Caprionline Insider Guides

Recommended experiences for your Italy holiday.

Day Trip to Positano from Sorrento

How to organize a day trip to Positano during your stay in Sorrento

Day Trip to Positano from Sorrento
Day Trip to Positano from Sorrento
Day Trip to Positano from Sorrento
  • 01
  • 02
  • 03

Special offers

all special offers (9)

Positano is the village along the Amalfi Coast which is both closest and easiest to reach from Sorrento...luckily it is also the most beautiful and famous of all the coastal villages and shouldn't be missed if you are staying for more than a day or two in Sorrento.

Getting to Sorrento from Positano:

  • Sita public buses (see here for schedules)
  • Coast to Coast Bus (departures from Piazza Lauro throughout the day, tickets EUR 15)
  • Ferry (see here for schedules)
  • Scooter (rentals from EUR 30/day)
  • Car (parking EUR 4/hour)

Parking in Positano

There is no free parking in Positano, unless you are willing to leave your car a number of kilometers (and staircases) from the center of town. There are numerous paid parking garages along the road; the closest to the pedestrian area of Positano are Mandara and De Gennaro, both of which charge around EUR 4/hour. Be aware if you are arriving by scooter that most scooter parking places are reserved for residents.

If you are arriving by bus or car, your walk through town will begin on Viale Pasitea, a wide pedestrian lane that winds down the cliffside towards the water's edge, lined by boutiques selling iconic Positano-style dresses, handcrafted leather sandals, and original art.

The lane ends in a small square which overlooks the sea across from the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, famous for its colorful ceramic-tiled cupola pictured on countless postcards. Inside the church, you can see the Madonna Nera icon, done in a Byzantine style and dating fromthe 13th century.

According to legend, the painting of the Madonna Nera was being carried on a Turkish vessel which ran aground near Positano. The Captain heard the words "Posa, posa" (Put it down, put it down) coming from the canvas and decided to throw it into the sea. The residents of Positano found it washed up on the beach where the church now stands, and the name “Positano” is said to have its roots in this legend.

After visiting the church, continue down the stairs to the Spiaggia Grande beach, where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the colorful town clinging to the cliffside behind you. There are a number of cafès, restaurants, beach clubs, and bars where you can relax by the sea after your walk.

If you'd like to continue your walk, you can take the trail to the right known as the “Sentiero degli Innamorati” which leads to the Fornillo Beach. There is a historic Saracen tower along the way, built on the furthest point of the coast to guard against pirates.

Montepertuso and Nocelle

If you are travelling by car or scooter, it's worth the effort to take a side trip up the cliffside to the village of Montepertuso and the hamlet of Nocelle. These two spots were once only accessible on foot along the Sentiero degli Dei trail from Agerola or the long staircase which climbed up the hillside from Positano. Today you can easily reach the villages by car, but the charm of these spots seem untouchedby time. Take a minute to stop and admire the view from the small square, which stretches across the Mediterranean to the shores of Capri.

Cartotrekking - The Path of the Gods Pick

Guided tours

The Path of the Gods

While staying in Sorrento, take time to savor this breathtaking hike far above the Amalfi Coast along the famed Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods)! Our expert and licensed hiking guide with lead you along one of the worlds's most spectacular trails during this private hiking tour.

By Cartotrekking

from € 149

(Terms and conditions)

Sorrento Limo - Tour of the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento Pick

Guided tours

Tour of the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento

All the charm of the Amalfi Coast in a private tour to the most beautiful spots along this famous coastline, includingo Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. We'll also pass the pretty villages perched on the cliffside and have breathtaking views of the Bay of Naples.

By Sorrento Limo

from € 290

(Terms and conditions)

Astarita Car Service - Day Tour: Sorrento to the Amalfi Coast Pick

Guided tours

Day Tour: Sorrento to the Amalfi Coast

All the most beautiful locations on the Amalfi Coast in one 8-9 hour driving tour: we'll leave from Sorrento on board a luxury Mercedes with a professional driver at the wheel and stop in Positano, Praiano, Amalfi and Ravello ... an unforgettable day!

By Astarita Car Service

from € 290 price per vehicle

(Terms and conditions)

all special offers (9)

Recommended experiences and tours

Capri Boat Service Transfer  - Private Speedboat Transfer Capri - Salerno Pick

Transport and Rental

Private Speedboat Transfer Capri - Salerno

Save precious time during your holiday and choose a fast, comfortable, and reliable private transfer by luxury speedboat to fly across the waves from Capri to Salerno (or Salerno to Capri) in just 60 minutes. Choose the best for your vacation and your peace of mind!

By Capri Boat Service Transfer

from € 800 max 8-10 passengers
Motoscafisti di Capri - Capri Boat Tour + Blue Grotto Stop - Yellow Line Pick

Transport and Rental

Capri Boat Tour + Blue Grotto Stop - Yellow Line

Buy your ticket online now and save on your island boat tour!

By Motoscafisti di Capri

€ 17 € 18 -6% per guest
Oasi Motor - Rent your scooter online - Full Day (6 hours) Pick

Transport and Rental

Rent your scooter online - Full Day (6 hours)

Reserve your scooter online to visit Capri in complete freedom without having to face the long lines for the funicular and bus.
This package includes a 6 hour rental from 10 am to 4 pm, with delivery at the port of Capri just steps from where you disembark from the ferry!

By Oasi Motor

from € 40 € 55 -27% Per scooter
Eurolimo - Day Tour from Naples to Sorrento, Positano, and Pompeii Pick

Guided tours

Day Tour from Naples to Sorrento, Positano, and Pompeii

A full day on board a luxury sedan with an expert driver to explore the most famous spots along the Bay of Naples: Sorrento with its picturesque historic center, the ruins of Pompeii, and the most beloved town on the Amalfi Coast, Positano.
Duration: 8 hours

By Eurolimo

from € 400 8 hour tour

Nello Russo

(Owner and driver)

Top Excursion Sorrento - Deluxe transfer from Naples to Positano Pick

Guided tours

Deluxe transfer from Naples to Positano

Book a private transfer by sedan or minivan with Top Excursion Sorrento for a comfortable, safe, and relaxing trip to Positanto from your airport, train station, or hotel in Naples or vice versa.
Duration 1 hour 15 mins

By Top Excursion Sorrento

from € 120 € 125 -4%

Giovanni Guidone

(Titolare)

Top Excursion Sorrento - Deluxe transfer from Venice to Sorrento/Amalfi Coast Pick

Guided tours

Deluxe transfer from Venice to Sorrento/Amalfi Coast

Travel the length of Italy from Venice to Sorrento and Positano, Amalfi, or Ravello on the Amalfi Coast (or vice versa): una luxury transfer by private car (sedan or minivan) with wifi and a bilingual driver.
Duration of transfer: about 8 hours

By Top Excursion Sorrento

from € 930

Giovanni Guidone

(Titolare)