Driving To Positano Tips Part 2

More Tips on Driving  To Positano Italy


Il San Pietro ExteiorSo you’ve decided to drive yourself to the stunning, jet-set town of Positano Italy. Driving the Amalfi coast is beautiful – but it’s also a challenge.

If you’ve read part 1 of this series, you’ll recall that we talked about the two main roads that take you to Positano and through the town (SS163 and Via Pasitea). This post will be about parking and hotels in Positano.

So here we go:

#1 Parking is at a Premium in Positano

Because the town of Positano goes up (into the cliffs) and not out – space for anything is at a premium, including parking. So parking can be quite an adventure here.

italy-small-car2When you’re going to rent a car – size does matter, but not in the way you think. Small is better. Forget the SUV and choose the Fiat my friend.

When you park, you’ll probably have to get out and let the guys at the parking garage park the car for you. It’s truly an experience to watch these pros park 3 cars into what we in North America would use to park 1 car. Yikes.

And of course when you go to get your car out, grab a cold drink, sit back and watch the circus they go through to get your car out of the VERY back of the garage – it’s a lot of fun.

Don’t stress – and don’t try to take the car out yourself – just enjoy the show.


#2 Prepare for the Drivers

Drivers in Italy – including those in Positano – are well…creative. And when temperatures rise – they start to use some very creative gestures and language as well.

Also, parking lines (and road lines) are not hard and fast rules here – more like “suggestions”.

driving to positano tipsA lot of times you’ll see cars parked in places that you just shouldn’t park a car – along the shoulder in the middle of a hairpin turn, in the center of the main road unloading a truck or on the inclined grassy hill beside an apartment.

Prepare for this – and just go with the flow my friend. It’s all good. You’re in Italy.

That’s it for the second part of our driving to Positano series – the next post will talk about parking fees, working with your hotel and how to protect yourself when driving (in more ways than one).

If you haven’t read part 1 of the series about driving to Positano, click here.




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