Visiting Mt. Vesuvius from the Amalfi Coast

How to take a daytrip or excursion from the Amalfi Coast to the volcano of Mt. Vesuvius


How to get to Mt. Vesuvius from the Amalfi Coast


Guided excursions & tours

All but one of the following escorted trips to Mt. Vesuvius leave from Sorrento, so if you are in a town along the Amalfi Coast you will have to make your way back to Sorrento first, as above.

The one that will pick you up in any town—Sorrento or anywhere along the Coast—is the private "Flavors of Vesuvius" tour. However, note that this tour does not actually visit the crater of Mt. Vesuvius itself; it it a tours of Pompeii followed by lunch at a winery on the volcano's lower slopes.

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How long does the Amalfi Coast take?

Planning your time: Budget at least a day for the Amalfi Coast. Simply to drive the coast without getting out (except to change buses in Amalfi) takes at least five hours—that's three hours touring the coast from Sorrento to Salerno, plus another hour on each end to get to and from those gateway towns.

If you do want to pack it all into a single day—and actually stop and get out in a few towns—it might be best to just book a tour that picks you up at your hotel, gives you time in each of the main Amalfi Coast towns, and returns you to your hotel 6–9 hours later:

  • From Sorrento, group tours start from $40, private drivers from $60, and private tours from $90. » book
  • From Naples, group tours start from $97, private drivers from $55, and private tours from $85. » book

Otherwise, it makes far more sense to spend at least one night on the coast.

If, however, your schedule doesn't have that much leisure time, might I suggest riding the first leg—from Sorrento to Positano to Amalfi—taking a quick spin around Amalfi town, then catching a ferry either back up the coast to Sorrento or over to Capri.

» Amalfi Coast itineraries

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