Picture postcard and colourful Positano is a gem on the coast. A panorama of houses painted in pink, terracotta and peach and trendy shops, fashionable and fine hotels lining its steep streets displays in front of your very eyes.
A cliff divides the town in two halves. On the west side is Spiaggia del Fornillo, the affordable area of town, on the east side is Spiaggia Grande and the centre of Positano… its the most expensive part of town. Beware Positano has the highest prices on the coast.
What to See and Do in Positano
Its picturesque cityscape of colourful houses tumbling down the mountain towered by the dome of Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta is one of the best liked visits in Positano. The church is a beautiful pastiche mingling classical lines, Ionic capitals topped by cherubs overlooking from the arches and the Byzantine Black Madonna and Child dating back to the 13th century.
At a walking distance is Spiaggia Grande dotted with numberless umbrellas and lapped by clear water. Here you can hire a motorboat at Lucibello or set off on an excursion to Capri and the Grotta dello Smeraldo. On the west side in Spiaggia del Fornillo you can have a dive or lessons for all ages. Ask at Centro Sub Costiera Amalfitana.
Nightlife does not satisfies everyone’s tastes in Positano. Among the options are: Conwinum wine bar (Viarampa Teglia), a wine bar-cum-internet cafe-cum art gallery and playing host to live jazz concerts. Its wine list is endless and interesting. The second best option is Music on the Rocks (Viagrotte dell’Incanto) a hip disco with a restaurant upstairs located on Spiaggia Grande.
Shopping is a celebration of colours. The star is lemon that may be found printed, painted and infused everywhere and in/on everything. Artigianato Rallo’s shoes and Louis ‘s colourful and flowery clothing and accessories are two symbols of Positano.
Nocelle, the minute detached village tucked away in the mountains, deserves a visit. It is a haven of tranquillity where time has stucked. You can go bu car or following the Sentieri degli Dei. This path (translated “Walk with Gods”) connects Positano and Prainao. Red and white stripes show the route which sweeps across precious unspoilt scenery and stunning vantage points.
Where to Eat in Positano
Buca di Baco (Viale del Brigantine) is on two levels. The more accessible as to prices is on ground level, the snack bar serving nibbles and pastries and on the first floor is the restaurant La Pergola.
Check out Da Constantino (Via Montepertuso) for good Italian food pasta, pizza and some grilled meats accompanied by interesting views of Positano and the bay.
Da Vicenzo (Viale Pasitea) has no set menu so you may find different delights and the best tempting desserts of town.
Donna Rosa (Via Montepertuso) considered by many the best place on the coast. Mains and desserts are superlative and its wine cellar is fully stocked. Reservations are necessary.
La Zagara is difficult to avoid for its list of cakes and snacks is mouth watering. And the place is very attractive with the scent of lemon trees wafting around.
How to Get to/around/away in Positano
BY BOAT: ferries arrive at and leave from the quay situated to the east of Spiaggia Grande. Services are more frequent from Easter to October. To /from Salerno and Capri (services: 5 a day), to/from Ischia ( services: 1 a day), to/from Naples (services: 4 a day), to/from Amalfi (services: 7 a day), to/from Sorrento (services: 3 a day).
BY BUS: Positano is below the SS163, the bus stop for the west stretch of the coast is opposite Bar Internazionale. Then take Viale Pasitea to get into town. If the bus comes from the east you have to get off at the upper part of Via Cristoforo Colombo which leads to Positano. Tickets are purchased at Bar Internazionale or at the tobacconist at the bottom of Via Cristoforo Colombo. Buses to Amalfi (length: 40 minutes, services. more than 12 a day), to Sorrento (length: 40 minutes, services:12 a day). To get around orange buses operate the lower ring roads along Viale Pasitea, Via Cristoforo Colombo and Via G Marconi every 30 minutes.
BY CAR: drive along the Autostrada to Vietri sul Mare and then the SS163. Beware car parks are expensive.
ON FOOT: you have to be fit to walk the steep streets.