If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable getaway, then a trip to the Amalfi Coast is a must. Stretching across 50 kilometres of the Sorrentine coastline, it’s a popular destination for tourists and beloved by residents due to the quaint villages, picturesque beaches and breathtaking scenery.
Although people often travel along the Amalfi Coast by car, you can also reach the Amalfi Coast by train. You have two choices, you can either take a train to Naples or to Salerno train station. From there, you can either get another train to Vietri Sul Mare which is located at the edge of the Amalfi Coast or take a local bus to one of the towns or villages.
There is a One Country Interrail Pass that you can get when interrailing the Amalfi Coast, which gives you the opportunity to travel by train across a variety of cities and seaside villages for either 3, 4, 5, 6 or 8 travel days within one month.
But what’s the best time to visit the Amalfi Coast? And what are the top attractions you should put on your list? Here’s our guide that you can use when interrailing the Amalfi Coast.
When should you visit the Amalfi Coast?
Like the majority of popular destinations in Italy, there is an ideal time to visit the Amalfi Coast. Even though if you opt to visit the Amalfi Coast during July and August you’ll have warm weather, it’s going to be crowded as that’s when the school holidays are.
The ideal times of year to visit the Amalfi Coast are therefore March to June, and September to October. With mild to warm temperatures and fewer crowds, you’ll have a fantastic time and will be able to explore the villages and towns with ease.
Top towns you should visit on the Amalfi Coast
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We had to start this list with Amalfi. The main town on the coast, there are so many things to do and see there. For example, you can take a stroll along the beautiful Marina Grande Beach, discover the historic Amalfi Cathedral or head to the Luna Convento. A truly stunning place to visit, you can spend endless hours wandering around it and seeing why so many people choose to make this their starting point on their adventure along the Amalfi Coast.
Top restaurants in Amalfi
- Marina Grande – a beautiful beachfront restaurant that offers delicious seafood dishes and spectacular views.
- Ristorante La Perla – indulge in a tantalising meal at this chic restaurant, from traditional Italian delights to international dishes.
- Il Tarì Amalfi Restaurant – a modern restaurant with a speciality in raw cuisine.
Top places to stay in Amalfi
- Hotel Marina Riveria – a 4* hotel with breathtaking coastal views.
- Terrazza Duomo – a centrally located, comfortable hotel that’s close to all the top attractions.
- Hotel Lidomare – a traditional hotel in the centre of Amalfi.
It’s probably no surprise that Sorrento is on this list, as it’s often visited by people that are wanting to visit the nearby historic city of Pompeii, Herculaneum or to see the incredible Mount Vesuvius. Overlooking the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is known for its beautiful scenery, world-class restaurants and friendly locals.
To visit the above, when you get to Sorrento you can book one of the many tours that are on offer, often taking you by coach to them. More than worth a visit, these popular attractions should be on your list when visiting Sorrento.
Top restaurants in Sorrento
- 86 Bistrò – expect delicious Italian dishes including seafood and meat options.
- l’Orangerie – take delight in freshly baked pizza dishes.
- Il Buco – situated in a unique, historic setting, you can enjoy decadent dishes with wine pairings.
Top places to stay in Sorrento
- Villa La Terrazza – a traditional guest house with budget-friendly prices.
- Hotel Minerva – an awe-inspiring hotel with unforgettable sea views.
Often visited by cruise ships, Positano is rapidly becoming one of the most popular places to visit along the Amalfi Coast. Looking like something out of a fairytale, when you visit Positano on your interrail trip you’ll feel like you’re in a dream. Adorned by colourful houses and out-of-this-world views out towards the sea, you’ll want to get your camera out the moment you arrive there.
Even though it’s a sleepy fishing town, there is plenty to see and do there, including the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta church, Positano Paradise Lounge Bar and the Path of the Gods, a beloved walk that you can take along the coast.
Top restaurants in Positano
- Il Grottino Azzuro – if you don’t mind the walk, a trip to this fabulous restaurant is worth it. Boasting spectacular food and views, you should add this to your list when interraling in Positano.
- Ristorante Bruno – enjoy a delightful meal at this traditional restaurant.
- Rada Beach Bistrot – if you’re looking to push the boat out, this first-class restaurant is just the ticket.
Top places to stay in Positano
- Pupetto – clean and airy accommodation awaits you at this wallet-friendly hotel.
- La Fenice – a beautiful, traditional accommodation option in the heart of Positano.
So there you go! There’s a quick guide on where you should visit, where you can stay and the top restaurants you should go to when interrailing the Amalfi Coast. Of course, the Amalfi Coast has tons of attractions and towns that you should visit if you can, but by creating a list of the top places to see along the way, you’ll be able to have a getaway in the Amalfi Coast that gives you enough time to see these places without having to rush. After all, you’re interrailing around Italy. You should be following that laid-back lifestyle!