It is only a 3-hour drive from Rome to the glistening Amalfi Coast, but there is plenty to stop off and see along the way. Turn the drive into a longer road-trip and tick off some incredible places you might have otherwise skipped.
We’ve compiled a list of the best stops from Rome to the Amalfi Coast.
Vatican City is found in Rome and is a fascinating and impressive place to see. The smallest country in the world, Vatican City is home to the Pope and St Peter’s Square and Basilica. Vatican City is where you will find the famous roof of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo over 5 years, plus the rest of the Vatican museums.
Located 30 km north-east of Rome, Tivoli is home to the beautiful Villa d ’Este’s gardens and Hadrian’s Villa. Have a quick Google search of these two and you’ll be quickly adding Tivoli to your route. The town is perched atop a mountain, which brings with it panoramic views of the Roman Campagna region.
Carrying huge historical significance, Cassino was an area of many casualties in World War 2, the fighting of which almost destroyed the town itself. Visit war memorials and the historical Abbazia e Montecassino. Enjoy a meal at the delicious and highly rated Evans 1960 restaurant.
The Royal Palace of Caserta is a seriously impressive structure. The baroque style building was constructed in the 18th century, and the surrounding gardens are filled with beautiful fountains. It is one of Europe’s largest palaces, and you could spend hours roaming the gardens or join a tour to hear about the palace history.
Being the birthplace of pizza is a worthy bragging right for this Italian city. Naples is the 3rd largest city in Italy and is often overlooked by travellers. The locals will welcome you in for an authentic Italian experience if you’re open to it. Think delicious food and loud and lively conversation. Naples is also a great base for a trip out to Pompeii or Capri.
The remains of the once thriving town of Pompeii are visited by thousands of curious travellers each week. Pompeii remained undiscovered for thousands of years following the massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD, the town and its people buried and preserved under metres of volcanic rock and ash. You can explore the area yourself or join a tour where a local guide will give you an in-depth insight into what life looked like before the eruption.
The picturesque town of Sorrento sits amongst cliffs in the South of Italy. Famous for its relaxed lifestyle, welcoming locals and superb hospitality, Sorrento is worthy of an overnight stay. Perfectly encapsulating ‘la dolce vita’ the sweet life is not to be missed. Wander the winding streets before finding a café or restaurant and enjoy a drink of the region – a limoncello – while taking in the sweeping views of the Bay of Naples.
The island of Capri is easily accessed by boat from Naples, Sorrento, or the Amalfi Coast. A playground for the rich and famous, Capri is a paradise in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Don’t miss the Faraglioni Rocks or a rowboat ride in the famous Blue Grotto. The colour of the water in the grotto has to be seen to be believed.
Getting from Rome to the Amalfi Coast
Given the number of stop-worthy towns along the way, a car or guided tour would be a fantastic way to travel from Rome to the Amalfi Coast. The roads in Italy are notoriously busy and winding – particularly during the summer months – so if you aren’t a confident driver, this isn’t advised.
If you’re short on time and want to get straight to the stunning sights and beaches of the Amalfi Coast, you have a few options.
By train – Italy has a fantastic public transport network. Catch a fast train from the main terminal in Rome to Naples. From Naples, you can organise a private transfer, or catch a shuttle bus to Positano.
Alternatively, catch a bus to Sorrento, and switch again before going on to Amalfi.
By ferry – there is a direct ferry from Naples to Amalfi, if you prefer to go by water and get some beautiful views along the way.
An adventure through the Italian countryside and on to the coast will be filled with beautiful buildings, rich history, stunning scenery and of course… really great food.
Take yourself on the adventure of a lifetime, or join a tour to delve a little deeper and make the most out of your time.