The Amalfi Coast is a rugged shoreline famous for its dramatic landscapes and is a popular location in films, TV programmes and media. Although its safe to say you’ve seen it on TV before, that is not the real deal. A pristine, coastal landscape with patches of green on one side and the majestic Lattari mountains on the other, this is a view you will never forget. Arguably one of Europe’s most famous coastlines, world-famous for its cliffside highway, postcard-perfect seaside towns, the balmy,refreshing Mediterranean climate and the laid-back luxury vibe, the Amalfi coast is a jewel on planet Earth. You have to check the sights out for yourself at least once in your lifetime and these Amalfi Coast day trips will help you with just that!
What Makes The Amalfi Coast Special
Any trip to rustic Italy is essentially incomplete without a visit to the Amalfi Coast. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the countryside at Amalfi is as scenic as it gets. The blue waters of the Mediterranean, the sky-conquering Lattari range, the plethora of shades of green and yellow, the cliffs that drop right into the sea creating a dramatic union of land, sea and sky; Amalfi is an artwork on display, and it was created by Mother Nature.
An extremely popular tourist attraction, the Amalfi Coast is home to some of the most picturesque towns and villages in the world. Away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan affairs, the culture here is rustic, old-school, charming, seductive and quaint, all at once. It almost seems like it’s straight out of a fairy tale. The fairy tale analogy is furthered by the abundance of luxurious villas, lemon groves and cobblestone streets.
Unlike other destinations, Amalfi also has the added benefit of a breathtaking route. In order to reach the sea faring towns, you’ll have to traverse through a 50 mile stretch of stunning natural visuals, filled with ‘wow’ moments. The towns of the area are famous for their incredible local cuisine, fascinating monuments and ancient landmarks, and for making the best lemon-liqueur in the world - ‘Limoncello’.
Stroll through the streets known for their craft workshops as the scent from the ubiquitous lemon trees adds a fruity aroma to the air. Or, take in the breathtaking coastal views. There’s something for everyone to do; which is what makes Amalfi Coast ideal for any excursion with family and friends!
Choosing Between Self Visits & Guided Tours
Most trips to Amalfi leave from Rome, Naples or Sorrento. Within these tours, two ticket types are available: Self Tour and Guided Tour. Here’s a breakdown of the different factors associated with each tour that you’ll need to consider to book your perfect Amalfi adventure.
Cost of tour
Self tours will cost you less than guided tours, however, at what cost?! (Pardon the pun) The biggest challenge on self tours is knowing your way around, and ensuring you don't miss out on the key highlights in the area. Without a guide you’re always going to miss out on something or the other.
Local Guides and Experts
Being accompanied by a guide always brings with it perks and advantages that are quite nuanced. Not only will you be able to see all the prominent sites and learn about the history and culture of the land; but you’ll also get to interact more with the locals. Additionally, your guide will always make recommendations about the activities you should do while in the area, and guide you towards the best places to pick up those souvenirs.
Informative & Complete
Taking a guided tour of the area is the best way to learn more about the Amalfi coast, and its rich culture. Some of the towns here have been around for 10 centuries, and some of the buildings are even older. Additionally, if there’s any activity in town happening during your visit, or if there’s some local legend and myth, your guide is surely going to tell you all about it.
Going on a guided tour is always hassle-free! You don’t have to worry about where to eat, what to do, how to make the most of your time, and any of the other troubles associated with travelling alone. Yes, an argument can be made that guided tours often create more hassle as you’ve to travel within other people’s comfort zone, but that’s why we have exclusive guided tour. Maximum comfort, maximum value!
One of the prime concerns for any tourists, safety. There is safety in numbers, and there is safety in having a professional guide who knows the area. Additionally, if you go on a guided tour, chances are, you’ll be allowed to keep your small baggage in the coach for any of the small pit stops.
Food, attraction tickets, vaporetto tickets, boat tickets and anything else you need, is always considered on a guided tour. You don’t have to worry about standing in queues for tickets, and being stuck reading a foreign menu with a guide, but you’ll have to face a few of these struggles if you travel alone.
Best Amalfi Coast Day Trips
Pompeii & Amalfi Full Day Tour from Rome
• Drive along the picture perfect Amalfi Coast
• Explore the ancient ruins of Pompeii
• Explore the romantic and quaint town of Positano
• Round trip transfers via a comfortable A/C coach
• Small group size of less than 15 people
• Services of a professional English-speaking tour leader
• A professional archaeologist tour guide in Pompeii
Meet your tour leader and hop aboard the coach in Rome to make your way to Pompeii, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site of the day. Over here, you will meet a Pompeii tour guide who will take you around the site, and tell you everything there is to know about the city. Learn the horrific story of Mt Vesuvius and see the remnants from an era nearly 2,000 years ago. With perfectly preserved human casts, wine barrels, and luxurious artworks, this is a collection that belongs in a museum.
After the Pompeii experience, it’s time to revel in the stunning vistas of the Amalfi Coast, the second UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow the winding coastal road until you reach Positano, a picturesque sea faring town famous for its local delicacies, upscale boutiques, and laid-back vibe. Adventurous and relaxing, this is the perfect experience for those who want to check out multiple sites in the Italian countryside.
Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Full Day Tour from Naples
• Drive along the picture perfect Amalfi Coast with on-board commentary.
• Explore the rustic architecture and townscape of Sorrento.
• Explore the romantic town of Positano and take in the best views of the Naples Bay.
• Explore the charming town of Amalfi, known for its Neapolitan pastries and Limoncello.
• Services of a professional English-speaking tour leader.
• Round trip transfers via a comfortable A/C coach.
• Indulge in a delectable Italian lunch.
