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From Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Scenic Full-Day Drive Tour

1. From Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Scenic Full-Day Drive Tour

Spend a full day exploring the UNESCO-protected Amalfi coast on this tour from Sorrento. Travel along the road known as the Amalfitana and admire the stretch of coastline famous for its natural beauty and charming towns. See the Li Galli islands and the isle of Capri in the distance. Spend 2 hours exploring the enchanting town of Positano before heading to Amalfi, passing through picturesque Praiano, Furore and Conca dei Marini. In Amalfi, visit of the Cathedral of St. Andrew and enjoy the beach or a boat trip at additional cost. In Ravello take in the amazing views from Villa Rufolo. Depart for Sorrento, driving back along the Amalfi Coast.

From Naples or Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

2. From Naples or Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

Visit Italy’s Amalfi Coast and all its must-see sights on a day trip from either Naples or Sorrento. See the coast’s colorful cliff towns, including visits to Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi itself. Join your guide at your meeting point in either Naples or Sorrento before your scenic drive to your first stop. Venture into the cliffside village of Positano with your guide, who will drop you in the center and give you a quick introduction. Enjoy an hour to yourself to explore Positano's pebble beaches, narrow café-lined streets, and perhaps even go for a swim. Take in the stunning views of this cliffside town from the shores. Personalize your 2 hours in the town of Amalfi with options including a boat trip along the coast. Select the lunch option and choose from a variety of gourmet sandwiches with 1 bottle of water. Alternatively, take time to explore the historical town on your own. If exploring by yourself, don’t miss the iconic Sant'Andrea Cathedral, home to eclectic Byzantine, Norman, and Moorish architectural styles. Finally, visit the beautiful town of Ravello, with its pretty streets and gelato shops. Enjoy an hour at your leisure for sights like the 13th-century Villa Rufolo with its picturesque gardens overlooking the sea, before your journey back to Sorrento or Naples.

Sorrento: Full-Day Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

3. Sorrento: Full-Day Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

See the iconic Amalfi and Sorrento coastlines from the comfort of a boat on a full-day trip. Get picked up from Sorrento before setting sail from Piano di Sorrento along the Amalfi Coast. Sit back and admire the enchanting beauty of the Sorrento Coast with the iconic Mount Vesuvius in the background as you glide over the Mediterranean Sea. See terraces overhanging the sea, the Baths of Queen Giovanna, the Bay of Jeranto, and the protected marine area of Punta Campanella on your journey. Hug the coastline to then admire the iconic Amalfi Coast, passing by Li Galli Island, the charming towns of Nerano and Praiano, and the Fjord of Furore before docking in Amalfi. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own pace, soaking in its picturesque views, romantic landscapes, and the Amalfi Cathedral. Choose to hop onto a minivan to visit the village of Ravello, where you can see the splendid Villa Rufolo and its verdant gardens, or choose to spend your time getting to know Amalfi. Next, set sail again to make your way to Positano, also known as the pearl of the Amalfi Coast. Discover the town's famous narrow streets, traditional shops, and colorful pottery in your own time before jumping back on the boat for a relaxed sail back to Piano di Sorrento, from where you will be dropped off back at the starting point.

Ravello: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

4. Ravello: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

Ravello is one of the most enchanting places of the Amalfi Coast and the dream destination of intellectuals, artists and musicians of the 19th century. It is here that Wagner composed the second act of the Parsifal. The medieval town is set 365 meters above the Tyrrhenian Sea. You'll visit the beautiful villas located in the town such as Villa Rufolo, where every year the international Ravello Festival takes place and Villa Cimbrone, which is famous for its scenic belvedere named the Terrace of Infinity. it is here that in 1938 Greta Garbo and the composer Leopold Stokowski spent wonderful days of love. The Nobel prize winner for literature Andre Gide has said, "Ravello is closer to the sky than it is far from the shore." In Ravello, you can enjoy the most enchanting views of the Amalfi Coast, as you are on a suspended terrace between the cobalt blue Tyrrhenian Sea and the Lattari Mountains. You’ll visit the Cathedral of Saint Pantaleone and, through the splendid access tower, you’ll enter into Villa Rufolo, a wonderful medieval site adorned with enchanting gardens.

From Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Shared Driving Tour

5. From Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Shared Driving Tour

Drive the Almafi Coast and be swept away by its picturesque towns, and pre-historic origins. Guided by your driver, learn about its history, culture, and significance and wander freely in each place for an hour or more. Witness the fervent paradise of Positano, developed vertically within a tangled overlay of streets, alleys, and shops, and admire the world-famous colorful fashions. Find yourself in a dome among the marble altars of the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Go astray in Amalfi and twist and turn through the interlacing alleys and stairways that overlook the Tyrrhenian Sea. Marvel at the majestic Cathedral dedicated to Sant Andrea and learn the town's prehistoric origins. Feel the romance of Ravello, an elegant and refined village high above the coastal sea towns. Find Piazza Vescovado, the heart of the town, and learn the enriching culture of listening to great music.

