Amalfi Coast with a Baby: It’s Possible!

When I decided to take a trip to the Amalfi Coast with a baby I turned to the Internet for advice. As it was our first trip (not counting coming back home from his birthplace) with a baby I wanted to know what to take and how baby-friendly is Positano and Amalfi.

Upon a day of full-on research, I was terrified and scraped this trip idea altogether. Everyone claimed that while traveling to Italy with a baby is great, Positano with a baby is the worst idea I could have. However, I’m glad I didn’t listen and took the trip after all, as it was amazing and definitely possible with a baby. 

How to Prepare for a Trip to the Amalfi Coast with a Baby:
What to Consider

Amalfi Coast with a Baby

Where to Stay on the Amalfi Coast with a Family

When you have a pram or a stroller you want to ensure that your destination is easily accessible. Everywhere I looked I was told that we should be staying in Sorrento because of the baby. While the easiness of strolling around Sorrento and the elevator down to the beach seemed tempting, I wanted to experience the sunsets of Positano as well. 

Also Read: Full Guide to Positano

For many parents, a baby carrier could simply solve the problem, but neither do I or my baby like the carrier. Plus, you don’t want to sit with a baby strapped to you at all times in hot weather or at the restaurant. child friendly restaurants Positano


Finding Family-Friendly Hotels on the Amalfi Coast

Many couples with small babies choose to stay in fully catered hotels so they can have a break from cooking and cleaning, but it’s not really our travel style. Plus, there are way too many dining options in the area you don’t want to miss out on. 

The issue on the Amalfi Coast, especially in Positano, is that many hotels simply don’t accept children at all, or children under 8 years old. However, just because many hotels and restaurants don’t accept children it doesn’t mean that the whole town, although small, is kids unfriendly. There’s even a giant playground on the beach, so Positano is a place where children can also have fun.

That said, restaurants on the beach are very family-friendly with fancy changing tables and older kids can play on the beach while the adults eat in peace. 

We were able to find some hotels that not only accepted kids but also provided cots and other baby gifts.

In Amalfi, we stayed at NH Convento di Amalfi which was one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever stayed with a private lemon garden, infinity pool and even a 13th-century monastery. 

In Positano, we stayed at Hotel Marincanto which had step-free access, wonderful view, and I’d definitely stay there again – with or without kids. 

hotel Marincanto Positano

Family-Friendly Hotels on the Amalfi Coast


The Most Child-Friendly Towns on the Amalfi Coast

The most kid-friendly towns on the Amalfi Coast apart from Sorrento (technically not on the Amalfi Coast) are Maiori, Minori, and Amalfi. All of them have a short boardwalk where you can go with the stroller without lifting it, a limited amount of stairs and relatively large pebble beaches to bring your pram along. 

Getting to the Amalfi Coast with Kids

If you’re traveling with babies or children it usually means that you won’t be traveling light with a small suitcase or a backpack. I was glad we rented a car and drove ourselves. 

If you’re afraid of driving on the windy roads of Amalfi, you can use public transportation at least to Sorrento, but I highly advise to take slightly more pricy Campania Express rather than Circumvesuviana that gets way too packed and very uncomfortable for children. 

From Sorrento, while there are public buses, do yourself a favor and arrange private transportation. Even off-season you might take waiting for the next available bus for hours standing on the crowded and narrow side of the road, so you don’t want to do it with small children or strollers. 

how to get to Positano


Positano with a Stroller

If I did this trip again, I’d probably bring only my lightweight Yoyo travel stroller instead of the main Uppababy Vista one. We wanted to minimize the number of things we carry through the airport, hence why we just took a car seat with a stroller base.

As a result, it made things heavier and required two people to carry it down the stairs instead of one, on top of making the baby sweaty (like in any carseat). If I was to do this trip again I’d leave the car seat in a car and walk around with a travel stroller

That said, we weren’t the only ones visiting Positano with a stroller. There were plenty of other “crazy” people with babies and strollers, so if you don’t want to believe just me that it’s possible. 

Positano with a stroller


What to Pack for Amalfi Coast with a Baby?

