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Best Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary: 7 days in Italy

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Are you dreaming of 7 days in Italy trip that combines the historic and cultural wonders of Rome with the stunning coastal views of the Amalfi Coast? This Rome and Amalfi Coast itinerary 7 days will also check off the Vatican City and the landmark Pompeii archaeological site. 

So let’s go!

Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary: 7 days in Italy Ultimate Guide 

Rome Amalfi Coast Itinerary 7 days

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Here is a quick snapshot of the Rome and Amalfi Coast – Italy itinerary 7 days,

  • Day 1 of Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Walking tour of Monti
  • Day 2 of Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary: Vatican City highlights, Castel Sant’Angelo, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps
  • Day 3 of Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary: Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Villa Borghese, the neighborhood of Trastevere
  • Day 4 of Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary: Explore Pompeii archeological site and travel to Naples or Sorrento
  • Day 5 of Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary: Sorrento to Vietri Sul Mare day trip
  • Day 6 of Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary: Positano and Amalfi town – sightseeing and beach time
  • Day 7 of Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary: Day trip to Capri Island and the Blue Grotto boat tour

Resources: 4 days in Rome itinerary | 4 day Amalfi Coast itinerary

Preparing for Italy 7 day itinerary: Travel Tips

If you are a first-time visitor to Italy, here are some essential travel tips that you must know.

Italy is located on the continent of Europe (southern part), and it is a member of the European Union. The euro is its official currency. 

Girl in Colosseum Rome
At the Colosseum in Rome

If you require a tourist visa to Europe or the Schengen zone, you can use the same visa to enter Italy.

Visitors with US and Canadian passports do not require a visa to enter the country and stay for 90 days; however, from 2025, an online authorization – ETIAS – is required prior to travel. 

Rome is the capital city of Italy, and in this Italy 7 day itinerary, we will spend 3 days here, and another 3 to 4 days on the Amalfi Coast

When traveling from North America, both Rome and Milan are great options to touchdown. Milan is the largest city in Italy, and there will be no issues in finding flights to either city.

Trains in Italy

To travel within Italy, we highly recommend using a mix of high-speed and regional trains and tours. Although renting a car from Rome to Amalfi is a popular option, due to parking and traffic issues, we recommend avoiding it. 

You will save money and time by using trains to get to Sorrento and/or Naples. 

Driving in Amalfi is also very tricky. During our trip, we used day tours as well as a transfer to get to different towns and then explored on foot. 

Ferries are also an option, but sometimes they do get delayed, so keep that in mind when planning your trip to the Amalfi Coast. 

Drive on the Amalfi Coast one day itinerary
Views of Amalfi

For the purposes of this itinerary, we will use Rome as the point of entry. (Arrival airport: Roma Fiumicino Airport)

Getting to Rome: Fly to Roma Fiumicino airport. From Roma Fiumicino Airport, get to the city center via direct train service –  Leonardo Express (30 minutes), or shuttle buses (40+ minutes)

Where to stay in Rome: 

  • Condotti Boutique Hotel: With warm and inviting interiors and a convenient location Condotti Boutique Hotel oozes luxury and regality. You will love its surroundings, with the Spanish Steps (and a metro station) nearby. They serve breakfast and can arrange for airport drop-offs as well. Click to check availability here
Prassede Palace Hotel
Prassede Palace Hotel
  • Prassede Palace Hotel: Located in the heart of Rome (and close to the Roma Termini railway station), Prassende Palace Hotel is a wonderful place to call home for 3 days. The suites here were comfortable and clean, and the staff was very friendly. There were lots of souvenir shopping and restaurants in the neighborhood. Book your stay here
  • Leonardo Boutique Hotel Rome Termini: Access to a train station, cafe, sightseeing, and more, the Leanardo Boutique Hotel located near Roma Termini offers comfy suites, a relaxing sauna, and Turkish baths along with a gym to stay fit and fine during your trip. Their breakfast is extensive, and there are terraces where you can enjoy a nice drink! Pets are also allowed. Check out photos and availability here
  • Read: Best Rome hotels with balconies

Spend 3 days in Rome, and explore the following,

Day 1 of 7 day Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary: Arrive in Rome, and explore (Ancient Rome Highlights)

Rome is an incredible city with so much to see and do. Three days is just enough time to experience the best of what this eternal city has to offer. 

