The Amalfi Coast Drive: Sorrento to Positano. Best bus ride of my life.

A trip to Campania would be wasted without this thrilling bus ride along Europe’s most celebrated road. I first experienced it’s epic panorama’s back in 2013 when I taught in summer camps in Italy while staying with host family’s. This Easter holiday I couldn’t wait to get back there once more and show P!

The ride from Sorrento to Positano is about 4 miles through some pretty villages of the Sorrentine peninsula and about 7 miles of cliff-hugging road which twists you around the most spectacular scenery in the country. To get started, board a blue SITA bus from Sorrento just outside the Circumvesuviana train station. The prices have hiked up slightly since my last visit, but still definitely worth it. A 24 hour bus ticket (which can be used on any of the SITA buses, great if you’re planning on exploring several towns along the coast) will set you back €8, though much cheaper than a ferry and far more heart-throbbing.

blue sita bus

driving through town
A glance of local life
stamp your ticket
Don’t forget to stamp your ticket!

The bus has several stops along the way including picturesque Positano plus the more authentic village of Priano (which I have yet to explore), after which it stops at the “Emerald Grotto” – The Grotta dello Smeraldo, and finishes in Amalfi. Since we hadn’t seen the grotto before, and P was getting bad carsickness and vertigo, we hopped off at the grotto before taking a breathtaking scenic walk to Amalfi.

statues admiring the view
Someone has a sense of humour!

I’m not the best descriptive writer out there, so have a glimpse of the Amalfi Coast drive by scrolling through my photos below. In the next few weeks I hope to explore the coast in more depth, including a hike around Monte Faito as well as down the Path of the Gods, I’d also like to spend some proper time in Praino, Positano and Ravello, and do a little island hopping to nearby islands Capri, Ischia and Procida. I’d be really interested to hear your experiences here, perhaps you visited a less touristy town, one that didn’t charge €4 for a coffee would certainly please P! I’ve never seen him so outraged before…

En route to the coast
En route to the coast
This bus ride will have you clinging to your seat
This bus ride will have you clinging to your seat

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So pretty
So pretty
Imagine waking up every morning to this view
Imagine waking up every morning to this view

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amalfi coast drive 4 positano 4

Impossibly stacked Positano
Impossibly stacked Positano
Positano in the distance
Positano in the distance

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Hi! I’m Sarah. I dropped out of university tired with the mundane life I was living in England. Now I’m an aspiring ex-pat of the world, having already lived and worked in Vietnam, Italy and Maldives. I’m using this blog to document my experiences and hopefully inspire others!

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