57 days in Italy & Nice Itinerary

57 days in Italy & Nice Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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La Spezia, Italy
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
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Ferrara, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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L'Aquila, Italy
— 3 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 5 nights
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Positano, Italy
— 3 nights
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Scalea, Italy
— 2 nights
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Messina, Italy
— 2 nights
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Taormina, Italy
— 2 nights
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Catania, Italy
— 2 nights
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Porto Empedocle, Italy
— 2 nights
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Trapani, Italy
— 2 nights
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Palermo, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Nice, France

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Visiting Promenade du Paillon and Parc du Mont Boron will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Fragonard. Venture out of the city with trips to Forteresse Medievale De Gourdon (in Gourdon) and Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins (in Mougins). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, admire the masterpieces at Massena Museum, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Nice online driving holiday planner.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Nice is an approximately 35-hour flight. Traveling from Christchurch to Nice, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Christchurch in April, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Tue) before leaving for La Spezia.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:

La Spezia, Italy

— 4 nights
La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. Get outdoors at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and Angelo's Boat Tours. Get some historical perspective at San Pietro Church and Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro. Venture out of the city with trips to Genoa (San Pietro in Banchi, Palazzo San Giorgio, &more), Levanto to Monterosso Trail (in Levanto) and Basilica DI Santa Maria Assunta (in Camogli). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Lerici, examine the collection at Museo Civico Amedeo Lia, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Tecnico Navale della Spezia, and explore the world behind art at Museo Diocesano Della Spezia.

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Drive from Nice to La Spezia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in April, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in La Spezia. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in La Spezia

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 10:

Venice, Italy

— 4 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Appreciate the collections at Doge's Palace and Ca' Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Giorgio Maggiore and Cannaregio. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Passeggiata lungo la restera (in Treviso), Church of Santa Maria e San Donato (in Murano) and Verona (I Portoni della Bra, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of Venetian Arsenal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and visit Dorsoduro.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Venice trip planner.

Drive from La Spezia to Venice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Venice, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ferrara.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 14:

Ferrara, Italy

— 2 nights

Heart of the Italian Renaissance

With surrounding medieval walls and network of 15th- and 16th-century architecture, the city of Ferrara is often deemed the Heart of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo dei Diamanti, get to know the fascinating history of Erculean Addition, don't miss a visit to Corso Ercole I d"Este, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero Ebraico di Ferrara, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Estense, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Via delle Volte. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Municipio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Trento e Trieste, pause for some serene contemplation at Ferrara Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Palazzina di Marfisa d'Este, then contemplate the long history of Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giorgio Fuori le Mura.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ferrara online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Ferrara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Ferrara are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bologna.

Things to do in Ferrara

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:

Bologna, Italy

— 3 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the next day, contemplate the long history of Basilica San Francesco, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero monumentale della Certosa, examine the collection at Museo Ducati, examine the collection at Museo per la Memoria di Ustica, then explore the world behind art at Museo di Palazzo Poggi, and finally see the interesting displays at Oratorio Di Santa Cecilia.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bologna trip maker site.

Getting from Ferrara to Bologna by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. April in Bologna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Mon) before leaving for Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 19:

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Let the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Centro Storico di Siena. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore (in Asciano), Chiusdino (Eremo di Montesiepi & Abbazia di San Galgano) and Piazza del Duomo (in San Gimignano). There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, browse the exhibits of Palazzo Strozzi, and see the interesting displays at Stibbert Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Bologna to Florence by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Florence, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to L'Aquila.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:

L'Aquila, Italy

— 3 nights
L'Aquila is a city and comune in Southern Italy, both the capital city of the Abruzzo region and of the Province of L'Aquila., it has a population of 70,967 inhabitants. Rocca Calascio and Roman Amphitheatre of Amiternum will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mura di Rieti and Convento San Giacomo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near L'Aquila: Bominaco (Oratorio di San Pellegrino & Abbazia di Santa Maria Assunta), Piazza Garibaldi (in Sulmona) and Castello Cantelmo-Caldora (in Pacentro). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pieta, make a trip to Eremo della Madonna d'Appari, explore the ancient world of Borgo Medievale di Roccacaramanico e i suoi Ruderi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Margherita.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our L'Aquila trip maker app.

Getting from Florence to L'Aquila by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Naples.

Things to do in L'Aquila

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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Find places to stay Apr 23 — 26:

Naples, Italy

— 5 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Visit Parco Acheologico di Ercolano and Museo delle Arti Sanitarie for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Galleria Borbonica and The Neapolis Buried. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Museum of Silk (in San Leucio), Casertavecchia (in Caserta) and Pompeii (Forum, Villa dei Misteri, &more). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Gennaro, see the interesting displays at Ospedale delle Bambole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Napoli, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Pontificio Santuario della Beata Maria Vergine del Santo Rosario di Pompei.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Naples trip itinerary website.

