Our tips and suggestions for your holiday on the Amalfi Coast

Positano - Amalfi Coast


I love this pic because I believe is a real portrait of our life, love, work and strength as shown through the smiling faces Positano's youngsters securing the boats before the big storm.Positano like the legendary Sirens of Li Galli, never fails to seduce.Seen from the sea, Positano is set in a dramatic vertical panorama of colors; the green of the Monti Lattari, the white, pink and yellow of the Mediterranean houses, the silvery grey of its pebble beaches and the blue of the sea. 

Positano, the "Pearl of the Amalfi Coast" 

If your plane lands in Naples Capodichino Airport, you will need to travel first to the town of Sorrento to reach Positano.Naples International Airport Capodichino is located 7 Km northeast of the city centre ,is southern Italy's main airport.  tel.081-789.6111 for operator,tel.081-848-888-777  for info,handy info desk just outside baggage claim.www.gesac.it.

 How can I reach Positano from Naples Capodichino airport ?  you have two options:

By Curreri bus to Sorrento, which can be boarded directly outside Terminal 1 at the Naples airport. Tickets cost about EUR 10 and can be purchased directly from the driver.Please note: schedule is subject to change without notice;please check for any changes. 


By Alibus shuttle to the center of Naples, If you want to take the Circumvesuviana train to reach Sorrento, from Naples Capodichino Airport,you will need to travel first to the center Naples( Piazza Garibaldi). From the Capodichino Airport in Naples you can either catch a bus Alibus shuttle buses zip you from the airport to Naples Centrale train station/Piazza Garibaldi in 10 minutes ( buses run daily 6,30-24,00 ) Alibus bus stop outside Terminal 1 Tickets cost about € 5 and can be purchased directly from the driver.Once at the station, follow the signs for the Circumvesuviana train, the local train located beneath the main station.

Alibus ticket online


Inside the Station Piazza Garibaldi in Naples down below take the  Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento, the trip takes one hour. (There are two types of tickets: the ticket for a single ride and the integrated ticket (TIC) also applies to bus and subway. If you plan to take other means of transport t ask at the ticket office. The travel time between Naples and Sorrento is 1 hour and 10 minutes. The trains marked with the initials DD does not stop at all stations and arrive in Sorrento in 50 minutes. The ticket from Naples to Sorrento currently costs 4 Euros and 90. Sorrento is the last stop on the line. The Circumvesuviana of Naples Piazza Garibaldi station is located on the lower level of the station, below the one where the high-speed trains arrive. TI ( near track 23),and ATM (Banco di Napoli near track 24),a bookstore(La feltrinelli,near track 24),and baggage check( deposito bagagli,near track 5).Pay WC are down the stairs acrosss from track 13.Shops and eateries are concentrated in the under ground level ( IMPORTANT FOR YOU) The Sorrento trains generally depart from platform 3, to access this binary there are no escalators or elevators. Attention to the message on the display that announce the incoming train to be sure to take the train to Sorrento, or else you risk finding yourself in Sarno! ( it's a single train track, look at the display) At Sorrento station you will find instead the elevator. The station is at the center of Sorrento.Once you arrive at the Circumvesuviana station in Sorrento, you will need to take the Sita bus which runs between the Sorrentine peninsula and the Amalfi Coast.Sit on the right hand side of the bus to get the best view! Sita buses depart from in front of Sorrento's train station hourly ,(marked Amalfi via Positano).and travel stop first in Positano ( Chiesa Nuova) and then at all Amalfi Coast Towns(Positano in 50 minutes;Amalfi in another 50 minutes).To reach Ravello ( the hill town beyond Amalfi )or Salerno ( at the far end of the coast),you'll transfer in Amalfi; Ticket prices with trip lenght (one-way to Positano -euro 1,80,to Amalfi -euro 2,70).for Ravello,you'll change in Amalfi and pay an extra euro 1,20).All ridesare covered by the 24-hour Costiera Sita Sud pass ( euro 8) You can buy bus tickets at most newsstand and, Tabacchi Stores, unless you already hold a valid ticket from your earlier trip. Tickets CANNOT be purchased on board the bus. The road is a series of stomach-churning curves: take all the precautions necessary if you suffer from car sickness. Stop in Positano: I recommend the second stop - CHIESA NUOVA near the Bar Internazionale.In Italian you would ask: Per piacere,puo' farci scendere al Bar Internazionale,a Positano? (Please,can you let us get off at Bar Internazionale ,in Positano?)

Keep in mind that the timetables of the sita buses is not respected due to road traffic and the narrow streets, especially on weekends In summer. So simply wait until it arrives, without checking the time. This also applies to the terminus, where the bus can arrive late due to the previous route.
A lot of  guests make the mistake on arrival in positano to get off the Sita bus at the SPONDA stop, this is actually a bit of a mistake given the stop is 1 km from Casa Perla. It is necessary to get off at the first stop in Positano / Chiesa Nuova near the Bar Internazionale

FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Have you lost your baggage at Naples Capodichino airport?

Here below you find a list of useful numbers in case of baggage loss
+39 081 7896118  - +39 081 7896540  -199 280180  -+39 081 7896766 - + 39 081 7896765
lost&found@ghnapoli.it     infobag@as-airport.it    alternatively you can visit this website 


What is the Alibus shuttle service?

Alibus is a shuttle bus service that connects Naples Capodichino Airport with the city center.
This is the only way to get to downtown Naples from the airport with public transport.

The bus connects Naples Capodichino Airport with:

Piazza Garibaldi: This is where Napoli Centrale train station is located.

The Port of Naples: This is the departure terminal for hydrofoils and cruises and is also a short distance from the centrally located Piazza Municipio.

How much does the ticket cost for the Alibus from Naples Capodichino to Napoli Centrale (Naples Central) Trenitalia railway station in Piazza Garibaldi?

Tickets cost about EUR 5 and can be purchased online or directly from the driver

Where does the Curreri shuttle bus depart from Naples airport to Sorrento?

From Naples, the bus departs from the P1 parking area at the Capodichino International Airport. The bus arrives ten minutes before each scheduled departure.

How much does the ticket cost for the Curreri bus from Naples Capodichino to Sorrento?

Tickets for the airport shuttle bus from Naples to Sorrento cost EUR 10 euro and can be purchased in advance via the Curreri Bus website or directly on board from the driver.

Does the airport shuttle run every day?
Buses run daily, except for 25 December and 1 January.

Is luggage included in the price of the ticket?

Two pieces of luggage are included with the bus ticket: 1 large suitcase to store in the luggage compartment and one small bag or purse to bring on the bus. Each additional piece of luggage costs EUR 5. Pets are not allowed on board.

Does the bus make stops between the Naples Capodichino airport and Sorrento?

The bus also stops in Castellammare di Stabia. Vico Equense, Meta, Piano, and Sant'Agnello.

Where does the Curreri airport bus stop in Sorrento?

The Sorrento stop is at the Circumvesuviana station downtown.Piazza Giovanni Battista De Curtis

How long does it take to get from the Naples Capodichino airport to Sorrento with the Curreri bus?

The ride lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes, though can take longer when there is heavy traffic.

Where is the SITA bus stop in Sorrento?

The SITA bus stop in Sorrento is located at Piazza Giovanni Battista De Curtis, near the Circumvesuviana train station.if you arrive in Sorrento by train just cross the station square. The Eav buses and Curreri buses also depart from here.

What if I arrive at night or on days when the bus doesn't run?

If your flight arrives after the last bus departs, your only alternative is to reach Sorrento or Positano by private transfer or taxi. The average rate for transfers from Naples to Positano is between EUR150 and EUR 170 .We recommend booking a transfer rather than taking a taxi, as you will have a driver waiting to meet you when your flight lands.

How much does a sita bus ticket cost?

There are different types of tickets, prices of which vary according to the geographic area and duration of validity:   Sorrento - Positano ticket costs 2.20 euros

Where do I purchase sita bus tickets?

Bus tickets are sold at "tabaccherie" (cigarette shops), newspaper stands, and bars and caffés in all the towns along the Amalfi Coast. In Sorrento, there is a ticket booth at the Circumvesuviana station. Tickets CANNOT be purchased on board the bus.

Is there always seating on the sita bus?

Unfortunately, no. During the crowded summer months, the buses are often standing room only. We suggest trying to board the bus from the beginning of the line, if possible, to guarantee a seat.

How will I know which stop to get off at?

The bus drivers announce the main stops; you can ask the driver to announce your stop when you board the bus.

Where should I sit on the bus to enjoy the view?

From Sorrento south to Positano and Amalfi, sit on the right side of the bus to look over the Mediterranean. When traveling north, sit on the left side.

Can I take my child's stroller or pram on the bus?

Strollers and prams cannot be transported open on the bus; you will need to fold it and store it in the luggage compartment before boarding.

Is there space for luggage on the bus?

Yes, all buses have an ample storage compartment.

Do buses run at night?

No, buses stop running at 10pm.

Does Sorrento have an airport?

There is no Sorrento airport, the nearest airport to Sorrento is in Naples, located about 50 kilometers away. The Curreri Viaggi bus is the cheapest way to travel between the Naples Capodichino airport and Sorrento, as well as the most convenient since it is the only direct airport shuttle service.

Getting to Sorrento from Naples train station ( piazza Garibaldi )by Campania Express

Campania Express   Naples -.Sorrento . The Campania Express is a special tourist line that runs along the same route as the Circumvesuviana between Naples and Sorrento, but stops at just a few stations and takes about 30 minutes less than the commuter trains to complete the trip. These trains have guaranteed seating, air conditioning, and space to store baggage.These trains run from mid-March to mid-October.


FAQ - Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between the circumvesuviana train and the Campania Express train?

The biggest difference between the regular Circumvesuviana trains and the Campania Express trains are that the latter are specifically designed for tourists and offer air conditioning, guaranteed seating, and luggage storage

How much does the ticket cost for the Campania Expres from Naples train statrion to Sorrento?

Tickets for the Campania Express from Naples to Sorrento cost around EUR 8; from Naples to Pompei cost around EUR 6;from Sorrento to Pompeii around EUR 4.Tickets can be purchased online through the official EAV Campania website or at the Circumvesuviana ticket office 20 minutes before departure.The Circumvesuviana train station at Napoli Centrale in Piazza Garibaldi is on the lower level, below the platforms for the high-speed trains.

Where is the Campania Express station?

The Campania Express departs from the Circumvesuviana station on the lower level of the Naples Garibaldi (or Naples Centrale) station. This is the city's main train station where high-speed trains arrive and depart.

Do the Campania Express trains have disabled access?

The Naples Piazza Garibaldi (Centrale) train station is not accessible to wheelchairs and to reach the underground platforms you must descend the stairs on foot. The Naples Porta Nolana train station is accessible, and you must go to the EAV info desk for assistance. The Sorrento station is also accessible, but the Herculaneum and Pompeii stations are not.

The Best Option for a Stress-free Arrival!

By Taxi  I recommend you to book a taxi from Positano ,they have new cars , professional taxi drivers and speak English.  if you prefer a taxi driver from naples this is the website  

FAQ - Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between a private transfer and a taxi?

Private transfers are booked ahead of time and have a fixed rate agreed upon in advance. You driver will wait for you at the meeting place (the arrivals gate at the airport, for example) holding a sign with your name and accompany you to the car or minivan. A taxi is booked on the spot and paid according to the meter or the fixed fare, and you must find a taxi yourself at a designated taxi stand.

What kinds of vehicles are used for private transfers?

Private transfers use more luxurious vehicles than taxis, usually Mercedes sedans and minivans. Vehicles are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after each client.

What happens if my flight is delayed?

When you book, the driver ask you for your flight (or train) number so he can monitor your flight information for any delays and meet you at your arrival time. There is no surcharge for late arrivals.

Do the drivers speak English?
All drivers speak English and Italian 

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes, all vehicles are equipped with mobile credit card machines for payment.

What are the payment and cancellation policies?

Your credit card information is taken as a guarantee to confirm your booking, but your card is not charged

 How can I reach Positano from Naples Capodichino airport by ferry?

If you want to take the ferry to reach Positano ,you will need to travel first to the From Naples Airport to Naples harbor Molo Beverello ( Piazza Municipio )

Molo Beverello ( Piazza Municipio ) From Naples Airport to Naples harbor (Beverello): Shuttle service leaves every 10 minutes.( buses run daily 6,30-24,00 )( Alibus bus stop outside Terminal 1 Tickets cost about € 5 and can be purchased directly from the driver.Alibus shuttle buses zip you from the airport to Naples Centrale train station/Piazza Garibaldi in 10 minutes,and then head to the port/Piazza Municipio for ferry to Capri , Sorrento and Positano.From Naples harbor in Positano, with stops in Capri: Search times on site Alilauro e Caremar; trying to combine with arrival and departure. Definitely not an inexpensive solution, total costs may reach around 40/50 € per person.

Some information for you: In case of rough seas,routes may be suspended. Information for the Disabled By law, all ferries must be handicapped accessible. However, we recommend contacting the ferry company before your travel date to confirm that the ferry is accessible and to request assistance during boarding and disembarking.Luggage can be transported on the ferry, but there is a surcharge of €2 per bag. Children under 3 travel free. There are discounts available for children under 12.Schedules and Seasonal Routes for Positano and Amalfi
Ferry routes for Positano, Amalfi, and Salerno run during the tourist season from the beginning of April through October. During the winter months, the only ferry routes active are those between Sorrento and Naples, and Naples or Sorrento and the islands of Capri and Ischia (departing from Naples for Ischia and Sorrento and from Sorrento for Capri). There is no Amalfi Coast ferry from Sorrento or ferry service between Positano and Capri in winter

Ferry companies
NLG - Navigazione Libera del Golfo Call center: Tel. +39 081 5520763 -Info-Booking Sorrento: +39 081 8071812     

  Lucibello  Positano: Tel. +39 089 875032                                     -CaremarCall center: Tel. +39 081 18966690 -

Snav (Gescab) Call center: Tel. +39 081 4285555 -      Alilauro (Gescab) Call center: Tel. +39 081 4972238 -Customer service: Tel. +39 081 4972206

Alicost (Gescab) Call center: Tel. +39 081 7041921-                        Travelmar Call center: Tel. +39 089 872950 

Capitan Morgan  Napoli: Tel. +39 081 4972201  Ischia: Tel. +39 328 4405206 -         Rumore Marittima Ischia: Tel. +39 081 983636

 https://shop.caremar.it/it/     https://www.travelmar.it/en/index   https://www.lucibello.it/en/positano-jet

High speed ferry  Napoli -Positano 1h 20m -Passengers must make check-in procedures at the boarding points from Molo Beverello dock 6 (in alternative please look the boat from dock 4 to 7) - directly on board HYDRA (POSITANOJET) from July 1st  to August 30th € 28.00 

 FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Can I bring pets on the ferry?

You can bring small pets on board by paying a supplement; pets must be in a carrier or on a leash with a muzzle.

Can I carry luggage on the ferry?

Luggage can be transported on the ferry, but there is a surcharge of €2 per bag. There is a porter service at the Positano and Capri ports to help transport your luggage to hotels located above the port

Do I have to buy ferry tickets in advance?

We suggest you pre-purchase your tickets for travel during the months of July and August, on holiday weekends, and for routes to Capri. If you have purchased your tickets online, you will have to present your voucher at the ferry ticket window to receive your tickets. You can also purchase ferry tickets in advance directly at the port.

Can I take a shared bus from Naples to Positano to save money?

Naples -Positano and Praiano Shuttle Bus private service  with car  sharing system

Shuttle bus service from Naples Capodichino Airport or Naples central train station and Rome Termini station,Fiumicino or Ciampino Airports to Positano  .You will enjoy the ride from Naples Airport or Central Train Station(Piazza Garibaldi) to your accommodation in Positano 

.https://www.positanoshuttle.com/      http://www.easypickup.it/

How to Get the Amalfi Coast ( Positano ) from train station Salerno

 if your The Freccia Rossa high-speed train goes as far as Salerno. You have two option: can get off there and take the bus to Amalfi
(For Positano you need to change the bus in Amalfi ) or you take one of the ferries to Amalfi or Positano

FAQ - Frequently asked questions

where is the port of Salerno located?

In Salerno, there are two ports of departure: Piazza Concordia and Molo Manfredi. Piazza Concordia is directly across from the train station where the high speed trains arrive; Molo Manfredi is a few kilometers away

Can I carry luggage on the ferry?

Luggage can be transported on the ferry, but there is a surcharge of €2 per bag.Routes usually run from 1 April to 31 October.

Where can I store luggage near Salerno Train Station?
There are multiple locations in the Salerno Train Station area which can be booked through the Bounce  

( Luggage Storage Salerno Train Station 250 meters from Salerno Central Station 150 meters from tourist port Via Clemente Mauro,15 Salerno +39 340 85 23 444 + 39 089 28 58 729)

Is it safe to store your bags near Salerno Train Station?
Yes. Every bag is tagged with a security seal and comes with the $10,000 Bounce Guarantee. Every location is required to uphold tight security precautions. You may be asked to show ID and you will be required to use a credit card to book through Bounce in advance. With hundreds of thousands of bags stored, you can count on Bounce to handle your baggage near Salerno Train Station.

Are there storage lockers near Salerno Train Station?
Yes, there are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in the Salerno Train Station area. Bounce has multiple luggage storage locations nearby Salerno Train Station and in the broader Salerno area where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $10,000 safekeeping guarantee.

What public transportation exists near Salerno Train Station?
Popular metro stations like Binario 7s or Metropolitana Salerno fermata Pastena can be used for nearby transit. When traveling within Salerno near Salerno Train Station, you may be close to some bus stations: Fermata Cstp, Bus Terminal, or Capolinea Sita. If traveling by train, Stazione Salerno Duomo - Via Vernieri, Stazione Metropolitana Arbostella, and Stazione Salerno Irno are nearest to Salerno Train Station.


where is the port of Amalfi located?

The Amalfi port for all ferry arrivals and departures is Molo Pennello in the town center..

  Getting to the Amalfi Coast from From  Rome Fiumicino Airport

From the railway station, located inside the airport area close to the arrival and departure terminals, you can reach the city centre ( Roma Termini)using the numerous and frequent connectionsof the Leonardo Express shuttle train.The Leonardo express, non-stop service dedicated exclusively to airport passengers to/from Roma Termini with departures every 15 minutes and travel time of 32 minutes* You ca buy Train tickets from Rome to Naples in the station (at the ticket office or from the automatic dispensers) or online using https://www.trenitalia.com/
From the Rome Fiumicino airport you can also take a direct bus to Piazza Garibaldi in Naples


Getting to Positano from sorrento train station by Ferry

You can either catch a bus to the port of sorrento outside the train station or a bus from piazza Tasso The Port of Sorrento,located a few tens of meters from the central Via Tasso, the port of Marina Piccola is one of the most important seaports in Campania. In spite of the small size, in fact, the numbers of passenger traffic are impressive. The reason is the proximity of Sorrento to Naples, Capri, Ischia and, of course, the other pearls of the Amalfi coast, above all Positano and Amalfi. The hydrofoils take 40 to 45 minutes to reach Positano.60 minutes by fast ferry. If your arrive by ferry to Sorrento from Naples or Capri to reach positano by bus you will need to arrive first Piazza Tasso in the middle of town. Standing on the promenade and facing town,you'll see a TI Kiosk and ticket windows for boats to Capri and Naples in the lower area to your left;the bus stop directly ahead;and the elevator up to town to the right,about a five -minute walk along the the base of the cliff( Euro 1,follow lift/ascensore signs.)The bus is the easiest option,since is takes you directly to Piazza Tasso in the middle of town. Just catch the next bus ( either the city bus,buy ticket before boarding at the nearby ticket window;or the private gray bus,buy ticket on board;either way,the ride cost Euro 1.20 and takes just a few minutes;buses generally depart a least every 20 minutes). If you ride the elevator up to the Villa Comunale city park,exit through th epark gate and bear left;PiazzaTasso is about four blocks away.

By car: Positano is approximately  1 hour and 15 minutes  drive away from Naples and  30 minutes away from Sorrento.

Is it worth getting to Positano by car?

Many people ask whether it's a good idea to drive on the Amalfi Coast.
The narrow coastal road is comprised of a series of hairpin bends directly above the sea, and you can expect to regularly come across large tourist coaches which, at the curves, can create difficulties.
On the other hand, the best way to explore the Amalfi Coast is by car, allowing you to stop off when and as many times as you choose to enjoy the views. If you are not used to driving on narrow roads, your best option is to use the public bus service or, if your budget allows it, a private car service with a driver.

FAQ - Frequently asked questions
Distances from Positano
From Positano to Amalfi: 30 minutes by car or 25 minutes by ferry
From Positano to Capri: 40 minutes by ferry (operating from April to October)
From Positano to Pompeii: 45 minutes by car
From Positano to Sorrento: 30 minutes by car or autobus
From Positano to Naples: 1 hour and 15 minutes by car
From Positano to Rome: 3 hours and 30 minutes by car

Is there free parking in Positano?

Another problem on the Amalfi Coast is the lack of sufficient parking space.
The towns are very steep, tumbling down the cliffside like life-sized Nativity scenes clinging to the mountainside, so finding parking space in such small, steep villages can be a serious problem.

There is no free parking in Positano, and most free street parking (marked by white and yellow painted lines) is reserved for residents.There are limited public parking spots along the lanes of the town (marked by blue painted lines), but they are almost never available in the summer. If you are lucky enough to find a spot along the street, the meter parking rate is EUR 5 /hour. 

Is there secure paid paid parking in Positano?

The only option that is always available is the paid parking lots .Casa Perla has an agreement with the parking Anna to   40 -50 euros  per night.Your car will be collected near the house and parked in a safe car park .When it is time for you to check out your car can will be delivered near the house  (This is a free service that casa perla offers its guests)


How much does parking in Positano cost per hour?

The price of parking in Positano is 10-.14  euros each hour.

When I arrive in Positano by car where do I stop?

Meeting point near Palazzo Marzoli just 5 meters from Casa Perla

Are car parks in Positano safe for cars?

The parking guys are all professionals and speak English

When I get Casa Perla can I personally bring the car to the Anna car park?

Yes.I recommend you unloading your before luggage and then go to the parking lot.The guys from the parking lot shall help you take you home. (This is a free service that casa perla offers its guests )

During my stay at Casa Perla can I take the car from the car park?

Yes, but upon arrival you must inform the parking boy. You should go to the parking lot and pick up the car

How far is the car park from  Casa Perla?

only 1 km along via Pasitea 

How far is the car park going down the stairs from Casa Perla? 

Next to the Casa perla there is the staircase ( via del Canovaccio ), you will arrive in 3 minutes

Can I take a tour by car starting from Positano?

Positano as an excellent starting point for your tours

There's one main reason why you should forget the car and opt for taking one of the convenient and inecpensive SITA buses that travel the route( usually once an 30 minutes) The wiew is much better,
thanks to the mighty elevation of bus seats,which allows you to drink in mountain -meets -sea vistas,often missed in a car because of the high way's low stone barrier.The best views can be yours if you sit on the sea side of the bus (on your right as you board the bus if you're sgtarting in Sorrento,on your left if you begin in Amalfi).The trip between Sorrento and Amalfi generally takes between 50 -60-minutes.Buses make regular stops at all the main estinations:happily,the driver will stop anywhere on the main route as long as you inform him your destinations,be it hotel or fork in the road,when boarding.Note that buses fill up in the summer months

The Amalfi Coastis laid out in the essiest possible way for touring beginning in Positano,proceding east along the coastilne for 19 km( 12 miles) to Amalfi.From here it's less than 7 km ( 4½ miles) farther Ravello ,the coast's other absolute must.if an overview of these threefabledis all you seek,threedays will suffice.To experience a few more of the area's splendors,you' ll need a minimum of five days.

Do not miss the tour around the i Galli island- nicknamed "The Birds" owing to their foirmation -these three(still private) islets off the Positano coast were famed as Homer's Home of the Sirens and,more recently,as Rudolf Nureyev's last residence

Some information you need to know about Statale 163-the Amalfi Drive,as we call it

The round reflecting mirrors set along major curves in the road intend to show if others are coming around a bend,but honk before narrow curves to let oncoming traffic know about you,and listen for honks from oncoming curves.
Buses and trucks will sometimes require you to back up;if there's a standoff,take it in stride,as it goes on all the time.At various points on the drive,stewards will top larger vehicles so that cars can pass.

Statale ( Highway) 163-the Amalfi Drive ,as we call it -was hewn from the lip of the Lattari Mountains and completedin 1852,varying from 50 feet to 400 feet above the bay.You can thank Ferdinand,the Bourbon King of the Two Sicilies,for commissioning it,and Luigi Gioardano for designing this seemingly improbable engineering feat.A thousand or so gorgeous vistas appear along these almost 40 km (25 miles),stretching from just outside Sorrento,Positano,Amalfi, Minori,Maiori, to Vietri.John Steinbeck once Joked that the Amalfi Drive is carefully designed to be a little narrower than two cars side by side- so the going can be a little tense:the slender two lanes hovering over the sheer drops sometimes seem impossible to maneuver by auto,let alone by buses and trucks. Many travelers arrive from Sorrento,just to the north,connecting to the coast through Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi on the Statale 145-the Strada del Nastro Azzurro( Blue Ribbon Road),whose nickname aptly describes its width and the color at your alternating right and left.
The white-Knuckle part,or,as some call it,the Via Smeraldo(Emerald Road), begins as the road connects back to Statale 163,threading through coastal ridges at Colli di S.Pietro,and continuing to wend its way around the Vallone di Positano.From ravine to ravine,Positano then begins to beckon out your window,appearing and disappearing like a flirtatious coquette.just east of Positano,at Punta San Pietro,Statale 163 again winds sharply around valleys,deep ravines,and precipices,affordind more stunning ridge views.Past Praiano,the Furore gorge is crossed by viaduct.From here on to Amalfi,the ridges soften just a bit.

if you think a road is just getting from here to there,the Amalfi Drive is not for you.So if you want to leapfrog over all the thrills,opt for the high mountain pass called the Valico di Chiunzi,easily reached via the A3 Naples-Salerno Autostrada from the exit at Angri

If you are driving from Rome,take the A1 highway ( autostrada ) towards Naples.Road signs with directions for the autostrada in Italy are green.Drive along A1 until it ends,ll the way until you find the toll booths in front of you,and then start following the directions for the A3 highway towards Salerno CAREFUL A3 and A30 are not the same,even though they both go to Salerno
If you take A30 the drive will be a bit more complicated.Be sure not to take A30( to take A30 you need to turn right on a ramp when you around Caserta .-don't do it,drive straight to the end of A1 and then follow the signs for A3 ).If you departing from Napkes,take the A3 highway from Naples towards Salerno.Once you are on the A3 highway exit Castellamare di Stabia ( Castellamare for short ) Don't miss the exit or you will arrive to Salerno.
Once you have exited the highway,follow the signs for Sorrento and Costiera Sorrentina SS163. When you get to Sorrento follow signs for Positano -Amalfi. If the curves begin to take their toll on your stomach or the heat of the summer sun is making driving uncomfortable, stop for a refreshing lemonade or crushed ice granita from one of the kiosks set up in the panoramic lay-bys along the road.

