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Salerno: 7-Hour Amalfi Coast Small Group Boat Tour

1. Salerno: 7-Hour Amalfi Coast Small Group Boat Tour

Admire the beautiful beaches, coves, and local villages set against a stunning natural backdrop on a 7-hour journey along Italy's Amalfi Coast aboard a traditional "gozzo" boat. Relax and enjoy your welcome Prosecco drink as you take in the panoramic views of picturesque villages dotted along the coastline, and secret beach caves from Salerno. Swim and snorkel in the blue waters to cool down, and enjoy the sandwich, fruit, and drinks offered on board as the cool sea breeze blows in your hair. Stop in the renowned towns of Amalfi and Positano for one hour each, and explore their historic streets. Enjoy a final surprise from the crew before heading back to the port of Salerno, in time for your evening apéritif and dinner.

Rome: Amalfi Coast Tour With Limoncello Tasting & Cruise

2. Rome: Amalfi Coast Tour With Limoncello Tasting & Cruise

Discover the wonders of the Amalfi Coast on this guided trip from Rome. Ride a train to Salerno and take in the passing sights on a ferry ride along the coast. Stop in Amalfi and visit a lemon orchard for a limoncello tasting. The day starts in Rome where you’ll catch a high-speed train to Salerno with your group of travelers and a tour leader. From there, hop on a ferry ride that takes you along the stunning Amalfi Coast. The first stop is Amalfi, where you’ll head up to a lovely lemon orchard and enjoy a tasting of one of the region’s most beloved products: the sweet, tangy liqueur called limoncello. The farm is perched above the town and offers stunning views out to sea. After the tasting, take advantage of free time to explore the town and, if you enjoyed your tasting, buy some limoncello.  Embark on another ferry ride along the epic coastline to your next stop, the neighboring town of Positano, a small fishing town that has long been the holiday destination of choice for VIPs, from the Romantic poets of the 19th century to today’s Hollywood stars. After an orientation walk with your guide, you’ll have two hours of free time. Browse the boutiques filled with world-famous beachwear, have leather sandals made to fit your feet, or enjoy a lunch of local delicacies at a seaside cafe (costs not included).  Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit, as there’s nothing nicer on a summer’s day than a dip in the sea. After you've gotten to know Positano, head back on the boat for a return cruise to Salerno where you’ll catch the train back to Rome.

From Rome: Positano and Amalfi Coast Day Trip

3. From Rome: Positano and Amalfi Coast Day Trip

Discover the most spectacular destinations in the Amalfi Coast region of Amalfi and Positano on a high-speed train tour. Admire the elegance and natural beauty of these two gems of the coastline. Meet with your tour leader at the Roma Termini railway station. Depart for Salerno by high-speed train to reach the Amalfi Coast in the most time-efficient way possible. Once you reach Salerno, board the ferry to Amalfi and enjoy the fantastic views from the boat. Explore the town of Amalfi nestled in a ravine surrounded by stunning cliffs, the medieval public also knew it as the Duchy of Amalfi. Here you will have free time to explore the town, its public squares, shops and the Cathedral on your own. After visiting Amalfi, take the ferry back to Positano to discover all its charm and elegance: its coloured buildings, shops, and sandy beaches. Visit Marina Grande beach, or stroll around Fornillo or Arienzo beaches. Spend about two and a half hours in Positano before taking your ferry back to Salerno and heading for the railway station to take your high-speed train back to Rome, which will take you back to the Eternal City in the evening.

Salerno-Amalfi Coast: Private Boat Excursion

4. Salerno-Amalfi Coast: Private Boat Excursion

Experience the beauty of the Amalfi Coast on a private 6-hour boat tour with a local captain. Stop to swim, dock at a village of your choice for some free time to explore and enjoy the spectacular views that make this destination so unique. The tour is customized based on what you are most interested in doing. Alternatively, the local captain can offer suggestions about what to do and see in order to maximize your tour time. Enjoy an inside look into the beauty and lifestyle of the Amalfi Coast and the culture of southern Italy. Stop along the way for lunch at a seaside restaurant and to browse some of the high-end boutiques of this popular area.

