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    Amalfi Coast Road Trip - Naples to Salerno Itinerary

    Discover Italy's coastal scenery at your own pace, cruise along the sunny coastline and immerse yourself in the local culture. During your road trip in Campania and the Amalfi Coast, you will be met by unbelievable vistas and pure freedom.

    Pick up a car hire in Naples and get ready for a driving experience that you will not forget any time soon. Visit the ruins of legendary Pompeii, the magical Vesuvius volcano and many other destinations around Naples, before you continue your trip towards the south. Stay at a hotel in Sorrento and feel the warm breeze blowing in from the Tyrrhenian Sea while you work on your tan on the beach. The famous lemon trees invite you to take a relaxing walk in the endless fields and to de-stress completely. Take your time in exploring the unbelievable Amalfi Coast, as this is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. Walk on the wonderful beaches and drive along one of the most beautiful roads in the world, which is located where the southern part of the peninsula meets the sea. End your stay with a tour of the historical sights and attractions in Salerno. We promise that you will have an unforgettable holiday.

    Auto Europe has put together a variety of recommendations and travel tips for you, so that you can enjoy a wonderful holiday on the Sorrento Peninsula. Experience great vistas, the best restaurants, day trips and activities in the region. With our economical car hire on the Amalfi Coast, you will remain flexible, mobile and relaxed, and be able to make this trip a memorable holiday.

    Driving Itinerary Distance Driving Time
    Vesuvius Route 27 miles 1 hour 15 minutes
    Naples to Sorrento 30 miles 1 hour 3 minutes
    Sorrento to Positano 25 miles 38 minutes
    Positano to Salerno 26 miles 1 hour 28 minutes
    Totals: 108 miles 4 hours 24 min

    Day 1: Naples

    Road trip in Naples, Italy Road trip in Naples, Italy

    What to do in Naples

    The lovely city of Naples offers various activities and tourist attractions that will keep visitors busy. Historical sights, monumental churches and the centre of the city, which is chock full of restaurants, shopping opportunities, bars and night clubs. If you decide to acquire the Campania Artecard, you can make some savings on entrance fees to many places of interest, such as museums, art galleries and theatres.

    Stroll through the Piazza del Plebiscito and get to know all the important historical locations and sights in this city that is steeped in historical intrigue. The Archaeological Museum of Naples has exhibitions with an incredible selection of artefacts from various parts of Italy. The Art Gallery of Naples offers a large collection of artworks from the Baroque and Renaissance periods for your viewing pleasure.

    Complete your stay in Naples with the city's modern sights. Indulge yourself and go for a shopping tour at Galleria Umberto, take the ferry and visit the nearby island, or prepare a picnic at Virgiliano Park. Visit the historically significant aquarium, located at the heart of Villa Communale. The Grotta di Seiano, a tunnel built by the Romans, is hidden away behind the district of Posillipo, and leads visitors to an ancient Greek theatre. At Centro Sub Campi Flegrei, you can visit the diving centre and explore the underwater ruins of Pompeii. Drive towards the east and make a stop at Vesuvio National Park, where you can hike one of the tallest volcanoes in the world!

    Where to eat in Naples

    This vibrant metropolis is the birthplace of pizza. Neapolitan restaurants had a significant impact on the history of Italian cuisine. The best Pizza Margherita that you'll ever eat can be ordered at Pizzeria Brandi. Pizzerias Matteo and DaMichele also have a long history of artisan pizza-making. Thanks to the closeness of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Neapolitan cuisine offers many seafood dishes. It is customary in Naples to serve these dishes with tomatoes and a special garlic sauce. Hosteria Toledo is a great choice for family dinners, while Restaurant Nennella serves generous portions of pasta, risotto, vegetarian dishes and many other Italian specialities. Restaurant La Terrazzadell'Excelsior is famous for its marvellous panorama view over the coast of Santa Lucia. Delicious pastries and Italian gelato make for ideal desserts to lovely local dishes.

    There is no way you could forget about the wonderful restaurants and cafes you will visit in Naples! But to find them, we recommend also booking a GPS for your road trip to Naples.

