A Quick Guide to Positano

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I can’t recall the first time I heard of Positano, however I can recall the first time I ever laid eyes on this colourful, coastal paradise. Ever since seeing a postcard of Positano from a travelling friend, I saw myself jumping inside said postcard and this year, finally, I did just that. If you plan on visiting the jewel of the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, here is a quick guide to Positano to inspire your journey.

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Checking In: Le Sirenuse

The first order of business will be to book a room in advance of your stay, as Positano is incredibly popular and rooms book well in advance for the summer season. Guests usually return year after year and book their stay up to 12 months in advance, so if you find yourself looking to visit from June-August then be sure to book ahead.

For our Spring visit the town was busy during the day and quiet in the evenings, as the summer crowds were yet to arrive and thus room rates were lower than the high season. We checked in to the stunning, family-run, five star property; Le Sirenuse. This hotel has stayed within the same family since its inception and you will realise within a matter of minutes there is no property in the region of the Amalfi Coast that encapsulates the region quite as effortlessly.

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What to see

Positano isn’t a destination where you come to see attractions so to speak, nor will you find much to do beyond wander at leisure, soak up the coastal atmosphere, taste the exuberant Campania palette (pizza features heavily), purchase unique, vibrant mosaics and tiles, and indulge your sweet tooth in lemon flavoured desserts.

So long as you walk the streets without rhyme or reason, make your way down to the characteristic black pebble beach, take note of the six senses when indulging in local, fresh cuisine and go out of your way to seek the perfect view, then really you have “seen” Positano. The rest will follow suit.

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Where to eat

Campania cuisine is rustic, hearty, and full of flavour. Being a coastal town, Positano features seafood heavily, though for vegetarians you really can’t go past the delightful melanzane alla parmigana (eggplant parmigana), a personal favourite of mine, or indulge in a fantastic pizza. Of course the best pizzas are still to be had in Naples, but the Amalfi Coast certainly comes close enough to some of the best pizza you will taste on your travels throughout Italy.

Le Tre Sorelle

The first restaurant I would recommend is also the first we visited, located right on the beach (immediately turn right as you pass through the two lion’s head statues); Le Tre Sorelle (The Three Sisters). Here is where you can enjoy traditional cuisine from the region and prices are surprisingly reasonable for the beachside location. The place really comes to life during the lunch rush (1-3pm) and late in the evenings.

Ristorante la Sponda

If you’re looking for something a little more swanky, then head over to Le Sirenuse Hotel and book yourself a table at Ristorante la Sponda; the hotel’s michelin star restaurant with service and food to match. Complete with fairy lighting, charming waiters and a menu to write home about, this is the perfect location for honeymooners and couple looking for a romantic night out.

La Tagliata

For a much more casual dining experience at lunch and in the evenings, you can’t go past La Tagliata for great food at incredibly reasonable prices. The views from this restaurant are impressive though with its popularity you should book in advance, particularly in the evenings.

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How to get around

Positano is a small beachside village quite literally built in to the cliff face. Thus you can expect plenty of stairs, steep inclines, and narrow streets that motorists share with pedestrians. The town is best seen on foot in order to really get a feel for the place, however if you plan to travel elsewhere in the Amalfi coast I would suggest either a scooter rental or public SITA bus as the easiest and most affordable ways to get around. There is also a “hop on hop off” bus that travels around the Amalfi for those who prefer to play up the tourist card, though if you feel confident on the roads we certainly found the most enjoyable mode of transport to be a day vespa rental, which gave us the freedom to explore on our own time and plans.

Ferries are another popular way to see the Amalfi Coast, particularly if travelling to the isle of Capri. You can also reach Positano by ferry from Capri and Sorrento, however you will find limited services on offer outside of the summer season.

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    April 30, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Try and grab a meal in Atrani. It’s a small waterless cove adjoined to amalfi home to lovely closely knit and friendly locales, great food, and lovely sand less swimming areas. 6minute walk from main Amalfi.

    April 22, 2016 at 6:31 am


    My friend and I are thinking of taking a day trip to the Amalfi Coast when we are in Rome this summer!
    I was wondering… you went to Positano, but is it worth travelling the extra bit to the city “Amalfi”, or is it very similar?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      April 22, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Amalfi is totally different! I would recommend doing a day trip from Positano to Amalfi and Ravello – will have a full blog post on my trip shortly 🙂 x

    April 21, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I absolutely fell in love work Positano. My brother got married there. We went to an incredible restaurant that you had to get a boat to get to but I can’t remember the name!

    April 21, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I love your photos! I’ve been wanting to go to Positano for a while now and I”m finally going this summer. I can’t wait!

