Amalfi Coast towns, Positano

Amalfi Coast Towns: where to stay

If you drove along Italy’s Amalfi Coast from the city of Sorrento to the city of Salerno, it would take at least a couple of hours, one-way, with no traffic. During that drive, you’d pass the iconic Amalfi Coast towns of Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and others. But which Amalfi Coast town should you choose as a base? Take our advice below to choose the right fit for your trip.

Amalfi Coast towns, Positano



Amalfi Coast Towns: questions to help you decide where to stay

Before we get to anything else, we need to look at a map. This map has Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano, Praiano, Amalfi, Ravello, Maiori, and Salerno marked on it. (I’ve put the markers in places where they don’t block the name of the town. Therefore, the towns are located where the name is printed, not where the marker is pointing.)

Source: Google Maps

What do you want to do during your stay on the Amalfi Coast?

If you’d like to visit Pompeii, there’s a handy train to get there from the town of Sorrento. If you’d like to visit the island of Capri, the hydrofoil from Sorrento will have you there in twenty minutes, or there are slower boats from Amalfi and Positano. If you’d like to head south and visit the amazing Greek ruins in Paestum, keep in mind that they are a 90 minute drive south of the town of Amalfi. Positano is 45 minutes from Sorrento. Amalfi is another 45 minutes away, and Ravello is another ~10 minutes up the hill.

So first, decide what you want to see and do on the Amalfi Coast (here are suggestions for a 4 day Amalfi Coast itinerary). Then, look at the map and see which towns might work well as a base, geographically.

Amalfi Coast Towns

Path of the Gods hiking trail

How are you going to get around?

Trains do not run to any Amalfi Coast towns between Sorrento and Salerno. Between Naples and Sorrento, there’s a commuter-slash-tourist train called the Circumvesuviana / Campania Express. But to get between other Amalfi Coast towns, travelers must use boats, buses, taxis, rental cars, or their own two feet.

I highly recommend NOT renting a car to visit Amalfi Coast towns in high season. Traffic is nuts and parking is virtually impossible. We have lots of advice on Driving in Italy.

Do you mind crowds?

Many Amalfi Coast towns are busy and can be touristy in high season. So, if crowds bother you, don’t stay in Sorrento or Positano.

Amalfi Coast towns

Do you like high-end hotels?

The Amalfi Coast towns have some of Italy’s nicest and most expensive hotels, so if you want to splurge, this is the place to do it! Sea views, infinity pools, a private beach, and a vista of an endless coastline can be yours. For this type of hotel, expect to spend at least $1,500 per night for a double room with sea view.  The towns of Sorrento, Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi have the most number of high-end hotels.


Amalfi Coast Towns: pros and cons of staying in Sorrento, Positano, Praiano, Amalfi, Atrani, Ravello, Minori & Maiori

Note that before booking any accommodation, look it up on the map. Just because it has a Ravello address does not mean it’s right in the center of town.

Amalfi Coast towns, Atrani


Pros and cons of staying in Sorrento

Pros and cons of staying in Positano

Pros and cons of staying in Praiano

Amalfi Coast Towns, Minori


Pros and cons of staying in Amalfi

Pros and cons of staying in Atrani

Pros and cons of staying in Ravello

Pros and cons of staying in Minori or Maiori

A note on other Amalfi Coast towns

If you’re looking for accommodations on the Amalfi Coast (on, for example), in your search results, you’ll see B&Bs and hotels in several towns I haven’t mentioned above.  You may ask: what about Scala, or Agerola, or Furore? It’s true, accommodations are much less expensive in these towns. But, before you book, look these towns up on a map. You’ll see that these Amalfi Coast towns are up in the hills. Therefore, if you have a rental car or you are looking for inexpensive accommodation, or you would like amazing views, or you are planning a hiking vacation, staying in one of those towns might be ideal.

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