Naples to Amalfi Coast Road Trip – Amazing Spots to check out
Have you read our pleasant half day tour in Amalfi town? Next on our list is our Amalfi Coast Road Trip guide. We’ll make sure that you’ll get to see some of the extraordinary views that Amalfi coast offers.
Our experience in Amalfi has really startled us. The best way to enjoy the splendid surroundings of the Amalfi coast is through a road trip.
Since you already know that Amalfi coast is listed as UNESCO Heritage Site for its remarkable beauty and its iconic medieval cliff-side Mediterranean fishing villages.
Then you should also know that there are Thirteen towns located on the Amalfi Coast. All of them are Italy’s tourist attractions.
The 13 towns are Positano, Praiano, Furore, Conca dei Marini, Amalfi, Atrani. And there’s Ravello, Massa Lubrense, Minori, Maiori, Cetara, Vietri Sul Mare, Scala, and Tramonti. These towns lie in the southwestern region of Campania, Italy.
The Amalfi Coast Roadtrip
The normal Amalfi Coast road trip time from Naples city to Amalfi coast would take less than two hours. We took the easiest and the fastest way to get there.
After driving almost an hour, Hubby suggested to stop by in this parking area near a hotel on the road of Via Costiera Amalfitana between the town of Raito and Vietri Sul Mare.
We had an amazing panoramic view of the town of Salerno. It was the right decision to have a break after almost an hour of driving.
You should know that the Amalfi coast road trip is one of the difficult roads that we have taken. The roads are so narrow that you have only one lane that is so tiny for two cars to cross each other.
But thanks to its exceptional view of the coastline makes you forget all your worries on the road.
Second Stop – Maiori Beach
Maiori is known for its fishing town, Reghinna Maior. The town has one of the largest beaches on the Amalfi Coast with 930 meters long, and 40 meters wide.
Our second quick stop was in the town of Maiori. We drove through towns like Cetara and Erchie, which has really a great view of the coastline as well.
We haven’t had time to stop there either cause we wanted to arrive soon to Amalfi town. Finally, after roughly half an hour after our second stop, we decided to do a quick pause again.
This time is to enjoy the beauty of this little village. First, we thought of eating our lunch here, but anyhow, after seeing there are quite a few tourists, we determined to eat out in the Amalfi town.
We even stopped in the beachside, and I went out intentionally to take some photos of this beautiful Amalfi coast landscape.
If you’re planning to visit Maiori, you should check out Collegiate Church of Santa Maria a Mare. It has a colorful maiolica tiled dome topping the 14th-century bell tower. There’s the Church of San Francesco, Santa Maria de Olearia, Castle of San Nicola and Norman Tower.
As much as I wanted to have another pause, unfortunately, we don’t have time to visit all the towns of Amalfi coast. Nevertheless, we have a short glimpse of this gorgeous town. Minori is known for its beautiful sandy beach of 250-meter long next to Maiori.
We continued our route, luckily, I have snapped some presentable photos of this beautiful town. Minori attracts many tourists each year, it is known as Città del Gusto (City of Taste), and Eden della Costiera Amalfitana (Eden of the Amalfi Coast) for its warm and delightful Mediterranean climate.
After passing the towns; Marmorata, San Cosma, and Atrani, we ultimately arrived at Amalfi town. It nestled at the Monte Cerreto (1,315 meters, 4,314 feet), circled by hills and coastal spectacle.
If you’re interested to visit this town, you can check out my blog post my Half Day Amalfi Itinerary Guide.
I recommend you to take a photo after kilometers away from Amalfi (direction to Positano), and you’ll see a wonderful view of the Amalfi Coast.
Conca dei Marini
A few minutes after we bumped into another outstanding view. Located near the famous Grotta dello Smeraldo in Conca dei Marini. It was a bit late in the afternoon, the Grotta (Cave) was already closed that time, so we opt for the coastline view.
This place (Cape Conca) is the area of the entrance to the grotto. It is also an actual view of the cave’s entrance. The Emerald Cave has a unique feature it gives a brilliant blue or emerald light, very different from other famous caves.
If you love visiting caves, The Grotta dello Smeraldo is a must to visit in Amalfi Coast.
Praiano Mountains & Landscape
Approaching the town of Praiano, a principal tourist location for the region between the towns of Amalfi and Positano. Praiano’s “Vettica Maggiore” was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
This town has a lot to put on the table to offer to its tourist, kilometers away from Positano, Praiano acquired part of the beautiful and majestic coastline views connecting to the tourist’s famous destination Positano town.
Glazing at the shore landscape, you’ll directly notice the view of Laurito, Arienzo, and Positano from afar.
If you are opting for a quick stop in Praiano, don’t miss the Parrocchia di San Gennaro. This church is spectacular with the hand-painted maiolica tiles, a traditional craft on the Amalfi Coast. Overlooks the sea sitting there on the hillside in Praiano.
Finally, after almost an hour of driving for our Amalfi Coast road trip, we, at last, arrive in Positano known for its pebble beachfront and steep, narrow streets. We arrived just before the sun goes down. I can see the magnificent view of the town clearly.
Though it wasn’t the same as what I have expected, (flowery, colorful, & sunny) since it was still winter, and due to our time schedule we arrived almost 6:00 pm. Hence, the famous overlooking of its cliffside and coastline still outstands.
Positano has one of the largest glamorous and attractive beaches on the Amalfi Coast, Spiaggia Grande (300 meters long) is the heart of sea edge Positano.
Even though I love to stop and have a quick tour in Positano, Our enemy was the time. Sunset is coming, and soon darkness will reign. We tried to search for a parking area in the surroundings, but we failed to locate one.
Hubby was also worried if we’ll stay long here it would be catastrophic to enter Naples at night. And to drive with this condition (narrow streets at night), It would be dangerous.
Positano’s View (Direction: Amalfi)
In the end, I was persistent and tried to convince my Hubby. So we did a quick stop just to take some photos. I wanted to take those white, pink and yellow of the Mediterranean houses. It was wonderful!
After a few minutes, I returned back to the car, and we started to drive back to Naples.
It was a satisfying Amalfi Coast road trip. We weren’t able to visit every inch of the Amalfi Coast. However, I am satisfied to see the pride of Italy, its coastal towns. What an experience!
Places to visit in Positano: Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, pebble beach, and the blue of the sea.
Naples to Amalfi Coast Road Trip
I did this trip when I was in college and I’m dying to do it again. I”m sure a lot has changed in the 20+ years since I’ve been there. Your pictures are gorgeous!
Oh that’s so nice to hear Julie, hope you can come back again here and spend a vacation this time with your family.