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From Rome: Positano and Amalfi Coast Day Trip

1. From Rome: Positano and Amalfi Coast Day Trip

Discover one of Italy’s finest coastlines on a full-day tour to the Amalfi Coast from Rome. A high speed train will whisk you from the Italian capital to Naples in no time, where your driver and minivan will be waiting to drive you along the coast roads. Head to the enchanting town of Positano, considered one of the most beautiful villages in the south of Italy. Wander the narrow streets as they spill down the hill to the colorful harbor, and find some of the unique products to purchase in the many souvenir stores. Get a taste of southern Italy at Amalfi, where the typical Mediterranean architecture will enchant with its characteristic white houses, one piled upon another.

From Salerno: Pompeii Guided Walking Tour

2. From Salerno: Pompeii Guided Walking Tour

Start your sightseeing tour with a convenient hotel pickup and journey to Pompeii in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. Once you arrive in Pompeii, enjoy quick access with a skip-the-line entry ticket and begin your tour through the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the city frozen in time when the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted. Visit the Forum, Thermal Baths, Lupanare, and more, and learn about each of these locations from your expert guide.

Sorrento: E-Bike Tour and Food Tasting with Capri View

3. Sorrento: E-Bike Tour and Food Tasting with Capri View

Embark on an e-bike around Sorrento and discover the magical views. Cycle up Mt S. Costanzo, marvel at the iconic views before heading to visit a farm and tasting local produce. This tour will let you discover the charming corners of the Sorrento Peninsula, places immersed in nature that have not been yet contaminated by mass tourism. Departing from Sorrento, we will bike along the panoramic road of Marciano, overlooking Capri and the sea of the Gulf of Naples, until the hamlet of Termini. We will briefly stop there to rest a little bit before biking uphill to Mt S. Costanzo. Reached the mountaintop, we will leave our bicycles and walk to the chapel to enjoy a breath-taking view on the Gulfs of Naples and Salerno. We will then proceed downhill towards the promontory of Punta Campanella, the edge of Sorrento Peninsula, an archeological site dominated by an old guard tower and the majestic lighthouse. The atmosphere is magic: we will rest immersed in the sounds of nature in complete peace. We will then visit the holiday farm "Fossa Papa" where we will taste local products while enjoying an amazing view of Capri, right in front of us. After the tasting, we will go back to Sorrento.

Salerno: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

4. Salerno: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

Join this private walking tour led by a local guide to discover the beautiful city of Salerno. With its privileged geographical position, as a junction between the Amalfi and Cilento Coast, Salerno represents the chief town of one of the largest provinces of Italy, boasting 60% of its territory protected by UNESCO and about 200 miles of coasts. The historical center still hosts many vestiges of the medieval period, during which the town enjoyed full splendor. The ancient structure is still intact because modern Salerno has mainly developed into a "flat" area, leaving the Piedmont region of the "Colle Bonadies," where the ancient town is located, almost untouched. During this 2.5-hour guided tour, you will have the chance to see the most important and beautiful spots in the city, such as the cathedral built by the Norman Prince Robert Guiscard and dedicated to the patron saint, St. Matthew. Admire the beautiful 16th-century Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation, with its beautiful Baroque bell tower and Piazza Flavio Gioia, the square which is also called 'la rotonda' (the rotunda) because of its characteristic shape. From there, you will Cross Porta Nuova and enter the real heart of the ancient city. Enjoy a panoramic walk along lungomare Trieste, with its many typical restaurants and little shops. Just one tip: don't forget to bring your camera along.

