Southern Italy's Amalfi peninsula has some of Italy's most spectacular coastal scenery. In summer it's very crowded but its mild temperatures make it a year-round destination. Sorrento is easily reached by public transportation and makes a good base for those without a car. During high season, ferries are the easiest way to get around but buses run along the peninsula all year. There's good shopping here and nearby Bay of Naples attractions such as Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius can be visited, too. Take a look at the Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples.
Sorrento - Sorrento is well connected to all the attractions of the Amalfi Coast and the archaeological sites of Campania, a good place to make a base for your Amalfi Coast vacation. From Sorrento you can take the ferry to Capri, the slow Circumvesuviana train to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Naples, and bus to the Amalfi coast.
Capri - Famous for the Blue Grotto, the small and charming island of Capri has but two towns, Capri and Anacapri. You can get each around on foot and take a bus between them. There are frequent boats from Sorrento and Naples.
Positano - Positano made the transition from sleepy fishing villages into one of Italy's most popular resort towns. You've seen it in "The Talented Mr. Ripley." Built into the steep seaside slope, it offers amazing views, especially if you walk or take the bus to the top.
Amalfi - Amalfi was a very powerful town and the first Sea Republic in Italy, later joined by Pisa, Venice and Genova. Amalfi is now a peaceful resort town with great views, of course.
Ravello - Less glitzy than Positano. Eat at Cumpa Cosimo near the Cathedral square for an entertaining meal.
Praiano - An ancient fishing village turned into a prestigious seaside resort; where have we heard that before? More "spread out" than the other villages, see the church dedicated to St. Luke, the Chiesa di San Luca Evangelista, containing relics of the saint.
Furore - A little village of 800 that wasn't much of a tourist destination until the mayor decided to have folks paint the place up nice and it became 'il Paese Dipinto'; the painted village. Lots of walks start from Furore. Good wine.