What No One Tells You About Positano

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This year we visited two of the most popular spots in Southern Europe where tourists flock every summer – Santorini and Positano. We are not the type of tourists who LOVE going where everyone else is going. But, like most people, we still want to tick off those places, even just to see for ourselves if they’re really worth it. So if we have to summarize our impressions from both places – Santorini lives up to the hype, Positano – not as much.

We’re going to be completely honest with you – Positano is a bit of a pain overall. Yes, it’s BEAUTIFUL, one of the most spectacular places you could visit. We know you’ve seen all the perfect shots from that famous Positano beach. And yes, the view is totally worth all the trouble. But we also don’t see a lot of people talking about the inconveniences, the crowds, and all the other drawbacks. So we’re here to break them down for you without sugarcoating it.

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Getting There

Getting to Positano can be an adventure on its own. When we visited two years ago we flew into Rome as we wanted to spend a couple days there first. From Rome we took a train to Naples and from there a taxi to Praiano, where our hotel was located. This time we drove to Salerno, planned to drop off our rental car there and take a taxi to Praiano.

Getting a taxi is generally a good idea. The roads are so impossibly narrow, there is no parking anywhere and having a rental car is a nightmare. Except, once we got to Salerno and started looking for a taxi, we realized it would cost about 150 Euro. For reference, that’s how much we paid for our rental car in Puglia for 3 days! Add to that the same amount on the way back, plus another 50-70 Euro for taxis every time you want to move between towns within the coast… And going the taxi route started to sound incredibly expensive.

Luckily, it turned out we had a free parking spot at the place we were staying at in Praiano. So we ended up keeping our rental car for a few more days. But chances are, this is not a reasonable option for most people as parking is incredibly hard to come by in this area.

The bottom line is, just getting to Positano will cost you! Here are some sample rates that would get you around the coast and to Positano:

  • Taxi from Naples to Positano – about 200 Euro
  • Train from Naples to Salerno – 10-15 Euro/person
  • Taxi from Salerno to Positano – 120-150 Euro
  • Ferry from Salerno to Amalfi – about 10-15 Euro/person
  • Ferry from Amalfi to Positano – 8 Euro/person
  • Taxi from Amalfi to Positano – about 50-70 Euro

One little tip if you are planning to take a ferry or boat transfer: keep in mind you will most likely need to climb a couple hundred stairs up the coast with your luggage!  There are no regular roads to take you from water level to the main road in most towns. So you will either have to carry all your stuff up a steep climb or pay someone to do it for you. Perhaps the only exception is Amalfi as the ferry terminal is on the same level as the main road.

Read our full guide on getting from Rome to Positano here.

Getting Around Positano

Your transportation woes won’t end once you get to Positano. If you are lucky enough to be staying in Positano itself and don’t have any plans of leaving the town, then you don’t have to worry about it. But if you are staying in one of the neighboring towns and want to visit Positano too, things get more tricky.

By Bus

There are public SITA buses running along the coast with a convenient schedule and ticket price of only 2.5 Euro. Just a couple of years ago these buses were a convenient way to get around but with the amount of tourists Positano is seeing these days, things have changed. There aren’t nearly enough buses to accommodate the demand, especially during high season. So unless you are at the first stop, you will often have to wait for a few buses to pass by before you can get on. The lines are often a few blocks long with people waiting for hours. We tried getting on a bus from Praiano to Amalfi one day around noon and saw 4-5 buses pass by with no space at all. We gave up.

Even if you are able to get on a bus, you could still get stuck in traffic for hours. This also happens quite often due to the very narrow roads and congested traffic.

By Car or Taxi

Taxis between the towns can cost anywhere between 40-100 Euro one way. And again, there can be a lot of traffic.

But even if you have a rental car like we did, you will still have a very hard time finding a place to park it. Most rental apartments don’t have parking. And the same goes for public beaches, restaurants etc. There are a few paid parking lots in Positano but they run between 7-10 Euro per hour and are not very close to the beach.

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How Expensive Is Positano?

In short: VERY.

