Places to visit close to the Amalfi Coast
A holiday on the Amalfi Coast is a great opportunity to visit the other attractions in Italy's Campania region, the vast majority of which are located around the Bay of Naples and on the coast of Sorrento.
The 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.
A voyage from one enchanting land to another, from the Amalfi Coast to the Island of Capri, to live the legend.
From the Amalfi Coast, the Island of Capri is just a 30 or 40 minute boat ride away.
In the summer months, hydrofoils operate direct from Positano and Amalfi whilst, in the winter, you'll need to catch a boat from Sorrento.
Private boat transfers including a tour around the island are readily available and if you want to spend an evening in Capri this is the best option (public sea connections 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: a town which to this very day continues to seduce all those who come here.
Whilst 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 block of flats, Sorrento has managed to conserve much of its old world charm.
Not to be missed, a visit to the Museo della Tarsia Lignea and the 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 twenty minute bus or car journey from Positano.
Pompeii and Herculaneum
A 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 Pompei 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 11 euro each. European citizens under the age of 18 and over the age of 65 are granted free entry.
A holiday on the Amalfi Coast is an excellent occasion to visit the magnificent old seaside city of Naples.
Its easy to get to Naples from the Amalfi Coast, especially during the summer, when regular boat 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, given the number of hair pin bends, this might not be the best choice for anybody who suffers from travel sickness.
The train journey along the Circumvesuviana railway line from Sorrento is much easier on the stomach and takes roughly one hour.
Hydrofoils from Sorrento to Naples take approximately 40 minutes and also operate all year round.
The hydrofoil is a particularly good option, as youll disembark at the Molo Beverello, 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.
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!
To the south of the Amalfi Coast, the ancient city of Paestum was founded by the Greeks and, in the 19th century, was to become another obligatory port of call on the Grand Tour.
Paestum is home to three Greek temples, dedicated to Hera, Neptune and Athena.
On the way to Paestum, its well worth stopping off in the Piana del Sele, where some of the Campania region's finest dairies are located, to purchase what is likely to be the best Mozzarella you'll ever eat (the Vannulo and Rivabianca dairies are the most famous).
There are no direct buses from the Amalfi Coast to Paestum and the best way to reach the town is to rent a car or book a private transfer. If you choose to get to the archeological site using public transport, you will need to travel to Salerno and from here catch a train to Paestum.