A few months ago, we explored Naples on a cruise stop, and the Amalfi Coast beckoned. With just 10-11 hours in port, we had to make the most of our time to explore both Amalfi and Naples before heading back to the ship. Here’s a breakdown of our experience and some crucial advice for your own adventure. If you’re planning to visit this stunning destination, especially on a cruise ship stopover, be sure to watch this video and read on for essential tips.

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Planning Your Amalfi Coast Excursion

Tip #1: Choose the Right Tour Guide, Book in Advance

If you want to explore the Amalfi Coast independently, book tours or guides well before your cruise arrives. Cruise ship excursions tend to fill up quickly. A good tour guide makes all the difference and we lucked out with our local guide Luca. He played a crucial role in making our tour of the Amalfi Coast a memorable experience. He was punctual, informative, and helped us navigate the region efficiently.

Tip #2: Capture the Beauty of the Amalfi Coast – Bring Your Cameras

The winding roads on our drive to the Amalfi Coast showcased breathtaking scenery. This goes without saying, but make sure you have your camera or phone handy to capture the beauty of this Italian gem. Even in the early morning, the sights are worth documenting, providing lasting memories of the coastal drive.

Tip #3: Cash and Spending – Credit Cards vs. ATMs

I personally prefer to use a credit card when spending on a cruise stopover. If you need cash, however, the cruise ship ATMs or physical banks are your best options. Beware of sketchy ATMs out in the open or connected to small convenience stores. Parking in coastal areas like Positano on the Amalfi Coast can be expensive, so plan accordingly based on your budget.

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Exploring the Amalfi Coast

Tip #1: Beat the Cruise Ship Rush

Our guide Luca recommended visiting Amalfi early in the day to beat the rush of cruise ship passengers (who typically show up later in the day). Thanks to Luca’s advice we had the freedom to explore for about an hour and a half before it got really crowded. Don’t miss the cathedral, Duomo di Amalfi, which offers a captivating experience. Luca’s local insights allowed us to make the most of our time.

Tip #2: Be Sure to Check Out Positano

Positano, 45 minutes away, was our next stop. Luca’s recommendations for parking and dining were invaluable. Despite its reputation for being a bit pricey, Positano’s charm and breathtaking views make it worth every penny. We discovered a delightful restaurant, Restaurant Lilant, with a fantastic vantage point of the sea.

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Tip #3: Navigating Traffic and Parking

Traffic and parking along the Amalfi Coast can be challenging at the best of times – having a private tour guide like Luca was essential for navigating the coast in our tight schedule. Luca’s expertise ensured a seamless experience moving from site to site, allowing us to focus on enjoying the moment rather than worrying about logistics.

Final Thoughts


Exploring Naples in a Short Time Frame – If you have limited time in Naples, consider a driving tour instead of extensive walking, especially if you’re feeling tired from your Amalfi Coast excursion or have limited time before the cruise ship departure deadline.

Local Guide, Unsung Hero – A massive thanks to Luca for being the unsung hero of our Amalfi Coast adventure. His knowledge, suggestions, and warm hospitality made our day truly special. We don’t do sponsored posts or ads on this blog or our YouTube page, I only recommended services I have personally used and paid for myself in past trips. If you’re planning a cruise to Naples, consider reaching out to Luca for a personalized and memorable excursion.

Luca’s Phone Number +39 333 325 7567 Send him a message on WhatsApp and tell him that you saw Alex & Erika’s video for our stop in Naples.

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