Your trip starts in the lively city of Naples, a cultural hub full of gastronomic delights. Enjoy the sights and sounds (and tastes) of the city before exploring the impressive ruins of Pompeii and taking in the views of Mount Vesuvius. Round off your trip with time in Sorrento and along the Amalfi Coast. Dine on fresh seafood in waterfront restaurants, soak in the sunshine on the island of Capri, and stroll through colorful, bohemian villages.

Highlights

  • Experience the vibrant culture of Naples and try a famous Neapolitan pizza
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Pompei & hike Mt. Vesuvius
  • Meander along the beautiful avenues and sunny beaches of Sorrento
  • Go for a Vespa ride along the scenic Amalfi Coast
  • Take a day trip to the island of Capri to see how Ancient Romans spent their summer

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Naples! Naples
Day 2 Street Food Tour in Naples Naples
Day 3 Naples to Sorrento - Visit Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Sorrento
Day 4 Capri and Anacapri Day Tour from Sorrento Sorrento
Day 5 From Sorrento the Amalfi Coast Amalfi Coast
Day 6 Vespa Tour of the Amalfi Coast Amalfi Coast
Day 7 Free Day on the Amalfi Coast Amalfi Coast
Day 8 Depart Naples  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Naples!

Backlit street in Quartieri Spagnoli
Backlit street in Quartieri Spagnoli

Welcome to Italy! You'll arrive at Naples Airport and transfer to your accommodation in the city center. Naples sits on a bay near the still-active Mount Vesuvius, which buried nearby Pompeii in 79 CE. There's a lot to see and do here, so make the most of your time in Naples with these suggested activities: 

  • Visit the Naples Archaeological Museum to see Roman, Greek, and Renaissance-era ruins, including artifacts from nearby Pompeii.
  • Tour the Castel dell'Ovo, a seaside castle located on the former island of Megaride.
  • See the 16th-century Museo Cappella Sansevero, which houses thousands of veiled sculptures. 
  • Go underground to see the network of tunnels and passageways built under the city streets. 
  • Get outside and see the dormant Solfatara volcano, located a half-hour drive west of Naples.

In the evening, go for a stroll along the Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli, a waterfront promenade, then head to the Quartieri Spagnoli, a lively commercial hub, for dinner at a trattoria. On the way, stop at the Toledo Metro station, the Stazione della Metropolitana dell'Arte, to see beautiful mosaic inlays.

Day 2: Street Food Tour in Naples

One great way to experience Naples is on a street food tour. You'll snack your way through the city's historic streets while visiting back-alley markets, modest bakeries, old bars, and various food stalls, on the hunt for sweet and savory eats.

You'll meet your guide in the morning and discover how Naples’ unique culinary history informs its street food scene. Meander over to the 'Mercato della Pignasecca' market. This market is abuzz with activity as vendors of local produce and fish proffer their goods.

Naples is famous for its Napolitano slice of pizza, but on this tour, you'll learn about the other culinary delights that make the city so unique.  From “sfogliatella” – a sweet shell-shaped filled pastry, to the traditional cafés and espresso drinks, there's something to satisfy everyone. 

With a full belly, you'll have the afternoon free to explore the city at your own pace. Continue to discover the Centro Storico of the city, and pop into one of the world's oldest pizzerias for dinner.

Day 3: Naples to Sorrento - Visit Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

Ancient street in Pompeii
Ancient street in Pompeii

In the morning, you'll leave Naples and head south to the Sorrentine Peninsula, home to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. However, you'll be stopping for a visit of the area's most notable attractions, Pompeii and nearby Mount Vesuvius.

Start by visiting the ruins of Pompeii, a once-flourishing Roman coastal city that was famously buried under ash and volcanic debris by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. The ash, which killed many of Pompeii's residents, acted as an archaeological time capsule, preserving many of the city's original buildings completely intact. You'll stroll the remains of Pompeii's ancient streets, which are lined with well-preserved villas, shops, public buildings, and plazas.

Afterward, it will be time to visit Mount Vesuvius, which is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere World Reserve. It's a brisk 30-minute hike up a trail to the top. At the summit, you'll be rewarded with stunning views inside the crater as well as panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes and the Tyrrhenian Sea

After the excursion to Vesuvius, you'll continue on to Sorrento. This city is a long-time favorite with Italian and international vacationers for its beautiful views, tranquil atmosphere, and terraced lemon groves. After checking in to your hotel, take a quick stroll around town.

The city's focal point is the Piazza Tasso, a central square built over a gorge that splits the city. Other notable sights in and around Sorrento include the nearby bay of Marina Piccola, the ruins of Villa Pollio in Capo di Sorrento, the church monastery San Francesco d'Assisi, the 11th-century Duomo, and the Basilica di Sant'Antonino. The latter houses the remains of Saint Anthony, Sorrento's patron saint who died in the 7th century. 