Positano the vertical city

Positano is a unique place in the world, a jewel of spontaneous architecture set on a rock overlooking the sea. Bunches of colored houses, sometimes with a cubic aspect are sprawling down steep hillsides descending to the beach, and are connected by tiny lanes and long stairways.Positano has been  a holiday destination since Roman times , as recently demonstrated by the discovery of some rooms of a Roman villa, located on the site of the Church of Santa Maria dell'Assunta. Thanks to this discovery, the MAR, the Roman Archaeological Museum, was established, an  archaeological site that has become a museum  and is made up of the  rooms of the villa and two crypts . You can admire frescoes from the imperial era with bright and lively colours, a unique example of Roman wall decoration.

 Positano walk

How far is the center Positano going down the stairs from Casa Perla? 

 only 700 meters if you take the staircase ( Via Pastiniello) .You will arrive in 5 minutes

where can I take the local  bus from Casa Perla to reach the center of positano?

You can take the local bus (INTERNO -POSITANO) in the area Chiesa Nuova ( 130 meters away from the house ) at the corner of Via Pasitea near the tobacco shop. You have to get off at the last bus stop  ( Piazza dei Mulini )

How do I get back home from the center of Positano? ( Piazza dei Mulini)
to go back to home from Piazza dei mulini you must take the local bus marked INTERNO -POSITANO and get off at area chiesa nuova near tobacco shop or bar Internazionale.

Where can I take the Sita bus from Casa Perla to reach Amalfi?

You can take the Sita  bus in the area Chiesa Nuova ( 130 meters away from the house ), to accross side of the bar Internazionale

Buses operated, by the Sita bus company run between all the towns on the Amalfi Coast. Although buses are frequent, the volume of traffic on the SS163 often means they do not run according to schedule.

Be prepared for the crowds: in the summer, at peak times, you might not always find a seat on buses filled with holidaymakers heading to the sea. At times, you will have to ride standing up, and at times the driver will not allow additional passengers to board.
If you decide to travel by Sita bus, you will need to buy your tickets before boarding. Tickets can be purchased in the majority of bars and tobacconists on the Amalfi Coast and must be validated on the bus.
Tickets cannot be purchased on board.
Be aware thatbuses do not run at night and if you want to get from one town to another in the evening and do not have your own vehicle, you will have to take a taxi.

 Where can I take the Sita bus from Casa Perla to reach Sorrento?

You can take the Sita  bus in the area Chiesa Nuova ( 130 meters away from the house ) near bar Internazionale

In which neighborhood of Positano is it located Casa Perla?

 You are in the largest neighborhood of positano, ( CHIESA NUOVA).  In the chiesa nuova area you will find the Bar Internazionale,restaurant C'era una volta and the grottino azzurro restaurant .You will also find a tobaccoshop with ATM, a Grocery shop,supermarket, the townhall of positano, the post office with ATM, a fish shop, a fruit shop, a pastry shop ,Office of Financial police , Office of City Police, shop for telephone accessories and the local bus stop to center of positano at the corner of via pasitea near the tobacco shop.Via Pasitea starts from the Chiesa Nuova and ends in Piazza dei Mulini (1,5 Km).You will also find the sita bus stop for Sorrento and Amalfi

 FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Where do I buy a ticket for the local bus near Casa perla?

You can buy the ticket at the bar Internazionale or at the tobaccoshop. 

what is the difference between the local bus and the sita bus?

The local bus travels only within the municipality of Positano .The sita bus connects all the towns of the Amalfi coast starting from Sorrento to Salerno 

What is the name of the local bus company that travels around Positano?
​it's a single company and it's called Mobility Amalfi Coast

 Is it convenient to take the sita bus?
 Unfortunately, this region doesn’t have a lot of railway lines; therefore the most frequent and useful form of transport is by bus. However, given that the main road runs the length of the coast, it is very winding and narrow which often results in queues. Because of this, buses rarely arrive at the times indicated on a timetable. You could also consider travelling boat, motorboat or even by bike, if you are so inclined. It is better to avoid driving and leave your car in the car park.

How much does the sita bus ticket cost?

It is worth knowing that bus tickets cannot be purchased from drivers, you are instead required to buy them in advance from tobacconists, news kiosks and bars. Prices depend on the ticket travel duration (you stamp the ticket on entry to the bus):

COSTIERASITA 24 hours: EUR 10 with unlimited rides on SITA SUD buses between: Agerola, Amalfi, Atrani, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Massa Lubrense, Meta di Sorrento, Minori, Positano, Piano di Sorrento, Praiano, Ravello, Salerno, Sant’Agnello, Scala, Sorrento, Tramonti, and Vietri Sul Mare. You must validate your ticket on your first ride. Tickets are per person and cannot be used by other riders. You must fill in your name and date of birth in the spaces indicated on the ticket.
*COSTIERASITA 24 hours: EUR 12 with unlimited rides on SITA SUD buses between the towns listed above and also valid for local buses running in the Comune di Positano via Mobility Amalfi Coast.
For routes to and from other towns and destinations in the region of Campania (Naples, Caserta, Benevento, and Avellino), travellers can use tickets issued by each single bus or transport company, or a combination ticket combining connections with more than one bus or transport company. Request detailed information and prices at the ticket office.
When you purchase your ticket, you can ask for information regarding which ticket is best suited to your travel plans.

Sorrento – Positano: 50 minuti.   ticket cost 2,30 euros

Positano – Amalfi: 40 minuti.       ticket cost 2,30 euros

Amalfi – Maiori: 20 minuti.

Maiori – Salerno: 60 minuti.

Amalfi – Bomerano: 40 minuti.

Amalfi – Ravello: 30 minuti.

Amalfi – Pontone: 20 minuti.


Club Music on the Rocks,literally carved into the rocks ,on Positano beacht, is since 40 years a point of reference for national and international clubbing. The Music on The Rocks is one of the leading clubs in Europe for location and music programming, and it is a destination for VIPs and personalities of Show Business and of Film and Entertainment.( open at 21:00mid April -Oct ,but music starts about 23:30,Euro 10-20 cover charge in summer includes a drink,go to dance or just check out the scene,Via Grotte dell'Incanto 51,tel +39 089 875 874)


La Brezza Net  Art  Cafe  Via del Brigantino 1  Phone +39.089.875811

How to reach the Brezza from Casa Perla?

Come down the stairs or walking along via Pasitea just 13 minutes 1,1 Km,  alternatively take the local bus stopping at the intersection of Via Pasitea just 2 minutes from home. Dropping at the last stop ( piazza dei Mulini) ,and take the small road to the beach


La Zagara

For a more low-Key atmosphere,cafe'/pastry shop La Zagara hosts music nighttly in summer (start around 21:00,Via de Mulini 10,tel +39 089 875964 

 How to reach the cafe'/pastry shop la Zagara from Casa Perla?  

Come down the stairs or walking along via Pasitea just 13 minutes 1,1 Km  alternatively take the local bus stopping at the intersection of Via Pasitea just 2 minutes from home  Dropping at the last stop ( piazza dei Mulini) and take the small road to the beach


L'alternativa - Cocktail Bar on the Pier Positano


Blu Bar Positano- Cocktail Bar on the Beach 


Bar/Pizzeria  il Pertuso Via Monsignor Vito Talamo 45, 84017, Positano+39 398 981 1682 (  at the top of town Monteperuso)

Bar Internazionale Via G. Marconi, 306, 84017 Positano SA  +39 089 875434


Bar il Canneto Via G. Marconi, 87, 84017 Positano SA +39 089 875881

Li Galli Bar Bistrò Via Cristoforo Colombo, 207, 84017 Positano SA +39 Telefono: 338 981 0710


Franco's bar

Franco's bar serve no food except for some gourmet nibbles: salted almonds, giant green olives, and some rather more-ish potato chips. Food just distracts from that view – and the quality of the liquids list. Franco’s Bar pays homage to a golden age of fine spirits, cocktails and bubbly, when cultured imbibers knew their Old Fashioned from their French 75, and what kind of glass they should be served in.Franco’s Bar operates on a first-come, first-served basis. They do not take reservations

 How to reach the Franco's bar  from Casa Perla?

  Come down the stairs or walking along via Pasitea just 13 minutes 1,1 Km  alternatively take the local bus stopping at the intersection of Via Pasitea just 2 minutes from home  Dropping at the last stop ( piazza dei Mulini) and after walking along via Cristoforo Colombo just 200 meters


Paradise Lounge Bar

On the beach of Positano -Positano Paradise Lounge Bar Via del Saracino 32 Corso Positano, 84017 Positano SA-phone-089 811461


Collina Positano Bakery  Bistrò Wine Bar cafe'/pastry shop ,Via Cristoforo Colombo, 1/3, 84017 Positano SA +39 089 875433


Le Tre Sorelle Wine Room Via Cristoforo Colombo, 19, 84017 Positano SA +39  089 811635


Tobacco shop Viale Pasitea, 148, 84017 Positano SA +39 089 812074

Tobacco shop Viale Pasitea, 325, 84017 Positano SA  Telefono: +39 089 811300 

Tobacco shop Via del Brigantino, 84017 Positano SA +39 089 875092 ( on the beach)

Tabaccheria Always Positano  Via C.Colombo  N.5, 84017 Positano (SA) +39 089 812133


Eating in Positano 

Do I have to book the restaurant?

It's always better to make reservations at restaurants, especially for lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday and to have a table with a view overlooking the coast or Mediterranean.

Are there vegetarian restaurants on Positano?
There are no restaurants in Positano exclusively dedicated to vegetarians, but all restaurants offer vegetarian dishes.

Is there wi-fi in Positano restaurants?

All restaurants in positano offer free wi-fi

When are restaurants open?

Restaurants generally serve lunch from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm, and dinner from 6:30 pm to 11.30 pm (or later in the summer).

Restaurant Il Grottino Azzurro   Via G. Marconi, 302/304, 84017 Positano SA 

How to reach the restaurant Grottino from Casa Perla?  walk from the house just 2 minutes


Restaurant  C'era Una Volta  Via G. Marconi, 127, 84017 Positano SA 

How to reach the restaurant from Casa Perla?    walk from the house just 1 minutes


Pizzeria-Restaurant "Da Costantino"Via Corvo, 107, 84017 Positano SA 

How to reach the restaurant da Costantino from Casa Perla?

 climbing stairs. just 5 minutes 300 meters.This restaurant has a free roundtripe shuttle service phone +39 089 875 738 


Restaurant Casa Mele Positano Via G. Marconi, 76, 84017 Positano SA

How to reach the restaurant Casa Mele from Casa Perla?

Tis restaurant has a free roundtripe shuttle service phone +39 089 811364


Ristorante  and Bar Adamo ed Eva The restaurant of the Eden Roc hotel is recognised as one of the most esteemed in Positano.

How to reach the restaurant Adamo ed Eva from Casa Perla? 

Along Via G. Marconi/SS163 (distance 2 km) walking or by sita bus


La Taverna del Leone Via Laurito, 43, 84017 Positano SA 

How to reach the restaurant la Taverna del Leone from Casa Perla? 

Along Via G. Marconi/SS163 (distance 4 km) by sita bus or local bus


Villa Gabrisa Restaurant & Wine Bar Viale Pasitea, 221, 84017 Positano SA 

How to reach the restaurant Villa Gabrisia from Casa Perla?

 Come down the stairs or walking along via Pasitea just 3 minutes 250 meters ( alternatively take the local bus stopping at the intersection of Via Pasitea just 2 minutes from home ) In Italian you would ask: Per piacere,puo' farci scendere al ristorante Villa Gabrisia? (Please,can you let us get off at restaurante Villa Gabrisia?


Restaurant “Mirage” Viale Pasitea, 165   089 812 2377  Positano SA 

How to reach the restaurant Mirage from Casa Perla? 

Come down the stairs or walking along via Pasitea just 4 minutes 290 meters ( alternatively take the local bus stopping at the intersection of Via Pasitea just 2 minutes from home )  In Italian you would ask: Per piacere,puo' farci scendere al ristorante le Mirage ( Hotel Pasitea)? (Please,can you let us get off at restaurant le Mirage ( Hotel Pasitea)?


Restaurant il Fornillo Viale Pasitea, 266, 84017 Positano SA +39 089 811954

How to reach the restaurante Il Fornillo  from Casa Perla?

Come down the stairs or walking along via Pasitea just 5 minutes 300 meters.( alternatively take the local bus stopping at the intersection of Via Pasitea just 2 minutes from home )   In Italian you would ask: Per piacere,puo' farci scendere al ristorante Il Fornillo? (Please,can you let us get off at restaurant Il Fornillo?


Restaurant Saraceno d'Oro Viale Pasitea, 254, 84017 Positano SA

How to reach the restaurant Saraceno  from Casa Perla?

 Come down the stairs or walking along via Pasitea just 4 minutes 290 meters.( alternatively take the local bus stopping at the intersection of Via Pasitea just 2 minutes from home )   In Italian you would ask: Per piacere,puo' farci scendere al ristorante Saraceno D'Oro? (Please,can you let us get off at restaurant Saraceno D'Oro?

Restaurant Mediterraneo Positano, via Pasitea 236 | phone and fax: +39 0898122828

How to reach the restaurant Mediterraneo from Casa Perla? 

Come down the stairs or walking along via Pasitea just 5 minutes 300  meters ( alternatively take the local bus stopping at the intersection of Via Pasitea just 2 minutes from home ) In Italian you would ask: Per piacere,puo' farci scendere al ristorante lMediterraneo? (Please,can you let us get off at restaurant le Mediterraneo?



From June 18th 2020 Next2 restaurant opens in the charming garden of the Palazzo Murat hotel  Via dei mulini, 23 Positano Info e   prenotazioni 0898123516 089875177

How to reach the restaurant Next2 from Casa Perla? 

Come down the stairs or walking along via Pasitea just 12 minutes 1,0 Km, alternatively take the local bus stopping at the intersection of Via Pasitea just 2 minutes from home  Dropping at the last stop ( piazza dei Mulini)


Restaurant Faro Bar il Capitano Viale Pasitea, 119, 84017 Positano SA

How to reach the restaurant  il Faro from Casa Perla? 

Come down the stairs or walking along via Pasitea just 7 minutes 450  meters ( alternatively take the local bus stopping at the intersection of Via Pasitea just 2 minutes from home ) In Italian you would ask: Per piacere,puo' farci scendere al ristorante  il Capitano ( Hotel Montemare )? (Please,can you let us get off at restaurant il Capitano( Hotel Montemare)?


Restaurant  da Vincenzo Viale Pasitea, 172/178, 84017 Positano SA

How to reach the restaurant da Vincenzo from Casa Perla? 

 Come down the stairs or walking along via Pasitea just 7 minutes 460  meters ( alternatively take the local bus stopping at the intersection of Via Pasitea just 2 minutes from home ) In Italian you would ask: Per piacere,puo' farci scendere al ristorante al ristorante Da Vincenzo ? (Please,can you let us get off at restaurant  Da Vincenzo?


Il Tridente Cocktail Bar & Restaurant Hotel Poseidon, Viale Pasitea, 140, 84017 Positano SA 

How to reach the restaurant il Tridente from Casa Perla?

 Come down the stairs or walking along via Pasitea just 9 minutes 600  meters ( alternatively take the local bus stopping at the intersection of Via Pasitea just 2 minutes from home ) In Italian you would ask: Per piacere,puo' farci scendere al ristorante  il tridente ( Hotel Poseidon)? (Please,can you let us get off at restaurant il tridente ( Hotel Poseidon)?


Restaurant Caffe' Positano Viale Pasitea, 168/170, 84017 Positano SA  

How to reach the restaurant  Caffè Positano from Casa Perla? 

Come down the stairs or walking along via Pasitea just 7 minutes 465  meters  ( alternatively take the local bus stopping at the intersection of Via Pasitea just 2 minutes from home )  This restaurant has a free roundtripe shuttle service phone +39 089 875082


Restaurant Valle dei Mulini   Via Vecchia, 5, 84017 Positano SA  Telefono: 089 875232 

How to reach the restaurant Valle dei Mulini from Casa Perla? 

Come down the stairs or walking along via Pasitea just 9 minutes 900  meters ( alternatively take the local bus stopping at the intersection of Via Pasitea just 2 minutes from home ) Dropping at the last stop ( piazza dei Mulini)

Restaurant Max  Piaza dei Mulini,22 Positano +39 089 875 056

How to reach the restaurant Max from Casa Perla? 

 Come down the stairs or walking along via Pasitea just 12 minutes 1,0 Km  alternatively take the local bus stopping at the intersection of Via Pasitea just 2 minutes from home  Dropping at the last stop ( piazza dei Mulini)


Restaurant Bruno   Via Cristoforo Colombo, 157, 84017 Positano SA 

How to reach the restaurant  Bruno from Casa Perla? 

Come down the stairs or walking along via Pasitea just 15 minutes 1,5 Km ( alternatively take the local bus stopping at the intersection of Via Pasitea just 2 minutes from home  Dropping at the last stop ( piazza dei Mulini) and after walking along via Cristoforo Colombo just 250 meters


Restaurant la Tagliata (Located in the upper area of Positano in the country of Montepertuso ) Via Tagliata n°32b 84017 - Positano (SA) Tel. +39 089 875 872.

How to reach the restaurant from Casa Perla?   

This restaurant has a free roundtripe shuttle service phone +39 089 875082.The free shuttle service stop is near the Palazzo Marzoli Resort just 10 meters from the Casa Perla.Usually the drivers stop  near the post office 30 meters from Casa Perla.Ask them when you make your reservation the stop near Paalazzo Marzoli Resort. ( alternatively take the local bus marked (Montepertuso-Nocelle) in the Chiesa Nuova area just two minutes from Casa Perla with a stopping between the bar internazionale and the restaurant Grottino Azzurro.

Restaurant Donna Rosa (Located in the upper area of Positano in the country of Montepertuso ) Via Montepertuso, 97/99, 84017 Positano SA
Telefono: 089 811806, they don't have a free shuttle service but I advise you when you book to ask for the shuttle service. Trust me , they will be picked up you for you so as not to lose the customer. ( alternatively take the local bus marked (Montepertuso-Nocelle) in the Chiesa Nuova area just two minutes from Casa Perla with a stopping between the bar internazionale and the restaurant Grottino Azzurro).

Restaurant il Ritrovo   (Located in the upper area of Positano in the country of Montepertuso )Via Capella, 3, 84017 Positano SA .This restaurant has a free roundtripe shuttle service phone +.39 089 812005.The free shuttle service stop is near the Palazzo Marzoli Resort just 10 meters from the Casa Perla.Usually the drivers stop  near the post office 30 meters from Casa Perla.Ask them when you make your reservation the stop near Paalazzo Marzoli Resort.( alternatively take the local bus marked (Montepertuso-Nocelle) in the Chiesa Nuova area just two minutes from Casa Perla with a stopping between the bar internazionale and the restaurant Grottino Azzurro).

Restaurant Rifugio dei Mele (Located in the upper area of Positano in the country of Nocelle ) Via Cercole 1, Nocelle  Positano, This restaurant has a free roundtripe shuttle service phone +.39 089 811429 .The free shuttle service stop is near the Palazzo Marzoli Resort, just 10 meters from the Casa Perla.Usually the drivers stop  near the post office 30 meters from Casa Perla.Ask them when you make your reservation the stop near Paalazzo Marzoli Resort.( alternatively take the local bus marked (Montepertuso-Nocelle) in the Chiesa Nuova area just two minutes from Casa Perla with a stopping between the bar internazionale and the restaurant Grottino Azzurro).The owner is the same as the grottino Azzurro restaurant and the Casa Mele restaurant in positano


Restaurant Santa Croce (Located in the upper area of Positano in the country of Nocelle ) Via Nocelle 19,Positano they don't have a free shuttle service.( alternatively take the local bus marked (Montepertuso-Nocelle) in the Chiesa Nuova area just two minutes from Casa Perla with a stopping between the bar internazionale and the restaurant Grottino Azzurro).


At the waterfront on the main beach (Marina grande) there are several restaurants with view terraces leave people satisfied and happy .

Restaurant Capricci,Delicatessen, Take Away, Pizzeria
Capricci in Positano offers you an enchanting little restaurant; on the ground floor and upstairs there are a delicious Delicatessen, a Take-Away, and a Pizzeria.Via Regina Giovanna, 12, 84017 Positano SA - 089 812145

On the beachfront of Positano 

Cambusa Restaurant  Via Amerigo Vespucci, 4, 84017 Positano SA


On the beachfront of Positano
Le Tre Sorelle is a meeting point for lovers of good food and good drinking, as well as a must for any self-respecting gourmet. The enchanting panorama is the background for the tasting of excellent food and the pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.Le Tre Sorelle Restaurant is located on the Spiaggia Grande, one of the most famous beaches of Positano.Via del Brigantino, 27/29 – 84017 Positano (SA) - Italy-Phone: +39 089 87 54 52

On the beachfront of Positano
Chez Black's favorite restaurant by star -The courtesy, reliability, and the exaltation of the flavours and aromas of Mediterranean dishes that will be served, make the Restaurant Chez Black an ideal place to have tasty delicious lunches and dinners that will make pleasant your staying in Positano.(Chez Black are the same owners of the Rada restaurant and the music on the rocks) Via del Brigantino, 19 Positano - Salerno -+39 089 875 036-+39 089 875 789 -info@chezblack.it


On the beachfront of Positano Rada restaurant Fly Bar 089 875874 Via Grotte dell'incanto, 51, 84017 Positano


On the beachfront of Positano
The Buca di Bacco Hotel, with its renowned restaurant, became the destination of choice for tourists visiting the Amalfi coast in the early ’50 during la Dolce Vita period. Via Rampa Teglia Buca di Bacco Tel: (+39) 089 875699- Fax: (+39) 089 875731 


On the beachfront of Positano
In the welcoming timeless setting of the Main Beach of Positano, according to its typical style that makes this town unique in the world, "La Pergola" Restaurant is very informal during the day while by night it offers you candlelit corners for romantic dinners.
Kindly served by a helpful staff, you can order your preferred traditional Italian course at anytime from brunch to dinner. Continuous service is available from 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Tel: 089 812076 


On the beach of Positano
Wine-Dark House around the corner fom the beach
( and the TI ),fills a cute little piazzetta at the start of Saraceno alley.They serve good food ( 10 -20 euro pastas and secondi ).have a respect for wine ( several local wines -5 euro/glass)and are popular with Positano's youngsters for their long list of 6-7 euro sandwiches( closed Tue, Via del Saracino, 6/8, 84017 Positano SA +39 089 811925

 On the beachfront  of Positano
The restaurant of Covo dei Saraceni, with a enchanting view on the sea and Positano, offers a menu rooted in the traditional cuisine of Positano; the careful presentation of every dish will make your enogastronomic experience unforgettable.
Via Regina Giovanna, 5 84017 Positano (SA), Italy -Phone +39 089 87 54 00 Fax +39 089 87 58 78 -email: economato@covodeisaraceni.it -email: info@covodeisaraceni.it


Lo Guarracino restaurant overlooking the panoramic Torre Clavel and the sea , towards to Fornillo Beach,is a local favorite for its great views and good food at prices similar to the main beach restaurants (13-15 euro pizzas,15-25 euro homemade pasta with seafood,and secondi,daily 12:00-15:00 & 19:00-24:00,closed Nov -march.
lit by a full moon The piano bar ” Guarracino Night” is waiting for you every night in the beautiful summer season with live music , dancing and fun.
Via Positanesi d’America, 12 – 84017 – Positano (SA) -Tel. +39 089 875794 -info@loguarracinopositano.it


On the beach of Positano
Picnics:If a picnic dinner on your balcony or the beach sounds good, sunny Emilia Delicatessen grocery store can supply the ingredients:antipasto misto,pastas,home -cooked diskesand sandwiches made to order.She'll heat it up for you-Via dei Mulini 5,phone 089-875-489.


