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Getting from Rome to Positano

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Getting from Rome to Positano

We are flying into Rome on Aug 4, 2010. I had planned on renting a car and driving from Rome to Positano. However, after reading some of the posts, I am starting to query my idea. My wife likes to travel heavy, so we will have a lot of luggage. And even though we will only be in Positano 3 days, we will be heading to Tuscany that Saturday, hence the car. Any recent experiences/opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Getting from Rome to Positano

As long as your Positano hotel provides parking, you will be fine. Heavy traffic on the drive along the AC as you get close to your destination. Park you car at the hotel. Use the ferries and buses while you are there because of parking difficulty. Recover car and drive to Tuscany. No problem.

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2. Re: Getting from Rome to Positano

The car sounds like your best option because a lot of luggage is impossible on the trains what with the steep steps into the train and not the most space to put your bags while on the train.

But - and this is very important! Do not leave items in your car even if parked in a hotel parking lot or anywhere, street or otherwise - things will get stolen.

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3. Re: Getting from Rome to Positano

We also want to travel with luggage from ROME to POSITANO . Any suggestions ? How long on fast train ? Where do we get off ? Maybe a car transfer from main rail station ?

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4. Re: Getting from Rome to Positano

I'd start working on the "travel heavy" part of this planning. You two will rue the day that she decided to "travel heavy." Getting onto trains, lugging the bags to a hotel, etc., will not be fun.

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5. Re: Getting from Rome to Positano

One other thing to note - when you get past Naples the roads become very narrow with hairpin turns. I'd tell your wife to pack lite, take the train to Naples and have a driver pick you up in Naples and drive you to Positano.

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6. Re: Getting from Rome to Positano

On our trip, we rented a car at the Rome airport and drove directly to Positano like you are considering. We broke up the trip with a stop in Pompeii for a few hours, which was great and helped to keep us moving with jet lag and all. We enjoyed having the freedom a car allows. We used it to drive to Ravello and Sorrento as well. We did stay at the Marincanto which has parking on the premisis which is very conveinent.

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7. Re: Getting from Rome to Positano

How long was the drive from rome to positano

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8. Re: Getting from Rome to Positano

We're doing this in the fall and planning on what aroberts suggested... taking the train from Rome to Naples, then hiring a private transfer by car to Positano. Doing the same thing in reverse a few days later, then planning to rent a car from the Rome train station and drive to Siena.

Originally we considered renting a car for the whole thing--my husband is experienced at driving in Europe, including cliffside roads, etc.--but people have advised us against it. The Rome-Positano and Positano-Siena drives would be pretty boring in spots (because you're on major highways, to save time), and when you're driving along the Amalfi Coast, the driver doesn't get to appreciate the views! Plus, we don't want to pay to park every day in Positano (our hotel doesn't offer free parking; that seems to be the case with most of the hotels).

The average price for a private transfer, one way, seems to be about 100 euro.

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9. Re: Getting from Rome to Positano

Just got back from Positano. We didn't want to deal with the stress of renting a car and driving on those narrow roads, so we ended up using the train and a driver. It was a great choice for us. We took the fast train and were there in an hour. Our driver, Giovanni (russoleon.com) picked us up at the train station in a Mercedes Van. He was great, pointed out the sites, and stopped at Pompeii on the way down. It was 85 for the transfer, 20/hr for the stop in Pompeii. He also provided sun-reflective umbrellas for Pompeii, which came in handy in the heat.

Positano was so beautiful - have a wonderful time!

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10. Re: Getting from Rome to Positano

We are flying into Rome on August 7th and will be taking the train to Naples where we are being picked up for the transfer to our villa in Positano. The train ride from the Naples station is 1:20 on the high speed trains. There is a 30 minute train ride from the airport to the Roma Centrale station as well. We will have two large bags with us and will have no problem getting them on the train as we are going first class.