Day Trips from Praiano
Beside the three Amalfi Coast's jewels of Positano, Amalfi and ravello, Praiano is also close to many other extraordinary sites, from Pompeii to Paestum. Here is a list of extraordinary places you could visit in a day:
Paestum (50 miles South of Praiano)
One of the most important archaeological centers in Italy. The three majestic Doric temples in this complex are among the best-preserved ancient Greek temples in the world.
Pompeii (30 miles North of Praiano)
From the Amalfi Coast, it’s nice to take a side trip, which would take a better part of a day, to Pompeii, the famous Roman town buried under 20-plus feet of ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Pompeii is huge and some of the most fascinating sites are up side streets, of which there are dozens. If you do go on your own, you can easily pick up (or be picked up by) a private guide just outside the main entrance. The real guides are licensed and always carry government identity cards. Pompeii offers a fascinating look at everyday life in the ancient world. The extent of the site and its remarkable preservation make it a treasure-trove of discovery. A visit here should not be missed.
Villa Oplontis (29 miles North of Praiano)
A remarkably well-preserved imperial vacation villa from the 1st century B.C., about three miles from the ruin of Pompeii. Elegantly frescoed reception rooms, dining rooms and baths, all with stunning decorative details, tell of the good life in ancient times.
Herculaneum (35 miles North of Praiano)
Like Pompeii, Herculaneum was buried in the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Because of its splendid state of conservation, it has become more celebrated in the modern world than it ever was in the ancient world. Herculaneum was a resort for rich Romans; today it is less crowded with tourists than Pompeii is.
Capri (12 nautical miles by boat)
A justly famous resort, the Isle of Capri is among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean and is less than an hour from the Positano by hydrofoil (aliscafo).
Sorrento (12 nautical miles by boat)
Perched upon on a high ridge about 13 miles south of Napoli, Sorrento offers a magnificent view of the Gulf of Naples.