Positano Travel Summary

Positano is a picture-perfect picturesque town with splendid coastal views, on the famous Amalfi Coast in Campania, Italy and is one of the most beautiful places in Italy!

The Positano Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Positino:

  1. An introduction and brief history to Positano;
  2.  What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

1. An introduction and brief history to Positano:

The buildings are almost impossibly built very steeply into the mountain-side in a rainbow of beautiful sun-bleached primrose, pink, terracotta, peach, yellow and white tumbling down a mountainside to meet a sparkling blue sea – making Positano a photographer’s paradise.


As well as being beautiful, Positano is colourful and lively, full of locals queuing for gelati and families playing on the beach.  Narrow streets lead to immaculate boutiques for the chic Italians and tourists to peruse and some fabulous restaurants serving wonderful (if expensive) gourmet plates.

In the mid-1950s Positano became desirable as a holiday destination and, for a while, rivalled Capri as the playground for the rich and famous.

Patricia Highsmith based the little port of Mongibello in The Talented Mr Ripley on Positano, although Anthony Minghella chose to film that part of his adaptation in Ischia. With world-class restaurants and luxurious hotels, the town still attracts a glamorous, affluent crowd.


Positano also boasts some of the Amalfi Coast’s most beloved beaches.  Marina Grande Beach is the most famous and most central, sitting at the base of the colourful seaside town.

There is also the Fornillo Beach, another traveler favourite, located less than a half-mile east of Marina Grande Beach. Fornillo Beach can be accessed directly from Marina Grande via the cliffside Sentiero degli Innamorati pathway, an attraction in its own right. For a truly secluded shoreline, check out Arienzo Beach, which is situated between two cliffs and is accessible via a 300-step stairway.  You can also take a water taxi to one of the many coves and sandy spots that dot the cliffs that are reachable only by boat. Ferries depart the marina to link Positano with other towns along the Amalfi Coast and the islands.


It is a seductive place. Terraces shore up the buildings and almost every turn offers a visual bounty to enjoy. The most prevalent point of references is the colourful tiled dome of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, in the smack-middle of town. Everything else tumbles down toward the water from here.



2. What to See:

Santa Maria Church:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The brightly tiled dome of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta (Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta) is lovely from the outside and you will find it in most photographs of Positano
  • The church is also an architectural delight within, and home to a 12th-century Byzantine-style icon of a Black Madonna and Child
  • A handsome 18th-century bell tower stands separate from the main church building in the piazza out front



Hike the Path of the Gods:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Path of the Gods, or “Sentiero degli Dei” in Italian, is a clifftop trail running between Bomerano (in Agerola) and Nocelle (near Positano) along Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Situated halfway up Mount Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi, the trail averages at about 1640 feet (500m) above sea level
  • It is often referred to as the best hike in the world for its breathtaking views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and Capri
  • The trail once acted as the only means of communication between the Amalfi Coast’s villages


Take a Road trip to Amalfi:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Amalfi is one of the most historic towns along the Amalfi Coast, having had a glorious history as a maritime republic whose status joined the ranks of coastal powerhouses like Pisa, Venice and Genoa
  • It was a trade bridge between the Byzantine and western worlds for centuries
  • The focal point of the historic centre is the Piazza del Duomo, in front of the striking cathedral. The piazza is clustered with sidewalk cafes and elegant shops
  • Shops selling handmade paper and limoncello line picturesque cobblestone alleys, and sunny piazzettas entice passersby with buzzing alfresco cafés serving traditional homemade cakes


Take a Boat Trip to Capri:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • You can jump on an early-morning high-speed hydrofoil where you can admire the wonderful Amalfi Coast enroute to beautiful Capri
  • With its spectacular scenery and elegant vibe, it’s no wonder Southern Italy’s Isle of Capri was once a favourite vacation hideaway of Roman Emperors
  • You can jump on a separate tour which will take you to the wonderful Blue Grotto or take a short funicular railway which links Capri’s major port, Marina Grande with its main town
  • The small bustling square of La Piazzetta is the heart of the island and the focal point of island life


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