What to See Near the Amalfi Coast
Places to visit close to the Amalfi Coast
Italy's island of Capri, the great archeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the vibrant historic center of Naples: a choice of destinations for an unforgettable day trip from the Amalfi Coast, all easy to reach by car, bus, train or boat.
An unforgettable voyage from one enchanting land to another - the Amalfi Coast to the Island of Capri - to experience these legendary Italian destinations.
From the Amalfi Coast, the Island of Capri is just a 30 or 40 minute boat ride away. In the summer months, high speed ferries operate direct from Positano and Amalfi while in the winter, you'll need to catch a ferry from Sorrento.
Private boat transfers including a tour around the island are readily available; if you want to spend an evening in Capri this is the best option (public ferries between the island and the mainland do not run after 8pm).
The land of Sirens which enchanted Homer and became a favorite destination on the Grand Tour: this coastal resort town continues to seduce all those who visit.
While in Positano, it's well worth traveling a few kilometers up the coast to visit the historic seaside town of Sorrento. Despite the traffic and the occasional modern apartment building dotting the hillsides, Sorrento has managed to conserve much of its Old World charm.
Stop in to visit the unique collection of traditional inlaid wood in the Museo della Tarsia Lignea and the eclectic Museo Correale. The picturesque historic center, brimming with craft shops and artists' studios, is the perfect place in which to pick up a few souvenirs, often at a much lower price than anywhere on the Amalfi Coast.
Sorrento is approximately a 30 minute bus or car ride from Positano.
Pompeii and Herculaneum
Journey back in time to the Ancient Roman cities buried beneath meters of burning ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79A.D.
The archeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum are located approximately an hour away from the Amalfi Coast. To get to either, you'll need to head to Sorrento and from here take a train on the Circumvesuviana line to Naples.
Pompeii: After 30 minutes, you'll reach the Pompeii Villa dei Misteri station. The entrance to the site of Pompeii is directly opposite the station.
Herculaneum: is a 40 minute train ride from Sorrento. You should get off at the Ercolano Scavi station. From here, follow the signs to the site.
Tickets to each site cost approximately EUR 11 each. European citizens under the age of 18 and over the age of 65 enter free.
One of the most popular day trips to the area includes a visit to one of these archaeological sites paired with a trip up to the crater of vulcanic Mount Vesuvius. There are buses which depart from both the archaeological sites for Mount Vesuvius.
Between these two stops, we recommend a winery visit at Cantina del Vesuvio, a family-run winery located on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius which offers tours and lunch tastings.
A holiday on the Amalfi Coast is an excellent occasion to visit the magnificent historic seaside city of Naples.
It's easy to reach Naples from the Amalfi Coast, especially during the summer when regular ferry connections run between the capital city of Italy's Campania region and both Positano and Amalfi.
Direct buses from Amalfi operate throughout the year, although this might not be the best choice for those who suffer from travel sickness given the winding coastal road.
The train journey along the Circumvesuviana railway line from Sorrento is much easier on the stomach and takes roughly one hour.
High speed ferries from Sorrento to Naples take approximately 40 minutes and also operate all year round. Travelling by high speed ferry is ideal, as they arrive directly at the Molo Beverello pier in the center of Naples within easy walking distance of Piazza Plebiscito, the Galleria Umberto, Via Roma (the city's main shopping street) and the historic center.
Take a trip to Cilento and the ancient city of Paestum to see the Greek temples and taste some of the finest mozzarella in the whole of Campania!
Located south of the Amalfi Coast, the ancient city of Paestum was founded by the Greeks and, in the 19th century, became another obligatory stop on the Grand Tour. Paestum is home to three Greek temples dedicated to Hera, Neptune and Athena.
On the way to Paestum, it's well-worth stopping off in the Piana del Sele, where some of the Campania region's finest dairies are located, and purchase what is likely to be the best mozzarella you'll ever taste (the Vannulo and Rivabianca dairies are the most famous).
There are no direct buses from the Amalfi Coast to Paestum, so the best way to reach the town is to rent a car or book a private transfer. If you choose to visit archeological site using public transport, you will need to travel to Salerno and then catch a train to Paestum.
Private tour from Positano to Pompeii with an authorized guide. An English speaking driver will pick you up and drive you on a Mercedes vehicle. Duration 5 hours
(Terms and conditions)