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Amalfi Coast: Positano, Capri, & Ravello, Italy | Travel Guide

Last month we shared photos and recipes inspired by our trip to Greece. After Greece, we set out for Italy just the two of us: to Rome & Naples, and then the Amalfi Coast. Here are the highlights of the Amalfi Coast — and we have a few more Italian recipe inspirations coming your way. 

The Amalfi Coast has been etched in our memory since we visited seven years ago on our honeymoon. The vibrant blue water, dizzying cliffs, and quaint lemon and olive groves make it hard to forget. Much as we love travelling to new places, we were dying to go back. So we returned seven years later, ready to see whether it was as good as we remembered.

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

Spoiler alert: it was. This gem is Positano. On this trip, we stayed in a small village right above it (Montepertuso), and got to see this view every morning when we walked into town. We felt a little spoiled.

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

The view from one of the best meals we had in Italy, at restaurant Da Vincenzo. The Linguine alla Napoli was delicious: the pasta cooked to perfect al dente. (Our best meal? Outside of Rome at our Italian friend’s mom’s place, here.)

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

Our favorite secluded beach in Positano.

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

A certain peach gelato from our honeymoon stuck out in my mind, which I had bought on our last visit near the main beach in Positano. We went back to the same place and sure enough, they had the gelato. It was just as I remembered, cool and refreshing with little chunks of frozen peaches throughout. It was such fun to relive one of the memories that inspired my love of food in the first place!

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

Our favorite part of the Amalfi Coast is the hiking. There are hundreds of trails, most of them the old “roads” before new highways were cut into the hillside. The vistas are amazing, and you can end up in someone’s olive or lemon groves if you aren’t careful. Each time we’ve come, we’ve brought a book that helps navigate the trails (though it’s still easy to get lost!).

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

This time, one of our favorite hikes was up to a huge, round hole in the mountain that towers above Positano. There were no other people in sight, and we sat looking down on Positano below, listening to the traffic and boat horn barely echo up frrom the beach below.

 

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Capri | A Couple Cooks

We took a few day trips; the first was a 30-minute boat ride to the island of Capri. This was one of our favorite spots on our honeymoon, so we couldn’t wait to go back. The day was a bit cloudy at first and looked like it was going to pour, but luckily the sun surfaced for the majority of the day.

The Amalfi Coast: Capri | A Couple Cooks

Arco Naturale, a natural arch.

The Amalfi Coast: Capri | A Couple Cooks

Insalata caprese (or, Capri Salad) on Capri. I had been looking forward to this the entire trip, and it tasted quite refreshing after a day of hiking.

The Amalfi Coast: Capri | A Couple Cooks

Capri also has some amazing lemon and orange granitas.

The Amalfi Coast: Capri | A Couple Cooks

The best known sight in Capri is Il Faraglione, a formation of three iconic rocks. We were looking forward to photographing them, but were worried the weather wouldn’t cooperate. Luckily, we were able to get a bit of blue sky to snap these shots (and hope to have a print to hang our our walls soon!)

The Amalfi Coast: Capri | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Capri | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Capri | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Capri | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Capri | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Capri | A Couple Cooks

Leaving Capri to head back to Positano…

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Positano | A Couple Cooks

On our final day, we took a day trip to Ravello, a town high up in the cliffs.

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

Villa Cimbrone is a villa in Ravello built in the 1900’s, with gorgeous gardens open to the public. We came back to see one special place…

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

This! The Terrace of Infinity. It’s an extraordinary place, the blue sea stretching for miles. It makes you feel both insignificant and special, all at once.

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

Here’s a shot you see on the cover of all Amalfi Coast guidebooks (if you’ve never seen one, you’ll recognize it now). It’s in a different villa called Villa Rufolo, which sits just around the corner.

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

After the villas, we hiked down from Ravello to catch a ferry back. Steps like these are everywhere on the Amalfi Coast – and they’re much better going down than up.

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

The evening of our last day, we decided to hike all the way from the beach at Positano to our favorite “hole”, towering above the town. After squeezing through tiny paths and steep inclines, we made it to the top and gazed over Positano one last time.

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast: Ravello | A Couple Cooks

The Amalfi Coast is absolutely stunning, and we are so grateful to have been able to take another trip there.  It was so special for us to revisit a culture and place that meant so much to us early in our marriage. We left feeling rested and relaxed, though we’d been on our feet constantly!

