9 Best Towns to Stay on the Amalfi Coast

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by Olivia Ellis

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Are you wondering which town to stay in while visiting the iconic Amalfi Coast? This gorgeous area is a dream travel destination for so many people; from its dramatically rugged coastlines to its quintessential stacked colorful homes, and the delicious southern Italian cuisine.

When planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast, deciding on which town or towns to stay in can be quite daunting and confusing as there are so many options along the coast.

There isn’t just one ideal town to make your base during your trip, but rather numerous things to offer depending on what is most important to you.

Positano at sunset
Positano at sunset

Where to Stay on the Amalfi Coast 

Sorrento – Best Area for Visitors on a Budget

While Sorrento isn’t technically part of the stretch of coastline making up the Amalfi Coast, it’s still a great contender when deciding where to stay during an Amalfi itinerary. Sorrento is located about 60 km (37 miles) from Naples making it a convenient place to stay if you want easy access from the city. 

This also offers great transport and connections to the rest of Italy as Sorrento is the only town in Amalfi that has a train station and that can be reached by rail. Still, with plenty of classic Italian charm and wonderful cuisine (you can’t miss the home of gnocchi alla Sorrentina!), Sorrento accommodations and food are a lot more affordable than staying within the Amalfi Coast.

Sorrento also makes a great base for those wanting to explore of Southern Italy beyond the Amalfi Coast region. For instance, it’s a great jumping-off point for a day trip to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. 

Best for: Those looking to have easy access to Naples, save money, but also have the feeling of staying in an Italian seaside town.

Downsides: Having to connect to the rest of the Amalfi Coast by bus with transport times being lengthier. Also, Sorrento is not part of the Amalfi Coast so if this is something important to you, Sorrento isn’t the town for you.

Sorrento Harbour
Sorrento Harbour

Where to Stay in Sorrento

Hotel Leone – Located just 5 minutes from Sorrento’s main street, this hotel is great for mid range visitors. They have lots of bright and comfortable rooms, a gorgeous swimming pool, free parking and much more.

Magi House Relais – For those looking for a luxury hotel in Sorrento, this gorgeous hotel is the perfect choice. There is a lively terrace to enjoy along with an on-site bar and restaurant, room service and a fab breakfast each morning.

Corso Italia Suites – Only five minutes on foot to the Tyrrhenian Sea, these apartments and suites are a good self-catering choice in Sorrento. They offer studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments and all have air-conditioning.

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Town of Sorrento
Town of Sorrento

Positano – Best Area for a Classic Amalfi Coast Town

When most people think of the Amalfi Coast, the images that come to mind are likely those of Positano

Positano is the classic seaside gem of Italy perched high on the rocks along the Amalfi Coast. Many people would argue that Positano is without a doubt the best area to stay, but it’s quite subjective depending on your needs and interests. 

The average cost of a room per night in Positano is over $300 making it the most expensive townin the area, however, it is also home to some of the best hotels in Amalfi.

If you can afford to stay in Positano, it’s a truly beautiful and romantic town to experience (and sip a lemon granita), but if you’re on a budget in the Amalfi Coast, stay in a different town and make the day trip to Positano.

Best for: Those looking for a quintessential Amalfi town stay as well as those looking for an area that has great nightlife. 

Downsides: Positano is the most expensive Amalfi town, and there is a lack of access if you’re unable to walk the steep steps to the top of the town.

Beautiful Positano
Beautiful Positano

Where to Stay in Positano

Villa Celentano – This hotel is an excellent choice for those looking for a mid-range option in Positano. They have a fantastic location close to the beach and a number of great rooms on offer – some even equipped with a full kitchen should you want to cook some of your own meals. 

Albergo Miramare -For those looking for luxury while staying in Positano, then this plush hotel is an excellent option. They boast incredible sea views, a perfect location, and countless gorgeous rooms to choose from to ensure you have a wonderful stay.

Le Nereidi B&B – This comfortable bed and breakfast is an excellent choice for those looking for a self-catering option. They have a few furnished apartments to choose from and a fantastic location for exploring the Amalfi Coast.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Positano hotels!

Amalfi – Best Area for Those Without a Car

The medieval town of Amalfi is unofficially the capital of the Amalfi Coast. This town is located centrally within the Amalfi Coast making it easy to reach but also quite touristy for that reason. 