From exploring the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and beyond to spending one day in the Vatican City, here’s your perfect itinerary for experiencing all that Rome has to offer. 

On day 1, check off the gems of Ancient Rome. 

Begin at the Colosseum, where you can learn about its impressive history and marvel at its grandeur before heading over to the nearby Roman Forum and Palatine Hill for a more intimate view of ancient ruins. 

The Colosseum was the largest amphitheater ever built in the Roman Empire, and it dates back to 79 AD. This complex could accommodate about 50,000 spectators in its heyday. 

Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

As you explore these sites, you’ll get an even better understanding of why Rome was once considered one of the most powerful cities in the world. 

We highly recommend booking a guided tour of the entire Colosseum complex – this will take 2.50 to 3 hours+, but trust us it’s all worth it!

When you head down to the Roman Forum, you will find the area where ancient Romans gathered to discuss politics, business, and social matters.

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is one of the iconic Rome Instagram spots and something that features in most postcards just like the Colosseum. 

In the subsequent decades, many looted the stones and marble of the Roman Forum to build other structures. 

Today what remains is a beautiful ruin site, with many important monuments from antiquity including temples, basilicas, triumphal arches, and more!

Of all the structures here, the columns of the Temple of Julis and the Arch of Constantine will impress you! 

Palatine Hill

Also located here is Palatine Hill. This is the most popular of the Seven Hills of Rome, and this is where Roman emperors and the nobility resided. 

As part of the guided tour, you can explore what is left of the district including the Temple of Venus. 

After exploring the Colosseum, sit down at a nearby trattoria for lunch before continuing with sightseeing.

Monti Walking tour

Spend the remainder of the day wandering through lanes of historic Rome. We personally enjoyed the neighborhood of Monti. 

The Monti district is a pretty large area, and it actually spreads over several of the 7 hills of Rome, hence the name ‘Monti’, meaning ‘mountains’. 

Monti

You can easily spend 3-4 hours in the afternoon exploring iconic spots, eating gelatos, and shopping along the way. 

Monti has a ton of local boutiques selling fashionable clothing, bags, and other accessories. If you like to shop, don’t miss out on Monti! 

Lanes of Monti

You can begin your walk from the exit gate of the Colosseum, or travel Via dei Fori Imperiali to make your way to Monti. Here are some of the primary landmarks that you must stop to admire,

  • Piazza dell Madonna dei Monti: This is a popular piazza or square in the district of Monti. It is a great spot for people-watching and cooling off with gelato.
  • Via Urbana: Via Urbana is home to cobblestone lanes and chic art and vintage shops and restaurants. Wander the steep roads and narrow alleys to find hidden gems like Salita dei Borgia / Via Leonina /Via degli Zingar. 
  • Trajan’s Column and Church of Santa Maria di Loreto: Trajan’s Column will welcome you as you make your way to Piazza Venezia. This ruins complex is located on the opposite end of the Colosseum. Nearby you will find the Church of Santa Maria di Loreto.
Views from Quirinal Palace piazza
Views from Quirinal Palace piazza
  • Quirinal Palace: Quirinal Palace is one of the three current official residences of the Italian President. The palace is located on Quirinal Hill, which is the highest of the Seven Hills of Rome, and this is why it makes for a nice sunset view from the piazza.

All along this walking tour, you will find numerous trattorias, hip wine bars, and chic cafes where you can dine. 

OPTIONAL: Afternoon and evening activity

If you prefer a food tour, or a cooking class there are lots of options in the heart of Rome. These guided excursions will take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours

Day 2 of 7 day Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary: Rome and the Vatican City sightseeing 

On your second day in Rome, make sure to include Vatican City on your itinerary! Here you can explore all that the tiny city-state has to offer including St Peter’s Basilica. 

After spending some time admiring incredible artwork, take a stroll around Vatican City before making your way to Castel Sant’Angelo. 

The Vatican is the world’s smallest country, also known as a European microstate. It serves as the headquarters of the Catholic Church and the seat of its central administration.

