Visiting the Amalfi Coast? Here are our 12 best day trips in and around the Amalfi Coast.

1. Visit Beautiful Sorrento

Sorrento, Amalfi, Italy

Take the hydrofoil (1 hour by metro boat service) or a bus for a full but leisurely day exploring this famous resort town with beautiful views, shops and restaurants, a nice old town and two harbors. Choose any of the many restaurants with a terrace with sea view for lunch.

2. Naples – Santa Chiara & the National Archeological Museum

Santa Chiara in Naples

Take a hydrofoil to Naples (about an hour by metro service). Visit the old city (Spaccanapoli), where everyone will tell you not to go, but it's fantastic.  One of the most beautiful church cloisters in existence, Santa Chiara.  Also visit the deconsecrated church of San Severo for the incredible statue of Cristo Velato. Naples is the home of pizza, so pizza for lunch is a special treat followed by a half-day at the National Archeological Museum.

3. Day Trip to Capri With Dinner on the Beach

Hydrofoil, Capri, Italy

Travel to Capri by hydrofoil (1 hour by metro service). If the Blue Grotto is open, don’t miss it, but check first, because it is often closed now due to rising water levels.  Don’t miss the Villa San Michele, and the famous little piazza. Take a walk to an area off the beaten track, such as Villa Jovis or the Belvedere Migliara.  Dinner on the beach in Positano.

4. Hiking Ravello and Amalfi

amalfi-coast-italy

Take a car service or drive to Ravello, a beautiful town high up above the Amalfi Coast. Spend the afternoon poking around the smaller, less crowded places like Cetara or the backstreets of Amalfi itself.  If you love to hike and are very fit, consider hiking steeply down from Ravello to the Amalfi Drive; some residents do this every day at least once!  We can provide you with a map with the hiking trails marked.

5. Tour Pompeii

Travel to Pompeii by car service.  Your driver can help you get a local guide at the entrance gates.  Recover at home on your terrace or the beach.

6. Naples – the Upper City

Travel to Naples by hydrofoil again to visit the upper city to see Certosa di San Martino, the Capodimonte Museum, and Villa Floridiana.  Lunch at a restaurant on the seafront, afternoon strolling along the sea and watching the shipping and shopping in the historical shopping arcade.

7. Motorboat Along the Amalfi Coast

Rent a motorboat with a driver/guide to explore the coast and all the charming unpopulated little coves.  Reserve ahead for a very special dinner (with prices to match) at the famous Hotel San Pietro, or cocktails at San Pietro and dinner at one of the other restaurants listed below.

8. Visit Positano

Positano, Amalfi, Italy

Visit Positano itself - spend the day poking around this famous resort town, sometimes still described as a "fishing village".  Hike up to the cemetery.

9. Go See Paestum and Herculaneum

It's a longer day, but you can day trip to Paestum and Herculaneum by car and driver to see the temples, perhaps an hour or two at the beach at Agropoli or return home for your beach time.

10. Travel to the Isle of Ischia

Castello Aragonese, Isle of Ischia, Italy

Travel to the island of Ischia by hydrofoil, with a connection in Sorrento or by private boat. There's lots to see and do here, including exploring the port of Ischia itself and climbing Mount Epomeo for incredible views. The southern part of the island is less visited.  Try one of the spas that the island is so well-known for, like Poseidon.  Just make sure you are in time for the last boat home.

11. Breakfast in Positano

Splurge for breakfast at the famous Hotel Sirenuse in Positano. Re-visit some of the places you only half-visited.

12. Visit Mt. Vesuvius, Then Have Drinks and Dance!

Mount Vesuvius, Naples, Italy

Travel to Vesuvius by car service.  Sunset on your terrace.  Night out at “Music on the Rocks,” a special disco on the main beach, with beautiful “al fresco” piano bar  terrace or at “Easy Pub,” a nice music pub located underneath the open-air bar, Buca di Bacco.

Before You Leave

Revisit the places you loved the most or to see something you missed. Reflect on all you've done and save the rest for next time. Arrivederci!