FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is a 55 kilometer long stretch of the Italian coastline, between Positano and Vietri sul Mare. The Amalfi Coast takes its name from Amalfi, the most central and historically important of the area's 13 towns.

What is the best time of year to visit the Amalfi Coast?
The best time of year to visit the Amalfi Coast is late spring or early autumn: when the area is at its most beautiful and the towns and roads are less crowded than in the peak summer months.
Learn more about when to go to the Amalfi Coast
In which town should I book my hotel?
This will depend on your interests: if you like socializing and are a bit of a night bird, you'll be best booking a room in Positano or Amalfi. If you're traveling with small children, Maiori and Minori are a great choice, both of which have beaches suitable for little ones.
Read our tips for choosing where to stay on the Amalfi Coast .

Hospitality

What things should I consider when choosing a hotel on the Amalfi Coast?
Apart from the price and your personal tastes, pay attention to the position of the hotel and its distance from the sea, especially if you plan to spend time on the beach. On the map, a lot of hotels appear to be situated on the waterfront but, in reality, are perched on the cliff top! Likewise, its worth checking the distance of the hotel from the town center, given that on the Amalfi Coast traveling around by car is not always easy and occasionally not even possible. If you decide to travel to the Amalfi Coast by car, youll want too choose a hotel with parking included in the price or available at a discounted rate. A days parking on the Amalfi Coast could cost you as much as a night in the hotel!
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How soon do I need to book?
If you intend to travel during the summer, on spring weekends, or at Easter time, you'll want to book quite a long time in advance, especially if you want to stay in a specific hotel.
Are hotels on the Amalfi Coast open all year round?
The majority of hotels on the Amalfi Coast open for Easter, or just before, and close in early November or after the Christmas holidays. A few hotels stay open all year, especially B&Bs. You can find out which properties are open by checking availability, using our on-line booking engine
What are the restaurant opening times?
As a general rule, restaurants open for lunch between 12.30 and 15.30 and for dinner between 19.30 and 23.30 (later in the peak summer season). Locals rarely lunch before 13.30 and will normally sit down to dinner around about 21.00.
Will I need to book a restaurant table?
Its always a good idea to book a table at a restaurant, especially if it is a popular or high class one. For Saturday evenings and Sunday lunch times, reservations are near obligatory. If you want to get a sea view table in one of the areas panoramic restaurants, again, you'll want to book in advance. In general a quick telephone call the day before will be sufficient...
Click here for the telephone numbers of a selection of restaurants on the Amalfi Coast
Are there any restaurants for vegetarians on the Amalfi Coast?
Whilst there are no restaurants exclusively for vegetarians, wherever you go, you'll always find a few vegetarian dishes on the menu. The Mediterranean diet uses very little meat and a great number of the most famous Italian dishes are, in fact, vegetarian; from the classic pizza margherita to pasta al pomodoro and parmigiana di melanzane.
Is wireless internet connectivity available?
Most hotels now provide wi-fi connectivity or an internet point (use of which is either free or charged as an extra). Outdoor connectivity is rarely available and the connection to mobile phone networks, in various areas of the Amalfi Coast, can be poor. The worst served area is the stretch of coast between Punta Campanella and Positano, where the signal is often completely absent.
What are the shop opening times?
Food shops generally open around about 8 in the morning, other shops at 10. Most shops close at 13.30, and reopen between 16.30 and 20.00. In the summer, afternoon opening hours are often extended until 22.00.
Can I bring my pet dog with me?
If your hotel accepts dogs, you shouldn't have any problems traveling with your four legged friend. Most restaurants have tables outside, where customers with dogs will be able to sit. Needless to say, you will need to dispose of dog litter in an appropriate manner and keep your pet on a lead at all times. Dogs are allowed on buses and trains but should be muzzled and kept on a lead.

Traveling with children

Does the Amalfi Coast have beaches suitable for young children?
The majority of beaches are made up of pebbles and can only be reached via impervious pathways or long flights of steps. The most suitable beaches for young children, easily accessible from the road and covered in fine pebbles or sand, are those of Vietri sul Mare, Maiori and Minori. Positano's Marina Grande is another child-friendly beach.
Learn more about beaches on the Amalfi Coast
Are there any parks where children can play?
Due to the lack of available land on the Amalfi Coast there are very few parks and play areas for children. This said, the towns on the Amalfi Coast are extremely safe and often closed to traffic. Local children can often be seen playing in the town squares or on the beach.
Is it a good idea to take a pushchair with us?
If you're traveling with a baby or toddler, your best option is to use a baby carrier: the quantity of flights of steps on the Amalfi Coast make moving around with a pushchair difficult.

Transport

Which is the nearest airport?
The closest airport to the Amalfi Coast is Naples Capodichino airport. The majority of intercontinental flights land at Rome Fiumicino airport.
What is the cheapest way of getting to the Amalfi Coast?
If you land at Naples Capodichino airport, take a bus to Sorrento and from here a Sita bus to the various destinations on the Amalfi Coast. If you land in Rome, take a train to Naples railway station and from here take the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento. From Sorrento take a bus to Positano- Amalfi.
For more detailed information see "how to get here"
What is the most comfortable way of getting to the Amalfi Coast?
A private transfer from the airport to your hotel is by far the most relaxing way to get to the Amalfi Coast, allowing you to avoid the stress of changing trains and buses or waiting for connections.
Click here to go to the list of suppliers of transfer services on the Amalfi Coast
Would I be better off using public transport or hiring a car and driving?
It really depends when you plan to travel and the extent of your driving skills: its best to avoid driving in July and August when the roads are at their busiest. During the other months of the year we would recommend renting a car, as long as you feel confident about driving on the area's narrow and tortuous roads.
Read more about getting around on the Amalfi Coast
Addresses of tourist offices
AMALFI
A.A.C.S.T.(Azienda Autonoma di Cura Soggiorno e Turismo)
CORSO ROMA,19 - 84011 AMALFI (SA)
Tel.: (+)39 - 089871107 FAX: 089872619
POSITANO
A.A.C.S.T.(Azienda Autonoma di Cura Soggiorno e Turismo)
VIA DEL SARACINO,4 - 84017 POSITANO (SA)
Tel.: (+)39 - 089875067 FAX: 089875760
RAVELLO
A.A.C.S.T.(Azienda Autonoma di Cura Soggiorno e Turismo)
PIAZZA DUOMO,10 - 84010 RAVELLO (SA)
Tel.: (+)39 - 089857096 FAX: 089857977