Last updated on January 29, 2024 by Stefano Ferro, founder of MEL365, following extensive travelling in Naples and Amalfi Coast

3 epic itinerary options for 7 days in Amalfi Coast

What is the best Amalfi Coast itinerary in 7 days?

I do not have a quick answer because it really depends on the type of trip you are planning to have. This could be a romantic one with your partner, a getaway with your family and kids or you just want to experience as much as possible.

In this guide, you will find 3 itineraries with a day-to-day plan that I have drafted based on your kind trip.

But let’s dig into it.

Amalfi Coast itinerary 7 days – In a nutshell

Seven days on the Amalfi Coast will allow you to explore a lot, including a few iconic destinations like the Vesuvius, Pompeii, Sorrento or Capri.

I personally suggest splitting your stay between 2 or more accommodations to experience the towns both during the day and the night.

For families, you may want to book only one accommodation and explore from there. 

Map of the attractions and things to do
Map of the attractions and things to do
  • Amalfi Coast itinerary 7 days for couples: this is one of the most romantic areas of Italy. I have organised an itinerary to keep you busy with some stunning walks and boat trips, leaving enough time to chill out at the beach. My first trip to the Amalfi Coast was back in my late 20s with my half. One of the most memorable times of my life. Keep reading below for the day-to-day plan for a trip with your partner.
  • Amalfi Coast itinerary one week for everything: As a rule of thumb, the more you move around, changing accommodations, the more you will experience. In this itinerary, I suggest changing accommodation every 2/3 days. Start in Positano (3 days), then move to Sorrento (2 days) and finally to Capri (2 days). Read below the detailed day-by-day plan
  • Amalfi Coast itinerary in 7 days for families: in this case, I suggest staying in a place and exploring from there. I am not anymore in my 20s, I now travel with a small kid and I fully understand how moving with bags can be hard. I have, however, added in the below itinerary for family also an optional 2 days in a second location which I highly suggest.

You don’t need to rent a car if you are only touring the Amalfi Coast.

Renting a car is recommended if you are planning to travel to other destinations, like Puglia or Sicily.

My guide to getting around the Amalfi Coast has links to bus, train and ferry timetables.

A few of the below itineraries include organised day trips with free cancellation policies, which gives great peace of mind.

Impressive gorge in the Sorrento cliff
Impressive gorge on the Sorrento cliff, now used to go to the beach

Amalfi Coast itinerary 7 days for couples

The Amalfi Coast is undoubtedly one of the most romantic areas of Italy, if not the world.

Without stressing too much, I suggest here splitting the 7 days in Amalfi coast between 2 accommodations, in Positano (3 days) and Sorrento (4 days)

Besides being both charming and picturesque towns, they are also well-connected to the major attractions in the area.

From Naples Airport, you can book this great value Shared Transfer Van directly to Positano.  

You could also opt for public transportation but you would have to change three times (bus+train+bus), unfortunately painful.

From Sorrento, you can go back to the airport by direct Curreri Viaggi bus.

