Nestled against the cliffs, this picturesque town offers an unforgettable experience for those willing to approach its shores. From stunning interactions with nature to the height of fashionable shopping, there is something for everyone in Positano.
Believed to be founded in the 9th century, Positano was long cut off from the world due to its remote locale. Rediscovered and rejuvenated in the 1950s, the village has remained a destination for artists, celebrities and discerning travelers. Its narrow, steep stone streets are lined with wisteria-draped hotels, cafes and boutiques, providing the best the area has to offer: the famous Positano made-to-measure sandals, limoncello made with lemons from nearby groves, and authentic Moda Positano clothing born here in the ‘60s.
Visitors can begin their adventures in Positano by staying in one of the numerous luxurious private villas the town offers, and choosing the accommodations that best fit them. Try a stone fortress overlooking the sea that dates back to the 1200s and live the history of this enchanting village, while still enjoying lavish modern amenities. Or sample the offerings of a more contemporary getaway with infinity pools and an on-site elevator. Whatever your preference, staying in local, authentic accommodations will allow you to experience the town in a way no hotel can hope to match.
Visitors should explore the area thoroughly, as much is seemingly hidden from the unknowing traveler. For nature lovers, try hiking the rugged hills to view a stunning panorama of colors and experience the true beauty of the Amalfi Coast. Connecting the tiny hamlet of Nocelle (part of Positano) with Agerola is the aptly named “The Path of the Gods,” a footpath that offers majestic views of the Mediterranean and the nearby island of Capri. There are multiple access points to the path, depending on the degree of difficulty desired.
With its dramatic shoreline, the area is also known for its magnificent beaches − especially the Marina Grande, one of the largest and most popular beaches on the Amalfi Coast. Here you can enjoy the sun, beaches and calming turquoise waters, or witness the village rising behind you, with unparalleled vistas of the majolica-tiled dome of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Fornillo Beach, accessed from the Marina Grande by a romantic walk between the sea and the cliffs, offers a more peaceful sunbathing experience. The area also has a number of secluded beaches, including Arienzo Beach. Its sheltered shoreline is sometimes called the “300 steps beach” because of the number of steps needed to descend it, but the trip is worth it, as the strand faces southwest and gets more sun than any other beach in Positano.
Positano may seem intimidating at first glance, with its steep streets, rocky cliffs, and fortified walls and watchtowers, but the people are welcoming to visitors eager to explore and discover all the delights secreted there. From meandering ancient pathways that cross the city to a centuries-old chapel overlooking the stunning beach, Positano offers the discerning traveler a private escape to a bygone era. As John Steinbeck said, “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.”
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