Amalfi Coast Holidays
Amalfi Coast holidays should be wonderfully relaxing; however organising your time there can make this seem like another chore. At Italian Short Breaks we have the right balance between letting you have time to relax, and enjoying the best private guided tours in the region.
This ensures your stay in this beautiful, scenic location whilst your troubles disappear and you enjoy your time on the Amalfi Coast. Holidays should let you have some “me time”, and this one certainly does, staying in the best hotel with stunning views of the region.
There are plenty of wonderful sights to visit include Pompeii and Herculaneum, a hike up Mount Vesuvius, sightseeing in Naples (don't miss the history museum!), and a day trip over to one of the islands.
Amalfi Coast Holidays & History of the region
The year of 79 AD changed everything for the citizens of Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius famously erupted coating the towns and its occupants in 13-20 feet of volcanic ash, whilst wiping out around 11,000 lives. Despite all the years passing since, both Pompeii, and its neighbouring town of Herculaneum are still preserved forever in time.
Journeying in for your Amalfi Coast holidays, you fly into Naples, which has activities worth a visit before you travel onto Sorrento.
Activities for your Amalfi Coast holidays
There are plenty of must do sites to visit on the Amalfi Coast. Holidays should include a private guided tour of the remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum, visiting Sorrento town and a Vesuvius hike for those more energetic.
As well as this, schedule some time in Naples before or after your Amalfi Coast holidays, to include visiting the Catacombs and the National Archaeological Museum, which has a large focus on Mount Vesuvius’s eruption.
Amalfi Coast holidays tend to start at Pompeii, which was much bigger than many realised and had an amphitheatre, gymnasium and port before its destruction in 79AD. The site was only rediscovered in 1599. With around 2.6 million visitors a year viewing this UNESCO side, it is important to have your own private guide, rather than be part of a large tour. Even with only a third of the buildings available for public viewing, there is still plenty to see, and your private guide will plan your tour wisely to make the most of your visit.
Herculaneum was the wealthier area which also suffered the same fate as Pompeii, however, unlike its neighbouring site it has survived better resulting in the preservation of the fine houses and marble cladding. There have been to date around 300 skeletons discovered on this stretch of the Amalfi Coast. Holidays to this region should always cover both Pompeii and Herculaneum.
The Catacombs in Naples are the ancient burial sites of the locals in time of plague when above ground were overcrowded. These catacombs differ to their Roman counterparts as they were built on two levels and have more spacious passageways. The Catacombs of San Gennaro is the largest Christian complex in the whole of Southern Italy. The Neopolitan bishops were buried here until the 11th century.
Any Amalfi Coast holiday should include a visit to the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. This museum has the most comprehensive collection of Roman artefacts and mosaics from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Other collections include Egyptian artifacts, and private collections, including those of Cardinal Borgia.
Make sure you have some time to enjoy Amalfi. Coast holidays should always allow time around the pool or beach to unwind and enjoy the stunning views.