March 19th, 2024

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Italy's Amalfi Coast and Pompeii beckon with their breathtaking landscapes and deep historical roots. From the dramatic cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, caressing the azure Mediterranean, to the poignant ruins of Pompeii, whispering tales of ancient Rome, these destinations promise a journey like no other. How will you let the story of Italy’s most captivating landscapes and ruins unfold on your journey?

How to Travel From Rome to Amalfi Coast

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Discovering Pompeii

Is Pompeii worth visiting? Absolutely!

A city that once thrived under the Roman Empire, now preserved for eternity by the ashes of Mount Vesuvius. Pompeii is often viewed as the city “frozen in time”, however the reality is that Mt Vesuvius had been rumbling for days if not weeks. Most of the population (roughly 17,000 out of 20,000) had actually managed to escape, however the old, ill and optimistic stayed.

For those not fortunate to make haste, their bodies have been preserved by the ash. Ghoulish reminders of the real people who once lived in this thriving city. Now a UNESCO Heritage site for you to trace the steps of time. Wander through the ancient streets – seeing Roman life as it was, from the lavish bath houses to the sophisticated dining rooms.

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Top 5 Attractions in Pompeii:

  • The House of the Tragic Poet: Famous for the "Beware of the Dog" mosaic, this well-preserved house was fictionalized as the home of Glaucus in "The Last Days of Pompeii" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
  • The Temple of Isis: This temple, one of the best-preserved, inspired Mozart during his 1769 visit and features in Bulwer-Lytton's novel as the domain of the antagonist.
  • The Stabian Baths: Offering insights into Roman bathing, featuring decorated rooms, a pool, and an exercise yard.
  • The Villa of the Mysteries: Located just outside the city, it's renowned for its elaborate frescoes depicting mysterious rites.
  • The Amphitheatre: The world's oldest surviving amphitheatre, predating the Colosseum by 150 years.

 

And for the discerning art lover with a taste for the risque, Pompeii recently reopened House of the Vettii. This storied residence, celebrated for its exquisite and daring frescoes, invites visitors to step back in time and immerse themselves in the opulent and audacious spirit of ancient Roman life.

How to Make the Most of Your Visit to Pompeii?

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Firstly, wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle for ease of quenching your thirst in the dry sun. There are plenty of ancient fountains for you to refill at.

Secondly, if you see an open door, seize the opportunity to go through it and explore. A lot of the private houses are locked for long periods of time, but now and again Custodians open them to the public.

Pompeii can be quite overwhelming for first time visitors so it’s crucial you plan an agenda beforehand. Unless you want to be ambushed by the guides touting for tours by the entrance.

With us, you'll not just see Pompeii; you'll experience it. Our tours, such as the "Semi-Private Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Experience from Rome" and the "Private Full-Day Pompeii, Positano, and Amalfi Tour from Rome," are curated to bring history to life.

Stand in the Forum, the bustling heart of the city; feel the echoes of cheers in the Amphitheatre; and uncover the mysteries behind the frescoes in the Villa of the Mysteries. These aren't just stops on a tour; they're doorways into a bygone world, narrated with passion by our knowledgeable guides.

 

Exploring the Amalfi Coast

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Discover the Jewel of Italy

Get ready for echoes of old-world glamor and irresistible scenery along the Amalfi Coast, a stretch of coastline celebrated for its unparalleled beauty and dramatic, cliff-edged landscapes. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this mesmerizing destination offers a unique blend of natural grandeur, historical richness, and cultural vibrancy. From the shimmering waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea to the colorful, picturesque villages that cling to the cliffs, every moment spent here is a masterpiece brought to life.

Wander Through Enchanting Towns

The Amalfi Coast is a mosaic of charming towns each with its own personality and treasures. Positano, with its steep streets and pebbled beaches, beckons with chic boutiques and seaside cafés. Amalfi, the namesake of the coast, offers a glimpse into medieval life with its magnificent cathedral and bustling piazza.

Ravello, perched high above the sea, invites tranquility and inspiration through its stunning villas and breathtaking views. Our tours, including the "Private Naples to Amalfi Coast Trip" and the "Private Full-Day Pompeii, Positano, and Amalfi Tour from Rome," are crafted to ensure you experience the essence of each town. Whether it’s the allure of Positano’s pastel houses or the serene elegance of Ravello’s gardens, you'll discover the heart and soul of the coast.

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Savor the Taste of the Amalfi Coast

To fully embrace the spirit of the Amalfi Coast, you simply need to indulge in its culinary delights. Below, we present an exclusive selection of our top 10 restaurant recommendations, where the flavors tell tales as rich and dramatic as the coastline itself.

