As a sort-of local (I have lived part time in central Amalfi now for 4 years) I travel here from Roma all year round and I really love to explore the local area. The locals out of season are very open and friendly (there are about 3,000 inhabitants) but during the summer peak season the population grows to over 30,000!! So of course nobody really has time to talk to you.
I generally use my motorbike and/or car or van to travel to Amalfi but in the summer I use either the motorbike or public transport as there is nowhere to park a car. Car parking is a major problem as the town’s 2 car parks fill up very early and cost 30 Euro per car per day, and then visitors cannot stay as the fines for incorrect parking are terrible!!. Around 150 Euro tow fee plus 30 Euro fine.
So during the peak season which is June to September you should use the EXCELLENT public transport. The main two are SITA buses (http://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/) and Alicost ferries (http://www.alicost.it/). Both work very well indeed and hey, let the bus and or the ferry take the strain and lean back and watch the scenery!!!
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