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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Positano


Stylish Capri lures visitors by day with its shimmering Blue Lagoon and jet-setters by night with its rich nightlife. Boats leave for the grotto early in the morning.

11 miles southeast of Positano, www.capri.net
Tags: day trip


Less-known than neighboring Pompeii, this site is another Roman time-capsule. Unlike ash-buried Pompeii, Herculaneum was buried under a sea of mud. Everything was fossilized, even some of the goods in the shops.

30 miles north of Positano, www.herculaneum.ox.ac.uk
Tags: culture | history | day trip


Though Capri may be more popular, the volcanic island of Ischia is arguably more beautiful. Calm beaches, natural thermal springs, and a mild climate year-round add to the island's charms.

29 miles northeast of Positano, www.ischiaonline.com
Tags: beach | day trip


The best views of Positano can be had from Montepertuso, a small, peaceful village amidst scores of olives groves. Visit the small piazza, church, and romantic restaurants before taking the refreshing, hour-long walk back to Positano.

3 miles northwest of Positano, www.montepertuso.it
Tags: culture | history | day trip

Mount Vesuvius

Rising over Naples, this distinctive landmark is most famous for burying Roman cities Pompeii and Herculaneum. Hike to the summit and walk round the crater.

22 miles north of Positano, www.volcanolive.com/vesuvius.html
Tags: culture | history | day trip


The hardy traveler can easily get down here and back in a day, though total travel time each way is about 3.5 hours. But the fantastic ruined city of Pompeii, unearthed from the volcanic ash of Mount Vesuvius is worth it. No other archeological site gives you as much of a feel of what it must have been like to live in the Roman empire. A world heritage site.

22 miles north of Positano, www.pompeiisites.org
Tags: culture | history | day trip | jim's pick


Make the trip to this picturesque town, loved by writers, artists, and musicians like Wagner, DH Lawrence, and Gore Vidal. The 13th-century Palazzo Sasso hotel is a must for its Rosselinis restaurant.

14 miles west of Positano, www.palazzosasso.com
Tags: culture | history | day trip

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