If you want to travel and you’re already making plans for the next time you get the chance to, one option you should consider is a road trip. It allows you the freedom to shape your travel experience in the way you really want to, and it can be a whole lot of fun.

And there’s nowhere better to experience that than in Italy. There are some renowned road trip experiences that Italy has to offer, and today we’re going to look at one route in particular that excites travellers and offers an experience like no other. So fasten your seat belt and join us on perhaps the most beautiful drive you’re ever going to take.

Plan a Trip Down the Amalfi Coast

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The trip we’re going to focus on is a drive down the Amalfi Coast. It’s one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline you’ll find anywhere in Europe and if you’ve never taken the time to explore it before, that’s definitely something that needs to change. There’s nowhere else quite like it.

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Sea and sky

The stunning views from the hills of the Amalfi coastline overlooking the crystal blue seas are quite incredible. You can achieve this trip over the course of a week or two if you like. But you can also fit it all into 4 to 5 days if you want, depending on how much driving you want to do each day and how long you want to stay and explore each stop along the way.

Rent the Right Car for the Trip

Before you set off on this trip, you need to think about which car you’re going to hire. There are lots of options out there and it’ll depend on what kind of trip you’re looking for. Maybe you’re looking for a practical vehicle that’ll meet the needs of your family.

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But if this is a romantic getaway for you and your partner, it can be a good idea to rent a classic convertible, get the roof down and let the warm breeze of the Amalfi coast rush through your hair. It’s the perfect way to explore this beautiful part of the world.

Start in Rome

The best place to start when exploring the Amalfi Coast is the country’s capital Rome. If you’ve never taken the time to see Rome, this trip will allow you the chance to do that. See the Colosseum, Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain. You can then head over to Vatican City as well.

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The Eternal City

Rome’s a beautiful city and there’s even more beauty in the city’s street level culture than in the big tourist attractions, so be sure to see both sides of the city. Spend as much or as little time as you need to enjoy the city to the max before really starting with your road trip.

Take a Quick Stop at Ostia Antica

You only need to drive roughly half an hour out of Rome before you reach Ostia Antica. It was a major city in the times of the ancient Roman Empire, and the ruins of those times can still be seen there today. If you’re a history lover, it’s the perfect place to stop off.

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It’s not far from the ocean and was once a Roman harbour city in ancient times. The way the ruins have been so well-preserved is genuinely impressive. It’s a great place to spend a day before you carry on your journey along the coast.

Take the Time to Explore Naples

The next place you’ll want to drive to after you’ve enjoyed Ostia Antica is Naples. It’s the capital of the Campania region and the locals know it as Napoli. The tight streets and old buildings are perfect for getting lost in and exploring; there’s nowhere better to get lost.

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You’ll want to make sure that you enjoy the incredible pizza that’s found in the restaurants and cafes across the city.

Napoli is one of the oldest cities in the world and you can see its history and culture on every street. You’ll definitely want to spend some time here before moving on.

Drive Down to Sorrento

As you drive down to Sorrento, take the time to enjoy the beautiful stretch of coastline between Napoli and Sorrento. If you need a pair of sunglasses for your trip, click here. Make sure everything’s in place to ensure you enjoy the drive from start to finish.

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Sorrento is right on the coast and has some beautiful harbours. The Sorrentine Peninsula allows you to see Mount Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri as you pass through, so there’s so much to see and appreciate as you explore this part of the world.

See Mount Vesuvius

As mentioned above, one of the things you can do on your way through the Sorrentine Peninsula is see Mount Vesuvius. It’s a stunning natural landscape and it’s certain to take your breath away.

As you carry on, you’ll drive past the Tyrrhenian Sea and see some incredible views of it from the hills as you pass. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of the road trip, so be sure to take in the views and enjoy what the landscape has to offer.

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One of the beautiful little places that so many people bypass and miss out on as they explore Italy is a little village called Positano. It’s a village commune built on the steep coastal hills overlooking the sea. There are lots of quaint public spaces and beautiful restaurants to enjoy. 

If you’re looking for a quiet experience that allows you to make the most of the Italian culture and landscape, it’s the places like Positano that really capture and encapsulate it better than anywhere else, so be sure to enjoy them when you get the chance to. 

Visit the Village of Positano

One of the beautiful little places that so many people bypass and miss out on as they explore Italy is a little village called Positano. It’s a village commune built on the steep coastal hills overlooking the sea. There are lots of quaint public spaces and beautiful restaurants to enjoy. 

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If you’re looking for a quiet experience that allows you to make the most of the Italian culture and landscape, it’s the places like Positano that really capture and encapsulate it better than anywhere else, so be sure to enjoy them when you get the chance to. 

See Salerno Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea

We already mentioned how you can enjoy the Tyrrhenian Sea on your way down the Amalfi Coast, and as you pass it again on the way back north, be sure to also see Salerno. It’s a very pretty and historical city next to the sea in the Gulf of Salerno. 

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The beautiful buildings, the quiet, tranquil harbour and the general atmosphere of relaxation and peace are a joy to behold. Visually, it’ll remind you of the French Riviera but at a slower pace, and that’s no bad thing. It’s somewhere you won’t want to miss out on.

 

End the Journey at Tivoli

As you head back towards Rome, you’ll want to end your journey in a place called Tivoli. Again, this is a location that’s so often overlooked. It’s just northeast of the capital in an area of Lazio. It’s another stunning historical centre with plenty to see, explore and enjoy.

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It has beautiful buildings such as the Tivoli Cathedral and the Temple of Tiburtine Sibyl, and you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to explore these. It’ll allow you to end your road trip with a taste of the authentic Italy and you’ll certainly feel like you’ve left on a high note.

There are so many ways to enjoy Italy, but this road trip offers something special. Not only do you get to visit some of the most beautiful and fascinating towns and cities the country has to offer, but you also get to enjoy the Amalfi coast in all its splendour. It’s an experience you’ll remember and treasure for a long time to come.