The Amalfi Coast is quite possible the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. It’s located in Southern Italy, which makes it a popular tourist destination for the summer months (we visited in late August). The Amalfi Coast features dazzling blue waters, amazing grottos, and crazy cliffs.
That weekend, I felt like I was living inside of a postcard. Everything in the Amalfi Coast is incredibly picturesque. If I had to describe paradise in two words, it would be Amalfi Coast. It’s not unusual to feel like royalty while visiting. I felt like a Kardashian all weekend (Kris and Kourtney just happened to be visiting that weekend, too, so maybe that’s why 😉 )
During our trip, we visited three different parts: Capri, Positano, and Pompeii. And it was all incredible.
I HIGHLY recommend booking your weekend excursion with Bus2Alps. This is a travel company designed for young people, and they took care of everything – housing arrangements, transportation, etc. Our food wasn’t included in the price of the trip, but it allowed us more freedom to try restaurants that we wanted to go to (and some offered an exclusive Bus2Alps discount!) The tour guides were extremely cool and helpful, and we were able to make some friends through the program as well!
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If you’re planning a visit to the Amalfi Coast soon, keep reading to check out my experience and tips!
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Location: Southern Italy
Language spoken: Italian (but English is common since it’s a tourist destination)
Electricity: EU adapter
Weather: When we visited in late August, it was quite hot. However, I returned to Naples (which is nearby) in late November, and it was a bit chilly! It’s definitely a seasonal location. The best times to travel are the summertime. To avoid the tourist rush, try to travel at the beginning (May/June) or end (September/October) of the season.
Sites to See
I’m going to divide this section into each city I visited within the Amalfi Coast – Capri, Positano, and Pompeii.
We would have seen the Blue Grotto too, but it was closed for our trip 🙁 If you’re visiting Capri, keep in mind that it isn’t guaranteed that you’ll get to see this famous landmark of the island. I guess it’s just an excuse for me to go back someday!
After our boat tour, our guides led us up some steep trails and stairs to Capri Town. Here, we were able to take in the absolutely stunning views and get some orange granitas. We stayed here for about 45 minutes to take photos and enjoy our frozen drinks (and because we all needed some rest after the climb up).
Unfortunately, there was more climbing to be done. My legs felt like they were going to give out, but I didn’t even care because I was in the most beautiful place in the world. Thank GOD Bus2Alps provided a bus for part of the way. Finally, we reached the “main town,” Anacapri. Anacapri is the highest part of the island, and also where the main shops and restaurants are located.
Make sure you bring some spending money, because you’re gonna want to do some shopping in Capri. They have small boutiques that sell handmade jewelry, mostly made from the sea’s coral. I bought myself a cute bracelet from a jolly little Italian man (who told us that he wants to visit us in America so that we can take a road trip to Miami). Capri is also well-known for their beautiful handmade sandals. They’re made with Swarovski crystals and I wanted a pair SO badly. However, they’re pretty expensive (ranging from about 50-150 euro), so I didn’t get a pair. But they were just as beautiful to look at!
If you go to Capri please bring me back a pair of sandals.
The Bus2Alps crew then took us for a complimentary limoncello tasting. If you’re not familiar with limoncello, it’s a lemon-flavored liquor. I didn’t really care for it, but you have to taste it while in Capri. After that, they gave us a few recommendations for lunch and we had the rest of the afternoon free.
My favorite part of Capri was definitely going to the top of Mt. Solaro. You can climb it if you have a spare hour and a half (and some kind of will to die after the exhausting climb up to Anacapri), or you could do what we did and take the chairlift up. The roundtrip ticket is 11 euro and is SO worth it. The ride to the top is about 15 minutes.
Guys, when I tell you that the 360 view from the top of Mt. Solaro is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my life… believe it. I was absolutely stunned. I remember looking around in complete awe and disbelief that such a beautiful place could exist. Of course I took photos of the view, but none of them do it justice in the slightest. In that moment, standing at the balcony overlooking the blue seas and incredible scenery, I felt so blessed.
If you’re visiting Capri in the future, make sure you wear sneakers!!! There is a lot of climbing and my feet were killing me by the end of it. The walk down was a staircase that went on for 30 minutes – my legs felt like they were going to fall off. Obviously it was worth it, but I was sore for at least a week after.
The next morning, we took a bus to Positano for a day at the beach. Positano is where the iconic photos of the colorful buildings overlooking the water are taken. The sand is black and rocky, but the water is bright blue and crystal clear. I felt rejuvenated swimming in that water. It was the happiest I had been in a while.
While on the beach, look into renting a beach chair. It’s typically 5-10 euro, but you get it for the entire day. The sand is rocky, so lounging in a chair is much more pleasant. Plus, the chairs have canopies attached so that you get built-in shade.