    Restaurant/Bar Price  Address
    Pizzeria Brandi ££ Salita Sant'Anna di Palazzo 1-2, Naples, IT
    Di Matteo £ Via dei Tribunali 94, Naples, IT
    Da Michele ££ Via Cesare Sersale 1-3, Naples, IT
    Hosteria Toledo £££ Vico Giardinetto 78a, Naples, IT
    Nennella £ Vico Lungo Teatro Nuovo 105, Naples, IT
    Valu £££ Vico Lungo del Gelso 80, Naples, IT
    La Terrazza dell'Excelsior ££££ Via Partenope 48, 80121 Naples, IT

    Where to stay in Naples

    Naples is a veritable magnet for tourists, and therefore offers a large number of hotels suitable for every size of wallet, both in the city as well as the surrounding area. The comfortable Hotel Prati is well suited for discovering the centre of the city. The same goes for Hotel Ideal, which is located only a short walk from the central railway station. Hotel De La Ville also offers great value for money and has a very central location. From here you can discover the best attractions in Naples in no time at all, and save some money in the process! For guests with high demands, Grand Hotel Parker is the ideal place of accommodation. The elegant interior design, wonderful restaurants nearby, and amazing service make this hotel the perfect choice. Once you have found the right place to stay for your travel party, do not forget to book the right car hire in Naples with Auto Europe!

    Travellers should be aware that the busy metropolis of Naples often experiences congestion and slow-moving traffic. Due to the large number of cars, finding parking spaces can be difficult. Therefore we would recommend that you pick up your car hire at the airport. Grand Hotel Vanvitelli offers four-star rooms, beautiful design and a large car park for your vehicle. Impress your family with a stay at The Plaza Hotel, which offers an atrium with fountains and gardens, a cocktail bar and a wonderful restaurant. The family-friendly Hotel Leonessa is situated right at the foot of the Vesuvius volcano, and is perfect for trips to the national park and the historical part of Naples.


    Next stop: 1 hour and 15 minutes

    Day 2: Sorrento

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    What to do in Sorrento

    Sorrento neatly encapsulates the culture and history of a true coastal town. Get to know the city with your car hire in Sorrento and visit the coast and the many pretty cafes and bars. Enjoy your espresso on one of the terraces located right by the sea. At the museum and art gallery Correale di Terranova you can marvel at paintings from past centuries. Take the ferry to the island of Capri and shop in the chic boutiques or visit the famous Blue Grotto cave, where you can admire the unique turquoise water.

    There are many things to do on a road trip to Sorrento. Make a day trip to Pompeii, and stop at the Puntacampannella nature reservoir before exploring the town's mysterious ruins. Although Pompeii was covered in ashes and debris following the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano 2,000 years ago, the town has been surprisingly well restored, and is a big draw for tourists visiting this fascinating region. Don't miss your chance to experience this part of history first hand, you will not regret it!

    Where to eat in Sorrento

    The town's cuisine follows Italian dining culture quite closely, but offers some unique dishes. Make sure you try the Gnocchi alla Sorrentina at O Parruchiano and enjoy the truly local delicacy. The red sauce consists mainly of tomatoes, garlic, basil and fresh mozzarella. Visit the restaurant at Villa Rubinacci for an elegant dining experience made up of local dishes, served in a particularly aesthetically pleasing and innovative way. Don Alfonso 1890 is known for their speciality, artichoke parmigiana, and is home to some of the region's best chefs, who delight in surprising patrons with new creations on every visit. For a truly delicious pizza, you should head to Pizzeria Da Franco or The Red Lion. To end your meal, we recommend Limoncello as a nightcap. Romantics should absolutely not miss the chance to dine at Ristorante Bagni Delfino, where you will find first class seafood dishes and an incredible panorama view over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Of course you should not forget the great desserts on offer either: for a typical Italian gelato or pastries you can head to Gelateria Zini, for example.

    Restaurant/Bar Price  Address
    O Parrucchiano Restaurant £££ Corso Italia 71, 80067 Sorrento, IT
    Via Rubinacci Restaurant £££ Via Correale 25, 80067 Sorrento, IT
    Restaurant Don Alfonso 1890 ££££ Corso S. Agata 13, Sant'Agata sui due Golfi, Sorrento, IT
    Pizzeria Da Franco £ Corso Italia 265, 80063 Sorrento, IT
    The Red Lion ££ Via Marziale 25, 80067 Sorrento, IT
    Ristorante Bagni Delfino ££££ Via Marina Grande 216, 80067 Sorrento, IT
    Gelateria Zini ££ Via Fuoro 27, 80067 Sorrento, IT

    Where to stay in Sorrento

    You have plenty of choice when it comes to places to stay in Sorrento: you can book a room at a charming Bed & Breakfast or a luxury suite at one of Sorrento's fabulous hotels - there is accommodation on offer ranging from very affordable to truly extravagant. The Via Corso Italia quarter, known for great restaurants and lively night life, offers accommodation at Emily Suites or Sorrento Suites. The hotel staff and the friendly locals are happy to give you tips on where to go and what to see in Sorrento.

