If you’ve ever dreamed of a romantic Italian coastal getaway, the Amalfi Coast should be your destination of choice. With over 30 miles of dramatic coastline lined with colourful towns, enchanting villages and sprawling vineyards perched on clifftops, dotted on the mountainside and along the beaches, the Amalfi Coast is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site beloved by travellers.
The Amalfi Coast has long been the ideal holiday destination dating back into Roman times when emperors would visit the coast for their holidays and the popularity of this destination among nobles was noted between the 9th and 12th centuries. Nowadays, it is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike and beautiful hotels, spas and restaurants have sprung up along the coast to cater for annual visitors.
The gorgeous towns of Amalfi, Ravello and Positano are some of the highlights of the Amalfi Coast, here you can find it all: mountains, beaches and soaring sea cliffs. You can also visit the gorgeous island of Capri, just a short ferry ride away.
The beaches along the Amalfi Coast are ideal for frolicking in the azure waters of the Mediterranean, though the roads that wind through the coast provide some hair-raising thrills due to their narrow lanes and the Italian style of driving, the further you travel along the Amalfi Coast, the more hidden gems you will uncover.
The Amalfi Coast also has plenty to offer in terms of world-class cuisine with plump Amalfi Lemons used in the making of Limoncello, freshly-caught seafood and excellent wines among its highlights.
With all that the coastline has to offer, the Amalfi Coast is a perfect place to spend your honeymoon. Here in the Only Guide to the Amalfi Coast You’ll Ever Need, you will find everything you need to know to plan your dream honeymoon based on your budget.
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Where to go in Amalfi Coast on your honeymoon
One of the first towns you will encounter on the Amalfi Coast is Sorrento. Known for its stunning architecture, great transportation connections with Naples and Capri and its gorgeous beaches, Sorrento is an ideal location to use as a base for exploring the coast. There are plenty of highlights in Sorrento including the classical architecture of the Duomo dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo, charming plazas squares such as Piazza Tasso and the harbour of the bay of Naples.
Sorrento is also within easy reach of the world-famous World Heritage Site of Pompeii, where a city preserved by volcanic ash provides insight into how Romans once lived centuries ago. Sorrento is one of the busiest and crowded tourist destinations on the coast due to its location and it can be difficult to find accommodation during the summer, their peak season.
The famous “Vertical City” of Positano is known for its location on a mountainside. Of course, from up there you will get incredible views of the sprawling city and the Mediterranean Sea beyond. This city is one of the most expensive destinations on the Amalfi Coast and has a vibrant nightlife and plenty of energy.
It can be reached by boat, car or bus. For the best views, head to Le Sirenuse Islands dotted off the shoreline or enjoy the gorgeous beaches of Fornillo and Spiaggia Grande. It’s also the perfect romantic city to stroll around, exploring the winding streets and alleyways whilst holding hands with your other half.
Perched on the mountainside and ending in the blue sea, the town of Ravello is full of Italian charm and romance. Here you can explore the beautiful gardens of Roman Villas such as Cimbrone and Rufolo. Though there is a beach, there is no direct access to it from the town but it is an ideal spot to spend a day or two and to explore Capri by boat.
Every year, Ravello hosts a famous summer festival that draws in the crowds. In other times of the year, it is a peaceful tourist destination and is a great place to avoid the hustle and bustle.
The biggest of the Amalfi Coast towns, the medieval city draws in travellers with its captivating history and significant architecture such as the Cathedral of Sant’Andrea which dates back to the 11th century.
There are also plenty of museums to visit, culture lovers will be spoilt for choice. It’s also a great destination for foodies and the birthplace of Cannoli. For glamour, art and culture, Amalfi is your honeymoon destination of choice.
Important information on Amalfi Coast for your honeymoon
The Amalfi Coast is blessed with excellent weather all year round, with an average minimum temperature 3 degrees centigrade in winter and a maximum of 29 degrees in the peak of summer. The most popular and crowded time to travel to the Amalfi Coast is during the summer months of July and August.
If you’re looking to save on your Amalfi Coast honeymoon and avoid the crowds, head there in the shoulder seasons of May, June, September and October.
