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.
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:
- 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!
- 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.
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.
4:30 – 5:00 Amalfi
We stopped to take pictures, grab a quick snack, and enjoy the beautiful views.
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.
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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