You can dream of a place and fall in love with it only by looking at its pictures. That was what I felt before I visited Positano. Colorful houses perfectly aligned by the hillside definitely worth to see especially in the golden hour. The minute I return to home, I dream to go back as soon as possible.
“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.” I couldn’t agree more with Steinbeck! That sentence literally expresses how I feel about Positano.
There are plenty of beautiful places throughout the Amalfi Coast but I believe the most precious one is certainly Positano. Of course in 1953 when Steinbeck utters this words Positano was neither popular nor touristic. Now, it is highly popular, expensive and crowded especially in the summer season.
In July-August, it is hard to walk throughout the city due to its narrow streets and the massive crowd. If you have arrived Positano by car, well, good luck because it is even almost impossible to find a parking spot. So, I definitely recommend you to visit Positano in the spring season.
How to arrive
Generally, that particular area is not very easy to access. Since the accommodation is built by the hillside, wherever you choose to stay it is going to be a tough road for you, with or without a car. I recommend reaching Positano by train. It would be the safest and the most beneficial way to arrive for you.
Positano is one of the closest spots to Sorrento throughout the Amalfi Coast. You can catch the train from Naples or Rome to Sorrento, and then reach to Positano by taxi or bus. I would prefer taking the bus because even if it seems close when looking to kilometers since the road is quite bendy, taking a taxi will cost you more than getting into a bus for sure.
Where to stay
Positano is certainly the most expensive village throughout the Amalfi Coast. You’ll see the fanciest hotels and boutiques here. Luckily, you don’t have to stay in those fancy hotels to explore this beautiful place. You should check out the hotels in Amalfi for cheaper and more silent experience and still reach to Positano by ferry or boat easily.
If you do not want to miss the beautiful sunset in Positano, you should definitely visit one of the hotels and experience the golden hour there. Believe me, it will worth it.
What to do
Magical sunsets, lemon-scented narrow streets, delicious Italian gelato, and much more to explore in Positano… My personal favorite is the Fiordo di Furore. It is a hidden beach located in two giant rocks. No hotels and stuff, only a few fishing boats…
When you look there from above you’ll see a fascinating view of the beach and hundreds of steps to reach there; still, totally worth it. Try to go earlier to avoid the crowd in a summer season.
What to eat
Of course, in Italy, pasta and pizza are two of the best options but here, you should definitely give a chance to seafood. Depending on your preference, you can choose a fancy restaurant or try the local places.
Positano is definitely one of my favorite places. However, in the high season, it might not be as peaceful and quiet as it seems in the photos. Still, I will definitely visit this heavenly place again for sure!