Amalfi Coast 1-week itinerary will start in none other than Naples, the anti-hero of Italian cities. It’s a rough-around-edges type of place, a world-away from the pristine tourist areas of Florence, Venice or Rome. And yet, it still holds a lot more authenticity than you would find in any of these picture-perfect places. Plus, there is a lot of things to see and do here!
Therefore, if you’ve never been to Naples before, today will be dedicated to the city’s most popular tourist attractions. While it’s true that a single day is far too short for Naples, it will nevertheless help you understand the mindset of a city that is as complex as it is fascinating. Without further ado, we recommend starting with a walk along the Lungomare promenade and visit the Castel dell’Ovo, the oldest among all of Naples’ seven old castles. Historically, there has never been any other city with has many fortresses within its confines! After strolling through the bustling streets of the Santa Lucia district, just get back to the promenade until you reach the Royal Palace of Naples (10€), one of the old official residences belonging to the Spanish Royal Family, who ruled over the city in the 18th century. While exploring the palace’s surroundings, don’t forget to visit the Castel Nuovo (6€), the Galeria Umberto I, built in the same style as the famous commercial arcade in Milan, and the iconic San Carlo Theater (9€ for a guided tour), the oldest continuously functioning opera house in the world, having been active since 1737! Engulfing all these places is the imposing Piazza del Plebiscito, the most famous square in the city.
On your way to the next landmark, make sure not to miss the Spanish Quarter. Previously depicted as a dirty, ugly, crime-ridden neighborhood – the result of the old habits left behind by the Spanish soldiers who used to occupy the area – this district is now one of the trendiest and most beautiful in Naples. After exploring its maze-like street grid and traditional alleyways, it’s time to visit the Sansevero Chapel Museum (10€), a small mausoleum with some of the most intricate, detailed sculptures in the whole world. Follow that up with a quick peek at the Duomo di Napoli, before ending your day at the Palace of Capodimonte (15€), which was built to serve as a Summer residence of the same entitled dudes pricks who already owned a palace like 3 km away (ah, the wonders of monarchy). Right next to the palace, you should also pay a visit to the Catacombs of San Genaro (11€), an extraordinary underground complex and one of the ultimate best things to do in Naples.
As a quick sidenote, and in case you’ve already visited Naples, you may also choose to take a train from the station Napoli Piazza Garibaldi and visit the legendary city of Pompeii (40 minutes, 3€ one-way with Trenitalia). A former roman city which ended up devoured by the ashes of a violent Vesuvius eruption, it is now possible to visit extensive sections that have already been excavated and learn more about what is surely one of the most famous roman ruins in the planet.
Although you will still not be officially exploring the Amalfi Coast, this day will start with a ferry trip early in the morning towards the fabulous island of Capri, one of the most exclusive destinations in Italy!
After disembarking at the Port of Capri, it’s time to start you self-guided tour right away, as you’ll want to make the most of your brief time in this idyllic island. The port is located in the village of Marina Grande, where you can catch a boat to what is arguably Capri’s number one tourist attraction: the Blue Grotto (14€). This sea cave is hugely popular among visitors, mostly due to the way sunlight penetrates onto the water, creating this dancing illusion that the sea is extremely bright and blue. The boat trip to the entrance of the grotto will set you back 20€ (not including the 14€ for admission), which unfortunately means this isn’t exactly a cheap activity. You can book the trip online with Motoscafisti or LaserCapri.
Back at the port, you will start a hike that, as demanding as it might be, will definitely leave you in awe. Your first stop will be in Anacapri, an adorable little town located at the island’s plateau. Filled to the brim with ancient churches and small buildings, it’s a great place for a nice little walk. However, that’s not why we came here! Head to Piazza Vittoria and get on the chairlift to the base of Mount Solaro (12€ round-trip), where you will need to walk for about an hour until you reach the top. Once up there, you’ll be rewarded with a monumental 360º view of the entire island of Capri, the Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Naples.
After making it back to Anacapri, it’s time to visit the village of Marina Piccola and finally swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Once you’re done with the local beach, get back on the main path and visit the Augustus Gardens (1€), a series of decked terraces with great views over the sea and the famous Caprese rock formations called Faraglioni. If you still have some gas left in the tank, do not leave the island without paying a quick visit to Villa Jovis (6€), an amazing archaeological site where the Ancient Roman Emperor Tiberius himself once lived. By the end of the day, make your way back to the port and hop on a ferry to Sorrento, where you’ll be spending the night.
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On the third day, you finally wake up in the Amalfi Coast… well, sort of! Sorrento’s inclusion/omission in the territory of the Amalfi Coast is widely debated and far from unanimous but I think we can let it slide. Be that as it may, it’s time to have fun!
As such, you’ll kick things off with one of the most unique places in Sorrento. If the idea of swimming under the ruins of a 2000-year-old city never crossed your mind before, I guess this will be a first! Located right at the tip of the Cape of Sorrento, the Regina Giovanna Baths is a natural pool surrounded by cliffs right under the Villa Pollio Felice, an ancient roman city founded two millennia ago.
