Nestled along the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy, Positano is a picturesque village known for its colorful houses, pebbled beaches, and stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Whether you're looking to relax on the beach or explore the village's narrow streets and quaint shops, Positano has something for everyone. If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Positano in all its glory, get the inside scoop on where to stay and eat, and what to see and do while you’re there.
How to Get to Positano
Positano is accessible by car, bus, or ferry. The nearest airport is Naples International Airport, which is approximately 70 kilometers away. From Naples, you can take a direct bus or private transfer to Positano, or catch a ferry from the port of Naples or Sorrento.
If you're driving, be prepared for narrow, winding roads and limited parking in the village itself. During our visit, we booked a driver, and while he drove like a crazy racecar driver (serious motion sickness madness!) I’m glad we did. Even as a confident driver, I would not want to navigate the steep cliffs and winding roads of the Amalfi Coast!
Also, keep in mind for your return journey, Naples Airport closes overnight. If you are a backpacker looking to save a few bucks on an early morning flight out, don’t make our travel mistake and get stuck sleeping on the grass outside of the airport!
Where to Stay in Positano
Positano is a dreamy coastal town on the Amalfi Coast, and choosing where to stay is key to making the most of your visit. With its steep cliffs, colorful houses, and stunning sea views, Positano offers a variety of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you're looking for a luxurious and romantic escape, a charming and authentic Italian experience, or a budget-friendly option for backpackers, Positano has something for everyone.
I stayed at Hostel Birkette during my first visit to Positano. For those on a backpacker budget, this is the place for you. Hostel Brikette offers dormitory-style rooms with bunk beds and shared bathrooms. Guests can enjoy a communal kitchen, terrace, and lounge area. Prices start at €30 per person/night. However, don’t let the affordable Positano price fool you.
This hostel is located at the very top of the cliffside of Positano, so a walk to the beach requires a steep climb down 990 stairs. Of course, we used this as an excuse during our visit to get gelato (see post below on best gelato spots) twice a day, first when we got down the stairs, and then after we climbed back up!
Hotel Poseidon in Positano is a luxurious and elegant hotel that offers breathtaking views of the sea and the town. This family-run establishment is known for its impeccable service, attention to detail, and beautiful interiors, featuring colorful tiles, vaulted ceilings, and classic Italian design. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with private balconies or terraces overlooking the sea or the lush gardens. The pool area is a true oasis, surrounded by lemon trees and fragrant flowers, with comfortable loungers and a bar serving delicious cocktails and snacks.
The hotel restaurant, Il Tridente, is a gastronomic destination in its own right, serving fresh and creative dishes inspired by the local cuisine. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a luxurious and indulgent getaway, Hotel Poseidon is the perfect choice for a memorable stay in Positano. Prices start at €280 per night for a double room.
Le Sirenuse is a five-star luxury hotel located in the heart of Positano, overlooking the stunning Bay of Salerno. If I’m honest, I’ve never been able to afford to stay here (but if you click on the ads in this post, maybe one day I will be able to!). However, I have visited the hotel bar (see below in the where to grab a drink/Aperol section) and it is truly a stunner. The elegant hotel is known for its impeccable service, attention to detail, and stunning interiors, featuring a mix of classical and contemporary design.
The rooms and suites are spacious and bright, with high ceilings, hand-painted tiles, and stunning sea views. The hotel's two restaurants, La Sponda and Franco's Bar, are legendary culinary destinations, offering delicious and innovative cuisine, accompanied by an extensive wine list and stunning views. The hotel also boasts a beautiful pool area, surrounded by lush gardens and olive groves, as well as a world-class spa, offering a range of luxurious treatments and therapies. Prices start at €800 per night for a double room.
Where To Eat And Drink In Positano
Tantalize your taste buds and indulge in some of the finest Italian cuisine on offer in Positano. From fresh seafood to traditional pasta dishes, and refreshing Limoncello to delicious gelato, the town is a food lover's paradise. Let’s take a closer look at the best places to eat and drink in Positano, so you can experience the sweet life like a true local.
Where To Eat Breakfast And Drink Coffee In Positano
Start your day in Positano off on the right foot with a delicious breakfast or cappuccino at one of the town's many charming cafes. From cozy and romantic spots tucked away in quiet corners to trendy and stylish cafes with a lively atmosphere, Positano has something for every type of breakfast lover. Indulge in fresh pastries, homemade granola bowls, or avocado toast with poached eggs, all while taking in the stunning views of the sea and the town at the following spots.
