Positano Restaurants

Where to eat in Positano?

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of food and restaurants in Positano is Sea Food. For many years Positano has been a fishing town so you can always find fresh anchovies and squids directly fished in the coasts by Positano fisherman. Since Positano is one of the most expensive destinations in Europe be prepared to pay a good deal of money if you want to enjoy a fine proper Mediterranean meal. There are of course a couple of places that are not so expensive and where you can have a great sample of Italian delight and good service experience.

At the top of our list of recommended places for a good price is Le Tre Sorelle. Located directly in front of the beach, this traditional Italian cuisine restaurant has great service, great view and yummy not so expensive food to enjoy.

Pizza Positano Italy
Pizza at Le Tre Sorelle, Positano

We had lunch there on the second day of our stay in Positano and the pizza was incredibly delicious. We shared one glass of wine and the bill was less than 30€. A low price compared to what we paid the day before, almost 70€ for lunch and 50€ for dinner. The most expensive meal we had was lunch at a restaurant called Max the first day we arrived in Positano. One bottle of water, one glass of wine and two Frutti di Mare Risotto, plus service, almost 70€. It was good but to be honest I personally didn’t think it was a fair cost-benefit for this place. I mean, the restaurant is nice and the service is fancy but the food I felt was average. That is only my personal opinion since Stefan was happy about the meal and because he enjoys fancy places more than I do, for him it was an experience to remember.

Risotto Max Positano
Risotto at Max Positano

Coming back to our hotel from the Max, we stopped by a little store right on the road called Latteria, on the Viale Pasitea to buy some water, sprite, gluten-free biscuits, chocolates and a few more things for later. We were a bit tired so we decided to take it easy the rest of the afternoon, the problem was we got to cozy in the hotel and realized around 9:30 it was dinner time.

We recommend you go have dinner in Positano earlier, we started our search shortly before 10 pm and most of the restaurants were closing.

We ended up having dinner at the only place that was open, we had to walk all the way down to the restaurants in front of the  beach, since most of the place on the way down were already closing, luckily food was good and we could have a nice portion of fresh anchovies, grilled and fried calamari with refreshing lemon  juice. The place is called La Cambusa, even though a bit expensive, we were glad to find something open over 10 pm, we paid almost 50€ for dinner.

Positano Grilled Calamari at La Cambusa, Positano
Fried fish and Calamari
Fried fish and Calamari

For breakfast, we were staying at Casa Albertina and our breakfast was included. See https://positanotogether.com/amazing-hotel-to-stay-in-positano/

For the last night of our staying we were late again and had to walk a lot around to find a place that was taking us so late. Finally, we found one lovely place at a corner on the way to the beach called Collina Bakery, the place is lovely, not fancy at all, but they have good service and the prices were not as expensive as in most of the restaurants in Positano.

Collina bakery Positano
Collina Bakery corner. Source: http://www.collinabakery.it/

We shared a lovely last dinner there, Stefan had fried calamari, we can´t get enough of those :), and I had traditional Italian spaghetti with clams.

Fried Calamari at Collina Bakery, Positano
Fried Calamari at Collina Bakery, Positano
Spaghetti with Clams at Collina Bakery

How to get from Naples to Positano

Positano Sunset

Positano Travel Guide

When planning our first visit to Positano from Naples, we realized there wasn’t much information available online on the different ways how to get there. We summarize the result of our research so you can decide the best way to travel depending on your budget and on how much time you have available.

What’s the cheapest way to travel to Positano?

Train and Bus. From Naples, you must get to the Garibaldi Train Station and catch a Train to Sorrento

It runs about every 20 minutes, takes 1 hour and 10 minutes and costs about €5.

Once in Sorrento, walk out of Train Station and get on a SITA bus to Positano.

Ask for tickets normally available in  Tabaccherie, newspapers stands, bars, caffés, shops displaying the SITA SUD logo. Wherever there’s a SITA bus station, there should be a place near by to buy the tickets.

Keep in mind: Tickets cannot be purchased on board of the bus.

Garibaldi Train Station ItalyGaribaldi Train Station Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/badwyer/8511283429

From Sorrento, the bus to Positano takes around 45 minutes.

If you suffer from motion sickness, take Dramamine to avoid getting dizzy, the road is full of curves. Sit on the right side of the bus to get the sea view!

For SITA Bus Timetable and relevant info, check online :

https://www.positano.com/en/bus-schedule

Train Station Sorrento
Outside Sorrento Train Station

The two main bus stops in Positano is La Sponda & Chiesa Nouva. 

Depending on your travel arrangements, whether you staying in Positano or not,  you would need to locate one of these stops and figure out in advance which one will you need to get off at. 

If you are only visiting for one day, we recommend you use La Sponda since it is the nearest to the center, from there you can either walk down to the beach through Positano streets and stairs or get on one of the internal buses that don´t cost more than 1.5 €. 

If you staying over, find the location of your hotel and see which one of the stops is the nearest. Call the hotel if possible so they can guide you on the best way to get there if you arriving by bus.

La sponda bus stop Positano Italy
View from La Sponda Bus Stop

What is the fastest way to travel from Naples to Positano?

Private Shuttle or Taxi. If you don’t have much time and can afford to pay a bit more for transportation; the most comfortable and fastest way to get to Positano from Naples is with a private driver. We were lucky enough to have found Nicola, a charming taxi driver, who offered this option when we were ready to go try our luck at the harbor. He charged us 110 € from the Paradiso Hotel in Napoli by Posillipo Hill, to be right in front of the entrance to our hotel Casa Albertina en Positano almost 1 hour and 15 minutes later.