On the beach of Positano
Vini e Panini ,another small grocery,is a block from the beach a fews steps above the TI.Daniela,the fifth-generation owner,speaks English and happily makes sandwiches to order.Choose from the Caprese ( mozzarella and tomato),the Positano ( mozarella ,tomato,and prosciutto),or create you own ( 4-6euro each).Via del Saracino, 31, 84017 Positano SA Phone 089 875175

Dining on a Budget in Positano

Where can I eat out on the Amalfi Coast without spending a fortune? Here are our picks for enjoying a lunch or dinner out on a budget, but with quality food and authentic dishes. I live on this stretch of coast, so I know the best low-cost options: trattorias, pizzerias, bars, take-away delis, and snack bars of the beach.
If you are visiting Positano and suddenly get hungry, it's good to know where to stop for a bite without breaking the bank. You'll be surprised to find that there are a number of budget options that prepare delicious dishes based on the quality ingredients found along the coast, and that you can dine in one of the most beautiful (and notoriously expensive) places in the world without spending a fortune. That said, you need to know where to look to find these budget gems, so here are our tips for eating well while spending less in Positano!
If you'd like to sample something other than fish and seafood, where can you order meat dishes in Positano without busting your budget? Tickle your taste buds at La Tagliata in Montepertuso​,​ set in the hills at the top of town. There are dishes to suit every budget, but the quality is guaranteed no matter what you order. Everything is made in the kitchen with local ingredients, and there are farm animals and a vegetable garden just steps from the dining room. Be sure to take in the views over the Bay of Naples fro the dining room, and see if you can spot the Faraglioni off the coast of Capri.
Our suggestions: the menu includes a number of starters featuring vegetables, legumes, and cheeses. Pasta is made fresh each day, but the restaurant is famous for its excellent meat dishes from the classic fiorentina steak to grilled beef and pork so good that you will want to come back for more. The portions are all very generous.
Prices:​ from EUR 20 to 40. -Via Tagliata n°32b 84017 - Positano (SA) Tel. (+39) 089 875 872-Fax. (+39) 089 812 2020-Mail: info@latagliata.com


C'era Una Volta, in Positano, is a place of luminous beauty, set like a precious stone on the majestic Amalfi Coast.
The restaurant with seafood specialties is the ideal destination for those who love to explore the delicious dishes of typical Positano cuisine: not only fish, but also meat, cold cuts, cheeses, mozzarella and, of course, the delicious Neapolitan pizza are served for lunch and dinner. . Let yourself be welcomed by the typical Mediterranean warmth, and in the evening a free shuttle will be at your disposal to escort you to  restaurant.
 Via G. Marconi, 127, 84017 Positano SA telefono: 089 811930


Pizzeria-Restaurant "Da Costantino" a great expert in cooking, who always doing with passion and whose recipes because famous in the Amalfitanian Coast. He passed it to his the brothers and other persons of his Family.
 Via Corvo, 107, 84017 Positano SA -Telefono: 089 875738


Latteria: Lunch on the Go
This eatery on Via Pasitea is a great spot to sample traditional food from the coast, where you can eat well on a budget in Positano. They prepare everything from pasta dishes to meat and fish, as well as desserts and sandwiches. The dining room is tiny and spartan, but there are a few tables outside under the shade trees, and the ingredients are all excellent. If you're not sure where to stop for a bite, this local gem will win you over.
Our suggestions: eggplant parmesan, meatballs, lasagna. Don't miss the crema di caffè dessert.
Prices​: from EUR 7.
Casa e Bottega: Tradition and Innovation
This simple but elegant spot with its shabby chic white décor - Via Pasitea e near the parking garages, and is an ideal choice for sampling traditional specialties updated with an innovative twist, often inspired by American cuisine.
Our suggestions: soup with chickpeas, spelt, and cabbage; fried egg with burrata cheese and vegetables; involtini with goat cheese; and chicken tenders.They offer gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options made with fresh ingredients.
Casa e Bottega also serves late breakfast, including excellent pancakes. Everything is presented very creatively on artisan ceramic dishes made locally.Prices: ​from EUR 6 to 25.


Beach Bars: Bagni da Ferdinando
This family-run beach bar is located in Fornillo, one of the beaches in Positano that is set a bit outside the center of town. Here, you can relax under an umbrella and enjoy one of the classic dishes from the Amalfi Coast at a reasonable price. They offer interesting salads, delicious cold and hot appetizers, and first and second courses with fish, meat, or vegetables.
We suggest the lemon ravioli with ricotta and lobster, but the baked and grilled fish is also excellent.
This is one of the most inexpensive restaurants in Positano that combines quality and authenticity, and you can also order their pizza and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere far from the crowds in the center of town.
Price​: from EUR 6 to 17.

The beaches of Positano

Walking down from the Piazza Flavio Gioia leads down to the Spiaggia Grande ,or main beach pebbly and sandy ,bordered by an esplanade and some of Positano's best restaurant.Surrounded by the spectacular amphitheter of houses and villas that leapfrog up the hillsidesof above positano,this remains one of the most picturesque beaches in the world.Although it faces stiff competition from Spiaggia di Fornillo beach.Is colerful with umbrellas as it stretches wide around thje cove.It's mostly private ( pay to enter,includes lounge chair , umbrella ,dressing room, and bathroom).the restaurant is extra.With a frees section near the middle ,close to where the boats take off.(Look for the pay showers).The nearest wc is beneath the steps to the right( as you face the water)

On  Spiaggia grande or  main beach  you will find the following Restaurants / Bars / Beach Establishments

L'incanto -Beach la Scogliera Establishment/ Bar Restaurant  A romantic corner in the Positano beach, with a wonderful view of the Amalfi Coast and the islands of Li Galli.https://www.lincantopositano.com/

Fornillo Beach,a less -crowded option. on the pier there is a small street ( Via Positanesi d'America) just before the ferry tickets booths tomthe right of Spiaggia Grande ,a tiny road that is the loveliest seaside walkway on the entire coast,rises up and borders the cliffs leading to the Fornillo beach.
The road is named for the town's large number of 19th -century emigrants to the United States.Positano virtually survived during World War II Thanks to money and packages their descendants sent back home. Halfway up th epath lies the Torre Trasita( Trasita Tower ),the most distinctive of Positano's three coastline defense towers.Now a residence available for summer rental.The tower was used to spot pirate raids.( On the right side of the tower there is restaurant Lo Guarracino .In a supremely romantic setting,is about the most idyllic place to enjoy lemon pasta and a glass of vino as you watch the yachts come and go.the terrace vista takes in the cliffs, the sea,li Galli islands,Spiaggia di Fornillo,and Torre Clavel).  As you continue along the Via Positanesi d'America you'll pass a tiny inlet and an emerald cove before Fornillo beach comes into view.

On Fornillo beach you will find the following Restaurants / Bars / Beach Establishments

La Marinella  Establishment/ Bar Restaurant 5 minutes from the main beach .https://www.facebook.com/LaMarinellaPositano/  

F.lli Grassi  Establishment/ Bar Restaurant 5 minutes from the main beach https://www.tripadvisor.it/Restaurant_Review-g194863-d8298106-Reviews-F_lli_Grassi_Beach_Bar-Positano_Amalfi_Coast_Province_of_Salerno_Campania.html..

Da Ferdinando Establishment/ Bar Restaurant 5 minutes from the main beach ..https://www.tripadvisor.it/Restaurant_Review-g194863-d1738914-Reviews-Da_Ferdinando-Positano_Amalfi_Coast_Province_of_Salerno_Campania.html 

Pupetto Beach Club Restaurant  5 minutes from the main beach https://www.hotelpupetto.it/it/hotel-spiaggia-positano

Positano Beach Club. Seafood, Fish Restaurant. Cocktail Bar. Just 3 minutes from Positano by Free Shuttle Boat Service Morning: 10am – 1pm (every half an hour).Afternoon: 3.45pm until late afternoon.The boat service free of charge and reserved r restaurant and beach clients only.

The Arienzo beach is often called the 300 steps beach, because of the impressive number of steps visitors need to climb down to reach it. On their way down towards the sea, holidaymakers can catch glimpses of the gardens of some of the Amalfi Coast's most luxurious villas, including one which once belonged to Franco Zeffirellli. Facing the south west, the beach enjoys the sun longer than any other in Positano. The beach is divided into private and free areas.


Da Adolfo   Restaurant  Bar   Beach  Establishment   Positano's Laurito beach

5 minutes from Positano by boat.The boat leaves the pier from 10 am (look the red fish) and returns from 4 pm on…The boat service is free of charge and reserved r restaurant and beach clients only.Other beach services include: Bathrooms, Change room, Shower.Positano's Laurito beach is a tiny little beach, which can reached via a flight of steps which starts in the small square opposite Hotel San Pietro. The name of the beach derives from the many laurels growing in the area. Laurito is divided into a free beach and a private beach, the latter belonging to a small hotel, and has two casual beach restaurants.


Boat tours -Types of tours available: mini-cruises, small group tours, private tours/rubber dinghy or small boats rental

Renting a boat, whether for a private or group tour, you can spend a day in total privacy and relaxation, but also discover and admire those places that are difficult if not impossible to reach by land.You will discover enchanting caves with a thousand colours, beautiful beaches, bays, coves, and if you love diving, wonderful sea beds.
The tour will take you out to explore the most beautiful spots of the Amalfi Coast: Amalfi, Conca dei Marini, Atrani, Praiano,Fiordo del Furore and the famous islands of the Gulf of Naples: Capri, Ischia, Procida,Sorrento and Massalubrense.

How can I rent a boat? You can book your tour online or request a personalized estimate for a custom tour. Both need to be booked at least three days in advance online. For last minute requests in Positano try to contact the navigation company your choice for a tour or for a boat rental ,maybe you will be lucky for a reservation !!!! 

Why rent a boat with a skipper?
It is always better to rely on specialized sailor Man even if you are already familiar at sea.

What boats can I rent without a skipper or a boating license?
You can rent a rubber dinghy up to 40 hp or a small boat up to 8 hp.

What are the costs?

As for costs, it is important to know that prices vary based on several factors: the type of boat, the rental period, the itinerary and the extras required

Positano Boats  Spiaggia Grande, 84017 Positano SA  Telefono: 338 153 9207


L'uomo E Il Mare Via Positanesi D'America, 3, 84017 Positano SA Telefono: 089 811613


Lucibello Via Marina Grande, 84017 Positano SA  089 875032


Grassi Junior - Positano Boat Service - Mooring boat Via Regina Giovanna, 84017 Positano SA +39 089 811605


Positano Charter Via Fornillo, 40, 84017 Positano SA +39 089 875252


Jolly Boat Positano Via Tagliata 37, 84017 Positano (SA) (+39) 339 4169079  Chat on whatsapp


Luxury Boats Positano  Via dei Glicini, 15, 84017 Positano SA +39 339 119 8897


Valentine's Boat Rent Positano Via del Saracino, 51, 84017 Positano SA *39 338 131 9400


Boat Rental Positano "Blue Star Via Marina Grande, 84017 Positano SA +39  089 811888


Sea Living Via Regina Giovanna, 84017 Positano SA +39  331 865 5890


Positano has one handy self -service launderettes.Wash takes 40 minutes( about Euro 7/load wash and dry,includes soap; open daily 7:00 -24:00,shorter hours off-season).
The location on Google Maps . You can see it at these coordinates: 40°37'42.5"N 14°29'02.9"E across from the Hotel Villa Franca Positano,Via Pasitea.It has a streetfront presence with a large sign.(+39 089 811552) -Staff is helpful. They offer drop-off service

Yearlongthe Positano calendar is filled with festivities and rreligious feste.At Christmas,wreaths are fashioned from bougainvillea,and orchestra and choir concerts pop up all over town.The Nuovo Anno ( New Year) is greeted with a big town dance and fireworks on the main beach,as well as other events.In neighboring Montepertuso,a living creche is enacted.
Festa dell'Assunta (Feast of the Assumption).Positano's star event of the year and its main religious feast is held on August 15,with the painting of the Madonna with Child carried from the church to the sea,commemorated by evening fireworks and music on the main beach.

Mare,sole e Cultura ( Sea ,Sun, and Culture ).In early July Positano hosts national and international authors,who read from their books in the shady gardens of Palazzo Murat.Concerts take place on the main beach (spiaggia Grande )

Positano Premia la Danza Leonide Massine ( positano Prize for the Art of Dancing).The first week in September sees this celebration of dance that includes music concerts,dance performances,gallery exhibitions,panels,and an awards ceremony.


Sagra del pesce (Fish Festival).The last Saturday in September brings this fabulous fish festival on Fornillo beach,with live music and plenty of fish and seafood dishes to taste


Corso Internazionale di Musica da Camera ( International Chamber Music Festival ).As part of this July festival devoted to chamber music,free summer concerts are staged in atmospheric settings through out Positano and Sorrento.Lessons and master classes also take place.


A Museum Visit to Explore the History of Positano

Discover the ancient history of Positano by visiting the local Museo Archeologico Romano, recently inaugurated on the site where an ancient Roman villa once stood beneath the oratory of the Church of the SS. Maria Assunta in Piazza Flavio Gioia, 7. Visitors can admire fragments of the original architecture and decorations to learn about Positano's Roman history with the help of mulitmedia displays that explain more in depth the ruins. From 11 April to 31 October, the museum is open daily from 9AM to 8:30PM (and from 10AM to 4PM from 1 November to 10 April). You can also take a 30-minute guided tour for groups of up to 10. Tickets cost EUR15/person and only payment by credit or debit card is accepted.


Local Tourist Office of Positano Indirizzo: Via Guglielmo Marconi 288 

Town Hall -Via G.Marconi,111 tel +39 0898122511 fax +39 089811122 


Carabinieri/Police -Via G.Marconi,111 tel +39 089875011 

Municipal Police- Via G.Marconi,111  tel +39 089875277

Firemen -Salernotel 115 

 Red Cross-Viale Pasitea,246 tel +39 089 811912 

 Financial Police-Via G. Marconi tel +39 089 875129

Harbour Office-Via del Brigantino tel +39 089 875486 

 Post Office-Via G. Marconi,320 tel +39 089 875142

Deutsche Bank-Via C. Colombo,75 tel +39 089811066  

Monte dei Paschi di Siena-Via dei Mulini,18/20 tel +39 089 812 2042

San Paolo Banco di Napoli-Square dei Mulini,18 tel +39 0898122367

Banca della Campania-Via C.Colombo,23/25 tel 07898123487 

 Pharmacies-Farmacia Rizzo Via Pasitea,22 tel +39 089875863

The weddingscan be celebrated at the Town Hall of Positano from Monday to Saturday from 9,00 am to 23,00 pm
For information: +39 089 812 2527

HIKE The Path of the Gods  Difficulty:easy.The path is not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo
The Path of the Gods or in Italian,Sentiero degli Dei,is a spectacular walking trail on the Amalfi Coast that ends in Nocelle,,above Positano.The path is almost 5 miles and takes about 5 hours,but is an easy trail to hike.
the name of the footpath,The Path of the Gods,is an indication of the spectacular scenery enroute.Departure can be either from Bomerano or Nocelle taking care to have the sun behind you as you go to enjoy the view of the coast below.
Things you should know before beginning the hike:if you decide to start the path from nocelle follow these indications
Departur point: nocelle. From Casa Perla a few meters in zone Chiesa Nuova you can take the bus Marked (Montepertuso -Nocelle) ,the stop is located between the bar Internazionale and the restaurant Grottino Azzurro.If instead you decide to start the path from Bomerano (Agerola) you will need to travel first to the town of Amalfi and then reach Bomerano (Agerola ).
On the across side of the bar internazionale you can take the Sita bus for Amalfi. From Positano:Bus to Amalfi +bus Amalfi -Agerola ( 2 hrs) In Amalfi change the sita bus and take that for Agerola.Ask the driver to let you off at the Bomerano stop. From here, follow the road signs which will lead you to the start of the walk. Agerola is famous for its fiordilatte, a particular type of fresh mozzarella cheese.Before you start the walk, stop off in one of the town's salumeria, where you can purchase some focaccia and fior di latte to sustain you during the journey: the perfect ingredients for a pic-nic worthy of the gods!

Once you get to Nocelle ( if you have worked up an appetite, you can stop for a snack in a very affordable restaurant, Santa Croce.Or eat a sandwich in the local delicatessen) a local bus is available to go to Positano or you can go down the two thousand stairways to the neighborhood of arienzo in around 15-20 minutes..Arrived in Arienzo In the summer, it is well worth descending a further 300 steps to the Arienzo beach, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea.From Arienzo, following the SS163 for circa 1 kilometer, walkers soon reach the center of Positano.From Nocelle if you decide not to take the local bus and to walk along the street to Positano,once past the village of Nocelle, continue for circa 1 kilometer along the recently constructed carriageway, here you will find to the La Tagliata restaurant, where you can lunch or dinner on the terrace, enjoying delicious food and a marvelous view of the sea and the island of Capri.




The Valle delle Ferriere is a place unique to this world.Departure can be either from Pontone or AmalfI .Duration: 3 - 4 hrs Kilometers: 6 Difficulty: easy
(Pontone is near Ravello).The route commences in Pontone, a district of Scala, some 225 meters above sea level. To reach Pontone you can take the Sita bus which runs between Positano-Amalfi, Ravello and Scala.Not all buses stop at Pontone: but you can easily reach Pontone on foot from Ravello or from Scala by way of a pleasant little lane.From here it descends towards Amalfi through a wood of tall chestnut trees and rare, long leaved ferns. The ruins of the medieval foundries, which gave the valley its name, can still be seen.The valley is also known as the Vallone dei Mulini and, the final stage of the walk, takes visitors past a number of water powered mills which once the produced Amalfi's famous paper.
From the main piazza in Pontone, take the mule path which passes in front of the Trattoria Antico Borgo. Once past an archway, to the left youll come to a junction where, at Christmas time, locals stage an impressive nativity scene.Immediately after this, to the left, a long flight of steps lead down, towards Amalfi. Dont take these, but go towards the valley, descend a few steps and then take the short uphill path amidst the lemon trees and vineyards.At the top of the hill, a path leads to an aqueduct, beyond which, after a few meters, take the downwards path to the left.
Youll soon come to the first foundry and the Canneto stream. The path leads all the way down to Amalfi following the stream and passing by the ruins of the foundries and mills.Before commencing the descent, you can make a detour to reach the Riserva Integrale, a habitat for rare fauna and flora The only remaining examples of Woodwardia radicon, a fern which dates back to before the ice age, survive here thanks to the unique microclimate.
The detour is brief but demanding, and should be avoided if you are not particularly fit or are walking with small children.
In order to reach the Reserve, you will need to cross a stream, (a tree trunk serves as makeshift bridge) and follow the little uphill path which leads to the fences around the Reserve.At this stage, turn back and take the no.25 route which traces the left bank of the river and in circa 45 minutes leads to the center of Amalfi.Once in Amalfi, check out the Paper Museum where you can visit an old 13th century paper factory. The museum library houses more than 3.000 volumes highlighting the history of paper making, an ancient art for which Amalfi is renowned.


FAQ - Frequently asked questions

How do I call the police?

For English Speaking police help,dial 113  To summon an ambulance,call 118
If you have a minor illness,do as the locals do and go to a pharmacist for advice.Or ask at your hotel or to the owner of your holiday house for help-they'll know of the nearest medical and emergency services.

How can I contact the embassy?

For passaport problems,call the US Embassy ( in Rome,24-hour line-tel-06-46741) -or US Consulates(Milan -tel.02-290-351 

Florence-tel.055-266-951,Naples-tel.081-583-8111)  or the Canadian Embassy(in Rome,tel.06-854-442-9119 ).

  Can I deposit by luggage at the port in Positano?
On the Pier there are private porters who also offer luggage deposit.A luggage service in Positano called Blu Porter'can meet you at your home if you need them .The cost for luggage euro 5 -10 a piece -but you have to call them in advance ( tel +39 089 811496 ).

Where can I rent  a scooter in positano?



 When is the best time of the year to visit/positano, Italy?

The best months for visiting Positano are April/May and September/October, when the weather is mild enough to enjoy the town, nearby walks, and daytrips along the Italian coast.
Positano is pleasant during the summer (June, July, and August), but the heat makes day tripping to the surrounding coast more uncomfortable. It's better to arrange a boat tour, spend the days on the beach, and explore the town during the cooler evening hours.

When are restaurants open?
Restaurants generally serve lunch from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and dinner from 7:30 pm to 11.30 pm (or later in the summer). Keep in mind that local generally eat lunch at 1:30 pm and dinner at 9:00 pm.

Do you need to make reservations for restaurants?
It's always a good idea to make reservations at restaurants, especially those in the fine dining category. Reservations are required for Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch, and for a table with a view at restaurants overlooking the coast or Mediterranean. Usually, a day or even a few hours in advance will suffice.

Are there vegetarian restaurants on the Amalfi Coast?
There are no restaurants on the Amalfi Coast exclusively dedicated to vegetarians, but all restaurants offer vegetarian dishes. Traditional Mediterranean cuisine uses meat sparingly and most of the world's most beloved vegetarian specialties come from Italy: pizza, pasta with tomato sauce, and eggplant parmesan.

Is there wifi on the Amalfi Coast?
Most of the hotels on the Amalfi Coast offer wifi either free,

When are shops open?
Shops (excluding grocery stores) usually open at 10:00 am and close at 1:30 pm for morning hours, then open again at 4:30 pm and remain open until 8:00 pm for the afternoon and evening. In the summer, many remain open until 10:00 pm.

  Which is the closest airport to positano, Italy?
There is no airport in positano. The closest airport to Positano Naples Capodichino Airport, and there are direct airport shuttle buses that run between the city and the airport. If you are travelling through Rome, you can take the express train to Naples (1h 10m), and from there take another train or car to reach positano in about an hour.

 What is the most convenient way to reach Sorrento from Naples?
From the Naples airport, the Curreri bus runs directly to Sorrento in about an hour. The local Circumvesuviana train between Naples and Sorrento departs from the main Piazza Garibaldi station in Naples. If you prefer to arrive by sea, take metro line 1 from the train station to the Beverello pier (about a five-minute walk from the metro stop), and catch a ferry for Sorrento.. For those arriving in Piazza Garibaldi with numerous or heavy bags, we recommend booking a private transfer by car.

 Ferry routes from Sorrento to Capri and Naples are active all year round. Fewer ferries run in the winter months and the hydrofoil to Naples only runs from Monday to Friday.
Ferry routes from Positano to Capri, Amalfi, Salerno, Ischia, and Procida run from April through October and there are more ferries routes to Capri during these months. You need to arrive at the positano port about 15 minutes before departure to board your ferry.

 Hand luggage is included in the ferry ticket price. Larger luggage can be transported on the ferry, but there is a surcharge of €2 per bag. There is a luggage deposit at the Positano, Capri, Sorrento and Salerno port.

Should I book a ferry ticket to Capri in advance?
You can usually purchase a ferry ticket directly at the port up to a few minutes before the departure time of the ferry. In July and August, as well as during the weekends from spring through fall, you should book in advance because ferries can fill up and you may not find availability at the last minute. We also suggest purchasing your return ticket to Capri in advance online or in the various box offices located on the Positano pier

How much does it cost to take a taxi from Capri to Anacapri?
The taxi fare from Capri to Anacapri is around EUR 20; taxis can transport up to 7 passengers.

How to reach the center of Capri from the port?

You can reach the center of Capri town in just minutes from the port via public transportation or taxi.

The funicolare station is located just opposite the ferry dock in Marina Grande; funiculars transport passengers between the port and the Piazzetta in Capri town quickly and cheaply. Otherwise, you can also catch a public bus from Marina Grande; buses leave about every 15 minutes and stop in the center Capri about 10 minutes later. For a more comfortable trip with no wait, you can also catch a traditional open-air taxi, but the trip between the port and town costs around EUR 15.

Dining on a Budget in Capri
For a quick take-away lunch:
Capri Pasta, a small rotisserie near the Piazzetta where you can get ready-made dishes to eat on the beach or anywhere you like.

For a light fish-based lunch: Pescheria Le Botteghe, a fishmonger's that at lunchtime turns into a small bistro offering first courses and other tasty choices.

To try traditional dishes without spending too much: Verginiello, a historic restaurant that's very popular with locals and has a sea view.

For a "VIP" dinner: book at Da Aurora and there's an excellent chance you might see some well-known faces among the tables.

For a dinner "under the lemon trees": Da Paolino, a restaurant famous for its enchanting atmosphere of tables under a lemon arbor.

How do I get to the Blue Grotto?
With a tour boat: at Marina Grande's port, you can purchase tickets for tours of the island by sea or a roundtrip ticket to the Blue Grotto at the ticket offices of the Motoscafisti and Laser Capri charter companies. If you purchase the "Island Tour by Sea + Stop at the Grotto", the tour boat will take you on a complete tour of the entire island including a stop at the entrance to the Blue Grotto. Here you will have to disembark from your tour boat and take one of the small rowboats to enter the cave itself.

With a private boat: if you are visiting Capri island with your own private boat and want to tour the Blue Grotto, you can anchor at the buoys near the cave and signal to one of the waiting rowboats to be picked up. You can also hire a private gozzo with skipper from Marina Grande. These traditional island boats carry a maximum of seven passengers (thought there are larger versions available, as well) and the rate for a two hour tour is from EUR 150.

Walking or by bus: from the center of Anacapri, first walk down Via Pagliaro then down Via Grotta Azzurra (3.5 km). There is also a public bus which leaves from Piazza della Pace. From the final stop, take the stairs down to the seaside where there is the queue to the rowboats. Along the stairs, there is a small concession stand (open only in summer) which sells drinks, snacks, and souvenirs.

How can I find out in advance if the Blue Grotto is open or closed?
Unfortunately, the weather forecast can only give an indication as to whether the grotto will be open or closed. For a final decision, you have to wait until the skippers arrive at the cave entrance at 9 am to verify the weather and sea conditions and check that the cave can be entered safely. For updated information about whether the Blue Grotto is open or closed for the day, check this page.

Capri or Ischia?
Capri is just 10 square kilometers while Ischia is 46. Capri has two towns, Ischia has six. This already gives you an idea of the most striking difference between the two islands.

Since it's such a small island, many travelers think that Capri can be visited in one day. Though you can make it a day trip, keep in mind that Capri is overrun with tourists in high season, making it hard to get around with overtaxed public transportation. If you are planning a quick day trip, you run the risk of getting caught up in the crowds and not taking in the unique beauty and charm of the island.

Ischia is too large to visit in one day, unless you simply take a taxi ride around the coast. You certainly won't be able to take advantage of its biggest draw if you only spend a day on the island: its therapeutic hot springs.On Capri, you cannot bring vehicles on the island and the village centers are pedestrian only. On Ischia, you can bring your car to move around. Unfortunately, this means that there is more urban sprawl on Ischia.

