The Amalfi Coast is one of the more popular destinations for cruise stops in Italy – the colorful villages, sparkling water, and leisurely pace all make for a fantastic vacation. But not every town along the coast has a port big enough to welcome cruise ships. In fact, the largest ports in the area aren’t even technically on the Amalfi Coast. Here’s some information about the cruise ports on the Amalfi Coast, along with the nearby ports that your ship may use instead.
The Amalfi Coast is usually thought of as one collective place, but it’s made up of a string of towns along the sea. Some of them are more famous than others, others are essentially only visited by the people who live in the area. Some are right on the water, others are high up on the cliffs. If you want to get to know the towns of the Amalfi Coast before you plan your visit – either so you can pick the best one to make your home base or so you can plot out exactly which ones you want to see – here’s an overview of the main towns.
Naples is one of those cities that has a reputation as being somewhat challenging. This is a city of gritty Italian reality that couldn’t feel further away from the sparkling towns of the Amalfi Coast – even though they’re right next door to one another. Still, a visit to Naples can certainly be a romantic one, if you’ve done your homework on how to enjoy the city and you’ve planned the right itinerary for you and your sweetheart.
One of the best things about a visit to Positano is that there’s really not much to do – which gives you the perfect excuse to lie on one of Positano‘s beaches and soak up the sun, just like the Italians would. There are beaches of varying size and accessibility up and down the Amalfi Coast, and with a little effort you can find the beach that’s best-suited to you. You’ll need to get out of central Positano to reach more secluded beaches, but even if you stick to the main beaches you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views and an ideal Italian beach day.
When you plan to visit the Amalfi Coast, one of the logistical elements you need to figure out is how to get there and what your options are for getting around once you’re there. Most Italy travel guides will encourage you to take the train for many parts of your journey, so you might think that’s your best bet on the Amalfi Coast, too. What’s more, traveling by bus doesn’t usually have a great ring to it, so you might expect that’s best avoided. Both of these assumptions are wrong, so it’s important to learn about bus and train travel on the Amalfi Coast before you leave home.
In a city as big and busy as Naples, it might be hard to imagine taking a romantic stroll along the water – but the Lungomare, Naples’ seafrong promenade, is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike to relax, listen to the steady rhythm of water lapping at rocks, and (especially at sunset) watch the towns surrounding the Gulf of Naples begin to glow as they light up for the evening.
Whether you’re planning to spend most of your time in Naples with a side-trip to the Amalfi Coast or vice versa, you’d be smart to allocate some time for Sorrento as well. And if you can’t quite choose between Naples or the Amalfi Coast as the best location for your home base in the area, then Sorrento offers the ideal compromise – it lies right between the two, with easy access to both.
The Amalfi Coast is popular with vacationers for many reasons, but easily the top draw is the opportunity to soak up the sun on the beach. There are so many beaches on the Amalfi Coast to choose from, however, that you can easily get beyond the primary (and typically crowded) beaches in the main towns. There are Amalfi Coast beaches that are so secluded you may only be able to get there by boat, but don’t worry – there are plenty that you can reach via the land, too.
The Amalfi Coast drive is among the most famous in Italy. The road winds along the coast, ducking in and out of crevices and coming perilously close to the edge more often than you’d care to admit. Driving anywhere in Italy can be a challenge, and the Amalfi Coast road is especially so thanks to the huge coaches and buses with which you’re required to share the road.
One of the great things about visiting cities as old and constantly inhabited as Naples is that you often get two cities for the price of one. Specifically, there’s a whole other city underneath what is present-day Naples, with underground passages, streets, and markets, some of which date back to ancient Greek times.