Positano Travel Guide

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Positano Highlights

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    Geisha_Girl says…

     The town captivates you at every angle and the locals treat you like royalty 

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    Erin74 says…

     Those horrible, endless stairs. 

  • In a nutshell
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    angiebabe says…

     another lovely town to visit along the beaufiful Amalfi Coast! 

Positano Things to Do

  • Walking and Hiking

    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...

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  • Santa Maria Assunta

    When you're at the business end of Positano (read down the bottom) there is one building that stands out due mainly to the colourful Moorish style dome. The church of Santa Maria Assunta is located right in the center of Positano, in the small Flavio Gioia square. With its decorative, colourful, dome of Vietri maiolica (tiles), the church is a...

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  • Sunsets

    All over the beachfront areas of Positano are artists lined up with their canvases and colorful palattes trying to perfectly capture the Positano scenery. Some paint it abstractly and some paint the realistic beauty of this area. Falling in love WITH Positano and falling in love IN Positano is not a difficult task.....you have the perfect backdrop...

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Positano Restaurants

  • Fabulous Seafood

    A really wonderful and fun restaurant run by two brother...the father own the enoteca right down the street. If you are lucky they sometimes have entertainment singing all the Italian/American songs. You can eat inside or on the patio. Fresh anchovies, lobster w/pasta, risotto w/shrimp, linguine w/clams. Everything is just great in this...

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  • Beautiful view and wonderful food

    They have a couple of restaurants but we went to the one upstairs along the beach. They gave us a seat near an open winder and the lights along the beach were so romantic. We picked this place because we were going to the ballet on the beach that evening. But we will definitely go back again. The atmosphere is beautiful and the wait staff very...

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  • Like going to an italian wedding

    This is a wonderful place on top of the mountain (Montepertuso). First of all they will pick you up and drop you off when you make a reservation which is a plus since you really don't want to drink and drive up this very winding, two lane road.Pepe is the owner and on Tuesday and Friday nights they have entertainment that gets everyone up and...

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Positano Nightlife

  • Internet, Drinks and Dancing in one

    This is an internet cafe by day and a fun place to party by night. It's located in the center of town in what seems like a basement. Just follow the arrows on the ground to find it....Some nights they have live bands. No dress code

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  • Last night in Positano

    Our last night in Positano we went out with two other couples we met on our trip. We had a lot of fun although the food was overpriced and nothing fantastic. The club was a blast and the decor was pretty cool. For some reason all my pictures came out blurry, but you'll get the idea. Everyone dresses in Italy. Go all out!

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  • martinis, sunset, and .......... (2...

    every night the same spectacular sunsets - the martinis are great, the sunsets are spectacular, the setting is romantic, ........................

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Positano Transportation

  • trenitalia/circumvesuviana

    Hi!!!!it's very well linked with TRENITALIA, the italian train company..the website is ferroviedellostato.it or as well the CIRCUMVESUVIANA, the local train.. An advise:don't buy anything outside the station in Naples and don't play bet games..you'll see.. it's a very funny local color!!

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  • Positano Drivers great choice

    We go to Positano every summer time and we love to call our big friends Francesco e Giuseppe to pick us up and drive over to Positano, They are native of the area and very safe drivers.We know them from 2007, our second experience to Positano, and we always had a warry free ride over to the coast.They always charge a good price around 95,00 euro...

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  • Benvenuto Limos

    We have used Benvenuto Limos on our past two trips to Positano. Giovanni was professional and helpful. He did such a good job showing us around the Almafi Coast that we plan to use them again this summer! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! New clean cars and careful drivers!

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Positano Shopping

  • Ceramic Art

    THIS IT IS A FACTORY WITH HANDMADE TABLES SPECIALLY MADE FOR YOU WITH YOUR NAME. IT IS EXPENSIVE BUT WORTH IT. THE TABLES ARE MADE OF LAVA ROCK AND VERY DURABLE. THE PRICES INCLUDE SHIPPING. I WENT IN THERE FOR THE A FRUIT BOWL AND CAME OUT WITH A TABLE FOR FOUR

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  • Fantastic handmade ceramics

    Probably the shop with the coolest location in all the Amalfi Coast--blasted into the rock along the main highway, just outside Positano. Our host at Albergo California recommended this shop as one of the few in town that produces truly hand-painted, authentic local cermaics, and the quality is impeccable. Prices are higher here than at the...

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  • Art and artists in Positano

    Positano is well known for the artists displaying their watercolor paintings, photographs and sketches of the Positano scenery. These paintings could became gifts and valuable mementos of your time in Positano, and here is where I've found a very nice artist of the town, Angela Pane.Of particular interest are her works representing the villages...

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Positano Local Customs

  • Italian Beaches

    Most Italian beaches are not free. Sadly, if you want to sunbathe in the sandiest, sunniest part of the beach, you'll probably have to pay a couple of Euro for the privilege. Beaches in the Amalfi Coast are divided with orange ropes to separate the free side from the private side. For about 5-10 Euro you can rent a lounge chair on the private side.

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  • SMILES go a long way in Positano!

    Anytime you find yourself in a foreign country where you aren't quite fluent in the local language, and the locals can't quite understand you......a bright friendly smile always becomes the universal language. This is very much true in Positano. The locals there are so warm and friendly and always greet you with their pearly whites. Ladies.....as...

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  • Daytrip to Pompeiji

    From Positano it is quite easy to take daytrip to Pompeiji. The bus will take about one hour from Positano to Sorrento, where train takes about half hour to Positano. Train goes hourly; just timing your bus back to Positano.

