The Amalfi Coast is home to some of the most beautiful scenery that the world has to offer. Its lush peaks reaching heights of over 4,000 feet seem to dive into emerald waters, secluded bays and cozy beaches, with tiny pastel villages springing up here and there all the way down. Its beauty and harmony will mesmerize you.
On this day trip you’ll enjoy comfortable transportation by private coach as well as free time to explore tiny picturesque streets, all with a passionate guide to bring your experiences to life. After meeting in central Naples, you will drive out of the city, past Mt. Vesuvius and slowly enter the winding roads and lemon orchards that characterize this part of the Campania region.
The first stop is the most picturesque town on the entire coast, Positano, where pristine houses seem to tumble down into the sea amid narrow alleyways, chic boutiques, typical restaurants, and ‘Dolce vita’ cafés. Despite its present glamor, Positano was once a poor fishing village that was nearly abandoned until it was ‘rediscovered’ by international jet-setters, filmmakers and writers, making it a haven for the cultural elite. Come here, and it’s easy to see why. Its charm will seep into your pores as you shop for local ‘limoncello’, visit the church of Santa Maria Assunta or people watch from a restaurant terrace.
Your next stop will be the former capital of the maritime republic that gave the whole area its name, the town of Amalfi. Once one of the most important trading powers in the Mediterranean, this port city in miniature is home to a dazzling piazza, pristine medieval cathedral and streets that will captivate you with their fairytale-like flavor. Here you will also have free time for lunch, climb the immense staircase to the Cathedral (‘Duomo’) to visit its arabesque cloister, as well as shop for Amalfi’s famous handmade ‘bambagina’ paper. If you prefer to relax on the beach, the tiny bay is an inviting place for a dip!
After taking in the crown jewels of the Amalfi coast, you will travel up the tall verdant mountains that cradle it to take in more incredible views of the sky and sea below. Here you will have the rare privilege to meet a local family-run cheesemaker to see how one of Italy’s most famous foods is made, as well as try it for yourself. We are of course speaking of real Mozzarella di Bufala cheese! Also known as ‘the queen of Mediterranean cuisine’, this delicacy is made with pure buffalo’s milk, and it will be hard to go back to the stuff you get back home once you’ve tried it. You will also be able to try other locally produced cheeses like ‘caciocavallo’. Buy some cheese if you wish, then hop back on your private coach with your guide and enjoy the ride back to Naples.