You can’t move along the Amalfi coast without tripping over gorgeously pretty little villages and towns. There are charming little villages to explore, with pastel-painted houses tumbling down the side of the hills.
They’re not all modern towns, either, and no trip to this part of Italy is complete without at least one visit to the eerie remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Hop on the Circumvesuviana Railway and take the train up towards Naples. Get off at Pompei Scavi (Villa dei Misteri). The trip takes around 35 minutes from Sorrento, so it's a great day trip and easy to get to. Our top tip: don’t drive! The parking is limited at best, and the only word to describe the traffic as you get closer to the suburbs of Naples is ‘madness’!
The best spot for shopping has to be Naples. It’s mad, it’s loud, it’s insanely busy, but with so many tiny backstreets and piazzas to explore, it’s an absolute gem of a city and well worth a visit. Use public transport to get here, pay-and-display parking is very limited, and most spots are permit parking only. If you want to be close to the main towns, discover these villas close to villages.