Walking and Hiking, Positano
The walk from top of Positano to the bottom is quite a pleasent experience. The main road is lined with all kinds of restaurants, stalls, hotels and pottery shops and the view changes with every turn in the road. There are quite a number of beautiful balconies at the front of some homes and eventually you will end up in the narrow laneways that eventually spill onto the pebble beach that is Positano. You can also take the bus back to the top!
If you like hiking, the area around Positano is a great way to do it. While getting around the town itself offers enough hiking, you can go all the way up to the "Path of the Gods" and see some breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast. It is the best way to get out of the tourist areas and in some real Italian neighborhoods. I suggest getting the Sunflower Guide by Julian Tippett to guide you through some hiking. But one word of advice...while it's the best hiking guide we've found, we had to use some common sense in some of the Positano hikes because some stairs were not there anymore or we missed some turn-off and ended up on a longer hike than planned. Don't be surprised if the trail goes through someone's property--that is the trail! I also suggest printing maps from giovis.com. It has the best detailed map we found.
The view of positano from the beach is unique and offers a perspective of just haw precarious some of these buildings are as they cling to the side of the mountain, taking up every square inch of land. I was very surprised at how easy the walk to the top of the hill was on the main road that traverses from side to side.
Had lovely weather - warm and sunny and the locals classed this period as their winter break! So it was a nice morning for walking the hilly roads on down to the town getting lovely views of the homes and buildings built up the steep hills for as far as they could go! And also lovely views of the blue blue water that a lot of Positano is built on the coastline above.
Up the hill again to the bus stop were also lovely views including the church with domed roof covered in pretty coloured tiles. and the view along the coast line that the bus would take me.
A pretty town with a lot of character - and a beautiful blue sea!
Positano is a small town, but there is a central area near the beach where a large number of shops and cafes are located. This is a great place to spend time wandering and window shopping.
Take the bus or simply walk toward the beach and you'll find a large walkway leading toward the water. Along this walkway you'll find lots of shops and artists selling watercolors of Positano. There are also a number of restaurants and little places to grab a cannoli. In the summer, bouganvilla blooms over the walkway, creating a very vibrant passageway.
Positano has a City Hall perched up at the top of the town. It's a very popular place for weddings and boasts one of the best views of the coastline. Walk through the small, central room of the hall and out onto the deck. You'll find an amazing view.
On Monday through Friday during the summer you might find a wedding taking place on this balcony. Civil ceremonies are presided over by a town official and attended by an interpreter (since so many couples getting married there aren't Italian).
Enjoy the view from the top!
The only recompense for the long walk down to Positano from the bus stop is the wonderful view of the town and the Amalfi coast in the distance. Positano's topography offers some amazing views. Rows of colourful houses and hotels appear to be almost stacked on top of one another and the effect is unlike anything I had seen elsewhere.
No matter how you choose to get to Positano, all roads end and start at the top of Positano. To see the rest of the town and to get to the beach you must climb down through the its windy corridors, or if you have a car there is a single road that goes through part of the town. However as alluring as the beach may seem, take some time to walk around the top portion of Positano and take in the magnificent views from the top. Every picture you take will seem impossible, surely such a place doesn't exist! Find a place to sit and allow yourself to wallow in the wonderful views from the top before you head down to the beach. Trust me it will still be there!
As in all the places we visit,
we always take time to walk
around and explore the side
streets and residential areas.
We have found some of the
best eating places by doing
so, and have met the locals.
There's a lovely paved walkway at the bottom of Positano where you can walk from one end of the main beach area to the other. Nice for people watching and stunning views back up at the town.