Amalfi Coast: Salerno Walking Tour

5. Amalfi Coast: Salerno Walking Tour

The guided tour of Salerno will make you discover the hidden beauties of a town that has become popular in recent years even at Christmas with the artist's lights event. The guided tour starts from the Giuseppe Verdi Municipal Theater of the late 19th century and a few steps away you will find yourself at the Municipal Villa, transformed into the Garden of Enchantment. The tour continues in one of the symbolic places of Salerno, the Minerva garden, a multi-level botanical garden that the Salerno Medical School used to teach students the use of medicinal herbs. It is therefore considered the first of the botanical gardens born in Europe, enriched with medieval painted tiles and an enchanting panoramic view of the Gulf of Salerno. The visit continues in the historic center of the city with medieval alleys, the most popular of which is the Via dei Mercanti, a maximum of 5 meters wide, which since the time of the Lombards has been the main commercial street of Salerno. Many shops and local craft shops welcome tourists making the historic center alive and enriched by monuments such as the Fish Fountain attributed to Vanvitelli, former architect of the Royal Palace of Caserta. From this historic street we walk towards the Complex of San Pietro in Corte which was designed by the Romans as a spa complex and then transformed over the centuries into a small church and then a private chapel dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul. The guided tour continues with a visit to the Duomo or Cathedral of San Matteo with a baroque facade that hides a beautiful four-sided portico and the real entrance to the church. The colonnade with arches and mullioned windows are reminiscent of the Arabian style, like the beautiful bell tower over 50 meters high, but the real jewel of the Cathedral is kept in the lower part, that is the wonderful Baroque crypt which houses the remains of San Matteo and is frescoed with scenes of the Gospel and some episodes of Salerno history. Our visit continues by discovering the most evocative corners of the town with the Medieval Aqueduct, also renamed Ponti del Diavolo, which in ancient times supplied water to the convent of San Benedetto and is linked to popular superstitions according to which you can meet demons or spirits malicious at night ... The guided tour ends by walking along the beautiful promenade, one of the most beautiful in Italy with its benches facing the sea and the largest Ferris wheel in Europe overlooking the sea with a spectacular view of the gulf and the Amalfi Coast.

From Rome: Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Day Tour by Train

6. From Rome: Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Day Tour by Train

Meet at the Roma Termini train station and take a comfortable, fast-speed train journey from Rome to Naples. Continue the journey to Pompeii and dive into the ancient legends and history of the Roman Empire. Enjoy 1.5 hours of free time to wander at your own leisure in Pompeii, where you can take an optional guided tour. Next, drive along the Amalfi road and enjoy the beauty of the Amalfi coastline. Take out your camera and put on your best holiday smile to snap fabulous pictures of Positano. After the photostop in Positano, the next destination is the town of Amalfi. Wander the streets of this charming town and admire its architecture and historical sights such as St. Andrew Cathedral, a 9th-century church in the main square. Enjoy more free time here to explore this picturesque town situated in a dramatic setting below steep cliffs along the coast. Finally, make your way to Salerno for the train journey back to Rome.

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What people are saying about Salerno

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Good tour but doesn't match description

Tour was good but most of your day is spent traveling. Arrived in Naples, not Salerno. The train station in Naples was filled with and surrounded by shady looking people. There was one stop along the way to take pictures outdoors, otherwise, most of your pics will be through the windows of the van. Our alone time in each town was cut short due to traffic and an unexpected stop at a ceramic shop, so don't expect much time to be able to do much, especially if you want to go swimming. We definitely had way more than 8 people in the group even though the description states a maximum of 8 people. Tour guide was good, gave a lot of historical information along the way. Good tour, not great.

A good tour

There is a good chance you will only see Positano only and not Amalfi due to common traffic. Positano is spectacular and is the picture you see when you Google Amalfi but if Amalfi centre is what you are looking for then manage your expectations. It is not a mini van but a mini bus with more than 8 people. Tour guide Anto is warm and knowledgeable and very patient with kids and older people. Driver was amazingly skillful and safe on those steep cliffs.

Can’t recommend this tour enough! The scenery was stunning, Antonella our guide was amazing, so knowledgeable, kind and very helpful! Great value for money! Enough time spent in each place to get a real feel for the town! Stopped off at some beautiful places to get awesome pics! Going through the covid period Antonella made us feel safe and reassured. Definitely recommend! :)

We had done this tour as a private tour. Rafaela accompanied us as a German-speaking guide. It was very impressive and extremely exciting. We can recommend the tour without reservation. Rafaela is just great!