We already mentioned pricing for taxis – between 40-100 Euro between the main towns in Amalfi coast. Let’s not even talk about accommodation as you probably already know affordable places are hard to come by.

It is pretty impossible to find places to eat for less than 15 Euro per person, and if you do, it’s most likely a slice of pizza. The pricing at most restaurants is pretty similar – the typical meal is between 20-40 Euro per person, without alcohol. Drinks are between 10-20 Euro. 

One of the most egregious fees in our opinion are those for sun chairs and umbrellas at the beach. Each umbrella and each chair cost between 20-25 Euro. And you would even have to pay to take a shower at the beach – a modest 2 euro. There is a small public beach area though, where you can bring your own towel and umbrella and don’t need to pay for anything. But that area gets very very busy in the summer.

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Book Way In Advance

As soon as you know when you will be in Positano – book your accommodation! This place gets booked out months in advance and during peak season it’s usually completely full. Most hotels in Positano are very expensive due to the limited supply. But there are still a few somewhat affordable options if you plan ahead. Here are some that won’t break the bank:

Staying at an Airbnb is also a great option – in fact it’s what we prefer to do in this area. Make sure you ask if your apartment comes with a parking spot and how many stairs you’ll need to climb to get there. Trust us – it’s important!

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Know Your Stairs

As we already mentioned, stairs are a big deal in the Amalfi Coast. Most of the towns here have just a couple of main roads that pass through and everything else is narrow roads and stairs up and down the cliffs. This may not sound like an issue but you’ll know why it’s important when you have to climb a hundred stairs to get back to your place after having some pasta and a couple glasses of wine! Carrying suitcases around here is not fun.

This is also one of the main reasons we don’t recommend Positano for families with children or older people. You will have a fair share of steep inclines to climb, sidewalks are virtually non-existent and in most places space is limited and the lines – long.

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What To Pack

Comfortable shoes. See the section above! You will walk around a lot and climb a lot of stairs. Heels and wedges might not be the best idea.

Flip flops you don’t care too much about. It’s easy to forget this one especially when you don’t have a lot of space and just want to pack a bunch of lemon print bow sandals. Don’t bring your nice slippers to the beach! The beaches in this part of Europe are not sandy. You will be mostly walking on very uncomfortable little pebbles that get quite hot in the sun. So you will need a pair of rubber flip flops you can wear right until the edge of the water and wouldn’t mind getting wet.

Sunscreen. This one is obvious but Positano can get really hot in the summer and you’ll end up spending a lot of time in areas with no shade. Make sure you’re protected.

Beach towel and umbrella. You probably won’t bring this in your suitcase but be sure to buy a beach umbrella and a towel once you’re in the area. Sun beds at the beach in Positano will cost you a cool 20 Euro per person!! There is a small public area of the beach where you can bring your own and if you come with more people this makes the most sense.

Overall

We don’t mean to paint a gloomy picture but this is the reality of the Amalfi coast. The same picturesque seaside cliffs that give the area its charm are also the reason why there is just not enough space for everyone. Not enough parking space, not enough buses and not enough taxis to accommodate the thousands of tourists that flock to Positano every single day. Don’t get us wrong, you will still have an amazing time. The views will stun you, the architecture will charm you, the food will be delicious. This is just to warn you about the fine print.

Our honest opinion? Positano is a place you must visit at least once in your life. But we personally would not go back over and over. We would prefer to explore the less popular towns in the area or other less touristy areas in Italy like Puglia.

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47 Comments

  1. November 13, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    Breaking: beautiful, popular, European beach town is crowded and expensive. Hopefully this deters people from going. I love Positano and try to return every year. It’s worth the crowds, hassle, and cost to me.

    • Katerina
      Author
      November 13, 2018 / 2:23 pm

      It’s a little beyond crowded when you literally can’t get from point A to point B :)) Santorini, for example felt a lot more spacious and relaxing. It’s a matter of personal preference of course, that kinda vibe is just not our thing. Glad you like it though! :))

    • Brittany
      April 15, 2020 / 11:16 pm

      Couldn’t agree more. I fell in love with Positano the first time I went and couldn’t wait to return. Got there again and was just as pleased as the first time. Dying to get back again. I’m shocked anyone has anything bad to say about such a beautiful, welcoming, wonderful place.