Amalfi is a beautiful town to wander around and take in the medieval architecture with its interesting streets and alleys. Fully saturated with maritime history and artisanal shops, Amalfi is without a doubt the perfect Amalfi Coast destination if you’re looking to get a bit more out of your trip than beach days and espresso. 

The town of Amalfi is frequently known by Italians as “the pearl of the Mediterranean”, and by visiting this exquisite town you will understand too. 

Best for: Due to its central location within the Amalfi Coast, the town of Amalfi is the best place to stay on the Amalfi Coast without a car. Amalfi has the highest number of buses and ferries with services to the rest of the Amalfi Coast, in comparison with the rest of the towns so you don’t need to rent a car.

Downsides: Being the capital of the Amalfi Coast region, Amalfi is still going to be quite expensive to stay in but still not as much in comparison to Positano. 

The town of Amalfi
The town of Amalfi

Where to Stay in Amalfi

O’Lattariello – This bed and breakfast is an excellent choice for mid-range travellers looking for a comfortable and convenient place to stay in Amalfi. They have a fantastic location for exploring the town and they offer a hearty breakfast each morning.

Hotel Residence – If you’re looking for a luxury option in Amalfi, then this grand hotel is a fantastic choice for you. They have a number of plush rooms to offer and countless other amenities to ensure your stay is a luxe one. They are also well-located for exploring all of the highlights of Amalfi and beyond.

Amalfitano Apartments – For visitors who would rather have their own flat while visiting the Amalfi Coast, these apartments are a really good option. They have a number of different apartments to choose from (some including a sea view) and they can suit many different group sizes.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Amalfi hotels!

Driving to Amalfi
Driving to Amalfi

Capri – Best Area for an Island Escape

Oh, the island of Capri. Although it is not technically part of coastal Amalfi, it is still an integral part of the region of the Amalfi Coast. 

Like Positano, Capri is one of the most happening parts of the Amalfi Coast if you’re a traveler looking for luxury and a good party. Nonetheless, the island of Capri has incredible natural beauty on both parts of the island, Capri, Anacapri and the main port of Marina Grande. 

So whether you’re looking for an exciting and high-end trip, or you’re wanting to spend time in the greenery or the beautiful blue seas, Capri is a great destination. If you don’t stay in Capri, it is still highly recommended to at least make the day trip to witness the incredible Italian gem. 

Best for: Those traveling with a big budget and would like to stay somewhere truly “Italian chic”. Also, the Blue Grotto is closer to Capri than any other town on the list so if this is a priority for you, Capri may be the perfect destination for you. 

Downsides: Capri is one of the most expensive places to stay in the area of the Amalfi Coast and due to it being an island, the only way to go to and from the mainland is by boat, making transport less convenient and more expensive.

Beautiful Capri Island
Beautiful Capri Island

Where to Stay in Capri

To Be Capri – This centrally-located hotel is an excellent option for those looking for a mid-range stay in Capri. Located in the town of Capri, there are countless lovely rooms to choose from. This is also a great option for those travelling with a dog, as they are pet-friendly.

Villa Calypso – If you’re after a luxury stay on the island of Capri, then this hotel may very well be worth the splurge. There are a myriad of plush rooms to choose from, a good location, and countless amenities to ensure you have a fantastic stay.

Villa Castello Apartments – For those who would like to have their own space while visiting Capri, these apartments can be a good choice. Situated in the town of Capri, they’re well-located and there are a number of different apartments to choose from depending on your group size.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Capri hotels!

Faraglioni Rocks in Capri
Faraglioni Rocks in Capri

Praiano – Best Area for Outdoor Lovers

Perched between the towns of Amalfi and Positano, is leisurely Praiano. With fewer tourists in comparison with Amalfi or Positano, Praiano is an idyllic town along the coast full of locals looking to welcome you. 

Praiano also offers many beaches nearby as well as hikes in the area such as a great spot to spend time hiking the Path of the Gods. Some may say Praiano also has the best sunsets and views on all of the Amalfi Coast; so if you’re looking for a romantic trip but cheaper than Positano, Praiano may be the spot for you!