  How do I get around the Amalfi Coast?
The towns along the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento are all along the Sita bus route, but the buses are often late and crowded. From April to October, there are also ferry routes between Positano, Amalfi, Maiori, and other towns along the coast. We do not suggest driving, due to the heavy traffic and limited parking. If you are traveling as a couple, a rental scooter is a convenient way to get around (but only if you have experience driving a scooter).

Can I get to the Amalfi Coast by car? Is there parking?
Highway 163 that runs between all the towns and villages along the coast is one of the most panoramic and photographed roads in the world.
You can drive along the Amalfi Coast, but parking is limited and expensive (€10-12/hour).

How do I get from to Amalfi from Positano?   Or Positano -Amalfi? 

The local Sita bus runs every 30 minutes between Positano and Amalfi. The trip takes about 40 minutes. There are also convenient ferry routes from April to October that arrive and depart from the Spiaggia Grande in Positano.

A few meters from casa perla on the opposite side of the bar internazionale yoiu can take the sita bus to Amalfi.

where do I buy the Sita bus ticket to go to Amalfi?

Buy the ticket at the bar Internazionale or at the tobacco shop

What to see in Amalfi

In the half day you have to explore the highlights in Amalfi, we suggest you begin with the Duomo di Sant'Andrea, making sure to take in the excellent museum and dazzling Cloister of Paradise. Afterwards, lose yourself in the warren of narrow lanes in Amalfi's historic center, strolling uphill until you reach the Rione Vagliendola neighborhood, home to the Paper Museum dedicated to Amalfi's long tradition of papermaking. Otherwise, you can relax and sunbathe at one of Amalfi's beaches 

What are the main things to see and do on the Amalfi Coast?
The main towns to visit on the Amalfi Coast are Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. Hikers should also explore the scenic Path of the Gods, which gets its name from the heavenly views from the clifftop it skirts.
Another experience you shouldn't miss is a boat tour along the coastline.

How long does it take to see the Amalfi Coast?
It takes at least a day to visit Amalfi and Positano, but with an organized tour, you can fit in Amalfi, Ravello, and Positano. To visit each town at a slower pace, hike the Path of the Gods, take a boat tour, and enjoy the area's beaches, you need 4-7 days.

Dining on the Amalfi Coast
We suggest you reserve a table in advance for lunch in Positano or Amalfi, especially during the weekend. Local specialties that you should search out focus on fish and seafood dishes (be sure to try the "colatura di alici di Cetara"!), many of which are traditional favorites updated with a fusion or gourmet twist. Those who don't enjoy fish will easily find salads, ravioli and gnocchi, and vegetarian options.

How do I get to Amalfi and Ravello from Positano?

A few meters from casa perla on the opposite side of the bar internazionale yoiu can take the sita bus to Amalfi.In Amalfi, change the sita bus and take the one for Ravello

where do I buy the Sita bus ticket to go to Amalfi?

Buy the ticket at the bar Internazionale or at the tobacco shop

How far is Amalfi from positano?

Amalfi: it's located 16 km away from Positano

How far is Ravello from Amalfi?

Ravello:it's located 7 km away from amalfi

What can I visit in Ravello?

Ravello Cathedral,Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium,Villa Rufolo,Villa Cimbrone

The Most Spectacular Views in Ravello
Belvedere della Principessa di Piemonte,The Terrace of Infinity at Villa Cimbrone,The terraces at Villa Rufolo,

 where can I eat in Ravello?

Gourmet dinner: Ristorante Rossellinis in Palazzo Avino, an elegant and romantic restaurant with Michelin-starred dishes served overlooking the Amalfi Coast.

Lunch in the town center: Ristorante Vittoria, an understated restaurant with stone vaults and vintage photos decorating the walls. There is also a small garden for outdoor dining.

For pizza: Da Mimì, a traditional pizzeria set directly above the water with a large outdoor dining space where you can enjoy an authentic pizza Napoletana topped with area specialties such as anchovies from Cetara or zucchini alla Nerano inspired by the famous spaghetti dish.

Villa Rufolo: hours, tickets and prices
Open every day from 9 AM to 7 PM
Tickets: EUR 6 for adults, EUR 5 for kids 5-12 and visitors over 65. Children under 5 free of charge.

Villa Cimbrone: hours, tickets and prices
Open: every day from 9 AM to 7 PM
Tickets: EUR 7

How do I get to Atrani from Amalfi?

Explore the smallest village in Italy just steps from the bustling town of Amalfi.The tiny village of Atrani is attached to the bustling center of Amalfi, just a kilometer further.

What can I eat in Atrani? 

Fresh fish is a major protagonist in almost all of Atrani's gastronomic delicacies, though there are dishes which are not fish-based like sarchiapone, a marrow stuffed with meat and cheese cooked in tomato sauce, the custard-and-cherry-filled pasticciotto, and the wickedly sweet cassata atranese. Ristorante Savò in the town's tiny main square offers gourmet dishes that are striking both to the eye and palate. For simpler recipes, A' Paranza is run by a family of former fishermen. Other tasty treats:Scialatielli alle vongole veraci,Colatura di alici.Involtini di mozzarella in foglia di limone,Delizia al limoncello

How far is Conca dei Marini from positano?

Conca dei Marini is located between Amalfi and Positano, about 10 kilometers from both of them. If you are driving from Sorrento, pass Positano and then continue towards Praiano along the coastal highway 163. You can also take the winding inland road through the mountains from Castellammare di Stabia, pass Agerola on the Lattari Mountains, and arrive directly at Conca de' Marini. If you are arriving by public transportation, take the Sita bus, Sorrento-Positano Amalfi line.

Conca dei Marini's most precious treasure is its Grotta dello Smeraldo, or Emerald Grotto, a sea cave that was discovered in 1932 by a local fisherman, which can be reached by boat from Amalfi or via the flight of steps or the lift from the main "Amalfitana" highway. This 30 meter high karst cave is famous for the color of its interior, bathed in a shimmering emerald green every time the sunlight penetrates through the underwater opening.




Wedged on a ledge under the mountains and over the Mediterranean,spritzed by lemon and olive groves.Sorrento is an attractive resort of 20,000 resident and in summer,just as many tourists.It's as well-located for regional sightseeing as it is a fine place to stay and stroll.The Sorrentineshave gone out of their way to create a completely safe and relaxed place four tourists to come and spend money.As 90 percent of the town's economy is tourism,everyone seems to speak fluent English and work for the Chamber of commerce.
This gateway to the Amalfi Coast has an unspoiled old quarter,a lively shopping streetand a spectacular cliffside setting. Residents are proud of the many world -class romantics who've vacationed heresuch as famed tenor Enrico Caruso,who chose Sorrento as th eplace to spend his last weeks in 1921.
Sorrento itself has no world -class sights,but can easily give you a few pleasant hours..More important,Sorrento is a fine base for visiting Naples ( by boat or train );PompeiiHerculaneum,and Mount Vesuvius( by train,plus a bus for Vesuvius );the Amalfi Coast ( by bus );and the island of Capri ( by boat).All of these destinations are within and hour or so of Sorrento.Of the region's attractions,only Paestum's Greek temples are a little hard to reach from Sorrento,and even they can be seen in a long day.

Orientation to Sorrento
Downtown Sorrento is long and narrow.Piazza Tasso marks the town's center.The congested main drag.Corso Italia,runs parallel to the sea,passing 50 yards below the train station,trought Piazza Tasso,and then out toward the cape,where the road's name becomes Via Capo.Nearly everything mentioned here (except Meta beach and the hotels in Via Capo ) is within a 10 -minutewalk of the station.The town is perched on a cliff ( some hotels have elevator down to sunddecks on the water ); the best real beaches are a couple of miles away.Sorrento has two separate port areas:The Marina Piccola below Piazza Tasso,is a functional harbor with boats to mNaples and Capri,as well as cruise-ship tenders.( While the big cruise ships dock in Naples,smaller ships drop anchor at Sorrento.) The Marina Grande,below the other end of downtown,is alittle fishing villagewith recommended restaurants and more charm.

Tourist Information
The helpful regional TI ( labeled Azienda di Soggiorno ) -located inside the Foreigners' Club hands out the free monthly Surrentum magazine,with a great city map and schedules of boats,buses,concerts,and festivals ( Mon-Fri 8:30 -19:00,Sat -Sun 9:00 -13:00 except closed Sun Oct -May; Via luigi de Maio 35
 tel. 081-807-4033 ,Nino ,Fabiola,and Peppe).If you arrive after the TI close,look for their useful handouts in the lobby of the Foreigners'Club ( open until midnight).
You'll also find several small "Info Points" conveniently located around town.These hand out map and Surrentum magazine,and can answer basic question.You'll find one just outside the vtrain station in the green cabose ( daily 10:00 -13:00 & 15:00 - 19:00 ); near Piazza Tasso at the corner of via Correale ( under the yellow church,daily 10:00 -13:00 & 16:00 -21:00 ) ;at Marina Piccoila where cruise ship tenders and boats from Naples arrive  ( daily 9:00 -17:00,but closed Nov-March);and the Achille Lauro parking garage.

Arrival in Sorrento
By train or bus Sorrento is the last stop on the Circumvesuviana train line.In front of the train station is the town's main bus stop,as well as taxis waiting to overcharge you ( E 15 minimum).All recommended hotels except those on Via Capo are within a 10 minute walk

By Boat Passanger boats and cruise tenders dock at Marina Piccola.As you walk toward town from the marina go up the big staircase where the pier bends.
Standing on the promenade and facing town,you'll see a TI Kiosk and ticket windows for boats to Capri and Naples in the lower area to your left;the bus stop directly ahead;and the elevator up to town to the right,about a five -minute walk along the the base of the cliff( Euro 1,follow lift/ascensore signs.)The bus is the easiest option,since is takes you directly to Piazza Tasso in the middle of town.
Just catch the next bus ( either the city bus,buy ticket before boarding at the nearby ticket window;or the private gray bus,buy ticket on board;either way,the ride cost Euro 1.20 and takes just a few minutes;buses generally depart a least every 20 minutes).
If you ride the elevator up to the Villa Comunale city park,exit through th epark gate and bear left;PiazzaTasso is about four blocks away.

By car If you are arriving in Sorrento by car, remember that the historic center of town is closed to traffic each evening after 7:30 pm and all day Sunday. The parking options listed below are always accessible, even when the downtown is closed to motor vehicles.

Street Parking
Here are the few places you can find free street parking, marked in white paint:

Via Rota (quite far from the center)
Via Parsano (just steps from Corso Italia)
In the rest of the town center, parking is marked in blue paint, which means that you must pay. There are parking meters near the parking spaces where you can insert coins to pay for a set time period; take the printed ticket with the end time of your paid parking period from the meter and display it on your dashboard.

Blue Paid Public Parking Costs
30 minutes: EUR 1
1 hour and each subsequent hour: EUR 2
Parking Lots and Garages
Parcheggio Achille Lauro (Correale)
Via Correale 23

Located in the central Piazza Lauro, this covered parking garage has a few hundred spots.

EUR 2/hour (or fraction of an hour). Free for less than 30 minutes.
Daily rate: EUR 24
Parcheggio Vallone dei Mulini
Via Fuorimura 16

Located past Piazza Tasso, the main square in Sorrento, this covered parking garage is guarded by a system of security cameras.

EUR 2.50/hour (or fraction of an hour) from 6 am to 10 pm; after 10 pm, EUR 4.50/hour.
Daily rate: EUR 27 with discounts for multiple day stays.
Parcheggio Stinga
Via degli Aranci 17

This private, guarded parking lot is open-air and located along Via degli Aranci (near the Pretura). Take Via Sersale from here to reach Corso Italia in minutes.

EUR 2/hour (or fraction of an hour)
Parcheggio Marina Piccola
The “Marina Piccola” guarded garage is located at the port, and is perfect for those taking the ferry to Capri.

Prices vary according to the size of the vehicle, but for a medium-sized car:

First 6 hours: EUR 22
First 12 hours: EUR 26
24 hours: EUR 32
Discounts available for online reservations.

Other parking lots are the Ulysse (at the beginning of the road to Marina Grande) and Central Parking on Corso Italia just outside the center of town, which offers a shuttle service to the port.

Church Services The Cathedral hosts an English-language Anglican service at 17:00 most Sundays from April to October ( but not in August).At Santa Maria delle Grazie (perhaps the most beautiful Baroque church in town),cloistered nuns sing from above and out sight during a Mass eaches morningat 7:30 (on via dele Graziee

Bookstore Libreria Tasso has a decent selection of books in English,includind this one ( daily 9:30 -23:00,shorter hours Oct-March,Via San Cesareo 96,one block north of cathedral,near Sorrento Men's Club,tel.081-807-1639).

Laundry Sorrento has two handy self -service launderettes( about Euro 8/load wash and dry,includes soap;both open daiòy 7:00 -24:00,shorter hours off-season).One launderette just in the old center just down the alley next Corso Italia 30 ( Vico I Fuoro 3,mobile 338-506-0942).The other is a couple of long blocks past the station ,at the corner of Corso Italia and Via degli Aranci.

Dining on a Budget in Sorrento
Sorrento: Where to Have Lunch
First you'll want to spend a few hours visiting Sorrento, which is an excellent idea as this resort town is perfectly positioned to then set off and explore the Amalfi Coast. There is both beautiful scenery and historic monuments to take in, and the center of town is thick with restaurants, take-away delis, and bars that are both inexpensive and good quality. Here's where to eat in Sorrento without breaking the bank, and without wasting precious touring time.

Inexpensive Pizza in Sorrento
The best way to eat well for less in Sorrento is by choosing pizza, and southern Italy's iconic Margherita never gets old. Our favorites:

Il Leone Rosso​: located on Via Marziale near Corso Italia in the center of town, just a few minutes from the Circumvesuviana station. There is a wide variety of pizzas from the classic Margherita to dessert pizza with Nutella. In addition, clients are given a warm focaccia as a welcome and a glass of traditional limoncello to end the meal.Prices: between EUR 10 and 20.

Da Franco
This pizzeria in Sorrento is an institution. Located just a few steps from Piazza Lauro in the heart of the city the dining room is very old-style with wooden tables and prosciutto hams hanging fro the ceiling. The cutlery and plates are plastic, and service is quick. Though the vibe may be bare-bones, the rich flavors and aromas more than make up for it.
Our suggestions: try the prosciutto crudo (Parma or San Daniele) served sliced with fiordilatte di Agerola mozzarella cheese and grilled smoked scamorza cheese with black olives and chili pepper. Don't leave without sampling the "pizza al metro", or pizza by the meter, served with a number of toppings and surprisingly light. This restaurant is a great choice for large families.Prices:​ from around EUR 18.

Trattoria Chantecler on Via Santa Maria della Pietà that runs parallel Corso Italia in the town center. Homestyle cooking, with flavorful dishes and large portions...all at a great price. The décor is rustic and service is fast. There are also outdoor tables set up along the pedestrian lane that is very quiet for those who want to dine al fresco.Our suggestions: eggplant parmesan, lasagna, and fish, usually very fresh.Insider tip Avoid dining here on Sundays, when the restaurant can be packed.If you're in a hurry, they also offer take away meals. Prices​: from EUR 6 to 20.


La Cantinaccia del Popolo is where you can dine in Sorrento for very little while feeling like part of the family. The restaurant is located just steps from Corso Italia, and the décor is traditional and simple, but the dishes are generously portioned and deliciously prepared with excellent quality ingredients. If you want to try classic recipes from the Sorrentine Peninsula, this is the right spot. The restaurant also produces its own wine and liqueurs.Our suggestions: the prosciutto and cheese antipasto, as well as the meat dishes.Prices​: from EUR 5 to 30.

For sweets like gelato, crepes, and frozen yogurt, try the gelateria Davide Augusto​, a family-run gelateria with a large assortment of flavors from the classic seasonal fruits (strawberry, peach, cherry, and melon) to local specialties like Sorrento lemon, Giffoni hazelnut, and Bronte pistachio. If you are looking for something new to try, order a savory gelato made with milk and cream mixed with vegetable or cheese and topped with fresh fruit. They also serve crepes, frozen yogurt, and Belgian waffles. All this just a few minutes from the Circumvesuviana and Corso Italia.Price per gelato​: from EUR 2.50.Where We Are Via Marziale, 19 Sorrento  Ph: +39 081 807 36 49-Ph: +39 338 365 06 99 info@gelateriadavidsorrento.it-We Are Open All Week
08.00 am - 01.00 am


If you would like a quick, savory snack, stop for a sandwich in Sorrento at A’Marenna
This tiny spot on Piazza Tasso in the center of Sorrento is easy to spot, with its window crowded with delicacies, its food cart, and its contagious lively vibe. The sandwiches are delicious, made with quality ingredients and not too heavy. They also prepare classic hot dogs, gourmet sandwiches, and vegetarian options. There is a wide variety of choices and you can tuck in to your sandwich on the go while you decide what to see in Sorrento.
Prices​: from EUR 4. Via Torquato Tasso, 23, 80067 Sorrento phone-081 1849 5183


Sorrento Historical Center

The center of Sorrento winds along the axle delimited from Via Pietà, Via San Cesareo, Via Padre Reginaldo Giuliani and Via Tasso.

The historical Sorrento center holds Palazzo Veniero, Palazzo Correale with its tiled with majolica dated from 1700 courtyard, the historical seats of Porta and Dominova, place appointed to the Sorrento nobility meetings, and the MuseoBottega of the Wood Inlaying, which keeps the ancienttradition of the Sorrento wood inlay.

Among the religious works to be admired in the Sorrento centre, the Cathedral with its inlaid wooden choir, the St. Antony Basilicaand the St. Francis Complex, of which famous is the Cloister, medieval building with fourteenth-century arcs, where every yearhundreds of Italian and foreigners marriages take place.

After having dedicated part of the tour to architecture the remainder of it will be pleasant strolls through Sorrento’s historical alleys filled with shops and typical Sorrento artisanship workshops, where one can admire the inlaid woodwork furniture or where to learn and taste our local produce such as our typical Lemon liquor, the Limoncello of Sorrento.

Piazza Torquato Tasso

As Sorrento’s main square, Piazza Torquato Tasso is where you can get a first impression of the city’s downtown scene. The square is small and lies at the junction of several main streets, with plenty of bars and cafes along the sidewalks. It’s usually bustling day and night with its steady flow of traffic and pedestrians. A notable landmark worth seeing is the baroque church of Santuario del Carmine, with the relaxing street-side patio of Bar del Carmine a great spot for a coffee and a bit of people watching.

Corso Italia  Sorrento’s main walking street has loads of quality souvenirs

Head east from Piazza Tasso and you'll find Corso Italia, downtown Sorrento’s main shopping street. The neatly paved sidewalks are shaded by tall trees down this otherwise traffic-packed route. You’ll pass various shops at the base of tall historical 5-storey buildings, ranging from souvenir kiosks, mini supermarkets to designer boutiques (though the variety is limited compared to Italy’s fashion capitals such as Rome or Milan). Some of Sorrento’s favourite city hotels, such as the Hotel Sorrento City and Hotel Michelangelo, also share the length of this road. Be careful during the summertime as the street can get hectic with zipping scooters.

Villa Comunale

Take a detour off Piazza Tasso, northwards along Via Luigi de Maio and Via San Francesco, and you’ll eventually reach Sorrento’s scenic coastline. Among the best spots to visit here is Villa Comunale. It's a vast green and tree-shaded public space by the bay that’s adorned with sculptures and fountains. It's also where you can get sweeping seascapes with the silhouettes of Mount Vesuvius in the background. You can take the “beach lift” to the harbour area below the cliff for around €2. 

St. Anthony’s Basilica

As one of Sorrento’s lovely piazzas, Piazza Sant’Antonino is home to the basilica of the same name. The piazza’s a short walk north of Piazza Tasso along Via Luigi de Maio, but the traffic isn't as hectic. St. Anthony’s Basilica looks over the piazza with its unassuming façade. But step inside (access is free), and you’ll find a beautiful baroque interior with frescoes and various sculptures depicting St. Anthony’s legend of him rescuing of a child from a whale off the coast of Sorrento. 
Location: Via San Maria Grazie, 6, Sorrento, Italy

Open: Daily from 7 am to 12 pm and 5 pm to 7 pm

Phone: +39 (0)81 877 1007



How to get to Praiano
Praiano is located half way between Positano and Amalfi ( 7 km from Positano )

If you are traveling by car, head for Positano and then continue towards Praiano along the SS163. Those traveling by public transport should take the Sita bus running between Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi.

its beauty rises at the base of Monte Tre Pizzi and reaches up to Marina di Praia, one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. Made of pebbles and set in a high cliff, it is kissed by the sun only in the central hours of the day, but in the evening it comes back to life thanks also to African, one of the coolest discos on the Amalfi Coast, a place frequented by many famous people including , in 1962 during his holidays, even by Jaqueline Kennedy wife of the President of the United States John Fitzerald Kennedy. One of the most romantic walks in the area starts from this beach and goes around the cliff just below the Torre a Mare, the ancient Saracen watchtower.

The town has a number of important houses of worship, including the Church of San Luca Evangelista, famous for its splendid majolica floor, the Church of San Gennaro, the Church of Santa Maria a Castro and the Convent of San Domenico, this last stands in the high Campo valley, from where one of the most breathtaking views in the area can be enjoyed.Reflecting the characteristic "verticality" of the towns on the Amalfi Coast, the higher part of the town is referred to as 'Praiano Vettica' and the lower part, closest to the sea, as 'Praiano Inferiore'

Vettica Maggiore More priceless than any landscape painting in the National Gallery is the panorama you get from Vettica's seaside piazza and it's San Gennaro church

Marina di Praia Wedged between two soaring cliffs is this adorable harbor,crammed with dollhouse-issue chapel,restaurantand beach

TOURIST OFFICE  tel +39 089 874 557    Via G.Capriglione 116 b ( 9:00 am -1:00 pm & 4:00 -8.00 pm ).Can provide maps and information for those wanting to hit  the area's hiking trails


Conca dei Marini

The wonderful village of Conca dei Marini, three kilometers of the Amalfi Coast built on two levels. Between staircases, lemon groves and sea with emerald reflections.

Conca dei Marini, located between Amalfi and the Fiord of Furore, was nothing more than a tiny fishing village, today it is one of the Amalfi Coast's most exclusive tourist destinations.

Despite its small size, Conca dei Marini has six churches all in a panoramic position. The church of San Pancrazio is famous for the legend of the janare, the women who for their familiarity with rites, herbs and magic filters were considered witches.

Conca dei Marini's most precious treasure is its Grotta dello Smeraldo, a sea cave, discovered in 1932 by a local fisherman, which can be reached by boat from Amalfi or via the flight of steps or the lift from the main "Amalfitana" highway.In addition, underwater you can admire a white ceramic nativity scene deposited by divers. Finally to visit also Capo di Conca, a rock overlooking the sea where the Saracen Tower rises. The path leading to the tower is one of the best known and most admired on the coast.

The wonderful village of Conca dei Marini, three kilometers of the Amalfi Coast built on two levels. Between staircases, lemon groves and sea with emerald reflections.

Conca dei Marini, located between Amalfi and the Fiord of Furore, was nothing more than a tiny fishing village, today it is one of the Amalfi Coast's most exclusive tourist destinations.

Despite its small size, Conca dei Marini has six churches all in a panoramic position. The church of San Pancrazio is famous for the legend of the janare, the women who for their familiarity with rites, herbs and magic filters were considered witches.

Conca dei Marini's most precious treasure is its Grotta dello Smeraldo, a sea cave, discovered in 1932 by a local fisherman, which can be reached by boat from Amalfi or via the flight of steps or the lift from the main "Amalfitana" highway.In addition, underwater you can admire a white ceramic nativity scene deposited by divers. Finally to visit also Capo di Conca, a rock overlooking the sea where the Saracen Tower rises. The path leading to the tower is one of the best known and most admired on the coast.


Furore,the paese che non cè,the "town that doesn't exist,"sretchesfor 8 km ( 5 miles )along the panoramic winding road climbing the Monti Lattari hills towards Agerola,Its nickname comes ffrom the absence of any focal point,or piazza,in the town,but,endearingly,it has the paese dipinto,the painted town,as the walls pof the homes of local fisherman and wine cultivators are the canvas for an array of murales by local and international artists,who have mostly represented the traditions and cultre of their town.

Parking in Furore
There is no parking near the Furore Fjord. The only option is to park in Castellano at La Praia and walk two kilometers to the fjord. At the top part of the village, there is some paid street parking marked by blue painted lines.

Getting to Fiordo del Furore from Positano



The magical Piazza Duomo in Amalfi


The heart of the coast, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
Amalfi dates back to the 4th century AD, when Roman refugees settled here. It reached its apex in 839 AD, when it declared its independence from the Byzantine Duchy of Naples, and became the first Maritime Republic in Italy. For centuries it was the only link between Europe and the whole of the Byzantine Levant. The first code of maritime laws, the Amalfian Laws, were compiled here, and remained in force until the 16th century. Amalfi also pioneered the use of the compass, and circulated its own currency, the "tarì". Amalfi's unique charm has always attracted artists, writers, painters, directors, and even one of the twelve apostles, saint Andrew, who has a 10th century cathedral dedicated to his honour, where his relics are housed in the crypt. Amalfi is enclosed by a natural amphitheatre where the Canneto river runs through the lush Valle Delle Mulini: water-powered paper mills transformed rags into precious paper. A 13th century paper mill now houses a fascinating paper museum.

Amalfi: it's located 16 km away from Positano

Parking in Amalfi and Atrani
The large Luna Rossa parking garage is set between these two towns, carved directly into the cliff face with a tunnel that leads to Amalfi on one side and Atrani on the other. It costs EUR 3/hour. In Atrani, there is paid street parking near the beach (blue painted lines) for EUR 2.50/hour. In Amalfi, you can park inside the port area in Piazza Flavio Gioia for EUR 3/hour.