Girl at the Vatican City Italy

Read: One day in Vatican City itinerary

When you are in Rome, you can easily visit Vatican City; as it is a walled enclave within the metropolis. If you are staying near Roma Termini you can take a bus or a sightseeing tour to get down to Ponte Umberto to explore. 

From the Ponte Umberto walk to Saint Peter’s Square. Ponte Umberto is the bridge that connects Piazza di Ponte Umberto I to Piazza dei Tribunali, and it is built over the River Tiber.

Admire the iconic structures at St. Peter’s Square, namely Saint Peter’s Basilica; and the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel. 

Take the time to wander the complex and check out the fountains and the architecture from the outside. 

Visit Saint Peter’s Basilica first. This is the most famous, largest, and most important church in the world. 

Interior of Saint Peters Basilica, Vatican City, Rome

The Basilica is also home to some of Catholicism’s most spectacular artworks including Michelangelo’s Pietà and his glorious frescoes on the ceiling as well as Raphael’s tapestries. 

We highly recommend setting aside a few hours to enter the complex, get to the top of the dome and take in the views from above. 

Next are the Vatican Museums and the famous Sistine Chapel. The museums are one of the largest in the world, and it displays a lot of artwork from ancient Roman and Egyptian artifacts, to religious objects, beautifully painted rooms, and modern art. 

Tourists visiting one of the halls of the Vatican Museums in Rome

The Vatican Museums are very popular, and it is common to see long line-ups at the entry gate. Do book skip-the-line tickets ahead of time.

We opted for a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican museums. The tour was for 2+ hours and it was completely worth it. 

The Last Judgment in Sistine Chapel one of the masterpieces of Michelangelo Buonarroti
The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel one of the masterpieces of Michelangelo Buonarroti

We were able to navigate the main rooms and see the famous frescoes painted by renowned Renaissance artists like Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, and Domenico Ghirlandaio inside the Sistine Chapel. 

After exploring the Vatican, exit Saint Peter’s Square and head over to the Castel Sant’Angelo.

The Castel Sant’Angelo is a monument that was initially built as a mausoleum for the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his family. 

In the later years, the Mausoleum of Hadrian, or the Hadrianeum was used as a fortress by the Popes. 

The complex includes 7 floors of incredible artworks including sculptures from Bernini, paintings from Raphael, and frescoes from Michelangelo himself! Do book your entry tickets here (and set aside 1 hour or so to explore)

After sightseeing, take the bridge located right in front of Castel Sant’Angelo aka Ponte Sant’Angelo to continue sightseeing in Rome!

Back in the heart of Rome, it is now time to throw a coin or three at the Trevi Fountain. You can easily get there on foot from Castel Sant’Angelo (a 15 to 20-minute walk). 

The Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome. It was built by Nicola Salvi in the 18th century, and today it has become an iconic symbol of the city. 

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

You can visit the fountains at any time of day – where mornings are great for photos, it is equally stunning at sunset when the lights are up!

There are lots of cafes and souvenir shops at the Piazza di Trevi, located right in front of the fountains. 

We stopped here for coffee, sandwiches, and tiramisu before continuing on. 

Up next are the Spanish Steps. Trevi Fountain to Spanish Steps is 8 minutes walk away. 

Girl at the Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps are a popular sightseeing spot in Rome. These steps are considered the widest and longest staircase in all of Europe – composed of 12 ramps and 135 travertine steps. 

You can climb and visit the site for free, but it is forbidden to sit on the steps. 

This staircase leads to the Trinita dei Monti Church, which is located in the Piazza di Spagna (called the Square of Spain). 

After visiting the church, enjoy a walk at the square – here you will find amazing restaurants and bars to enjoy a drink and a meal. 

Evenings at the Spanish Steps
Evenings at the Spanish Steps

There are also popular designer brands like Gucci, Prada, and Louis Vuitton where you can shop or window shop, before calling it a day! 

Day 3 of 7 day Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary: More sightseeing in Rome

On the final day in Rome, start bright and early to visit Rome’s most iconic site – the Pantheon, followed by Piazza Navona, and Villa Borghese, and finish off at the neighborhood of Trastevere. 

