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How to Spend 3 Days on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Picture of Gillian McGuire
Updated: 3 October 2017
The Amalfi Coast is a string of 15 towns that are bound by the Tyrhennian sea on one side and the Lattari mountain range on the other. The most well-known of the towns are linked by the equally famous SS 163, the two-lane road that twists and turns for 30 miles. There is an overwhelming amount of things to see and do here so we have created the perfect guide for how to spend 3 days on the Amalfi Coast.

Day 1 – Get Some Culture

Begin your time on the Amalfi Coast by learning about its fascinating history and enjoying the rich cultural offerings. If ancient history is your jam then you will enjoy a few hours in the Roman Villa in Minori. Fascinated by religious relics? Visit the Museo d’Arte Sacra Don Clemente Confalone in Maiori. Make a pre-lunch visit to the art town of Praiano with a stop at the artist’s studio in a tower overlooking the sea as you wind your way down to lunch by the water at one of the restaurants in Marina di Praia.

In the late afternoon head up to Ravello where you should have a drink in the main piazza and take a slow stroll to the magnificent Terrace of Infinity. This town sits so high that you will spot birds flying below. One of the main attractions here is the outdoor concert stage at Villa Rufulo that sweeps out over the sea. For your evening activity book tickets to a show. The Ravello Festival host world-renowned jazz, classical and dance artists. The Ravello Concert Society also holds concerts in historic buildings throughout the year.

Vista da Villa Rufolo
Vista da Villa Rufolo | ©Leandro Neumann Ciuffo:Flickr

Day 2- Island Day

There are three islands that sit in the Bay of Naples. Pick your destination, Capri, Ischia or Procida and then start your day early with a strong cup of Neapolitan style coffee and a sweet pastry before you set sail.

Capri is the most well-known and easiest to reach island from the Amalfi Coast. There are direct ferries from Amalfi and Positano. Once you arrive you can spend your time shopping in the chic boutiques, or exploring Anacapri, making sure to stop for a slice of chocolatey torte Caprese at the café in the Villa San Michele.

If you have caught Ferrante fever than a day spent in the summer footsteps of the novels main character, Elena on Ischia. Find the black sand beach in Maronti and stay for a lunchtime plate of spaghetti. One of the things that makes Ischia so unique is the thermal springs that bubble up from the beach. Spend the afternoon at a spa complex or shopping for souvenirs along the via Roma in the port. There is an early morning ferry to Ischia from Amalfi every day from April until September.

Procida is a tiny pastel jewel. Barely 5 miles long there is still plenty to see here. Climb up to the Belvedere of Terra Murata to get the picture-perfect shot of Marina Corricella and the Bay of Naples. Have lunch at one of the restaurants next to the fishing boats in Corricella before you head back to the port. Stop by a bakery before you get on the ferry and buy a few lingua pastries, a lemon cream filled island specialty. There are ferries to Procida from Sorrento a few days a week in the summer.

Sant’ Antonio – Ischia
Sant’ Antonio – Ischia | ©pululante:Flickr

Day 3 – Lazy Beach Day

After two activity-packed days use your last day to completely relax on a sun bed under the shade of a striped umbrella. In Positano join the hustle and bustle on the Spiaggia Grande or find a quieter spot over in Fornillo. One Fire Beach in Praiano has a party vibe with music and cocktails all day long. This is also one of the best places on the Amalfi Coast to watch the sunset. For a luxurious beach experience book a spot on tiny Laurito beach which you reach by a private boat from the pier in Positano. If you are based in Amalfi, the narrow strip of pebbles at Santa Croce beach has two beach clubs to choose from.

Have a sunset drink along the beach in Positano or in the main piazza in Amalfi and make your dinner and late night dancing plans.

Iconic cliff side homes of Positano
Iconic cliff side homes of Positano | ©Cameron:Flickr