7 days in Amalfi Coast for couples
7 days in Amalfi Coast for couples

Here is a quick summary of action in the below table. More details follow

DayHotelActivitiesLunch/Dinner
Day 1Nunziata
(Positano)
1. Stroll through Positano
2. Visit the main beach
3. Walk to Fornillo Beach or Arienzo Beach
Lunch: Posides Cafe
Day 2Nunziata
(Positano)
1. Ferry to Amalfi
2. Ferriere Valley walk
3. Visit Duoglio Beach
Lunch: Dejavu Cafe or Lido di Ravello
Dinner: Li Galli or Mirage Restaurant
Day 3Nunziata
(Positano)
1. Vespa Tour on the Amalfi Coast
Day 4Nunziata
(Positano)
1. Capri and Sorrento Coastal Tour visit OR
2. Ferry to Cetara and explore
Lunch: Spadone (Cetara)
Day 5Palazzo Marziale
(Sorrento)
1. Ferry or bus to Sorrento
2. Visit Vallone dei Mulini
3. Swim at Bagni Salvatore
4. Sunset at Bagni Regina Giovanna
Lunch: Bagni Salvatore
Day 6Palazzo Marziale
(Sorrento)
1. Visit Ieranto Bay
2. Bus to Nerano
3. Walk in the Natural Park
Dinner: 86 Bistrò
Day 7Palazzo Marziale
(Sorrento)
1. Relax at Bagni Salvatore OR
2. Half-day tour to Pompeii OR
3. Full-day trip to Procida and Ischia
7 days in Amalfi Coast for couples – A quick table summary
  • Day 1 Positano: Based on the time of your arrival, take a stroll through Positano and its shopping streets. Posides Cafe is a great place for lunch. Explore the main beach in the afternoon, and then walk along the coastal trail to the quieter Fornillo Beach. The boutique Arienzo Beach is also 700 meters away.
  • Day 2 Positano: Go to Amalfi by ferry. Enjoy a walk in the Ferriere Valley, between gorges and waterfalls (do it yourself with the free MAPS.ME app). Get on the local boat (2-3euro) in the afternoon to Duoglio Beach, which is backed by an impressive cliff. Then, walk up the stairs until you reach the main road and take the bus back to Positano.
  • Day 3 Positano: join the Vespa Tour on the Amalfi Coast, the real Italian way to explore the area, it can’t get more memorable than that
  • Day 4 Positano: Get ready for a Capri and Sorrento Coastal Tour with a visit to the Blue Grotto. Alternatively, take the ferry to Cetara, a town off the beaten track. Weekends and August are still busy, but other than that, everything is more secluded. Once you arrive, book your sunbeds on the beach, then explore the old town in the late morning. Have lunch at Spadone.
  • Day 5 Sorrento: Take the ferry or the bus to Sorrento in the morning. Once checked in, visit the Old Centre starting from the fascinating and unique Vallone dei Mulini (Mills’ Valley), where the abandoned mills are now surrounded by trees and plants. For a swim, head down to the Bagni Salvatore (accessible by lift), a real gem of Sorrento where you can also have a bite or two. Looking for a sunset place? Go to the Bagni Regina Giovanna (3km from Sorrento), an ancient Roman villa with a natural pool down the coast.
  • Day 6 Sorrento: The Ieranto Bay on the peninsula has some of the most amazing views of Capri and is one of the most beautiful locations on the peninsula for those seeking a chill-out place. With stunning turquoise water, the beach is a real heaven, although on the boutique size. Try to make it as early as possible to share it only with a few people. The place gets busy during the weekend and in August, but it is otherwise off the beaten path during the week. To get there from Sorrento, take the bus to Nerano and have a walk in the Natural Park following the well-marked path.
  • Day 7 Sorrento: If you do not have an early flight, you can think of either taking a relaxed time down at the Bagni Salvatore, joining a half-day tour to Pompei with a skip-the-line ticket or joining a whole day trip to Procida and Ischia

Great Accommodations in Positano and Sorrento

Amalfi Coast itinerary one week for everything

If you are on an active trip, trying to see and experience as much as possible, I suggest splitting your trip between 3 locations: Positano (3 days), Sorrento (4 days) and the island of Capri (2 days).

7 days in Amalfi Coast for everything
7 days in Amalfi Coast for everything
DayHotelActivitiesLunch/Dinner
Day 1Nunziata
(Positano)
1. Explore Positano shopping streets
2. Visit the main beach
3. Walk to Fornillo Beach or Arienzo Beach
Lunch: Posides Cafe
Day 2Nunziata
(Positano)
1. Ferry to Amalfi
2. Bus to Agerola & walk Path of the Gods OR
3. Local boat to Duoglio Beach
Lunch: Dejavu Cafe
Dinner: Li Galli or Mirage Restaurant
Day 3Nunziata
(Positano)
1. Vespa Tour on the Amalfi Coast OR
2. Ferry to Cetara and explore
Lunch: Spadone (Cetara)
Day 4Palazzo Marziale
(Sorrento)
1. Ferry/bus to Sorrento
2. Visit Old Centre & Vallone dei Mulini
3. Swim at Bagni Salvatore
4. Sunset at Bagni Regina Giovanna
Dinner: 86 Bistrò
Day 5Palazzo Marziale
(Sorrento)
1. Organised Day-Tour to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
Day 6Capri1. Ferry to Capri
2. Leave bags at the accommodation
3. Walk the Sentiero dei Fortini Borbonici
Dinner: Ristorante D’Amore
Day 7Capri1. Explore Capri with a minivan bus network OR
2. Boat tour around the island coastline
Lunch: Marina Piccola
7 days in Amalfi Coast itinerary to explore the most – A quick table summary