The Pantheon is one of the most well-preserved ancient Rome buildings. It was built by Marcus Agrippa as a temple for all the Roman gods but was later converted into a church when Christianity became popular. 

At the Pantheon

It is completely free to visit/enter the Pantheon. Due to its popularity, it is super important to get there before the doors open (at 09:00 am) to beat the rush. 

Note that weekends are busier as compared to weekdays for visiting the Pantheon. Set aside 30 minutes to an hour for exploring the interiors.  

Head to Piazza Navona next. Piazza Navona is one of the most beautiful places in all of Rome. It’s a large square with fountains, statues, and an obelisk. 

Piazza Navona

When you walk into this piazza, it will feel like stepping back in time. You will be surrounded by beauty everywhere you look – from the architecture to the artwork to the people walking around enjoying their day just like you are!

The square is a nice spot to soak in the ambiance of Rome, admire the buildings surrounding the piazza, and grab a latte or gelato. 

Next, make your way to Villa Borghese and the Galleria. These gardens are completely free to visit. Inside you will find historical buildings, structures, and of course the Borghese Gallery.

Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy

For visiting the Borghese Gallery or Galleria Borghese you must pre-book your tickets. 

In the museum, you can check out sculptures and paintings made by Bernini, Canova, Caravaggio, Titian, and other artists.

For dinner, head over to Trastevere for some delicious Italian cuisine before settling in for a good night’s sleep.

Trastevere district, Rome

Trastevere has lured tourists to its colorful cobbled stone lanes, medieval-era buildings, ancient piazzas, and cute-sy trattorias. This neighborhood is separated from the historic center by the River Tiber.

You can get there by train, and then explore on foot. Trastevere is reasonably quiet during the day, and even at night although there are activities (and lights), it is not super crowded. 

Old street in Trastevere in Rome

To sign off your 3 day itinerary for Rome, you can also book a food tour. Here is a Trastevere food tour (evening), which is perfect – it starts in the evening and lasts for 3-4 hours in the neighborhood. 

You can hop numerous trattorias and ristorantes on this guided walking tour and try out different kinds of pasta, wines, drinks, and more. Book it here

Day 4 of Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary 7 days: Take a trip to Pompeii from Rome. Stay overnight in Naples or Sorrento

Bid adieu to Rome (for the time being) and make your way to Pompeii. Pompeii can be visited on a day trip from Rome, but to make the most of your time on the Amalfi Coast we recommend heading to Naples or Sorrento for an overnight stay. 

Sorrento is a great base to explore Amalfi – you can hop on a bus, or ferry or book private transfers to take you around, without having to rent a car. 

Getting to Pompeii

You can take a train to Pompeii from Rome. Trains take 2 hours one way. The price of train tickets from Roma Termini to Pompei starts at €12.70 (for a Standard Class ticket).

If you wish to book a day tour instead, here is the one we recommend

As part of this tour, you can also walk up to the top of Mount Vesuvius with views of the Bay of Naples (available April through mid-November), or free time in Naples (mid-November – March). 

Pompeii from Rome: One week trip Italy

This tour brings you back to Rome (overnight stay in Rome on day 4, if you choose a day tour). 

The archaeological site of Pompeii provides an incredible insight into Roman civilization and offers us a rare glimpse at how life used to be. 

Pompeii was once a thriving Roman city located near the Bay of Naples in Italy. 

It was founded around the 6th or 7th century BC, but it was destroyed by the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. 

Buried beneath ash and pumice stones, the city remained forgotten until archaeologists rediscovered it more than 1,500 years later. 

The remains of Pompeii are extensive and feature dozens of public buildings, private homes, villas, baths, marketplaces, temples, amphitheaters, etc. 

Many of these structures have been preserved remarkably well and provide a fascinating insight into daily life in Ancient Rome. 

You can wander through cobbled streets lined with stone houses while imagining what life must have been like before the eruption. 

To understand the remains and ruins of Pompeii, we recommend joining a guided tour of the site with an archaeologist.

We had a guide with us, and it allowed us to explore the area and learn more about Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius and the events that took place that day. 

Pompeii

A visit to Pompeii will take anywhere from 2-4 hours, depending on how much time you spend exploring each area. 

