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Positano: Day Trips and Tours from Rome

Known for its brightly colored buildings, world-class gelato, and jaw-dropping coastline, Positano is the jewel of the Amalfi Coast. Though it seems like a stretch geographically, a Positano Day trip from Rome is possible so long as you start the day early.

Taking a detour from seeking out cultural gems in Rome and slurping up spaghetti with the sun beaming on your face in Positano, is a must for anyone visiting Italy.

How to get to Positano from Rome?

Positano sits nestled in the Amalfi Coast in the south of Italy.  While the cliffside town is just over 270 km away from the capital, it is feasible to visit Positano from Rome in one day, with a little forward planning.

From Rome to Positano by car

The journey to Positano from Rome takes just over three hours. To start, take the A1 Autostrada towards Naples, and then switch to the A3 Autostrada. As you head further south, follow signs for Sorrento until the SS 163 which takes you directly into Positano.

From Rome to Positano by bus/public transport

A direct bus to Positano leaves from the Rome Tiburtina railway station, every day at 7 am. The buses only run between June and September, and the route takes around four hours.

Guided tour to Positano from Rome

One of the most comfortable ways to travel to Positano is by guided tour. You will be picked up either from your hotel or an allocated point in the city center. Generally, the tours make stops at two iconic spots in Italy — Pompeii, and Positano.

There is a lot of ground to cover, so expect an early pick-up and evening drop-off.

What is the typical itinerary of a day tour to Positano from Rome?

Most guided Positano day trips from Rome provide an air-conditioned mini-van that meets around 7 am in a central spot in the city.

The first stop on a Positano day trip from Rome is at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii where you’ll have around two hours to explore the ancient ruins, which include casts of those caught in the eruption.

The next stop is at Positano, where you’ll have two hours of free time to find the freshest seafood for lunch and soak in the tumbling cliffs and picturesque buildings that form the fishing village.

Lastly, it’s back onto the bus for a scenic tour of the Amalfi Coast by road. Considered the best drive in the whole of Italy, it includes glorious views of towering peaks, dramatic ocean scenes, and idyllic villages.

The Positano day trip from Rome lasts around 13 hours and you’ll be dropped back to your meeting point.

What kinds of tours are available to go to Positano?

There are several options for your Positano day trip from Rome, including guided, private, and boat tours.

Guided tours to Positano from Rome

Guided tours are the most popular way to explore Positano. You’ll board an air-conditioned coach which will take you to the world-famous ruins of Pompei. It includes a guided tour of the town that’s been frozen in time. You’ll have free time in Positano during the summer season, or Amalfi November-March.

Semi-private guided tour to Positano from Rome

With a semi-private tour, you can expect no more than eight people to join you on your Positano day tour from Rome. Alongside stop-offs at both Pompeii and Positano, lunch is also included at a charming local restaurant. The lunchtime views stretch out over the Bay of Naples as well as Sorrento.

Private tour to Positano from Rome

Those choosing a private tour will benefit from the full attention of their own knowledgeable guide at Pompeii, and a flexible itinerary for the day. With an English-speaking driver and an air-conditioned mini-van, it’s the most comfortable way to travel on your Positano journey.

Boat tour to Positano from Rome

After a quick dash between Rome and Napes by high-speed train, you’ll hop aboard your boat and set sail for the Amalfi Coast. Along the way, you’ll see several sites that other day-trippers miss, such as Marina Grande. While you may not get to explore Pompeii, you’ll benefit from an extra stop at Amalfi as well as Positano.

How much does a tour to Positano from Rome cost?

Positano day tours from Rome vary in price based on the size of the tour group and the type of vehicle you journey in.

A full day tour with a group by coach starts at €139 (US$144), while semi-private tours by mini-van of just seven or eight people range upwards from €269 (US$279), but include lunch.

For those looking for a private experience, expect to pay around €371 (US$389) which includes an English-speaking driver, and faster travel time. If arriving by boat is more your style, Positano excursions start at €294 (US$305).

What will you see and do in Positano?

Fornillo Beach

Fornillo is the second largest beach in Positano after Spiaggia Grande. The 300-meter beach can be reached by foot from Spiaggia Grande in just 10-15 minutes. The distinctive feature of Fornillo Beach is the two ancient watchtowers that are positioned on either end of the beach.

Path Of Gods

If it’s nature you’re seeking on your Positano day tour from Rome, the Path of Gods scenic trail is around 8 km long and takes around half a day to complete. The hike offers outstanding views of the rugged coastline and passes through historic towns. The starting point is in Bomerano at the Il Sentiero Degli Dei, finishing up in Nocello, close to the northern part of Positano.

Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta

The Church of Santa Maria is located in the heart of Positano and is free to enter. You can light a candle as you enter the church, and for €2 (US$2) you can get a souvenir coin to commemorate your trip. The draw of the quaint church is its elaborately tiled dome.

Spiaggia Grande

Photography lovers will want to head to Spiaggia Grande on their Positano excursion, to capture the most famous shot on the Amalfi Coast. This is the largest and most popular beach in Positano and is surrounded by mouthwatering seafood restaurants. You can also rent sunbeds on the beach for between €20-€25 (US$20-26) per day.

When is Positano open over the year?

Positano becomes a ghost town during the winter months. Despite the mild (for Europe) temperatures that range between 5-12°C, almost everything, from restaurants to hotels, is closed during January and February.

If you want to visit the Amalfi Coast during the winter, head to Amalfi or Vietri Sul Mare instead.

When is the best time to visit Positano?

Like much of southern Europe, Positano experiences blissfully hot summer days, and relatively mild winters. The promise of sunshine drives tourists in the thousands to the town during the summer.

Instead, consider visiting in the shoulder months of May and September, when prices are lower, temperatures are balmy, and tourists are gone.

Are there any tours to Positano from other cities in Italy?

Yes, there are other tours departing from several other cities in Italy:

Travel tips

  • If you're driving from Rome to Positano, consider stopping at the Abbey of Monte Cassino, which is handily placed almost exactly halfway between Rome and Positano, and is the perfect place to stretch your legs.
  • The south coast of Italy can reach highs of 34℃ in the summer months, so make sure you’re well prepared for your Positano jaunt with sunscreen, water, and a sunhat.
  • If you want to explore the sites of Positano and are heading there by guided tour, consider packing food to take along, as otherwise, your limited 2 hours in the town will be taken up by ordering lunch.