Enchanting Amalfi Coast Adventure: A 6-Night Itinerary

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Stephanie MacKnight

  • Amalfi Coast

  • Italy

  • Nature Escapes

  • Food & Wine

  • Insta-Worthy

  • Small Town

  • Coastal

An aerial view of the sea at daytime.
Curator’s statement

The Amalfi Coast is a dreamy Italian coastline along the Mediterranean Sea, made of high clifftop towns with breathtaking views and enchanting ocean coves. Spending a few nights in different towns along the coast will give you the ultimate feel for seeing what the coastline is all about and why it is such an alluring traveler destination. The vibrant towns are full of artisan shops and restaurants, with stunning views and small fruit-lined terraces everywhere.

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Day 1: Arrive in Positano

Positano view

Travel by ferry from Naples to Positano. You'll avoid a windy car or bus ride and get to see your first glimpse of this town when pulling in by boat.

Arrange for your hotel to pick up your luggage ahead of time with the luggage cart service, and get ready for a steep but short walk up a long staircase, if you're staying at Hotel Montemare. Take in the views while you make your way to the top and check into your hotel overlooking the epic view you just climbed.

Take it easy and relax at the hotel before going out to dinner. If you're staying at Hotel Montemare or on the west side of the cliff, take a stroll down the road to Da Vincenzo Positano 1958 to enjoy a wonderful dinner. The wait can be long, so order a glass of wine while you wait and soak in the fact that you're in the iconic town of Positano.

Day 2: Beach Day


What's a trip to the Amalfi Coast without a beach day? Instead of heading to the main, most popular beach of Positano, try a more secluded, laid back beach, like Fornillo Beach. The walk to this beach is part of the fun, where you'll travel down rock staircases and take in the coastline views along the way.

Reserve a beach chair and you'll have your pick what spot you want to sit under an umbrella to spend the day. Order food/drinks from F.lli Grassi and enjoy them while you take in the sea views from your beach chair.

After you've had some refreshments, go for a swim! The beach club has floaties available for use so you can relax on the water.

When you've had your fill of a beach day, head back up to your hotel for some downtime. Order from the hotel's restaurant for dinner, or walk to a local spot for an evening out.

Day 3: Explore Positano's shops & travel to Amalfi

Local food of Positano

In the morning, enjoy your breakfast at the hotel with your last breathtaking view of this town from above. Then take a stroll down Positano's main road leading to the beach. On this walk, you'll get to see several shops along the way with photo ops and rest at a sit-down spot for lunch.

From the west side of town, walking down the hill, you can find some artisan shops and quick-bite food. Grab a panino or gelato from Positano Pizza Delivery or Latteria Mini Market for the road. You'll see places like Boutique Francesco Positano and Nana Postiano with boutique clothes and shoes.

As you continue your walk down the road, take advantage of the beautiful scenery through some window-like viewpoints.

After you've made your way down the hill and had your fill of shopping, relax at Ristorante Max Positano or La Zagara for lunch. Take your time, order an after-lunch espresso and continue on to the end of the road to the beach to check it out. This is Positano's most popular beach, so it will have the biggest crowd. You'll see why the secluded beach was a more enjoyable beach day, especially in peak season.

Having arranged for your hotel to bring down your luggage to the ferry port at the specified time, it's now time to board your ferry and head to Amalfi.

When you arrive in Amalfi, you'll take the hotel's free shuttle to check in. Settle into the new hotel you'll be staying at for the next two nights and walk around to get acquainted with the new place and what it has to offer.

Having just come from another hotel on a travel day, take the time to wind down at your new hotel with dinner at the on-site restaurant or try one very close by.

Day 4: Boat day


You've seen the Amalfi Coast by ferry, but now it's time to see it on a semi-private small boat tour! Book a small boat tour where you'll be able to see the coastline much more closely and snorkel in the clear blue waters.

You'll spend the day seeing small enchanting coves and beaches, like Fiordo di Furore. You'll get to snorkel near a small cave, and swim up to a beach where you can find all sorts of sea glass - smooth little rocks -like pieces with vibrant colors made from glass bottles.

After your day of seeing the coastline up close, take the rest of the afternoon to relax and then head out to the town of Amalfi for dinner and a night stroll.

Walk around the Duomo di Amalfi, and head up the hill to explore the shops through the alleyways up ahead. Stroll down the twinkly light, tree-lined Corso Delle Repubbliche Marinare with a gelato in hand.

Day 5: Cliffside beach club & travel to Capri

Capri coast, rock formations and boats.

After morning breakfast, head to a beach club, or, if you're staying at Hotel Miramalfi, climb down the cliffside stairs to the beach club. You'll sit right at the water's edge and be able to jump right into the ocean or use the ladders along the rocks. Here is a perfect spot for a morning swim to wake you up for the day. The pool is also cliffside, if you prefer to float there instead of the open water.

After your morning swim, get ready to move on to your next location: the island of Capri. Board another ferry and sail over to this picturesque island with blue water beaches and high mountaintops. Take the evening to rest at your hotel, getting acquainted with your new home for the next two nights.

Day 6: Explore Anacapri by foot

Capri port featuring traditional buildings and boats.

If you're staying at Caesar Augustus in Anacapri, you're in the perfect spot to explore the town by foot. Anacapri is located on the mountaintop of Capri, where you will find sweeping views and boutique shopping streets.

First, take the short walk over to the Monte Solaro Chairlift, where you'll take a single-person chair lift to the very top of the mountain. At the top, take in the scene with an Aperol Spritz from the bar, and walk around the grounds of the old fortress of Monte Solaro.

Once you make your way back down to Anacapri on the chair lift, stroll through the streets to find lunch, get a souvenir from shops around Piazza Vittoria, and see the Siren murals around the sides of the buildings along the way.

Day 7: See the iconic blue waters of Capri & depart

Streets of Capri

In the morning, book an early tour to see the Blue Grotto, or spend your last hours at Spiaggia di Marina Piccola - a small beach with rental chairs and tall mountain rock views.

Say goodbye to the Amalfi Coast and get on your last ferry headed back to Naples. From there, you can take a train to Rome or fly out of the Naples Airport.

Need to Know

This guide will take you through three towns of the Amalfi Coast over the course of a week. It's the perfect adventure to get a taste of the coast and find out where you'd like to explore and spend more time in on your next trip there!

For more travel tips, check out my Fora's guide to the Amalfi Coast: Spend 6 Days in Paradise on Italy's Amalfi Coast.

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