You can drive from L'Aquila to Naples in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Positano.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — May 1:

Positano, Italy

— 3 nights
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Museo della Carta and Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Positano side-trips: Sentiero dei Limoni (in Maiori), Amalfi (Cloister del Paradiso, Centro Storico, &more) and Ravello (Ravello-Minori Walk, Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di Sant'Antonino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastero di San Paolo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Prisco e Agnello, and do a tasting at I Giardini di Cataldo.

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You can drive from Naples to Positano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Scalea.

Things to do in Positano

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

Scalea, Italy

— 2 nights
Scalea is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy.The town takes its name from its terraced lay-out on the hillside, at the bottom of the Capo Scalea promontory. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parrocchia San Nicola di Platea, get engrossed in the history at Antiquarium di Torre Cimalonga, delve into the distant past at Ruderi Del Castello Normanno, get outside with Stabilimento Balneare Il Pescespada, then head outdoors with Centro Sub Scalea, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta Azzurra. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Biagio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario della Madonna del Perpetuo Soccorso, then examine the collection at Il Micromondo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Anna.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Scalea online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Positano to Scalea in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Messina.

Things to do in Scalea

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 6:

Messina, Italy

— 2 nights
Messina is the capital of the Italian Metropolitan City of Messina. On the 7th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Museo del Bergamotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa degli Ottimati, see the interesting displays at Pinacoteca Civica Di Reggio Calabria, admire the masterpieces at Museo diocesano, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria, and finally view the masterpieces at Palazzo Della Cultura Pasquino Crupi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Parco Letterario Salvatore Quasimodo, explore the historical opulence of Castello Rufo Ruffo, admire the masterpieces at Museo Regionale Interdisciplinare, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria Alemanna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Santuario S.Antonio, and finally steep yourself in history at Annunziata dei Catalani Church.

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Explore your travel options from Scalea to Messina with the Route module. May in Messina sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Taormina.

Things to do in Messina

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

Taormina, Italy

— 2 nights
With its warm island weather and cliffside location overlooking the Ionion Sea, Taormina has been one of Sicily's most popular getaway destinations since the early 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Taormina, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Duomo, admire the local landmark of Quattro Fontane di Taormina, contemplate the long history of Porta Catania di Taormina, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Theatre of Taormina, and finally discover the deep blue sea with Blue Sea Diving Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Taormina attractions planner.

You can drive from Messina to Taormina in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Taormina are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Catania.

Things to do in Taormina

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 8 — 10:

Catania, Italy

— 2 nights

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Benedetto, contemplate the long history of Piazza Vincenzo Bellini, make a trip to Cappella Bonajuto, make a trip to Chiesa della Badia di Sant'Agata, then steep yourself in history at Saint Biagio Church - Sant'Agata alla Fornace, and finally steep yourself in history at Parco Archeologico Greco Romano di Catania.

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Traveling by car from Taormina to Catania takes an hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Catania when traveling from Taormina in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Porto Empedocle.

Things to do in Catania

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Porto Empedocle, Italy

— 2 nights
Porto Empedocle is a town and comune in Italy on the coast of the Strait of Sicily, administratively part of the province of Agrigento. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Madre Porto Empedocle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, don't miss a visit to Statua del Commissario Montalbano, then head outdoors with Lido Azzurro, then explore the ancient world of Castello del Conte Luna (o della Regina Sibilla), and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Antiche Grotte del Caricatore. Keep things going the next day: walk around Mini Zoo, step into the grandiose world of La Rocca Araba, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Oliva, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Ducale Colonna, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Guastanella, and finally examine the collection at Museo Degli Archi Di Pasqua.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Porto Empedocle trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Catania to Porto Empedocle by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Porto Empedocle when traveling from Catania in May, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Trapani.

Things to do in Porto Empedocle

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

Trapani, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Two Seas

Historically known for its importance in salt production, Trapani has gained recognition as an enticing but affordable vacation locale in Sicily.
Teatro Greco di Segesta and Parco Archeologico are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Chiesa di San Domenico and Grotta Mangiapane. Explore Trapani's surroundings by going to Chiesa della Madonna della Scala (in Castellammare del Golfo), Cala Bianca Beach (in Marina di Camerota) and Cattedrale San Salvatore (in Mazara del Vallo). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Badia Nuova, engage your brain at Museum Of Optical Illusions, and admire the masterpieces at Salerniana Museum of Contemporary Art.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Trapani attractions app.

Drive from Porto Empedocle to Trapani in 2.5 hours. In May in Trapani, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Palermo.

Things to do in Trapani

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Palermo, Italy

— 2 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Piazza Marina. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Santissimo Salvatore, Palermo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Monastery of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria dello Spasimo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Santa Maria della Pieta', and finally stroll the grounds of Catacombe dei Cappuccini.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Palermo trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Trapani to Palermo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Vatican Museums and Stanze di Raffaello will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Villa d'Este and Villa Borghese. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Chiesa di San Francesco). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Prassede, steep yourself in history at Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and get engrossed in the history at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome road trip site.

You can fly from Palermo to Rome in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Rome are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 25:

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Amalfi Coast travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.