Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy

“Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”

— John Steinbeck


Positano was a dream. It’s one of the more unique and fascinating towns we’ve visited with colorful buildings that are seemingly built straight from the sea and into a ravine that shoots right up the steep cliffside.

We took the local bus from Praiano to Positano and hopped off at the La Sponda bus stop. Immediately off the bus you’re greeted with beautiful views, both of the sea and the town. As you walk towards town take notice of the wrought iron fence with built-in benches. They’re absolutely adorable. There are a few spots on the walk into town to get your “money shot” photo with the sprawling hillside full of colorful houses, shops and restaurants in the background. I don’t think you can take a bad photo in Positano, it’s just not possible.

Where to Stay:

While we opted to stay in Praiano on this trip, I would love to come back one day and stay somewhere luxurious. My dream would be to rent a place with sweeping views, like Le Sirenuse. Sadly we don’t have the disposable income for a hotel bill that Le Sirenuse would run us. A girl can dream though.

Restaurants:

  • La Zagara: We had a lovely breakfast here one morning in their outdoor garden with beautiful views of the cliffside town. On another morning we had takeaway cappuccinos and pastries before sailing to Capri for the day.
  • Casa e Bottega: We had lunch here one day and it was one of my favorite meals of our entire trip. The space is gorgeous and the owners were delightful. We were lucky enough to grab a table with a view. Not only is Casa e Bottega a great place for breakfast or lunch, it’s also a design store with beautiful housewares that you can purchase.
  • Chez Black: A famous restaurant on the promenade and a place to be seen. We found the food to be just “meh” though.
  • Blu Bar: One afternoon we sat under an umbrella on the Marina Grande and ordered drinks for a few hours while we enjoyed the view. Another afternoon we sipped drinks from their bar, which was great for people watching.

What to Do:

  • Follow along with Rick Steves on his Positano Stroll to learn about the towns history and landmarks not to be missed
  • Wander around the winding streets and bop in and out of the shops
  • Purchase ceramics from a local shop to take home as a souvenier
  • Make your way down to the beach promenade and take in the views of Spiaggia Grande
  • Take a fiat or vespa tour around town
  • Take a boat tour
  • Take a ferry to Capri
  • If the weather is warm, rent a sun bed and bask in the sun or spend some time at a beach club
The local bus dropped us off at the La Sponda stop where we were met with this first view of the town.

We had breakfast one morning at La Zagara in their beautiful open air garden with cliffside views.

Spiaggia Grande views

A limencello spritz

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