You need to keep your little one out of the sun, which means a hat, sunscreen and shade cloth are a must.

One thing I found quite difficult to get in the area were surprisingly diapers. Most of the time I buy diapers and formula at the destination to limit my luggage when flying with a baby, but you might want to stock up on diapers elsewhere.

I was lucky baby Dylan was still in size 1 and I was able to grab the last and only available pack of diapers at the one pharmacy in Positano and one in Ravello, but they didn’t have diapers in his size in Amalfi. The last thing you want on holidays is to run around looking for extra diapers.

Positano with a baby

Positano with kids

What to Do in Amalfi Coast with a Baby?

The best part of traveling with a small baby is that he’s pretty much happy with anything and easily amused by the surroundings. Dylan loved the boat ride and slept most of the time due to the calming motion.

We could also easily take him to the beach without having to worry about the sun as most sun loungers have umbrellas. 

Most restaurants were baby-friendly, minus a few fancy hotel-based spots in Positano (I listed them in my guide to Positano), but you can simply avoid those. 

Amalfi coast with kids

Any questions about traveling to Amalfi Coast with a baby? Post them below and I’ll reply ASAP.

8 thoughts on “Amalfi Coast with a Baby: It’s Possible!”

  1. Hi,
    I am from India and We have to go this month end in family function (marriage) Bali with 7 month old baby. As like you people we are also worried about weather change other things about baby.

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  2. We are planning on traveling to Amalfi Coast with our 2 year old son this June. We’d like to split our stay between 2 locations. Whether it be Positano, Amalfi, Sorrento or Capri. Your post has encouraged me that Positano could still work for us! I have a couple of questions. Do you think there are enough restaurants that accept toddlers? Is the stairs and walking in Positano really too much for toddler? I would really love to stay there.

    Did you visit Capri to stay or on day trip? From what I read it seems like Capri is not overly kid friendly, so maybe a day trip would work… but I’m wondering if even a day trip is not a good idea?

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    • Positano can definitely work! Plus it will be so much easier with a toddler that can actually walk ๐Ÿ˜€ The only restaurants that wouldn’t take toddlers and kids are at hotels that aren’t kid-friendly, but it was not a problem at other places. I’d avoid some restaurants that are on the side of the road (in case your toddler decided to take off).
      In terms of stairs, every hotel says how many stairs you have to go through to reach it, you can just avoid those. For instance, from Marincanto it was just a road down to the beach (no stairs) unless you reach the church, then about 10 steps – we asked which way to turn for fewer stairs and friendly locals explained it to us.
      Capri isn’t that baby-friendly in terms of facilities but I know people who have done it with babies and toddlers. I’d recommend going to Da Adolfo restaurant. It’s a restaurant only reachable by boat and they have a private beach there. It’s pretty fun for a half-day trip! I wrote more about it in my guide to Positano: https://annaeverywhere.com/positano-italy/

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  3. Sorry – I have one last question! We were thinking of renting a car and a carseat but everything I’ve read says parking and driving is difficult on Amalfi Coast. It worries me to take taxis without a carseat for him. So I’ve now thought maybe we can just as easily get around by train/bus. Do you think renting a car and renting or bringing a carseat is necessary?

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    • No problem at all! ๐Ÿ™‚ Parking is indeed difficult, but not impossible. It’s possible to get to some towns by bus/train, but frankly that would be more stressful because they’re always overpacked and you might end up waiting hours nad push through crowds to get on a bus (unless you’re just going to stay in Sorrento then it’s an easy train ride) – otherwise not recommended with a toddler and luggage. If you rent a car you can either find hotels that offer parking or opt for public parking lots (either way it will be 30-35 EUR per day). While in towns you won’t use a car at all, but it will be easier to get to Amalfi for sure.
      One thing about carseats and other baby safety items in Italy: no one cares about it. It’s very normal to take a taxi without a carseat in Italy and same goes for boats. When we rented a boat we called to make sure they have life vests and they told us multiple times they do, but once we got on the boat they were like: “Lifevest? no, we only have adult-size ones”. So if you’re worried bring your own life vest for him too.

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