“Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have a holy curiosity. Make your life worth living”

 – Albert Einstein

Be it continue reading this Pompeii, Proscalpin over the counter Naples, Positano or Capri, all are the Italy you want to see – A rich and powerful tonic of historical and iconic places. Italy is not just Michelangelo’s masterpieces or the Romans’ fighting arenas, it is much more than that. Most of it can be covered by car. Driving a car, you will discover what you can never even imagine experiencing in your lifetime. The rugged mountains, blue coastal grottoes and ancient ruins – you can do justice to them only if you have a vehicle.

Where to start with?

Here-in are all the destinations (West to East) worth visiting as you drive along the Amalfi Coast.

  • Naples
  • Ercolano & Herculaneum
  • Mt. Vesuvius
  • Pompeii
  • Sorrento
  • Massa Lubrense
  • Capri
  • Positano
  • Amalfi City
  • Ravello
  • Salerno
  • Agropoli
Roads like these are very common along the Amalfi Coast

Naples

Naples is the most delicious city in Italy. You might wonder why I would call a city delicious. Just doesn’t sound appropriate, does it? But it is appropriate. Naples is the creator of the world’s most delicious and the world’s most photographed food item. That, is our beloved PIZZA!

The third largest Italian city of Naples is an archeological treasure. It is among the world’s most impressive and glorious places with Roman-style palaces and churches. The elegance is seen in its fantastic panoramas from various viewpoints.

Built on rich volcanic soil, a gorgeous sea and decades of history, this Pizza capital serves as the backbone of Italy. It’s street snacks and dishes consume half of your time in the city and it is all still worth it.

Panoramic view of the city

Ercolano & Herculaneum

Smaller but well preserved, this inspiring Neapolitan Town could prove to be a successful visit for you. The ruins of Herculaneum runs parallel to that of Pompeii. Destroyed by an earthquake in AD 62, this Roman fishing town can be explored properly with the help of a guide. Herculaneum is often upstaged by a better rival, Pompeii. But, trust me, both are worth a visit. But, if you must choose one. Choose Pompeii.

Herculaneum

Mt. Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is located in the Gulf of Naples, Italy. This bus-accessible mountain, standing at a height of 1281 meters, having blown its cap more than 25 times, is the reason of the Pompeii disaster. It is still one of the deadliest active volcanos in the world. Around 2000 innocent lives were taken in this God’s act in that ancient disaster. The Pompeii eruption converted it into a double peaked structure.

The peak of Vesuvius also offers a great panoramic sight of Napoli. You can either hike up to the mountain’s peak or take a horse-back ride up to the top.

Mt. Vesuvius

Pompeii

The great volcanic forces that reside deep below the city of Pompeii attracts more than 2 million tourists every year to investigate the remains of what was the commercial center of Italy hundreds of years ago. The ruins of Pompeii need a lot of time and dedication. It is one of the world’s most enthralling archeological experiences. Pompeii was not just blown away by Mt. Vesuvius but buried under volcanic rocks. Till date, you can witness the preserved city of Pompeii with its strong foundations, buildings and brothels from the Roman Era.

Pompeii

Sorrento

I would call Sorrento, the Base of Amalfi Coast. It serves as the perfect place to explore the Northern and Southern coasts. The best of peninsula’s untouched countryside is to the East Coast, to the North- Pizza Capital and offshore is the island of Capri. If you want to stay anywhere in Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is undoubtedly the best choice. From Marina Grande to Duomo to Valley of Mills, Sorrento has it all. Sorrento is also famous for teaching the art of making your own Gelato, the world-famous ice-cream, and also other Italian specialties.

Sorrento

Massa Lubrense

Being the very first western town of Sorrento, just about 100 metres above sea level, this town serves you with a great view of the island, Capri.

Sant’ Agata sui sue Golfi, a rusty fraction of Massa Lubrense, offers great hiking options which are fairly easy as compared to other hikes in Italy. These small hikes last for about an hour, making it perfect for one to complete and get back to the hotel early enough in order to have a nice evening view of Capri. Its a place if you want to skip the usual and try something off the style and different.

Capri

One of the most visited islands in the world, Capri has a lot to offer. It has great seascapes, adorable cafes and unspoiled Roman ruins. Accessible via boat from Sorrento, Naples, Amalfi City, etc. This island is a must visit on the Amalfi Coast. Boat inside the Blue Grotto, ride up to Villa Jovis and chairlift yourself to the highest peak on Capri, Anacapri. Often on a clear day, you can see the entire coast of Naples and even other islands such as Procida, etc.

Positano

Undoubtedly, Positano is the most picturesque town among all the destinations along the Amalfi Coast. This colorful town consists of stylish boutiques, glamorous cafes and steep houses. The town claims to be the first Italian town to import bikini ’ from France, hence the name, ‘ fashionable town . It is also considered the most expensive town along the coast due to its seascapes and unbelievable café locations which are not found anywhere on the coast. Hence, the expense. This town with a Mediterranean seascape is a must-visit along the coast.

Amalfi City

Yet another must-visit town along the Amalfi Coast which will leave you breathless, Amalfi City does whatever it can to amaze you as always. Again, one of the most picturesque towns of the coast, it offers sightseeing, hotel views, pizzas and Gelatos. This sweet little town with a tiny square and a church is just so peaceful. Once more I will mention that this is a must-visit.

Click here to read about my Winter Experience in Amalfi City

RAVELLO

Ravello is a day-visit kind of place. Merely a 10 kilometres drive from Amalfi City, this town has an extremely romantic setting. It is home to a live and entertaining street market where fashionable clothes, pure wine and an unlimited variety of pizzas with some mozzarella on it are the highlights. Sites like the Duomo and Vila Rufolo are a must visit. There are also a few music festivals which take place in this town such as International Piano Festival and Chamber Music Week. The venues used for these festivals are remarkable. If you want to stay away from the rush of Amalfi City & Positano, this is the perfect place for you.

Salerno

Have you ever seen a perfect Postcard? No? Salerno is that perfect postcard for you. Even though all the towns and villages along the Amalfi Coast are perfect for creating a postcard, Salerno is on top of that list. One of the most livable cities in South Italy, Salerno is a major port and a transport hub. The vibrant mix of Roman churches will take your breath away. The long coastal strip along the city’s beautiful roads will make for one of the best road trips in the world! It’s a must-visit. Another one!

Agropoli

A tranquil town is what I would describe it as. Agropoli is one of the largest towns along the Cilento Coast, attracting visitors through its sprightliness since decades. Located just south of Paestum, this pleasant town could be an option for your short visit along the coast.

Arrivederci, Addio !

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