One thing I definitely recommend doing in Positano is renting a boat. There’s a ton of different companies that you can do this through, and they’re all located right on the beach. We rented a small motor boat (sexy Italian driver included) for 2 hours. The boat was 200 euro to rent, but we split it among 10 people so it really wasn’t bad at all. If you’re hesitant, do it anyway. You’ll be thankful that you did it.
Our sexy Italian boat driver named Rafael took us all over the place. Guys, get your Go Pros ready. Our first stop was a popular cliff-jumping destination. We jumped off the side of the boat into the salty, refreshing water and swam to the rocks. Climbing a giant rock and then plummeting 30 feet into the blue water is absolutely exhilarating. Rafael also took us to swim inside a cave. We didn’t stay there long because it was a little creepy and we psyched each other out by screaming, “SHARK!!!”
In addition to renting a boat, you can also rent a kayak or a stand-up paddle board.
For the rest of the day, we lounged back at the beach and browsed the shops. Positano is well-known for ceramics and lace, so there’s no shortage of souvenirs.
Our Bus2Alps guides recommended a couple of places for us to eat lunch, including Vini e Panini for some sandwiches. There’s a ton of quick places to grab lunch, though, so it’s best to take a look around.
On the last day, we took a bus to Pompeii, the ancient city destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius. Bus2Alps offered a paid 1.5 hour guided tour of the ruins, but we opted out of it. From what we heard, it was pretty boring anyway.
I was super excited to see Pompeii, but I just wasn’t too impressed with it. Maybe my expectations were super high from an amazing two days in Capri and Positano, but I just didn’t enjoy it. One thing I noticed about Pompeii is that it’s been turned into a total tourist trap. In my opinion, it’s pretty ridiculous how they turned an ancient disaster into a money-making scheme. Everywhere we went, someone was trying to sell us something – food, drinks, souvenirs, you name it. No, I would not like to buy jewelry made from the volcanic ash that wiped out an entire city, and I definitely would not like an erotic Pompeii calendar. Thanks.
I didn’t enjoy Pomeii much, but it’s still something cool to see. If you do go, make sure you stop by Pompeii Pizza. The Bus2Alps crew recommended it to us. It’s probably the best restaurant in the entire city.
As I mentioned before, Bus2Alps took care of this for us. We flew into the Rome FCO airport, where the Bus2Alps staff met us. From there, we took a 3 hour bus ride to Sorrento, which is where our hostel was located.
If you’re tackling the Amalfi Coast without Bus2Alps, it’s easiest to get to the Amalfi Coast from Naples. Of course, you can fly there, but it’s also easy (and relatively inexpensive) to take a high-speed train to Naples, and then another train to Sorrento.
From Sorrento, you can take a ferry to any of the towns that you want to visit, including Capri and Positano. Again, Bus2Alps took care of that for us, but they told us that it’s best to reserve tickets in advanced. You can view the schedule and book tickets online here.
While you’re actually in each town, there is a system of taxis and buses available (especially if you don’t want to climb all the way up in Capri). However, it is all completely walkable.
Again, Bus2Alps was amazing and booked our housing for us. We stayed at Sisters Hostel in Sorrento. There were six of us in each room, but we were all with Bus2Alps. Our room was spacious and had a private bathroom attached. We were also served a delicious breakfast in the morning!
If hostels aren’t your thing, there are a ton of amazing hotels and Airbnb’s in the area. I would definitely recommend staying in Sorrento as it’s a very central location. From there, you can easily take a ferry to all of the Amalfi locations you want to see.
You’re in Italy. Let’s be real – anything you eat is gonna be delicious. We were lucky enough to have our Bus2Alps guides point out great restaurants for us, and some of the restaurants even provided a discount for us!
I’m not a huge fan of seafood, but apparently it’s amazing on the Amalfi Coast. The are is also famous for its lemon-flavored liquor, limoncello. You can find limoncello throughout Italy, but it originates from the Amalfi Coast (actually, the Amalfi Coast is known for a lot of different lemon/citrus treats).
As I mentioned, our hostel was in Sorrento, so that’s where we experienced the nightlife. Sorrento is a bustling town at night with a lot of cool places to grab a drink. I believe there are one or two clubs, but we didn’t go to any (mostly from pure exhaustion). We typically stuck with bars.
One place that the Bus2Alps crew recommended to us was the English Inn Pub. They serve food, but we only went to the secret rooftop beer garden. I didn’t stay long, but according to my friends, it was a decent place filled with some strange people.
The other place that we tried out was Seven. Seven is a hostel with a great bar. They served food and one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had called Sex on Sorrento. They were playing loud music but not a lot of people were there. There was also have a rooftop hangout spot. Again, just a decent place.
Writing this post made me SO nostalgic. My trip to the Amalfi Coast was a solid 10/10. I’d go as far as to say that it was one of the best weekends of my entire life. I was amazed by its beauty and charm, and it’s a place that I’m itching to return to someday.
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