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From Rome: Positano and Amalfi Coast Day Trip

1. 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: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

2. 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 Salerno: Pompeii Guided Walking Tour

3. 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.

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

4. 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

5. 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.

From Rome: Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Day Tour by Train

6. From Rome: Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Day Tour by Train

Meet at the Roma Termini train station and take a comfortable, fast-speed train journey from Rome to Naples. Continue the journey to Pompeii and dive into the ancient legends and history of the Roman Empire. Enjoy 1.5 hours of free time to wander at your own leisure in Pompeii, where you can take an optional guided tour. Next, drive along the Amalfi road and enjoy the beauty of the Amalfi coastline. Take out your camera and put on your best holiday smile to snap fabulous pictures of Positano. After the photostop in Positano, the next destination is the town of Amalfi. Wander the streets of this charming town and admire its architecture and historical sights such as St. Andrew Cathedral, a 9th-century church in the main square. Enjoy more free time here to explore this picturesque town situated in a dramatic setting below steep cliffs along the coast. Finally, make your way to Salerno for the train journey back to Rome.

Naples: Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, and Herculaneum Trip

7. Naples: Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, and Herculaneum Trip

Explore Pompeii, with stops at Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius. Choose whether or not you want a guide or you'd like to tour on your own. Enjoy convenient transportation to and from Naples. This trip includes local professional English-speaking private drivers. The ride on the crater of Vesuvius offers a spectacular panorama of the Bay of Naples with its islands. Vesuvius is an active volcano in continental Europe as well as one of the most studied and dangerous in the world due to its high population and its explosive characteristics, the highest peak is 1,281 meters. You can reach the crater with a 20/25 minute climbing walk. The crater entrance is included with an internal volcano guide, which is a 2-hour stop. Pompeii and Herculaneum are vast archaeological sites. Once a flourishing and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried under meters of ash and pumice by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The site is constantly evolving thanks to the continuous excavations that offer new discoveries every year. A professional private guide inside is highly recommended to enhance your visit and get the most out of your trip. The guide is on request and will help you to skip the long lines at the ticket office as well, although this is not included in the tour price. On request, it is also possible to have a 1-hour lunch break in a family house to taste a set menu (all-inclusive) with traditional local food, drinks, wine, and desserts.

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What people are saying about Salerno

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 15 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.

Can’t recommend this tour enough! The scenery was stunning, Antonella our guide was amazing, so knowledgeable, kind and very helpful! Great value for money! Enough time spent in each place to get a real feel for the town! Stopped off at some beautiful places to get awesome pics! Going through the covid period Antonella made us feel safe and reassured. Definitely recommend! :)

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

Much more to discover that I expected! We would have missed the best of Salerno without this tour.

Fantastic experience! Definitely one of the highlights of our trip!