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PositanoItaly

This colorful enclave in the hills is a maze of narrow streets and gardens renowned for its craftsmanship and beautiful facades. 

Positano is a collection of pastel colored houses clinging to the slopes of a deep ravine that leads down to the Mediterranean. The picturesque spot is set amidst gardens of oranges, lemons and bougainvillea.

Positano is primarily a pedestrianized zone and steep sets of stairs and passages between buildings replace streets. There is only one road through the town that allows vehicle traffic.

Meander through narrow passageways lined with stores selling locally made crafts and produce. For centuries Positano’s artisans have produced silk and linen clothing and accessories. Today their workshops continue to supply the resort’s high-end fashion boutiques that can be found on almost every street.

As you walk around observe the domes on the roofs of many of the houses. They are filled with sand that keeps buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Head for The Church of Santa Maria Assunta, one of Positano’s most prominent sights. It features a majolica-tiled dome and houses a 12th century icon of the Black Madonna.

Stretch out on the beach of Spiaggia Grande at the foot of the town. This is Positano’s main beach and it can get crowded in summer. You may find there’s more room on the quieter Fornillo Beach. This secluded cove is just beyond the watchtower, close to where the boats dock. It’s accessible by a stone staircase from the road above.

Rent a boat from the harbor and explore the coves and sea caves of Positano, or embark on a hiking trail. One of the most popular trails is the ‘Path of the Gods’, a picturesque mountain trail up to the village of Bomerano 2,083 feet (635 meters) above sea level. Walk up mountains, across a gorge, pass herds of sheep and goats, with dramatic views at every turn.

The quickest and most convenient way to get to Positano is by bus. There are frequent SITA bus services from Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi and other towns along the coast. In the spring and summer Positano is served by ferries and hydrofoil from Naples, Salerno, Amalfi and other harbors in the region.

Where to stay in Positano

Positano City Centre featuring a coastal town, general coastal views and landscape views

Positano City Centre

5/5Exceptional!(176 area reviews)

The beaches and seaside views are top of the list for many visitors to Positano City Centre. A stop by Positano Ferry Landing or Church of Santa Maria Assunta might round out your trip.

Positano City Centre
Just about 2/3rds of a mile in from the trail head

Path of the Gods

4.5/5Wonderful!(5 area reviews)

Path of the Gods is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Sentiero degli Dei and Sorrento Peninsula.

Path of the Gods
Laid back beach club and restaurant accessible by water taxi from positano.  Nice swimming for kids.  One of the best lunches I've ever had: mussel soup, homemade spaghetti with pesto, marinated anchovies.  And don't forget the chilled peach  wine!  Come for a great day.

Laurito

4.5/5Wonderful!(9 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in Laurito. You might want to make time for a stop at Sorrento Peninsula or San Pietro.

Laurito
Affordable and comfortable hostel on the Amalfi Coast. I’d definitely stay here again... disclaimer - must like stairs! Lol. It’s at the top of the town and to get down to the beach is a lot of winding roads and stairs. But at the tip you get this view...

Chiesa Nuova

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

Visitors to Chiesa Nuova enjoy its beaches, and if you want to do some exploring, Sorrento Peninsula is worth a stop.

Chiesa Nuova
Morning from our room in Positano

Liparlati

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

Travelers enjoy Liparlati for its beaches and restaurants. Consider checking out Sorrento Peninsula while you're in the area.

Liparlati
Visited the Amalfi coast Italy today.. Absolutely beautiful...

Arienzo

5/5Exceptional!(5 area reviews)

Unique features of Arienzo include the seaside views and restaurants. Make a stop by Sorrento Peninsula or Spiaggia d'Arienzo while you're exploring the area.

Arienzo

Top Hotels in Positano

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Villa Franca
Hotel Villa Franca
5 out of 5
Viale Pasitea, 318, Positano, SA
The price is $675 per night

Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is steps from Sorrento Peninsula and Positano Ferry Landing. Fornillo Beach is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away.

4.5/5Wonderful! (487 reviews)

"Loved the attention that they staff gave us. They were very personable. The rooms are very small but that is due to the limit of space that they have by building on cliffs. It is part of the charm to the town."…"

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2019

Hotel Villa Franca
Marincanto
Marincanto
4 out of 5
Via Cristoforo Colombo 50, Positano, SA
The price is $157 per night

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! (224 reviews)

"The most luxurious hotel I've ever stayed in. We enjoyed every moment of our stay. The view was stunning, the rooms large and clean. We loved the bathroom jacuzzi tub and the way you could control the lighting in the bathroom. The restaurant was good. We also loved the infinity pool and jacuzzi overlooking ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2019

Marincanto
Palazzo Murat Hotel
Palazzo Murat Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Dei Mulini 23, Positano, SA
The price is $295 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from Sorrento Peninsula and Fornillo Beach. Positano Ferry Landing is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

4.8/5Exceptional! (225 reviews)

"Excellent position, very friendly and helpful staff, spacious and clean rooms."…"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

Palazzo Murat Hotel

Popular places to visit in Positano

Palazzo Murat
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Palazzo Murat

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Learn about the history of Palazzo Murat, one of the top monuments in Positano. Wander the seaside and beautiful beaches in this romantic area.

Church of Santa Maria Assunta
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Church of Santa Maria Assunta

4.5/5(150 reviews)

One of Positano’s most famous sights is a church that fascinates visitors with its beautiful architecture and ancient religious artwork.

Pompeii Archaeological Park
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Pompeii Archaeological Park

4.5/5(838 reviews)

Pompeii Archaeological Park is a top museum in Pompei with a rich history. While you're in the area, wander around picturesque gardens.

Top things to do in Positano

Visit Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Guided Tour from Sorrento
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Visit Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Guided Tour from Sorrento

$85
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Positano & Amalfi Tour by Boat & Light Lunch from Sorrento
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Positano & Amalfi Tour by Boat & Light Lunch from Sorrento

$143
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Evening Trip to Positano: Small Group Tour from Sorrento
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Evening Trip to Positano: Small Group Tour from Sorrento

$56
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Positano

4.8

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 12.556053811659194%
3 - Okay
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 19, 2020

Unfortunately we went off season so only two restaurants open at lunch and Teo for dinner so is hard to really appreciate but is a very beautiful City with very friendly people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

Beautiful overall people are nice as well 

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 28, 2020

We went in January and while I was aware it was the off season and a lot of businesses would be closed, I was still amazed that Only 3 restaurants were open. It was super easy and cheap to take the $2.00 SITA bus To sorrento for more options though

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

I'll definitely visit Positano again. It is such a beautiful place

5/5 - Excellent

Carolina

Dec 30, 2019

Cannot wait to go back! People are so nice!!!! BEAUTIFUL!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 30, 2019

Stunning historic town. High point of our trip to Italy

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