    The five-star hotel Paco Dei Principi offers guests unusual architecture, a luxurious ambiance, and as it is located right by the cliffs, a marvellous view of the sea. For travellers who do not want to give up on luxury and a great location, Grand Hotel La Pace is the best choice. Relax in the hotel's sauna or unwind at the spa. What's more, every room in this glamorous hotel has its own balcony. For a luxury stay that won't break the bank, you can opt for Hotel Grand La Panoramica, which is located just a few minutes outside Sorrento in quiet and peaceful Castellamare di Stabia. Is it very easy to organize a day trip to Pompeii from this hotel. There is also much to experience and discover in this seaside paradise. With a car hire from Auto Europe you will easily be able to tour all the places you want to!


    Next stop: 1 hour and 3 minutes

    Day 3: Positano

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    What to do in Positano

    Regardless of whether you are visiting Italy for the first time or if you frequently travel to this beautiful country, you should not miss the chance to make a road trip to Positano. This destination is found right by some impressive cliffs and the town's image is reflected by the turquoise sea. The Amalfi Coast has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Travellers from all over the world cannot get enough of the incomparable charm of this coastal destination. Stroll through the harbour, past the old churches and breathe in the magical atmosphere. Don't forget to try the delicious Limoncello, made from the region's world-famous lemons.

    Sit back and relax on the beach of Fornillo or at Spaggia Grande and enjoy the crystal clear water, breathtaking views of Positano and the nearby beach bars. The Valle delle Ferriere Reserve National Park is very popular among tourists. Hike to the top of the hill where you will find the famous lemon trees, and enjoy views that are second to none. During your visit to Positano, you have the possibility of discovering one of the loveliest nature reserves in all of Italy. Enjoy every minute of absolute peace and the unparalleled views of the sea and the town. Take time for yourself to really get to know the region. With a car hire in Positano, you will always be flexible and mobile on your trip!

    Where to eat in Positano

    In Positano, you can find all that your heart desires when it comes to dining. Pasta, seafood, good wine, desserts and ice cream will make your stay here a culinary journey. The fresh ingredients used come directly from the surrounding region, including for example the fresh lemons and seafood. At Restaurant Grottino Azzuro, you can be sure to enjoy a lovely evening with some great food. The restaurant serves numerous Italian dishes, which are also great value for money. At the cosy Al Barilotto Del Nonno, the gnocchi and bruschetta are the absolute highlights. At LaTagliata you can experience a unique restaurant visit: the locale is surrounded by nature and does not have a set menu. All dishes are determined by the available fresh ingredients.

    For an elegant dining experience in an exotic atmosphere in the middle of the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, we would recommend Al Palazzo. Be sure to book ahead of time to make sure that you get a table. We can guarantee that it will be worth it. Il Ritrivo is an ideal place for especially hungry customers, as the portions are large and the ambiance family friendly, making sure that younger guests will also be happy. For a few after dinner drinks, you should head to Next2.

    Restaurant/Bar Price  Address
    Grottino Azzurro £ Via Guglielmo Marconi 158, 84017 Positano, IT
    Al Barilotto Del Nonno ££ Via Laurito 17, 84017 Positano, IT
    La Tagliata £££ Via Monsignor Vito Talamo, 84017 Positano, IT
    Al Palazzo ££££ Via dei Mulini 23, Hotel Palazzo Murat, 84017 Positano, IT
    Il Ritrovo £££ Via Montepertuso 77, 84017 Positano, IT
    Next2 £££ Via Pasitea 242, 84017 Positano, IT

    Where to stay in Positano

    Luxurious villas and suites are widely offered in Positano. There are, however, also affordable yet comfortable options for smaller budgets. An example is Positano Art Hotel Pasitea. At Hotel Conca D'Oro you can enjoy a candlelight dinner on the lovely terrace. The four-star Hotel Posa Posa offers a very cost-effective stay for visitors, and is located on the hill above the town. At Hotel Villa Gabrisa, you will receive your own balcony with a panorama view from your room. Budget-conscious design lovers will find what they are looking for at Villa Celentano.