After exploring, make your way to Sorrento to stay there overnight. Being a bigger city, there are lots of accommodation options in Sorrento. 

Where to stay in Sorrento:

Elys Suites: Elys Suites are an awesome place to spend your nights near the Amalfi Coast. This hotel is centrally located and each room has its own balcony and is spacious inside. 

The suites are clean, and very bright and airy. Book your stay here

Other places to stay in Sorrento:  Hotel Regina Sorrento (with a view) | Sorrento Pool&Suites (affordable) 

Because this last leg of the 7 day Italy itinerary is focused on sightseeing on the Amalfi Coast, we will share some of the other hotel recommendations too

  • Terrazza Duomo (Amalfi town): This gorgeous hotel is located in Amalfi town, and it is perfect for sightseeing, and access to beaches and other places on the Coast. Plus you can book rooms with views of the Amalfi Duomo! Click to check availability here
  • Rosa e Valentino (Ravello): Located in the town of Ravello, this simple but clean hotel offers a buffet breakfast and a comfortable stay. They also offer bicycles for rent at the hotel.  Book your stay here

Day 5 of Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary 7 days: Explore Vietri Sul Mare from Naples or Sorrento (day trip)

From day 5 to 7, you will be visiting various towns and villages on the Amalfi Coast. There are 13 villages in total, and on a short visit, we have tried to add some beach time, as well as cultural sightseeing to make the most of your Italy vacation. 

Vietri Sul Mare: Visit Amalfi Coast Sorrento and beyond

We will start at Vietri Sul Mare, which is a historic town located on the Amalfi, best known for its ceramic tiles.

Getting there from Sorrento:

The best way to get to Vietri sul Mare from Sorrento is by train. And this town is the only place which is connected by train. The journey takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes (one way).  

Day 5 is all about taking it slow and enjoying the beach, sunshine, and coast views. 

Once you arrive in Vietri sul Mare, head to Spiaggia della Crestarella first. It is a popular beach on the Amalfi and here you can rent a sunbed, and relax with a nice book!

Lanes of Vietri sul Mare

After beach time, take a stroll through town and visit the Museo della Ceramica Vietrense to learn more about ceramics and its history. 

While in town be sure to admire architectural gems like the Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Giovanni Battista (Cathedral of Vietri). 

There is no dearth of restaurants serving delicious food in Vietri Sul Mare – so stop by one of the cafes by the Marina, before leaving for Sorrento (by train). 

Day 6 of Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary 7 days: Visit Amalfi Town and Positano

On day 6, start for Amalfi town and Positano. You can use public transportation (bus, ferry) or you can book a day tour that covers both towns from Sorrento. 

Getting to Amalfi and Positano:

From Sorrento to Positano, ferries depart approximately every two hours and take about 40 minutes to get there. After exploring Positano, you can take the bus to get to Amalfi town. 

Amalfi Town

The SITA bus stop in Amalfi town is located just by the main beach, and a short walk from here, you will find all the sightseeing gems of the town. 

The bus ride will take about an hour, but a taxi will get you there in 30 minutes. 

Day tours: There are lots of day tours available from Sorrento to Amalfi and Positano, such as this one. 

And another one that covers Ravello as well. It is worth booking a day tour when you are pressed for time and do not wish to navigate public transportation routes. However, if your plan is to relax at the beach, then this will not work for you!

Positano is one of Italy’s most beautiful coastal cities. With its colorful cliffside homes and stunning waters, there’s no shortage of breathtaking vistas to enjoy while visiting. 

There are plenty of activities like boat tours around the main sights, visits to local historic churches like Santa Maria Assunta or Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri, and hiking up Montepertuso to get a stunning view from the top. 

Foodies have plenty to savor as well, with traditional seafood dishes highlighting local catches for an unforgettable culinary experience. 

Pizza place overlooking to beautiful Positano coast

For lunch, head to Il Tridente or La Terra to enjoy a nice Italian meal with stunning views over the water!

Next, start for Amalfi town. Positano to Amalfi town is 40 to 55 minutes (by car and bus respectively). 

The popular beach is not far away from the centre, in fact, Spiaggia Grande will welcome you as soon as you arrive in Amalfi Town. 

