Driving to Positano – Tips Part 1

The One Way Road in Positano


driving to PositanoDriving to Positano? You’re in for a treat. This stretch of coast is one of the most beautiful in all of the world.

However, it can also b challenging if you’re not up for it.

And once you get to Positano, there are a few things you should know if you’re driving – to save you from pulling your hair out in frustration.

This post ia part 1 of a series of tips you should know if you’re planning to drive yourself to Positano.

So here we go:



Driving To Positano – The One Way Road Through Town:

The main road that goes through Positano town is called Viale Pasitea – and it only goes one way.  Note that this road goes through the town of Positano itself. Don’t confuse this with the main highway up above that you’ll be driving to get to Positano.

The road up above is called the SS163 highway or the Via Guglielmo Marconi. This road goes in both directions and is the road you can take to other popular destinations along the Amalfi coast like Praiano, Salerno and Amalfi.

This road – unlike the Via Pasitea – goes in both directions. So it’s easier to stop and turn around if you miss a stop (not easy – just easiER)


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What does this one way road through Positano town mean to you?

Well, if you’re parking at a specific public garage along the Viale Pasitea, you’ll need to slow down and make sure you get it on the first time by. Otherwise you’ll be stuck driving all the way out of the town and then have to go around again in a giant loop. Really annoying.

driving to positano tipsIf you’re going to park a specific hotel, make sure you slow down and, again, get it on the first drive by. It helps to have a GPS that can give you some advance warning – or a really good map.

This is also why a lot of people like staying at a hotel on the SS163 above the Viale Pasitea – because it’s easier to drive to other locations along the Amalfi coast from this location. Hotels along the SS163 include the Hotel Eden Roc, Palazzo Margherita and Villa Fiorentino.

One more thing about the Viale Pasitea. While it goes through the town, it only goes partway into the pedestrian shopping area.

If you’re staying lower in Positano in parts of the pedestrian area (or near the beach below this), you’ll probably have to park in a public garage off the Via Pasitea and walk down to your hotel with your bags. If this is the case, it’s always best to call your hotel ahead of time and ask them what they recommend.

So that’s the first part of our series on Driving to Positano – next time we’ll talk about a few more things you should know when driving yourself here. Ciao!




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