Top Day Trips from Naples
As one of the busiest ports and transport hubs in southern Italy, Naples serves as a convenient jumping-off point for the Amalfi Coast and Capri; the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum; and Mt. Vesuvius. Here are some of the best day trips from Naples.
The Amalfi Coast — about 40 miles (60 kilometers) away
Located just south of Naples, this famous stretch of coastline is characterized by dramatic cliffs and colorful fishing villages that appear to tumble into the sea. Skip the hassle of car hire on a boat or bus tour of coastal villages Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello; most Amalfi Coast excursions also include a stop in the resort town of Sorrento.
Capri — about 25 miles (40 kilometers) away
The fashionable island of Capri has served as a retreat for the world’s celebrities and intellectuals for centuries. Join a day cruise to get the best views of the Faraglioni sea stacks and the Blue Grotto. Private and small-group boat tours generally let you swim in the island’s crystalline waters and dock at Marina Grande, from where you’ll have free time to explore the island.
Pompeii and Herculaneum — about 15 miles (25 kilometers) away
Archaeology buffs will jump at the chance to explore two of the world’s most significant Roman ruins. The ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were both buried beneath layers of mud and ash during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD, which preserved them over the millennia. Today, day trips allow you to see the remains of houses, shops, and temples that were once lavishly covered in frescoes and mosaics.
Mt. Vesuvius — about 10 miles (15 kilometers) away
Mt. Vesuvius is one of the most striking features along the Bay of Naples. Venture to the edge of its upper cone and you’ll be rewarded with views that stretch to the island of Capri. Gourmands can pair a trek to the peak with wine tasting and lunch, which typically takes place in the vineyards that line the fertile volcanic slopes.