Best for: Praiano is best for those looking to stay somewhere on the Amalfi Coast with the best opportunity to spend time outdoors. Praiano has some of the best beaches on Amalfi and also is a great starting point for many hikes on the Amalfi Coast.

Downsides: Due to the popularity of Praiano’s beaches and views, it can become quite crowded visiting the beach and other popular vistas. 

Many people staying in more popular towns will come here to spend time at the beach, even if Praiano itself is quiet with more locals than tourists.


Where to Stay in Praiano

Hotel La Conchiglia – This hotel is a good option for travellers that are more budget-conscious in Praiano. Located only a one-minute walk from the beach, they have a number of double rooms available with breakfast included.

Hotel Margherita – This is a lovely, family-run hotel in Praiano offering a range of amazing rooms suitable for couples and families including some with sea views. Breakfast is included and there is a lovely sun terrace and pool for guests to enjoy.

Il Giardino Dei Limoni – Also located right on the beach, this aparthotel is a great option if you prefer to have your own studio or apartment with kitchen facilities. 

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Coastal views of Praiano
The coast of Praiano

Minori & Maiori – Best Area for Families

Known to have the best pasta in all of Italy, the neighboring towns of Minori and Maiori are two wonderful contenders when looking for where to stay.

The sister towns are easily reachable to each other by a short pedestrian walkway and are both UNESCO World Heritage sites with numerous significant historical buildings. 

Both towns are havens for food lovers due to countless local food options as well as renowned restaurants, ranging from local pizza restaurants to glamorous Michelin-starred restaurants.  Make sure if you visit or stay in either Minori or Maiori to try the “Nduneri” pasta, a local speciality of the towns. 

Best for: The towns of Minori and Maori are best for those traveling with little ones and those looking for the best area to stay as a family. Minori & Maiori are also quite flat and small making them easy to get around on foot without needing transport to the towns. 

Downsides: Due to the small size of each town, Minori & Maiori don’t have extensive accommodation options. So if you’re booking late or would like to have wide options for accommodation, Minori or Maiori may not be the best places to stay in on the Amalfi coast.


Where to Stay in Minori & Maiori

Hotel De Rosa – This mid-range hotel located in Maiori offers a few different private rooms suitable for solo travellers, couples and families. Breakfast is included and the property is located only a minute walk from the beach.

BeB Palazzo Mancini – If you’re looking for something quaint and comfortable, this is a fantastic bed and breakfast located right on the beach in Minori. They offer a range of double rooms with breakfast included and a bar on site.

IL Nido Del Gabbiano – This flat is a great choice if you prefer self-catering accommodation in Minori. They offer a one-bedroom apartment that can accommodate up to 4 people with its pull-out sofa bed.

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Ravello – Best Area for Couples

Founded in the 5th century as a shelter from the barbarian invaders, Ravello is now known as a serene and peaceful town located between the towns of Atrani and Minori. 

While the town is not coastal, there is no beach but there isn’t a loss of idyllic spots to relax and find peace. There’s a reason why countless creative figures historically have used Ravello as a tranquil retreat to find inspiration. 

Spend time in Ravello taking in the fresh seaside air, wandering its many gardens, and maybe even attend the Ravello Music Festival.

Best for: Ravello is great If you’re looking to stay somewhere on the Amalfi Coast for your honeymoon or somewhere with a laid-back yet romantic ambience. Ravello also has the cleanest air of all the towns on Amalfi, so if this is a priority for you, keep that in mind!

Downsides: There is no beach directly within the town of Ravello, so if you’re looking to spend a lot of time at the beach in the town where you are staying, Ravello may not be Amalfi the town for you.

For accommodation, the main options are pretty much villas and luxurious hotels, so if you’re on a budget maybe save Ravello for a day trip. 

Stone statues in Ravello
Stone statues in Ravello

Where to Stay in Ravello

Il Ducato Di Ravello – For those looking for a comfortable mid-range stay in Ravello, this B&B can be an excellent option. They have a great location, beautiful rooms available and a lovely breakfast on offer each morning.

Gala Residence Villa Giovanna – This grand bed and breakfast is an excellent luxury option in Ravello. Boasting an expansive terrace to sunbathe on, a fantastic location and plenty of plush rooms, you can’t go wrong with this place on the Amalfi Coast.

