Positano is one of the most famous towns of Costiera Amalfitana and a perfect destination for your vacation.
Positano is much more than beaches and sea and its central position gives you the chance to visit, during the same trip, also the other popular towns of the Costiera, like Amalfi, Ravello, Minori and Maiori.
How to Arrive in Positano
Positano is one of the towns which is easiest to reach in the Amalfi Coast: you can arrive either by car or by ferry, both from Salerno or Napoli.
Reaching Positano from Rome
If you land in Rome, you will have to reach either Salerno or Naples, as there is no direct connection from Rome to Positano. Surely you can rent a car and drive from the airport to your hotel, but you will have to get through Naples before reaching Positano anyway.
Some hotels offer private shuttle from Rome Airport to Positano and,before considering other options, it is strongly suggested to contact the structure that will be hosting you and your friends or family, to check with them if such a service is available or not.
In case there is no private shuttle available, you have two choices for reaching Naples:
- either by car: you will be able to rent a car from one of the rental car companies operating in Fiumicino or Ciampino
- or by train: you will have to reach Rome Termini station or Rome Tiburtina and then hop on the train to Naples or Salerno.
Reaching Positano from Naples
There are many options available for reaching Positano from Naples:
- from the Airport of Napoli Capodichino you can get on the Curreri Shuttle and reach Sorrento. From Sorrento to Positano you will have to use a SITA public bus; the line can get pretty long during the high season, so organise your trip accordingly and be ready to wait even up to 1 hour before getting on the bus;
- from the Airport you can get a bus to the Central Station; then from the station you can hop on Circumvesuviana to Sorrento and finally from Sorrento get on the bus to Positano; it’s the same bus we just talked about, so during the high season (typically July and August) be ready to wait a bit before being able to sit on the bus
- during the high season there are ferries to Positano from Napoli Molo Beverello (the touristic harbour of the city at the end of Via Nuova Marina). The ferries move along the Napoli-Capri-Positano route. No direct connection is available at the moment. It’s by far the most expensive way to reach Positano from Naples (40–50 € / person)
Reaching Positano from Salerno
Even if you land in Rome it may be a better idea to reach Salerno by train and then move from there to Positano, as the route is far shorter.
You can reach Positano from Salerno either by bus or by ferry:
- from the Central Station of Salerno you can get on the Salerno-Amalfi bus; from Amalfi you can get on the Amalfi-Positano bus;
- from the touristic harbour of Salerno you can get on the ferry offered by Travelmar. Unlike the ferry moving from Napoli Beverello, this one is direct to Positano, so it will take less time and be considerably cheaper
If you want have a nice trip on the Amalfi Coast, you can read our specific guide to getting here.
What to visit in Positano
Positano is one of the most famous towns along the Costiera Amalfitana. There is a lot to visit and experience.
Santa Maria Assunta Church
The Chiesa of Santa Maria Assunta is one of the most iconic churches of Amalfi Coast. The name of the town itself is related to the icon of the Virgin still hosted inside the church.
It was the XII century, a boat was carrying a painting representing a Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary.
The boat got stalled right in the bay in front of Positano and, according to the legend, Mary herself called the sailors to land (“Posa!”), expression that gave to Positano its name.
The painting is nowadays exhibited inside the Church and is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Positano, especially among the devotees of Mary.
Many people, though, don’t believe in the legend and think that it’s more likely that the picture was brought to the town by the Benedictine monks who lived in the area.
The church, believe in the legend or not, is definitely worth a visit!
Stroll around the town
It’s nice to get lost in Positano. To fully embrace the beauty of the town it’s probably better to walk without a precise destination.
You will be able to enjoy the streets, the little shops, the restaurants, the monuments, the churches, the beaches.
There is nothing better than letting yourself enjoy Positano without a precise schedule, living your trip as a vacation and not like a too organised trip.
The Panorama at Via Fornillo
Via Fornillo is one of the most characteristic streets of Positano. At the end of it you will reach one of the most famous bays of the Amalfi Coast.
The small restaurants right in front of Fornillo beach are a good destination for your aperitif, lunch or dinner: you will find the traditional dishes of the Costiera and Positano without having to spend much for your meal.
What to eat and drink in Positano
The Amalfi Coast and Positano are also famous for their traditional cuisine, based on fish, seafood and, when it comes to desserts, lemons.
Spaghetti ai frutti di mare
It’s one of the classics, a very simple dish that is able to capture the true essence of the cuisine of the Coast: excellent ingredients put together in a very simple recipe.
In this case it is just clams, mussels and shrimps, together with the excellent pasta produced few kilometres from Positano.
Cheeses: provola, ricotta, fiordilatte
Positano and Amalfi Coast are not famous just for fish and seafood. You will be able to enjoy many different cheeses, from fresh to seasoned.
Before leaving, we strongly advise you to taste:
- provola affumicata: smoked cheese, also used in many recipes of the Costiera
- ricotta: it’s produced daily and sold by many shops around the town. You don’t need much to enjoy it: you can eat it even with a spoon without adding anything on the top!
- fiordilatte: the best mozzarella you will probably ever taste in your life. It can also be a very simple and quick meal, if you don’t want to spend too much time at the table.
Positano can offer much more to cheese lovers. The rest is up to you to discover!
Desserts: the triumph of lemon
Lemon is the most popular fruit around Positano. The local variety doesn’t grow anywhere but within an area of 20–30 square kilometres.
While visiting Positano, don’t miss the chance of tasting one of the many desserts based on lemon, and also the worldwide famous Limoncello, which was invented right here, in the heart of the Costiera.
La Torta Zagara al Cioccolato
Zagara is the most famous patisseries of Positano and prepares a very famous Chocolate Cake, which is definitely something you have to taste while visiting the town!
If chocolate is not your cup of tea, you will find also the traditional desserts of Napoli and Costiera Amalfitana, such as babà, sfogliatelle, and Delizia al Limone.
If you are up for a sweet breakfast, the patisseries of Positano are the right places also for the first meal of the day.