The proximity to the Lattari Mountains results in patchy mobile phone reception. On the stretch of coast between Positano and Sorrento there is often no signal at all.
The Amalfi Coast... vital statistics
the length of
the Amalfi Coast
the name of the
hugging the coastline
the minutes needed
to drive the SS163
from start to finish
the fabulous beaches
dotted along the
Distances between the major airports and Positano
The journey from Rome to the Amalfi Coast can be a long one: you'll need to allow for at least four hours (from the time you leave the airport). If your plane is due to land in the afternoon, you might want to consider spending a night in Rome or Naples and heading to the Amalfi Coast the next morning.
A transfer is the easiest solution and, if you're
travelling in a group, relatively inexpensive too.
Distances between the Amalfi Coast and
Positano is 58 kms south of Naples, (80 mins. by car). There are no direct forms of public transport between Positano and Naples. You'll need to travel to Sorrento and from here take the train (Circumvesuviana line). In the summer, hydrofoil and ferry services are provided by private boat companies. From Amalfi, buses travel direct to Naples.
A mere 15 kilometers (a 30 minute car drive) lie between Sorrento and Positano.The Sita bus company operates a regular service between the two towns. From Sorrento, hydrofoils sail to the islands in the bay of Naples, and Naples itself. The Circumvesuviana train line connects Sorrento with Naples and Pompeii. In the summer, hydrofoils also sail to Positano.
In the summer, Positano is linked to the island of Capri by direct ferry service.Ferries usually depart from Positano in the morning and return in the afternoon. The boat journey takes approximately 40 minutes. During the rest of the year, you'll need to travel to Sorrento and from here catch one of the regular ferries or hydrofoils to Capri.
The town home to Italy's most famous archeological site is located circa 30kms North of Positano. You can reach Pompei by car in about 40 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a bus to Sorrento (20 minutes) and from here board the Circumvesuviana train which, in 30 minutes, will transport you direct to the site (Pompeii Villa dei Misteri station).
In Italy the official currency is the Euro. Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
Cash machines are located outside most banks.
Wi-fi connectivity is provided in the majority of hotels, often free of charge. Broad band connectivity is rarely available.
Amalfi Coast each year
towns on the Amalfi Coast
Distribution of hotels and restaurants
Hotels / Restaurants
- Vietri sul M.
- Conca dei M.
Monthly hotel occupancy
Restaurants, shops and emergencies
Restaurant opening times
Lunch: from 12.30 to 15.00
Dinner: from 19.30 to 23.00
During the summer, opening hours are often extended: Italians rarely sit down to eat before 21.00 and in high season you'll find customers still being served as late as 23.00.
Tips: tipping is by no means obligatory. This said, as a rule of thumb, if you are satisfied with the service received you might leave a 5 to 10% tip.
Shop opening hours
From 10.00 to 13.30
and from 16.30 to 20.00
In the summer, in the majority of towns on the Amalfi Coast, you'll find shops open until late (as late as 22.00).
Whilst shops are generally closed on Sundays, in the summer you'll always find someone open for business.
In each town
there is always
at least one chemist's open.
Numbers to call in case of emergency:
- Ambulance: 118
- Fire brigade: 115
- Police: 112
- Police: 113
Medical assistance Amalfi: +39 089 871272
Medical assistance Positano: +39 089 8122059
Medical assistance Ravello: +39 089 871272
What you can expect to pay for...
at the bar
- Pizza and beer
served at table
- Ice cream
- Lemon ice
- Local bus
- One hour's
- Beach umbrella and sun bed
Tourist information officesAmalfi
Corso Roma, 19
84011 AMALFI (SA)
Tel. +39 089 871107
FAX +39 089 872619 Positano
Via Del Saracino, 4
84017 POSITANO (SA)
Tel. +39 089 875067
FAX +39 089 875760 Ravello
Piazza Duomo, 10
84010 RAVELLO (SA)
Tel. +39 089 857096
FAX +39 089 857977