Day 4: Capri and Anacapri Day Tour from Sorrento

Busy port on Capri
Busy port on Capri

Spend the day enjoying the sunshine and clear blue waters of Capri Island. Known locally as the "Pearl of the Mediterranean," the ancient Greeks called it the "Isle of Sirens." Capri sits on the south side of the Gulf of Naples and has been a popular vacation destination for millennia. The ancient Romans, in fact, built summer villas here for the Empire's VIPs.

In the morning, you'll head out along the Sorrentine coast to the Port of Sorrento, where you'll catch a hydrofoil to Capri, about a 20 minute ride. Visit the Marina Grande and Marina Piccola harbors, walk along the Belvedere of Tragara (a villa-lined promenade with panoramic views), and explore the ruins of ancient Roman villas.

Then, head up the hill to Anacapri to see the Piazzetta and Augustus' Garden, and enjoy the best views of the Faraglioni Rocks. Should you choose, you can later return to the water and explore the Grotta Azzurra, the famous "Blue Grotto," located inside a hollowed sea cave. Afterward, we recommend spending the remainder of the afternoon soaking in the sunshine on the beach, before catching the hydrofoil back to Sorrento for the evening.

Back in Sorrento, head to a waterfront restaurant for dinner to soak in the view and be sure to try Spaghetti e Vongole, spaghetti with clams, a local favorite that can't be missed.

Day 5: From Sorrento the Amalfi Coast

Sorrento, Italy
Sorrento, Italy

After a leisurely breakfast, it's time to make your way down and around the Sorrentine Peninsula to the Amalfi Coast. This stretch of coastline south of Naples is renowned for its exceptional beauty and iconic medieval cliffside fishing villages. Lemon groves and sprawling summer villas cling to the steep cliffs that lead to sparkling blue waters. 

After arriving at your new accommodation, soak in the views of the coast and sunshine as you stroll through these colorful villages. For dinner, head to the village of Ravello, known for its lemon specialties, where you can pair your delicious meal with a citrus cocktail. 

Day 6: Vespa Tour of the Amalfi Coast

Zip along the Amalfi Coast on a Vespa
Zip along the Amalfi Coast on a Vespa

Just south of the Gulf of Naples lies the Sorrentine Peninsula, featuring the 24 miles (40 km) of Italy's famed Amalfi Coast. This entire region is one of the most storied and beautiful parts of the country, boasting a long history dating back to ancient Rome. Notable citizens of the empire were the first to come here to build seaside villas. There's no better way to explore this singularly gorgeous stretch of coastline than on two wheels—particularly those attached to a Vespa.

This full-day Vespa tour begins and ends at your accommodation along the Amalfi Coast. The pebbly beaches and clifftop views made it a prime destination for Europe's literati and aristocracy from the 17th century onward. From the Amalfi Coast, you'll zip along with your experienced driver to the charming fishing villages whose homes are resplendent with bright colors. The tour finishes with a ride along the stunning coastline, famous for its terraced lemon groves and vineyards, after which you'll return to your accommodation. 

All in all, the route follows 46 miles (75 km) of some of the most incredible coastal landscapes on Earth. Even better, you'll get to stop along the way for tours and, should you choose, to relax on the beach and take a dip in the water. No need to worry if you've never been on a Vespa: your expert guide and driver will take care of zipping along the coastline so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

Head to the village of Amalfi to finish off your day with fresh seafood and a Delizie al Limone, lemon delight, for dessert to cap off your day.

Day 7: Free Day on the Amalfi Coast

Enjoy your free day on Amalfi
Enjoy your free day on Amalfi

Today is a free day to explore the area and enjoy the slower pace of life on the coast. Go for a walk on the Lemon Path in Minori or see the illuminated sea cave Grotta dello Smeraldo. Learn about the local ceramics manufacturing process in Vietri, or go for a half-day hike on the Path of the Gods

Other suggestions include: 

  • Visit the beautiful Villa Cimbrone and Terrace of Infinity in Ravello 
  • Soak in the sunshine on Gravitella Beach in Vettica Maggiore, Lannio Beach in Centra, or Arienzo Beach in Positano
  • Try your hand at windsurfing in Praiano
  • Check out Praiano's nightlife at the Africana and Music on the Rocks nightclubs 
  • Rent a kayak and explore emerald green grottos, tiny hidden beaches, and impressive sea caves 
  • Enjoy a quiet day in the serene town of Atrani, far away from the hustle and bustle of the larger villages 
  • Explore the Fiordo di Furore, Italy's only fjord
  • Visit the Cloister of San Francesco in Sorrento, an oasis of tranquility that's located steps away from the town's historic Sant'Antonino piazza 
  • Enjoy nature in the Ferriere Valley Nature Reserve, famous for its postcard-perfect fishing villages and striking countryside crisscrossed with hiking trails

For dinner, head to Minori for some of the best Italian pizza, paired with a glass of delicious local wine.

Day 8: Depart Naples

Sunrise over Naples
Sunrise over Naples

Time to say goodbye to Italy - for now! Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Safe travels!

Map

Map of Naples & the Amalfi Coast - 8 Days
Map of Naples & the Amalfi Coast - 8 Days