      • Del Duerr
        January 12, 2021 / 12:38 am

        The pandemic had just started how was it then?

      • Salvatore
        June 10, 2023 / 8:18 am

        Sorry but I do not agree with you, to understand what is become Positano you should live here like me! I can say that my town is turned into a total mess, overcrwoded touristy place where local people have no more space to live where they tolerate tourism only in function to get money, money and more money!

    • Angel Kirk
      March 3, 2021 / 4:52 pm

      I was lucky to visit lots if places in Italy and some in Greece including Positano and Santorini.
      Both the places are beautiful and my memory tells me we took a ferry from Athens to get to Santorini and then a cab to our hotel.
      It is a bit more time intensive to get to Positano but you must do it at least once.
      Nothing compares to this region in Italy.
      I will not even attempt to get into the food which is unparalleled!

    • Bellamozzarella
      June 3, 2021 / 1:08 pm

      Exactly! It’s the most beautiful place on earth.

    • Dude
      May 16, 2023 / 4:52 am

      It’s average at best. Just returned and I don’t know what the fuss is about.
      Of course, the views are beautiful and worth seeing once, and we had a couple of great meals, but after that? There’s nothing. Pompeii is worth the trip but that’s not even on the Amalfi Coast. What else?

      The place is boring, the beaches are rubbish, the tourist crowds and instagram wannabes are annoying

      Visit one, for 2-3 days, then go some where more interesting and equally as beautiful (there are many places).

  2. Michelle D
    November 13, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    Exactly how I felt!!! It’s like okay we get it, every travel blogger needs to go there and take the same pictures but otherwise it’s just an overrated little town. Not a lot to do in Positano itself as well, it’s like two streets you can walk on and the beach and that’s it. Like you said, nice to see it once but I wouldn’t go back, not if I want to do anything other than take nice pictures.

    • Katerina
      Author
      November 13, 2018 / 5:46 pm

      I agree, it’s a pretty backdrop but not worth the hassle if you just want a relaxing vacation

  3. Sabrina
    November 13, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I feel like a lot of travel blogs/stories/posts out there only emphasize the good things, which is okay but it’s super helpful to know the other side of the coin as well!

    • Katerina
      Author
      November 13, 2018 / 5:48 pm

      Exactly what we were thinking. There are many posts out there focusing on the good and we just wanted to put it out there that it’s not all rosy and magical so people can make their own decisions 🙂

      • Dayna Melton
        June 16, 2021 / 12:06 am

        When did you visit? What month?

    • MittMitt
      June 30, 2023 / 8:11 am

      We went to Positano in June 2023. Stayed two nights and we were very disappointed. It’s a tourist trap.
      Horrible crowds. No Authenticity. Beautiful view and that is all. Food was ok. We had a rental car and drove all around. Roads are narrow but well paved. Parking was a bit tricky but we handled it. So thankful to have our rental car because we found Minori and Maiori to be far more authentic and enjoyable. Food was good there as well. A day trip to Positano is more than enough.

  4. Dean
    June 24, 2019 / 9:13 am

    Great read. Traveling solo throughout Italy in a few days (leaving for Barcelona today) and was going to make my way down to Positano. I’ll be starting in Monte Isola via Nice, then was going to stay somewhere outside Florence, to Rome, and finally spend a week+ in the Amalfi Coast area. Would you recommend doing something in Cinque Terre or perhaps another coastal town? Thanks.

  5. Robert Martinez
    August 14, 2019 / 8:57 pm

    Right there with you! Just went today (Aug 14 2019), and yes, it is picturesque… amazing views while driving down to Positano, but I sincerely wished I would have kept driving. I had been staying in Sorrento for a few days with the family (wife, 6yr and 3yr kids and myself) and thought, you know, we are so close, lets take a little day trip to Positano. What disappointment. It was more stressful than relaxing by all means.

    The place is extremely overpriced to the point that, aside from the great views, it makes the place overrated.