Orientation to AMALFI TOWN

Amalfi waterfront is the coast's biggest transport hub.The bus station ,ferry docks,and a parking lot(euro 5/hour,if the lot is full, park in the huge Lunarossa garage ,burrowed into the hillside just past town,before Atrani) are next to each to each other.They are overlooked by a statue of local boy Flavio Gioia,the purported inventor of the mgnetic compass.Amalfi's TI is just up the main road,right before th post office and overlooking the beach..Before you enter the town,notice the colorful tile above the Porta della Marina gateway,showing off the trading domain of the maritime republic of Amalfi.Just to the left ,along the busy road,is a series of arches that indicate the long,narrow,vaulted halls of its arsenal -where ships were built in the 11th century.One of these is now the fine little Arsenal Museum.
Venture into the town and you'll quickly come to Piazza Duomo,the main square ,sporting a spring water-spewing statue of St.Andrew,and the Cathedral -the town's most nimportant sight.The farther you get away from the water,the more traditional Amalfi becomes.The Paper Museum is a 10 -minutes walk up Via Lorenzo d'Amalfi,the main drag .From here ,the road narrows and you can turn off onto a path leading to the shaded Valle dei Mulini;it's full of paper -mill ruins that recall this once proud ans prosperous industry.The ruined castle clinging to the rocky ridge above Amalfi is Torre dello Ziro,a good lookout point for intrepid hikers.


The TI is about 100 yards from the bus station , and ferry dock,next to the post office;facing the seahe ,it's to the left ( Mon-Fri.9:00-13:00 & 14:30 -17:30,Sat 9:00 -13:00,closed Sun,shorter hours off-season,pay WC in same courtyard,Corso della Repubbliche Marinare27,tel +39 089 871 107


Don't Get stranded: Be warned -the last bus back to  Positano or Sorrento leaves as early as 20:00 ( in Oct-March,but likely ,somewhat later in other months:June -July at 22:00.Aug at 23:00,April -May and Sept at 21:00 -confirm times locallly ).Especially in summer,that last bus out may be full,leaving  your only option a euro 100 taxi ride


you can store your bags safely for euro 5 at the Divina Costiera Travel Office facing the waterfront square,across from the bus parking area ( daily 8:00 -13:00 & 14:00 -19:00,closed mid-Nov -March.tel.+39 089 872 467).

Grabbing a Quick Lunch :To grab a fast bite,walk five minutes up the main drag;on the right,past the first archway,is Pizza Express,with honest Euro 4-6 pies,calzones,and heated sandwiches to go (Mond-Sat 9:00 -21:00,closed Sun,Via Capuano 46 ).The Cuoppo Amalfi fried -fish stand a Piazza dei Doge ( described below)is another good option;there is also a small supermarket facing the piazza ,and another supermarket( Deco')is just off of the main drag ( up an alleyto the right near # 34,at Via Dei Curiali ).Both supermarkets close for a midafternoon break and all day Sunday. Cornetti from euro 1,pastriesfrom euro 4,50;7:30 am -11 pm,closed early Jan -early Feb.A ;freshlymarbled and mirrored 1830 cafe on Piazza del Duomo where black -bow -tied waiters serve a great Italian breakfast;freshly made cornetti ( croisssants ) ,full boided espresso and deliciously frorhy cappuccino.Sandout pastries include the crisp,flakycoda di aragosta con crema di limone ,a lobster tall shaped concoction filled with a rich yet light lemoin custard creme


Amalfi: Where to Dine on a Budget
If you are staying in Amalfi for your holiday or visiting for the day, here is where you can eat well but inexpensively.Da Maria: Restaurant and Pizzeria
This is one of the most beloved pizzerias in Amalfi, located just a few steps from the Duomo. Here you can try traditional classics prepared with simplicity and passion. The restaurant has been run by the Pisacane family since 1968, and is a favorite with visitors and locals for its fresh fish and fantastic pizza.Our suggestions: spaghetti with clams and anchovies.Prices:​ from EUR 12 to 20.Via Lorenzo D'Amalfi, 14, 84011 Amalfi 089 871880


Cuoppo d’Amalfi: Fresh Fried Fish and Seafood
If you want an unforgettable snack in Amalfi without breaking the bank, stop at Al Cuoppo, a tiny spot located in a historic church tucked in the town's tiny backstreets. Open 24 hours a day, this street food mecca serves paper cones of fried fish and seafood that is always fresh. There are places to sit and eat outside, but there is always a crowd so it's best to place your order to go and enjoy munching on the crispy battered fish and seafood while walking through town.Our suggestions: there are a number of cone options, from calamari and shrimp, mixed fish and seafood, and even vegetables.
Prices: ​from EUR 5 to 12.Via Supportico dei Ferrari, 12 


Pasticceria Da Leone
Need to satisfy your sweet tooth in Amalfi? Stop at the Pasticceria Leone​ in the center of town, a small bakery and pastry shop that would be easy to miss if not for the beautiful cakes in the window and aroma of coffee.Our suggestions: torta caprese, pastries, granita.Prices:​ from EUR 2 to 7.


Near tha Main Square,on PIAZZA DEI DOGE
If you want walk straight ahead from the cathedral stairs,go up the little covered lane,and hook right at the fork,you'll pop out in atmospheric little Piazza dei Doge.Slightly less trampled and more neighborhood-feeling than Piazza Duomo,this has several decent ( if forgettable)restaurants aimed squarely at pleasing tourists. The Cuoppo d'Amalfi fried-fish shop.on the right as your enter the square ,fills cardboard cones with all manner of deep-fried sea life..Bar la Piazzetta has good prices at its tables right in the middle of the square.And tucked at the corner of the square leading to the port ,la Taverna di Masaniello is a bit pricier,with good food


Amalfi is the starting point for several fine hikes,two of which l've described here.The TI hands out photocopies of Giovanni Visetti'strailk maps or you can download them yourself at,

If you can find it,the best book on hiking is Julian Tippett's Sorrento Amalfi Capri Car Tours and Walks,wich useful color-coded maps and info on pubblic transportation to the trailheads.Lucia Ferrara  a great guide based in Positano,leads hikesaround Amalfi.


Hike # 1:Pontone
This loop trail leads up the valley past paper -mill ruins,ending in the tiny town of Pontone;you can lunch there,and headback down to the town of Amalfi ( allow 3 hours total).Bring a good map,since it's easy to veer off the main route .Start your hike by following the main road ( Via Lorenzo d'Amalfi)away from the sea.After the Paper Museum jog right,then left to join the trail,wich runs through the shaded woods along a babbling stream.Heed the signs that warn people to stay away from the ruins of paper mills ( no matter how tempting they look),since many are ready to collapse on unwary hikers.Continue up to Pontone,where Trattoria l'Antico Borgo offers wonderful cuisine and great view( Via Noce 4,tel.+39 089 871 469).After lunch,return to Amalfi via a steep stairway.If you're feeling ambitious,before you head back to Amalfi,add a one -hour detour ( 30 minutes each way) to visit the ridgehugging Torre dello Ziro(ask a local how to find the trail to this tower).You'll be rewardedwith a spectacular view.


For an easier stroll,head to the nnearby town of Atrani.This village,just a 15-minute stroll beyond Amalfi town,is a world apart;its 1,500 residents consider themselves definitely not from Amalfi.Leave Amalfi via the main road and stay on the water side until the promenade ends.Cross the street ,continue a few more yards,then go up the whitewashed staircase just past the pizzeria.From here,twist up trough old lanes to a paved route that takes you over the hill and drops you into Atrani in about 15 minutes.
With relatively few tourist,a delightful town square ,and a free,sandy beach (if you drive here ,pay for parking at harbor).
Atrani has none of Amalfi trendy resort feel.Piazza Umberto is the core of town,with cafes,restaurants,and littele grocery stores that can make sandwiches.A whitewashed staircase leads up to the serene and beautiful town church ( under the clock face ).
To save time and sweat on the return walk ,follow the promenade just above water level toward Amalfi.
Then walk up trought the restaurant terrace and find the big,long tunnel next to the parking garage -this will deposit you in the middle f Amalfi.From Atrani ,you could theoretically continue up to Ravello .But be warned.Unless you're part mountain goat,you'ii probably perfect catching the bus to Ravello from Amalfi town indstead.

                                                                                    Getting to Amalfi  from Positano 

I recommend to catch the sita bus just accross bar internazionale at zone chiesa nuova which drops you in Amalfi

Getting to Amalfi by ferry from Positano

During the summer months, there are convenient sea crossings by ferry which depart Positano and stop in Amalfi

 Getting to  Amalfi  by Car from Positano

If you're traveling by car, a piece of advice: be careful!

During the months of June ,July and August and on public holidays the road hugging the Amalfi Coast can be extremely busy and, as breathtaking as the scenery might be from your car window, spending hours stuck in a traffic jam under the Mediterranean sun is not much.

What to visit in Amalfi

Piazza Flavio Gioia

Piazza Flavio Gioia is considered the entrance door of Amalfi, as it is the first that tourists encounter when arriving in the city. A short distance you reach the heart of the historic center in Piazza Duomo.

In the center of Piazza Flavio Gioia you can see the monument to the fellow citizen to whom it is dedicated, which according to tradition invented the compass in the fourteenth century giving a further boost to the seafaring power for which Amalfi was famous in medieval times. The statue is the work of Alfonso Balzico and is dated 1892. The Piazza is also the terminus of buses that arrive from the rest of Italy, while a few steps away you reach the port. Staying close to the coast, you can reach the interesting Museum of the Compass and the Duchy of the Sea, a few steps away, located in the ancient arsenal.

Address: Piazza Flavio Gioia
84011 - Amalfi (SA)

The Duomo of Amalfi

The Duomo of Amalfi: All You Have to Know About The Incredible Monument!

The Duomo of Amalfi is located right at the center of the town, a few meters far from Municipio Square. It’s one of the most important squares of the town and one of the most visited by tourists from all around the world.

Amalfi Cathedral is a 9th-century Roman Catholic structure in the Piazza del Duomo, Amalfi, Italy. It is dedicated to the Apostle Saint Andrew. Predominantly of Arab-Norman Romanesque architectural style, it has been remodeled several times, adding Romanesque, Byzantine, Gothic, and Baroque elements. The cathedral includes the adjoining 9th century Basilica of the Crucifix. Leading from the basilica are steps into the Crypt of St. Andrew.

The newer cathedral was built next to the older basilica that was built on the ruins of a previous temple. The remains of St. Andrew were reportedly brought to Amalfi from Constantinople in 1206 during the Fourth Crusade by Cardinal Peter of Capua. In 1208, the crypt was completed and the relics were turned over to the church. It said that later on Manna issued from the saint's bones.

Interior of Amalfi Cathedral
A wooden 13th century Crucifix hangs in the liturgical area. Another crucifix, made of mother-of-pearl, was brought from the Holy Land and is located to the right of the back door. The High Altar in the central nave is formed from the sarcophagus of the Archbishop Pietro Capuano (died in 1214). Above the altar is a painting by Andrea dell'Asta of The Martyrdom of St. Andrew. The boxed ceiling dates to 1702 and its artwork includes the Flagellation, the Crucifixion of the Apostle, and the Dell'Asta's 1710 Miracle of the Manna. The triumphal arch is held up by two Egyptian granite columns. There are two additional twisted columns and two pulpits that were part of the 12th century ambo. One of the pillars boasts a hidden column as an example of the ancient Romanesque structure.

Exterior of Amalfi Cathedral
The front facade was rebuilt in 1891 after the original one collapsed. It is of striped marble and stone with open arches that have lace detailing not commonly found in Italian sacred architecture while the tiled cupola is quite common amongst churches of the area. The tympanum's mosaics portray “The triumph of Christ” in a work created by Domenico Morelli and whose original designs are retained in the Town Hall.
Sixty-two steps, wide and steep, lead up to the doors. Cast in Constantinople before 1066, and signed by Simeon of Syria, the cathedral's bronze doors are the earliest in Italy of post-Roman manufacture. Begun in 1180, and completed over 100 years later, the Romanesque style bell tower is off-center. The structure includes four small towers of Arab architectural type that are adorned with arches and are covered with majolica tiles. During times of war, the bell tower was purposed for defense.
The garden contains colonnades, arches and sculptures.


Opening Hours
Daily from March to June 9:00 - 18:45
Daily from July to September 9:00 - 19:45
Daily from November to February 10:00 - 13.00 & 14:30 - 16:30
NOTE: Free admission to the Cathdral during religious functions.

Il Chiostro del Paradiso – Heaven’s Cloister

Il Chiostro del Paradiso – Heaven’s Cloister

It is the ancient cemetery of the nobles of Amalfi which was built between 1266 and 1268.
Art with its beauty makes us feel closer to God.
Here we enjoy the charm of these unmistakable intertwined arches, supported by 120 slender columns, with a strong oriental flavor.

Along the left gallery of the cloister, a white peristyle from whose arches leaks into the greenery of the small Mediterranean garden, various sarcophagi are exposed, among which those representing the Rape of Proserpina and the Union of Mars with Rea Silvia of the second half stand out 2nd century AD C.

On the same side you can admire the marble fragments with mosaic decorations of the ancient ambos of the cathedral, commissioned by Archbishop Dionisio (1174-1202) and made by artists active in Amalfi itself.

Continuing the visit, we can stop for a moment in the center of its north side to resume a characteristic shot of the bell tower of the cathedral
(1180-1276) with the bell tower decorated with Moorish style polychrome majolica.

On the bottom are visible the funeral chapels of the cloister: of great interest is the one with the fresco of Christ Pantocrator of the second half of the thirteenth century and immediately after that with the Crucifixion attributed to Roberto d'Oderisio, the main painter active in Campania in the mid fourteenth century , who was an effective popularizer of the Giotto style.
Continue all the way to enter the basilica of the Crucifix passing through the noble chapel of the Corsanos with the interesting cycle of 14th century frescoes, unfortunately very deteriorated, attributed to the workshop of Cavallini, which includes the Dormitio Virginis and hosts of saints and prophets.

Opening time
Days Opening times
Every day from March to June 09h00 - 18h45
Every day from July to September 09h00 - 19h45
Every day from November to February 10h00 - 13h00 / 14h30 - 16h30

Phone+39 089.871324
Fax +39 089.871324
Price per person € 3.00
Price for children under 18 € 1.00
Price from 18 to 25 years € 3.00
Price for over 65 years € 3.00
Students (with list of names signed by the school) € 1.00
Group rate € 3.00
Week closing Always open
Closing during the year Always open

Note:The ticket includes a visit to the Cloister, Cathedral Museum, Crypt and Cathedral.

Since the Cathedral is closed to the public from 10h00 to 17h00; the only way to access it is through the Cloister and the Museum (paying the entrance ticket).

The Arsenal

After walking through the rione Vagliendola, you will end up at the old Arsenal, the true hearth of the ancient Republic of Amalfi.

Rione Vagliendola

Rione Vagliendola is one of the oldest neighbourhoods of the town and one of the most famous among tourists.

You will be able to enjoy some of the true lifestyle of Amalfi: alleys, little shops, traditional trades and crafts: if you are looking for the truest heart of the town, Rione Vagliendola should definitely be on your to-see list.

Emerald Grotto: between Amalfi and Conca dei Marini

The Grotta of Smeraldo known as well with the name of "Emerald Cave" was named after the characteristic green light inside the cave. It is caused by natural sunlight from outside which enters the cave through an underground passage, which connects the salt water lake in the huge chamber with the sea outside. The water filters the sunlight and only green wave lengths reach the cave. It's really weird that the light is green while mostly the water becomes blue as for the nearby Grotta Azzura (Blue Grotto) on Capri. We suppose it is the orientation of the cave, the cave is located at the southern coast of the peninsula Amalfi coast.

In order to reach the grotto there is a small parking along the coast road, a wide staircase going down to the sea and furthermore there is also an elevator. After paying the ticket of 5€, visitors enter the cave through an artificial tunnel. Inside there is a jetty with numerous wooden boats. The boat ride is the actual tour, so after a short look around you may enter the next boat and enjoy the calm gliding of the motorless boat.

The cave consists only of a single huge chamber. The lake inside is 45m by 32m big and the chamber is 24m high, above the sea level. There are some speleothems, as this is actually a karst cave. The cave was formed above the sea level, at a time when the sea was much deeper. Later the sea rose and flooded the entrance, or better the land went down, which is caused by the volcanic activities in the area. Some stalagmites on the floor were flooded.

The tour is not very expensive but the cave is very small and the whole visit takes only half an hour including stairs, cave, and boat ride. It is also essential to visit it at the right time. August is generally bad, because of the huge number of visitors, and we guess it's annoying to wait a long time for a rather abbreviated tour.

Opening Hours
MONDAY           9:00 - 16:00
TUESDAY          9:00 - 16:00
WEDNESDAY    9:00 - 16:00
THURSDAY       9:00 - 16:00
FRIDAY              9:00 - 16:00
SATURDAY        9:00 - 16:00
SUNDAY            9:00 - 16:00
+39 089.871107
Prezzo per persona                    € 6,00
Prezzo per i minori di 12 anni    Gratuito
Prezzo per i minori di 18 anni    € 5,00
Prezzo dai 18 ai 25 anni            € 5,00

NOTE: From the middle of October to early April the working hours are from 9:00 to 15:00. Closed under adverse weather conditions

Amalfi Paper Museum

Among the first towns where it was discovered in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries the existence of the paper, if you want to take for granted the information contained in notarial deeds discussing of the existence of paper products, while not specifying whether these were imported from other places and traded in the above mentioned places, there were the territories of the Maritime Republics: Amalfi, Pisa, Genoa and Venice who had warehouses both in Syria, both on the coast of Palestine, where they were precisely located the major centers for the production of paper.

These republics also had intense trade relations with the East and they could learn from the Eastern art of making paper without too much difficulty, or it is possible that on board the galleys, which in medieval times shuttled between our coasts and the Holy Land to transport crusaders and merchandises, they are embarked "Magisters in art cartarum" which as skilled labor have introduced this type of work.
Amalfi is the oldest of the Maritime Republics, as early as the ninth century had its warehouses in Palermo and Messina and Syracuse, where the Amalfitana is still present in local place names. Age-old remains the question on the primacy of paper in Italy and then in Europe and in contention are mainly Amalfi and Fabriano.

The "Foundation Paper Museum" has always worked to spread, disclose and document what concerns the art of making handmade paper of Amalfi. All this is possible thanks to the work of its founder: Nicola Milano. He was forced to close the paper mill because it was impossible to continue to support the high costs resulting mainly from the lack of transport to link road. The last was closed in 1969 and was donated to the nascent Foundation, which he strongly desired and commissioned in November 1971, which was supposed to manage the big idea: the "Paper Museum".
Idea that through many problems and vicissitudes came today to be a concrete and interesting reality aimed at preservation of historical heritage and the recovery of ancient arts such as the manufacture of handmade paper.


Via delle Cartiere, 23
84011 Amalfi (Sa)
+39 0898304561

Fax +39 089.872235

Price per person € 4.50
Price for children under 18 € 2.50
Price from 18 to 25 years € 4.50
Price for over 65 years € 4.50
Students € 2.50
Group rate (minimum 25 paying) € 3.50
Week closing
November - December and January - closed on Mondays
Closing during the year
24.12 - 25.12 - 26.12

Director of the museum Avv. Emilio De Simone

Opening time

From 1/3 to 31/10
the museum is open from 10.00 to 18.30
open all day - every day, Sunday included

From 01/11 to 31/01
the museum is open from 10.00 to 16.00
open all day - closed on Mondays

From 27/12 to 06/01
the museum is open from 10.00 to 18.30
open all day - every day, Sunday included

In the days 24-25-26 December
the museum will be closed for holidays

In the month of February
the museum will be closed for maintenance and preparation

Sant'Andrea Fountain:

In Baroque style, it was built in 1760 and adorned with particular figures.

The alleys:

In Amalfi you will have to walk slowly, browse through one shop and the other and capture the details.

Due to the Covid-19 emergency, many routes have been suspended until 4 May, 2020.


This is one of Italy's smallest municipalities, where just 850 inhabitants live in an area of 0.12 square kilometres.
The picturesque village is nestled between the Civita mountains to the east and Mount Aureo to the west, in the valley of the Dragone river, which takes its name from the fire-breathing dragon that, legend has it, lives in the area. The town has maintained its traditional medieval layout. The small San Salvatore piazza with its stone fountain is the village's principal meeting point, and the perfect spot to appreciate the tranquillity of the village.
The village was originally home to the aristocracy of the Maritime Republic. The Doges received the investiture in the palatine chapel of the San Salvatore De Birecto church, before continuing in solemn procession to Amalfi. Visit the Santa Maria Maddalena Collegiate church, and the churches of San Salvatore De Birecto, Santa Maria Immacolata, Santa Maria Del Bando, Carmine and San Michele Fuori Le Mura.

Atrani: it's located  700 meters  away from amalfi 

Parking in Amalfi and Atrani
The large Luna Rossa parking garage is set between these two towns, carved directly into the cliff face with a tunnel that leads to Amalfi on one side and Atrani on the other. It costs EUR 3/hour. In Atrani, there is paid street parking near the beach (blue painted lines) for EUR 2.50/hour. In Amalfi, you can park inside the port area in Piazza Flavio Gioia for EUR 3/hour.



At 350 m above sea level, where the sea meets the chestnut woods of Scala and Tramonti, this was a favoured destination for the nobles and wealthy merchants of Amalfi seeking repose, along with heads of state, churchmen, intellectuals, artists, poets, writers, and painters seeking inspiration. Ravello was the inspiration for Klingsor's magic garden from Wagner's Parsifal.
The meeting of an English lord and a Ravello tailor led to the creation of one of the marvels of the entire coast, the cliff-top Villa Cimbrone, with its terrace that drops away to the sea. Ravello's piazza is overlooked by the San Pantaleone cathedral, home to the relics of the saint and artistic treasures such as the bronze doors by Barisano Da Trani, the first to be cast in Italy by an Italian artist.
Villa Rufolo was built in 1280 by the Ravello family of the same name. The Rufolo family were bankers for King Charles of Anjou. The villa hosts summer concerts as part of the Ravello Festival.

The Amalfi coast's version of a hillk town,Ravello sits atop a lofty perch 1,000 feet above the sea.For sucha small town,it boats great sightseeing( an interesting church and two villas with stunning garden) and breath-taking view that have attracted celebrities for generations.Gore Vidal,Richard Wagner,D.H.Lawrence,M.C. Escher,Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,and Greta Garbo all have succumbed to Ravello's charms and called it home.The town is like a lush and peaceful garden floating,cafes,stones,old villas -turned -luxury hotels,and grand view.It's one big place to convalesce.Ravello can make for a half-day outing from Analfi,or a full day from Positano with a stop in Amalfi.The view from the bus ride up and back are every bit as stunning as those along the coastal route.

Ravello:it's located 7 km away from amalfi

Parking in Ravello
The best place to park in Ravello is the large lot beneath Piazza Duomo that costs EUR 2.50/hour or EUR 15/day.

To see the sights listed here ,start at the bus stop and walk trought the tunnel to the main square ,where you'll find the Villa Rufolo on the left,thje church on the right,and the TI down the street past the church ( TI open daily May-Oct 10:00 -18:00 ,closes earlieroff-season,100 yardsfrom the square-follow signs to Via Roma 18,tel +39 089 857 096, http://www.ravellotime.com/).Villa Cimbrone is a 10 -minute walk from the square( follow the signs). If you only have time for one villa,consider this: Villa Rufolo is easier to reach( facing the main square) and has a stunning terrace garden.Villa Cimbrone requiresan up -and-down hike,but it's bigger and more rugged,and offers even grander views in both directions along the coast

The villa built in the 13th-century ruins of a noble family's palace,presents wistful gardens among stony walls,with oh-my-God views.The Arabic/Norman gardens seen designed to frame commanding coastline vistas ( you can enjoy the same view,without the entry fee,from the bus parking lot just below the villa ).It's also one of the venues for Ravello's annual arts festival 8 July -Sept http://www.ravellofestival.com/).and music society performances ( April -June and Sept-Oct,https://www.ravelloarts.org/).Musicians perch on a bandstand on the edge of the cliff for a combination of wonderful music and dizziying view. wagner visited here and was impressed enough to set the second act of this opera Parsifal in the villa's magical gardens.By all the concert on the cliff is a sublime experience.

Cost and Hours: euro 5,daily May-Sept 9:00 -20:00,Oct -April 9:00 until sunset,may close earòlier for concerts,tel 089 857 621,
Visiting the Villa:From Piazza Duomo ,you'll enter through the stout watchtower to buy your ticket,then walk trought part of the sprawling villa ruins.Finally you'll pop out at a viewpoint overlooking the neatly geometroical garden terrace,which you're welcome to climb down and explore


The villa provides another romantic garden,this one built upon the ruins of an old convent.Located at the opposite end of Ravello,it was created in the 20th century by Englishman William Beckett.His mansion is now a five-star hotel.It's a longish walk to the end of town,where you explore a bluff dreamily land scaped around the villa.At the far end,above a sublime cafe' on the lawn,the Terrace of Infinity dangles high above the sea.

Cost and Hours: euro 7,daily 9:00 -sunset,tel +39 089 857 459,https://www.hotelvillacimbrone.com/.

Getting there: Facing the cathedral on Piazza Duomo,exit the square to the right and follow signs.You'll climb up and down ( and up and down)some stair-step lanes,enjoying a quieter side of Ravello,before reaching the villa at the point.

Visiting the Villa: Buy your ticket and pick up the free map /guideof the garden.Across from the ticket booth,duck into the old monastery.Then passthe rose-garden terrace and head up the main boulevard,wich leads straigh to the stunning Terrace of Infinity,with 360-degree views up and down the coast.If you have the interest and energy,loop back along the more rugged down-slope ( facing the adjacent town of Scala).Tiny Lizards scurry underfoot ,while mythological statues( Mercury's Seat,Temple of Bacchus,Eve's Grotto) strike their poses before a stunning and serene backdrop.