Amalfi Coast beach view

Enjoy a stroll at the waterfront or rent a sunbed and soak in the sun!

If you are into cultural sightseeing, head to the Amalfi Duomo. Dating back to the 9th century, the Duomo has a stunning exterior with large arched windows and intricate mosaics adorning the facade. 

Girl standing in front of Amalfi Duomo
Amalfi Duomo

Climb up the gorgeous staircase to enter the Duomo. The entry fee is 3 euros, and it is worth spending some time inside to admire the beautiful architecture.

Next visit the Amalfi Handmade Paper Museum, which is one of the popular museums in town. 

Before you depart from Amalfi, go souvenir shopping, and do not leave without enjoying a nice dinner in a low-key restaurant in the heart of town. Here is how to spend one day in Amalfi town

Amalfi Coast Activity you might like: Sunset boat tour, perfect for groups

Day 7 of Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary 7 days: Go on a day trip to the Capri Island 

For your final day on the Amalfi Coast, join a boat tour to Capri Island. You can do so from Amalfi Town (if this is where you are staying) or from Sorrento. 

With a full day day tour like this one, you will get to enjoy the island as well as check off the Blue Grotto. Snacks are also offered on board. Small group tours also include swimming and snorkeling time (equipment rental is an additional cost). 

If you haven’t heard of Capri Island, this luxurious hotspot is famous for its breathtaking beaches that boast crystal-clear water and unparalleled coastal views. 

Blessed with lush gardens, quaint streets, and vibrant town centers, Capri Island will undoubtedly leave you feeling dazzled. 

Picture yourself exploring all that this incredible island has to offer – the stunning sea life and stunning sunsets – can you feel the rejuvenating effects of such a beautiful place? 

Then there are high-end Italian fashion stores where you can shop, or just stroll through the hundreds of miles of pathways that lead through some of Capri’s most memorable attractions like Villa Jovis (Roman Palace) and Arco Naturale Park (natural arch). 

Alternate day 7 of the Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary

If you have to fly out on day 7, we recommend heading to Naples for half a day, and then from there make connections for Rome. 

View of Naples Italy
Naples Italy

High-speed trains take 1.50 hours to get to Rome from Naples. 

If you want a place to stay overnight in Naples here are two options: UNAHOTELS | Renaissance Naples Hotel Mediterraneo 

Customizing this 7 day Rome and Amalfi Coast Itinerary

Here are sightseeing recommendations to customize your Southern Italy Itinerary

Checking off Amalfi and Positano (day 4 suggestions)

On day 4, we highlighted visiting Pompeii. Instead of visiting a historical site, you can use this day for travel to Sorrento, check-in, relax and then join a 5-hour evening tour. 

This sunset driving tour takes you to Positano and Amalfi town by a minivan and you can visit them both from Sorrento with ease! 

Note that this tour is only available in the summer months. Check it out here

Visiting Ravello (day 6)

Ravello offers an array of amazing activities and stunning places to visit on the Amalfi. You can swap any of the sightseeing days above for Ravello! 

Start by exploring the cute town centre. Then take in the awe-inspiring views of the water from Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone – two grand villas surrounded by lush gardens. 

Scenic picture-postcard view of the famous Amalfi Coast from Villa Cimbrone gardens in Ravello, Naples, Italy.

For those looking for outdoor adventures, rent a Vespa and wind through the narrow streets of Ravello. 

Of course, with the full day, you will find time to relax in one of Ravello’s many beach clubs (like the Lido di Ravello)! 

Pro tip: If you only have five days in Italy, then consider 2 days to explore Rome, followed by a private tour to Pompeii (day 3), and transfer to the Amalfi (days 4, and 5).

Rome Amalfi Coast Itinerary: Sightseeing Stops

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Italy Travel Tips

Italy is a stunning destination, with its incredible art, architecture, culture, and history. With this itinerary, you have the best way to experience the highlights of this Mediterranean country. 

We will leave you with some tips to help prepare for your Italian journey. 

Book accommodations in advance 

Italians love their vacation spots and they fill up quickly – especially in the summer months! 

To make sure that you don’t miss out on the best places to stay (and prices), be sure to book ahead of time. 