    Parking: I parked in a garage that was almost 1KM away from the beach and that cost $10 EU hourly! It took like 30 mins or so just to get down to the beach. We had some pastries on the way down. They were expensive and not very good…but thought, maybe a miss. The guy at the parking garage recommended that to make it easier on the fam, on the way back, to leave the family down at town center and drive down to pick them up (which made sense, but more on this later)

    The Beach: I was charged $67 EU just to get my family in the beach! And the only chair row available was the last one away from the beach. Even If I was to opt out of the chairs (kids want to be near the water) the charge was the same. I had expressed my interest in being near the water so that we could watch our kids and we were eventually moved to the first row (30 mins or so in)… beach was refreshing, some small waves, more pebbles than sand, but ok, though my children soon wished we were at the sandy Sorrento beach instead, but we were already there.

    About 2 hours into Positano (from the time we parked) we got hungry and looked at menus from restaurants on the beach…prices were outrageous! With traffic building up and the clock ticking on parking we decided to leave Positano and instead grab a snack to hold us off until we get back to Sorrento. The snack, a Calzone, two sclices of Pizza and two sodas were in a shop on the way up to the main road was over $30 EU and like the pastry shop on the way down, the food was not good at all… not what I expected given that everything we have had on Naples and Sorrento so far was very good and truly raised expectations. So my two experiences with food in Positano was mediocre at best.

    Ok, well we had our snack and then reach the town center. At the center, there are two police officers that seem to randomly getting into arguments with people (it fits in later) On recommendation from the parking garage attendant, I make my trek up on my own. Took about 40 mins or so since going up is harder than down. By the time I got my car out of the garage it was nearly 4 hours and $40 EU (of which maybe 1 was spent at the beach) Since the town center is a single lane road and one way, I was mindful that stopping to load up will cause traffic to stop and seeing how others had done it despite the random arguements with the officers, people loaded up pretty quickly, so I had my wife have everything ready to go to load as soon as reached the center… it took no more than 15 seconds to load my kids and a stroller, during that time, the officer uses her whistle and starts hand motions, I think, let me move quickly, well, I did, but someone yelled as I drove off “she wrote your plate and will give you a ticket!”

    I did what I did on recommendation of the parking attendant and given that there are no no parking/standing signs and what seems an inconsistent enforcing of laws (random cop arguments) it was hard to tell what the heck was going on

    My situation might have been worsened because I went on a very high season

    Maybe Positano would work best for backpackers willing to spend money, but def not families. Getting around is way too hard.

    I would not discourage anyone from going, but I would say, plan well in advance on what is it you want to do and see while you are there. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had taken those coastline ferry tours that does a stop on the Positano beach.

    • Katerina
      Author
      August 18, 2019 / 2:33 pm

      Robert, we totally feel you on this one :/ Positano is way too stressful for families and getting around is such a mess that it can ruin your whole vacation. Sorry you had such a poor experience.

      For your next Italy visit we recommend you try Puglia area, we loved it! It’s really beautiful and a lot more relaxed than Positano :))

  6. Shruti Menon
    February 24, 2020 / 12:05 am

    Super informative.. Thanks.. We are planning a trip to Italy and wanted to visit the Amalfi coast.. So if not Positano what would be a better option to explore the area? Also what would be an alternative to Amalfi coast itself?

    • Katerina
      Author
      February 24, 2020 / 12:58 pm

      Hi Shruti, if you’ve never been to the Amalfi coast, we still definitely recommend you see it once in your life even if it’s just for a few days. You can stay in Amalfi or Praiano instead of Positano, where you will have more space and it’s more affordable.

      But for a longer, more relaxing vacation where you won’t have to worry about all the inconveniences of Positano and the Amalfi coast, we loved an area in Italy called Puglia – you get a much more authentic Italian vibe, it’s more affordable and less crowded, and transportation is much easier to navigate.

      Hope this helps!

