To link all the municipalities that make up the Amalfi Coast, the road known as “Strada Statale 163 Amalfitana” was created in the Bourbon era and is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy and the world. And no wonder, this winding road carved on a vertical forest has the best views of the Gulf of Salerno that you can imagine, are you up for the adventure?
Driver’s license. As with ID, if you belong to an EU member country your regular driver’s license is more than enough. If you are from outside the EU you will need an International Driving Permit to avoid problems, or a sworn translation of your driving license.
Health card. All EU citizens can use the European Health Insurance Card to cover their basic medical needs. However, I always recommend traveling with travel insurance that includes other key points such as lost luggage, for example.
Travel insurance. Whether you do not belong to the EU or you want to take out travel insurance to cover other needs, I recommend traveling with MONDO. It is the travel insurance I use on my trips and it has always worked great for me, they are very friendly and efficient, and you can contact them through the mobile app whenever you need it. Also if you purchase your travel insurance through this link or by clicking on the image, you will get a 5% discount on the final price.
We have visited the Amalfi Coast twice, the first time was in July 2012 (before the Tourist Boom) and the second time in May 2022. On the first occasion we went to spend a day from Naples and rented a car, notice how everything has changed that on that occasion we did not have to get up early and despite being July we found parking space in blue zone! Now that is history and most of the parking spaces that we will find on the street are reserved for residents, while tourists must pay parking fees of up to 7 € per hour.
If you do not want your stay in this part of Italy to become a nightmare, you should avoid the months of June to mid-September and long weekends. In the winter months it will not be crowded but we do not recommend it either because the days are too short and you will not be able to enjoy the beach, which is a real pity.
If you feel like going to this area, you should aim for April (except for Easter), May (except for the May 1st long weekend) and October. During these months you will be able to enjoy the charms of the Amalfi Coast, without having to worry too much about the crowds, and it will also be the time when prices may be a little lower. However, we warn you that you will not be alone, especially if you travel on weekends because the locals go down to the villages and if it is a good day, they will go to eat and spend the day. We went in May during the communion season and we saw a lot of people booking tables for up to 12 people in the restaurants of Amalfi, Atrani or Minori.
I am one of those who believe that to get to know a place you have to dedicate time to it, and even come back more than once. The Amalfi Coast is no exception, there are many villages to discover and going from one place to another takes time. In addition, very close there are other important tourist destinations such as Sorrento or Pompeii that are also worth visiting. That’s why I’ll tell you that my route along the Amalfi Coast left me wanting much more!
The Amalfi Coast is the geographical area that extends over the Tyrrhenian Sea along the Gulf of Salerno. It is located in the Campania region, south of Naples, in the province of Salerno. It is made up of 15 communes and since 1997 UNESCO has named it a World Heritage Site.
The different villages that make up this coast are connected to each other by a winding and narrow scenic route, so traveling it by land is one of the options. In addition to traveling on four (or two) wheels, you can tour the coast by sea.
Although Sorrento is not part of the Amalfi Coast, for many it is the place chosen as a base from which to tour it. Another alternative is Salerno, at the other end of the coast.
The best way to move between villages, towns and islands is by ferry (they are fast, have various schedules throughout the day and the views are a plus!!!). I leave you a link to check availability and book tickets online: Buy Ferry Tickets in Amalfi CoastThe bus I would avoid especially if you have vertigo. The roads are very winding, narrow, full of traffic (cars, buses and crazy motorcycles) if you can avoid it you will save yourself dizziness and stress. SITA BUS for schedules, frequency and routes. If you know how to sail, you can rent boats and go out on your own! Great plan! And if you are up for it, another great plan is to rent a Vespa and drive along this breathtaking coast, here is a link to book a boat trip along the Amalfi Coast.
When to visit the Amalfi Coast: Summer is the season where you can enjoy the scenic coastline and sublime beaches, but it coincides with the highest influx of tourism which makes it a very busy destination. The ideal months (for weather and visitors) are May/June or September/October. I would avoid July/August if possible. In the winter the days are a little shorter and although you don’t “live” the summer climate of these towns, you can enjoy them with a different calmness. For the holidays it is a very nice destination!