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Seeing Amalfi in a day is truly a challenge, but if you must here’s what our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend. Spend it in Pompeii and Capri, with dinner in Positano. Head off to Pompeii first thing in the morning, as touring the sun-drenched ancient ruins can become exhaustingly warm very quickly. You can go on a tour, but it’s just as easy to go on your own, as well-marked buses leave regularly from all of the major villages on the coast. The ancient city buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. is remarkably well persevered and easy to navigate. Be sure to explore the Odeon, Stabian Baths and Amphitheater, which standout as highlights.
After your jaunt through the past, make your way to the fashionable Capri. A long-time favorite of Roman rulers and modern-day celebrities, Capri is a charming village with steep streets and memorable porticoes. Stroll through town and stop into a local pizzeria for a slice, then make some waves. Head to the Marina Grande and catch a ride on a tour of the Blue Grotto. A must-see, the Blue Grotto and its electric, dancing blue light are a favorite among travelers.
Following the excursion to Capri, take the ferry ride to Positano, and dine at the legendary Don Alfonso’s. A few miles from the center of Positano, this Michelin-three-starred restaurant has been serving the best food on the Amalfi Coast, if not in all of Italy, since 1890. Finish your perfect day up with a stroll through the romantic village streets and a chilled nightcap of Limoncello, the coast’s famous lemon-flavored liqueur.