When I attended Esra’s & Sean’s wedding in Calabria this summer, I combined the trip with a stopover in Naples and even made it to one of my bucket list destinations: the Amalfi Coast.
In Naples, I stayed at Ostello Bello Napoli, just around the corner from Via Toledo, a busy shopping street, and in walking distance to other places worth seeing. Yet, in general, Naples is a walkable city and, with its good public transport network, it’s even easier to get around. Although there are many things to see around the birthplace of pizza, Naples has more to offer than its famous food. And its location also makes it the perfect base for day trips around the area – whether to Pompeii, Vesuvius, or the Amalfi Coast.
Wondering how to get to all these places from Naples for cheap? Here’s how! The local train “Circumvesuviana” connects all the cities between Naples Central Station and Sorrento. If want to see Pompeii, get off at Pompei Scavi Villa Dei Misteri. To visit Mount Vesuvius, get off at Herculaneum and take the shuttle bus called “Vesuvio Express” to get there in 20 minutes. Heading to the Amalfi Coast is a bit trickier though. Get off at the last stop in Sorrento, purchase a ticket outside the station at SITA Sud, and take line 5070 to get to Amalfi and Positano and back again (find timetables here).
So, while driving along the Amalfi Coast – from Sorrento to Amalfi and back again – for a day with Mehtap and Cigdem, whom I met at the wedding, I spent the next day with Tessa and Kyle, who stayed at Ostello Bello too, exploring different corners in Naples before flying back to Vienna again.
Things to do in Naples
Get the best 4€ pizza at Trattoria & Pizzeria da Ornella
Enjoy some traditional pastries and espresso at Cuori di Sfogliatella
Treat yourself to some pistachio ice cream at Casa Infante
Discover the great art at the Toldeo metro station on L1
Take a ride on the funicular F2 from Stazione Di Montesanto to get to the area around Vomero
Admire the splendid views over Naples at Piazzale di San Martino at the end of Via Tito Angelini, close to Castel Sant’Elmo
Stroll around the Spanish Quarter and its narrow and steep hills
Visit the traditional cameo factory De Paola
Thing to do on the Amalfi Coast
Take a cooking class at Posides Positano or go there for breakfast or lunch made with the freshest local ingredients
Hike the Path of the Gods from the Bomerano stop in Agerola for the most beautiful views of the Amalfi Coast
Go on a day trip to Capri by one of the ferries running from several destinations along the Amalfi Coast
Visit Ravello and enjoy the amazing views from the Terrace of Infinity or the stunning gardens at Villa Cimbrone
Stroll along the narrow streets of Positano and walk down to Fornillo beach
Sip on Limoncello or Fragoline on a boat tour from Positano to marvel at the village’s beautiful scenery from the sea side