Walk from Ravello to Amalfi- possible and worth it?
It's wonderful! - pick up the excellent free hiking map from the tourist office in Ravello.
Ravello-Atrani-Amalfi route : you don't have to go on the road at all - pedestrian streets through Ravello to just short of the Cimbrone, clear wide path (with many steps) down to Atrani, pedestrian streets to Amalfi. The views are amazing and the whole experience is awesome.

To walk downhill from Ravello's Villa Cimbrone to the town of Amalfi ( a path for hardy hikers only-follow the TI'map),retrace your steps back toward town.Take the first left,wich turns into a stepped path winding its way below the cliff.Pause here to look back up at the rock with a big white mansion -Villa la Rondinaia,where Gore Vidal lived for many years.Continue down the fairly steep path about 40 minutesto the town of Atrani ,where several bars on the main square offer-well-deserved refreshment.From here,it's about a 15 minute walk back to Amalfi

In Town:Several no-brainer,interchangeable restaurants face Piazza Duomo and line the surrondind strets.To enjoy this fine setting,just take your pick.You can also grab a takeaway lunch at one of the little grocieres and sandwich shops that line Via Roma ( between Piazza Duomo and the TI)enjoy your meal at the panoramic benches at the far end Piazza Duomo (facing the cathedral),or facing even better views just outside of town,near the bus stop and Ristorante da Salvatore.(Picnicking isn't allowed inside the two villas.) Just Outside of Town ,with stunning Views:Ristorante da Salvatore serves a serious-sit-down lunch that takes full advantage of the views that make a trip to Ravello worthwhile.Pino,the English -speaking owner of this formal restaurant,serves nicely presented,traditional Amalfi cucine from a fun ,if pricey,menu.Be,adventurous when ordering and share dishes. ( euro 13-18 pastas,euro 16-19 secondi,Tue-Sun 12:30 -15:00 & 19:30-22:00,closed Mon,located where buses and taxis drop those visiting town,Via della Repubblica 2,tel +39 089 857227,reservations smart).

Where to Eat for Less in Ravello
This picturesque spot, famous for its music festival, is home to Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo, where the world-class Ravello Festival is held each year. If you are visiting this small gem on the Amalfi Coast, where can your eat on a budget?If you're pressed for time and want a cheap meal in Ravello, you can always opt for a sandwich.

Il Panino: Sandwich Shop and Café
Want a quick but delicious sandwich in Ravello? Stop at Il Panino, the sandwich shop in Piazza Duomo just steps from Villa Rufolo. If you're not in too much of a rush, sit down to enjoy the beauty of the town's architecture and watch the streams of visitors stroll by. The sandwiches are excellent, made with fresh ingredients and warm bread. There is no cover charge for table seating.Our suggestions: sandwich with pancetta and provola or with eggplant and mushrooms.Prezzo:​ dai 5 ai 7 euro circa.


Locanda Moresca: A Real Meal
If you're looking for a low-cost meal in Ravello, look no further than Locanda Moresca. This small restaurant is located on the medieval Piazza Fontana Moresca and serves lunch and dinner. Menus highlight traditional dishes, served in a romantic atmosphere and based on classic recipes from the Amalfi Coast prepared with a touch of contemporary style
Our suggestions: simple seafood or meat dishes made with healthy, natural ingredients.
Insider tip:Be sure to try their fried specialties; potato gnocchetti with peppers, clams, and cherry tomatoes; tagliata steak with arugula and parmesan cheese; and cod. The desserts and wines are also delightful.Prices​: from EUR 12 to 20.


Now you know where to dine on a budget on Italy's Amalfi Coast, with our guide to inexpensive restaurants

Ravello and the town of Amalfi are connected by road SS.163 and a sita bus.Coming from Amalfi town,buy your ticket at the bar on the waterfront,The sita bus stop just across

RETURN TO AMALFI- In Ravello ,line up early,since the buses are often crowded ( at least every 40 ,minutes,30 -minute trip,euro 1,20,buy ticket in tobacco shop;catch bus 100 yards off main square,at other end of tunnel).You can also reach Ravello from Naples via Salerno.Take the train from Naples to Salerno ( 2 hour,35-6-0 minutes) ,and then go by bus or Ferry to Amalfi town,where you can catch the bus to Ravello described above.Salerno's TI has bus,ferry,and train schedules

Due to the Covid-19 emergency, many routes have been suspended until 4 May, 2020.


Pontone:it's located 5 km away from amalfi

This small village in the municipality of Scala was the first fortified bulwark in the territory of Amalfi in medieval times. Over the centuries Pontone, the castrum scalelle, became the picturesque village it is today, where the relaxing atmosphere has made it a favoured destination for visitors from near and far. Visit the ruins of Sant'Eustachio, the 12th century San Giovanni Battista church, and the San Filippo Neri church. The squared stone bell tower and the cross-vault roof are particularly striking.
Pontone is the departure point for walks along paths leading to the Torre Dello Ziro and to the Valle Delle Ferriere, which lead all the way to Amalfi (see Walks section).

Hike:Pontone -Amalfi



A medieval village nominated bishop seat in 987. Today it is twined, for socio/cultural scopes, with the town of New York.

Along with Pontone (Scala Minor), this was the first inhabited settlement along the coast (Scala Maior). Romans who had been shipwrecked nearby discovered a land that seemed comparable to Eden for its pure air, excellent food and warm hospitality.
Spread over a hill, on one side characteristic terraces drop down towards the sea, while on the other the hill climbs up to the peak of Santa Maria Dei Monti (1,050 metres above sea level).
Visit the San Lorenzo cathedral (12th century), and the Santissima Annunziata church in the nearby village of Minuta, one of the most beautiful examples of Romanesque architecture along the coast. Other sights include the San Cataldo Benedictine convent, the Suore Redentoriste church and proto-monastery, and the castrum minore Ziro Tower in the Pontone district.

To visit San Lorenzo Dome; Bishop Palace;Santa Maria Annunziata Church.

 Town Hall
Piazza Municipio, 4 - Scala (SA)

CAP 84010

  (+39)   (+39)

Scala: it's located 7 km away from amalfi


Located in the centre of the Amalfi Coast, Minori, an inlet between Capo d'Orso and Conca dei Marini, is nicknamed "the narcissus of the Amalfi Coast" for the particularity of its territory and fertility of its land. It was the first to be founded by the Etruscans amongst all the towns on the coast, becoming subsequently one of the favourite places of residence by the Roman aristocracy, as testified by the discovery of the remains of an ancient patrician Villa Marittima, dating back to the 1st century AD. Today, it represents a great attraction for tourists who visit the town every year. Starting from the Middle Ages, it became part of the territory of the Amalfi Republic and its port was increasingly used as a commercial port, while some artisanal productions developed in the town, such as pasta. In fact, many were built in the centre of the country mills powered by the water of the Reginna river. Here the famous "Campania pasta" was produced: macaroni, scialatielli and the famous "ndunderi" a sort of giant dumplings prepared with flour caseata, that is spelled and curdled milk, traditional dish of Minori cuisine.

Instead, trades with the Orient favoured the introduction of lemons on the Amalfi Coast, which are still richly cultivated on terraces sloping down towards the sea nowadays, and which supply the panorama of that particular and picturesque aspect so loved by tourists from all over the world.

The cultivation of the Sfusato amalfitano lemon is particularly widespread. A beautiful bright yellow peel and rich in juice, both used in the production of typical liqueurs, such as Limoncello, and in the pastry, so renowned all over the world for desserts like Lemon Delight. Every year they attract numerous tourists in search of the flavours of the Amalfi Coast.

The Basilica of Santa Trofimena, the Church of Santa Lucia and the Church of SS Sacramento

The Basilica of Santa Trofimena, patron saint of the city, in which the remains of the saint were found by a washerwoman in 640 on the beach of Minori, according to tradition.

Religious architecture is truly highly developed and numerous churches keep many works of art in the territory of Minori. You can admire a beautiful baroque altar in the Church of Santa Lucia, with the annex Benedictine convent, both dating back to the X century. While in the Church of the Archconfraternity of the SS. Sacramento, dating back to 1526, a wooden fully functioning organ from 1700 has been preserved. 

The Roman Villa

The Roman Villa of Minori of the first century AD was discovered between 1950 and 1954, buried again by the debris from the flood of 26th October 1954 and then brought to light again. This reflects the typical structure of the "Roman maritime villa" with the reception rooms located to the west of the complex and the spa to the east. Admire the frescoes, mosaics and stuccos of Triclinium Ninfeo, and the annex Antiquarium, where materials from the excavation of the villa and finds from the Roman age from other villas in the area are on display.

Borgo di Villamena and Villaggio Torre

Some villages not far from the centre of the town retain the atmosphere of times gone by. Village of Villamena is particularly pretty, as well as the ancient church of S.S. Gennaro and Giuliano, where there is a precious "altarpiece" depicting the Virgin and Saints and the processional statue of the Madonna, of the nineteenth century.

The Church of San Michele Archangel stands in the centre of the Torre Village, in the east of Minori. The foundation of the church is earlier than 1270, and it is located in an area where lemons are traditionally cultivated.

The splendid "Sentiero dei limoni" (Trail of the lemons) which reaches Maiori also starts from Torre.

Minori, City of taste

Minori is a very lively town from a cultural point of view. Summer concerts, artistic and gastronomic events take place here every year, like the Gusta Minori, melange of art, culture, shows and quality gastronomy.

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Parking in Minori and Maiori
There is paid street parking (marked by blue painted lines) in both Maiori and Minori along the waterfront that costs EUR 3/hour.


The beautiful town of Maiori is located in the heart of the Amalfi Coast, just 5 km from Amalfi.

It was founded in Roman times. The first inhabitants who settled here (precise date unknown), were probably of Etruscan origins. They gave the city its original name of Reghinna Major (to distinguish it from the nearby Reghinna Minor, the current Minori), used to locate this place until the 10th century.

 Like the other towns of the Amalfi Coast, in 842, Maiori became part of the Confederation of the Amalfi States which was headed by the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, becoming home of the Arsenals, the Admiralty, the Customs and the Salt warehouse and standing out for fishing, agriculture and the paper industry.

Unlike the vast majority of the other towns of the Amalfi Coast, Maiori has a long beach of almost 1 km, the longest of the entire Amalfi Coast. Here there is the "oldest" bathing establishment of the entire Divina Costa, opened in 1945 and in a short time this became the beach of famous guests: Ingrid Bergman, Jaqueline Kennedy, Fausto Coppi, the prince De Curtis, aka Totò, Nino Taranto and Anna Magnani, at the time of his love story with the director Roberto Rossellini. He was madly in love with the place and chose Maiori to set his masterpiece "Paisà" in 1946. This is considered the most representative cinematographic work of Italian Neorealism. He returned to Maiori several times for other important films of his filmography, result of his pilgrimages to the Amalfi Coast.

The Castle of San Nicola de Thoro Plano, the Miramare Castle and the Mezzacapo Palace

The Castle of San Nicola de Thoro Plano, ancient bulwark of the IX century, witness of the Amalfi defensive system; the Miramare Castle, located on a rocky outcrop on the border between Maiori and Minori, surmounted by towers with a conical spire; Palazzo Mezzacapo with the eighteenth-century adjoining gardens, designed like a Maltese Cross, built in the first half of the nineteenth century,  belonging to the Mezzacapo marquises, is currently the headquarters of the municipal library, historical archive, cultural laboratory and some council offices.

The Collegiata of Santa Maria a Mare, Sanctuary of the Avvocata and the churches

The Collegiata of Santa Maria a Mare with its characteristic majolica dome and the suggestive Sanctuary of the Avvocata, dominates the entire Amalfi Coast from the top of Monte Falesio, is only reachable after a long walk and was built following the appearance of the Virgin Mary to a local shepherd boy.

Together with the other numerous churches, both are witnesses of the profound religiosity of the city. The Church of Santa Maria del Carmine, next to the Collegiata of Santa Maria a Mare, the Church of San Giacomo, the Church of San Sebastiano and the Church of San Francesco with the adjoining convent, are also worth a visit.
The Abbey of Santa Maria dell'Olearia

The Complex of Santa Maria dell’Olearia, founded in 973 by the first Benedictine monks on the Amalfi Coast who used an ancient cave settlement to build their monastery, is overlooking the sea and the coast with a breath-taking view. It is made up of three small churches superimposed; containing numerous frescoes dedicated to the Virgin Mary and San Nicola and is one precious testimony of art and architecture of the early Middle Ages.
Trail of the lemons

For trekking lovers, a walk to the "Trail of the lemons" is not to be missed: a beautiful path that takes an hour from Maiori to Minori. An easy hiking walk that winds through ancient roads and stairways from which you can enjoy a breath-taking panorama, immersed in the unmistakable scent of the numerous lemon groves of this splendid coast.
Capo d'Orso, the caves and the beaches

The promontory of Capo d'Orso whose name is due to its resemblance to the head of a bear; the Pandora caves and the sulphurous cave; amongst the many beautiful beaches, some reachable only via sea, Cala Bellavaia stands out. This is better known as the beach of the “dead horse”, since a horse accidentally fell from the mule track it was following.

The Maiori Exotic Garden and the Botanical Park

The exotic garden, named after its founder Beniamino Cimini, has a terraced area of 3,500 square metres, divided into the exotic gardens themselves, a botanic park, a lemon grove, a vegetable garden, and a rose garden.
There are around 2,000 varieties of palms and cycads, cacti, and other succulent plants from all over the world. The unique Valle dei Fiori rose garden has 30 varieties of rose: it is truly spectacular when they are at the height of flowering.

The Sanctuary of the Avvocata This steep path leads from the town of Maiori up to the summit of Mount Falesia, 800 metres above sea level, site of the remote Madonna dell'Avvocata Sanctuary, built in 1485. Every year hundreds of the faithful make their way here in procession on Whit Monday. Catch your breath while contemplating the infinite from one of the many panoramic points overlooking the sea. Duration: 7 hours Difficulty: difficult Km: 16 Ironworks Valley This path leads down from the Lattari Mountains towards Amalfi, through forests of ferns and past streams and natural waterfalls. It takes its name from the discovery of the remains of medieval ironworks. The area is also known as the Valley of the Mills, from the watermills that were used to manufacture Amalfi paper. The area is home to a Nature Reserve where the Woodwardia radicans fern still grows, a fern dating back to the last ice age that has survived here due to the particular microclimate. Duration: 3.5 hours Difficulty: Easy Km: 6

Parking in Minori and Maiori
There is paid street parking (marked by blue painted lines) in both Maiori and Minori along the waterfront that costs EUR 3/hour.


Those who arrive in Cetara have the impression of taking a dip in the past, because the charm that you sense in this seaside village at the foot of Mount Falerio, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly priceless.

The bond that unites its 2000 inhabitants to the sea is already perceptible in the name of this town, which presumably derives from "Cetaria", tonnara in Latin or from "cetari" fishermen or big fish traders.

In fact, fish for centuries, has represented not only the main food of the Cetara locals but also a source of livelihood for fishing families and still today the Cetara fleet is one of the most active in the Mediterranean, specializing in tuna and anchovy fishing and preparation and storage. The anchovy of the Cetara gastronomy is obtained from anchovies "Colatura di alici", the traditional recipe dating back to the ancient Romans, Garum, recovered in Middle Ages from some monastic groups of the Amalfi Coast ,that in August, used to preserve the anchovies in salt in wooden barrels, called ”mbuosti”, which, once under salt, they would lose brine liquids which leaked between the cracks of the barrels and was collected, then saved.

Hence the delicious Cetara recipe that is still marketed today and is used in famous recipes such as Cetara Pesto and Spaghetti alla Colatura di anchovies.

The Vice royal Tower

The Vice royal Tower rises majestically on the east side of the beach of Cetara and was built in the 16th century by the Angevins to defend the population from pirate attacks. It currently hosts a Civic Museum with the permanent exhibitions of numerous coastal painters, the so-called "costaioli".

The Church of San Francesco

The 17th century Church of San Francesco, whose dome of the only existing nave was frescoed by the painter Marco Benincasa preserves a representation of Sister Orsola Benincasa, founder of the Order of the Theatine Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, of Cetarian origin.

The Church of San Pietro Apostolo

The Church of San Pietro Apostolo was built in the 9th century to celebrate the expulsion of the Saracens and restored in the 18th century. Very beautiful its majolica dome, the thirteenth-century bell tower and the bell-shaped octagonal cell.   Here is an ancient organ and a bilingual plaque (in Latin and Arabic) which commemorates Grandenetto d'Ausilio, the Cetarese protagonist of the liberation of Prince Federico of Aragon, taken prisoner by the barons of Salerno in 1484.

The Church of Santa Maria di Constantinople

Dating from the 19th century, it houses a beautiful statue depicting the gratitude  Madonna carried in procession through the streets of the town every year in early June.

Cetara, a seaside village

During the summer, the patronal feast of St. Peter takes place in the seaside village with traditional fireworks on the sea on June 29th.

Every year, at the end of July, there is also a famous cultural-gastronomic event "La Notte delle lampare”, a festival dedicated to the fish symbol of Cetara. A fishing boat, with the big lamp-boats following, engages in a fishing trip, also open to tourists. While on the beach of Cetara there are tasting of anchovy dishes served in various ways and other typical local recipes, and the Vice royal Tower is lit up for the holidays and actors simulate the defence from a Saracen attack.
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Parking in Cetara
There is a large parking area near the port in Cetara that costs EUR 3/hour. When the parking lot fills up, they close the road into town and you can park at the Pastena parking lot in the upper part of town.

The Ruins of Pompeii

The trip from Naples to Pompeii or from Sorrento to Pompeii takes about 30 minutes. Tickets cannot be purchased online, but are available directly at the station.

The archaeological site of Pompeii is closed on Mondays

Hours for Pompeii ruins
April through October: 9am - 7:30pm (last entry at 6pm)
November through March: 9am - 5pm (last entry at 3:30pm)
Closed: 1 January, 25 December

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices at the entrance to each site or through the https://www.tiqets.com/en/pompei-attractions-c71657/tickets-for-pompeii-skip-the-line-p974390/?partner%3Dvisitpompeiivesuvius Do not purchase tours or tickets from street vendors who may approach you at the Circumvesuviana train station!

Prices / tickets

Pompeii ruins daily ticket: Full price EUR 16; discounted EUR 2

Mastercard and Visa are accepted

Discounted tickets
Entrance is free to all EU citizens under 18.
EU citizens under 24 have a special discount.

Luggage deposit
Next to the ticket office at the entrance, there is a free baggage check. Bags or backpacks larger than 30x30x15 cm cannot be brought into either Pompeii.

The Ruins of Pompeii
Recommended because:
It's a unique example of a perfectly preserved Roman city with temples, theaters, homes, restaurants, and public buildings.
More sites open to the public and a greater variety of architectures to visit.
You can experience first-hand the majesty of a Roman forum, theater, and amphitheater.
Not recommended if:
You only have an hour or two, as it takes a significant amount of time and energy to visit.
It's a particularly hot day, as there is little shade.

Visiting Pompeii ruins with Kids

It isn't easy to get around Pompeii ruins with a stroller or pushchair, as the ancient Roman roads that cross the city are not navigable on wheels. Wheelchair users can follow a special marked route with the free map provided at the entrance, and the same itinerary can be followed with a stroller. Regardless, the best way to visit with infants and young children is by using a carrier or backpack. There are a number of Baby Points inside the archaeological park, which are small bungalows marked on the map. You can request keys at the park entrance and use these spaces to change and feed your infant in complete privacy.
Where to Eat
If you have decided to dedicate a full day to Pompeii ruins, the best option for lunch is packing a picnic to eat inside the park. On the park map available at the entrance, you will find a number of picnic areas marked around the ruins. Large bags are not allowed inside, so you will have to pack your food and beverages in small bags or backpacks. Purchase your supplies in Naples or Sorrento, as the snack bars inside the park are expensive.
Top Ten Pompeii Sites

1. Large Theater and Odeon (VIII - 10)

2. Garden of the Fugitives (I- 16)

3. Amphitheater (II – 5)

4. Praedia of Giulia Felice (II – 3)

5. Lupanar (VII - 18)

6. House of the Faun (VI – 1)

7. Villa of the Mysteries (VI – 19)

8. Forum (VII – 6a)

9. Basilica (VIII – 2)

10. Sanctuary of Venus (VIII – 1)

What to see in Pompeii in a single day

Pompeii has ancient origins, almost as Rome. Rich in monuments and squares, Pompeii is the city of the beautiful country – perhaps more than any other – where history lives and it is shown to the enchanted eyes of millions of tourists. Even you have not been able to resist its charm, aren’t you?

Do not be afraid, even if you have little time or you are just passing through on business you can visit Pompeii. Nothing is impossible if you really want, as long as the alarm sounds early in the morning. Try to be in town for 8:00, Pompeii is well connected, arriving there and moving around is quick and easy. But what to see in Pompeii in a single day? You can choose between two options:

Dedicate a full day to the ruins of Pompeii.
Have shopping in the city centre after visiting the Villa of the Mysteries and the Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary.

Pompeii ruins
First option, the ruins of Pompeii, here is what to see inside:

Few tips for you: wear comfortable shoes and bring with you sandwich, water, smartphone for photos, sunscreen in summer and umbrella  in winter… there is much to see and you have to walk.

The Forum and the Temple of Apollo
From Via Marina you have now the opportunity to see the historical centre of Pompei inside the archaeological site. The Forum is the beating heart of the city, economic ,cultural and religious centre, political Agora of the debates that inflamed the population.

During the second century a.D. the Forum was expanded: the traditional flooring made in tuff was replaced by travertine, widely used today, the square was enriched with numerous workshops and public buildings.

In the middle stands the temple of Apollo, one of the oldest religious buildings of Pompeii. This place is worshiped different gods such as Apollo and Mercury. The statuettes found are now  at the Archaeological Museum of Naples.

The amphitheatre
It is the oldest stone building ever found, dating back to 80 BC, was the scene of bloody battles between gladiators and has a capacity of 20,000 spectators, you can easily reach it from the hole into Via dell’Abbondanza.

The arena was accessed through a tunnel, the crypt is connected to four inputs. Unlike other Roman amphitheatres the Pompeian one has not underground, at the top are visible the holes used to support the roof of the arena in order to protect the spectators from the sun when it was too hot and from the rain.

Did you know that Pink Floyd played in this timeless place in 1971? They recorded their Live at Pompeii, a concert without an audience, as if to pay homage to the souls of fallen warriors in battle. One of his most exciting in the history of Rock.

I want to give you a little tip: if you have the opportunity to stay until sunset, Via dell’Abbondanza is a very surreal scenery for a walk. It gives you the sensation of being suspended time between dream and reality.

House of the Faun
If you are a lover of ancient history, you should not miss the House of the Faun: it is located not far from the Forum, in Via della Fortuna. This ancient Roman villa occupies inside the archaeological site about 3000 square meters, and it is one of the oldest and majestic city buildings.

Its size suggests that it belonged to an outstanding member of the Roman nobility. It owes its name to the Faun, Roman god of woods and nature: his small bronze statue is located in the atrium at the center of the impluvium.

Surrounded by huge gardens, the hotel is characterized by more entrances. The right door introduces to environments of personal use: bathrooms, stables, baths and kitchen. The door opened to the left instead of sector representation. The floors are covered with mosaics and decorations date back to the Pompeian style.

The center of the house was decorated with a mosaic depicting the victory of Alexander the Great against Darius, king of Persia, currently on display at the museum in Naples. Small curiosity: it is thought that the villa had belonged to the grandson of the tyrant Silla.

The large theatre
Located not far from the House of the Faun and the Sanctuary, the Large Theatre was built in the second century BC .The stairs were realized by exploiting the cavity of the slope. The structure could accommodate about 5,000 spectators, to each one was reserved a number.

The upper tier is divided into seven sectors and is supported by a ring–shaped corridor. The stairway was protected by a wall that supported the awning, a mobile tarp sheltered spectators from the elements. The stage and the set were accompanied by statues and marble. On stage they were performed the famous comedies of Plautus and Terence.

Garden of the fugitives in the Ruins of Pompeii

Sixth wonder to see in Pompeii is the Garden of the fugitives, space dedicated to growing that will preserve forever the moment when time made life eternal: the casts of some inhabitants surprised during the escape from the devastating fury of the eruption. During the excavation works, the bodies of 13 victims of the eruption were found , the volcano’s devastating fury surprised them during their attempted escape to the sea. Thanks to the technique of plaster, leaking today retain expressions, body postures and a piece of history forever. Always with the same technique, today we managed to get even the casts of the roots of much of the vegetation of the area. Thanks to the ash that has covered the rests of the bodies and the vegetation, with passing the time they had a solidification process that has conserved the shape in spite of the decomposition, creating the print of the bodies in the land.http://pompeiisites.org/

The Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary
The Shrine of Pompeii was founded by Bartolo Longo who has headed the eponymous square as the cathedral. It is one of the major centers of Marian devotion in Italy, on 8 May and the first Sunday  of October it hosts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world to celebrate the Supplication to Our Lady of Pompeii: the prayer written by Bartolo Longo and transmitted from radio and television around the world.

The monument was built between 1876 and 1891 under the direction of Antonio Cua, later replaced by Giovanni Rispoli, it has been expanded several times over the centuries to receive the huge flow of faithful who go still to visit picture of the Virgin.

With regard to the painting I want to tell you an anecdote. It is said that a young woman suffering from a severe form of epilepsy  went to the Shrine to ask the Virgin to be healed and it seems that the miracle happened for real, that’s one of the reasons for which the site attracts millions of travelers.

The basilica is a cross with three aisles accompanied by three altars that are joined behind the apse. The nave culminates in a dome 57 meters high.

