Day Trips in Amalfi

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Amalfi is the largest town on the Amalfi Coast and many visitors use it as a base to explore the entire region. Whether you choose to stay in Amalfi or in one of the other towns on the coast, these day trips should be feasible.


Visiting the island of Capri is one of the most popular excursions from the Amalfi Coast. There are two towns on the island, Capri and Anacapri. Capri is the larger of the two cities. Boats dock at the harbor below the town of Capri and visitors can take a funicular up to the town. Anacapri is about  three kilometers from Capri.


The remains of the city of Pompeii, famously destroyed in 79 A.D. when nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted, is another popular day trip. The Circumvesuviana train line has a station (Pompeii Scavi) near to the visitor’s entrance. Make sure to get a map, guidebook, or some sort of tour in order to fully appreciate the Pompeii experience.


Ravello has the highest elevation of the towns on the Amalfi Coast. It is famous for its classical music festival. The Cathedral, located on the main square, has 13th century interior décor and an unusual collection of reliquaries.


Positano is arguably the most picturesque of the towns on the Amalfi coast. It is nestled against a cliff and its layout is rather vertical. Expect to climb some stairs when visiting! The dome of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta is faced with colorful majolica tiles.


Sorrento is at the south-eastern end of the Circumvesuviana train line. Additionally, Sorrento is the departure point for several ferries and hydrofoils to Capri and other Amalfi Coast destinations. Sorrento, however, is more than a transportation hub.   The city boasts excellent restaurants, luxury hotels, Greek and Roman ruins, and on clear days, views of Naples.


A day trip to Paestum from the Amalfi Coast is more ambitious than the other options here but well worth the trip. Paestum was a major city in the Greco-Roman era and is home to three extremely well preserved Greek temples. The temples were built between 550 and 450 BCE. Visitors are no longer allowed to enter the temples, but the pedestrian access area is very close to the buildings. The permitted proximity and the high preservation level of the temples make a visit to Paestum memorable.  The best way to reach Paestrum is by car. Travelers can reach Paestum by taking a bus from Salerno but the infrequent schedule makes it difficult. 
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