It has been said that
getting there is half the fun. In the case of a
drive from Naples to Positano, that could not be
more true. In the upper right
you can see the spectacular view that awaits as you make
your way south west on via Sorrentina towards the lovely
town of Sorrento.
To make an enjoyable day
trip to Positano, leave the Naples area early and allow
60 - 90 minutes to arrive in Sorrento by 9:30 - 10:00.
Spend an hour or two shopping in the downtown area where
you will find shops to suit every taste.
The specialty of Sorrento is
wood marquetry. Sorrento is famous for the quality of
the craft that has been perfected by the artisan
woodworkers of the city. Small tourist-quality pieces
can be had for 20 Euro or less, however the real
high-end works of art and the skillfully constructed
inlaid furniture are pricy. Bring your bank
account. The good thing is that most shops and
makers will ship world-wide. Or, perhaps you might
enjoy a stop at one of the local caffe' bars and a
romantic ride in a horse drawn carriage
(below left) ?
romantic horse drawn carriage is a perfectly elegant
touring option in historic Sorrento.
You should plan to resume
your trip to Positano at about 11:30 to noon in order to
arrive in time for pranzo (lunch). Usually, the
shops begin to close around this time for the
traditional siesta (lower left).
As you leave Sorrento south
on SP47 in the direction of Positano and Amalfi, you
will first go up for some 10 - 15 minutes. Then, once
you have reached the summit, you will begin your trip
down the southern slope where the Costiera Amalfitana
will begin to come into view
A few words of caution:
Drive s-l-o-w-l-y. The road is extremely narrow
and characterized by one tight turn after another with a
perilous drop into the sea to your right. Take your
time. Enjoy the scenery.
Each of the small towns has
something spectacular to offer the tourist. Positano,
the first town you will come to offers a beach, boat
rentals, high end shops, galleries of art, and fantastic