From Naples: Sorrento and Amalfi Coast Shared Day Trip

6. From Naples: Sorrento and Amalfi Coast Shared Day Trip

Spend the day exploring the picturesque villages of the Almalfi Coast. Admire domed churches, winding streets, and the layers of pastel-colored houses perched on hills over the sea on this full-day self-guided tour. Explore each stop at your own pace and travel comfortably in an air-conditioned van.  The adventure begins in Naples with pick up from your accommodation, the port, or the central train station. Drive along the coast and arrive in Sorrento at approximately 10:00 AM. Sorrento stands on a terrace that rises steeply above the sea and is one of the most spectacular points on the Campania coast. Due to its location and mild climate, Sorrento was a favorite of the ancient Romans and their ruins can still be seen scattered about the city. Enjoy 1 hour exploring Sorrento before continuing to the next stop. Arrive in Positano and marvel at the tightly packed houses, the parish of S.Assunta with its beautiful tiled dome, and the beach below. Take 1 hour to wander through the narrow streets and check out the many shops.   Continue to Amalfi, which still preserves evidence of its prestigious past. Visit the cathedral dedicated to St. Andrew and admire the intricate alleyways. Explore Almalfi for 1 hour before heading to the last stop, Ravello. Take 1 hour to discover why Ravello is considered to be one of the hidden treasures of the Almalfi coast before returning to Naples at approximately 5:15 PM.

From Naples: Sorrento & Amalfi Coast 8-Hour Tour

7. 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.

From Naples: Sorrento, Amalfi, and Ravello Guided Trip

8. From Naples: Sorrento, Amalfi, and Ravello Guided Trip

Find out for yourself why the rich and famous flock to the Amalfi coast each year with this private trip from Naples. See Sorrento, Amalfi, and the hills of Ravello at your own pace. Be picked up from your driver at your accommodation and sit back and relax as you take in views of the Italian countryside and coast on your way to Sorrento. Have some free time to walk the streets, stop at a café, or have some limoncello. Visit the town that gave the coast its name, Amalfi. Stroll through the historic center of the crowning jewel of the coast. Stop at St' Andrea's cathedral. Admire the view of the town against the blue of the sea. Drive up far above the sea to Ravello. Take in panoramic views of the coast. Wander through the romantic streets and do some shopping, or visit Rufolo or Cimbrone villa.

Amalfi Coast: 8-Hour Tour by Car and Boat

9. Amalfi Coast: 8-Hour Tour by Car and Boat

Begin your 8-hour tour by visiting Ravello, abundant with beautiful views and located at the top of the Dragone Valley. Visit Ravello's famous Villa Rufolo with its luxurious hotels, culture, cuisine and more.  Your second stop will be Amalfi where you will depart from the port and sail around the enchanted villa, old watch towers, natural arches and quaint, fisherman's villages. Sail through Atrani, Amalfi, Conca dei Marini, Santa Croce and the fjord of Furore. Experience a dreamlike trip along the most beautiful coast in the world. You'll then be treated to a spectacular lunch with delicious, traditional ingredients. Your third and final stop will be in Positano with a photo stop overlooking the picturesque village before driving into the action. Your time in Positano will be marked by sightseeing and shopping. Positano is famous for its handmade jewelry, sandals, fashionable clothing and materials.

Amalfi Coast Private Tour

10. Amalfi Coast Private Tour

Positano - The busy central Piazza dei Mulini is connected to a narrow downhill path and some occasional flights of steps that lead to the seafront. At Piazza dei Mulini, you must leave the car as all streets leading to the waterfront are for pedestrians only. The only way to reach restaurants situated on the beach, that serve fresh daily fish, is to go on foot. These streets also lead to the cathedral, ceramic shops, fruit vendors, and apparel retail shops. Positano is alive at night as well, with exotic nightclubs such as Music on the Rocks and various bars and cafes that remain open until the sun comes up. There is a short walk uphill to return to the car, ascending the mountain, returning to the main coastal road that leads to Amalfi. Amalfi - This coastal town is situated on a seafront port and a long stretch of pebbled beach. In front of the port of Amalfi is the only bus station along the coast. Behind this square lies the main shopping street of Amalfi, that ends at the furthest and highest point of the town. Along the pedestrian street are various bars and cafes, not to mention the many shops selling limoncello, casual apparel, swimwear, gifts, basic groceries, and of course, ceramics. However, if one would like to see more than just shops, Amalfi has some interesting sights to explore such as: a spectacular cathedral along the coast, and a paper factory and its museum. There are also some highly recommended local restaurants, which your driver can suggest. Ravello - The road to Ravello is a slow uphill drive where you will pass several wineries and olive factories. Ravello is a rural village unspoiled by tourism, perched on top of a mountain cliff situated above Amalfi and Minori. It is famous for its breathtaking views and ancient monuments best exemplified by the gardens of Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. In high season, these gardens are rich in sweet scents of blooming flowers and the perfume of lemons. There are also many classical concerts held in the gardens of Villa Rufolo, located just off the main square of Ravello; tickets cost approximately 20 Euros each. Apart from the main cathedral and the history museum constructed in the basement of the cathedral, there are many other churches to visit near the town square. Along the narrow arches of Via Roma, there are a few small boutiques, and some traditional local restaurants with unique and exceptional cuisine.

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What people are saying about Villa Rufolo

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 587 reviews

Really fun way to explore the Amalfi coast if you are only staying for a weekend. Covers the highlights and you spend just the right amount of time in each city. Roberto the tour guide was absolutely awesome and provided suggestions for everyone on what to see in each town. Our tour was special because they tested out a new itinerary where we take a boat from Positano to Amalfi (different from the optional boat ride) and it was a great experience! I also highly recommend the optional bout tour to get a close look at the caves and see the villas of celebrities. Overall would highly recommend!

The format of 8 people is ideal, better than a large group. The freedom that has left us in each city is perfect. And what about our driver Nino. An excellent driver, a good guide and a very pleasant person.

Highly Recommended! A beautiful route with lots of information about the landscape and history. The guide in particular ensured a perfect day.

Excellent itinerary, very knowledgeable guide fluent in English and Italian. Overall a great day out!

Saw many beautiful sights led by a great tour guide, Roberto.