Amalfi Coast. Located to the south of Naples, between the towns of Sorrento and Salerno, is one of the most romantic destinations for many people. It definitely is a spectacular place, and can provide plenty of entertainment also to those of us, who like to spend their time in an active way!
How to get there?
From Naples you can get the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento and a local bus (Sita) further to Positano, Amalfi, and several other smaller towns along the coast. This is the cheapest and most comfortable way to get there. If you want to keep it low price, DO NOT take the red, touristic buses running along the coast!
Renting a car and driving would be another option, however, mind the roads are very narrow and cliffs quite steep... Also, the parking options are rather limited, especially in high season.
The route is very picturesque but also full of turns, so if you suffer from motion sickness, you should prepare yourself.
Circumvesuviana timetable: http://www.eavsrl.it/web/en/content/download-train-timetable
Sita bus timetables: http://www.sitabus.it/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/5070_amalfi-sorrento_dal130616.pdf
Beware, when relying on local transport in the high season (May-September)! The buses get very crowded and you may get stuck somewhere on the coast (believe me, I know what I'm writing)!
What to do?
1. Visit the towns
The towns along the coast are very colorful and charming and full of cafes and restaurants hugged between the cliffs and the sea. If you like to stroll around and just enjoy the views, you will be content. The only town I wouldn't recommend for the 'city-strollers' is Positano, as, although probably the most picturesque, it also has the highest amount of stairs I've ever seen in my life! Literally, there are stairs instead of streets. So, if you don't want to spend all your time running up and down the stairs, Amalfi would be a far better choice.
One of the beautiful, however, very touristic destinations is Ravello. It is located above Amalfi and Atrani towns, has no access to the sea, but offers some stunning views. There are buses running from the coast up to Ravello, but you can also go for another walk up the stairs (yeah, why not?)
2. Go for a hike!
The coast is also quite popular for it's hiking paths, especially Sentiero Degli Dei (the path of Gods). About 10 km long, it connects the towns of Positano and Bomerano, crossing several villages of the coastline. According to some sources, it is considered one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world. Personally, I am not completely convinced about the strength of this statement, but the path certainly provides quite spectacular views and is definitely worth a go! There are much more hiking trails around, so if you are staying for longer, you should be able to find something for yourself.
The bottom line is, if you are willing to walk a bit, you can really discover many hidden passages and routes between the coastal towns and inside them. Just prepare yourself for a lot of stairs. Everywhere 🙂
3. Take the boat
The towns are well connected to each other through the sea. Boat trip allows an opportunity to see the coastal towns and surrounding mountains from the sea. If you take the regular boat, the price will be only slightly higher comparing to the local bus.
You can book the trip in advance or simply purchase the ticket at the ferry terminal. The ferry schedule can be found here: http://www.positano.com/en/ferry-schedule