La Dolce Vita Ravello – For those looking for a self-catering option in Ravello, these apartments can be an excellent choice. There are plenty of fully-furnished flats available, ranging in size to accommodate all kinds of group sizes.

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Exploring Ravello
Exploring Ravello

Vietri sul Mare – Best Area for a Quirky Coastal Town

Vietri sul Mare is located just 6 km (3.5 miles) from the city of Salerno. While Sorrento is known as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast from Naples, Vietri sul Mare is undoubtedly the gateway to the Amalfi Coast from Salerno. 

This town prides itself on its unique and ancient ceramics, its colorful town, simplicity, and natural beauty. Due to its further vicinity from Naples, you’ll find a lot fewer tourists here, making it a great place to stay on Amalfi if you want to stay off the beaten path. 

This coastal town also offers some of the largest beaches on the Amalfi Coast, so if you’re hoping for space on a larger beach, head here!

Best for: Vietri sul Mare is a great area for lovers of artisanal ceramics and those looking for a quirky and colorful Amalfi Coast town. 

Downsides: Vietri sul Mare is the southernmost town from Naples on the Amalfi Coast making it a bit more difficult for transportation. But on the flip side, if you’re coming from or going to Salerno, Vietri Sul Mare is a great option thanks to its proximity. 

Vietri Sul Mare
Vietri Sul Mare

Where to Stay in Vietri sul Mare

B&B Vietri Centro 2 – If you’re looking for a lovely mid-range option, then this bed and breakfast can be a great option. They have plenty of chic rooms on offer, a great location and breakfast included each morning.

Calamarina B&B – This luxury B&B is a fantastic choice for those looking for a plush place to stay in Vietri sul Mare. They have a range of luxe rooms on offer, a lovely breakfast available and a fantastic location for exploring the town and the Amalfi Coast as a whole.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Vietri sul Mare hotels!

Furore – Best Area to Get Off the Beaten Path

The small town of Furore with just a population of 800 is located between Positano and Amalfi and is likely the least-known Amalfi town on the list. Many who visit Furore are fiercely loyal to the town and always prefer to go back to the town whenever they visit the Amalfi Coast. 

The town doesn’t have the main square like most towns on the Amalfi Coast, but rather numerous homes clinging to the rugged Amalfi coastline. Once a fisherman’s village, now the main draw and attraction to the town of Furore is the fjord located in the center of the town (yes, Fjords aren’t just in Norway!). 

Full of murals and artistic works throughout the town, Furore is known as “the painted town”, making it quite a unique pocket of Italy within the Amalfi Coast. 

Best for: Furore is also known as “the town that doesn’t exist”, so Furore is best for those looking for somewhere a bit more unique and less visited by tourists on the Amalfi Coast. 

Downsides: If you’re a traveler looking for somewhere with a classic Italian central square or shops to spend time in, Furore likely isn’t the best town for you. 

Also, to reach the beach in Furore within the Fjord, it takes a trip of about 200 steps downwards. So this is something to keep in mind if you have mobility issues.


Where to Stay in Furore

Lena Magda B&B – If you’re after a mid-range option in Furore, then this bed and breakfast is a great choice. They have a number of large, air-conditioned rooms available and a fantastic location for exploring the town and the Amalfi Coast.

La Locanda Del Fiordo – This hotel is another great option in Furore. Centrally located close to all the area has to offer, they have a number of clean and comfortable rooms available and there is even an on-site restaurant and swimming pool.

Villa Cimea – This apartment makes for an excellent base in Furore for those looking for a lovely spot with self-catering facilities. Well-located, there is an expansive terrace and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool to enjoy, as well.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Click here to browse more Furore hotels!

One of the best parts of the vastness of the Amalfi Coast is the numerous towns offering many different things. Whether you’re hoping to experience Italian island life in Capri or you’re looking to take in the fresh air of Ravello, the Amalfi Coast offers something for every kind of traveler.

Are you wondering where to stay when visiting the Amalfi Coast? Have any questions about your trip? Let us know in the comments!

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Olivia is a writer for The World Was Here First. Originally from Michigan, USA, she is currently living in Athens, Greece exploring Europe and filmmaking. When she’s not travelling or writing, Olivia can be found cooking delicious new recipes from around the world, reading, and spending time outdoors.


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