  7. June 6, 2020 / 9:27 am

    Hello, I’m from Naples and I rent apartments here in Positano through Airbnb.
    I agree with what you wrote about overpriced restaurants, sunchair, especially about moving around by bus (that’s why there are also ferries!) and so on. Even though if you look, if you get information on the place you’re going before actually getting there (as I think it should be done) you’d find more decent prices. For example if you go to the Fornillo beach (I don’t see it mentioned in your article) a sunchair costs you €10 (price of 2019).
    Last, never heard the taxi from Naples to Positano takes €200… I don’t know what taxi you asked to or what company… But people coming at my place never paid this much.
    So in my opinion, Positano is TOO MUCH expensive, but you have to know where to look because you can find some good deals.
    In Puglia everything is cheap, that’s why a lot of Italians go there as well.
    I’d suggest to visit Sicilia, very very nice beaches, very good food and still cheap!

  8. Peter M
    July 30, 2020 / 1:00 pm

    Positano is fabulous!! We stayed 12 days in an Airbnb 2 bedroom 2 bath, full kitchen and very large balcony overlooking the town and coast for $340. Night. The town has narrow streets full of shops and you can find reasonably priced restaurants as well as very high end. Because the streets are narrow there are no tourist busses dropping people for the day. Ferry access is easy. You must stay there to fully enjoy the luxury of this oasis. Because it is costly to get there it is not a day trippers destination. We had a chef come to our apartment/condo to cook for us and give a cooking lesson. Positano is a place where you can spent as much as you would like and is why it is visited often by the very wealthy. We took a day trip to Praiano and the city of Amalfi and could not wait to get back to our little town. We utilized public beaches and local market to buy breakfast and lunch meals. Plan and book well in advance and your vacation dream of a lifetime will be fulfilled! We will definitely go back.

  9. Kristie
    September 26, 2020 / 8:44 pm

    I was researching the Amalfi Coast for places to go/see/visit while attending a destination wedding for a friend. I came across your article/review/blog. Personally, I found your review to be the most helpful, realistic, and informative so THANK YOU very much for focusing on matters that most do not talk about but EVERYONE needs to address.
    Yes, I will go to Positano but I feel much more prepared for the day trip after reading this. If it weren’t for your review I can only imagine my shock and disappointment. However, knowing this information before my travels I feel better prepared to actually enjoy the experience with the cautions I will take. I really appreciated your blog.

    • Katerina
      Author
      September 27, 2020 / 8:18 am

      Thank you Kristie, glad you found it helpful 🙂

  10. PATRICIA GRANDE
    October 19, 2020 / 10:01 pm

    GETTING TO POSITANO FROM ROME IS NOT HARD OR EXPENSIVE,

    I TOOK THE TRAIN FROM ROME TO SORRENTO AND THEN A SHORT BUS RIDE TO POSITANO QUITE SIMPLE.

    • Katerina
      Author
      October 21, 2020 / 4:27 pm

      There is no direct train from Rome to Sorrento so you have to switch trains in Naples. Two train rides + a bus ride is NOT simple

    • Dan
      January 31, 2022 / 12:33 pm

      Thank you ! This blog and the comments are very helpful.
      Our daughter is doing a semester of study in Florence. I found a house in Positano with a great view for $400 for 3 nights.
      We plan to fly to Rome and meet our daughter. Then take the train to Salerno or Naples. Then private driver to our rental place.
      Is there a better idea? How do we get from our place around Positano? What should we do or see in Positano?
      Grazie…

  11. Julie
    January 23, 2021 / 12:29 pm

    I went to Positano and Amalfi in November and it was fantastic. Took the train from Rome to Salerno, and then took the SITA bus up the coast. Stayed in Amalfi for one night at a nice little hotel, then stayed two nights at a BNB in Positano. Both stays were very affordable and gorgeous. Neither Town was crowded and the cost of travel was cheap and pretty easy to navigate. I would love to go back again!

  12. Delara
    February 17, 2021 / 3:46 pm

    I don’t know why people are getting their knickers in such a twist over your post. You didn’t say Positano was horrible and to stay away, you were just warning 1st timers about potential problems and I’m grateful. Nothing you said has changed my mind about visiting there (it’s still the first place I hope to visit once this damn pandemic’s in our rear view mirror!), it’s just better prepared me for the trip. I appreciate your honesty.

