The Amalfi Coast is one of the most picturesque coastal roads in Italy, and one of the destinations worth being on your bucket list. No matter if you only have 2 days in Amalfi Coast, that’s plenty to make the best out of your trip.
Of course, with that much time you would only be scratching the surface, but that’s just one reason to come back someday.
On my first visit to Southern Italy, I only went on a day trip from Naples to Amalfi and absolutely loved every moment of it. Years later, I came back and spent only 3 days exploring the coast, but actually stayed in one of the towns perched up on the hills.
If you are visiting Italy and plan for a longer itinerary and have only 2 days allocated for seeing the Amalfi Coast, I’ve got you covered. I have put together this easy to follow and comprehensive itinerary and travel guide so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
I’ll answer all your questions from how to get to the Amalfi Coast, where to stay for 2 days, and how to split your days so that you can make the best out of your time.
Additionally, you’ll find information for getting around on the Amalfi Coast, and the most beautiful picture perfect spots.
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2 days in Amalfi Coast – a comprehensive itinerary and things to do
Where to fly for the Amalfi Coast
Let’s start with the basics that will come in handy for those traveling directly to the Amalfi Coast.
You can always land in Rome and spend a longer vacation exploring Rome and the Amalfi Coast. That would be easy to do since getting from Rome to the Amalfi Coast would only take between 1h and 30 minutes to 2 hours by train, and roughly 4 hours by car.
The closest airport to the Amalfi Coast is the Naples International Airport, only 61 kilometers (38 miles) away from Positano, the most popular town on the coastline.
If you choose to land in Naples, check out my complete guide for how to get from Naples to the Amalfi Coast.
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What is the best time of year to visit the Amalfi Coast?
While the Amalfi Coast is a perfectly charming destination year-round, you will want to avoid it during winter when it gets cold and windy, and most restaurants and hotels are closed.
Everything starts to open from March and you can plan your vacation up to November. That being said, the best time to visit might be in May or September in my opinion.
The weather is nice, prices aren’t so high, and streets aren’t packed with tourists as you might find them in July or August.
Which Amalfi Coast town to stay in for 2 days
When you only have 2 days in Amalfi Coast you will want to spend the night in a convenient place. A town from where it is easy to travel around, because you won’t want to waste time commuting from one place to the other.
Positano is the crown gem, the colorful and vibrant small town you see everywhere when you look for the Amalfi Coast.
Staying in Positano is perfect because it is not only charming, but it is linked to most towns and attractions. It will be easy to go for a day trip to Capri, get to Sorrento, and take the bus to Ravello.
Sorrento is another great place to stay in on the Amalfi Coast because it offers more affordable accommodation options, and it has trains, ferries, and buses linking it to other parts of Italy.
Amalfi would be my 3rd option for staying on the Amalfi Coast. It is a bit further away than Positano or Sorrento, but it has boats and buses that link it to the most important destinations.
How to get around the Amalfi Coast when you don’t rent a car?
As mentioned before, if you opt not to rent a car for 2 days in Amalfi Coast, it is easy to get around by bus, ferry, or organized tours.
Sorrento is linked to Salerno by a bus line operated by SITA SUD bus. The ticket price is 2 EUR and you can buy at at any tabbacheria in one of the villages.
During summer expect delays in the bus timetables, and if you don’t take it from one end of the line, you might not be able to hop on the first bus.
Check out the bus timetables here and plan accordingly.
The other option would be to travel by boat.
Admiring the coastline from the water is something worth doing at least once during your 3 days on the Amalfi Coast.
2 days on the Amalfi Coast itinerary
Day 1 – Sorrento, Positano, Ravello
Day 2 – Day trip to Capri Island
Day 1 – visiting Sorrento in the morning
Sorrento is enchanting and will keep you busy for half of the day with its aristocratic vibe, historic buildings, and beautiful marina.
