Drive: The most spectacular section is between Amalfi and Positano -
approximately 40 km. The road is just two cars wide in many sections, so
take care. Passengers may relax and be spellbound. It's so glorious that you
will want to make the journey in the opposite direction.
Statale 163 (State Highway 163), which runs along the southern side of the
Sorrentine peninsula as far as Salerno, is better known as the Amalfi Drive.
It can be reached from Naples via the A3 Autostrada to Castellammare di
Stabia, which is on the northern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and is
linked to Sorrento farther west by Statale 145. Beyond Sorrento, Statale 145
winds westward around the tip of the peninsula and returns eastward along
its southern edge as Statale 163 - the Amalfi Drive. The road is a concrete
ribbon that rewards visitors with mountain-meets-sea views at every turn,
but driving it, as well as the narrow hairpin roads of the Sorrentine
peninsula, can be both a joy and a challenge. Medium-size cars are a good
compromise. The round reflecting mirrors set along major curves in the road
intend to show if others are coming around a bend; they may help but remain
ever alert. Honk before curves to let oncoming traffic know about you, and
listen for honks from oncoming curves. Buses and trucks will sometimes
require you to back up; if there's a standoff, take it in stride, as it goes
on all the time.
For these circumstances
we would like to recommend you that the best way to get to Hotel Onda
Verde from Naples is by pre-arranged
taxi. We can arrange for a luxurious
and comfortable Mercedes to meet you at the Naples airport or train station
and bring you directly to us, for a one way fare of Euro 120,00 for up to 3 persons (90' min. route driving). With this method you will be met at either
the Naples airport or railway station (Piazza Garibaldi) by a driver holding
a sign with your name. Then you will ride comfortably to Hotel Onda Verde,
enjoying the beautiful scenery without worries about directions or charges.
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Also, we want to inform that many guests that come here with a rental car,
once that they have understood the difficulty to drive they leave the auto
in the parking without using it for all the stay losing all the money they
spent for the rental. This money can be well spent enjoying in relax the
day trips well organized with English speaking guides to Pompeii & Vesuvius,
Herculaneum & Sorrento, Naples, Paestum and Rome, we will be happy to
arrange all of these activities for you. The Hotel Onda Verde also, is well
connected with bus stop on our parking to Amalfi, Positano, Ravello,
Sorrento and Pompeii.
is a major problem. It is often a good idea (if not the only option) to park
your car in a designated (preferably attended) lot. Parking in an area
signposted zona disco (disk zone) is allowed for limited periods (from
30 minutes to two hours or more - the limit is posted); if you don't have
the cardboard disk (inquire at the local tourist office) to show what time
you parked, you can use a piece of paper. The parcometro, the Italian
version of metered parking in which you put coins into a machine for a
stamped ticket that you leave on the dashboard, has been introduced in some
places. It's advisable to leave your car only in guarded parking areas.
Therefore, for a tranquil vacation, we advise leaving your
own car at home and making use of taxi or public transport as explained
If you prefer to use the public transportation services on
these web pages we have included all the timetables and available services
relevant to the Amalfitana coast, that is to say the timetables of
Sita buses, the
Circumvesuviana trains and the
ferries, so that you will be able to arrange excursions to
Amalfi (7 Km),
Positano (7 Km),
Ravello (13 Km) and other points of interest on the
Sorrentina-Amalfitana coast directly from home.
These depart and arrive from our parking lot. Just a visit to the page
detailing all the
excursions to the Amalfitana coast should be enough to assure you
that you don’t need a car in order to go on them. Avoid the torturous
coastal driving conditions and save the costs of parking (should there be
any available at all).