Situated on the famed Amalfi Coast lies two seaside towns that everyone needs to put on their list. Positano and Sorrento are two of Italy’s most beautiful cities and are perfect for honeymooners, backpackers and beach goers alike.
Getting To Positano And Sorrento
The great news about Positano and Sorrento is that they easily accessible from Italy’s most famous tourist destination, Rome. From Rome, you can take a 2 hour, €20 train to Naples. From Naples, you take another 1 hour commuter train down to Sorrento. Both trains were fast and comfortable and the transfer in Naples was simple. The train takes you to the middle of Sorrento, which is a smaller town to begin with, and most hotels or hostels are nearby.
A Day In Sorrento
As you can see in the image above, Sorrento is a seaside town pearched on the cliffs of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Sorrento is pretty in it’s own right but it’s most popular for being the main port to the island of Capri. There are many restaurants and shops in the town of Sorrento.
I visited Sorrento while studying abroad in Rome and a large group of us went down for a weekend in September. The weather was extremely warm (high 80’s) and the sea was as well, having heated up throughout the summer. Part of the group went to the Isle of Capri will the others strolled the streets and cafe’s of Sorrento.
We all met up for dinner and had a wonderful Italian meal complete with the restaurant’s house wine.
A Day In Positano
We woke up early the following morning and boarded a bus that would take us to the neighboring town of Positano. The bus cost a couple of Euro’s but be warned, this ride is not for the faint of heart. First, Italians are known to be crazy drivers to begin with. Now, add in a precarious, narrow road that winds it way around the seaside cliffs and you’re in for quite the ride. Making hairpin turns in an over-sized and overcrowded bus on a cliff-side road will have you quite white knuckled. However, the ride is well worth it.
The bus drops you off at the top of Positano (see featured image above). From there you walk down a winding pathway through the town where shops and cafe’s are aplenty. At the end of the path, you’ll find yourself on the beach at the base of the town.
The main beach will be crowded with Italians and foreigners alike and is a great place to spend the day if you’re looking for some sunshine.
A lesser known (better in my opinion) beach can be found if you take a sharp right when you get to the beach. You’ll walk around this old medieval tower and you’ll find a small, less crowded beach in an alcove.
We spent all day on the beach swimming and enjoying the sunshine and met a couple Americans that were on their honeymoon.
Heading down to the Amalfi Coast for the weekend was perfect. If you’re a beach person like me then make sure to go during the summer months (June-September). If you’d like to swim then the later months are recommended as the water will have all summer to heat up.
You could easily spend an entire week in this area or just a couple days. Either way, Positano and Sorrento are must sees when visiting Italy.