Here is a detailed busy plan for the trip.

  • Day 1 Positano: Spend some time exploring Positano’s shopping streets in accordance with your arrival time. A great lunch spot is Posides Cafe. Walk to the quieter Fornillo Beach after exploring the main beach. Alternatively, there is also a boutique beach called Arienzo Beach, just 700 meters away.
  • Day 2 Positano: Go to Amalfi by ferry to explore the town and have lunch. In the afternoon, you have two possibilities. The active option is to take the bus to Agerola (Bomerano) and from there, walk back to Positano through the Path of the Gods. You will enjoy stunning views all the way through. You can easily do it yourself with Goolge Maps or, even better, with the Maps.me app (download the maps and work offline because the signal can be poor in a few spots). Than, there is the chilled-out option, take the local boat (2-3euro) to Duoglio Beach, a small beach under an impressive cliff. For the way back to Positano, walk the stairs up to the main road and grab the bus back (no need to go back to Amalfi).
  • Day 3 Positano: The Vespa Tour on the Amalfi Coast is one of the best Italian-style experiences you can take in the Amalfi Coast, a day tour that you will remember forever. Alternatively  consider taking a ferry to Cetara, an off-the-beaten-track town. It’s still busy on weekends and in August, but otherwise things are more secluded. If you arrive early enough, book your sunbeds on the beach and then explore the old town  and organise your lunch at Spadone
  • Day 4 Sorrento: Early in the morning, take the ferry or bus to Sorrento. Visit the Old Centre after checking in, and explore the Valley of the Mills (Valle dei Mulini) a fascinating place where trees and plants are surrounding the old buildings. Head over to Bagni Salvatore (accessible by lift), a real gem of Sorrento, and enjoy a swim and a bite as well. Are you looking for a sunset spot? Visit Bagni Regina Giovanna (3km from Sorrento), an ancient Roman villa with a natural pool on the coast.
  • Day 5 Sorrento: this is a big day with two of the most fascinating destinations in the area, Pompeii and the Mount Vesuvius. The best way to do both in a day is by joining this Organised Day-Tour from Sorrento that will pick you up in the morning. You will skip the line and visit Pompeii with a guide. Then it will be time to drive of the Mount Vesuvius. With a 30 minutes walk, you will go up to see the crater, pretty amazing if you ask me.
  • Day 6 Capri: Time to take the ferry to Capri where you will spend the last two nights. Leave your bags at the accommodation and go for the Sentiero dei Fortini Borbonici (Path of the Bourbon Forts), a great walk that follows the west coast of the island.
  • Day 7 Capri: explore the island. There are two ways, do one or both. Join this well-priced minivan bus network to move around and explore on your own. Alternatively, take this boat tour around the island coastline to see also the White Grotto and the Green Grotto.

If you are wondering where to stay in Capri for a fabulous view you should check out La Reginella, meanwhile, the best places to stay in Positano for sunset are on the south side of the town.

Accommodations and experiences

There are other great places to stay in Sorrento, also more on the budget if you are happy to stay out of the historical centre.

Amalfi Coast itinerary 7 days for families

Families will find Maiori to be one of the best destinations along the Amalfi Coast. You can easily spend a week there without getting bored.

There is no better place to relax than on the sandy beach. Its large and wide size will appeal to kids and parents too.

