What’s the best way to see Italy? A classic Italy road trip along its stunning coast, of course! From Rome to Capri, hop on a rented car and enjoy a magnificent Italian experience like no other.
No matter how many movies you’ve watched or books you’ve read about Italy’s world-famous cuisine, nothing quite compares to a road trip through the land of pasta, pizzas, cheeses and wines – a feast for all your senses.
Arguably the most beautiful route from Rome to Amalfi is along the coast. Filled with iconic sweeping views and unparalleled beaches, here’s the perfect Italy road trip itinerary that will bring the best of Italian coastal landscapes to you:
1. Rome to Ostia Antica
Feast on Italian pizzas and pastas before embarking on an exploration of well-preserved ancient buildings, frescoes, stunning mosaics and fragmented statues along the way to Ostia Antica – an archaeological site brimming with ancient charm.
Accommodation: QC Termeroma, Via Portuense, 2178
A former bathhouse, QC Termeroma now is a colourful rustic-chic spa hotel set in a protected Roman archaeological site, the Oasis of Port.
Must-Eat: Osteria Mediterranea, Via Litoranea, Km. 8
A simple restaurant serves great pasta and seafood for families. Have a cold glass of white wine, then take a walk on the beach!
2. Ostia Antica to Gaeta
Continue to Gaeta to walk along the seven beach of this coastal city and take in the impressive natural landscapes and sheer majesty of Mediterranean scenery.
Accommodation: Grand Hotel Le Rocce, Via Flacca Km23.300
Located in the heart of the “mythical” Ulysses Riviera, you can easily access some of the most prestigious sites such as Pompeii, Herculaneum, the Royal Palace of Caserta, and Montecassino Abbey.
Must-Eat: Cycas Ristorante, Via Marina di Serapo, 17
Cycas Ristorante is a popular gathering spot right by the beach that serves affordable seafood. In addition to its interior dining, it also has a garden for outdoor dining and drinks that extends onto the beach.
3. Gaeta to Naples
Ending in Naples, enjoy an eclectic array of activities in this thriving coastal city, and don’t miss the delicious fresh seafood pastas. If you’re paying by card, always keep a lookout for common overseas card scams to avoid losing money.
Accommodation: Art Resort Galleria Umberto, Galleria Umberto I, 83
An elegant hotel inside the famous Galleria Umberto I, Art Resort Galleria Umberto features precious Neapolitan artworks that include shepherd statues and frescoes depicting the local coast and its beauties.
Must-Eat: Pizzeria Pellone, Via Nazionale, 93
With over 4,000 Google reviews, this pizzeria is the busiest spot in the neighborhood! Try the margherita pizza, which you’ll be forced to eat with a fork and knife because there’s just so much sauce and cheese.
4. Naples to Positano
Continue on to the gorgeous seaside town of Positano to enjoy stunning views of the coast, sparkling blue waters and delicious Italian cuisine. Don’t get too carried away when shopping for souvenirs – ensure that you avoid the overseas DCC trap when paying with bank-issued cards.
Accommodation: Villa Magia, Via S. Giovanni, 19
Villa Magia is an infinite paradise with 3,000 metres of terraces. Perched at the very top of Positano, the view from the terraces stretches across the coastline from Spiaggia Grande to Fornillo.
Must-Eat: La Cambusa, Piazza Amerigo Vespucci, 4
La Cambusa has been serving fresh seafood to visitors and locals since the late 60s. Here you can enjoy rich, flavourful dishes at its patio overlooking the beautiful beach.
5. Positano to Amalfi
Awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape in 1997, the road to Amalfi is considered one of Italy’s most beautiful coastal drives and must not to be missed. You’ll be awed by the sweeping, panoramic sea views as you cruise through Amalfi.
Accommodation: Hotel Floridiana, Salita Brancia, 1
This restored 12th-century residence is only minutes away from the iconic Amalfi Cathedral and Amalfi Coast. Start your morning right with free breakfast in its 16th-century lounge.
Must-Eat: Marina Grande, Viale della Regione, 4
Amidst enchanting scenery and magical sunsets, the restaurant overlooks the wonderful Amalfi sea, where you can enjoy all sorts of seafood delicacies.
6. Amalfi to Capri
Hop onto a ferry to enjoy a scenic view of the Amalfi Coast while sailing to the beautiful island of Capri, where there are blue seas and plentiful grottos to explore.
Accommodation: Hotel La Minerva, Via Marino Occhio, 8
Crowned the best small hotel in Italy by TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice 2019, Hotel La Minerva boasts island architecture with contemporary decor. This cliffside hotel is also only minutes away from San Giacomo’s Charterhouse and the famous Piazzetta of Capri.
Must-Eat: Da Paolino Lemon Trees, Via Palazzo a Mare, 11
Embedded within a lemon grove, you’ll be treated to a unique eating experience under hundreds of lemon trees with citrusy scent hanging in the air. Even Mariah Carey and Elton John couldn’t resist dining here!
Ready to go on this incredible Italian road trip?
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