Positano was one place that I’d never heard anything about until I started doing some Italy vacation research. I feel like it’s a great big Italian secret, but in all actuality, it’s probably not. Thousands of people flock to the coast every year and for a very good reason.
I mean really, how could this be kept a secret?! It’s so stupidly gorgeous that you just wanna pinch yourself to see if you’re living in a dream.
The most beautiful places in Italy: Positano
For those of you who don’t know, Positano sits on whats called the Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi coast stretches about 50 kilometers along the Tyrrhenian Sea and is dotted with sheer drop-offs and adorable little fishing villages. The easiest way to get to the area is through Naples. And I think the easiest way to Naples is from Rome.
So once you’ve explored that part of the country head down to Naples (I don’t suggest staying if you can avoid it – Naples felt very dirty and unsafe to me, albeit it has delicious pizza). If time allows you should totally stop at Pompeii along the way.
Prior to your trip, you can find somewhere online to rent a private vehicle. Someone will then drive you from Naples to whatever city you’re staying in. I highly recommend doing this because the drive is super intense.
In America, we are accustomed to large highways and driving laws…Italy, not so much. The roads are very narrow and often littered with tour buses and scooters. The buses are so large that they will stop traffic in order to make the tight turns and the scooters just zip in and around everyone and make everything chaotic. So do yourself a favor and have someone else drive you, that way you can sit in the back and enjoy the scenery and not white knuckle the steering wheel for 2 hours.
Word to the wise, if you are prone to car sickness make absolutely, positively sure you come prepared. It is one of the most nauseating drives I’ve ever been on, maybe even worse than my ride through the Moroccan mountainside.
Also, this region is known for its gigantic lemons. I saw some that were the size of a football – no lie. With those enormous lemons comes sweet sweet limoncello.
If you enjoy shopping you’ll also find roadside ceramic shops. The pieces are seriously beautiful and painted with bright colors, and mostly depict lemons, the church, and the village lifestyle.
From the photos above you can see Positano is literally built into the side of a cliff. This makes for stunning photo opportunities, but it’s hell on your legs. I chose to stay up on top of the hill so I could sit out on the balcony and see all of the village. Though not from this photograph – all I’m doing here is peeping my neighbors.
There are also some gorgeous hotels at the base of the cliff, too, though. And if you stay at the base of the cliff, you’ll have the easiest access to the beach.
You can walk up and down the street to get from one end to the other. Or there is a set of stairs that’ll take you most of the way. Also available are a little bus and taxis. The bus and taxis can take you most of the way down but will have to stop short because the street becomes pedestrian only at one point.
I walked most of the time, but after three or four too many limoncellos you’ll want some help getting back up the hill, haha.
Make sure you stop in this place – it’s adorbs.
This is the beach area. Have you ever seen anything so pretty? For reallllllll. Positano is still one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever been. Also for at least one night, make sure you’re down at the beach for dusk so you can watch all the lights come on.
And if you’re keeping track like I am, the Amalfi Coast is a UNESCO Heritage Site. So mark that baby off!
Italy Quick Tips
- Don’t forget your passport (obvi) and visa (if necessary)
- Pizza, pizza, pizza, gelato, pizza, limoncello
- The Euro is the national currency
- You’ll find some of the world’s greatest architecture and art in this country
- Best time to visit will be the summer, but that is the busiest and most expensive. Positano is already uber expensive to begin with so it’s best visited during a shoulder season
- Primary language is Italian so be a good traveler and learn a few basic words – hi, how are you, thank you, please etc
Italy Bucket List
- Cinque Terre
- Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence
- Historic Centre of San Gimignano
- Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Trevi Fountain
- Milan’s Duomo
- Mt Etna
- Piazza del Campo
- Piazza San Marco in Venice
- Leaning Tower of Pisa
- Ride a gondola in Venice
- Ride a Vespa in Tuscany
See the Amalfi coast
- St Peter’s Basilica
- Swim in the blue grotto
- Take a cooking class
- The Uffizi
- Vatican museum
- View the Colosseum in Rome
What’s on your Italian Bucket List?
Has anyone been to Italy or Positano? Where at? Did you love it?
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