One Night in Naples

Naples at Night – Molo Mergellina View

We started our visit to Italia in the amazing port of Napoli. We flew from Munich to Italy for a reasonable good price and service with Eurowings. We paid a bit extra so we could choose our seats on the “Best” area of the plane which is located when Business Class is normally on other planes. We had a small bottle of wine and pay 4€ for what I thought, was a yummy sandwich on board.

Eurowings Red Wine
Eurowings Red Wine on Board

We arrived in Napoli at 3:50 pm. We wanted to make the best out of that afternoon since it was our only day in Naples, we even considered going somewhere to get pizza right away with our bags before check-in in at the hotel, but we were warned by friends and by the internet, not to be running around in this city with personal belongings. Napoli is one of the cities in Italy where loads of people get robbed so we didn’t want to take any chances.

We asked where to get a taxi and one thing that surprised us was that most taxis where actually van size, it felt unnecessary space for only 2 people. We asked if there was a fixed rate for coming out of the Airport and they explained there is a 5€ fee per person and  5€ for each bag. So all and all we would have to pay something around 38€ to get to the hotel. I thought this was a bit too much so asked if there´s Metro or any other transportation to the city but the guy dispatching the taxis said with a loud Italian accent:   “No, no, no metro! no train.!! Only taxi to hotel “ and quickly got us a taxi without leaving us much time to figure out anything else.

Naples International Airport
Aeroporto Internazionale di Napoli

Once in the taxi, we thought then at least it will be faster to get to the hotel so we would have more time later to see some of the city and go out for dinner. The first moments going through the streets of Naples we had a sense of how intense and vibrant the city is. It has that Port vibe and very old constructions that still stand there telling a story of how old the place really is and it feels wonderful to be part of it.

Medieval walls in Naples
Medieval Walls in Napoli
Napoli view from the Hotel Paradiso

We stayed at one of the most classic hotels in Naples, The BW Signature Collection Paradiso. Located in the Posillipo hills, it has one of the best views of Napoli. From here you can see the stunning Vesuvio, the Sorrento Peninsula, all the Via Caracciolo, the Castel dell´ Ovo, the Island of Capri and the old port of Mergellina.

Mergellina View Napoli
Lobby @ BW Signature Hotel Paradiso Naples

After arriving at the hotel we knew we had a bit of time before dinner to hang out in Naples. The main problem then was, we had to choose what to do. Naples is so full of amazing places to see, we had a hard time choosing one where to go first.

Toledo Train Station
Toledo Train Station

Finally, after realizing we didn’t have much time, we decided to hit the road and go to the Spanish Neighborhood of Toledo. We saw a video recommendation on how beautiful the Train Station was, so we decided to take it from there.

Toledo Streets in Napoli

Like I said it was hard to choose, but after walking around this area I was happy we chose this location. We got to experience one of Naples most traditional neighborhoods and accidentally end up visiting one of the best places for pizza in the whole world! After walking a bit through the lovely streets of Toledo we found ourselves near the Via del Tribunale where one of the best pizzerias in Naples is located. We headed then to Gino Sorbillo and got to eat the best pizza we ever had!

Napolitana Pizza Pizza Diavolo at Gino Sorbillo

Gino Sorbillo Entry

 

 

 

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/