    • Katerina
      Author
      February 18, 2021 / 8:20 am

      Thank you! That was the entire point of the article – to help people avoid disappointment. I’m happy you found it helpful :))

  13. Angel Kirk
    March 3, 2021 / 4:53 pm

    I was lucky to visit lots if places in Italy and some in Greece including Positano and Santorini.
    Both the places are beautiful and my memory tells me we took a ferry from Athens to get to Santorini and then a cab to our hotel.
    It is a bit more time intensive to get to Positano but you must do it at least once.
    Nothing compares to this region in Italy.
    I will not even attempt to get into the food which is unparalleled!

  14. Don
    March 6, 2021 / 4:39 pm

    Complaining about the inconveniences of experiencing one of the most picturesque places in the world is a right you certainly have. A first world right, though. Experiencing almost anything of awe has consequences. Antarctica-Cold. Costa Rican jungles-Hot. Lions on the Serengeti-Dusty.
    Mayan Ruins-too much hiking. Positano-Crowded.
    Embrace the “pain”, it always makes for a good story later.
    BTW, renting and driving there is far easier. Narrow roads? Lol. Live a little. Easier than navigating Boston.
    I understand the purpose of the post. To be transparent about an otherwise great trip. It’s just that too much negativity can sway a person to not experience the big picture.

    • Katerina
      Author
      March 7, 2021 / 8:32 am

      The point of this post is not to tell you whether you should visit or not. I actually said a couple of times that it’s a place everyone should visit at least once. The point is in the title itself – to prepare you for all the things the pretty Instagram photos will not mention :)) It’s meant to be helpful.

  15. Helen Smith
    May 17, 2021 / 7:52 pm

    I am looking at day trips to Pompeii from Rome for early December. Some of the tours stop in Naples or Positano or Sorrento or Amalfi for a couple hours after the Pompeii tour. Which of those stops would I like best? Will the shops even be open in early December in Positano?

  16. John
    May 27, 2021 / 3:46 pm

    While planning my trip I have seen a lot of people on motorbikes which seems to be a popular and easy way to get around on the small streets of Positano. Is a common thing for visitors to rent these or is it something the locals do? I imagine this is just an easy way to get up and down the cliff roads and would be faster than a bus and cheaper/easier than renting a car.

  17. Rachel
    June 16, 2021 / 2:19 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Actually was going to do the ferry from Capri to Positano, but now I am thinking i should take it to Sorrento, and taxi over, so i can avoid lugging up my bags all those stairs. Not sure if hotels come and help you with them.

  18. INNA
    July 24, 2021 / 8:04 pm

    This is actually very helpful post and i want to add that we just “almost visited “ Positano if it was not for its steep roads down to the beach.. That was indeed a reason why we did not get off the bus and went straight to Amalfi, where bus brings you right in the center and near the beach.. Not recommended for older people.

  19. MICHAEL
    August 13, 2021 / 12:49 pm

    Totally agree with the content of this article which as some may have missed, is not trying to dissuade people from going to Positano, merely manage the expectations of first time travelers & inform of the possible pitfalls in advance. I went on a day trip from Naples, way back in early Sept 2014 & did not have luggage thankfully but it was exceptionally touristy & crowded. I don’t so mind the cost as I think this is to be expected but there were far too many people for it to be enjoyable. Although in a completely different part of Italy, the Ligurian coast offers a similar experience (though the Cinque Terre is often very busy) at a fraction of the cost & with a much more diverse clientele. Genoa is nearby with frequent & uncrowded trains or you could stay in a nearby seaside town such as Camogli.

  20. Molly Burkett
    September 28, 2021 / 3:49 pm

    Having just arrived in Positano I feel the need to comment. We flew into Rome, spent one night, then trained to Salerno for one night. Air BnB all the way. Took the ferry to Positano to spend the next 4 nights. This place is incredible! Yes we ended up backpacking up the stairs despite what our BnB host said to do. Not the easiest arrival but it’s just the husband and me so no big deal. We just ate the best 2 meals of our lives! Crowds not bad but OMG the sites and food are amazing! This is the off season but we are celebrating Covid behind us and all clear skies ahead! Go to Positano!!! Stay the night not day trip! We will spend tomorrow on Fornillo beach! This place would make a great destination wedding!!!