While Sorrento might not be one of the cheapest seaside resorts in Italy, you don’t have to break the bank to spend a few hours exploring it or sipping a cup of strong coffee with a sea view.
Take a stroll in Marina Grande and don’t leave without a few pictures of the colorful buildings and boats. Discover the hidden San Francesco Cloister, get lost on the narrow streets, taste some limoncello, or simply have a coffee in Tasso Square.
The laid back vibe of Sorrento will charm you and will leave you wanting more.
Afternoon – take the bus to Positano
From Sorrento, take the bus or boat and head to Positano.
The charming village is less than 20 kilometers away and you’ll get there in roughly 40 minutes by land because of the winding roads.
Positano is by far the most beautiful town on the Amalfi Coast, and as expected, it’s also the most popular thus crowded. With not so many attractions, you can easily spend half of day strolling on the streets of Positano, climbing its narrow stairs, and enjoying the breathtaking views.
Don’t miss Spiaggia Grande (the main beach in Positano), cocktails at Bar Franco for sunset, the heart-shaped pizza at Chez Black, or the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta with its yellow cupola. Go shopping for unique clothes or souvenirs to bring back home on the main street of Positano, and eat some delicious and refreshing lemon sorbet.
Check out my list of picture-perfect locations, and come prepared to take some of the most beautiful photos to hold as a lifelong memory.
You can even plan for a professional photo session and let a professional local photographer create a memory that will last forever.
Optional: head to Ravello and see the sunset from one of the villas
Although the time is short, you might still be able to fit into your schedule a visit to Ravello.
Perched up the hill, you can get here from Positano by bus. Choose between seeing Villa Cimbrone or Villa Rufolo – with the given time, unfortunately, you won’t have the time to see both.
Villa Cimbrone dates back to the 11th century, is a luxurious boutique hotel, Michelin star restaurants, and an impressive botanical garden that is open to visitors daily from 9 AM until sunset. Most tourists come here for the famous Terrazza dell’Infinito – the panoramic belvedere point.
Virginia Woolf, Winston Churchill, Greta Garbo, and many more famous people have fallen in love throughout the years with Villa Cimbrone, so let yourself be seduced!
Villa Rufolo is a “younger” establishment dating from the 13th century, having been built by a wealthy family with the same name. With such a long history, the location is nowadays popular for its beautiful garden and breathtaking view over the Gulf of Salerno and the Amalfi Coast.
Day 2 – Day trip to Capri Island
Once you get to Capri island you’ll understand why it isn’t hard to think that the charming island located in the Gulf of Naples has been inhabited since early times. You’ll understand also why Tiberius chose to move here and run the Roman empire from the island.
Throughout the years, many celebrities have spent their vacations roaming around the streets of Capri, and some have even bought properties here.
Read my comprehensive day trip to Capri itinerary and plan your trip!
Enjoy a cocktail or a coffee in the main square, climb up Mount Solaro (or take the chairlift), stay to indulge in a romantic dinner, admire the Faraglioni rocks from Via Tragara, and go shopping in via Camerelle.
There are ferries that will get you there when you want to explore on your own, and organized tours linking up Capri with the Blue Grotto.
- By ferry – it can be as short as a 25 minutes boat trip, but you will need to book your ticket in advance because this is a very popular destination. See timetables and prices here!
- By organized tour – a full day trip with hotel pick-up. You will get to explore Capri Island, get to swim in the Blue Grotto, and taste some limoncello on your way back to Sorrento. See more here!
- By ferry – the ride takes anywhere between 50 minutes to close to 1.5 hours depending on the boat you choose. See timetables and prices here!
- By organized tour – explore Capri Island with a local guide, get some free time to let yourself be seduced by the island, and enjoy a delicious lunch. See more here!
From Positano or Amalfi
- By ferry – from Positano, you will be in Capri in just 30 minutes, while from Amalfi the time spent on the boat will double. See timetables and prices here!
Other Amalfi Coast travel resources
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