Salerno to Capri Private Boat Excursion

5. Salerno to Capri Private Boat Excursion

On this private boat excursion you will get to see the most important highlights of Capri (and more) in one day without feeling rushed. Begin from the port in Salerno called Piazza Della Concordia (a short walk or taxi from where the cruise ships dock if you are on a cruise) and sail past the immense mountains of the Amalfi Coast. These are some of the most sought-after views in the world and you will sail through the heart of them, so don't forget your camera!  On the way you will stop for a swim in the private archipilago of Li Galli Islands. These are the islands that Ulysses sailed through when he heard the song of the sirens in Homer's The Odyssey. This is now an underwater nature preserve and one of the most mysterious and beautiful places to stop for a swim refreshing swim off the boat if desired.  Continue on to Capri, where you will leave the Gulf of Salerno and enter the Bay of Naples. The 360 degree views are breathtaking, with the isle of Capri directly ahead, the vast Amalfi Coastline sprawled out behind you and active volcano Mt. Vesuvius to your right. Once you arrive on the island, see the most important sites such as Marina Piccola, the famous Faraglioni rock formations, the historic lighthouse dating back to 1867, the Green, White and Blue Grottos and much more.  Enjoy some time on land at your leisure to explore the shops, gardens and cobblestone alleyways that make this island so special. The captain will wait for you at the port. Hungry? You can either opt to have lunch on the island or the captain can suggest some authentic restaurants where the boat can pull up directly.  At the end of this 6 hour excursion, head back to Salerno. This tour is so great because it is tailored to you and based on what you would like to do. Just let the tour operator know what is important for you to see or do and they will make it happen. 

From Salerno: Pompeii Guided Walking Tour

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

From Naples: Sorrento & Amalfi Coast 8-Hour Tour

8. From Naples: Sorrento & Amalfi Coast 8-Hour Tour

On this tour, you will explore the coast by car with an expert driver. Over the course of 8 hours, you can visit Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. Where to stop for lunch and how you spend your time is up to you to decide! Sorrento stands on a terrace rising steeply above the sea on one of the most spectacular points of the Campanian coast. Because of its enchanting position and mild climate, sheltered by the surrounding hills, Sorrento has been a favorite resort since Roman times. Enjoy Sorrento's picturesque bays, the Marina Grande and Marina Piccola, as well as panoramic views of the coast, the surrounding hills covered in olive groves and the crystal-clear sea. Positano stands on two mountain slopes in one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the province of Salerno. Enjoy the views of the gulf formed by Germano tip to the west and Cape Sottile to the east. The center of enchanting Positano features delightful white or pastel-colored houses and the parish church of Saint Maria Assunta, with its splendid majolica dome. Amalfi also offers splendid views and evidence of its prestigious past. The Cathedral, dedicated to St.Andrew, dominates the square. Discover the Paradise Cloister, a construction in Arabian-style dating to the thirteenth-century and ruins of the Arsenal of the Republic. Ravello is situated in a more elevated position than the other pearls of the Amalfi Coast and it can boast exceptional landscapes that have earned Villa Cimbrone’s terrace the name of ”Terrace of infinity.” The beautiful Villa Rufolo stands to the right of the dome. In Spring and Autumn, Ravello is a favorite destination for those who love the silence of its buildings and its medieval churches. Every year audiences gather to listen to the concerts held in the gardens or in the halls of Villa Rufolo, famous for having inspired the scenery of Wagner's Parsifal.

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

9. 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.

Amalfi Coast: Salerno Walking Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Salerno

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 161 reviews

Salerno is a less frequented destination, but one that has as much history and interesting sites as others along the Amalfi Coast. All this was brought alive by our wonderful guide, Filomena. Her knowledge and presentation were excellent as we wandered from one end of the old town to the other where the new shopping district starts. Putting everything in context from ancient times to today gave us a wonderful perspective and education of the area. This is something that anyone spending any time in Salerno needs to do.

Had a wonderful experience on this boat tour. We were able to spot in both Amalfi and Positano to have a walk around. The crew also stopped to allow us to have a swim in the water. We were offered prosecco, beer, delicious caprese sandwiches and a surprise limoncello and lemon biscuits. The meet up point was difficult to find so you may need to contact the guide and arrive a few mins earlier.

Very nice tour, also our guide Rosella was great, all the time she clarified doubts, in addition to making the tour very enjoyable and with the best attitude, the driver Salvatore, was very polite, friendly and always willing to help you, I highly recommend it

This was an amazing experience well worth the money. Bridgette and the captain provided a superior service and gave great context for the surrounding area. I would book again!

This was a great experience for a first time visitor to the Amalfi Coast. It did not disappoint ❤️