Finding an Amalfi Coast Airbnb can be the perfect way to see this most beautiful part of Italy (heck, one of the most beautiful places in the world!), especially if you’re on a budget!
I take nothing away from the local hotels – in fact, I have a total love affair with many of them, and if you want the total, luxurious package, you really can’t do better than Amalfi Coast hotels. More than anywhere I’ve stayed, the hotels here specialise in customer service, and providing the most gorgeous surroundings for you to relax in. And they do it perfectly, especially if you want to stay for a week or more.
But if you’re looking to stay for a couple of nights, or to cut costs by avoiding the extras that come with a hotel, vacation rentals might be the way to go. They tend to be a cheaper, you can stay in an authentic Amalfi Coast house and interact with the local community, and you can get a whole place to yourself! What’s not to love?
So let’s have a look at finding your perfect Italian trip, with where to stay on the Amalfi Coast, and the very best Airbnbs in each town!
When to visit the Amalfi Coast
Before we find the perfect Amalfi Coast Airbnb, tailored to your exact needs, let’s spill some tea about the region! But with zero shade, unless you count the refreshing ones found under palm trees, because those are good.
The Amalfi Coast is a beautiful stretch of steep coastline on the Bay of Salerno in southern Italy, comprising of three main towns – Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. Because of its position and Mediterranean climate, the best months to visit the Amalfi Coast are May and September. Most people have a strong leaning towards May, as you get great weather (warm without being too hot), with the added bonus of the local flora being in bloom.
September is the next best choice, with April and October hot on its heels. At these times of year, you can expect the weather to be good – especially in September – but with prices and tourist numbers a little more manageable. You do miss out on the region’s beautiful flowers in September and October, however – that might not sound too important, but you’ve not lived until you’ve walked through a combination of lemon groves and bougainvillea in bloom!
June, July, and August are the least preferable times to visit – too hot, too crowded, too expensive. And whilst you can technically visit in winter, don’t expect to find much open – it can be a lovely time to explore local life without the shadow of tourists, however.
So, which Amalfi Coast town to stay in?
Okay, before we do anything else, we need to take Step One. It’s the most important one of all: identifying which Amalfi Coast town is perfect for you. The three towns are very distinct, with their own pros and cons, and what’s ideal for one person might be totally wrong for another!
So let’s look at each town in turn – and because I’m super-good to you, I’m also going to not only include Sorrento and Capri (which are usually included within the Amalfi Coast bracket, even though they’re not technically in it!), but I’m also going to give you links to my very in-depth guides to the towns. That way, you can see everything you need to know about them, and answer the age-old question of where to stay on the Amalfi Coast!
If it were a person: Audrey Hepburn. Fashionable, and effortlessly chic.
Pros: Arguably the prettiest of the Amalfi Coast towns. Full of things to do, great views, and charming shops. Iconic beach. Great shopping options for fashion fans, and anyone who remotely likes the scent of lemon.
Cons: The most expensive of the towns. Very busy with tourists from April to October. Built on a hill, so not great for those with mobility issues or a hatred of steps.
Read more about things to do in Positano!
If it were a person: Meryl Streep. Established as one of the best, and classy all the way through.
Pros: Fantastic history. Smaller and quieter than Positano. Less tourists than Positano. Friendly locals. Good places to go shopping, especially for ceramics.
Cons: Not masses of things to do. Distinctly lacking in nightlife. Takes quite a while to reach places like Pompeii via public transport.
Read about spending one day in Amalfi!
If it were a person: RuPaul. Drop-dead gorgeous, and a little less conventional than their peers.
Pros: The most beautiful views on the entire Amalfi Coast. Small and friendly. Great selection of bars and eateries. Plenty of galleries for art lovers to poke around in.
Cons: Can be choked with tourists in the summer. Is located in the hills, and therefore lacks a beach. Can be difficult to reach when the roads are busy.
If it were a person: Madonna. Fun. A bit more brash. Very much in touch with their heritage.
Pros: Definitely recommend staying here if budget is most important. Great transport links to Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Capri and Naples. Loads to do. More restaurants than you can count. Super-friendly locals.
Cons: The liveliest of the Amalfi Coast towns, and not for those seeking time away from humanity. Busy with tourists in summer.
Read more about the best things to do in Sorrento!
If it were a person: Jackie Kennedy. Style icon who isn’t short of a bit of cash.
Pros: THE place to stay if you want designer shopping. Gorgeous views. Gorgeous walks which take in those gorgeous views. Top restaurants. Timeless, desirable location.