The food on the Amalfi Coast is excellent and safe to eat and tap water is regulated with high standards and is safe to drink.
Getting around the Amalfi Coast is not as convenient as in main Italian tourist destinations and you have the option of renting a car or moped and braving the winding roads and Italian drivers or long queues of traffic in the tourist seasons or taking public transport with the SITA bus. In both cases, you will encounter plenty of traffic so patience is required.
Another issue with having your own rental car is the lack of parking, especially in the summer. Private car parks usually charge as much as €5 an hour!
On the SITA bus, you cannot buy your tickets on board, you can, however, buy your tickets from small tobacconists and bars before boarding. In the peak times of summer you may find that you will have to spend the whole journey on foot as you will be sharing the bus with other tourists with the same idea. Also, buses do not run at night so if you stay a long time in one place it may be worth spending the night or taking a taxi. You can find the bus schedule here.
The average cost for a couple on a honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast is around €180 per person. An average daily spend for meals is around €42 per person, per day and the average for public transport is around €6.19 per person, per day. If you’re planning a week on the Amalfi Coast, it is safe to budget for around €2,514 per couple.
Travel insurance should be purchased prior to your trip.
Where to stay in Amalfi Coast on your honeymoon
For the most extravagant luxury hotel on the Amalfi Coast, Hotel Belmond Caruso is the best choice for a romantic and luxurious honeymoon. Situated upon a cliff overlooking the azure blue sea, the building dates back to the 11th century. It has some gorgeous infinity pools with incredible panoramic views of the coastline. The property also boasts antique furniture, ceilings painted with frescoes, and is surrounded by beautiful terraced gardens.
The rooms offer sea or garden views and elegant marble bathrooms. You will find satellite TV and Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a wonderful restaurant with alfresco dining, a piano bar, poolside bar, fitness centre and spa. Included in the prices starting from €484 per night includes free parking, buffet breakfast spread and boat trips.
This elegant, family-run, five-star hotel is set in a luxurious mansion that was built in 1850 and has been in the same family for generations. This hotel has stunning Tyrrhenian Sea views from its special clifftop location and even has special elevators that will take you down the cliff to the hotel pool and bathing area. Best of all, it is only 10 minutes by foot to Amalfi town centre.
The hotel has a honeymoon cottage designed just for such special occasions, you can find it nestled amongst orange groves. The hotel has rooms and suites with terraces or private balconies, Wi-Fi, minibar and satellite TV. The hotel has two sea-facing restaurants, a bar, a wine cellar, spa, gym and an outdoor pool. Breakfast is included in the price of the room from €391 per night.
One of Italy’s most famous and beloved hotels, Le Sirenuse, is the favourite for the Amalfi Coast jet set crowd, where honeymoon couples and celebrities rub shoulders. This adult-only hotel is situated just 8 minutes on foot to the nearby Marina Grande beach and is perched upon the hillside with views over the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The rooms are lavishly decorated with historic tiles and period furniture which can also be found in the rooms, the amenities include terraces, whirlpool baths, Wi-Fi and flat screens. Upgraded suites add sitting areas.
The hotel boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant called La Sponda which is lit by the soft glow of 400 candles every night for the perfect romantic atmosphere. It also has a champagne and oyster bar, poolside bar and restaurant, outdoor pool and spa. The price of €307 per night includes a complimentary breakfast buffet.
What could be more romantic than to spend your honeymoon in an elegant Italian palazzo dating back to the 18th century? This palatial hotel is surrounded by manicured grounds and botanical gardens and is only five minutes by foot to the nearest beach. The rooms are adorned with period decoration and antique furnishings with their own terraces looking out onto the palazzo grounds.
Rooms are equipped with flat-screens, Wi-Fi and four-poster beds for that romantic and luxurious feel. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and an elegant restaurant with alfresco dining where you can enjoy your daily breakfast buffet included in the room prices which start from €243 per night.
A luxury, four-star hotel with picturesque views of the Amalfi Coast is one of the traveller favourites. With its clifftop location, you can enjoy Bellinis while sitting on the romantic, bougainvillaea-covered terrace overlooking the sea. The hotel has luxurious rooms decorated with colourful tiles and furnished balconies looking out over the sea, they are equipped with flat-screens, minibars and Wi-Fi. Suites include sitting areas and private hot tubs.