  • Hostaria di Bacco, Furore - Located high in the mountains, it offers a menu of elegant seafood, meat, and vegetable dishes, complemented by a terrace with breathtaking views. Website: baccofurore.it
  • Lido Azzurro, Amalfi - Favored by locals for seafood, this restaurant delights with its fresh catch of the day dishes, enjoyed on a terrace overlooking Amalfi’s port. Website: ristorantelidoazzurro.it
  • Pasticceria Sal De Riso, Minori - A renowned pastry shop offering heavenly cakes and pastries, including the pear and ricotta tart and ricotta-filled sfogliatelle. Website: salderiso.it
  • La Torre, Massa Lubrense - A family-run spot in the hills above Massa Lubrense, known for its local dishes and fabulous views of Capri. Website: facebook.com/ristorantelatorreonefire/
  • La Sponda, Positano - At Le Sirenuse Hotel, La Sponda is celebrated for its romantic ambiance and modern, unfussy cuisine that delivers fresh, local flavors. Website: sirenuse.it
  • Il Grottino Azzuro, Positano - A gem away from the beach crowds, it offers delicious local specialties at reasonable prices. Website: facebook.com/ilgrottinoazzurro
  • Lo Scoglio, Marina di Cantone - Known for its emphasis on fresh vegetables and seafood, enjoy dining on a wooden deck built over the sea. Website: hotelloscoglio.com
  • Acquapazza, Cetara - Located near the quayside, it's famous for using their own colatura di alici in dishes made with just-landed fish and seafood. Website: acquapazza.it
  • Lo Stuzzichino, Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi - A contemporary trattoria by Mimmo De Gregorio, it offers a Slow Food ethos-driven menu with equal billing to meat, fish, seafood, and vegetable dishes. Website: ristorantelostuzzichino.it
  • Da Armandino, Praiano - Situated in the fishing village La Praia, it serves traditional fish and seafood dishes, with tables laid under the cliffs for a unique dining experience.

Each of these establishments not only showcases the best of Amalfi Coast cuisine but also offers a unique insight into the local culture and traditions through their food.

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How to Get From Rome to Amalfi coast and Pompeii

Traveling from Rome to the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii offers several options, each with its own advantages depending on your preferences for speed, scenery, and convenience. 

 

Here's a guide to help you plan your journey:

 

1. Train & Bus/Ferry (Recommended for Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast)

To Pompeii: Take a Trenitalia or Italo train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale. The journey takes about 1-2 hours depending on whether you choose a high-speed or regional train. From Napoli Centrale, switch to the Circumvesuviana train to Pompeii Scavi, which takes about 30-40 minutes.

To the Amalfi Coast: After visiting Pompeii, you can continue to Sorrento via the Circumvesuviana train and then take a SITA bus to towns along the Amalfi Coast like Positano, Amalfi, or Ravello. Alternatively, during the tourist season, you can take a ferry from Sorrento to various towns along the coast, offering scenic views and a more relaxed journey.

2. Direct Bus Services

Some companies offer direct bus services from Rome to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. This can be a convenient option, though it might take longer due to traffic, especially during peak tourist seasons.

3. Car Rental

Renting a car gives you the flexibility to explore at your own pace. The drive from Rome to Pompeii takes about 2-3 hours via the A1 and A3 highways. After visiting Pompeii, you can continue driving to the Amalfi Coast. Be aware that the roads along the coast are narrow and winding, and parking can be scarce and expensive.

5. Combination of Train and Private Transfer

Another convenient option is to take a train from Rome to Naples or Salerno and then arrange for a private transfer to take you directly to your hotel on the Amalfi Coast or to Pompeii. This combines the speed of the train with the comfort of a private car.

 

Tour Options from Rome

Of course if you’d prefer to have all the details taken care of ahead of time, so all you have to do is relax, a guided tour is your best option.

Opt for the Semi-Private Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Experience for an intimate journey through ancient ruins and stunning landscapes, or select a Private Tour tailored to your preferences for a deeply personal exploration of these iconic destinations.

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Are you ready to uncover the secrets of ancient Pompeii and bask in the splendor of the Amalfi Coast?

 

Whether you're drawn to the romance of Positano, the historic ruins of Pompeii, or the tranquil beauty of Ravello, our tours are designed to offer you an unparalleled journey through some of Italy's most captivating sights. With expert guides, exclusive access, and personalized experiences, we promise a journey filled with discovery and wonder. Don't miss the opportunity to make your dream Italian adventure a reality.

 

Let the magic of Italy transform you.

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