  21. Mary Brohard
    October 15, 2021 / 9:48 am

    Going to a wedding Oct 2022. What I need to know on travel from Oviedo, FL to Positano.
    Villa Dei Fisici. How to pack? Any info is welcomed

  22. MB
    June 11, 2022 / 12:13 am

    Thank you for this! Very helpful!! Do you think if I went mid-September, it’ll be less crowded but still hot enough to enjoy the beaches? And you said, we have to pay for the beaches except for one?
    Thanks!

  23. Eric Golden
    July 31, 2022 / 3:29 pm

    I stayed in Sorrento and loved visiting Positano. I was kicking around staying in Positano this time, but I searched for an article like this just to convince me not to. Positano was stunningly gorgeous – almost pinch me if it is really pretty.

    But I noticed all of the things they mentioned. Prices are off the charts, and I have the $ if I wanted to spend it. Two walkways that are worth going up and down and a beach area, and that is it. The shops are cute to walk by and take photos of, but that is it.

    Much more to do in Sorrento, and it is flat and easy to walk around Sorrento. Also, the best base to visit other things around the area.

  24. drex
    August 8, 2022 / 9:47 am

    Hello,

    Wife surprised me with a trip to italy we are toting to stay in postiano next month but every hotel is booked or is 11K per night is there anyone here who has a tip to maybe stay somewhere else and catch a bus or a way to do this? I have tried Ari B&Bs and nothing. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

  25. Jennifer Reihl
    August 16, 2022 / 3:24 pm

    Your account is very accurate. However, if you are prepared for the obstacles, this is truly one of the most wonderful trips I have enjoyed! I Understood that travel would be hard, the roads are narrow and tight. I hired a driver to pick up my party from the Naples station (we had arrived from Venice) and the same driver took us on the return to the Naples station where we sent time in Rome.

    I rented an AirBnB in Praiano and looked for a place with limited stairs. Can you believe I found one with NO stairs??? I have some mobility challenges so this was very important. The location was spectacular with view of the water, nice porch to enjoy wine and a lovely market just up (lol, a very big hill) the road, accessible by foot.

    We took a charter from Positano to Capri that picked us up at Praiano beach… lol.. yes, it’s a very long walk down. We giggled as we walked because you frequently go through people’s yards and right near open windows. The path was narrow and steep but not too much for this marginally in shape 60 year older. We boarded a dingy that took us to the larger sail boat in Positano.

    The sail to Capri was magical. We took a semi private charter so we could have a more intimate experience and it was well worth it. I paid the large amount of money to rent a beach chair on Capri and enjoyed being served in nice crystal and fine china. Yep, it was expensive but the memories are spectacular. I was prepared for this, I did my research.

    I agree, the transport from Positano back to Priano was expensive (I took a taxi) and there was a long line for the bus. Luckily, our AirBnB was situated in such a charming area, we didn’t have the need for any additional transport through our stay. Everything could be reached on foot (be warned, the hills are definitely steep and you will get a work out).

    I traveled in May were the crowds were far less and I had researched the area and understood what the challenges would be. All in all, yes… it’s expensive. But my memories are priceless.

    I haven’t been to Santorini yet, but I need to give that a go too! I will check out your suggestions. Thanks for your article, if travelers are well aware of what they face, the experience will always be better.

  26. Terry H
    December 27, 2022 / 1:59 pm

    Positano is great. When we went a few years ago we flew into Naples, took a taxi to the Naples port, took the ferry to Sorrento, got off the ferry in Sorrento got another ferry to Positano. There were no direct ferries from Naples to Positano. A bit of a hassle but we did not have to deal with the traffic on the coast road. The ferry prices were reasonable and the views were outstanding.

  27. Kent
    June 9, 2023 / 2:32 am

    No mention of the train from Naples to Sorrento – just a €200 taxi? Seems like you are taking a worsts case scenario just to support a narrative. M

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  29. April 2, 2024 / 6:45 am

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