From Anne S. in Michigan: “My husband and I are traveling to Italy in May. Our first leg involves going from Rome to the Amalfi Coast. I know you’re a big proponent of rail travel, and we’d like to take the train as much as possible. Can we reach the Amalfi Coast by train from Rome?”
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Yes! Well, actually, no. Almost! By Amalfi, I’m guessing you mean Positano or Sorrento, Amalfi’s most-popular destinations, or Vietri sul Mare, gateway to the Amalfi. You can reach Salerno, the closest city, by direct train from Rome. (Fancy a pizza? Add a stop in Naples and go to Pizzeria Carmnella, a 5-min. walk from Napoli Centrale.) From Salerno, you can take a scenic tourist bus or dreamy ferry directly to towns all along the coast. The total travel time (not including a pizza pitstop in Naples) will be 3-5 hours, an easy travel day. This excellent article covers all aspects of the journey: