Planning your Time

The Amalfi Coast is laid out in the easiest possible way for touring—beginning to the west in Positano, proceeding east along the coastline for 19 km (12 miles) to Amalfi. From here it's less than 7 km (4½ miles) farther east to Ravello, the coast's other absolute must. If an overview of these three fabled spots is all you seek, three days will suffice. To experience a few more of the area's splendors, you'll need a minimum of five days. If staying in one place is a priority, and you will not be exploring much, pick a base—the obvious candidates are Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello—but it's best to arrange to stay overnight in at least two of these destinations.

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