Planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast can be a bit confusing and overwhelming. The coast is dotted with adorable towns, but you have to manage/navigate local transportation systems to visit them. While the local bus that runs between the towns is cheap, it is also slow, super crowded in the summer, and can be difficult with luggage. In my opinion, splurging for a private driver along the coast is always worth it.
I also always recommend to people that rather than moving from town to town every couple of days with all of their luggage, it is much more enjoyable to pick a home-base and day trip. Most people don’t realize that the coast is small and you can easily visit several towns in one day.
For logistical reasons, I typically make my base on the coast Sorrento or Positano (Sorrento is the easiest to reach). From both you can visit all the towns along the coast as well as the Island of Capri (you can read my Capri guide here).
For our days trips, Allie and I explored Praiano, Ravello, Furore, and Amalfi. If you are not sure which towns you want to visit, or if you’re overwhelmed by the planning process, I highly recommend my friend Cassandra at Travel Italian Style. I just call her up and tell her where I want to go and she arranges a driver for the day, gives suggestions as to where we should stop for photos ops and food, and she always has the best food recommendations!
If it is your first time visiting the Amalfi Coast, I would recommend the following day trips from either Sorrento or Positano. If you are staying in Sorrento, I recommend devoting an entire day to Positano (it’s my favorite).
Day Trip One – Morning visit to Ravello, afternoon relaxing at the “secret beach” in Furore, and dinner in Praiano