The hotel has a restaurant, bar, exercise room, infinity pool. Parking and a gourmet breakfast which can be enjoyed daily in the privacy of your room or under lemon trees laden with Amalfi lemons are included in the price of €200 per night.
For a gorgeous view of the coast but an excellent price, Hotel Piedimonte offers a honeymoon that will fit right in with your budget but sacrifices none of the romance. The rooms are airy, modern and minimalist in their décor, with terraces complete with Jacuzzis or sea views.
The rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs, safes and minibars. The hotel has a bar and restaurant and an outdoor pool. The prices start from only €124 per night and includes a delicious breakfast.
Things to do in Amalfi Coast while on your honeymoon
Explore the mountain trails of the Amalfi Coast
Trails connect the towns that are spread along the coastline, you can explore the whole coastline on foot and discover the picturesque villages that overlook the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Explore the staggering cliffs, vineyards and the cool shaded lemon and olive groves. An epic hike is “The Path of the Gods” which is suitable for all levels of hikers. The total route takes around 6 hours, so don’t forget to bring supplies of food and water, which you’ll definitely need especially with the hot summer sun.
Get out on the water
The beauty of the Amalfi Coast is best admired from the sea where you can truly take in the majestic views of the colourful, pastel-coloured houses. You can rent small boats in most of the Amalfi Coast towns such as Positano and Amalfi to explore the secluded coves and tranquil beaches dotted along the coast.
If you’re not so comfortable about steering a boat on your own, there are plenty of boat trips that can be organised where you can cruise along the waters and enjoy the romantic charm of your surroundings. Le Sirenuse Hotel organises boat trips on their wooden vessel whilst La Dolce Vita in Positano organises yacht charters.
A more budget-friendly way to explore the waters of the coastline is in a kayak which can be rented from the beaches and coastal towns.
Enjoy a picnic on a tranquil beach
If you want to get away from the crowds that flock to Amalfi or Positano beaches, pack a picnic and explore the deserted beach of Baia di Leranto, accessible on foot from Nerano village, or take a romantic stroll on the long stretch of beach at Mairoi village.
For the best sunset views, head to the village of Praiano, situated near Positano and sip on an aperitive while enjoying the changing colours of the stunning sunset.
Take a coastal drive
The most iconic drive in Italy is the 22 mile-long road that winds through the Amalfi Coast and takes you on a meandering journey around the Lattari Mountains. This hair-raising drive has twists and turns and those who suffer from carsickness should take a motion sickness tablet in advance!
Enjoy the route from Salerno to Sorrento whilst passing the iconic towns and villages of the Amalfi Coast, including Cetara, Amalfi, Positano and Praiano, among others. Don’t miss out on the experience of exploring these towns and you can even spend the night to make the most of your stay in each of them.
Explore Amalfi Town
Amalfi Town, which lends its name to the entire coastline is nestled more or less halfway between Sorrento and Salerno. Here you can visit the famous Grotta dello Smeraldo, or “the emerald cave” which is a partly submerged karst cave with an expansive chamber that reaches 24 metres in height and an interior lake which glows with a magical light.
A tour to the cave includes a boat ride to visit the lake within and takes only 30 minutes but is well worth it, as long as you avoid visiting the cave during the peak seasons of July and August where you will be jostling with crowds and waiting in queues.
Amalfi town is perfect to lose yourself in, wandering the narrow alleyways that are full of Italian charm, you can also find some of the best views by following the alleyways to the highest points of town where you can take in the panoramic vistas from a high vantage point. Visit the beautiful Piazza del Duomo to take in the vibes of the Amalfi lifestyle and be sure to visit the stunning Cloister of Paradise at Duomo di Sant’Andrea, where you will feel transported back in time to the 13th century.
