Amalfi served as a transfer point on our day trip through the Amalfi Coast to Ravello. The town has a pretty church and, if you’re hungry, a restaurant that sells the biggest pizza slices I have ever seen. If you walk the main drag, you'll see it.
Not being that keen on driving in Italy we took an organised tour. Coaches are only allowed to drive one way along the Amalfi coast road. One problem with this is that the light is not ideal if you are driving from Sorrento to Amalfi in the morning. Most tours return via an inland route, but ours included a boat trip back to Sorrento from Amalfi.
A day trip from Sorrento will give you enough time to explore Amalfi, visit the cathedral, with its ‘Cloister of Paradise’ and have a leisurely lunch.
Amalfi is the last stop on the Amalfi Coast bus trip. At first, Amalfi seems to be identical to Sorrento...very touristy with shopping and that's about it...but the Cathedral is beautiful and if you walk back away from the main streets, you can get a feel for the "real" town and get a lovely view of the hills above Amalfi.
Another highly recommended excursion from Sorrento is going to the Amalfi coastal towns of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.
If you plan to use the public transport (the SITA bus), I would highly advise leaving early in the morning because:
(1) There is so much to see and explore in the Amalfi coast;
(2) Amalfi coast is very popular with the tourists.
(3) There is only one bus every 50 - 60 minutes (I think).
(4) SITA bus (blue color) is not a tour bus. So you cannot book seats.
(5) A big crowd (tourist & locals) will be waiting for the bus.
Buy the SITA bus ticket (Euro 2.40 for 120 minutes) from any tobacco shops (tabaccheria)/ magazine stands/ mini-markets or the small shop at the Sorrento train station. Then wait for the SITA bus down the steps from the train station. You cannot miss it; you will see a big crowd there queuing/waiting for the bus.
If you want to travel in comfort, you can book a semi-private or private tour to the Amalfi coast. This is a good option if you have a big group. That way, you can enjoy your excursion without worrying about the public transport.
Several companies run trips along the Amalfi Coast, connecting cities like Sorrento with Naples, Capri, Ischia, Positano, Amalfi and Sapri. I travelled from Sorrento to Amalfi with Metro del Mare, an extension of the public transportation service that is only offered in the high-season. It was EUR 7.00 to travel from Sorrento to Amalfi and the trip took about fifty minutes, which is significantly faster than the busses and affords much nicer views. Tickets are sold at a kiosk near the Marina and schedules are available at tourist information or the ticket office. Service begins (sporadically) around April and runs until about October, with frequent service during the summer months.
For thirty Euro each day (cheaper I think if you reserve for a week or more) you can rent a motorino from Happy Scooter Rental in downtown Sorrento.
In all my travels through Italy, driving a motorino from Sorrento to Amalfi was by far the most fun and exhilarating experience. If you think the road along the Amalfi Coast is intimidating as a passenger in one of those large buses, just wait until you are cruising around the tight corners at 80 km/hr on a small scooter. (I almost got hit by three of those buses en route to Amalfi).
While gas is not cheap, the motorinos get great mileage and you can easily make it to amalfi and back on a tank. You can also ride in the opposite direction to Pompeii and back using about the same amount of gas. (In my opinion the amalfi drive is much prettier and Amalfi does not resemble the downtown portion of las vegas as downtown Pompeii does).
Wear a helmet, slow down for the corners, and enjoy the best ride of your life.
The Amalfi coast including Positano and Amalfi is known world-wide for the sheer beauty of the scenery. Ravello is only a half an hour’s bus ride away from Amalfi and I believe is also worth the visit. The best way to see this area is by bus. Don’t bother to drive yourself, the roads really need 100% concentration from the driver and you’ll inevitably miss most of the scenery.
Sorrento is a good base for exploring the wonderful Amalfi Coast. We went to Positano by bus, from there to Amalfi by boat, and all the way back to Sorrento by bus. The bus journey is much cheaper but also a little scary, as the bus wobbles its way from side to side along the coast road.
The buses do not drive the Amalfi Coast in the rain. We begged our bus driver to take us, but he said "no", but I wouldn't have driven it either.
AZHUT is building a great page on Amalfi, check it out to see what we missed.
Make a bustrip along the Amalfi Drive to the seaside resort of Amalfi. Amalfi has rocky cliffs and beautiful beaches. The town itsself offers plenty of shopping possibilities around the Cathedral Square. The famous Cathedral rises at the end of steep steps and dominates the Square.
Take a trip along the stunning Amalfi coast, visiting places like Ravello, Positano and Amalfi. They say there are 2000 bends on this coastline and a different view round every corner.