One might at first question my sanity when I say that I’m really excited about the opening of a new parking garage. But if you’ve tried to park on the Amalfi Coast before, you’ll understand the excitement. While the Amalfi Coast road is considered one of the most scenic drives in the world, the challenges of parking here make stopping anywhere along that drive difficult at best. Parking in Amalfi just got a lot less stressful with the opening of the Luna Rossa parking garage located between Amalfi and the neighboring village of Atrani.
The small white entrance to the parking garage leads into the 4 level garage that has been dug out of the mountainside of Amalfi – an engineering feat that has taken five years of excavation to complete. The garage has dedicated parking for the nearby Hotel Luna Convento, 204 parking spaces for cars and 30 for motorcycles and scooters. In addition to the four level parking garage, a pedestrian tunnel was built connecting the road to Piazza Municipio in Amalfi. Locals are already taking the shortcut, which makes the walk from the opposite side of Atrani to the center of Amalfi take only 5 minutes!
The view when you enter the parking garage looking toward Atrani is quite nice. I have to admit that for a parking garage it has pretty nice views!
We parked on the second level of the garage and took the stairs back down to the main level. The parking spaces are a relatively good size by Italian standards. If you can get that SUV to Amalfi, you’ll be able to park just fine.
There are stairs and an elevator connecting the four levels of the parking garage. I can’t imagine the amount of work that had to go into excavating this massive space in the mountain!
Everything comes at a cost, especially stress-free parking. The parking is €3.00 per hour, which may seem steep to some visitors. But when you travel so far to visit a town, it’s so frustrating to get there and find there isn’t any parking available. For much of the month of August, the parking area behind the port in Amalfi is full every day. Visitors would drive through town and not be able to stop! Hopefully, these 204 additional parking spaces will help relieve the stress of parking in town during the busy summer months.
Now, I’ll take you on a walk through the new pedestrian tunnel connecting the Amalfi Coast road near the Hotel Luna to Piazza Municipio.
The pedestrian tunnel is surprisingly cool, and will be refreshing during the warm summer months. The tunnel was made quite large so emergency vehicles could pass through if necessary. The garage opened last month, and since has been quite the curiosity for locals. It’s a big achievement for Amalfi, and I hope it will make parking much easier for travelers who want to drive the Amalfi Coast road.
And for those of you that that are curious, the name Luna Rossa means Red Moon and refers to when the full moon takes on that magical red hue. It’s also the name of a beautiful Neapolitan song called Luna Rossa. Here’s a bit of music to get you in the mood for driving down the Amalfi Coast!