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Positano
Travel Guide

Positano featuring general coastal views, a city and a coastal town

It's hard to find the right words to describe the Amalfi Coast. Only a holiday in Positano will convey its unique charm, although trying to capture the beauty of this place in words is no simple feat. Take advantage of the holiday packages to Positano and discover why throughout the years writers, poets, directors and film actors have loved it, making it one of Italy's most famous destinations.

Named a UNESCO World Heritage site, Positano is rich in history, including its celebrated churches. The most important is S. Maria Assunta Church, built in Baroque style, which houses the ancient Byzantine Tablet of the Black Madonna with child. Its majolica-tiled mosaic cupola, with yellow and green tiles, overlooks Piazza Flavio Gioia, where a Roman villa was uncovered. The villa was built for a prominent figure in the Roman senatorial class who had made a home for himself in Positano.

Other interesting places include local villas like Palazzo Murat, Villa Sersale and Villa Stella Romana, which still preserve their ancient splendour and stand as evidence of the importance of this area in the past. Another important piece of Positano's history is the guard towers, which bear witness to the frequent danger posed by pirates, Saracens and looters in centuries gone by. Torre della Sponda, in the beach area of the town, was one of the last towers to be used, while Torre di Fornillo was the residence of Gilbert Clavel.

The maze of narrow streets under the shadow of the majolica-tiled cupola of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta will lead you on a voyage of discovery through local crafts and traditions. The original "Moda Positano" store is the pride of a town which has based most of its economy on traditional crafts. Strictly hand-sewn and dyed clothes and accessories, but also made-to-measure genuine leather sandals, are the ultimate souvenirs you'll always find in the tourist's suitcase upon his or her unfortunate departure.

Positano has different souls and faces, in the form of its surrounding villages, which make it unique. Montepertuso is the largest of Positano's mountain villages and together with Nocelle forms the high part of the city. Laurito is Positano's oldest village, thus named for the wild laurels that used to grow there.

For beach lovers, in addition to Grande Beach, Positano also has Fornillo Beach. "Li Galli" stands three miles off the coast. This small archipelago is composed of three tiny islands: Gallo Lungo, Rotonda and Castelluccio. While no one can set foot on the islands, nothing can stop you admiring them in all their glory from the sea, particularly on a mini-cruise, when you will be dazzled by the seabed all around the islands. Another absolutely unmissable itinerary is the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods), one of the most beautiful and evocative trails in the whole of Positano. The trail goes from the State Forestry Corps barracks to Capo Muro, where you can admire a famous rock called "The Mushroom". The path then unwinds down the slope before going back up and then down again towards Crocella.

There are countless itineraries around Positano that will lead you to discover the Amalfi Coast. Capri, Amalfi, Ravello, the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum will fill your days, which will never seem long enough to savour everything properly.

There is plenty to do even after the sun goes down. For couples, after a pleasant stroll down the narrow roads of the city centre and a barefoot stop at Grande Beach, a romantic candlelit dinner in one of the restaurants right along the sandy shore is a must. If it's night-life you're after —especially during the summer— you can stay up till the wee hours of the night, enjoying a drink and a fresh fish dinner in one of the seaside restaurants before hitting the dance floor at Music on the Rocks, the historic discotheque at Grande Beach in Positano.

History, seaside and fun… a holiday in Positano has all the right ingredients for an event to be remembered.

Where to stay in Positano

Marincanto
Marincanto
4 out of 5
Via Cristoforo Colombo 50, Positano, SA
The price is £162 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Nestled on the beach, this Positano City Centre hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sorrento Peninsula and Positano Ferry Landing. Fornillo Beach is 0.4 mi (0.7 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (252 reviews)
"the most beautiful hotel in positano."

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

Marincanto
Hotel Eden Roc
Hotel Eden Roc
4 out of 5
Via G. Marconi 110, Positano, SA
The price is £306 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
This family-friendly Positano hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Sorrento Peninsula, Positano Ferry Landing and Fornillo Beach. Piazza ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (508 reviews)
"Loved the view from our two bedroom unit. The onsite manager, Valentino was absolutely brilliant. Helped us with everything from getting champagne to Covid tests. The best!"

Reviewed on 2 May 2021

Hotel Eden Roc
Le Sirenuse
Le Sirenuse
5 out of 5
Via Cristoforo Colombo 30, Positano, SA
The price is £649 per night from 24 Jun to 24 Jun
Located in the heart of Positano, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sorrento Peninsula, Positano Ferry Landing, and Fornillo Beach. Piazza dei ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (117 reviews)
"Good location and property. Just the service could have some improvements."

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2020

Le Sirenuse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Villa della Porta
Villa della Porta
3 out of 5
Via San Bernardino 1, Vico Equense, NA
The price is £72 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Situated by the sea, this residence is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sorrento Peninsula and within 3 miles (5 km) of Giusso Castle and Gulf of Naples. Meta Beach and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (37 reviews)
We had to leave early due to late night parties
"When we arrived, we were told the pool would not be useable until noon the next day. There was a wedding occurring so the parking was full. There was a child's birthday party outside our room with kids yelling and playing loudly so we could not take a nap after driving all day. At night, there was ..."

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019

Villa della Porta
To Be Capri
To Be Capri
Via S.Aniello,21, Capri
The price is £112 per night from 23 Jun to 23 Jun
Situated in Capri, this apartment building is steps away from Campanian Archipelago and Piazzetta di Capri. Marina Grande and Faraglioni Rocks are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Capri stay
"We liked our lodgings very much...clean and location good. I would only have preferred that the cutlery and kitchen ware were better (plastic forks, knives, etc)"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

To Be Capri
Villa Shangri La
Villa Shangri La
Via del Castiglione 34, Capri, NA
Situated in Capri, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Campanian Archipelago and Piazzetta di Capri. Marina Grande and Faraglioni Rocks are ...
Villa Shangri La
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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