Cons: Expensive. The area around Piazza Umberto I gets incredibly busy with visitors and tour groups. No roads, and no hire cars. Can be just a teeny bit snobby.
Read more about the best things to do in Capri!
The very best Amalfi Coast Airbnb stays!
Have you picked out the town which appeals most, and read up on it? Great! Now it’s time to locate and book your perfect Amalfi Coast Airbnb!
I’ve visited the Amalfi Coast five times, so I have a few friends and contacts in the area, and I’ve asked them to scout out and recommend the very best Airbnbs in the area. It doesn’t matter if you’re staying for one night or five, or have five guests or one – these will all have a great host, be clean, and where possible, have the most beautiful views. I mean, who doesn’t want views of the Amalfi Coast?
Let’s take a look, and pinpoint the ideal stay for you!
Casa Guadagno: If you can find an Amalfi Coast Airbnb which is finer than this, then you’re doing well! Casa Guadagno is the perfect stay on the Amalfi Coast for couples, with one bedroom, one bathroom, and a view that you would literally give your teeth for. This lovely apartment with its view of the coast is your perfect Italian home, with a comfy double bed and air conditioning, and is situated by a beach in the quieter part of town. Breakfast is included, and has plenty of options! This is a Superhost property, and it shows.
Casa Baker: Want an entire apartment to yourself, right above the lovely Fornillo beach? Want a gorgeous tiled terrace balcony, where you can hang out and eat your meals al fresco? How about soundproof windows, an Apple notebook for your use, air conditioning, Netflix, and a washing machine so you’ll never have to worry about running out of clothes? Casa Baker has to be one of the best accommodations on the Amalfi Coast, and as good as anything you’ll find in a five-star hotel!
I Tesori del Mare: Positano is kinda expensive, am I right? Well, what if there was a way that you could get an entire apartment to yourself, with a Superhost, hot tub, fantastic views, and space for 4 guests? You can find all of that at I Tesori del Mare, situated just above Positano in the village of Montepertuso! The main thing you’ll have to consider is getting there; it’s an easy walk down to Positano, but a slightly tough walk back up the hills! But if that’s no problem, take advantage of the lower prices with this fabulously-appointed flat!
Lady Laura House: This is an utter gem of an Amalfi Coast Airbnb; a gleaming white apartment with a panoramic view of the sparkling blue sea, bougainvillea growing on your very own terrace overlooking the bay. With space for three people (double bed and sofa bed), it’s mere minutes away from the main square of Piazza Duomo, and is a typical Amalfi house with tiled floors and beautifully decorated kitchen. Cool and fully equipped, this is everything you need for an Amalfi stay!
Casa Nella Roccia: The name of this place translates as “house in the rock” – and you’ll soon see why! Located just metres from the town’s cathedral (as well as everything you’re going to need in town, such as cafes, restaurants, and the bus/ferry stops down at the harbour), this entire apartment has vaulted ceilings which you’ll immediately fall in love with! It might not be the most airy-looking, but its position keeps it wonderfully cool in the summer – it also has the advantage of having two bedrooms and two bathrooms, making it perfect for families!
Casa Mika: If you want to get away from the bustle of Amalfi, the tiny village of Atrani is a perfect base! It’s no more than an easy ten minute walk from Amalfi, but it’s one of my favourite spots on the Amalfi Coast. This apartment is situated right above the village’s handsome central piazza (check out the cafes and granita sellers in the square!), and has a gorgeous view of the sea from a private balcony. The apartment itself is perfectly clean, and can host up to 2 people, making it perfect for a quiet couples’ break!
Gala Residence Red Coral: You’ll see red coral in patterns and pottery all over the Amalfi Coast – and this beautiful Airbnb takes it as a theme, and creates something truly special! A Superhost property, this is an aparthotel with a truly amazing view – yup, you can lounge in the swimming pool located on the vast terrace, and gaze over the bay as you do so. Your apartment contains everything you need, and everything you’d expect, and is decorated to the very highest standard!
Casa Vacanze Mirò: The interior of this place might seem fairly standard – but the exterior more than makes up for it! Similarly to the Gala Residence Red Coral, you’ll have a terrace with the kind of view that’ll make photographers weep, but this time you get the whole property to yourself! With all the facilities you’ll need, including a small living room, kitchen and washing machine, and a short stroll into the centre of Ravello, you can truly see the best of the Amalfi Coast by staying here.
