From the sleepy towns of the Amalfi Coast to Rome's buzzing nightlife, this 12-day itinerary has something for everyone. Go wine tasting, tour the ruins of Pompeii, and take a day trip to the island of Capri, Ancient Roman's favorite summer getaway. End your trip with five days in the capital city of Rome to see the world-famous Vatican and explore family-run cafes and old city streets.
If you time it right, you’ll hear and feel the buzzing atmosphere before you get to the main square, where bars and restaurants are overflowing with locals enjoying a cocktail around sunset. Most villages are compact, so a leisurely walk takes about one hour, with the rest of your evening devoted to a delicious dinner.
Optionally, you can use the local ferry or bus services to visit a different village for the evening. There are several main towns along the coast, but given that travel times can be long, we recommend focusing on Positano, Amalfi, or Ravello.
Tips for an Evening Well Spent:
- Start your evening with an Aperitivo (pre-dinner drink) at your hotel bar or one of the village's many lively options along the waterfront.
- Visit local handmade ceramic shops as you explore the charming town centers. Authentic ceramics from Vietri sul Mare are protected by an Italian national law designed to safeguard the country’s cultural heritage. The law stipulates specific materials, colors, styles, and workshop practices.
- The Amalfi Coast is one of the most romantic places to watch the sunset. Of course, you're already on a hilltop, but look out for rooftop bars or open terraces to best enjoy the view overlooking the sea.
- Dine al fresco, a hallmark of life along the Amalfi Coast, as you sit underneath the stars and hear the waves crashing along the cliffside.
- Cuoppo d’Amalfi: If street food is what you fancy, you’ll want to try this paper cone filled with freshly fried fish and squid. Cuoppo d’ Amalfi is popular in Amalfi, so street food is at its most authentic and affordable!
- Gnocchi alla Sorrentina is a classic dish with just a handful of ingredients: homemade potato gnocchi, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil. You’ll find it on most menus around this coastline.
- Fresh seafood with pasta: Choose the catch of the day or a well-known classic, such as Spaghetti alle Vongole (made with local vongole verace clams) or Scialatielli ai Frutti di Mare (a traditional short thick pasta dish).
- Delizia al Limone: This regional dessert is one of the many beloved regional preparations featuring the popular local ingredient, lemon. It's a delicious dome-shaped lemon sponge cake covered with a lemon zest frosting.
Itineraries with A Free Evening on the Amalfi Coast
Head to Itay for 15 days of adventure and relaxation. Visit world-famous art museums and historic palaces, take a gondola ride in Venice, and explore Tuscany's Chianti wine region. From the cliffside villages and rocky beaches of the Amalfi Coast to the ancient Colosseum in Rome, this itinerary offers the best of Italy's culture for every type of traveler.
If your family's been itching for a chance to tie on your hiking shoes, this seven-day itinerary is the choice for you, especially if you have teenagers who want to keep moving when they aren't posing in front of impressive photographic backdrops. You'll walk the cobblestones of bustling Naples and ancient Pompeii and hike the hills of Mount Vesuvius before you head to sunny Sorrento for sea kayaking along the cliffs and bays of a protected marine reserve. Finish off on the Amalfi Coast with a hike through a lush valley and winding route through town.