    April 21, 2016 at 6:14 am

    I fell in love with Italy on my first visit in 2005, as a ten year old and declared to everyone, that someday I was going to live there. It is still my dream. And I haven´t been to all those picture perfect towns, what am I going to say after that?
    Stunning. Italy is so beautiful. It´s amazing and so is your blog. You are such a big inspiration and motivation for me. Actually after reading your post on “Exactly how do you become a travel blogger” I shut down my blogspot page and am now building up the blog on my own domain.
    It´s so much more work now, but so much more fun at the same time.
    Keep up the great work!
    Hugs and a big thank you from a German girl in Madrid

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    April 20, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    So charming!
    I didn’t know a thing about that place. Lovely!!! I guess I have to add this one to my bucketlist…

    April 20, 2016 at 9:26 am

    The first time I saw or heard of Positano was in the 90s rom-com ‘Only You’ – it was also the first time I’d heard of Le Sirenuse, as they stay there in the movie. Both immediately went on my bucket list and the soundtrack still comes into my head when I see pictures of either. The movie is cheesy in that 90s way, but is great Italy travel inspo!

    April 20, 2016 at 1:27 am

    I remember feeling the exact same way when I first saw pictures of Positano, it looks incredible! I can’t wait to go there for myself.

    April 19, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Such beautiful and colourful photos! I went to the Amalfi coast a couple years ago and it was so beautiful. I would love to visit it again!

    April 19, 2016 at 4:13 am

    Secretly planning our anniversary trip around Positano and the Amalfi coast— could you give me a round about number on how much hotel/food cost was? I know flight so far, but super excited to go here.

    April 19, 2016 at 4:06 am

    We made it to nearby Sorrento but ran out of time before visiting Positiano. Its tops the wishlist for when we go back!

    April 19, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Heading there tomorrow! Perfect timing 😀

    April 19, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Hi- What camera did you use to capture these shots? Great post- thank you!

    • Brooke Saward
      April 19, 2016 at 3:00 am

      Olympus OMD EM5 Mark II 🙂

    April 18, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Positano but never got round to it, but now I’m going to look for next year! It sounds like it would make a perfect long weekend destination.

    April 18, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    So beautiful. The colours of the houses are amazing. It really looks like such a happy place!

    Najmah Bibi
    April 18, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Never heard of Positano but it’s just been added this to places I’m going to visit!
    Your photos look breathtakingly beautiful! 🙂

    rajasthan tour operator
    April 18, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Interesting post with beautiful images.

    April 18, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    There’s just something very romantic, very carefree about all the pics. Would love to spend a week or so just lazing in Positano.

    April 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Such a gorgeous city! Reminds me a lot of Santorini, but with colorful colors instead of just blue and white.

    Jessica Cutrufello
    April 18, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Hey Kiran,

    We were just there one month ago, and how many days you want to stay will depend on what you want to do. If you just want to explore Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi, 2-3 days (to leisurely wander around). Add a day if you want to go further down the coast, a day for Capri, a day for Pompei. Also know that June is going to get very crowded so you may spend more time waiting on a bus or ferry. Have a wonderful trip! It’s such a lovely place. And if you like seafood, grab a seafood pasta anywhere along the coast. It’s Heaven!

    April 18, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Awe, definitely a dream vacation! I’ll have to do a little research and find some family friendly activities to do while there. The resort, since being family owned, sounds like it would be wonderful for a family with young children.

    April 18, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    This looks delicious to splurge for some delicacy craving.
    TBH read your blog on a daily basis now Brooke and I wish to be a blogger myself.. You are truly an inspiration.

    POSITANOOO!! I am adding you to my wander bucket list 😀

    April 18, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Great post! Check out my travel blog

    April 18, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Heading there in 3 weeks and can’t wait! Can’t wait to see this coastline firsthand!!

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    April 18, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    The colors alone would be half the vacation. Such a beautiful and vibrant place. Thank you for documenting your journey so well.

    April 18, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Such a beautiful place. Spent a couple of hours there on a trip to the Amalfi Coast and was so sad to leave. It’s on my must-return places list!

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    April 18, 2016 at 7:08 am

    I go to Italy on a regular basis (I study Italian language & culture at uni) but unfortunately have not been able to visit the Amalfi Coast yet. Your photo’s are another confirmation that I have to go there ASAP!

    April 18, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Amalfi coast has always been on my list! These photos are amazing 🙂

    April 18, 2016 at 5:42 am

    It looks absolutely dreamy, I strongly considered going here for my birthday in June, but I thought it looked so gorgeous I wouldn’t be able to leave. How long do you reckon is a suitable amount of time to visit the Amalfi coast? Your images are spectacular by the way, I wish I could jump into them!

    April 18, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Wow! Added to my bucket list!

    Harry Hepden
    April 18, 2016 at 5:20 am

    This goes straight to my Italian bucket list
    Ps I ready your blog every day