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Positano Warnings and Dangers

  • Man on a mission - the human mule

    This tip probably should have been in "Things (not) To Do" or "(Stubborn) Tourist Traps".Both times I've stayed in Positano I've been at the Best Western. Sadlly, my point of entry has not been adjacent to the motel. The first time it was a jag, we hadn't pre-booked and were taking a chance on finding something and got lucky.The second time we had...

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  • Charming Italians

    I visit this town every few years as I have family here. They always warn me not to talk to the local men which I have always shrugged off as their over-conservatism and Positano is so subdued but last time I went, a guy approached me on the beach and was friendly enough, not sleazy and said he was studying law in London...Okay. I saw him again the...

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  • Steep!

    You need to fairly mobile to stay in Positano, unless you are lucky enough to afford a hotel at the bottom of the hill. It is very steep, with tiny little steps up and down the hill.There is a bus service but it stops at a certain time.

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Positano Tourist Traps

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    by Geisha_Girl Written Sep 28, 2002

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    Before leaving on my trip, I was warned by several folks to "Stay away from the Blue Grotto!" Once you arrive in Capri, the Blue Grotto is just one of those sights that you feel obligated to visit simply because......it's there!

    We went ahead and waited in the line for the tiny rowboats that monopolize the entrances into the grotto. You almost get the feeling that you're standing in line for the "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride in Disneyland. The area gets packed with tourists. Once you do the "limbo, limbo" under the tiny entrance crack, for a split second you are a bit mesmerized by the cool dark colors inside the cave. That is, before the panic settles in for those claustrophobics.

    I guess it was a memorable visit into this cave, but it would be something I would recommend only doing once to get it out of your system!

    Unique Suggestions: If you end up visiting the Grotto, tell the boatman that you'd tip him 2 Euros extra if he DIDN'T do another rendition of "O Sole Mio."

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Positano What to Pack

  • Clean ups

    If you hike to Positano along the Senterio Degli Dei then bring plenty of wet ones to clean the backs of your legs! The trail can be rather dusty - just look at the state of my legs!Just imagine going into one of those designer shops like this to try some clothes on....I don't think so!!

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  • Bring something warm

    No special bags or luggage Bring something warm for the month of March, a sweater or jacket is needed. I thought it would be pretty warm in this area, but I was wrong! If you can remember to bring everything with you, you're better off, because prices are pretty high here in Positano. But if you forget something don't worry, they have just about...

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  • Leave the Hoochie-Mama shoes at home!!

    As always......pack light! Positano is a cliffside town so pack only what you think you can carry up several flights of steps or several hills. If you rent a hotel room down near the main beach area, they have porters who can carry your luggage on their carts. Otherwise, you're on your own when luggging your pack on and off the trains, boats, and...

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Positano Off The Beaten Path

  • Civilization

    I trudged on and, as luck would have it, I came upon the group of walkers that I had waved to. They were from Australia (mainly Geelong) and their guide Francesco said that the numbers of Australians travelling had increased markedly while Americans were literally scarce on the ground.Soon after we came upon two walkers and three mules who were...

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  • Past halfway

    Dramatic cliffs pass by, shaped by weather sculpted by water. Numerous grottos come and go but in this land there's always one nearby (pic 3).The sea is always there and the Amalfi Coast road is glimpsed now and then (opening pic) and I pass a few well sited picnic tables before taking time out (pic 5) at one and soaking up the view for a time.It...

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  • The first hour

    I wasn't in a hurry, a fairly unusual circumstance for me. The weather was as close to perfect as it was right to expect. My last journey to these parts it was hazy and windy. Today it was clear and sunny. My camera trigger finger was poised. In the end I could have gotten RSI.After the first half hour it was the views to the sea below that...

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Positano Sports & Outdoors

  • Il Sentiero degli Dei (The God's Path)

    That's a nice walk that in about 4 hours will lead you from Positano o the tiny village of Nocelle (and you'll have to climb 1.700 steps!) and then to Agerola along an easy trail that will offer you wonderful views on the Amalfi Coast from a high point of view. The trail is located between 400 and 600 meters above the sea level and from there...

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  • Degli Dei Views II

    Along the Sentiero Degli Dei pathwway to Positano way we passed some unusual rock formations - almost a western looking scene I thought. At times the path was rather overgrown - vegeation grows quick in the warm weather - but we never felt in danger of not seeing the path clearly enough and there was no risk of falling off the cliff face.

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  • Positano comes into view

    The Degli Dei path to Positano provideds some of the best views of looking down onto this popular fishing village on the Amalfi coast as the path contours around the cliffs high above.

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Positano Favorites

  • Walking the vias

    One of the enchanting things to do in Positano is to walk the back streets. Actually, every road here is like a back street come to think of it!Some, like the Via Maria pictured here, are nothing more than stairways leading up and down the hill. Like every other street in Positano, they do not favour the physically disabled or unfit.Obesity is...

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  • Ravello

    I'd walked up. I had no idea how long it would take but I went anyway. Rosemarie was freaking out about there being no buses back to Positano and didn't want to miss the last one but I had a two hour gap and so I lit out through the back alleys and narrow stairways and was soon climbing and cutting the corners that the road had to take. The...

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  • The International Bar corner

    There's a corner you'll get to know at Positano. Locals call it the "International Bar" for there is an establishment of that name there.It happens to be adjacent to the main bus stop for Positano and every morning traffic officials turn up for the daily tourist coach run, i.e. when the buses arrive for the trip to Amalfi.It's quite a circus. You...

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