Casa Lucia: If you want to stay somewhere that really feels like an Italian home – not just a vacation rental – then Casa Lucia is the place for you. Decorated traditionally in tile and wood, you won’t compromise on any of the stunning views of other properties, with a gorgeous balcony which is begging for you to take breakfast there! The location is also excellent, a short hop from the centre of Ravello and the cafes and restaurants found there. It’s also perfect for visiting Villa Rufolo, which is a must!
Syreness Suites: I always highly recommend staying in the Old Town of Sorrento, as it’s an amazing part of the city – and these apartments are right in the middle of it all! Just a ten minute walk from the main street, and posessing an extremely reasonable price per night, Syreness Suites have got it all. The interior is fresh, cool, and modern, and up to 4 guests can have the whole place to themselves. Be aware that 6 nights are the minimum, but don’t worry – there’s no chance you’ll want to go anywhere else.
Casa Gilda Sorrento: Fancy staying in the most authentic part of Sorrento, slightly away from the crowds but within easy reach of everything you’ll need? What about somewhere right next to the town’s very best seafood restaurants? Casa Gilda Sorrento is the place for you: located in Marina Grande, this is a stunningly-decorated apartment with a glorious view of the harbour. Best part of all? The price – for what you’re getting, in terms of location and facilities, this place is a STEAL.
36Steps: If you love modern design, and you want to be in the very heart of Sorrento, you need to check out 36Steps in Tasso Square! This is literally the centre of town, and one of the best spots for people-watching, meaning that this apartment gives you the perfect place to retire after a busy day. All mod cons are here, including furniture made by local artisans and a wall-mounted television perfect for lazy mornings. Perfect for a night on the town, and perfect for Instagrammers, this could be ideal for you!
Idyllially Boat House: Okay, so this place isn’t strictly a boat house – instead, it just has a boat parked up outside. But it’s so close to that beautiful blue sea that it may as well be! Location is everything here: the apartment, which you’ll have to yourself, is situated right by the most desirable beach on the whole island at Marina Piccolo. You’ll be able to hit the beach early and snag your spot, then retire to a gorgeous home which boasts everything you’ll need. Beautiful decorations are the cherry on the cake!
Villa DAlessandro Niko Apartment: If you want a taste of luxury on the glamourous island of Capri, this will be perfect for you! Located in the quieter town of Anacapri, but a mere ten minutes walk to the bus stop serving Capri Town, you’re also within walking distance of the famed Blue Grotto. Each room is subtly and tastefully decorated, but the real draw is outside. On your private, grassy terrace, you’ll be able to relax in a hot tub whilst overlooking the Bay of Naples, watching the sun set over Sorrento. This place really is the stuff of dreams.
Angh’s Suite: Always wanted to stay on Capri, but always thought that it’d be out of your price range? Think again! This may be a private room rather than a private villa, but the prices can’t be beat – and you’ll be staying in a spotlessly clean apartment in an ideal location! Just a stone’s throw from the Marina, you’ll be perfectly place to catch the funicular to Capri Town or the bus to Anacapri – or just spend the day in your airy room with its high ceilings and tasteful decor!
I hope you’ve found the perfect Amalfi Coast Airbnb for you – you’re certainly spoilt for choice! But now you’ve got the information you need to know where to stay on the Amalfi Coast – simply pick the town which suits your needs, then choose one of the beautiful apartments available. Easy, right? And there you were thinking it’d hard to find something!
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Jiayi WangJune 19, 2020 at 11:52 pm
I LOVE the comparisons you made — Sorrento + Madonna. Just perfect 😀 I grew up in Italy and you made me miss these beautiful places in my country so much!! Thanks for putting this together, next time I visit this region, I’ll have lots of Airbnbs to check out 🙂
Kooky Loves to TravelJune 20, 2020 at 12:53 am
You made me fall in love with Amalfi coast!!!
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TaylorJune 20, 2020 at 4:00 am
This is amazing! I was supposed to go to this part of Italy last month, but we postponed and are hopefully going in September now. This is super helpful as we are planning to stay in Airbnbs during our time there. 🙂
Karlie @ Miss WanderlustJune 20, 2020 at 2:35 pm
I stayed in Amalfi on my first trip to Italy in 2008 – dreamy! I haven’t been back to the Amalfi Coast since, but I have way more exploring to do in the area! Great guide.
ShelleyJune 20, 2020 at 5:28 pm
Such a great post! I personally think the accommodations can make or break my trip, so this is super helpful for Amalfi planning.
Wes GaddisSeptember 8, 2020 at 1:08 am
I love staying in Airbnb’s because of the more homey or unique places to stay. The lodging chooses are as unique as the locations they are in. Plus the host can provide some great and useful tips to make any vacation more enjoyable.
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