My start to the Amalfi coast was a little rocky, but it comes hand in hand with travel. You need to accept that plans will fall through and sometimes wait for long periods of time for connections and transfers.
Unfortunately my rocky start was my own fault. I ended up getting off at the wrong stop and had to get a taxi as oppose to a bus. This ended up costing me a pretty penny as I didn’t realise that Amalfi was quite some distance away from Positano and Sorrento.
I’m sure in the day time the sight of the coast would have been mesmerizing. I could not see anything that late at night apart from the speeding taxi having some near misses with other cars, pedestrians or anything else that dared get in the way as he sped along the winding road. Not ideal if you suffer from car sickness.
The hotel we had chosen was in the main square right opposite the massive cathedral in the duomo square. I liked the location we had chosen in Amalfi but if I did not have as much time on the coast as I did, I would recommend to stay in Positano. It is a little more touristy than Amalfi but with tourists comes better infrastructure, closer to Capri and cheaper to get ferry connections.
I spent time in Capri, Raffello and Positano and ate A LOT of gelato. It had come to the point where I was indulging in two gelatos every day which is a must do when you are in Italy in general. I would recommend to visit all these towns as they are all beautiful in their own right. If you are game there are a few hiking trails up the mountains between Positano and Amalfi. I decided not to go on the hike as i was struggling with the humidity and heat as it was walking around town, let alone a massive hill!
HOW TO GET THERE?
To get to the Amalfi coast by pubic transport will require you to catch a train from Naples. If you are going to Positano – catch the circumvesuviana line to Sorrento and then catch a bus to Positano. Be careful as the buses do stop at around 10.30pm at night from Sorrento. The train ride takes roughly 40 minutes.
If you are going to Amalfi, you are better off catching the train to Salerno as it is closer to Amalfi and then catching a ferry or bus to Amalfi.
From Amalfi, there is a regional train that goes all the way to Rome at 11.40am from Salerno but any time after that you will need to change at Naples to catch a connecting train.
I ended up stopping over to Pompeii on my way through to Rome. If this is an option for you, it is good to know that you can leave you bags at Pompeii for free at both entry ways at Pompei. There is also an option to leave your bags at the train station or cafe near the train station for roughly 2.50 euros.
If you are coming from scavi pompeii train station, it is better to walk your bags up to pompeii and transfer to the circumvesuviana line as after a certain time the trains from this station does not go to Naples. There are two Circumvesuviana pompeii train stations at Pompeii – one is 300 m from the entrance of pompeii and the other is closer to the Scavi entrance to Pompeii just behind the big church in the main square. The walk between train stations is roughly 15 – 20 mins. The other train station stop on the circumvesuviana line stops roughly 300 m from the entrance so if you do have any difficulties with your luggage that may be the easier route.
I definitely recommend visiting Pompeii and seeing the ruins. The place is massive so don’t forget to bring water, comfortable shoes and don’t be surprised if you get a bit dusty. I actually would recommend a tour guide in Pompeii as they will take you to the sites worth noting and will bring the place to life. We ended up walking around trying to find the sites we wanted to see and it is easy to get a little lost there. I ended up spending roughly 4 hours there so make sure you leave around 3- 6 hours minimum to explore the ruins.