How to get to the Amalfi Coast, Weather on the Amalfi Coast, and general tourist information on Amalfi, Ravello & Positano
It is typically acknowledged as the starting point of the Amalfi Coast coming from the direction of Naples and some 52km away. Sorrento is connected to Naples by road as well as a local train route that connects Naples to Ercolano, Pompeii and ends with Sorrento. Although Sorrento is considered by many as part of the Amalfi Coast, it's actually separated from the rest by the so called Penisola Sorrentina (peninsula of Sorrento) jutting out into the bay of Naples. Situated on a crest of cliffs that crash down into the sea below, Sorrento has grown dramatically as main tourist destination also being the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. The city has regular shuttle boats transferring tourists to the neighboring island of Capri.
On the far side of the peninsula, a 30 minute or more drive from Sorrento depending on how many stops you make to admire the bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvio, you'll arrive into the magical part of the Amalfi Coast and the first main town of Positano. From the coastal road looking down on Positano, following steep inclines and the Moorish-style white houses down to a sheltered bay, it's easy to imagine why this quaint fishing village is the most popular attraction on the Amalfi Coast. With a hydrofoil that can bring you to Capri and walking trails that follow the evocative coastline, many people go no further than Positano when they visit this area preferring to use this town as their base.
But, many more delights await the visitor further along the coast in the important town of Amalfi that was once a major maritime Republic and a notable rival to the Venetian mercantile empire, and higher above Amalfi in the peaceful town of Ravello that boasts some of the best views to be found along the Amalfi Coast. In the Middle Ages, Amalfi had a population of 50,000 people and its towns buildings boast the influences of its trading partners. The cathedral, or Duomo of Amalfi, has an architecture that reflects both Moorish and Gothic influences, in particular the delightful cloisters with their double columns. Like Positano, narrow alleyways lead off from the principal arteries of the town beckoning the visitor to explore them. And in sunny days, wonderful views of the town and coastline await you.
Ravello is perched on a high ridge above Amalfi enjoying stupendous views of the coastline, and along with romantic gardens it possesses the peace and tranquillity that the other towns often lack. At Villa Cimbrone, on the “belvedere of infinity”, you'll enjoy arguably the best view of the Amalfi Coast. Further along the coast, if you're spending a few days in this area, you may consider visiting Vietri sul Mare which is a major ceramics center located about 22km from Amalfi.
How to Get to the Amalfi Coast
We can provide straight transfers between Rome or Naples and the Amalfi Coast or we can offer our popular transfer-tours that combine a transfer from Rome or Naples with tours of attractions en route. You could combine a tour of Pompeii with your journey to the Amalfi Coast. For hikers, we could arrange a stop en route at Mt. Vesuvio to visit the crater of the volcano before arriving on the Amalfi Coast. Customize your vacation to make the most of your time in Italy. Here below you can find some ideas on how to get to the Amalfi Coast.
From Naples you can take the S18 that by-passes Ercolano and Pompeii en route to Sorrento where you'll drive up and over the peninsula on a tortuous road that twists it way along the Amalfi Coast through the southern terminus using the famed coastal highway up to Salerno.
The SITA bus company (telephone: 081552176) provide buses from Naples to Sorrento and the rest of the Amalfi Coast. Journey times and schedules vary throughout the year. Buses depart for the Amalfi Coast from the main railway station in Naples. By train it's only possible to travel as far as Sorrento, then you'll have to take a local bus or hire a taxi.
Where can you find all the tourist information you need on Amalfi? Visit the tourist offices on the Amalfi Coast.
There are some information centers for tourists on the Amalfi Coast where you can find maps and information on tourist attractions and events taking place during your stay.
Amalfi Tourist Office
Corso delle Repubbliche Marinare, 27
Ravello Tourist Office
Sorrento Tourist Office
Circolo Foresteria, Via Luigi de Maio, 35
Capri Tourist Office
Via Marina Grande