Casa e Bottega
This charming café serves up delicious breakfast dishes and coffee in a cozy and stylish setting. Try their avocado toast with poached eggs or their famous granola bowl for a healthy start to your day. Ceramic lovers can also buy some charming gifts from this spot to take home with you!
Located in the heart of Positano, Collina Bakery offers a range of breakfast items, including croissants, muffins, and coffee. Grab a pastry and a cappuccino to go and enjoy them on the beach or as you explore the town.
Le Tre Sorelle
This charming café is located in the heart of Positano, just a stone's throw away from the beach. This family-run establishment is known for its delicious pastries, homemade gelato, and artisanal coffee, all made with high-quality local ingredients. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the town and enjoy a peaceful moment on the terrace, taking in the stunning views of the sea and the colorful houses. Whether you're looking for a quick breakfast on the go or a sweet treat to enjoy during an afternoon stroll, Le Tre Sorelle Positano is a must-visit spot for any foodie visiting the town.
Cool Down In Positano With Gelato
Cool off from the Mediterranean heat with a scoop of creamy and delicious gelato from one of Positano's many gelaterias. Made with high-quality local ingredients, the gelato in Positano is a sweet and refreshing treat that you won't be able to resist. Whether you prefer classic flavors like pistachio and hazelnut or more adventurous options like basil or fig, there's a gelateria in Positano that has the perfect scoop for you. And if you’re asking, my perfect Positano combo is one scoop of classic vanilla with one scoop of lemon for the perfect creamy and citrus combo.
Gelateria La Zagara
This family-owned gelato shop serves up delicious gelato made with local ingredients. Try their signature flavors like lemon, pistachio, and hazelnut, or opt for something more adventurous like basil or fig. (Pro Tip! The basil and lemon combo is to die for!) The website describes this place as an orange grove overlooking the Mediterranean, which is the perfect description.
Gelateria Buca di Bacco
Located in the heart of Positano, Gelateria Buca di Bacco is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Their gelato is made fresh daily with high-quality ingredients, and their portions are generous, making sure you have enough sugar in your system for all of your exploring.
Best Restaurants In Positano
Savor the taste of Italy with a mouthwatering lunch or dinner at one of Positano's many renowned restaurants. From elegant and refined seafood restaurants to rustic and cozy family-run establishments, Positano has a diverse range of dining options that cater to all tastes and budgets. Indulge in fresh seafood caught that day, classic Italian dishes made with the freshest ingredients, and enjoy the lively atmosphere and stunning views that only Positano can offer.
This elegant and refined restaurant offers a range of seafood and Italian dishes made with the freshest ingredients. Try their seafood linguine or their grilled octopus, and pair it with a glass of local wine.
Located just outside of Positano, La Tagliata is a family-run restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine in a rustic and charming setting. Their menu changes daily and includes a range of appetizers, pasta, and main courses. I still think about my seafood scampi from here at least once a day.
One of the oldest and most famous restaurants just steps away from the beach in Positano, Chez Black has been serving up classic Italian dishes for over 60 years. Try their famous spaghetti alle vongole or their grilled swordfish, and enjoy the lively and bustling atmosphere.
Da Adolfo is a legendary beachside restaurant on the picturesque Laurito Beach, just a short boat ride from Positano. This rustic and charming spot is known for its fresh and delicious seafood, caught by local fishermen, and cooked in a traditional and simple way. The menu changes daily, depending on the catch of the day, but some of the must-try dishes include grilled octopus, spaghetti with clams, and the famous "zucchini alla Scapece". To get to the restaurant, you will need to catch their ferry which takes about ten minutes and drops you off right at the restaurant.
Where To Grab An Aperol In Positano
Unwind with a refreshing drink or aperitif at one of Positano's many stylish and vibrant bars. From trendy and sophisticated champagne bars with stunning views of the sea to lively and bustling spots with live music and dancing, Positano has a nightlife scene that caters to all tastes. Sip on a classic Negroni, an Aperol Spritz, or a glass of local wine, and soak in the vibrant energy and glamour of this beautiful town.