Experience La Dolce Vita in Positano
Visit the romantic town of Positano with its colourful buildings and gorgeous beaches. Positano exudes glamour and you can spend the day wandering through the charming passageways or shopping at designer clothing boutiques, sunbathe with the locals on the beach or taste the freshly-caught seafood served up in the beachfront restaurants. Well-known for being picture-perfect, Positano is one of Italy’s most photographed towns.
Explore Ravello and its magnificent villas
No trip to the Amalfi Coast would be complete without a visit to Ravello, perched high on the cliffs of the coast with stunning gardens that were created to inspire a feeling of romance. Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone are historic roman villas with romantic gardens to explore, with views of the sprawling coastline and the cerulean waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
For the most romantic views, follow the pathways in the gardens of Villa Cimbrone to discover the Terrace of Infinity, which as its name states, boasts unparalleled views of the coast.
Ravello also has played host to an annual summer festival every July and August since 1953, the town comes to life and the centre becomes a stage for concerts, ballet performances and film screenings. For the best views and amazing cuisine featuring local specialities, head to Da Salvatore where you can taste some authentic and exceptional wood-fired pizza.
Learn to cook Amalfi cuisine
Discover the authentic flavours of the Amalfi coast under the guidance of a chef where you will learn how to make some traditional dishes using the finest locally-sourced ingredients. You can learn the techniques of making gnocchi, eggplant parmesan and enjoy the fruits of your labour accompanied with wine.
There are even vegetarian cooking classes so no one will be left out. Prices for cooking classes in Sorrento start from €110. If you are in Ravello, be sure to take a course with the famous Mamma Agata where she will show you how to make limoncello from plump lemons straight from the garden.
Escape to the island of Capri
If you want to explore further offshore, head to Capri, one of Italy’s most popular honeymoon destinations! Easily reachable by ferry or boat from either Positano or Amalfi, you can take the chairlift to enjoy the breath-taking views from atop Monte Solaro where you can see the bay of Naples. Enjoy the atmosphere for the piazzetta where you can sit in a café and watch the world go by.
Capri is also home to the Blue Grotto where you can visit the sea cave by boat and marvel at the magical blue glow within the cave. A full-day tour from Naples or Sorrento will take you around the backdrop of the film “Mamma Mia”, explore the blue grotto and the island of Capri.
Romantic places to eat on your honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast
This restaurant has been an institution on the Amalfi Coast since it opened in 1959 and has been awarded. Michelin star. Celebrities of all kinds have dined there, including that famous Italian film director, Federico Fellini and the artist, Andy Warhol. The restaurant is decorated with beautiful artwork, frescoes, marble floors and colourful, fresh-cut flowers.
The dishes are authentic, with recipes that date back over 50 years and will give you a taste of true Amalfitano cuisine. Try the delicious fish grilled in lemon leaves served in a sauce made of wild fennel and almonds or to taste a bit of everything, indulge in the tasting menu.
This two-Michelin-starred restaurant serves delicious Southern cuisine and is only open between the months of November to March, advance booking is highly recommended. Enjoy freshly-caught fish and lobster served to perfection or try their wild rabbit for a taste of the Amalfi Coast.
Aside from the delicious cuisine and extensive wine cellar, you can enjoy the views from their terrace, overlooking the deep blue sea. This is definitely a restaurant not to miss on your romantic honeymoon and dining under the stars will be sure to be one of the highlights of your Amalfi Coast holiday.
This gorgeous restaurant features some of the Amalfi Coast’s freshest ingredients and daily catch within the settings of a former convent with its faded frescoes. Here you can taste the sea in their fish dishes including the house specialty of locally-fished anchovies serve in seven different ways and their delicious al dente Gragnano spaghetti. It is also a famous pizzeria where you can order a variety of pizzas.
Be sure to try the homemade Limoncello and the Al Convento’s Cuopperia, a serving of mixed fried fish with a generous squeeze of fresh Amalfi lemon on top, you can even take it to go and enjoy the snack on the go whilst exploring the village. In the summertime, the restaurant fills up with locals and tourists alike who come for the views and the sublime authentic flavours, so book in advance to avoid disappointment!
La Sponda can be considered one of the most beautiful and romantic restaurants on the coast, overlooking the dome of the church in Positano and with expansive views over the sea, the dining room is decorated with hand-painted ceramic tiles and vines weave their way up the crisp white walls of the restaurant.
