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Amalfi Coast Ferry Schedule 2016

Amalfi Coast Ferry Schedule 2016

While the twisty Amalfi Coast Road is justifiably famous, my favorite way to get around is on the ferry. You get to avoid the traffic and all those curves while at the same time getting a first class view of the coastline from the sea. I receive a lot of questions about using the ferries on the Amalfi Coast, so I’ll cover as many as I can here for the 2016 season.

 

Where do ferries depart for the Amalfi Coast?

The most extensive ferry service on the Amalfi Coast is run by Travelmar, with a line that connects Salerno, Amalfi and Positano. They also feature a service that connects Maiori and Minori with Amalfi. The company Gescab offers ferry service connecting Amalfi and Positano from Capri. Sometimes during peak summer season there is ferry service to the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento. It was offered in 2016, but I will update this post when I find out 100% that there is ferry service from Sorrento for this season.

 

Where do the ferries stop on the Amalfi Coast?

Ferry service on the Amalfi Coast is primarily focused on Amalfi and Positano. However, there is also a smaller boat service between Maiori and Minori to Amalfi so travelers can connect to other boats to reach Positano, Salerno and Capri.

Taking the Ferry to Positano

When do the ferries run on the Amalfi Coast?

There aren’t set dates for the ferry boat service along the Amalfi Coast each year. There are some general guidelines, but they are weather dependent. Ferry service usually begins on the Amalfi Coast each year in time for Easter, which kicks off the tourist season. Services run through the autumn until the end of October or beginning of November, depending on how long good weather holds out. If you’re planning on visiting in the early spring or late autumn, it’s best to have a plan B in case the ferries aren’t running due to rough seas or bad weather.

 

What is the ferry schedule on the Amalfi Coast?

The Travelmar website is available in English and you can check out the ferry schedule here. They also have an app linked to from their website that you can download in advance. Gescab has their schedule for ferry service between Salerno, Amalfi, Positano and Capri here.

Positano Ferry Amalfi Coast

How much does the ferry cost on the Amalfi Coast?

Prices vary depending on the length of your journey and the company. In general, on Travelmar the prices are €8.00 per person between Amalfi and Positano and a bit more from Salerno all the way to Positano. You can find all the Travelmar rates here.

 

Can I buy ferry tickets in advance on the Amalfi Coast?

Yes! Both Travelmar and Gescab offer online ticketing in advance via their respective websites. You can also book in advance on the Travelmar app.

Ferry to Positano

Where is the best place to sit on the ferry?

All of the ferries along the Amalfi Coast have two levels of seating. The upper level is open on the top of all the boats while the lower area is closed off. The view from down below can be just as great – as long as you’re on the correct side of the boat. And the view from the top is also better if you know which side of the boat to snag a seat on. In general, if you’re heading from Amalfi to Positano or Capri, when you get on the boat head to the right side. If you’re going from Capri or Positano to Amalfi, when you get on go to the left side. That way you’ll be on the side of the coastline for the journey. But no worries if it’s crowded and you can’t get the best seat. You can always move around on the ferry and even go out front or stand at the back and watch where you’ve been. I’m always moving around and taking photos. (Yes, even after nine years here!)

 

Is it a problem to take luggage on the ferry?

Not at all! Many people do. Just be aware that you might need to pay a small extra fee for each piece of large luggage and you’re responsible for lugging it on and off the boat.

 

Can I take a ferry to Ravello?

Well, you’d have to catch the special flying ferry to reach Ravello, because it’s situated about 1,200 feet above sea level. But, no worries, you can simply take the ferry to Amalfi and then continue up into the mountains to Ravello via bus or taxi.

Amalfi Coast Boat Service

Alright that last question was just for fun. (Although I have actually been asked that numerous times!) Are there any other questions about taking the ferry on the Amalfi Coast that I’ve missed?

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5 Incredible Aerial Videos of the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast Travel Aerial Photo Atrani

It’s those quiet winter months on the Amalfi Coast when everyone is dreaming of the sweet scents of spring and those lazy, hazy days of summer days to come. This is the time of year when comments start pouring in on Instagram and here on Ciao Amalfi from people around the world dreaming about upcoming vacations to the Amalfi Coast. So since we’re all in the mood for a bit of travel dreaming, I’ve put together a collection of the most stunning and inspiring aerial videos I’ve seen of the Amalfi Coast. Set them full screen, sit back and get ready to dream!

 

Aerial Footage of Sorrento, Capri & Positano 

Be prepared to be swept away by this incredible aerial video that starts in Sorrento, continues to Capri and then goes along the Amalfi Coast to Positano. The view on Capri as the video rises over Monte Solaro is breathtaking! The peak of Monte Solaro is the highest point on the island of Capri and visiting there one of my favorite things to do on the island. You can easily reach the top from Anacapri thanks to a super fun chairlift. (Read about it here.) I’ve never seen anything that comes so close to capturing that incredible vista or the feeling of standing up there, peering over the edge with the sea breeze blowing in your face.

