This Private Tour to Amalfi Coast and Pompeii from Naples includes two world’s heritage sites listed by the UN:
- The scenic Amalfi Drive featuring some charming Mediterranean Villages: Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, Sorrento.
- The Excavations of the ancient Roman Town of Pompeii, buried under 20 feet of ashes during the main eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
The perfect tour if it is the first time for you in this area, do not miss it!
Amalfi Coast and Pompeii from Naples private tour details:
|INCLUDED||Mercedes vehicle with professional driver; all taxes, parking fees, fuel and pay tolls|
|EXTRA||Entrance fee to Pompeii; lunch|
|OPTIONAL||Private Tour Guide in Pompeii; Private Guide all day; Special activities designed 4 kids aged 6 to 11 yrs and their families|
|MEETING PLACE||Naples. Let us know where about: Hotel/Port/Railway Station/Airport|
|WHEEL CHAIR FRIENDLY|
Yes, please check our Accessible Pompeii option
|DRESS CODE||Comfortable shoes|
|ADDITIONAL INFO||Pompeii site is extended on a surface of approximately 150 acres. To make the best of your day trip to Pompeii Leisure Italy strongly recommends its optional guided services. Our guided walking tour shall be adapted on the desires and walking attitude of the participants.|
The walk in Pompeii will be at slow pace. Be aware there is some walking uphill and some steps. For those not willing to take the entire walk there are plenty of cafés and gift shops right outside the entrance
This Shore Excursion to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast departs from Naples Cruise Terminal or from any hotel in Naples City. If you arrive by train from Rome Leisure Italy will meet you at the station for no additional charge.
The itinerary is flexible, you can decide with your driver to visit Pompeii first, or start with the costal ride. Therefore the following is just an example.
Departing from Naples you will see and feel the towering presence of Mt Vesuvius on your left . On the other side you will instead enjoy nice views of the Bay of Naples and its islands. In a distance to your right the Cape Misenum, where the Main Roman Military Navy was based, from where Pliny the Elder started his description of the eruption.
Pompeii is about 30 minutes away from Naples.
Optional Pompeii private guided walking tour
Please be aware Pompeii site is extended on a surface of approximately 150 acres. To make the best of your day trip to Pompeii Leisure Italy strongly recommends its optional guided services. Our guided walking tour shall be adapted on the desires and walking attitude of the participants.
The following is an example of our private guided walking tour of Pompeii in case you also chose our guided services.
In Pompeii you will first admire the city walls, dating back to the pre-roman Pompeii (4 centuries BC). One of the best preserved ancient gates is called Porta Marina, it connected Pompeii with its port, with one path for charts and another for people.
Right before this gate a not-to-miss is the Suburban Bath House, recently excavated and therefore very well preserved.
Once in town you will be walking on the original road made by basalt (volcanic rock), and you will notice on the ground hundreds of little white spots made of travertine which were used to reflect torch light (this is what nowadays people call “cat’s eye”).
Your attention will be caught by big blocks of basalt emerging from the road: they were stepping stones used by pedestrians to avoid getting wet when it rained; in fact, differently from other roman towns, Pompeii didn’t have a complete sewer system because the city was build on top of a lava platform too hard to be worked.
The city centre was called the Forum, it hosts all the buildings with a public function: Religion (the Temple of Apollo, the Capitolium and the Temple of the Emperor), Trade (the meat and fish market called Macellum, the textiles market headed by a priestess called Eumachia), Administration (the Basilica) and Politics (Comitii). Other facilities in the Forum where exchange offices, public restrooms and a public scale (tabula mensurae) where to compare and weigh farmer’s products. In the Forum you will also see a display of the famous human casts.
Close by there were public thermal baths where both men and women (in different sections), poor and wealthy, free and slaves could access daily hygiene. Pompeii had 3 of such complexes in town plus 2 right outside the town, and they all had the following facilities: a changing room (apoditerium), a tepid room (tepidarium), a hot room (calidarium) and a Gym (Palestra).
You will notice several places fronting the road with large vases built in a masonry counter: this is what the Romans called popinae, today’s taverns! In fact those earthenware jars where filled up with food and beverages, and very many ancient Pompeians would stop in such places for lunch.
You will certainly recognise some of the bakeries of Pompeii, with their ovens and their grinding machines: incredible but true some round carbonized loafs of bread where found during the excavations. This is nowadays on exhibit at the Archaeological Museum of Naples together with more carbonized organics such as almonds, pine cones, figs, dates etc…
Your visit would be incomplete without the red light district: the brothel (Lupanare) shows us today an interesting display of roman frescoes featuring several erotic images!
Pompeii had three places for public performances: an outdoor theatre (for comedy and tragedy), an indoor theatre (Odeion, for mimes and declamation of poetry) and a big amphitheatre (for games like gladiators or beast fights). You shall visit at least one of those places.
After the tour at Pompeii you can stop for a few minutes if you wish, to get a pressed orange juice or to browse the souvenir shops.
Practical info about the Amafi Coast
During your Private Tour of the Amalfi Coast you will cross several charming villages: Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello etc… The time you can stop in each of them will depend on your choice and of course on your ship departure time. We normally recommend to choose 2 towns, so to have some free time to enjoy and avoid rushing at the end of the tour. Consider that the diving time from the Amalfi coast back to Naples can take nearly 2 hours.
Flow of the Tour: Amalfi and Sorrento Coastal Drive
Leaving Ancient Pompeii your Private Tour to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast will be riding on the Sorrento Peninsula, with some beautiful landscape on your right hand side. Along the way your driver will give you chances to get off and take some amazing pictures.
Once on the Amalfi Drive you are in the pure Mediterranean beauty: steep cliffs, blue sea, some luxurious villas grabbing to the rocks and this incredible narrow road stretching along the coast. All along your Shore Excursion to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast from Naples you will enjoy breath-taking scenery.
Is the largest Town, and probably the one with the best shopping and lunch opportunities. Sorrento is famous for its “limoncello” production – an alcoholic lemon drink which you can taste mostly anywhere in town. Not to miss the overview to the Bay of Naples from the Garden of St-Francis.
The first village you will actually cross on the Amalfi coast will be Positano, with its white washed houses and its fancy art and ceramic galleries. If you like you can leave the vehicle and discover the village which is mostly a pedestrian area leading down to the beach. Also available some friendly taverns on the higher part of Positano, do not hesitate to ask your driver for this.
Is the historical town on the Coast, attracting people from all over the world with its glorious past.
If you like you can visit the Cathedral – burial place of St.Andrew – or you can try to get away from the crowds exploring the maze of little white painted walkways: welcome back to the Middle-Ages!
Finally you can visit Ravello (350 metres on the sea level), certainly the most elegant and least crowded place on the coast. In Ravello you can visit one of its ancient villas with astonishing view or just enjoy some free time.
Lunch will depend on your desire: there will be options, from a snack up to nice sea-food meal in one of the many excellent restaurants with sea view along the itinerary.
On the way back you will cross the mountain range separating the Amalfi coast from the peninsula of Sorrento. Once on the top there will be more spectacular views of the Vesuvius.
- Pick-up and drop-off in Naples
- Private walking tour of the Excavations of Pompeii upon request
- Sightseeing of the Amalfi Coast and its villages
- Shopping time
- Italian meal upon request