10 Day Trips You Can Take From Naples, Italy
Naples is the third largest city in Italy, and it’s a great place to situate yourself during your Italian vacation. It’s much cheaper than other tourist hotspots, and its location makes it more than enough to visit other parts of the boot country on a short day trip. Here are 10 of the best day trips to take from Naples, Italy.
While most travelers heading to southern Italy opt for Capri, Ischia is in the same geographic vicinity and just as, if not more, beautiful. Ischia is known for its mineral-rich waters, numerous beaches and even the Aragonese Castle. The ferry from Naples to Ischia takes around an hour, more or less, depending on weather conditions, and is one of the best day trips from Naples.
Hub of the Amalfi Coast, but not necessarily on On the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is a charming little town that many travelers use as their favorite base before heading either north to famous places such as Pompeii or south to famous places such as Positano. Sorrento is lemon-centric, where everything from liquor and soap to earrings and candles is lemon-themed. There are several stores dedicated solely to lemons as Sorrento lemons are the hottest product in this town. A day trip to Sorrento is well worth your time, not just for the lemons alone, but for all of the city’s rich history.
Looking for a beach getaway away from the chaos of Naples? Better yet, looking to take that perfect Instagram shot? Positano has your name written all over it. This cliffside coastal town is one of the most photographed places in Italy, and for good reason. Positano is located on the Amalfi Coast and is undoubtedly the most popular town in the region. Be prepared to pay a little extra here; the locals have seized the opportunity of the influx of tourism and are happy to take your money charging far more than the rest of the country. It’s worth every penny to spend a day here. Grab seafood risotto, dip in the salty waters along rocky beaches, and don’t leave without snapping the perfect shot against the backdrop of homes towering over Positano’s dramatic cliffs.
If you’re a history buff, Pompeii is somewhat of a must-do day trip. About 30 minutes north of Naples, Pompeii sits at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, giving it a dramatic backdrop. Pompeii remains one of the world’s most important archaeological sites for ancient Roman remains and is the largest preserved ancient Roman city. It’s worth hiring a guide, so you know what you’re looking at when visiting Pompeii. You can either book one in advance on a popular site such as GetYourGuide or Viator, or simply take Trenitalia to Pompeii and find one right on the ground.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it can surely be seen in one. Rome should definitely be on every Italian itinerary. However, many travelers prefer to spend less time in the Italian capital and more time elsewhere. Rome is beautiful on its own but is generally more expensive than other major cities and is congested with tourists, traffic and locals. If you want to see Rome but don’t want to foot the expensive hotel bill, a day trip from Naples is a perfect option. In just one short day in Rome, you can see most of the major sights, and with express trains only taking an hour each way, it won’t put a huge crutch on your day.
Latina is in the Lazio region of Italy and is only about an hour and a half north of Naples, making it a perfect day trip. Why visit Latina, a town that isn’t very touristy with international visitors and isn’t on all of Italy’s “must see” lists? Well, that’s exactly why! Get off the beaten track a bit and explore a city that doesn’t get as much love but just as deserves it. Latina has great beaches that won’t be flooded with influencers in towns like Positano. Take a boat trip with a local fisherman and have lunch that you just caught. Many people will boast of having seen Rome, Florence and the Amalfi Coast. Stand out from the crowd and say, “Yeah, well, did you go to Latina?
Another seaside town close to Naples is the bustling oasis of Salerno. What makes Salerno a great option for a day trip is that it can be reached by express train from Naples. Unlike Positano, Sorrento or, of course, any of the islands mentioned in this list, Salerno is an easy commute thanks to the efficient Italian Trenitalia. Getting there is a bonus, but the real benefits of visiting Salerno are in its breathtaking scenery, with sights such as the Garden of Minerva, the ancient ruins of Arechi Castle and, of course, visiting the city’s cathedral.
One of the most popular day trips from Naples is visiting the beautiful island of Capri. Capri is truly a sight to behold, and it’s no wonder this tiny island has received such an influx of visitors in recent years. The main thing to do in Capri is to visit the Grotta Azzura, or the Blue Grotto, a small grotto in the sea that lights up in blue. Beware that this will only be possible if the weather permits, so don’t get your hopes up (or down) if it ends up not being possible in a single day. Apart from Blue Grotto, Capri has luxury stores to meet your shopping needs, numerous bakeries and restaurants, and famously, a chairlift that overlooks the entire island, offering breathtaking views.
Caserta is one of the less popular day trips from Naples for reasons that remain unclear. Home to one of the most breathtaking sites in all of Italy, the Palace of Caserta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the largest royal residence in the world. It only takes around 45 minutes to reach Caserta from Naples, and once you arrive you can choose to hire a guide for a group tour, book a private tour, or just wander around on your own. Whatever you decide, get ready to immerse yourself in Italian royalty.
By far the most popular day trip from anywhere in Southern Italy is a true Amalfi Coast tour. However, did you know that the Amalfi Coast represents 13 cities, but one of these cities is actually called Amalfi? Relax on Amalfi’s main beach, with the backdrop of the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Salerno. Skip the Aperol Spritz and sip a Lemon Spritz, home to the Amalfi Coast. Amalfi is a laid-back, laid-back town that will surely have you leaving all your worries at home, where they rightfully belong.