Amalfi Coast Moped Adventure & Planning Yours

Renting a moped to explore Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast was by far one of the best decisions we’ve made on this trip. Thinking about an Amalfi Coast Moped Adventure yourself? Here’s what our day looked like and some tips for planning a similar trip:

Why Travel by Moped

 

Incase you need any inspiration, just watch!

Mopeds seem to rule the roads in Italy, and it’s easy to see why. They’re easy to get around on and easy to sneak through traffic with. They are also affordable to rent and relatively safe if you’re a good driver.

See: Renting a Vespa in the Amalfi Coast– Is it Safe for details to consider before making the decision to ride a moped through this area.

The Route 

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Sorrento to Pompeii to Amalfi and back to Sorrento.

We found this route to be a good day trip. It’s about 3 and a half hours of driving time with no traffic.

Other Possible Additions:

  • Naples
    • Keep in mind, Naples is about 30 miles north of Sorrento, so it may be necessary to leave pretty early to incorporate all these destinations into one day.
  • Vesuvius National Park
  • Ravello – SP1 travels right through here

Amalfi Coast Moped Adventure

11 AM – 12 PM Scooter Rental (Sorrento)

From the time we left our hotel to when we finally got on the scooter, it took us about an hour. The company we rented from only offered half or full day rentals, but we were able to strike a deal for a 10 am – 7 pm rental for 10 Euros cheaper than advertised. It never hurts to ask!

Tip:

  • Opt for at least a 150cc moped, especially if you have a passenger. Some of the roads are pretty steep and you’ll be thankful for the extra power. We were okay with 150.
  • Make sure to get a copy of the contract and that the moped is equipped with the appropriate documents – we got pulled over and were asked for the ‘documents.’ (I’m convinced we were stopped because we look like tourists 😉 )

12 PM – 1:30 Ride to Pompeii

The ride to Pompeii took us about an hour and a half, which was what our GPS had projected. We were surprised by the accuracy because of our moped adventure in Czech, which took much longer than we had expected, but the ride here was pretty straightforward. Once we found the main highway, the way to Pompeii was pretty clearly marked. We were able to park for free next to some other mopeds next to the entrance to the Ruins.

1:30-3:30 PM Sight Seeing in Pompeii

For $15 per person, we visited the Pompeii Ruins. This ticket gives you access to the entire old city, and trust us, it is HUGE. If you’re looking to do the same trip as us and still make it to Amalfi before sunset, pick a few areas that you’re dying to see and head straight there. It’s easy to get side tracked and spend hours in this place. We decided that we wanted to check out the old baths and the Colleseum as well as some of the areas in the very beginning. This took us a whole two and a half hours.

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The Colosseum in Pompeii.

3:30 – 4:30 Ride to Amalfi

We took Highway SP1 from Pompeii down to Amalfi, which took us up and over the mountains to the coast. The ride was scenic and beautiful. These roads were pretty empty and good practice for the coast because the roads were just as thin and winding. This route will bring you right through Ravello, which is another popular town in the area. At the end of SP1, we finally made it to the coastal roads and continued our way to Amalfi.

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Finally made it to Amalfi.

4:30 – 5:00 Amalfi

We stopped to take pictures, grab a quick snack, and enjoy the beautiful views.

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The small town of Amalfi.

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5:00 – 6:30 Back to Sorrento

This was by far the most exhilarating part of the trip. We headed back to Sorrento down Amalfi Drive while the sun went down. The roads here are small and winding, but the scenery is gorgeous! Make sure to stop at one of the little juice stands for some fresh squeezed juice and photo ops.

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Freshly picked fruits at a stand on the side of Amalfi Drive.

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Sunset back in Sorrento.

 

Have you ridden a moped through the Amalfi Coast? Do you have any questions or need help planning a trip? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

 

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Happy Scootering,

 

MM

 

  3 comments for “Amalfi Coast Moped Adventure & Planning Yours

  1. Debbie Johnson
    December 1, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Love the Amalfi Coast and Ruins pictures!! Think Amanda should put on het bucketlist

  2. Mike Young
    January 4, 2016 at 7:07 am

    I love that you’re traveling the world. I hope to do that myself someday. How are you able to do this? Please share with me haha

    • MeanderingMassholes
      January 4, 2016 at 7:12 am

      Hey Mike,

      It’s been amazing and we would highly recommend it! We’ve been saving up for about a year or so and we have been pretty adamant on trying to stay on a budget throughout the trip. If you have any questions about how to start planning something like this or anything else, send us an email at meanderingmass@gmail.com and we’d be happy to answer anything you’d like to know!

      – Lauren

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