This Michelin-starred restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner and at night it is lit by the glow of 400 candles and you will be serenaded by live mandolin music, could any dining experience be more romantic?
The restaurant serves dishes that showcase the Amalfi Coast traditional cuisine with a modern twist and you must be sure to taste the linguini served with clams and a lemon zucchini pesto made from freshly-squeezed Amalfi lemons. The seafood is delicious and you can enjoy dishes such as red shrimps and creamy ricotta served on an asparagus puree accompanied by some fine Italian wines.
La Tonnarella is an enchanting restaurant nestled in a tiny bay that can be accessed by shuttle boat from the town of Amalfi, alternatively, you can reach this restaurant on foot by climbing down the steps leading down the coast road to the beach to the restaurant which dates back to the 1960s. Beloved by the jet-set crowd since the 60s, when the Amalfi Coast became the trendiest destination for celebrities, this restaurant has even served Jacqueline Kennedy herself!
You can taste the dish named after her called Spaghetto di Jacqueline, pasta served with pancetta, freshly-grated parmesan and courgettes. The star of the menu is the fresh seafood, so be sure to ask about the catch of the day.
Tours to do in Amalfi Coast on your honeymoon
Amalfi coast for foodies tour
If you are a gourmand and want to try all the incredible flavours on offer on the Amalfi Coast, don’t miss out on this five-hour tour from Sorrento. On this tour with an experienced foodie guide, you will visit a cheese factory, pizzeria and a family-run farm where you can taste authentic local produce including extra virgin olive oil and crust, freshly-baked bread.
You will discover the secret recipes passed down from Italian grandmothers and mothers to the next generations and even learn how to make a pizza, Neapolitan style! Enjoy tasting desserts, coffee and the famous Limoncello with a full belly and the flavours of the Amalfi Coast lingering in your mouth. Prices start from €120 per person.
Day trips from Amalfi Coast on your honeymoon
Visit Pompeii from Sorrento
Travelling to Southern Italy would not be complete without a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site of Pompeii. On this full-day tour, you will visit the impressive historical city buried in ash, giving us an insight into how Romans once lived through the preserved ruins of temples, marketplaces, brothels, private homes and Roman baths you will encounter on your visit.
Next, you will visit Mount Vesuvius to hike to the summit and enjoy incredible views over Pompeii itself or even peer into the crater of this powerful volcano. The tour costs €47 per person and includes coach travel from Sorrento but entry fees to Pompeii (€16 per person) and the volcano (€10 per person) are not included.
Explore the island of Ischia
Famed for its hot springs and local cuisine, this is the perfect honeymoon day trip to relax and enjoy the local flavours. You guide will meet you in Sorrento and whisk you to the island of Ischia by hydrofoil, once there you will walk the streets and savour some local delicacies such as Sfogliatella, a rich and sweet ricotta cheese-filled pastry.
Afterwards, you will visit Ischia Ponte, a famous landmark, taste some local panino sandwiches with mortadella before ascending Mount Epomeo for the views and a taste of the local wine. Finally, you will be able to explore Sant’Angelo and the streets of Ischia before returning back to Sorrento. This private tour is perfect for those who love food and sightseeing and costs €390 per person for a local guide, food, lunch and round-trip transfers.
Recommended honeymoon tours on the Amalfi Coast
- From Sorrento: Positano, Amalfi and Ravello guided tour
- Private Tour: Amalfi Coast Sunset Cruise from Positano or Amalfi
- Proposal and wedding in positano
- Capri by night with private boat
- Sunset tour, Special for Honeymooners and Romantic Gateways
- Cooking lesson for honeymooners
- Rental with driver | Marriage
- Sorrento Small-Group Food Walking Tour
- Amalfi Coast Boat Experience: from Sorrento to Positano, Li Galli, Rotonda and Castelletto
- Capri Island Tour and Grottos from Sorrento
- Sorrento Farm and Food Experience including Olive Oil, Limoncello, Wine tasting
- Montepulciano Wine Tour ( 3 wineries and lunch )
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