It was a whirlwind trip – from Greece to Rome to Naples to the Amalfi Coast, each place beautiful and unique in its own way. Thank you so much for letting us share these memories with you!

Have you ever been to the Amalfi Coast, or thinking of taking a trip there? Let us know your thoughts or questions!

Where we stayed: We’d recommend where we stayed on our honeymoon, Punta Civita. It’s between Ravello and a smaller village called Atrani so it’s slightly inconvenient to get to, but the views are to die for.

Positano Restaurant Recommendations:
Da Vincenzo (Positano)
La Terra (Montepertuso) – Great views here!
Donna Rosa (Montepertuso) – a little pricey, but family owned

Other tips:
Hiking guide book
Go to Pompeii! (We went the first trip and it is amazing.)

Amalfi Coast and Capri Travel Guide | A Couple Cooks

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53 Comments

  • Reply
    P&F
    August 4, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Beautiful pics!
    Cheers!
    preppyandfunny.wordpress.Com

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      Anonymous
      May 19, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you so much for this blog, my husband and I are going to Rome and Amalfi coast in September. We now have some great recommendations thanks to you!!! If you have any recommendations for Rome we would sooooo love to hear them! Thanks for all the beautiful work! Deanna.

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    Katrin
    August 4, 2014 at 8:41 am

    So jealous right now! Looks absolutely stunning!

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    Maria
    August 4, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Gorgeous! My husband lived on the Amalfi coast for six months during college and we have pictures that he took on the trip. We plan on going there as a family of four when the kids get older :)

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      Sonja
      August 6, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      Wow, what a wonderful experience for your husband to live on the Amalfi Coast! It will be an amazing trip to return with your children – something they’ll never forget! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth
    August 4, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Positano is a magical place. I was there 2 years ago and loved it – strolling down the winding streets and ending up on that gorgeous beach at the bottom. Our drive along the Amalfi Coast to get there was a bit hair-raising with our tour bus driver going a bit too fast, driving one-handed while talking on his cell phone! Your beautiful pics bring all the memories back!

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      Sonja
      August 6, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      Haha, your bus ride sounds about right! We rode the buses when we went on our honeymoon, but this time we opted for hiring a car to take us there — that bus ride is quite an experience! :)

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    August 4, 2014 at 11:16 am

    The Amalfi Coast is magical, isn’t it? Some of our best memories in Italy were from that area. Lovely photos and the eats looked nothing less than spectacular, especially the Linguini alla Napoli.

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      Sonja
      August 6, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      Yes, so magical…sigh! Where else did you travel in the area?

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    Heather
    August 4, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Wow. Such beautiful photos. Sounds like you had an amazing time.

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      Sonja
      August 6, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      Thanks so much, Heather!

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    Anna
    August 4, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Beautiful photos! My boyfriend and I are headed to the Amalfi coast next month! Will definitely check out some of these hikes and the restaurants you recommended.

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      Sonja
      August 6, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      Oh wonderful – you will just love it! Let us know if you need any more recommendations or suggestions!

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    Heather || Heather's Dish
    August 4, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Trust me, I know how weird this sounds…but I have tears in my eyes because these photos are so gorgeous! My husband and I are hoping to take a big European vacation for our 10 year anniversary in 2 years, and this has been on my “must see” list since I first saw ‘Under the Tuscan Sun.’ So gorgeous!

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      Sonja
      August 4, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Oh, so sweet (and not weird at all)! I also get emotional about beautiful places :) You must go — you will be blown away by the beauty. Where else do you plan to go?!

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    Kathryn
    August 5, 2014 at 6:15 am

    The first holiday I went on with my boyfriend was to the Amalfi Coast so it has a very special place in my heart (not least because I figured if we could spend five days together without arguing, it probably meant we were good for life). I loved seeing your pictures and being reminded of our time there again xo

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      Sonja
      August 6, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      Aww, what a sweet memory! We loved your recent photos of Sardinia too – that’s now on our list!

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    Ashlae
    August 5, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Well, now you made me regret our decision to not go to the Amalfi Coast last summer. Jerks.

    ;)

    • Reply
      Alex
      August 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      I tried to tell you, but you just wouldn’t listen!

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    Jessica
    August 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I would love to know what camera gear you guys took! I’m going to be traveling to Italy around the New Year and I have no idea what to take with me, and would like to make it minimal if possible. Also, I was planning to travel to Florence and Rome, but I just may have changed my mind! Holy gorgeous!

