The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most beautiful destinations. Its miles of rugged coastline, pastel-colored villages, rocky cliffs, and azure waters have drawn travelers for centuries. With so much to see, opting for an Amalfi Coast tour is the ideal way to discover the magic of the region.
After spending two weeks exploring the iconic city of Rome and the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Matera and Alberobello, we headed toward the coast for the last leg of our Italy trip.
We had the pleasure of exploring the Amalfi Coast alongside a few local experts. We thought we had done our research in preparation for the trip, but these tour guides introduced us to places we would have otherwise missed. They shared personal stories and local perspectives that enriched our experiences.
With me being pregnant at the time and with an 18-month-old in tow, we welcomed the convenience that came with a ready-to-go, transportation-included tour. Honestly, we didn’t mind having the extra hand at times too!
Whether you are traveling to the coast alone, with family, or with friends, it is worth adding one of these unforgettable Amalfi Coast tours to your itinerary. From private sunset cruises along the coast and scenic drives on a vintage Vespa to traditional Amalfi cooking lessons in a terraced garden, the region has many incredible experiences to offer.
Best Amalfi Coast Tours
1. Amalfi Coast Drive
These scenic drives are the most popular tours on the Amalfi Coast. They offer a unique experience, allowing you to soak in panoramic views of terraced vineyards, lemon groves, and quaint villages without having to worry about the insane traffic and parking.
For something a bit different, opt to take the full-day tour on a vintage Vespa, guided by a friendly and knowledgeable expert.
2. Photo tours
If you want to document your scenic drive in style, consider taking the photo tour with a Vintage Fiat 500. Your driver will stop at iconic locations in Positano, Praiano, and Fiordo di Furore, capturing professional photos of you along the way. Photos are then sent digitally following the tour.
This was my favorite tour on the Amalfi Coast. I felt like the embodiment of La Dolce Vita, cruising along the coast with windows down and the Mediterranean breeze in my hair. Some of our best photos were captured during this tour.
3. Path of the Gods Hike
The Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) is a must for nature enthusiasts and hikers. This ancient footpath winds through the hillsides, offering spectacular views of the coastline, lush valleys, and the Mediterranean below. The trail, starting from Bomerano and ending in Nocelle, is a moderate hike suitable for various fitness levels.
4. Historical Tours
Immerse yourself in the region’s rich history with guided tours of iconic landmarks.
On this historical walking tour of Positano, an archaeologist will guide you through the town’s tiny corridors to some of the most popular sites including Fornillo Beach, Spiaggia Grande, and the stunning Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Dive deeper into history as you explore an underground Roman villa below the bustling streets of Positano.
5. Boat Tours
The best way to appreciate the Amalfi Coast’s dramatic cliffs and hidden coves is from the sea. Various boat tours depart from ports like Sorrento, Amalfi, and Positano, taking you on a leisurely voyage along the coastline.
If you are staying in Sorrento, this popular Amalfi Coast boat tour will pick you up and take you along the coast and the mystical Li Galli island, where the myth of Ulysses and Sirens is said to have taken place.
Most boat tours will allow you to jump into the water, however, this snorkeling tour takes you to the best spots along the coast for splashing in the water including grottoes and secluded beaches only accessible by boat.
If you pick just one tour in the Amalfi Coast, make sure it is a boat tour. You simply can’t beat the coastal view of Positano from the ocean.
6. Cooking Classes and Culinary Tours
Indulge in the flavors of the Amalfi Coast by joining a cooking class or a culinary tour. Learn the secrets of traditional Italian cuisine, from homemade pasta to limoncello, amidst the backdrop of lemon orchards and olive groves.
This authentic Farmhouse Cooking Class in Amalfi includes a tour of the terraced gardens with an opportunity to harvest fresh ingredients for your dish. Working with a local chef, participants prepare traditional dishes paired with a glass of wine, limoncello, and a Neopolitan expresso.
Located in Pianillo, this Italian Cooking Class focuses on three of the most popular Italian staples: pasta, mozzarella, and tiramisu. And of course, this culinary tour comes with organic wine.
These Amalfi Coast food tours allow you to engage with locals, learn culinary history, and savor the freshest ingredients all while mastering authentic Italian recipes.
