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Positano
Travel Guide

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

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

Marincanto
Marincanto
4 out of 5
Via Cristoforo Colombo 50, Positano, SA
The price is $198 per night from Jul 2 to Jul 2
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 May 18, 2021

Marincanto
Hotel Eden Roc
Hotel Eden Roc
4 out of 5
Via G. Marconi 110, Positano, SA
The price is $290 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
This family-friendly Positano hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Sorrento Peninsula, Positano Ferry Landing, and Fornillo Beach. ...
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 May 2, 2021

Hotel Eden Roc
Le Sirenuse
Le Sirenuse
5 out of 5
Via Cristoforo Colombo 30, Positano, SA
The price is $1,125 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
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 Aug 15, 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 $62 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Situated by the sea, this residence is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sorrento Peninsula and within 3 mi (5 km) of Giusso Castle and Gulf of Naples. Meta Beach and Villa ...
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 Sep 12, 2019

Villa della Porta
To Be Capri
To Be Capri
Via S.Aniello,21, Capri
The price is $143 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
Situated in Capri, this apartment building is steps from Campanian Archipelago and Piazzetta di Capri. Marina Grande and Faraglioni Rocks are also within 1 mi ...
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 Aug 2, 2020

To Be Capri
Villa Shangri La
Villa Shangri La
Via del Castiglione 34, Capri, NA
The price is $220 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
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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