Rome to Amalfi Itinerary

City to Spectacular Coastline

Visiting Italy is one of the supreme pleasures in life. On this itinerary, start with a few days in Rome before diving into the delights of the sensationally scenic Amalfi Coast

Make note however: Each year, Hideaway Report members attempt to plan a trip to the coastline in April and May. Unfortunately, many of our 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. 

Itinerary Highlights

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  • Explore the best of ancient Rome
  • Take a pizza-making class 
  • Enjoy reserved entry to the Vatican museums
  • Tour a limencello distillery
  • Explore the beautiful Amalfi Coast
  • Spend a night on Capri
  • Visit Pompeii 
  • Stay in Ravello and explore local gardens

Trip Overview

Day 1 : Arrive in Rome
Check into your preferred hotel and start exploring
Day 2 : Sightsee in Rome
Explore the best of ancient Rome, ideally with a guide
Day 3 : Heart of Rome
Wander the ancient heart of the city
Day 4 : Vatican
Devote today to ecclesiastical Rome
Day 5 : Drive to the Amalfi Coast
Drive to the Amalfi Coast and check into your hotel
Day 6 : Explore Positano and Amalfi
Enjoy a tour of a limoncello distillery or enjoy the day at your leisure
Day 7 : Visit Pompeii
Make an excursion to Pompeii and break for lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant
Day 8 : Travel to Capri
Take a ferry or private motor launch to Capri
Day 9 : Explore Capri
Shop the local boutiques and sightsee
Day 10 : Visit Anacapri
Head to the commune of Anacapri
Day 11 : Travel to Ravello
Check into your accommodations in Ravello
Day 12 : Paestum
Explore evocative Paestum or relax in Ravello
Day 13 : Head toward Rome
Bypass the city of Rome for its coast
Day 14 : Visit Cerveteri
Explore the haunting pre-Roman necropolis of Cerveteri
Day 15 : Return home
Travel to Rome’s airport to board your flight home
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Day 1 : Arrive in Rome

Arrive in Rome and check into a Hideaway Report-recommended hotel near the Spanish Steps: perhaps the stylish Hotel de Russie or the legendary Hassler Roma. Start exploring Rome, visiting the Spanish Steps and the fashionable Tridente neighborhood.

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Hotel de Russie, a Rocco Forte hotel

This stylish hotel is conveniently located near the Spanish Steps and lovely Baroque Piazza del Popolo.

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Hassler Roma

This legendary hotel owned and managed by the engaging Roberto Wirth is set in a turn-of-the-century palace located atop the Spanish Steps.

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.

The Forum in Rome, Italy
The Forum in Rome, Italy - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

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, have your travel advisor arrange a fun pizza-making class in a local pizzeria. In the afternoon, enjoy the remarkable art treasures in the Borghese Gallery.

The Trevi Fountain, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci, in Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci, in Rome, Italy - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

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. Peters 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. Your travel advisor can help you arrange that along with a reserved entry to the museums and Sistine Chapel, essential for avoiding the extra-long lines.

The Laocoön Group sculpture in the Gallery of Statues in the Vatican
The Laocoön Group sculpture in the Gallery of Statues in the Vatican - Photo by Hideaway Report editor

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.

The view from the pool terrace at Le Sirenuse in Positano, Italy
The Deluxe Superior Sea View Room at Le Sirenuse in Positano, Italy
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Le Sirenuse

Overlooking Positano’s colorful harbor, this exceptionally glamorous family-owned hotel is built around an 18th-century villa.

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Il San Pietro di Positano

This dramatic resort hotel is carved into a cliff on the outskirts of Positano.

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Hotel Santa Caterina

This charming hotel overlooks Amalfi’s picturesque bay and animated yacht harbor, located 30 minutes east of Positano.

Day 6 : Explore Positano and Amalfi

Spend the day meandering the vertiginous lanes of Positano. We recommend the Via Positanesi dAmerica, a spectacular coastal path that begins at the right of the Spiaggia Grande. (It was named for the towns 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 regions wines; some of our favorites are the crisp, fruity whites of Marisa Cuomo.

A view of the coast in Positano, Italy
A view of the coast in Positano, Italy - Barsukova/ShutterStock

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.

The ruins of Pompeii in front of Mount Vesuvius in Campania, Italy
The ruins of Pompeii in front of Mount Vesuvius in Campania, Italy - Natalia Lukiyanova

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.

The J.K. Classic Room at J.K. Place Capri in Capri, Italy
The exterior of J.K. Place Capri in Capri, Italy
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J.K. Place Capri

This stylish 22-room hotel occupies a handsome white 19th-century villa near the Marina Grande.

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.

The Blue Grotto, a sea cave off of the coast of Capri, Italy
The Blue Grotto, a sea cave off of the coast of Capri, Italy - Antonio Gravante/iStockPhoto/GettyImages
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Day 10 : Visit Anacapri

Head up to the commune of Anacaprilocated high in the hills to the west and a perfectly tranquil contrast to chic CapriA chairlift will whisk you to the top of Mount Solaro for unparalleled views of the island.

The view of Capri from Mount Solaro in Campania, Italy
The view of Capri from Mount Solaro in Campania, Italy - mikolajn/iStockPhoto/GettyImages

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.

The pool at Belmond Hotel Caruso in Ravello, Italy
The pool at Belmond Hotel Caruso in Ravello, Italy - Belmond © Tyson Sadlo
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Belmond Hotel Caruso

This enchanting property is an amalgam of buildings (including an 11th-century palazzo) overlooking the Gulf of Salerno 1,000 feet below.

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Palazzo Avino

This refined 12th-century villa is set amid terraced gardens on a breathtaking ridge 1,000 feet above the sea in the medieval village of 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

A temple in Paestum, Italy
A temple in Paestum, Italy - Hans Martens

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.

The pool at La Posta Vecchia in Rome, Italy
The Cesar Restaurant at La Posta Vecchia in Rome, Italy
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La Posta Vecchia Hotel

This lavishly restored 17th-century villa (once the vacation retreat of J. Paul Getty) built amid archaeological ruins in a 15-acre park overlooking the Mediterranean is located about 45 minutes northwest 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. 

A tomb in the town of Cerveteri, Italy
A tomb in the town of Cerveteri, Italy - lucia_lucci/iStockPhoto/GettyImages

Day 15 : Return home

Make your way back to Rome’s airport and depart on your flight home.

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