    There are some truly grand establishments in and around Positano. To really experience what it is like to spend the night in the lap of luxury, stay at Villa Tre Ville, and you will know what it means to be a guest at a top hotel. You can find your own personal paradise at Hotel Buca di Bacco. The hotel is located directly on the coastline and is great for couples and families alike. When you are looking for nothing but the best, you will have hit the jackpot with the five-star Hotel Covo dei Saraceni. Lavishly furnished lounges, exquisite restaurants, a spectacular pool and a bar with a terrace will make your stay unforgettable.


    Next stop: 38 min

    Day 4: Salerno

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    What to do in Salerno

    Drive along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, through the Mediterranean villages and you will arrive in the historical town of Salerno. Before you reach the town, you can go for a swim on the Maiori beach, in the middle of the coastal cliffs, visit peaceful Praiano, and discover the charming fishing village of Cetara. Drive your car hire in Salerno on the road near the coast and experience one of the most beautiful drives of your life. Many of the twists and turns of this route offer cultural and architectural surprises, waiting to be discovered by you. Enjoy your time in Salerno - you are sure to have a memorable stay!

    The town of Salerno is located at the eastern end of the Amalfi Coast and has its own unique historical charm. Don't miss the Duomo de Salerno cathedral and stand in awe of the medieval Italian architecture that surrounds you. The streets of Salerno are filled with cafes and shops, and when you wander through the promenade, time flies. Try one of the boat tours offered in Salerno, and continue your road trip to Salerno on the water!

    Where to eat in Salerno

    There's one thing we can promise you: the choice of good restaurants in Salerno is enormous. Unfortunately we can only introduce you to a handful of them here.

    Good pizza can be found almost anywhere in Italy. But in Salerno, you can find some of the best pizza in the whole country. Visit Pulecenella Pizzeria or Pizzeria Trattoria da Riccardo for a delicious pizza at a very reasonable price. If you are looking for a place to enjoy a wonderful dinner, La Botte Pazza is your best bet, as generous portions are served with good wine. Ylas Creperie Gastronomia offers a large variety of crepe specialities, with something for all tastes.

    Salerno is also a great destination for a culinary adventure. At Botteghelle 65, you will be met by a lovely rustic atmosphere as well as fresh ingredients in all the offered dishes. There is no set menu here, as all ingredients are freshly sourced from the surrounding region, and dishes are prepared according to what ingredients are in season at the time. Fish and seafood lovers will be impressed by what is on offer at L'Unico, where visitors will be convinced of the owners' passion for seafood not only because of the quality of the dishes, but also the wonderful furnishings. An elegant setting, great food and friendly waiting staff await the patrons of Ristorante Cicirinella.

    Restaurant/Bar Price  Address
    Pulecenella Pizzeria £ Via Case Rosse 88, Fuorni, 84131 Salerno, IT
    Pizzeria Trattoria da Riccardo £ Calata S. Vito 97, 84126 Salerno, IT
    La Botte Pazza £££ Vicolo Giovanni Ruggi 3, Piazza Portanova, 84100 Salerno, IT
    Ylas Creperie & Gastronomia ££ Via Luigi Guercio 86/88, 84134 Salerno, IT
    Botteghelle 65 £££ Via Botteghelle 65, 84121 Salerno, IT
    L'Unico ££££ Largo san Giorgio 14, Via Duomo, 84121 Salerno, IT
    Ristorante Cicirinella ££££ Via Antonio Genovesi, 84121 Salerno, IT

    Where to stay in Salerno

    When you book a hotel room in Salerno, you will have more time to see the local attractions and sights. Hotel Grand Salerno offers a modern and stylish interior and is based right by the water. You can reach numerous restaurants and bars with just a few minutes' walk. For budget-conscious travellers, who nevertheless want to remain comfortable, we recommend Novotel Salerno Est. Arechi. This charming and family-friendly hotel is only a short drive away from the centre of town, and offers guests a free W-LAN connection, a swimming pool indoors and outdoors, and a playground for children. You can experience an exceptional stay at Villagio Tabu, located in Cilento National Park and surrounded by olive trees.


    Next stop: 1 hour and 28 min

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