Vacationing along the Amalfi Coast is a travelers-dream come true. The famous Southern Italian coastline is dotted with quaint fishing villages, craggy cliff-side trails and roads, ancient history, and breathtaking beaches. There are a number of ways to see the Amalfi Coast, though the best way is to rent a car in Sorrento, and take to the road. By booking a rental car, you can head out on your very own tailored Excursions from Sorrento and enjoy the serene coastal destinations at your own pace, and on your own time.
Embark on Amalfi Coast tours from Sorrento to really make the most of your trip to Southern Italy and its stunning surroundings:
A trip to the Amalfi Coast would not be complete without a day trip to the beautiful city of Salerno. Experience one of the most thrilling drives along the winding coastal road before you reach the wonderfully electric city of Salerno. Head to the center of the city and discover its beating heart, exemplified with a wide variety of tasty restaurants, bustling bars, boutique shops, and historically significant attractions.
For a worthwhile day trip from Sorrento, head out too the tranquil pebble beach and seaside atmosphere of Positano. The drive here is out of this world, and runs along the beautiful coastline, snaking past gorgeous cliff-side vistas, and seemingly endless Mediterranean views. You won’t be short of photo opportunities in Positano, with its famous pastel-painted buildings, colorful steps, and seaside views providing endless subject matter.
For a truly authentic Amalfi Coast tour from Sorrento, take a short road trip to the often-overlooked town of Ravello. Though still technically a part of the Amalfi Coast, Ravello is located slightly inland, offering some of the most spectacular views of both the Mediterranean, and mountainous terrain that makes up this southern region of Italy. With just 2,500 inhabitants, walking through the cobbled streets of Ravello makes you feels like you have uncovered a local secret, filled with history and culture at every turn. Be sure to visit the 13th century Moorish Villa Rufolo, and the medieval-style Villa Cimbrone with its tranquil gardens – famed for being an artistic escape for famous authors such as Virginia Woolf.
The tiny village of Amalfi is a must-see destination that can easily be explored in a single day. Today, the town reverberates a laidback and relaxed atmosphere, with the usual array of stunning pastel-colored buildings speckling the cliffs along its beautiful beachfront. During the Dark Ages, Amalfi was a much larger city, with a population of more than 70,000, but tragically succumbed to the sea after a devastating earthquake in 1343. Subsequently morphing into a modest town with around 5,000 people, a small beach, and a few small piazzas. From Amalfi, it’s also possible to reach Atrani in just one day, a lovely whitewashed town with a fun piazza culture and a pretty beach.
Did you know that Naples was once the largest city in all of Italy? It built up a substantial empire that in fact funded and financed the development of other cities in the north of Italy. As a result of its national development efforts, the city lost much of the financial power it once wielded, and slowly faded from prominence. Today, however, Naples is once again one of the largest cities in Southern Italy. On day trip excursions from Sorrento, the city’s ancient past can be seen and explored through the vast collection of museums, ancient cathedrals, and architecture found throughout, while the modern evolution of Naples can be felt through the exciting hustle and bustle of city life. Be sure to spend some time in the Archaeological Museum of Naples, where you can learn more about the famous volcano-ruined city of Pompeii.
Pompeii is an ancient Roman town that was completely wiped out by a deadly volcanic eruption, leaving it completely destroyed – its inhabitants and structures preserved in a time-capsule of pyroclastic ash. Today you can discover parts of the old town that were uncovered after archaeologists dug up 30 feet of mud and volcanic ash. What’s left of this well-preserved ancient medieval town is one of the most fascinating pieces of archaeological history in the world.
AMALFI COAST TOURS FROM SORRENTO
You can easily explore the Amalfi Coast, and surrounding destinations on short road trips with a car rental in Italy. Enjoy discount and luxury hotel accommodations, as well as international airfare, and even exotic car rentals if you want to race along the Amalfi Coast from behind the wheel of the Ferrari or Lamborghini.