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      Alex
      August 8, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Hi! We aren’t the people to talk to for minimal gear :) We took our Canon 5D SLR and used a 24-70mm lens for most of the shots. We also took a 35mm lens. Good luck deciding where to go!

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    Gillian
    August 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Oh it looks like you had an absolutely dreamy time in Positano.

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    Lorrie
    August 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Gorgeous pictures. We are heading there 8/19 for a my 60th birthday celebration! So excited can barely concentrate on anything but the Amalfi Coast. Da Vincenzo is on our list!

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    erin
    August 12, 2014 at 12:18 am

    So, I’ve hesitated looking through this post for a few days because I knew the second I did, I’d want to start planning a trip (which is true). Between these photos and the Greece photos- I can’t believe you came back :)

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    Leanne
    August 14, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Wow, your pictures are amazing. I am getting excited as my family & our friends family are going to the Amalfi coast in September. We are staying in Nocelle, high up on the cliffs. I know the view will be spectacular but I am a little concerned that it may difficult getting around. Can we take steps down to Positano easily or would you recommend the bus? If so, how long do you think it will take us to walk down? I think we had better bring good walking shoes. I am looking forward to seeing Capri. There are 8 of us travelling together. Are there cabs large enough to accommodate all of us? Thank you for your lovely blog. All the best, Leanne & family.

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      Alex
      August 14, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Hi! We actually took the bus up to Nocelle one day and then walked down from there to our hotel. I’d definitely recommend walking down to Positano from Nocelle if you have time — the views are spectacular and the paths are very well-built. I’m not sure if there are any cabs that fit 8, but the I’d definitely recommend the bus… it might be a little crowded at the beginning, but it’ll loosen up as you get closer to Nocelle. Also, we had friends stay in Nocelle this summer and they highly recommend the hole-in-the-wall pizza place :) Have a great trip!

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    Dan
    October 21, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Splendid photos. The Amalfi Coast is a photographer’s paradise as there’s a photo opportunity at every turn.

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    Heather
    February 27, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Hi Sonja! I came across your blog while looking for hiking info in Positano on Pinterest. Your post is exactly what I was looking for! You took such beautiful, awe-inspiring photos, and it made me even more excited for my husband and I’s upcoming trip there in early June. We both love hiking and discovering new places on foot, and I was just wondering how you came upon some of these smaller, less-traveled trails? I checked the link you provided for the hiking book. Did you just use that book to find these trails, or did you maybe talk to locals for advice on where to go? We will only be in Positano for 3 days before heading to Rome and then San Gimignano, and we would like to see as much of Positano and Capri on foot as we can those days. I was just wondering if you had any advice you could share. Thanks!

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    Coman Mihaela Georgiana
    March 4, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Helloo,
    All the pictures are amazing,I am planning to go this year also to Positano by plane and I would want to ask you if you know the price/pers for the trip to Capri Island ,the price for the bus I think is SITA bus the local transportation,and the taxi from the Napoli airport up to positano in case you came by plane.

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      Alex
      March 4, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you! I don’t recall the cost for the ferry from Positano to Capri — maybe around 30 euro round trip. We had a private taxi from the Naples airport to Positano and I think it was around 100 euro for a one-way trip. Hope that helps!

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    Clarissa
    April 10, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you both so much for this helpful and suggestive post. I am making my first trip to Italy with my boyfriend next month and will at the Amalfi coast for 4-5 of our 14 day trip! I really wanted to hike and take in breathtaking views during our time there so I’m very happy to run across your blog!! We are booking a few air BnB’s during our trip, but for the most part he wants to just kind of “wing it” and see where we end up on which day, which makes me nervous bc I’m a planner. How has your experience been reserving rooms there? Have you done last minute reservations or always had a plan of where you were staying? Any tips and advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Beautiful pictures!!!

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      Alex
      April 15, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Hi! The towns along the Amalfi Coast are small, so I’d recommend booking ahead. Tripadvisor and AirBNB have been great for helping to find places.

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    Annette
    April 12, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Hi,

    Thank you for sharing great photos and information! We are planning to visit Amalfi in july and would love to do some hiking. Many webpages warn it is too hot for hiking. Did you visit amalfi in june or july? Best regards, Annette

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      Alex
      April 15, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Hi! We visited Amalfi a few years back in July and it was hot but not terrible. I think as long as you have plenty of water you should be fine!

