Positano to Amalfi, Ravello, & Pompeii
Explore the Amalfi Coast and Remains of an Ancient City
DURATION: UP TO 9-HOURS
Private full-day excursion with a knowledgeable English-speaking driver from Positano to Amalfi, Ravello, and Pompeii for independent sightseeing (see below Tour Pricing for the option of adding a guided tour of the excavations).
Set in a wide cleft in the cliffs, Amalfi is the largest town and perhaps the highlight of the coast. It has been an established seaside resort since Edwardian times, when the British upper class found the town a pleasant spot to spend their winters. Actually, Amalfi's credentials go back much further. It was an independent republic during Byzantine times and the city's traders established outposts all over the Mediterranean, setting up the Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. Amalfi was finally vanquished by the Normans in 1131, and devastated by an earthquake in 1343, but there is still the odd remnant of Amalfi's past glories around today. The town has a crumbly attractiveness to its whitewashed courtyards and alleys that makes it fun to wander through.
Located on a promontory 350 meters above sea level, Ravello is a small, incomparably, beautiful village which has attracted many people over the centuries. The first one to be astonished by such beauty was the writer Giovanni Boccaccio who quotes it in his Decameron. Since, then many international celebrities have been enchanted by this place. In addition to the cathedral of St. Pantaleone, the Roman churches and wonderful landscapes, Ravello is worth a visit for its two pearls, the Villa Rufolo and the Villa Cimbrone.
Pompeii, the ancient city at the foot of Vesuvius was quite prosperous in Roman times. It was destroyed in 79 A.D., following the famous volcanic eruption which covered it with a layer of pumice and ash. The first archaeological explorations took place towards the mid-18th century, and excavations soon began in earnest, but not until 1860 were they conducted in an orderly, systematic fashion. It is thought that, to date, about three-fifths of the ancient town has been excavated.
Walk through the ancient streets to visit the Villa of the Mysteries, the House of the Faun, and of the Vettii brothers. Discover baths, basilicas, temples, theatres, private homes, the amphitheater, even the palestra where gladiators trained for the arena.
Pick-up/Drop-off: Our driver will pick you up from your Positano Hotel. At the conclusion of the excursion you will be dropped back off at your hotel in Positano.
Includes: Private knowledgeable English-speaking driver for 9-hours.
Excludes: Pompeii Entrance Tickets (to be purchased locally), Driver Gratuity, Guide Gratuity (if booking optional 2-hour guided tour of Pompeii), Extra Hours, Extra Kilometers.
- The driver, while knowledgeable, is not a licensed guide, and may not leave the vehicle to guide on foot.
- European Connection can provide a private 2-hour guided tour of the excavations with a knowledgeable English-speaking guide for the additional cost indicated below.