Visit Positano: Your Travel Guide

Things to Do in Positano

Marina Grande Beach
The dark grey sand and azure Tyrrhenian Sea is an iconic image of the Amalfi Coast. Marina Grande is Positano’s main beach, a 300-metre-long strip at the centre of the town’s activities. Travellers flock here for a swim and a drink from the many bars and restaurants lining the shore. Lay out your towel or grab a lounge chair – this place was made for beach bums.
Church of Santa Maria Assunta
The gold, green and blue tiled roof of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta shines against the bright Mediterranean sky. Right in the centre of town, this 10th-century church encapsulates the romance of Positano. Most of the tiny staircases leading up from the beach pass through its piazza, from which you can enter the classical white and gold interior. On weekends, look out for a wedding!
Medieval Guard Towers
In times gone by, when Saracen pirates were spotted at sea, the guards lit a fire on top of these towers to alert the people of Positano. All the villagers could do was run to the hills and hope they avoided the invaders. Nowadays these medieval stone lookouts have been transformed into holiday homes, where lucky visitors can enjoy the panoramic views and pretty gardens.

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

10
Exceptional
Positano is a gorgeous city with good restaurants and some of the most spectacular views anywhere in the world. My best advice is to arrive by boat (probably from Naples) and stay as close to the water as you can manage to be able to enjoy your trip there on foot rather than needing to use a car.
jevtodd
United States of America
May 18, 2017
10
Exceptional
Positano is beautiful, a little crowded by day but it really becomes magical by night. Be sure to stop for a drink in the Bucca di Bacca bar and maybe a bite to eat, the views are magical there
Noreen
Ireland
May 16, 2017
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Exceptional
I loved Positano,it was very easy to travel the Amalfi coast from here,and the place where i called home for a week the LA DOLCE VITA was a hidden gem an oasis.
Kim
United Kingdom
May 15, 2017
10
Exceptional
Lovely views in every direction of this quaint village and the beautiful blue sea. Lots of walking to work off the food and drink. Hospitality here is wonderful -- this place is heaven!
Dee
United States of America
May 16, 2017
10
Exceptional
Loved the beaches , the shops and the beauty of the hills . The locals are very helpful and are not pushy to sell you things . The restaurants on Pasitea Rd are excellent and the local market is a great spot to shop and dine .
Jenny
Canada
May 18, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Positano

La Rosa Dei Venti

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 344 reviews

$193

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Hotel Montemare

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 394 reviews

$370

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Hotel Villa Franca

9 Wonderful

Score from 307 reviews

$518

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Al Barilotto del Nonno

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 473 reviews

$202

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Hotel Le Agavi

8.4 Very Good

Score from 156 reviews

$565

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Il Gabbiano

8.2 Very Good

Score from 857 reviews

$224

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Hotel Vittoria

8.8 Excellent

Score from 394 reviews

$224

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Palazzo Talamo

8.8 Excellent

Score from 341 reviews

$247

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Hotel Conca d'Oro

8.5 Very Good

Score from 589 reviews

$297

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Recommended in Positano

There are two roads, the top one which skirts the town and the bottom one which winds as a one way from the top road down to the square, a five minute walk from the beach. In between the two roads is a warren of tightly packed colourful houses with winding passageways and staircases that lead up and down. Walk a lot, take staircases and marvel at the way the buildings cling to the cliff side. It's a beautiful place to just get lost in.

Beautiful vistas and water. Very Mediterranean in its look. Difficult to walk on as it's deep pebbles, though. And a LONG walk down a lot of stairs (going down not so bad, but coming back up you need to be in good shape if there's no lift/ascensore available to your hotel. We got a LOT of exercise going to and from the beach locations.

Sitting on the balcony of my hotel room (Superior sea view), sipping wine and watching an electrical storm over the bay. Booming thunder and crashing thunder lighting up the dark sky, with the lights of the village stretching out below me.

Go there by car and drive the coast, from Positano to Cetara. There are countless vista points, each revealing a different angle of the beautiful topography and emerald sea. Make sure you go on a sunny season!

Booking.com asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Positano for food?

Many choices of top notch restaurants serving Italian fare - why go to Italy and not eat Italian, at every meal. The gelato - do it, daily.

Bar Bruno - an amazing, small, intimate location for authentic local dining

Chez Black - the octopus in red sauce, amazing!

Beautiful Views, would go back in a heartbeat

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