The lovely beach of Maiori
The lovely beach of Maiori

There are two sections on the long beach, divided by a narrow channel. The central parts of both have better sand, without stones or pebbles.

For a day or two, you can rent sunbeds at Villa Hermosa.

Another option is to rent a boat, which can take you to the hidden coves and beaches that you cannot reach on foot

Children can also enjoy a swing at the small playground.

The Lemons Walk (Sentiero dei Limoni) offers a short hike from Maiori to Minori, so you can discover another town and another beach.

Bus and ferry trips to Amalfi and Positano are options for a day trip.

A trip by ferry to Cetara with its beautiful beach (direction Salerno) makes another lovely day trip.

You can also think to stay only 5 days in Maiori and spend the remaining two days in Sorrento, another great spot for families with kids.

The old centre is quite flat and you can access the beaches with a lift, making it so convenient if you travel with small kids and a pram

If you are travelling with grown-up kids, I suggest also a walk to Ieranto Bay. In this case, you need to take a bus to Nerano. From there take the path to the beach.

Another great option is to join this Boat tour to the Coast and the Island of Capri, a great fun for everyone.

Accommodations and experiences

Frequently Asked Questions for 7 days in Amalfi Coast itinerary

Is 7 days too long on the Amalfi Coast?

Definitely not. There are so many things to do and places to explore. Moreover, from the Amalfi Coast, you can visit Sorrento, Napoli, Capri and I could keep going.

Is it better to stay in Amalfi or Positano?

With 7 days I would probably stay in both Amalfi and Positano. If you have other plans in mind then I would leave Amalfi for a day trip. A night in Positano is a must

What is the best time to visit the Amalfi Coast?

The ideal time is late spring (April-June) or early fall (September-October), with pleasant weather, fewer crowds, and lower accommodation rates.

Is Sorrento On the Amalfi Coast

Sorrento is not on the Amalfi Coast but with 7 days you should include at least a visit to this fabulous dreamy town.

What are the must-see towns on the Amalfi Coast in 7 days?

Positano, Amalfi and Ravello surely. Maiori and Minori for a day at the beach. Sorrento, although not on the Amalfi Coast, is another must see

Is public transportation available on the Amalfi Coast?

Yes, you can easily get around the Amalfi Coast with the SITA buses and ferries, connecting towns along the coast and offering convenient and scenic travel options.

What is the best way to get to the Amalfi Coast?

Fly to Naples International Airport, then take a train or bus to Sorrento, or opt for a private transfer or ferry.

Are there any local food specialities on the Amalfi Coast?

Limoncello, seafood dishes, and the traditional dessert Delizia al Limone are regional favourites you shouldn’t miss.

Do I need to rent a car on the Amalfi Coast?

No, in fact, I suggest against it. Parking can be really expensive due to the lack of space. Most of the coast is well connected by bus and ferry

Path of the Gods walk
Path of the Gods walk
View of the crater on top of the Vesuvius Mountain
View of the crater on top of the Vesuvius Mountain
Imposing Vesuvius Mountain
Imposing Vesuvius Mountain above Naples
Ancient Pompeii - Thermopolium of Asellina with old food serving counter
Ancient Pompeii – Thermopolium of Asellina with old food serving counter
Wandering around Pompeii
Wandering around Pompeii
View of Positano from the ferry approaching the town
View of Positano from the ferry approaching the town
Beach in Amalfi town seen from the sea,
Beach in Amalfi town seen from the sea,
Landscape view of picteresque Positano town and the Amalfi Coast
Landscape view of picturesque Positano town and the Amalfi Coast
Picturesque Atrani town on Amafli coast seen from the sea
Picturesque Atrani town seen from the sea
Sorrento by day
Sorrento by day
Sorrento by night
Sorrento by night
A picturesque corner of Sorrento
A picturesque corner of Sorrento
The Blue Grotto, in italian "Grotta Azzurra", is a sea cave on the coast of the island of Capri
The Blue Grotto, a sea cave in the island of Capri
South coast of Capri
South coast of Capri
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