7. Wine Tasting in the Vineyards
Explore the region’s winemaking heritage with tours of local vineyards and wineries. According to Positano.com, Marisa Cuomo is the most famous label from the Amalfi Coast, offering tours and tastings directly through their winery.
Travel a bit further inland to the village of Tramonti, and you will find some of the oldest vineyards in Italy. This Wine Tasting Tour will take you through centuries-old vineyards to learn about the wine-making process. Guests are then treated to a pairing of appetizers and Amalfi wines.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Get to the Amalfi Coast from Rome?
Taking the train from Rome to Naples or Salerno is the cheapest way to get to the Amalfi Coast. From Naples or Salerno, you would then hop on a ferry or SITA bus to the coast. Although the most economical, ferries and buses are not always the most reliable (speaking from experience.)
How many days is enough in Amalfi Coast?
Each seaside village has its unique charm for instance: Positano has its iconic seafront lined with colorful umbrellas. Ravello has unparalleled views of the villages and turquoise sea. Amalfi’s focal point is the Dome of St. Andrew, a medieval Roman Catholic cathedral.
If you want to fully experience the Amalfi coast we recommend planning to stay at least 3 days. On the other hand, if you are on a tight schedule, day trips can easily be arranged. For those staying in nearby Naples, this highly-rated tour will take you to the resort towns of Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi.
If you are traveling from Rome, it is still possible to squeeze in a trip to Amalfi between touring the Colosseum and Pantheon. This 13-hour round-trip tour takes you from ancient Rome to the ruins of Pompeii and the picturesque coastal town of Positano.
Do you need a car on the Amalfi Coast?
This is an interesting question.
We decided not to rent a car while visiting the Amalfi Coast. This is because we usually prefer to take local transportation while traveling. Also, we had heard that finding parking on the Amalfi Coast can be a pain and that available parking lots are expensive.
Do we regret our decision? YES. Here is why.
- Public transportation on the Amalfi Coast is not reliable. If a bus is full, the driver will not stop. We waited on the side of a busy road for 3 hours waiting for a bus, and ended up missing our tour.
- There are no ridesharing services like Uber or Lyft.
- Taxi drivers are only permitted to pick up a passenger at designated taxi stations. If you are at an Airbnb between towns, you will not be able to hail a taxi like we do in America. Your only option is to call a taxi ahead of time to schedule a pickup. Your fare begins the moment your driver leaves to pick you up, not when you actually get into your car. If your taxi driver is located a town away, this additional fee quickly adds up.
In short, we recommend that you rent a car while visiting the Amalfi Coast. The only exception to this is if you are planning to take several tours, each of which includes pick up and drop off at your hotel.
What is the best month to go to the Amalfi Coast?
With its small corridors and steep winding roads, it is wise to avoid visiting the Amalfi Coast during the busy summer months. These roads and towns quickly become congested with tourists.
The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is during shoulder season in May and September. The days are still warm and sunny and there are fewer crowds to manage.
What is the prettiest part of the Amalfi Coast?
Each one of the 13 towns along the coast is beautiful and distinctly charming, however, if we had to narrow it down to just one, we would pick Positano. Condé Nast named Positano one of the “Most Beautiful Coastal Towns in Italy” and Harpers Bazaar named it one of the “50 Most Beautiful Places in the World“.
Conclusion: Best Amalfi Coast Tours
The Amalfi Coast is such a captivating destination. With so many charming towns, stunning overlooks, and hidden beaches to explore, it is undeniable that this Italian coast is worth visiting.
With that being said, taking a tour of the Amalfi Coast is not just about exploring a beautiful destination; it’s about enhancing your overall travel experience. Local guides bring your trip to life by sharing their rich knowledge of the history, culture, and traditions of the Amalfi Coast. They can share insight, hidden gems, and exclusive spots that you might miss when exploring on your own.
Tours typically provide door-to-door transportation which is a huge benefit when visiting the Amalfi Coast without a car.
Finally, tours on the Amalfi Coast also facilitate cultural immersion through genuine interaction with others whether it’s a cooking class with a local chef or visiting a family-owned vineyard.
Our experience with both the sunset boat tour and the Vintage Fiat tour were probably the most stress-free and memorable parts of our Amalfi Coast trip. There was no need to worry about planning or logistics. Everything was ready to go (including the photographer for the Fiat tour!).
No matter which tour you choose, you really can’t go wrong!