Positano Italy located on the Amalfi Coast is a cliffside village that has become a well-known holiday destination in recent years. The village is made up of narrow streets with boutiques and cafés, and its pebble beachfront. When viewed from the sea you can admire the colorful Mediterranean houses and the nearby mountain range, Monti Lattari.

With its 300m long beach, Positano has become a hot-spot for the rich and famous to visit, attracting many celebrity visitors. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Positano was a port, and following this became a relatively poor fishing village. Since the 1950s, Positano has attracted larger numbers of tourists each year, leading to an increase in luxury resorts and hotels in the area. Population of 3912 people.  Wikipedia.com

Positano Beach Italy

Things to do and see

The Marina Grande beach is where most visitors spend their days, however, a visit to Positano would not be complete without seeing the iconic Santa Maria Assunta church, featuring a stunning dome and Byzantine icon of a black Madonna. If you are looking for an alternative beach for the day, try Fornillo beach and Arienzo beach. As well as hiking the Path of Gods, boat tours, cooking classes, day boat trips to Capri, paddleboard, snorkeling. Take a day trip to the other Amalfi Coast towns to enjoy the stunning scenery up and down the coast.

City view of Positano in the evening blue hour. Italian village on the beautiful mediterranean Amalfi coast

Hotels

Positano has extensive hotel options in the village, suitable for all budgets. Il San Pietro di Positano is considered one of the top hotels in Italy and is built into the rock. It features magnificent views of the coast, and each room has a private terrace decorated in the sophisticated local style. Le Sirenuse Hotel is another luxury option, with sea-views and an outdoor pool. Hotel Villa Franca offers refined rooms and suites, with a more contemporary feel and rooftop pool. Additional options are Hotel Marinsanto, Palazzo Murat, San Pietro di Positano, Villa Magia, Hotel Eden Roc.

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Restaurants

Il Tridente offers Italian cuisine with many seafood options on the menu and has stunning views over the whole village from the terrace. If you are looking for traditional Italian food and pizza, head over to La Taverna del Leone, a family restaurant that has been serving food since 1965. Ristorante Casa Mele offers contemporary Italian and seafood on their menu, and offers a tasting menu if you can’t decide on one dish! Other recommended ones are Chez Black, Buca di Bacco, La Tagliata, Terraza Cele.

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Museums and Art Galleries

The Museo Archeologico Romano offers tours that include the ruins of a Roman Villa under a church, dating back to the 1st Century BC. Made possible by ten years of excavation work, this is an unbelievable sight to witness. Miniaci Art Gallery is perfect for viewing and purchasing artwork of the Amalfi Coast, and Absolute Positano offers an extensive gallery of local artwork also.

Spa, Wellness, and Golf

Spa facilities are primarily located within some of the areas of luxury hotels. Il San Pietro di Positano offers a spa and fitness center, featuring a Turkish bath and Finnish shower within the amenities. Hotel Eden Roc offers massage services, and Le Sirenuse Hotel offers an on-site spa and stunning views over the village. If you are looking for a day of golfing, travel two hours to Salerno, which offers the nearest course in the area. 

Events and Festivals

In early April, Positano hosts Cartoons on the Bay, a festival showcasing and celebrating the animation industry, with visitors coming from all over the world. If you are in Positano at the end of August or early September, the Summer Festival will be taking place, featuring classical musicians from around the world.

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Amalfi coast boats

Boat and Yacht Charter

Experience Positano Italy and the Amalfi Coast from the sea. This unforgettable emotion. Explore the beautiful coast, admiring the cliffs, and discover many hidden beaches in the Mediterranean. Positano is the dream destination for sailing as it provides many charming sailing routes around the area. We recommend Positano Boats and   Yacht-Rent.com

Shopping

Shopping is one of the highlights of Positano for many visitors! Nana’ Positano offers handmade crystal, sandals, and Artigianato Rallo offers you the chance to customize your own sandals also. If you are looking for ceramics, visits Ceramiche Casola, with an extensive showroom and many treasures to take home. For souvenirs and smaller clothing items, check out Maria Lampo.


Villas

If you are looking for more spacious accommodation options, villa rentals are available from many providers in the area, or smaller studio and apartment options can be found on Airbnb and Vrbo.com. Casa Primula offers a characteristic Positano apartment with a stunning garden. Villa Oliviero, decorated in a traditional Mediterranean style with its own private chef and staff. 

Bars and Nightlife

Da Ferdinando bar and restaurant is a great option at Fornillo Beach for a break from sunbathing, Le Sirenuse’s Champagne & Oyster Bar, Franco’s Bar, Blu Bar Positano, and others. If you are looking for a night out visit Music on the Rocks, a club in a cave open until 4 am most nights.

 


Scooter Rentals 

Rent a Vespa, the classic Italian mode of transportation, and see the coast on a Vespa. Probably the best way to explore the Amalfi coast is with a scooter, moped, or a small motorbike. Positano Scooter Rentals and BikesBooking.com

Tips and Lifestyle

  • The nearest airport is Naples, where you can hire a private transfer from. 
  • There is no Uber service here yet.
  • We don’t recommend driving the Amalfi Coast
  • A ferry is available between Positano and Salerno and takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Pack comfortable shoes for walking up and down the steep village!
  • Hotel Poseidon offers day passes to their stunning pool
  • Take a boat trip to Capri – a must-visit destination in the area
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