Whilst Amalfi has more than enough sights for a fabulous holiday, Amalfi day trips will be a highlight of an already memorable trip. It’s no surprise that this part of Italy claims to be Europe’s most beautiful stretch of coast, as it’s enchanted visitors for many years. There are many ways to enjoy your time here: walking, wandering, sampling delicious food and famous Limoncello, as well as uncovering Italy’s ancient past and setting out to discover stunning islands.
Pompeii and Vesuvius
This is your chance to journey back over two millennia in just one day. Visiting Pompeii, buried by an eruption from Vesuvius in 70AD, is an incredibly memorable experience and a chance to see the one of most perfectly preserved ancient cities in the world. It’s possible to visit Vesuvius and Pompeii in just one day, whether that’s by organised tour or using the excellent public transport from Amalfi. We suggest visiting Vesuvius in the morning (you need about three hours here), enjoying lunch, perhaps at winery, then visiting Pompeii for the afternoon (three to four hours minimum) before heading home. It’s a long day, so remember all the essentials like water, comfortable shoes and sun cream.
Explore islands in the Bay of Naples
With a rich maritime heritage, it’s no surprise that Amalfi is well-connected to the islands of the beautiful Bay of Naples. One of the most famous Amalfi excursions is to Capri, one-time imperial capital and boasting scenery that’s long been a draw for artists and writers including D.H. Lawrence and Pablo Neruda. This beauty comes at a price though, and Capri is very crowded in peak season. Visit with this in mind and you can still enjoy the island, but tranquillity may be a little hard to find. An alternative is Ischia. It hasn’t got the upmarket reputation of Capri, but it does feel less busy and is a favourite with Italian holidaymakers.
Visit quaint coastal towns
Although the Amalfi Coast is popular, the way the towns are spread out means they’ve retained their charm. Travelling by Sita bus along the dramatic coastal route is magnificent (if occasionally slightly hair-raising), and the sight of multi-coloured houses and villas of Positano and Praiano snaking down to the sea is stunning. The bus service is regular, and you can pause your journey at the places that interest you. Perhaps you’ll explore Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta before seeking out handmade sandals in famous boutiques of Positano, or splash out on a seafood speciality in fashionable Praiano?
Visiting from other towns
If you’re staying in one of the other resorts, like enjoying the scenery of Sorrento, we can help you discover day trips to Amalfi so you get a chance to see some of the highlights of this beautiful coast. Amalfi is easily reached by bus or boat, and you can take all in those fabulous views on the way, even if just for a day.