Rome to Amalfi Itinerary
Make note however: Each year, Andrew Harper members attempt to plan a trip to the coastline in April and May. Unfortunately, many of the Harper-recommended hotels will be already sold out for the most desirable dates. To avoid disappointment, start planning for the summer in January, while the resorts of the Amalfi Coast can still offer availability during the choice months of June, July and September.
Day 2 : Sightsee in Rome
On your first full day in Rome, see some of the best of the Eternal City, including the Colosseum, the Forum and the Capitoline Museums. A guide can really bring the history of the Colosseum and the confusing ruins of the Forum to vivid life.
Day 3 : Heart of Rome
The following day, wander the ancient heart of the city, viewing the Pantheon, the Piazza Navona and the Campo di Fiori neighborhood. If kids are in tow, Andrew Harper Travel can arrange a fun pizza-making class in a local pizzeria. In the afternoon, enjoy the remarkable art treasures in the Borghese Gallery.
Day 4 : Vatican
Devote today to ecclesiastical Rome and explore the mysteries of the Vatican. Few people know that it is possible to explore the Vatican Necropolis directly below St. Peter’s Basilica, which contains the tomb of St. Peter. Visitor numbers are limited, and requests for the guided tours must be submitted to the Excavations Office. Andrew Harper Travel can help you arrange that along with a reserved entry to the museums and Sistine Chapel, essential for avoiding the long lines.
Day 5 : Drive to the Amalfi Coast
Depart Rome with a driver (or rental car, if you’re brave), and head to the Amalfi Coast, 90 minutes south of Naples. Here the jagged Lattari Mountains plunge into the Mediterranean, providing some of the world's most dramatic scenery. Stay at Le Sirenuse, Il San Pietro or the Santa Caterina.
Charming hotel overlooking Amalﬁ’s picturesque bay and animated yacht harbor, 30 minutes east of Positano.
Day 6 : Explore Positano and Amalfi
Spend the day meandering the vertiginous lanes of Positano. Andrew Harper recommends the Via Positanesi d’America, a spectacular coastal path that begins at the right of the Spiaggia Grande. (It was named for the town’s 19th-century emigrants to the United States, whose support helped Positano survive the ordeal of World War II.) If you have more time, tour a limoncello distillery, which can be a refreshing way to spend part of an afternoon. Or seek out the region’s wines; some of our favorites are the crisp, fruity whites of Marisa Cuomo.
Day 7 : Visit Pompeii
Leave early and take a day trip to Pompeii, arguably the most enthralling ancient Roman ruins. With a private driver, it will take about an hour from Positano or an hour and 40 minutes from Amalfi. Break for lunch in the nearby Michelin-starred Il Principe.
Day 8 : Travel to Capri
Head by ferry or private motor launch to Capri, an island renowned for its beauty since Roman times. Capri’s most famous attraction is the Blue Grotto, a sea cave in which sunlight, shining through an underwater cavity, creates a mysterious radiance. It’s possible to visit on a day trip, but it’s much more fun to stay overnight. Settle into J.K. Place Capri.
Day 9 : Explore Capri
Shop the charming boutiques in the town of Capri, walking past elegant estates and lemon trees to Villa Jovis, the dramatic ruins of the home of Emperor Tiberius, who was so taken with Capri's charms that, from A.D. 27 to 37, he ran the Roman Empire from here.
Day 10 : Visit Anacapri
Head up to the commune of Anacapri, located high in the hills to the west and a perfectly tranquil contrast to chic Capri. A chairlift will whisk you to the top of Mount Solaro for unparalleled views of the island.
Day 11 : Travel to Ravello
Return to the mainland and take residence in the cliff-top aerie of Ravello, staying either in the Hotel Caruso or the Palazzo Avino. Take the afternoon to enjoy the gardens of the Villa Rufolo and the Villa Cimbrone.
This enchanting property is a beguiling amalgam of buildings (including an 11th-century palazzo) overlooking the Gulf of Salerno 1,000 feet below.
Refined 12th-century villa (previously known as the Palazzo Sasso) set amid terraced gardens on a breathtaking ridge 1,100 feet above the sea in Ravello.
Day 12 : Paestum
Make a day trip to evocative Paestum, where three impressively preserved Greek temples stand in a meadow (formerly a city), still surrounded by ancient defensive walls. Alternatively, relax in Ravello. Besides its natural beauty, there is a vibrant cultural scene.
Day 13 : Head toward Rome
Head north but bypass the city center of Rome in favor of the coast. Check into La Posta Vecchia, a remarkable 17th-century villa lavishly restored by J. Paul Getty, 45 minutes north of Rome.
Day 14 : Visit Cerveteri
Visit the haunting pre-Roman necropolis of nearby Cerveteri, where the tombs resemble Etruscan homes. The National Museum of Cerveteri, inside the 16th-century Ruspoli Castle, houses artifacts like urns and statues.
Day 15 : Return home
Make your way back to Rome’s airport and depart on your flight home.
Rome to Amalfi Itinerary
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