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3 Perfect Days on the Amalfi Coast

Golden ray days, crystal blue water, relaxing boat tours along the coast, fresh organic produce, and million dollar views. These are just a few of the reasons the Amalfi Coast is a family favorite destination. Located in southern Italy along the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Amalfi Coast can be found on the Unesco World Heritage list. Come along and see why it may be the perfect getaway for you!

How We Got There

Frecciarossa train from Rome to Naples. (There are multiple train stations in Rome so be sure you go to the correct station)

Circumvesuviana train from Naples to Sorrento. (tickets purchased when we arrived at the station on the lower level) I read stories of tourists getting pickpocketed on this train, but we were fine. The train was more like a city bus. A bit dirty with limited seating, but it was a sufficient cost effective option. On our ride back to Rome there was even a street musician playing as we boarded.  (For a more relaxing transit the ferry is a great option) Watch this video of our trip to view the train and see if it’s a fit for you. (train footage is at the end)

Bus from the Sorrento train station to Praiano. (tickets purchased at the train station when we arrived) They didn’t actually announce the bus stops, so we had to ask on the bus until we found a local that could help us out.

When We Went

Early April

Pros - Less tourists, temperatures in the high 60’s to low 70’s made the hikes up and down those Amalfi Coast steps much easier

Cons - Not great swimming temperatures

Where We Stayed

We stayed in an Airbnb in Praiano. This place had a balcony with incredible views. We could have stayed on the balcony the entire time and been perfectly happy. To watch a video of our stay and snag the link to our top Amalfi Airbnb click here. I've also included a coupon link for $40 off when you register for Airbnb. You can find the link in the description below the video.

To watch a video of our stay and snag the link to our top Amalfi Airbnb choice click here.

Airbnb in Praiano Italy along the Amalfi Coast

What We Did

La Sibilla Capri Boat Tour

This was a trip highlight of our 1 month stay in Italy. We cannot recommend La Sibilla boat tours enough. They were friendly, knowledgeable, and provided a relaxing tour of the Amalfi coastline. Excursions depart from Positano, Praiano, and Amalfi and the Capri tour stops at the white cave, green cave, natural arch, and blue grotto along the way to Capri. You can view a video of our boat tour here.

We cannot recommend La Sibilla boat tours enough. They were friendly, knowledgeable, and provided a relaxing tour of the Amalfi coastline.

Enjoying our Capri boat tour with La Sibilla

Blue Grotto

During the La Sibilla Capri boat tour guests are given the option to disembark into a canoe for entry into the Blue Grotto. There is a seperate fee for this as the Blue Grotto is a cultural site. Once in the canoe, we had to lay back and wait for the perfect timing to enter. If the water is too rough entry to the grotto may be closed, so be sure to check this before you go. 

Blue grotto experience

Monte Solaro 

The boat excursion gave us 4 hours to explore Capri. We immediately grabbed some sandwiches and caught an open air taxi to Anacapri where we were whisked away on individual chairlifts to Monte Solaro. After enjoying the peaceful lift ride and breathtaking views we indulged in some gelato and explored the grounds before riding back down. If you have all day here, you may want to hike back to Anacapri. I’ve heard it is a beautiful path with few crowds.

Chairlift ride to Monte Solaro

Swimming at Marina di Praia and lunch at Alfonso A Mare

The marina has a small rock beach with crystal blue water and several restaurants and hotels nearby. We savored the chicken with lemon and mozzarella rolls from Alfonso A Mare Ristorante while sipping a prosecco and enjoying the idyllic surroundings. 

We savored the chicken with lemon and mozzarella rolls from Alfonso A Mare Ristorante while sipping a prosecco and enjoying the idyllic surroundings. 

Relaxing at Marina di Praia

Explored the town of Praiano

The beach was a 15-20 minute walk from our Airbnb in Praiano. I thought we would catch a bus back, but I forgot to get cash before heading down to the beach. So, we ended up walking and climbing the steps back up to our Airbnb. To my surprise, the girls absolutely loved this walk. It was scattered with statues, blown glass fish in the rock walls, bird cages, little village replicas, and paintings along the way. We even visited an art gallery in a picturesque Rapunzel tower!

To my surprise, the girls absolutely loved this walk.

Exploring Praiano along the Amalfi Coast

Would We Go Again?

Absolutely. This was a family favorite and well worth the travel efforts. We loved it so much that we even dreamed about buying a second home there. We never do that. (we are pretty happy in Montana) Go now...you will not regret it!

Know Before You Go

If you are prone to motion sickness you will definitely need to take a dramamine (or the like) before boarding the bus from Sorrento to travel along the coastline. The girl behind me puked into her makeup bag. Not a great start or end to the journey.

The bus driver tried to charge me double for the bus trip. I knew it sounded too high and went back into the train station to purchase the tickets at the correct rate. It’s good to have a general idea of what things should cost before you get there.

We absolutely loved staying in Praiano. It’s cheaper and has fewer tourists. I was worried that we would regret not staying in Positano but a couple on our boat tour said Positano was way too busy and that we made the right choice. Also, did you see that balcony?






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