 

Road from Naples to Positano
Road Trip from Naples to Positano

Naples to Positano by Ferry

The original destination we told Nicola to take us was to Beverello Port. From there you get on board of Hydrofoil to Sorrento. Time crossing: 45 minutes. Once in Sorrento, you get on board a second boat to Positano, another 40 minutes. Around Apr, May, Jun only 3 boats a day. I guess during summer more routes should be available.

Molo Beverello Napoli ItalyPort of Naples. Molo Beverello

 

Allilauro Hydrofoil in Positano Port
For planning Times of Departures and bag policy, check online : www.allilauro.it

 

The main Italian company in charge is called Allilauro. We read on something called the Metro del Mare that used to be a more organized route and connections between the main ports of Amalfi Coast but for our visit on April 2019, we didn’t find any updated information online nor heard of it, around our visits to the port. It probably runs in high season but there is not much information available to book or buy online. Hydrofoil prices on the Amalfi Coast move between 15 € and 25 € depending on the season and the city of destination, We went back to Naples by hydrofoil and paid 15€ each route.

Ferry tickets are more expensive than bus tickets, but the journey is much more pleasant and spectacular. We highly recommend this alternative whenever possible.

 

How to get from Rome to Positano?

Positano Italy
Sunny Positano

If you are in Rome and wish to visit Positano, I would say you need at least 2 days available for this trip. It could be done in one day but you would have to take into account that all the time you will spend getting there and returning, won´t leave much time to actually enjoy some quality time in Positano.

Here are some options you can take when planning your visit to Positano from Rome:

Train from Rome to Naples and then to Sorrento. Followed by  Hydrofoil from Sorrento Port to Positano.

“Trenitalia’s Alta Velocità” (AV) trains make the trip from Naples to Rome 87 times per day. The first train leaves Napoli Centrale bound for Roma Termini at 4:04 a.m., the last at 9:46 p.m., the trip takes an average of 1 hour and 7 minutes. Ticket prices on this route range from USD 26-40.

The Train from Naples to Sorrento takes 1 hour and 10 minutes and it runs about every 20 minutes. The cost is about 4€

Once in Sorrento you will have to take a Taxi from the Circumvesuviana Train Station to the Port to catch one of the Hydrofoil Boats going from Sorrento to Positano.  Prices start at 15€. Trip duration is 40 minutes.

Train from Rome to Salerno and then Hydrofoil from Salerno Port to Positano

Frequent Trains from Rome to Salerno. Trenitalia’s high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains, connect Roma Termini with Salerno several times each day, and the fastest trains make the journey in 1 hour 25 minutes. Prices vary from 36 to 50 USD

Once in Salerno Port “Molo Manfredi” you can travel with one of two companies that do the route Salerno – Positano.

By June 2019 it only shows 2 routes available from early in the morning with TravelMar and one daily with NLG.

For NLG check online Timetable and prices:

https://www.navlib.it/eng/index.asp

Ship Crossing Type: Fast Jet Line. Crossing Time: 50 minutes

For TravelMar check Online Timetable and prices:

https://www.travelmar.it/

Crossing Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Private ride.

2 hours by car from Rome to Napoli. Plus 1 and 15 minutes from Naples to Positano. You could do it by renting a car but we wouldn’t recommend driving on Italian highways much. Hiring a Private Service could be expensive, around and more than 400€. If you are not a big fan of train rides, but still you don´t have that much budget for a private ride from Rome, the best thing to do would be to take the train from Rome To Naples (around 1 hour and 10 mins depending on the Train) and then get a Taxi from Naples to Positano. We found one taxi ride for 110€ right from our hotel in Naples to the closest to the hotel in Positano.

For a cheaper budget check out the options with Train and bus from Naples and Sorrento…

https://positanotogether.com/how-to-get-from-napoli-to-positano/

Positano Beach

Positano Beach April
Positano Beach on April

“Marina Grande”or in italian “Spiaggia grande” is the main beach in Positano.

It will look very different depending on the month you are visiting. We were there in the second week of April which means the water was still very cold and not many people were around.

Positano Rainbow
Positano April Rainbow

We don´t like big crowds, so for us, it was peaceful and nice. The weather forecast was showing constant rain and electric storms and we kinda enjoyed it. Luckily on the second day, we got to walk downstairs to the “Spiaggia grande” and got a little bit of sunshine.

Being in Positano you need to know you have to walk a lot down and up the stairs, there are buses and expensive luxurious taxis, but if you can, you will enjoy wandering around their little streets full of amazing vintage details.

Also, know that a taxi can only get you near the beach entry, but still, the only way to get from there to the beach is on foot.

There are other beaches we didn’t get to visit but we read on them and here´s the list of the most important ones.

Fornillo Beach
Fornillo Beach, Positano by Mihael Grmek cc.

Fornillo Beach:

Walking something between 10 to 15 minutes along the coast from Piaggia Grande, you ‘ll find Fornillo Beach. It is a smaller and supposedly less crowded beach. The sand is rockier than in Marina Grande and more people report Jellyfish encounters. Some less crowded restaurants around with better prices.

 

Public Beach in Arienzo – Access Stairs View Source: https://www.fotoeweb.it/sorrentina/Foto/Positano/Arienzo.htm

Arienzo Beach:

There are 2 ways to get to Arienzo Beach, one is famous because of the long staircase you have to walk down from the road to get there, almost 300 steps. The other way is by boat, there are private and public areas on this beach. We read on a service you can book that will take you there from Positano Port, includes beach chair and umbrella and entry to one of the private areas.

Positano Weather

Beach Temperature Levels Positano

Spiaggia Grande in summer by De Maio Agostino. Source: https://www.fotoeweb.it/sorrentina/Foto/Positano/SpiaggiaGrande.htm