The ultimate adventure on the Amalfi Coast! This tour is perfect if you’re looking to soak in the beaches and treasures of the Amalfi region. Begin your tour by a visit to Sorrento, a picturesque town perched on a cliff, peering over the sea. Walk among the lemon terraces and explore the craft shops in town before making your way to Positano, another jewel on the coast. Renown for its picturesque views, Positano is perfect for photo-ops and relaxing. The last stop on your tour is Amalfi Town. A town famous for its architecture, handicrafts and local produce, Amalfi, is perfect for anyone looking to explore the Italian countryside or to purchase some exotic souvenirs.
Amalfi Coast and Pompeii Full Day Tour from Naples
• Discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a single day from Naples
• Explore the breathtaking natural landscape of Amalfi Coast
• Learn about the attractions of Amalfi Coast with an onboard commentary
• Study the perfectly preserved ruins at Pompeii with a professional guide
• Services of a professional English-speaking tour leader
• Round trip transfers via a comfortable A/C coach with hotel pick-up and drop-off
• Indulge in a delectable Italian lunch
A day out of Naples has never been more fun! With a visit to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you’re in for a treat. First, a drive through the uncontaminated landscape of the Amalfi Coast. Over here you’ll be able to witness nature at its best; waves that crash into tall cliffs, shades of greens, blues and yellows, and a laid-back charm which is characteristic of a time gone by. Second, a trip to Pompeii. Explore the city covered in ash and see sights and artifacts from the first century. With a professional guide accompanying you on this tour, you’re going to enjoy the perfect Pompeii experience. Packed with excitement, awe-inspiring natural scenery, and fascinating culture, this tour experience has it all and is enjoyed by people of all ages, kids and seniors included.
Landmarks In & Around Amalfi
Amalfi is packed with a host of activities, places to visit and nearby attractions you cannot miss out on. Here’s some of the things you absolutely must experience when in Amalfi.
Amalfi Coast Drive
A 50-mile long stretch of uncontaminated landscapes, clear blue waters, breathtaking cliffs and sandy beaches. This does not describe even half the wonders you’ll be able to as you drive along the Amalfi Coast. Twist and turn through the marvelous coast-cliff route and let your mind relax and take in the stunning visuals offered by Mother Nature. Rugged, beyond words, and an iconic location in movies (remember Themyscira from Wonder Woman? Well, that was Amalfi) the Amalfi Coast Drive is a jaw-dropping, mind-numbing, soul-relaxing drive through nature’s finest!
The largest town on the coast, Amalfi, is located at the foot of Monte Cerreto and offers spectacular views of dramatic cliffs and coastal vibrance. The sea facing city was an ancient capital, and today is a popular tourist town known for its medieval Byzantine architecture. When in the city be sure to check out the Saint Andrew’s Cathedral at the Piazza Duomo. Known for its late Baroque style work, the cathedral houses some notable artworks including a bronze statue of Saint Andrew, and marble structures of Saint Stephen and Saint Lawrence. If you’re fascinating by war then be sure to check out the Arsenal of the Maritime Republic.
Frequented by millions of tourists annually, Sorrento is famous for its beautiful architecture, scenic restaurants and cafes, lemon terraces, and shops that showcase the best of Italy. A trip to Sorrento offers a lot on the cards: a swim at the Naples Bay, a stroll on the mesmerizing streets, and a bunch of attractions and museums you can check out. Be sure to visit the Romanesque Sorrento Duomo, St.Francis Monastery, Basilica di Sant’Antonino, Museo Correale di Terranova, Archeological Museum of Sorrentine Peninsula and Museo Bottega della Tasia Lignea.
One of the smaller towns located on the Amalfi Coast, Positano is considered to be the most picturesque of the lot. Perched atop a hill, the town offers magical coastal views which attracts visitors all year round. Stroll through the streets, see the affluence on display and ‘wow’ at the luxurious villas and palaces that are all over. Be sure to indulge in some gourmet Neopolitan, and pick-up some Limoncello, ‘bambagina’ and other local souvenirs before you leave the city!
An island situated off the Sorrentine Coast, Amalfi has been a resort since the time of the ancient Roman Republic. The island shares the name with the main town on the island. Located only a brief but stunning boat journey away from the Amalfi coast, the island is famous for its harbour, a prmoenade lined with beautiful villas, limestone cliffs and sea stacks, the town of Anacapri and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas. Read more about Rome to Capri day trips here.
The City of Legends, Pompeii, is a window into the ancient past. Deeply ingrained in myth and history, Pompeii dates back to nearly 2,000 years ago. Over here you can revel in the ancient glory of the Campania region forever immortalized by the volcanic debris, standing as a true testament of nature’s infinite existence. Covering an extensive 50 hectares, the site contains a remarkable collection of objects, arts and ruins which will further your understanding of life back in the day. When you’re in Pompeii, here are some of the sights you have to check out: House of Faun, Villa of Mysteries, Garden of Fugitives, Basilica, Forum, Lupanar, and Cave Canem Mosaic.
Tips to Enjoy Your Amalfi Visit
- Travelling to Amalfi includes driving along the "Nastro Azzuro,” or the blue ribbon. Named because of its shape, its advisable that you carry motion-sickness pills if you're prone to falling sick on twisting roads.
- The entire Amalfi Coast is famous for its citrus fruits, with lemon trees and giant citrons in every city. Do taste their famous drink, the limoncello, as well as lemon candies and lemon chocolate!
- Don't leave Amalfi without having the fresh seafood the region is famous for.
- The region is also famous for its pottery and handmade sandals. Splurge on them if you can.
- Though the entire coast is beautiful and should be thoroughly explored, make sure to not miss Amalfi the town. The town is famous for its cathedral and is famous for its rich history.