Music on the Rocks
Located on a cliff overlooking the sea, Music on the Rocks is a lively and vibrant spot for drinks and dancing. Sip on an Aperol spritz or a signature cocktail, and enjoy the energetic atmosphere and stunning views.
Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar
This elegant and sophisticated bar is located inside the luxurious Le Sirenuse hotel. Sip on a glass of champagne or a classic Negroni, and enjoy the glamorous atmosphere and beautiful views of the sea.
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What to See and Do in Positano
From exploring ancient ruins to lounging on the beach, there are plenty of things to see and do in Positano for travelers of all interests. Let’s take a closer look on how you can fill your days in Positano.
The Beaches Of Positano
Spend a day lounging on one of Positano's two main beaches, Spiaggia Grande or Fornillo Beach. Both offer stunning views of the sea and cliffs. If you're willing to venture off the beaten path, you can discover some truly magical hidden spots.
Laurito Beach is one of my favorite lesser-known beaches and can only be accessed by boat or by descending a long staircase. This tiny, secluded beach is nestled in a cove and offers stunning views of the coastline. The water here is crystal clear and perfect for swimming, and there are a few small restaurants nearby where you can enjoy a refreshing drink or a delicious meal. If you're looking for a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of Positano's main beaches, Laurito Beach is the perfect spot.
Take A Hike In Positano
If you're up for a bit of adventure, hiking the Path of the Gods should be at the top of your Positano itinerary. This ancient footpath winds its way along the cliffs above the Amalfi Coast, offering some of the most spectacular views in the region. Along the way, you'll pass through small villages, ancient ruins, and verdant hillsides dotted with wildflowers.
While the hike is certainly challenging, the reward is more than worth it. From the trail, you'll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, the rugged coastline, and the quaint fishing villages below. And with plenty of places to stop for a rest or a picnic, the Path of the Gods is the perfect way to experience the natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast at your own pace.
Take A Boat Tour
See the Amalfi Coast from a different perspective by taking a boat tour, which will take you along the coastline and to nearby islands like Capri and Ischia. If you head to the main port area, there are tons of different boat tours advertised for you to choose from.
Visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta
This beautiful church is one of the most iconic landmarks in Positano, with its colorful tiled dome and stunning interior. Take some time to explore inside the famous site and take plenty of photos of the impressive exterior.
Explore Positano’s Charming Streets
Positano is a maze of winding streets and stairs, each one lined with colorful buildings and charming boutiques. Budget travelers beware, it is easy to spend hours wandering about popping in and out of different shops and buying unique gifts to bring home with you.
Visit The Grotta Dello Smeraldo
Located near the town of Conca dei Marini, this stunning cave is filled with emerald-green water and unique rock formations. The water in the grotto is an incredible shade of emerald green caused by sunlight reflecting through the water. Visitors can explore the grotto by boat with a knowledgeable and friendly captain who shares information about the history and interesting features of the grotto. It's a great way to escape the heat and crowds of the Amalfi Coast and is suitable for all ages.
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Take A Cooking class
Learn how to make traditional Italian dishes like pasta and pizza in a hands-on cooking class with a local chef. I highly recommended taking the cooking class offered by the restaurant Ristorante Max. Led by a team of expert chefs, the class takes place in the restaurant's kitchen and covers a range of traditional Italian dishes, including handmade pasta, fresh seafood, and classic desserts. Participants will learn about the ingredients and techniques that make Italian cuisine so delicious and will get hands-on experience preparing and cooking each dish. After the class, you'll get to enjoy a meal made with the dishes you've cooked, along with wine and limoncello.
Visit The Ceramiche Casola
Ceramiche Casola is a beautiful ceramics shop located in the heart of Positano. The shop offers a wide variety of hand-painted ceramics, from plates and bowls to vases and tiles. Visitors can watch the artisans at work, creating unique pieces using traditional techniques that have been passed down through generations. When I first went here I was convinced I would live out of a backpack forever and never have a home, thus would have no need for handmade ceramics. Now, I dream of the day when I can return to Positano for custom ceramics for my home.
Live La Dolce Vita In Positano
Positano is truly one of the most enchanting destinations in Italy. With its stunning views, winding streets, and picturesque beaches, it's easy to see why visitors fall in love with this charming town. Whether you're looking to relax on the beach, explore the local culture, or simply soak up the Mediterranean sun, Positano offers something for everyone.
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