As a guardian never dozed a few steps from the cathedral stands the bell tower, designed by Aristide and Pio Leonori, impressive in its 5 floors. With a single glance you can see Vesuvius, the ruins and the entire Gulf of Naples. Here you can find all the information you need, visiting hours and celebrations:http://www.santuario.it/

Villa of the Mysteries
The Villa of the Mysteries is one of the most visited sites of Pompeii, especially for the series of frescoes showing Dionysian mysteries of that we still ignore the real meaning.

Featuring more than seventy rooms finely decorated and painted, many of which were used for dinners and social events. The building is located slightly outside the ancient walls of the city but if you love the mystery and you’re willing to push beyond the boundaries of known this is the place for you.  

Getting to Pompeii Ruins from Napoli by Circumvesuviana train

Inside the Station Piazza Garibaldi in Naples down below and take the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento

 (must get off at the Pompei Scavi stop) ).Trains depart about every 30 minutes and the trip to Pompeii takes about 30 minutes

The Circumvesuviana of Naples Piazza Garibaldi station is located on the lower level of the station, below the one where the high-speed trains arrive.
The Sorrento trains generally depart from platform 3, to access this binary there are no escalators or elevators. Attention to the message on the display that announce the incoming train to be sure to take the train to Sorrento, or else you risk finding yourself in Sarno!

Here is the schedule for the Circumvesuviana train that runs between Naples and Pompei approximately every half hour.

The schedules published on this page are the official annual schedules, but we strongly suggest contacting the transport companies directly to confirm if specific routes are running.
Note that at this time that all residents and visitors in Italy can only move around in cases of pressing need and with an "autocertificazione" pass.


Getting to  Pompeii Ruins from Sorrento by Circumvesuviana train

In Sorrento, the station is located in the center of town opposite Pizza Angelina Lauro and is the only train line between Sorrento and Naples, so you can't get on the wrong train! Trains depart about every 30 minutes and the trip to Pompeii takes about 30 minutes

exit the Pompei  Scavi station ( Pompei Scavi  )   the Porta Marina Superiore entrance is directly opposite the Pompei Scavi Villa dei Misteri station along the Circumvesuviana line, and the Porta Marina Inferiore (Piazza Esedra) entrance, where our recommended itinerary begins, is a few meters further down.

Getting to  Pompeii Ruins from Positano by sita bus and circumvesuviana train

If you are staying in Positano i, you'll have to travel first to Sorrento to take circumvesuviana train to Pompeii ruins . The Sita bus from Positano will drop you right in front of the Circumvesuviana train station in Sorrento. Trains depart about every 30 minutes

Getting to Pompeii by Car
The highway A3 Pompei Ovest exit leads directly to the archaeological park entrance, and there are a number of parking lots near the entrances.

The ruins of Herculaneum

Hours for Herculaneum ruins

April through October: 9am - 7:30pm (last entry at 6pm)
November through March: 9am - 5pm (last entry at 3:30pm)
Closed: 1 January, 25 December

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices at the entrance to each site or through the https://www.tiqets.com/en/pompei-attractions-c71657/tickets-for-pompeii-skip-the-line-p974390/?partner%3Dvisitpompeiivesuvius Do not purchase tours or tickets from street vendors who may approach you at the Circumvesuviana train station!

Herculaneum ruins daily ticket: Full price EUR 13; discounted EUR 2

Mastercard and Visa are accepted

Discounted tickets
Entrance is free to all EU citizens under 18.
EU citizens under 24 have a special discount.

Luggage deposit
Next to the ticket office at the entrance, there is a free baggage check. Bags or backpacks larger than 30x30x15 cm cannot be brought into either Herculaneum

The biggest difference between Pompeii and Herculaneum is size: the ruins of Pompeii cover about 44 square hectaures, while Herculaneum covers just 4.

Pompeii was an important city and trade center, while Herculaneum was a small resort town without the large public buildings (forum, amphitheater, theaters, gym) found in Pompeii.

However, Herculaneum is in a much better state of preservation due to the deep layer of ash and dust that covered the site, filling the buildings without damaging them. Pompeii was heavily battered by falling rocks and hot air that knocked down upper floors of buildings and incinerated wood, both of which are still intact at Herculaneum.

All things considered, if you only have time to see one site, choose Pompeii. Herculaneum is a good alternative if you don't want to do too much walking or if the temperatures are particularly scorching, as it has more shade than Pompeii.

We do not recommend visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum in one day, as it is simply too tiring.

Where to Eat
There are no picnic areas or restaurants/cafés inside the Herculaneum Archaeological Park. Before entering, there is a small snack bar next to the book shop where you can purchase beverages and snacks.
To eat nearby, you can walk to a number of restaurants and cafés in the immediate area for either a sit-down meal or take-away.

Top Herculaneum Sites

1. Men's Baths (26)

2. Hall of the Augustals (24)

3. Samnite House (31)

4. House of the Wooden Partition (36)

5. House of Relief of Telephus (7)

6. Fornici (1)

Getting to Herculaneum ruins
The easiest way to reach both Pompeii and Herculaneum is the Circumvesuviana train that runs between Naples and Sorrento.

Getting to the Ruins from the Circumvesuviana Station
If you are heading to the ruins at Herculaneum, exit the Ercolano Scavi station and walk along Via 4 Novembre for about 5 minutes to the entrance to the ruins.

Getting to Herculaneum by Car
Getting to Herculaneum by car is a bit more complicated, as you have to navigate the traffic through the center of the modern town. Once near the entrance to the archaeological ruins, there are a number of parking lots.


Visiting the Crater on Mount Vesuvius - Opening & Hours
January, February, November, December - daily from 9am to 3pm
March and October - daily from 9am to 4pm
April, May, June, September - daily from 9am to 5pm
July and August - daily from 9am to 6pm
Barring inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, the trail to the crater is open all year round, including Sundays and holidays.

Visiting the Crater on Mount Vesuvius - Ticket price
EUR 10: adults
EUR 8: students
Free: children shorter than 120 centimeters; disabled and companion

Driving along the sorrento coast to mount vesuvius crater and enjoy the breathtaking views over the bay of Naples at 1050 meters in above sea level is wonderful.
After Vesuvius your energy is restored with lunch in in one of the many restaurants along the road
Revitalised,you continue to the incredible archaeological site of Pompei for 2 hours informative guided tour paying  attention to all the main highlights

The 4,000 -foot-high Vesuvius,mainland Europe,s only active volcanohas been sleeping restessly since 1944.While Europe has other dangerous volcanoes,only Vesuvius sits in the middle of a Three -million-person metropolitan area that would be impossible to evacuate quickly.Many tourist don't know that you can easily visit the summit.Up topit's desolate and lunar-like,and the rocks are newly created.Walk the entire accessible part of the crater lip for the most interesting views;the far end overlooks Pompeii.Be still.Listen to the wind and the occasional cascades of rocks tumbling into the crater.Any steam?Vesuius is closed to visitors when erupting.

Getting to Vesuvius from Positano by train and sita bus

By sita bus: From Positano you will need to travel first to the town of Sorrento by sita bus and then take circumvesuviana train to reach vesuvio. Get off at the Ercolano Scavi. If you want to take a bus to Vesuvius from Pompei I tips you to get off the train in Pompei Villa dei Misteri station.
The Tramvia Vesuvio tourist shuttles leave from the Pompeii stop, in the square in front of the station, or you can continue by taxi
By taxi,or private car.No matter how you travel up,you'll land at the parkin lot.

By private car: once highway exit in Ercolano you must enter Via Cupa Monti, then at the roundabout take the third exit and stay on via Cupa Monti. At the new roundabout take the second exit, always to stay on the same street. At this point, it is necessary to continue on via Vesuvio up to Contrada Osservatorio and continue following the signs up to the Vesuvius National Park.If instead you highway exit at the Torre del Greco proceed on the Strada Statale 18 Tirrena Inferiore / SR18 towards via Traversa I Vittorio Veneto and continue on via G. Marconi, continue on via Enrico De Nicola and then on via Vesuvio. At the roundabout, take the first exit and continue towards Contrada Osservatorio ,following the signs for Vesuvius,once arrived follow the signs and park at the parking area at around 1,000 meters above sea level, the highest elevation private vehicles are allowed to drive. Here you have to pay for parking (EUR 5) and can buy round trip tickets for the shuttles that take visitors from the parking area to the ticket office for the Mount Vesuvius National Park. You can also walk up, but we recommend taking the shuttle up the steep climb. From the ticket office, continue walking along the road for about 1 kilometer to the trail head for the crater.


Orientation to Naples -Naples is set deep inside the large,curving Bay of Naples,with Mount Vesuvius looming just five miles away.Although Naples is a sprawling city,its fairly compac core contains the most interesting sights.The tourist's Naples is a trianglewith its points at the Centrale train station in the eas ,the Archaeological Musem to the west,and the Piazza Plebiscito( with the Royal Palace)nd the port to the south.Steep hills rise above this historic core,including San Martino,capped whit a mighty fortress.


Tourist Information Central Naples -Just grab a map and browse the brochures.There are TIs in the Centrale train station (daily 9:00-18:00,near track 23,operated by a private agency,tel.081-268 779);by the entrance to the Galleria Umberto I shopping mall,across from Teatro di San Carlo( Mon-Sat 9:00-17:00,Sun 9:00-13:00,tel.081-402-394;and along Spaccanapoli,across from Church of Gesu' Nuovo ( Mon-Sat 9:00-17:00,Sun 9:00-13:00,tel.081-551-2701).For information online,the best overall website is www.inaples.it.At www.inaples.it/eng/quinapoli.htm,you can downloadthe PDF version of the mon thly Qui Napoli booklet,which lists museum hours,events,and transportation info.A print version is occasionally available as TIs.

Arrivals in Naples By Train -There are several Naples train stations,but all trais coming into town stop at either Napoli Centrale or Garibaldi.Central is the slick,modern main station.It has a small TI ( near track 23),an ATM (at Banco di Napoli near track24),a bookstore ( La Feltrinelli,near track 24),and baggage check (deposito bagagli,near track 5).Pay WCs are down the stairsacross from track 13.Shops and eateriesare concentrated in the underground level.

Archaeological Museum - Naples' Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico) ,worth offers the best possible peek at the art decorations of Pompei and Herculaneum,the two ancient burgs that were buried in ash by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D.79.For loves of antiquity,this museum alone makes Naples a worthwhile stop.When Pompei was excavated in the late 1700s,Naples' Bourbon king bellowed,Bring me the best of what you find.The finest art and artifacts ended up here,and today,the ancient sites themselves are impressive.
Cost and Hours: euro 8,sometimes more for temporary exhibits,free first Sun of the month,Wed-Mond 9:00-19:30,closed Tue.Early and temporary closures are noted on a board near the ticket office.In July and August,expect many rooms to be closed due tolack of staff.Getting There - To take the Metro ( Metropolitana)from Centrale Station,follow the signs to the Garibaldi subway station (down the stairs in front of track 13 ).Buy a single transit ticket at thje newsstand or a tobacco shop ( unless you're getting a pass ),and validate it in the small yellow boxes near the escalator going down to the tracks.You're looking for line 2 (Linea 2 ) trains heading in the directions of Pozzuoli (generally depart from track 4).Ride one stop to Cavour .Walk five minutesd uphill through the park along the busy steet.Look for a grand old red building located up a flight of stairs at the top of the block.
If taking the Metro back to Centrale Station,it's faster to catch a train in the Cavour station,rather than at the connected Museo stop ( which is on a different line). Euo 12 for a taxi from the train station to the museum. Informatin:The shop sells a worthwhile National Archaeological Museum of Naples guidebook foe euro 12.Tel.+39 081 442 2149 Baggage Check:Bag check is obbligatory and free Photography:Photos are allowed without a flash Eating:The museum has no cafe',but vending machines sell drinks and snacks at reasonable prices.There are several good places to grab a meal within a few blocks. Overview:Entering the museum stand at the base of the grand staircase.To your right,on the groung floor,are the larger-thsan -life statues of the Farnese Collectioin,starring the Toro Farnese and the Farnese Hercules.Up the stairs of the mezzanine level are mosaics and frescoes ftrom Pompei,including the Secret Room of erotic art.On the top floor are more frescoes,a scale model of Pompei,and bronze statues fro m Herculaneum.WCs are behind the staircase
From the base of the grand staircase,turn right through the door marked Collezione Farnese and head to the far end-walking through a rich collection of idealistic and realistic ancieent portrait busts -to reach the farthest room Sala XIII

Naples Walk
From the Archaeological Museum to Piazza Bellini and Piazza Dante.The first two parts of this walk are a mostly straight one-mile ramble down a fine boiuldevard (with a few colorful detours) to the waterfront at Piazza Plebiscito.Your starting point is the Archaeological Museum ( at the top of Piazza Cavour,Metro:Cavour or Museo.As you stroll,remember that here in Naples,red traffic lights are considered decorations.watch out crossing the street.From the door of the Archaeological Museum,cross the street,veer rightand enter the fancy mall.Galleria Principe di Napoli.This was named for the first male child of the royal Savoia family,the Prince of Naples.Walk directly through it,enjoying this fine shopping gallery from the late 19th century,similar to those popular in Paris and London.Leaving the gallery trhrough the opposite end,walk one block downhill.At via Conte di Ruvo,head left,passing the fine Bellini Theater.After one block,turn right on via Costantinopoli,continuing directly downhill to Piazza Bellini.As you walk ,look up to enjoy architecture built in the late 19th century,when Naples was the last stop on Romantic Age travelers' Grand Tour of Europe.
Piazza Bellini Walking between columns of two grand churches,,suddenly you're in neighborhood Napoli.A statue of Sicilian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini,who worked in Naples in the early 1800s,marks the center of the park.At the downhill ends of the square ,peer down into the sunken area to see the ruined Greek walls:tuff blocks without mortar.
Walk 30 yards downhill ,stop at the horsshoe-shaped Port'Alba gate (on the right).Spin slowly 360 degrees and take in the scene.
Piazza Dante This square is marked by a statue of Dante,the medieval poet.Old Dante looks out over an urban area that was once grand,then chaotic,and is now slowly becoming grand again.Across the street,Caffe' Messico is an institution Known for its espresso,which is served already sweetened ask for senza zucchero if you don't want sugar( pay first,then take receipt to the counter and hand it over). Most Italians agree that Neapolitan coffee is the best anywhere.Walk downhill on...Via Toledo.

Via Toledo the long,straight street heading downhill from Piazza Dante in Naples'principal shopping drag.It originated as a military road build under Spanish rule (hence de name) in the 16th century.Via Toledo skirted the old town wall to connect the Spanish military headquarters ( now the museum where you started this walk).Continue straight on Via Toledo.About three blocks below piazza Dante and a block past Piazza Sette Settembre ,you wi'll come to Via Maddaloni,which marks the start of the long ,straight,narrow street nickamed...Spaccanapoli.

Spaccanapoli  Before crossing the street-whose name translates as split Naples-look left (toward the train station).Then look right( to see San Martino hill rising steeply above the center).Since ancient time ,this thin street has bisected the city.It changes names several times:Via Maddaloni (as it's called here),Via B.Croce,Via S.Biagio dei Librai,and Via Vicaria Vecchia.If you want to abbreviate this walk goes ahead to described next 

Monumental Naples ( Via Toledo,the Spanish Quarter,and Piazza del Plebiscito)
We'll detour off Via Toledo for Just a couple of blocks(rejoining it later).At the Spaccanapoli intersection,go right (toward the church facade on the hill ,up Via Pasquale Scura).After about 100 yards, you hit a busy intersection.Stop.You're on one of Naples' most colorful open-air market streets..Pignasecca

Via Pignasecca Market, Snoop around from here if you are so inclined.Then,turn left down Via Pignasecca and stroll this colorful strips.Youìll pass meat and fish stalls ,produce stands,street food vendors,and much more.This is a taste of Naples'famous Spanish Quarter,which we'll experience more of later in this walk.Via Pignasecca meets back up with Via Toledo at the square called Piazza Carita'

Piazza Carita' This square ,built for an official visit by Hitler to Mussolini in 1938, is full of stern,straight,obedient lines.From Piazza Caritacontinue south down Via Toledo for a few blocks,looking to your left ,Fascist Architecture (Bank)'You can't miss the two big ,blocky bank buildings.
Spanish Quarter This is a classic world of basso (low) living.The streets which were laid out in the 16th century for the Spanish military barracks outside the city walls are unbelievably narrow(and cool in summer),and the buildings rise five stories high..In such tight quarters,life flirting,fighting,playing,and loving happens in the road,his is the cliche' of life in Naplesas shown in so many movies.The Spanish Quarter is Naples at its most characterustic.The shopkeepers are friendly,and the mopeds are bold (watch out).Concerned locals wil tug on their lower eyelids,warning you to be wary.Hungry?Pop into a grocry shop and ask the clerk to make you hois best prosciutto-and-mozzarella sandwich( the price should be around euro 4).Return to Via Toledo and work your way down.Near the bottom of the street,on the right at # 275,is Pintauro,a takeaway bakery famous foe its sfogliatelle.these classic ,ricotta-filledNeapolitan pastries are often served warm from the oven and make a tasty euro 2 treat.Just beyond on the right,notice the station for the Centrale funicular.If you have extra time and enjoy city views,this can take you sweat-freeup to the top San Martino,the hill with a fortress and a monastery/museum looming over town..Across the street is the impressive Galleria Umberto I but don't go in now,as you will see it in a minute from the other side.For now,just keep heading down the main drag and through the smaller Piazza Trieste e Trento to the immense... Piazza del Plebiscito

Piazza del Plebiscito This square celebrates the 1861 vote ( Plebiscito,Plebiscite) in which Naples chose to join Italy.Dominating the top of the square is the church of San Francesco di Paola,with its Pantheon -insipred dome and broad,arcing colonnades..If it's open,step inside to ogle the vast interior a Neoclessical re creation

Royal Palace( Palazzo Reale). Having housed Spanish,French,and even Italian royalty,this building displays statues of nall those who stayed here.Continue 50 yards past of the Royal Palace ( toward the ttrees ) to enjoy a Fine Harbor View.While boats busily serve Capri and Sorrento,Mount Vesuvius smolders ominously in the distance.Look back to see the vast Bourbon red palace its color inspired by Pompei.The hilltopabove Piazza del Plebiscito is San Martino,with its Carthusian monastery-turned museum and Castle of St.Elmo (remember,the Centrale funicular to the top is just across the square and up Via Toledo).The promenade you're on continues to Naples'romantic harborfront the fisherman quarter (Borgo Marinaroi) a fortified island connected tomthe mainland by a stout causeway,with its fanciful ancient Castel dell'Ovo( Egg Castle) and trendy harborside restaurants.Farther along thr harborfront stretches the Lungomare promenade and Santa Lucia district.( The long harborfront promenade,Via Francesco Caracciolo,is a delightful people watching scene on balmy night ).
Gran Caffe' Gambrinus This coffee house,facing the piazza,,takes ytou back to the elegance of 1860.It's a classic place to sample a crispy sfogliatella pastry,or perhaps the mushroom shaped,rumsoaked bread like cakes called baba',which come in a huge variety.Stand at the bar (banco) pay double to sit (tavola)or just wander around as you imagine the cafe' buzzing with the ritzy intellectuals,journalist,and artsy bohemian types who munched an baba' here during Naples' 19th- century heyday.( daily 7:00 -24:00,Piazza del Plebiscito1,tel +39 081 417 582 ).

Teatro di San Carlo
Built in 1737 ,41 years before Milan's La Scala,this is Europe's oldest opera house and Italy's second -most respected(after La Scala)The theater burned down in 1816,and was rebuilt within the year.Beyond Teatro di San Carlo and the Royal Palace is the huge,harborfront Castel Nuovo,which houses governament bureaucrats and the Civic Museum.Cross the street fro Teatro di San Carlo and go through the tall yellow arch into the Victorian iron and glass of the 100-year old shoping mall,Galleria Umberto I.It was built in 1892 to reinvigorate the district after a devastating cholera epidemic occurred here.Gawk up,then walk left to bring you back out on Via Toledo.This walk,double back up Via Toledo to Piazza Carita'veering right( just above the first big fascist -sryle building we saw earlier).On Via Morgantini through Piazza Monteoliveto.Cross the busy street,then angle up Calata Trinita' Magggiore To the fancy column at the top of the hill.(To avoid the backtracking and uphill walk,catch a euro 10 taxi to the Church of Gesu' Nuovo.

Piazza Gesu' Nuovo
This square is marked by a towering 18th-century Baroque monument.The Piazza del Gesù Nuovo, located on the lower decumano, is the symbolic square of the historic center of Naples. Entirely pedestrian, it is dominated by the imposing marble obelisk of the Immaculate and is enclosed by Church of the Gesù Nuovo, from the monastery of Santa Chiara and from historic noble palaces such as, for example, Palazzo Pandola, the Palazzo Pignatelli di Monteleone, the Palazzo Professa (current high school "Eleonora Pimentel Fonseca") and the building of the Congregations (current "Genovesi" high school).After touring the churches,continue alon the main drag.Since this is a university district, you'll see lots of students and bookstores.This neighborhood is also famously superstitious.
Look for incense-burning women with carts full of good -lucky charms for sale.Farther down Spaccanapoli passing Palazzo Venezia,the embassy of Venice to Naples when both were independent powers -you'll see the next square.Piazza San Domenico Maggiore
Piazza San Domenico Maggiore

This square is marked by an ornate 17th-century monument built to thank God foe ending the plague.From this square ,detour left along the right side of the castle-like church,then follow yellow signs,taking the first right and ewalking one block to the remarkable Cappella San Severo.This Baroque chapel is well worth visiting.After touring the chapel,return to Via B.Croce turn left and continue your cultural scavenger hunt..At the intersection of Via Nilo ,find the Statue of the Nile(on the left):A reminder of the multiethnic makeup of Greek Neapolis

Cappella Sansevero

Every day: 09.00-19.00
Last admission allowed up to 30 min. before closing. Ticket 8,00 € uro FAI members: 6.00 € uro Children from 10 to 25 years: 5,00 € uro Children up to 9 years: free

This small chapel is a Baroque explosion mourning the body of Christ,who lies on a soft piòllow under an incredibly realistic veil.It's also the personal chapel of Raimondo de Sangro,an eccentric Freemason,containing his tomb and tombs of his family.no photos,Via De Sanctis 19,tel.081-551-8470  https://www.museosansevero.it/
Good English Eexplanations are posted throughours;when,you buy your ticketpick up the free floor plain which identifies each of the statues lining the nave.
Visiting the Chapel:Study the incredible Veiled Christ in the center.Carved out of marble ,it's like no other statue I've seen ( by Giiuseppe Howdeedoodat Sammartino,1753 ).The Christian message
( Jesus died for our salvation) is accompanied by a Freemason message (the veil rapresents how the body and egoare obstacles to real spiritual freedom).

Where is the monument of Maradona in Naples?

The monument to the Pibe de Oro was placed in front of the gates of the Fuorigrotta sports ( stadio Diego Armando Maradona ) facility during an initiative organized by the Municipality of Naples to remember Maradona exactly one year after his death.

Where is the mural of Maradona in Naples?

In Naples, 700 meters from Piazza del Plebiscito, in Via Emanuele de Deo, the gigantic mural in honor of the footballer Diego Armando Maradona who led the Napoli team to victory in various football events.

Where is the Maradona chapel in Naples?

Quartirei Spagnoli -via Emanuele De Deo, not far from the Murales dedicated to the Pibe de Oro


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Capri was made famous as the vacation hideaway of Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius.In the 19th century,it was the haunt of Romantic Age aistocrats on their Grand Tour of Europe.Later it was briefly a refuge for Europe's artsy gay community:Oscar Wilde,D.H. Lawrence,and company hung out here back when being gay could land you in jail.. or worse.

This is th ebest see-everything-in-a-day plan, from Positano, Naples or Sorrento:Take an early hydrofil to Capri. ( from Positano,buy ticket at 8:45,ferry leaves around 9:00,from Sorrento ferry leaves around 8:30 and arrives around 8:50).As soon as you arrive on the island, at Marina Grande, you will find the various box offices of the different shipping companies: here you can buy the ticket for the island's tour by sea with the blue Grotto. A great way to get a full overview of Capri! You can choose the lap of the Full Island, which also passes through the Faraglioni or you can go to the Blue Grotto. We recommend the round trip! Boat Tour of Capri with a Blue Grotto Stop Euro 15
Boat tour around the Island of Capri with a stop at the Blue Grotto
Departure from Marina Grande passing by:"Scugnizzo" or welcome statue -Tiberius' leap -Coral Grotto -White Grotto -Natural arch -Villa Malaparte -Faraglioni -Bay of Marina Piccola -Siren's rock -Green Grotto - Punta Carena lighthouse.-Blue Grotto (entry to the cave is optional)
Kids under 5 are free
Not included
Entrance ticket to the Blue Grotto by rowboat.
Visits inside the Blue Grotto are managed by another company and tickets must be purchased separately for €12 (the Blue Grotto is a museum, so the ticket must be purchased at the entrance).Bear in mind that visits to the legendary sea cave (by rowing boat) terminate at 17.00hrs circa. The Island Tour last about two hours.

If you prefer instead of taking the boat back,catch a bus from the grotto to go Anacapri.In Anacapri, see the town, from there with the chairlift you can go up Mount Solaro and back ( or hike down)stroll out from the base.The journey to the summit of Capri's mountain takes just 12 minutes.

At this point, you can choose to stop for lunch in one of Anacapri's restaurants or have a quick snack and go straight to Villa San Michele, the home-museum of the Swedish writer Axel Munthe, where archaeological finds collected by the doctor around For the world and a terrace overlooking the infinity.After the relax in Piazzetta, you can take a stroll through Via Camerelle, the luxury shopping street where the most fashionable (and also fashion-makers) can look back on what is perhaps the road with the highest concentration of high fashion stores in the world. At the end of the road continue on Via Tragara until you reach the spectacular viewpoint overlooking the Faraglioni.Finally,ride the funicular from Capri town down to the harbor and laze on the free beach or wander the yacht harbor while waiting for your ferry back to Positano or Sorrento. 

