The Amalfi Coast lies in the southwestern region of Campania, Italy. For its extraordinary beauty and its iconic medieval cliff-side Mediterranean fishing villages, it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On the beach
In the mountains
The Amalfi Coast is a stunning beauty with its steep sloped lemon tree gardens, coloured terrace houses, stunning views and azure sea. It is south east of Naples starting from Sorrento stretching almost to Salerno. Along the coastline you will find places like Amalfi, Ravello, etc., each of them uniquely beautiful, with much to offer. The Amalfi Coast is a well known secret to German and American tourists and prices are high compared to nearby Naples.
Most trips to and around Amalfi are done by boat, commonly people use Naples as a transit point, but you can also take ferries from Capri, Salerno and Paestum during the summer months. Ferries are a lot quicker and more comfortable than buses - you can find the timetables online but don't bother buying tickets in advance as you only get a voucher which you need to use to collect the ticket on the day, and you still need to queue up in the same queue. Not only that, but you'll need to pay a booking fee which is a rip-off. You can't buy tickets for any future dates, even from the ticket windows in person, and the system is fairly chaotic in that they seem to let you on any ferry regardless of the time you've paid for as long as the destination is the same. If you get easily sea sick, or would just rather take the bus, there are regular services by SITA Coach to Amalfi (1h50) about 4 times per day but these do go around some very hairy mountain roads and can take a long time.
The Circumvesuviana train will get you from Naples to Sorrento and goes through Pompeii and Herculaneum, or there is also a bus that goes straight from the airport to Sorrento. Otherwise you can either take a SITA bus (seasonal) from Naples Airport to Salerno or a train from Napoli Garibaldi station. See more details in the "Get In" section on the Sorrento and Salerno city pages.
Taking your car is discouraged because of the road size and lack of parking. During the summer there may be limitations on the road for tourist buses: e.g. sometimes the road along the coast is one way only for tourism buses from Sorrento to Salerno.
Sita buses go along the coast from Sorrento to Amalfi and from Amalfi to Salerno. Choose the region "Campania" from the website to find the timetables. Tickets cannot be purchased on board but are very easy to find in bars, newsagents, etc. Many people opt to rent the ubiquitous scooters, which is a indeed a good option, if you have previous experience, otherwise the heavy traffic and narrow roads makes this a bad place to learn. Another way is to rent a private driver
The Amalfi coast is renowned for its diversity; every town has its own character and interesting sites. The most noticeable places to visit on the Amalfi coast are:
Be ready and watchful everywhere you go. Keep your valuables hidden on your person. Use a money belt or a pouch on a thin cord (around your neck) hanging inside your shirt top or dress. If in the worst case that you are robbed: make and have copies of your ID and passport, carry them separately. Half the battle is won by being watchful and alert. The other half is won by hiding your money and ID. Travel light. Do not wear flashy jewels and watches. You will be much more relaxed if you take all these precautions. Carry necessary medicine and a small first aid kit.