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    Nora
    April 15, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    How did you get to Ravello when you went on the day trip? Also, you wrote that you hiked down from Ravello to “catch the ferry back”. Where did you hike down to? Where did you catch the ferry from and did it take you back to Positano? Thanks for your help! Love your Blog!

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      Alex
      April 15, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      Nora —

      Thanks! We took a Ferry from Positano to Amalfi (and back), then caught a taxi up to Ravello. The ferry schedules are posted all over the place, or you can ask your hotel. You could take the bus as well, but we wanted to maximize times. We then followed a staircase hike (described in hiking book linked above) down from Ravello back to Amalfi. It’s a bit tricky but has the most amazing views!

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    Ayesha Cheema
    May 6, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Loved this post! I went to Rome-Florence-Venice and Milan beginning of this year and loved it. We really wanted to go to the Amalfi Coast also but because of the weather, decided against it. Your pictures are so vivid and gorgeous! That peach gelato just made me drool! Yum!

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    Grace
    October 3, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks for such great info and lovely photos. Keeping this on file for future reference.
    Grazie

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    Jade
    November 3, 2015 at 11:34 am

    What beautiful photos! That peach gelato looks amazing. Wish I hadn’t missed it but I did get a wonderful melon popsicle in Positano that was absolutely to die for. I would go all the way back just for that! Your day trip to Capri looked fantastic as well. Thanks for posting and hope you can visit the Amalfi Coast again soon. http://www.jadescapades.com/1-day-in-capri/

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    Rebecca
    January 11, 2016 at 1:35 am

    Your trip looks fantastic! My fiancé and I are planning a honeymoon to Italy and want to end with 4 or so days on the amalfi. Basically after two weeks of travel want to relax, lay by the pool, eat, stroll around town, and just enjoy! Which town do you recommend rhe best for romantic, and fun? Thanks you!

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      Alex
      January 11, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Hi! We’ve stayed in well-reviewed B&B’s within walking distance of both Amalfi and Positano and had a great experience at each. We know people that have loved Praiano and Ravello too; I don’t think you can make a wrong choice. I’d just read reviews of the hotels on tripadvisor and try to find a place that fits you :)

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    Lauren
    January 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Hi! Amazing photos! What type of camera did you use?!

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      Alex
      January 29, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you! We shooting with a Canon 5D.

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    Liz
    March 28, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Hi There! My soon to be husband and I are traveling to Positano in a few weeks for our honeymoon. I am really interested in the hiking trail that you found that big open rock formation (hole) that you said is above Positano. Is it on the way from Positano to Nocelle? or is it near Montepertuso? Would love to try and find it ourselves (is it labeled in a hiking book with a certain name?)! Also, which look out point do you recommend when on Capri to get a good view of the Il Faraglione? Thank you so much!!

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      Alex
      March 29, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Hi!

      The hike to the hole in the rock was from the center of Montepertuso and was very off of the grid, but only about 20 minutes or so up if I recall. We found the instructions in this book: http://amzn.to/22LIuSW
      In Capri, we found the best views from the hiking loop to the Arco Naturale for one side, and from the Giardini di Augusto on the other. We highly recommend all of the walks on Capri outside of the towns. Have a wonderful trip!

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    Melissa
    May 2, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Gorgeous photos! My husband and I are traveling to Positano this year. We will be there for 6 nights. Do you have any recommendations on hotels? We have Hotel Miramare booked…but are looking more at Hotel Buca di Bacco right now. :)

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      Alex
      May 4, 2016 at 7:52 am

      Hi!

      We don’t have any strong recommendations for you, sorry! Both of these hotels look wonderful so I don’t think you can go wrong :)

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    Louise Hoelker
    July 19, 2016 at 10:36 am

    My husband and I are looking at Amalfi Coast and Rome in early October. You mentioned a day trip to Capri, is Capri just a day trip? or longer? We dont want to be moving a lot, but heard Capri is very nice. Appreciate any thoughts.

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      Alex
      July 19, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Hi!

      Capri can certainly be done in a day (though it would be lovely to stay there as well!). In the summer, there are daily ferries from both Positano and Amalfi, just ask your hotel to help you get tickets. It’s hard to find the schedules online.

      If you do go for a day, I’d take a guide book that includes Capri. We chose to wander around the paths and beaches rather than do a boat tour, but I don’t think you can go wrong! Have a great trip!

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