 

Aerial Drone of Positano by Alfonso Longobardi

With sweeping views over Positano and the ever so catchy “Volare” by Dean Martin to accompany it, this is a video I could watch over and over again. It’s no secret, I have. However, if someone who knows Positano even better than me could let me know which hotel is having that wedding in the video I would love it. (Is it L’Ancora?) I shared this video last week on the Ciao Amalfi Facebook page and got such a great response that it inspired this blog post!

 

Amalfi Coast Boat Rental Highlights from Exclusive Cruises 

My good friends over at Exclusive Cruises made this fabulous video that captures how much fun it is to rent a boat on the Amalfi Coast. I particularly love the scene that pans up the Duomo of Amalfi. And, yes, you simply must experience the Amalfi Coast from the sea on your next visit. Exclusive Cruises can show you how!

 

Amalfi Coast Aerial Video from Salerno to Amalfi

I shared this aerial video from Salerno to Amalfi a couple of years ago, but it’s too good not to share again. It covers Atrani and Amalfi especially well. So combined with the other videos in this blog post you can take an aerial tour from Salerno along the Amalfi Coast to Sorrento and even Capri!

 

Drive & Drone Along the Amalfi Coast

This beautiful video was created by Citroën, so naturally it features the Amalfi Coast drive as well as incredible drone footage. Love the aerial shot of the Marina di Praia beach in Praiano!

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Winter Weather Layers

Amalfi Coast Travel Winter Weather Ravello

A grand sky scene in the above Ravello

The first week of this new year has come and gone seemingly in a haze. Mostly because it has been rainy and grey with low lying clouds that actually do make it hazy. At least outside my house! As I write, big clouds are blowing by thanks to strong winds from the sea. Classic winter weather on the Amalfi Coast. Winter also means big, dramatic skies, which is quite a sight to see. Here are some of the scenes that caught my eye this week.

Amalfi Coast Travel Winter Weather Clouds

A mix of sunshine and clouds above Amalfi

 

Amalfi Coast Travel January

It’s not very often that the sky above Amalfi steals the show

 

Amalfi Coast Travel Winter Sunset

A cloudy winter sunset in Amalfi

 

Amalfi Coast Winter Travel January

Walking along the pier in Amalfi at sunset

 

Amalfi Coast Winter Travel Scala

Looking down on Amalfi from Scala with big clouds and a spotty sea

Nicki down the coast in Positano has shared some beautiful winter weather photos here. What is winter like where you live?

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Ice Skating in Amalfi

Amalfi Ice Rink Skating

There is a fun addition to the festive atmosphere in Amalfi this year with the arrival of an ice skating rink. Yes an ice skating rink in Amalfi! The kids in town have been enjoying trying it out on these warm December days. There are even cute little bears they can push around to get used to the ice. It certainly isn’t a natural experience on the Amalfi Coast!

Amalfi Coast Ice Rink

The ice rink is set up along the lungomare with beautiful views of the harbor and Amalfi. Even if you’re not one to take to the ice, you certainly can’t beat the view!

Amalfi Ice Skating Rink

The ice rink in Amalfi is open until January 6th, 2016.

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Home Again

Amalfi Coast Travel Welcome Home

Last week I landed back in Italy after nearly a month spent traveling in America for work and to visit my family in Nebraska. (Helloooo early Thanksgiving gatherings!) It was a whirlwind trip with stops in New Orleans and New York City before heading to Nebraska. I found there’s still a wee bit of jazz on Bourbon Street if you know where to go and spent an incredible day wandering through Central Park surrounded by autumnal splendor. But there’s nothing quite like arriving back home on the Amalfi Coast.

Amalfi Coast Travel San Biagio

My husband had been regaling me with tales about how beautiful the weather had been all of November. Sunshine, unseasonably warm temperatures and crisp colors. So when we saw that the weather was going to change at the end of last week, we took the chance – jet lag and a head cold and all – to enjoy lunch out by the water in Amalfi.

Amalfi Coast Travel November

And of course my favorite winter pastime – a stroll long the long pier that juts out into the port of Amalfi. From there you have an incredible view back to Amalfi and the surrounding mountain valley. What I love best about this walk in the winter? Non c’è nessuno. There is no one. Sure you’ll pass a few locals out for a healthy walk, but that’s about it. But it’s basically just you, the water on both sides and Amalfi as the backdrop. Perfection.

Amalfi Coast Travel November Walk

After lunch the clouds started to arrive, which was the first sign of the change of weather to come. But there were still a few people scattered across the beach. The temperatures have dropped and it has been windy and rainy since Friday. Forget about making hay, you have to go to the beach when the sun shines.

Amalfi Coast Travel November Beach

With the Festival of Sant’ Andrea next week, soon Amalfi will take on a festive holiday atmosphere. It felt like I arrived back home just in time to catch the last glimpse of summer before it slips away into winter.

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