Naples & Amalfi Coast travel guide

This beautiful corner of Southern Italy has so much to offer the visitor – spectacular Roman ruins, stunning scenery, idyllic ocean views and some of the best food in the country.
Naples & the Amalfi Coast Travel Guide

From the hectic and intriguing city of Naples, to the postcard-perfect coastal towns tumbling down steep mountain-sides into the azure Mediterranean sea along the Almafi Coast, it is easy to spend two or three weeks (or more!) exploring this region.

  • General Advise

Capri, Sorrento and the towns of the Amalfi Coast are popular with tourists (for good reason) and things can get particularly crowded in July and August. If you can, visit in the shoulder season – April to May or September to October when the weather is still likely to be warm and sunny, but the crowds will be thinner and prices slightly lower.

  • Getting there & getting around
Naples has a large airport with many National and International connections. From there you can travel to Sorrento, Pompeii and other regional towns. Ferries to Capri leave from Sorrento and Naples year-round, and also from Positano, Salerno and Ischia during the Summer.The Amalfi Coast is best visited by private driven car, train or bus. You can of course hire a car in Naples or Sorrento and drive down, but the coast road, though spectacular in its scenery, is extremely to drive with frequent hair-pin bends, steep cliff drop offs falling rapidly to the ocean far below, and white-knuckle passes with on-coming traffic.
Amalfi Coast

Naples Attractions & Activities

  • Pompeii

One of the world’s most important and best preserved Roman sites, Pompeii was a town which was buried in ash by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This meant that when archaeologists dug it out centuries later they found houses, frescos, mosaics and even artifacts that were almost in the same condition as they had been at the time of the explosion. For the visitor today this means you can visit a real Roman town and get fascinating insight into the architecture, as well as a true sense of how daily life was for its inhabitants.

Pompeii can be easily visited in a day trip from either Naples or Sorrento. You can get there by organised tour, or the public Circumvesuviana train route which runs from Naples to Sorrento, with the station for Pompeii lying roughly mid-way.

pompeii
  • Naples

This vibrant city may be one of the most underrated places in Italy – many tourists pass straight through on their way to the more popular destinations just to the South. However, Naples itself has a lot to see – its cobbled and winding streets – the city center was established in 470BC is a UNESCO World Heritage site – hide many attractions, as well as a chance to get a real sense of every-day Italian life.

You may simply wander the city’s ancient streets, discovering countless Medieval churches, and small piazzas, the perfect place to have an espresso and observe Neapolitan life. The Naples National Archaeological Museum features a wealth of artifacts relating to the history of the area, including some beautiful mosaics taken from Pompeii and Herculaneum, another Roman city covered by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. History fans can also visit the fourteenth century San Martino monastery located in a hilltop neighborhood which is perched high above the city and looking out over the sea. Naples also has a lively seafront promenade , where you can sit and enjoy fresh seafood and local wine at one of its many cafes.

Perhaps most importantly, Naples is famous for being the birth place of Pizza. There are wood-oven pizzerias seemingly on every corner, more than one claiming to be the very restaurant itself which invented the dish centuries ago. Regardless, it is very easy to find authentic and delicious pizza at reasonable prices all over the city.

  • Capri

The island of Capri is the stuff of legends – the fabulous and famous have been visiting this elegant getaway for centuries. It has attractions and activities to suit a variety of tastes – from luxury shopping to historic sites and natural wonders. Capri can be visited on an day trip from Naples, Sorrento or Positano, or you can stay in one of the elegant hotels on the island.

Famous sites on Capri include the legendary Blue Grotto, a cave with unusual iridescent blue water which can only be visited by boat, and the Faraglioni rock formations. For a spectacular birds-eye view of the island, ride the chairlift to the top of Mount Solaro and admire the sweeping vistas.

Amalfi Sea Seaside Town Seaside
  • Amalfi Coast Route
The Amalfi coast has been a famous tourist attraction literally since Roman times, and continues to draw large numbers of visitors today. The dramatic, mountainous coastline has limited the development of the towns which cling to the cliff-side, meaning these have remained small and picturesque collections of pastel-painted buildings which tumbling down to the sea. Positano is perhaps the most famous of these – a one-time fishing village set around a small half-moon bay, it now boasts a large number of hotels, restaurants and resorts.Sorrento, a beautiful seaside town and port, lies at the North of the coast and from here you can head down the coast road to Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello. This coastal route has some of the most beautiful scenery you are likely to see anywhere. The towns themselves are the perfect place to relax by the sea, enjoying a meal and a glass of wine at any of their small piazzas. For those who are looking for a more energetic activity, you can hike the Sentiero degli Dei (“the Path of the Gods”), an arduous coastal path with spectacular cliff-top lookouts across the sea.
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Naples & the Amalfi Coast Travel Guide

Naples & Amalfi Coast travel guide

This beautiful corner of Southern Italy has so much to offer the visitor – spectacular Roman ruins, stunning scenery, idyllic ocean views and some of the best food in the country.

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