POSITANO, CHIESA NUOVA AREA
The CHIESA NUOVA area, named after the rebuilted church in XVIII, is the most ancient part of Positano. Locals always preferred to settle upper, away from the direct sea risks. Only after, when Positano changed from a rural town into a fisherman town, new houses started to spreads down.
Chiesa Nuova manteins its local origins, with its fruit and vegetables shop, butcher, fish market. Go to the cozy Bar Internazionale and have breakfast chatting with locals and feel yourself a bit Positanese!
Circumnavigate Capri and take a bath in crystalline water.
In Ischia visit La Mortella, the spectacular subtropical and mediterranean garden.
Look at the Vesuvio from Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Climb up the mountains to catch the most unforgettable vistas of the Amalfi Coast.
Reach Naples and loose yourself in the 80-kilometer-long labyrinth of caves.
Shop in Positano and refresh with the best lemonade.
Take in a concert in Ravello.
Hitch-hiking to Montepertuso and Nocelle, the upper villages.
Or, cook with us!!!
John Steinbeck wrote:
Positano's history is long, rich and also quite strange; one thing is certainn, however: it started a lond time ago. When Emperor Tiberius moved to Capri bacause he was disliked in Rome. He did not trust anybody. He was afraid everyone wanted to poison him and perhaps he was right. He did not want bread made with local flour; therefore his three-oar boat went along the coast of Positano. This small center has had a remarkable past as part of the Amalfi Republic....in competition with Venice. In the XVII centuries Positano became enormously rich. Its ships arrived everywhere, traded with the near and Middle East, brought spices, silk and precious woods, greatly requested in the West.
It was at that time that the beautiful Baroque houses still standing against the mountains and decorated with the best things found around the world, were built.
(from "Harper's Bazaar" 1953)
TRAVELLING TO POSITANO BY CAR
Getting to Positano by car is much easier than you'd think. The motorway to remember is the A3, and the exit Castellammare di Stabia.
Please, take a look on google map from home and on your navigator once in your car and follow the instructions. It will turn out very easy to reach your final destination.
Many people ask whether it's a good idea to drive on the Amalfi Coast. The narrow coastal road is comprised of a series of hairpin bends, directly above the sea, but remember that driving along the sinuous curves of the Amalfi Coast is an experience no driver should miss.
In any way, the best way to explore the Amalfi Coast is by car, allowing you to stop off when and as many times as you choose. If you are not used to driving on narrow roads, your best option is to use the public bus service or, if your budget allows it, a chauffeur driven car.
GETTING TO POSITANO BY AIRPLANE
If your plane lands in Naples Capodichino Airport, you will need to get first to the town of Sorrento and than take a second bus to Positano.
- by Curreri coach to Sorrento: these can be boarded directly outside Terminal 1. Tickets cost around 10.00 Euro and can be purchased directly from the driver, then:
- by Sita from Sorrento to Positano. Please ask the driver to get off at the bus stop BAR INTERNAZIONALE.
Sit on the right hand side of the bus to get the best view! From Sorrento the bus takes more or less 30 minutes to reach Positano. The road is a series of curves: take all the precautions necessary if you suffer from car sickness.
If you're flying into Rome, you should be aware that the journey from Rome to the Amalfi Coast will take at least four hours from the time you land, and even then, only if you make all the connections.
If your flight lands in the afternoon, you might want to consider spending a night in Rome or Naples and continuing your journey to the Amalfi Coast the next day.
From Rome Fiumicino Airport
From the airport Leonardo Express, train to the city's main Roma Termini railway station.
From here you can catch trains to Naples.
There are various types of train which run between Rome and Naples:
Eurostar Freccia Rossa (TAV): this is by far the most comfortable option, but also the most expensive. In little more than an hour, you will arrive at Naples' Piazza Garibaldi station. Freccia Rossa trains depart every hour and are usually extremely punctual.
Intercity: these trains take about two hours to travel between Rome and Naples.
Interegional: these trains stop at every station in just about every little town dotted along the line. Not surprisingly, the journey from Rome to Naples takes roughly 4 hours.
Train tickets from Rome to Naples can be purchased in the station (at the ticket office or from the automatic dispensers), but we highly recomend to buy them online using the Trenitalia website. Significant discounts are often available for customers buying their tickets in advance online. Please be aware that special offer tickets are often non refundable.
Once you arrive at Naples Stazione Centrale -Piazza Garibaldi railway station, follow the direction signs to the Circumvesuviana (the regional railway line, situated underneath the main railway station) and from here take the train to Sorrento.
You'll reach Sorrento in about an hour.
Outside Sorrento Circumvesuviana station you'll find Sita autobus to Positano.
PRIVATE TRANSFER The best option for a stress free journey!
Trains to change, buses to catch, connections you can't afford to miss... by now, you'll probably have realized that getting to the Amalfi Coast, especially if you are landing in Rome, is not exactly the simplest of journeys.
By far the best way to avoid unnecessary, travel-induced, stress, is to book a transfer from the airport to your Villa Cocles. And, if there are four or more of you, the cost of the service is likely to be only marginally higher than that of all the train and bus tickets you'll need to buy to get to the Amalfi Coast using public transport.
Transfer service is the most comfortable way to get to Villa Cocles. E-mail us for more informations.