Which Village to choose on the Amalfi Coast
The villages along this coastline are quite diverse and your stay should be well thought out before you book.
When you’re planning your Amalfi Coast or Sorrento holiday, you need to consider which location will work best for you. The Amalfi Coast towns are hilly and can be challenging for the not so fit, so it is important to take this into consideration before you make your choice.
The public transport network is excellent in season and makes getting around the Amalfi Coast stress free and inexpensive. Car parking in Amalfi and Positano is only really available in the private garages that dot the hillside at around 20 plus Euro per day and as you will be unlikely to use your car we suggest you consider using public transport or a train and limousine service to get to the Amalfi Coast or Sorrento, there are ways to get there for every budget. Read about getting to the Amalfi Coast.
Which type of holiday are you after?
A good base for visiting the whole Amalfi Coast, plus Sorrento and Capri. Sorrento, Amalfi or Positano all have excellent transport services in season via bus, boats and hydrofoil, read each of the individual village guides to decide which might be the best of the three to suit your needs.
A location suitable for the not so fit with good transport solutions for visiting the Amalfi Coast.
Sorrento is undoubtedly the best location for those that may have difficulty climbing the steep roads and steps of Positano Praiano and Amalfi, the town itself is flat and there are elevators to take you down to the beach. There is excellent transport by way of train to Naples, Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as frequent buses and boats to visit the other towns along the coast.
A location that is easier on the budget.
The lesser known towns such as Praiano offer a quieter location away from the tour buses and give you more of a feeling of relaxation and give you a chance to get to know a village inside out as well as sinking into the way of life of the local population. Praiano is a beautiful little village only 10 km from Positano with a convenient bus that loops Praiano and Positano every 1/2 hour as well as being on the SITA bus route from Sorrento to Amalfi which allows you to easily visit all the major towns with the knowlege after a busy day with the rest of tourists you’ll be able to come back to the relative quiet of Praiano to relax the evening away. For those that might crave a bit of action in the evenings, Praiano is home to the famous disco African Queen, housed in a cave on the beach front ( http://www.africananightclub.it/ ) it was once freqented by the likes of JFK and Jackie Onassis, Frank Sinatra and many other personalities in the 60’s.
A location for those who prefer views and culture than the beach.
Try Ravello, this magnicifent village which rises high above Amalfi where you’ll find relative calm and probably one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world. Ravello was once the home of choice to people such as Greta Garbo who probably went up there to be alone, Gore Vidal, and D.H Lawrence – who wrote Lady Chatterleys Lover in Ravello as well as being the place that inspired Wagner, Verdi and Greig during their stays in the famous Villa Rufolo. Ravello is the home of a classical music festival that runs from March all the way through to early November. Although at a height of 1,100 feet Ravello is well connected to the Amalfi via a bus service that runs throughtout the day and evenings. So should you desire to do some touring it can be done easily and inexpensively without the need of a car.
We are traveling out of season, which town will be most lively in winter.
Sorrento is the most lively of all towns on a year round basis although Amalfi has quite a large permanent population, so it would be the second choice. Positano however, is all but a ghost town in the winter months as its permanent population is very small.