After spending the entire morning soaking in, it´s time to get back in the city and visit Marina Grande, an incredibly picturesque promenade with plenty of shops and restaurants. Once in the historic center, visit the Cathedral of San Filippo and San Giacomo, the most important in the city, as well as the Saint Francis Cloisters, a beautiful garden incorporated into an old monastery. For the perfect farewell, climb up to the viewpoint at Villa Comunale and watch the sun set over the local marina, the Bay of Naples and the majestic silhouette of the Vesuvius.
Today you’ll want to turn on your early-riser mode and enjoy the poster-girl of the Amalfi Coast! If at any point you started developing an interest in the region, chances are that started right after seeing a couple snaps from Positano. Unfortunately, popularity always comes at a price (in this case, literally), which is why everything tends to be dramatically overpriced Positano, especially when it comes to hotels and restaurants. That being said, and in order to spare your budget, our Amalfi Coast 1-week itinerary recommends that you take either a bus or a ferry from Sorrento very early in the morning and then proceed towards the town of Amalfi by the end of the day. Positano will be experienced in the in-betweens.
Don’t fret – it will be enough! After all, Positano isn’t exactly a place filled with items to cross off your bucket-list, but a destination to be experienced on a much slower pace. Here, the best you can do is to just wander through the winding streets and discover new viewpoints while taking picture after picture to your heart’s content. You can swim at the Marina Grande Beach and visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, but the truth is that a single morning is enough to get to know Positano, even if you’re dragging a bit. For that reason, we suggest doing something entirely different for the afternoon.
Considered the most breathtaking hike in the entire Amalfi Coast, the 6km path uniting the unexpected towns of Nocelle and Bomerano is packed with incredible panoramic views and hidden caves. They call it the “Path of the Gods” although the dirt road was originally created to facilitate the passage of working donkeys/mules carrying passengers and goods between the small villages in the area. That is the ultimate beauty behind this hike, as it allows you to travel back in time and experience the way people actually moved between places before cars and road travel. Once the trek comes to an end in Bomerano, you can get on a bus to our next destination.
Considering the entire coast in named after Amalfi, it´s easy to understand that, from an historical and cultural point-of-view, this is the most important town in the region. However, do not expect to find your average big-city! Quite the opposite, as much like its neighbors, Amalfi is also a lovely little village by the sea.
In fact, that’s precisely where your day will start, with a slow morning walk along the Amalfi Marina before going up the hill towards the San Andrea Fountain and the striking Duomo di Amalfi, the most spectacular church in the coast. Take some time to explore the center before capping off your morning at the neighboring town of Atrani, one of the region’s hidden gems. Keep in mind “neighboring town” is a pretty relative term here in the Amalfi Coast, as both municipalities are just 1km away from each other. Once in Atrani, visit the San Salvatore de Birecto Church and enjoy the view from the Tower of Ziro.
In the afternoon, hop on a bus and specifically ask the driver to drop you off at the bridge over the Fiordo di Furore. Despite its rather dramatic name (fjord), this is actually one of the best beaches in the entire Amalfi Coast. Hidden inside a small canyon, it is the perfect place to rewind after a busy morning. Once you’re ready to go back, just wait at the bridge and flag any bus heading to Amalfi.
With your adventure coming to an end, this will officially be your last day in Amalfi lands. However, and for a proper farewell, you’ll be visiting one of the prettiest towns in the region.
That being said, your day will start with a short bus trip to Ravello. Despite being extremely small, Ravello is just equally as picturesque, rewarding visitors with some of the most ludicrously awe-inspiring viewpoints one can find in our Amalfi Coast 1-week itinerary. There are two specific places that helped put Ravello on most tourist maps… curiously, two historic villas: Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo (7€ each). Both provide excellent views over the sea and the surrounding hills, well-cared gardens, amazing terraces and religious cloisters. Between these villas, take the time to visit other local landmarks such as the Church of the Annunziata and the Duomo di Ravello.
After lunch, we suggest doing a short trek on the Valle delle Ferriere (Valley of the Blacksmith, in Italian), a nature reserve with several waterfalls and cascades. It’s the ideal place to escape the early afternoon scorching sun, as the dense vegetation helps provide some much-needed shade and respite. From there, it is possible to walk your way back to Amalfi in about 30 minutes. By the end of the day, it’s time to leave the Amalfi Coast behind and make your way to Salerno, where you’ll be spending the last night of your trip.
Sadly, the time has come to close the curtains on our Amalfi Coast 1-week itinerary. However, before boarding your final train towards Naples for the return flight, you’ll still have a few hours to explore Salerno.
Since you won’t have much time, we recommend starting right away with the Arechi Castle (4€), possibly Salerno’s most prominent site. Besides its historical significance, the views are definitely worth the visit as well! Back to the shore, make a quick detour to see what’s left from the old Medieval Aqueduct, before arriving in the fabulous Salerno Cathedral. Built in honor of Saint Matthew, the city’s patron saint, its interiors are an absolute must!
With your time quickly coming to an end, say goodbye to Salerno with a walk along the Lungomare promenade and the garden from Villa Comunale, before capping off your holiday at the Port of Salerno. A symbol of so many travels and farewells, I can’t think of a more suitable place to lay your trip to rest.