Boat Tours from Positano to Capri 2022
Visit Capri from Positano with a private or group boat tour

Small-group boat tours from Positano to Capri
This is the most popular and least expensive type of tour. Small-group tours set sail from Spiaggia Grande in Positano via boats that can fit up to 20 passengers. The route to Capri passes the Li Galli Islets before circling the island to take in the Faraglioni before docking in Marina Grande. Once docked, passengers have a few hours of free time to sightsee on Capri before heading back to Positano in the late afternoon.

How to get to Monte Solaro

Mount Solaro 

Capri's most beautiful panorama? Our favorite view has to be that which can be seen from the summit of Monte Solaro, which, soaring 589 meters above sea level, is the highest and most panoramic point on the island. Here the view extends across the whole of the island of Capri, the surrounding Bay of Naples, the Amalfi Coast and as far as the distant mountains of Calabria.The easiest way to get to Monte Solaro is by chairlift. The journey to the summit of Capri's mountain takes just 12 minutes. Take the chairlift from Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri. The bus from Capri stops only few meters away from the entrance: get off when the driver calls out ''Anacapri" and climb up the steps which you'll find opposite the stop. If you decide to walk up to the summit, you can expect too take anything between an hour and an hour and a half.
Monte Solaro chairlift: opening times and prices
May/October: from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
March and April: from 09:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm
November/February: from 09.30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
Tickets: 12 Euro return, 9 Euro single
Opening times and prices may vary. Please check them at info-points in Marina Grande or in Piazzetta.

cals often refer to Monte Solaro as the "Acchiappanuvole" or "cloud catcher" after the thick blanket of fog which forms around the summit, especially at dawn, when the thermal difference between the sea and the rock is accentuated. The warmer, damper sea air condenses in a dense mist on the ground, the temperature of which has notably diminished during the night. Where its path is obstructed, the vapors rise upwards generating a characteristic crown of clouds. This phenomenon also occurs in the evening, especially in the autumn. The wind clears away parts of cloud, randomly revealing various segments of the beautiful island landscape below.

The area of Cetrella is situated a short distance away from the peak of Monte Solaro, at an altitude of approximately 476 meters. It is thought that the name derives from the lemon scented herb, "erba cetra" which grows here, or from Venere Citerea, indeed, legend has it that this was once the site of a pagan temple dedicated to the goddess. In the sixteenth century the hermitage of Santa Maria a Cetrella was built, right on the cliff edge towering above Marina Piccola.

The hermitage of Cetrella is comprised of a small church, bell tower and sacristy with a low dome, which was added in the seventeenth century. Residence of friars belonging to the Franciscan and Dominican orders, who elected it as their spiritual retreat, the building conserves a number of cells, a large and well equipped kitchen, wash rooms and vegetable garden. In the Church of Santa Maria a Cetrella there is a chapel opposite which one accesses the rest of the complex. The back of the church opens out on to a terrace, part of which is protected by a wisteria covered pergola, furnished with benches and a long rustic wood table.
An image of St. Maria is conserved within the church. The icon was of particular importance to the sailors of Anacapri who, in the past, when the collection of coral took them especially far a field, used to climb up to the church of Cetrella in pilgrimage prior to departure.

Those  fortunate enough to visit the site in spring will be guided to the spot by the intense scent of the freesias grown in the garden next to the sacristy of the church which flower in at this time of year, filling the air with their pungent perfume.

When can I visit the Church of Cetrella?

The Church of Santa Maria a Cetrella is not always open to the public. So it's always a good idea to check whether it will be open with Capri's Tourist Information Office before you set off(+39 081 8370686).

History lover? The Villas of Tiberius
Take this trip to see the villas built on Capri by Emperor Tiberius.
The ever-extravagant Ancient Roman Emperor Tiberius didn't construct just one villa on the island of Capri. He built 12. Whilst the ruins of the emperor's residences can be found scattered all over the island, only 3 of the villas have survived the passage of time well enough to be recognizable as such: Villa Jovis, Villa Damecuta and Palazzo a Mare. This itinerary takes you to all three (with the occasional detour for a splash in the sea too).

First stop: Villa Jovis
The first stage of this itinerary leads to Villa Jovis the largest and best conserved of the 12 villas which Tiberius had built on the island, following his decision to retire from political life here.
How to get to Villa Jovis: from the Piazzetta walk along Via Longano and then Via Sopramonte. At the crossing, take Via Tiberio: don't worry, the steep uphill climb you see before you is a short one! After about 40 minutes, the path ends at the entrance to the ruins.
Time for a break?: just before you reach Villa Jovis, stop to visit the Astarita park, a series of terraces towering above the sea and shaded by ancient pine trees.Free entrance in the first Sunday of the month. (Closed: Tuesday).Opening & Hours: from June 1st to September 30th open every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (last entrance 6:15 pm) - October from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed on Tuesday) - November and December from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (closed on Tuesday) . Closed in January and February and on December 25th. Entrance until 30 min. before closing time. Opening times and prices may vary. Please check them at info-points in Marina Grande or in Piazzetta.A detour for the return journey: Having visited Villa Jovis , as you make your way back towards the center of Capri, make the detour along Via Lo Capro to visit Villa Lysis, Villa Fersen, which was once the home of the French poet and writer Jacques d'Adelsward-Fersen.

Second stop: Villa Damecuta

Villa Damecuta, the second of Tiberius' best conserved villas is located in Anacapri.

To reach Anacapri take the little local bus from Capri town and get off at the first stop after Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri (by the cemetery). From here you'll need to catch one of the buses which run to the Grotta Azzurra, and stop just outside the Damecuta archeological park..Buses run every 20 minutes, purchase your ticket on board and tell the driver you want to get off at the closest stop to the villa.Villa Damecuta - useful information-Free entry

Opening hours vary: your best bet is to call the information office on the day you want to visit +39 081 8370686.Having visited Villa Damecuta you can make your way back to the center of Anacapri or make your way down to the Grotta Azzurra.From Damecuta to the Grotta Azzurra:On foot: 20 minutes along the little path which starts by Damecuta's panoramic terrace By bus: buses which stop at Damecuta continue all the way to the Grotta Azzurra.

Third stop: Bagni di Tiberio
Ready for more Roman ruins? Head to Bagni di Tiberio, the emperor's seaside villa in Marina Grande.

From Anacapri: take the bus to Marina Grande and get off at San Costanzo.From Capri: take the bus to San Costanzo - Marina Grande.
You can reach the ruins of Palazzo a Mare by way of a pleasant 30 minutes stroll (follow the signs to the Da Paolino restaurant and then continue along the path as far as the villa).
The path takes you past two football pitches after which, just when it seems the path has come to an end, you'll see the steps which lead down to the beach. Here you'll find the ruins of the villa, a bathing establishment with restaurant and a stretch of free beach.

If you don't fancy making the return journey on foot, you always can take the beach club's shuttle service to port of Marina Grande instead.

Phone Numbers for Ferry Companies

Ferry Companies

Caremar -Call center: Tel. +39 081 18966690

Snav (Gescab) -Call center: Tel. +39 081 4285555

NLG - Navigazione Libera del Golfo -Call center: Tel. +39 081 5520763

Info-Booking Sorrento: +39 081 8071812

Alilauro (Gescab) -Call center: Tel. +39 081 4972238

Customer service: Tel. +39 081 4972206

Aalicost (Gescab) -Call center: Tel. +39 081 7041921

Capitan Morgan -Napoli: Tel. +39 081 4972201 -Ischia: Tel. +39 081 985080

Lucibello Positano: Tel. +39 089 875032

Rumore Marittima -Ischia: Tel. +39 081 983636
Tourist Information Offices -Capri Piazza Umberto I -Tel. +39 081 8370686
Marina Grande -Banchina del Porto Tel. +39 081 8370634
Anacapri -Via G. Orlandi, 59 -Tel. +39 081 8371524

The ticket offices are in Marina Grande, in the Piazzetta, and at the bus terminals in Capri and Anacapri.
If you board the bus at other stops, you can purchase tickets on board for €2.50.
From May to September, long lines can form at the funicular and bus stops, so you may want to consider alternative routes.
Contacts for public transportation companies on Capri:
Piazza Umberto I, - Capri Tel. +39 081 8370420
Autobus ATC Via Acquaviva, 2 - Capri -Tel. +39 081 8370420
Autobus Staiano Via Filietto, 13 - Anacapri -Tel. +39 081 8372422

Marina Grande
With the exception of those travelling to the island by helicopter, all visitors coming to Capri arrive by boat, in Marina Grande.
Here, in the immediate proximity of the hydrofoil and ferry docks, you'll find a Tourist Office, the departure point for the tour of the island, and the port authority office, behind which there are the ticket offices for all the navigational companies, and the island's buses and funicular train.
Close to the port, Marina Grande's beach is the largest on the island and it is from here that the shuttle boat to Palazzo a Mare (Tiberius' seaside villa) and the Bagni di Tiberio beach club departs.
A taxi stand and the funicular train station are located to the left of the docks, as are a series of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. From Piazza Vittoria, Via Cristoforo Colombo leads to the tourist harbor, where those sailing to Capri by private boat or yacht can moor.
Beaches in Marina Grande
Le Ondine (private lido)
Lo Smeraldo (private lido)
Bagni di Tiberio beach club (shuttle boat service from Marina Grande)

Marina Piccola
The bay where, they say, Ulysses was seduced by the sirens.
If you like the idea of spending a day on a beach with view of the Faraglioni, you'll love the pretty little bay of Marina Piccola: which lies directly opposite Capri's giant sea stacks.
On the sunny South side of the island, sheltered from the wind by a steep wall of rock, the bay is almost always warm. In fact, even in mid-winter you might easily spot the locals bathing in the sun (if not in the water!) here.

How to get to Marina Piccola
From the center of Capri you can reach Marina Piccola quickly and easily on foot, via the panoramic Via Krupp which starts just beneath the Gardens of Augustus, or via the old Via Mulo. If you don't want to walk, you can always catch a bus from the center of Capri instead.
In Marina Piccola, buses stop in the square close to the small Church of Sant'Andrea. A short flight of steps leads down to the beach and the Siren's rock where, legend has it, the Sirens seduced Ulysses.

Free beaches in Marina Piccola
There are two stretches of 'free' beach in Marina Piccola,both in the vicinity of the church: Marina di Mulo and Marina di Pennauro. To get the most of the sun, you'll need to arrive early in the day: the sun leaves the bay at around 4pm.

There are a number of private beach clubs in Marina Piccola:

Bagni Internazionali,Da Gioia,La Canzone del Mare,Torre Saracena

Free Beaches on Capri
Here are all the free public beaches on the island of Capri

Guide to all the free public beaches on Capri: where to find the most beautiful on the island!

On Capri, the beaches are few and tiny! The rocky cliffs which line the coast are one of the island's beauties, but leave little space for beaches...and those that are on the island are often stone ledges from which you can dive directly into the deep water.

Once you exclude the stretches of shore occupied by private beach clubs, there is very little space left where you can simply spread a towel. Here is our complete guide to the free public beaches on Capri, complete with some tips to enjoy your day on the water's edge to the max!

Free Public Beaches in Marina Grande
The free beach in Marina Grande is the easiest to reach by foot from the port, as it is located right behind the ferry ticket office. Though it is quite near the commercial port, the water is always clean. This beach is suitable for kids and you'll find it crowded with local families. It gets sun all day long.Otherwise, there is the small Palazzo a Mare beach, which can be reached by following the path which begins near the "Da Paolino" restaurant, in the upper part of Marina Grande. There is a small, protected cove and is again perfect for kids.

Free Public Beaches in Marina Piccola
In Marina Piccola , there are two small beaches near the Scoglio delle Sirene. They are always very crowded, as the water is particularly clear and there is a gorgeous view over the Faraglioni. These are also suitable for children. The only drawback: they are in shadow from mid-afternoon on. You can get to Marina Piccola using the Via Mulo stairs or by bus from the center of Capri.

kid-friendly -good for early risers accessible by stairs or bus

Gradola (near the Blue Grotto, Anacapri)
Gradola isn't a true beach, but rather a rocky stretch of coast where you can dive directly into the water (there are also ladders to get up and down). It is located near the Blue Grotto and the water is always very clean. You can get there using the Grotta Azzurra bus route which leaves from the center of Anacapri.Best for adults

The Punta Carena Lighthouse

If an islander wants to spend a day at the beach, they head to the Punta Carena lighthouse. Located at the far western edge of the island, this beach is at the foot of the largest lighthouse in Italy and is the only beach on Capri which gets sunlight until dusk. Here there are only rocky ledges and space is limited. If you don't want to lay your towel on hard rock, you can rent a sun chair inexpensively from Antonio (the same which makes the famous caponata !).


Although Capri leaves your breathless with its charm and beauty,Ischia( pronuced EES-kee-ah,with the stress on the first syllabe).,also called the Isola Verde (Green Island ) not as is often believed,because of its lush vegetation ,but for its typical green tuff-rock-takes time to cast its spell.In fact ,overnight stay is definitely not long enough for the island to get into your blood.

Ischia ,is well connected with the mainland in all season.The last boats leave for Naples and Pozzuoli at about 8 pm(though in the very high season there is a midnight sailing ),and you should allow plenty of time for getting to the port and buying a ticket.The last ferry leave fot Positano 6 pm.Ischia has three ports- Ischia Porto,Casamicciola,and Forio( hydrofoils only) -so you should choose your ferry or hydrofoils according to your destination.
Italians can bring cars to the island relatively freely
Ischia's bus network reaches all the major sites and beaches on one of its18 lines.The principal lines are CD and CS,circling the island in clockwise and counterclockwise directions.In the summer mounths runs continue until after midnight.The main bus terminus is in Ischia Porto at the start of Via Cosca,where buses run by company EAV
( TEL081-198-00-119 ) radiate out around the island.There are also convenient fermate(stops) at the two mai beaches Citara and Maronti with timetables displayed at the terminus.Tickets cost euros 1,90 for 90 minutes,euros 6 for 24 hours;note the conditionsa can get hot and crowdedat peack beach-visiting time.




Scooter rental.Behind the main bus stops,and with a branch also in Forio,this has a fleet of new scooters from euros 25-35 per day and cars from euro 40-50 Piazzale Trieste 9,Ischia Porto www.autonoleggioinscooter.it

Alilauro Company  Alilauro has roughl one hydrofoiul per hour travelling from Beverello ,Naples,to Ischia Porto ( euros 20,travel time 40 minutes ).
From May through September ,up to seven hydrofoils per day depart for Forio ( euros 20,travel time 50 minutes) tel.081-991888



Lying barely 3 Km ( 2 miles ) from the mainland and 10 Km ( 6 miles ) from the nearest port ( Pozzuoli ),Procida is an island of enormous contrasts.It's the most densely populated island in Europe. just more then 10,000 people crammed into less than 3½ square Km ( 2 square miles ) and yet there are oases like Marina Corricella and Vivara,which seem to have been bypassed by modern civilizzation.The inhabitans of the island the Procidani have an almost symbiotic relationship with the Mediterranean many join the merchant navy,others either fish or ferry vacationers around local waters.And yet land traffic here is more intense than on any other island in the Bay of Naples

Paestum Ruins

The ruins at Paestum include one of the best collections of Greek temples anywhere and certinly the most accesible to Western Europe.
Setrenely situated,Paestum is surronded by fields and wildflowers.It also has a functional zone with a bus stop,train station,church,and a straggle of houses and cafes .
This town was founted as Poseidonia by Greeks in the sixth century B.C.,and became a Key stop on an important trade route.In the fifth century B.C.the Lucanians,a barbarous inlande tribe,conquered Poseidonia and tried to adopt the cultured ways of the Greeks.By the time of the Romanswho took over in the third century B.C.,the name Poseidonia had been simplified to Paestum.While most visitors do Paestum as a day trip.
Tourist information:There's as small TI window at the train station (daily 8:30 -18:30) and bigger one next to the Paestum Archaeogical Museum (daily 9:00 -13:00 &15:00-17:00,tel 0828-811-016)


Getting to Paestum
While Naples has direct connections to Paestumfrom elsewhere you'll likely have to transfer in Salerno.
From Naples:The simplest way to reach Paestum in by direct train from Naples' Centrale Station( 1,5 hours).Buy tickets from the ticket windows or machines at the station (stamp before boarding).For a morning visit from Naples ,it's wise to get an early start- especially in warm weather,check the schedule at stations or www.trenitalia.it
From Amalfi or Positano: First,take either a bus or boat to Salerno,where you can pick up the train to Paestum on its way arrive from Naples(30-40 minutes).Buy your train ticket at the ticket machines,ticket office,or the newstand in the Salerno train station (stamp before boarding).Buses from Amalfi terminate at the Salerno train station ,but if you arrive in Salerno from the Amalfi Coast by ferry ,you'll walk from the ferry dock a few short blocks up to the train station (about 10 minutes,mostly level).

If you're in a pinch for example,there's often a middly lull in the train schedule you could take local CSTP bus #34 from Salerno to Paestum ( about hourly,less on Sun,1-hour trip).It seems convenient to the port( it departs from Piazza della Concordia -look for bus shelter between the big parking lot and the main roadno posted schedule),but you can't buy tickets nearby -the closest sales poinbt is the tobacco shop a block in front of the train station.In Paestum ,this bus drops you only slightly closer tothe ruins than does the train.

From Sorrento: While it's technically possible to day-trip from Sorrento to Paestum by pubblic transport( via Amalfi and Salerno),it makes for a very long day marred by worry about making connections back.
Consider renting a car or hiring a taxi for the day.From Sorrento,Paestum is 60 milesand 3 hours via the coast ( longer with summer ttraffic),but a smooth 2 hours by autostrada.To reach Paestum from Sorrento via the autostrada drive toward Naples,catch the autostrada ( directions:Salerno),skirt Salerno(direction:Reggio Calabria),exit at battipaglia,and drive straight through the roundabout.Along the way, you'll see signs for mozzarella di bufala,cheese made from the milk of water buffalo.Try it here-it can't be any fresher.

Arrival at Paestum
If you arrive by train,cross under the tracks,exit the tiny station,and walk through the ancient city gate;the ruins are 10 -minute walk straight ahead,up a dusty road.When you hit the street with hotels and shops,turn right to find the museum and site entrance.Buses from Salerno stop near a corner of the ruins ( at a little bar/cafe').There's no official baggage storage at the train station or museum.If you're desperate,you can try nicely asking one of the bars along the main road( they may want a small payment).

Planning your time
Allow two hours to see the ruins and the museum.Which one you see first depends on your interest and the heat.You'll enjoy the best light and smallest crowds late in the day.

Orientation to Paestum
Cost: Euro 10,includes site and museum.
Hours: Museum open daily 8:30-19:30 ( last ticket sold at 18:45),except closed the first and third Mon of each month.Site open daily:8:45 to one hour before sunset( asd late as 19:30 June-July,as early as 15:30 in mid-Dec,last site ticket sold one hour-before closing).

Getting In:
The site and museum have separate entrances.The museum,just outside the ruinsin a cluster with the TI and a small early-Christian basilica.Most visitors buy tickets at the museum and use the entrance across the stree,but another ticket office and entrance is nearthe recommended Ristorante Nettuno( at the south end of the site).On days when the museum is closed,you have to buy tickets at the site entrances.
Information:While there are scant descriptions at the site itself,the self-guided tours in this chapter provide all the information you need for both the site and the museum.The museum bookshop sell several mediocre guidebooks.
Dull euro 6 autoguides are available to rent at the museum.The euro 1,50 booklet,sold at the ticket desk,gives only general information and is more souvenir than guide.Info tel.0828-811-023

Local Guide:Silvia Biaggio is a good guide who gives a fine two-hour walk of the site and museum.Arrange in advance,mobil +39 347-643-2307,www.silviaguide.it,,silvia@silviaguide.it.She also offers walking tours of Pompei and Herculaneum.
Eating:Several cafesand bars cluster around the museum (all open long hours daily in summer);La Basilica cafè,Facing a pretty litttle garden between the parking lot and TI,is the most straightforward and reasonable option,with good euro 5-8 pizzas and other lunch (Via Magna Grecia 881,tel 0828-811-301).Ristorante Nettuno with qualityfood and good temple views,is at the south entrance to the site.They have a fine little glassed-in cafè facing the ruins(affordable light food,including a fixed-price lunch) and a dressier,more expensive restaurant across the path

Paestum Connections
By Train Ten slow,milk-run trains a day head to Salerno ( 30-40 minutes) and Naples(1,5 hours).In Salerno,you can change for the bus to Amalfi,or walk down to the Harbor to catch an Amalfi -or Positano -bound ferry.Yon can buy train ticketsat machines in the (unstaffed) Paestum station.
By Bus to Salerno Buses depart from Paestum to Salerno roughly every hours( less on Sun;one-hour trip).Buy a ticket from one of the bars in Paestum,then go to either of the intersections that flank the ruins,flag down any northbound bus,and ask,Salerno?From Salerno you can continue on to Amalfi or Positano by ferry or walk up to the train station to catch an Amalfi-bound SITA bus or a train to Napoli.

MoneyItaly uses the euro currency:To convert prices in euros to dollars,add about 10 percent.The standard way for travelers to get euros is to withdraw money from ATMs ( which locals call a bancomat) using a debit or credit card,ideally with a Visa or MasterCard log.Before departing,call your bank or credit-card company:Confirm that your cards(s) will work overseas,ask about international transaction fees,and alert themthat you'll be making withdrawals in Europe.Also ask for the Pin number for your credit card in case it'll help you use Europe's chip-and PIN payament machines.
Dealing with CHIP AND PIN Much of Europe ( including Italy) is adopting a chip -and Pin system for credit cards,and some merchants rely on it exclusively.
European chip-and -Pin cards are embedded with an electronic chip,in addition to the magnetic stripe used on your American -style cards.This means that your credit(and debit)card might no work at payment machines,such at those at train and subway stations,toll roads,parking garages,luggage lockers and gas pumps.Major US banks are chip-and-signature cards,for which your signature (not your PIN) verifies your identity.In Europe,these cards should work for live transactions and at most payment machines,but probabily won't work for offline transactions such as at unattended gas pumps.If a payment machine won't take your card,look for a machine that takes cash or see if there's a cashier nearby who can manually process your transaction.Often the easiest solution is to pay for your purchases with cash you've withdrawn from an ATM using your debit card(Europe's ATMs still accept magnetic -stripe cards).

Dynamic Currency Conversion If merchants or hoteliers offer to convert your purchase price into dollars ( called dynamic currency conversion,or DCC),refuse this service.You'll pay more in fees for the expensive convenience of seeing your charge in dollars.
If an ATM offers to lock in or guarantee your conversion rate,choose proceded without conversion.Other prompts might state,You can be charged in dollars:Press YES for dollars,NO for Euros.Always choose the local currency.

Staying Connected To call Italy from the US or Canada:Dial 011-39 followed by the local number.( The 011 is your international access code and 39 is our Italy's country code.)
To call Italy from a European country Dial 00 -39 followed by the local number.( The 00 is Europe's international access code.)
To call within Italy Just dial the local number.
To call from Italy to another country dial 00 followedby the country code(for example,1 for the US or Canada),then the area code an number.If you're calling European contries whose phone numbers begin with 0 you'll usually omit that 0when you dial.
Tips  Traveling with a mobile phone-whether an American one that works in Italy,or an European one you buy when you arrive-is handy,but can be pricey.
Consider getting an international plan;most providers offer a global calling plan that cuts the per -minute cost of phone calls and texts,and a flat-fee data plan
Use Wi-Fi Most hotels,holiday houses and many cafe offer free Wi-Fi,and you'll likely also find it at tourist information offices,major museums,and public-transit hubs.
With Wi-Fi you can use your smartphone to make free or inexpensive domestind international calls by taking advantage of a calling app such as Skipe,FaceTime,or Google +Hangouts.
When you can't find Wwi-Fi,you can use your cellular network to connect yto the Internet, text,or make voice calls.
When you're done,avoid further charges by manually switching off data roaming or cellular data.
It's possible to stay connected without a mobile phone.To make cheap international calls from any phone (even your hotel-room phone),you can buy an international phone card in Italy.
These work with a scratch -to -reveral PIN code,allow you to call home to the US for pennies a minute,and also work for domestic calls.Calling from your hotel-room phonewithout using an international phone card is usually expensive.

Helpful Hints - Emercency Help
Help For English -speaking police help,dial 113
To summon an ambulance,call 118
If you have a minor illness,do as the locals do and go to a pharmacist for advice.Or ask at your hotel or to the owner of your holiday house for help-they'll know of the nearest medical and emergency services.
For the concerns,get advice from your hotelier or the owner of your vacation rental
For passaport problems,call the US Embassy ( in Rome,24-hour line-tel-06-46741) or US Consulates(Milan -tel.02-290-351,Florence-tel.055-266-951,Naples-tel.081-583-8111)or the Canadian Embassy(in Rome,tel.06-854-442-9119.

To replace a passport,you'll needd to go in person to an embassy or consulate.Canceland replace your credit and debit cards by calling these 24-hour US numbers collect:Visa - tel.303/967-1096 MasterCard-tel.636/722-7111,American Express -tel.336/393-111.In Italy,to make a collect call to the US,dial 800-172-444;press zero or stray on the line for an operator.File a police report either on the spot or within a day or two;you'll need it to submit an insurance claim for lost or stolen railpasses or electronics ,and it can help with replacing your passport or credit and debit cards.

Time Italy uses the 24-hour clock.It's the same through 12:00 noon,then keep going:13:00,14:00,and so on.Italy,like most of continental Europe,is six/nine hours ahead of the East/West Coasts of the US

Additional Resources
Tourist Information www.italia.it
Passports and Red Tape www.travel.state.gov
Aairplane Carry -on Restrictions www.tsa.gov
Cheap Flights  www.kayak.com

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