Don’t wait until the last minute or you may find yourself struggling to find a place with availability in the city of your dreams.

Trains are great for intercity travel 

Trenitalia is the national railway provider of Italy. 

Trains are efficient and perfect to connect to major cities, as well as smaller ones, where rail network exists. On the Amalfi, only the town of Vietri Sul Mare has a train station.

Vietri sul Mare

There are high-speed as well as regional trains in Italy. Regional trains are marked by Regionale (abbreviated with an R), InteRegionale (IR), Diretto (D), and Espresso (E). Tickets can be bought here

On the Amalfi, renting a Vespa for a few hours (instead of a car) is a good idea. 

If you want the comfort of a vehicle, opt for private transfers or cabs for short distances. You will save a lot of time and money by not using a car – and driving along the coast is tricky too if you have not driven here before

Packing light

Italy has so many shopping opportunities available – from designer boutiques to smart markets, you can find just about anything here. So don’t bring too much baggage when it comes to packing! 

You don’t want to be stuck lugging around extra stuff during your trip. Just bring enough for the basics and plan on doing some shopping! 

Read: Italy travel essentials to pack and carry 

Bring cash 

Credit cards aren’t accepted everywhere in Italy so be sure to bring enough cash for your trip, especially in small villages. 

Even if a shop or restaurant does accept credit cards, they may have a minimum ‘cash only’ amount which could leave you stranded without cash if you don’t come prepared. 

Withdrawals from ATMs are widely available but it’s always good practice to come with some euros already in hand – just in case!  

Visiting Amalfi in the winter

Winters are off-season in Amalfi. Weather and temperature wise, it is mild and you can enjoy walking outside, alongside beaches admiring the views of the coast. 

Having said that rains are common, and it can be chilly in the winter – although not as cold as places in the north. And these temperatures don’t allow you to swim and lay on the beach. 

In the winter, not all the shops and hotels will be open though. Positano will be very quiet, but Amalfi town will have restaurants and stores open.

Read: Off the beaten path travel in Amalfi with wine tours

Should you visit Rome or Florence?

If you’re stuck between visiting Rome and Florence, you’re in for a tough decision! Both cities are incredible places to explore and are steeped in history and culture. 

Rome is known for its iconic Colosseum, as well as the unique and incredibly delicious cuisine that can only be found there. It is a lovely capital city with lots of do and see. 

Girl at the Spanish Steps
Rome
Florence

Rome is a great entry point to Italy and beyond – lots of flight connections from the United States and Canada.

Plus rail connectivity to visit other cities like Milan, Venice, or Florence will be super easy. And not to forget the Vatican! It can be only explored from Rome. 

On the other hand, Florence stands out for its breathtakingly beautiful architecture, unparalleled Renaissance art galleries, and wonderful day trips such as visiting Tuscan vineyards or seeing nearby towns like Siena. 

Florence is also compact and easily explored in 1-3 days!

If this is your first trip to Italy, consider Rome for a visit!

Read: Should you visit Rome or Florence?

Should you visit Amalfi Coast or Cinque Terre from Rome?

Deciding between a trip to the beautiful Amalfi Coast and the picturesque Cinque Terre can be a difficult decision. Both locations boast incredible views of the colorful coastlines and majestic mountains, so deciding just on scenery may not be enough. 

Choosing between the two largely depends on your ideal vacation experience and personal preferences. 

The Amalfi Coast is known for its scenic drive up the coast, and spectacular sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, perfect for those looking to spend their days by the sea while enjoying Italian towns filled with wonderful restaurants.

Alternatively, Cinque Terre is much smaller but filled with unbelievable experiences such as hiking breathtaking trails that show off vineyards, fishing villages, and hillsides covered in lemon trees. 

Cinque Terre or the Italian Riviera is located in the northern part of the country, and is best explored from Milan and when road-tripping from the Lake Como area! 

Amalfi is best explored from cities like Rome, Naples, or Sorrento! It is also larger in size as compared to Cinque Terre!

So there you have it! With just seven days you can experience both historical wonders and natural beauty with an unforgettable journey through Rome and the Amalfi Coast! 

Get ready for an amazing adventure that will leave you with lasting memories of Italian culture and cuisine! 

Bon voyage!

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