best things to do in Positano, Italy
I arrived in Positano after what felt like a life time of flying, layovers and buses, exhausted to the max, and after snapping at our shared shuttle companion from Columbia, who only wanted to stop and sight see during my exhaustion melt down, the first thing I noticed was how steep the hills were that you have to navigate. The shared shuttle I took to get to Positano couldn't even get near my hotel, because there wasn't a street wide enough for a car to go down that far. It conveniently, for them, dropped me off at the top of the hill and after taking a wrong turn and having to go back up, sweating with my luggage, I finally made it to my cute little B&B near the beach, a welcomed sight. Now, after all that, all I wanted to do was eat all the pasta, yes all of it, and then go to bed.
Positano is not the most reasonably priced city with the average pasta meal, which I ate enough of for a small country, costing around 15 to 25 Euro. Dotted with enough upscale restaurants to please a billion tourists I found that the higher up the hill you trekked the more reasonable the prices, so up the hill I went. The first night, however, I wanted that beach side over priced restaurant and it didn't fail to deliver, it was wonderful, Chez Black has great food and a great view, I highly recommend it, but be prepared to pay.
After several days of walking what felt like straight up a mountain, I could see why only the tourists were fat, because if you lived here it wouldn't even be possible no matter how much you ate. With views beautiful enough to make you forget the 10,000 calories you burned around every corner, it is well worth the hike. With that said, here are the things that I would suggest for a visit to Positano.
a. Spiaggia Grande: Spiaggia Grande Calasetta - 09011 Calasetta, Positano's main beach there is a fee area in the middle or you can pay to rent a sunbed with an umbrella. At the end of the beach there is a rocky area for topless sunning.
b. Fornillo: A smaller beach that is secluded, a quieter place away from the crowds
c. Laurito: a hidden place were the locals tend to go, is managed by a small hotel and restaurant called Da Adolfo
d. Arienzo: also know as the 300 step beach because that is how many steps there are to get to it. It has a free section and a paid section with sunbeds.
Path of the Gods: A hiking path with spectacular views that connects Positano, Praiano and Agerola.
Emrald Gratto: An emerald green cave not far from Amalfi down the coast.
Private Boat Ride: A private boat ride along the stunning coast line.
Places to Eat and Drink
La Tagliata: Via Tagliata, 32B, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Rada Restaurant: Via Tagliata, 32B, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Chez Black: Via del Brigantino, 19, 84017 Positano NA, Italy
L'Incanto: Via Marina Grande, 4, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Capricci: Via Regina Giovanna, 12, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Music on the Rocks: Via Grotte dell'Incanto, 51, 84017 Positano SA, Italy, A glamorous night club below Rada Restaurant that is built in a cave.
Da Gabrisa Restaurant: Viale Pasitea, 221, 84017 Positano SA, Italy:
Restaurant Max: Piazza dei Mulini, 22, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Da Vincenzo: Viale Pasitea, 172/178, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Next 2: Viale Pasitea, 242, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Restorante Bruno: Via Cristoforo Colombo, 157, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Hotel Restaurant Buca Di Bacco: Via Rampa Teglia, 4, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Da Adolfo: Via Laurito, 40, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Places to Stay
Le Sirenuse Hotel: Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Hotel Poseidan: Viale Pasitea, 148, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Il San Pietro di Positano: Via Laurito, 2, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Ceramica Assunta: Via Cristoforo Colombo, 137, 84017 Positano SA, Italy, sells colorful hand made ceramic pieces.
Antica Sarturia: Blocco 3 Isola 1 Lotto 160/162, 80035 Nola (NA), clothing store and boutique
Nana Positanto: Viale Pasitea, 164, 84017 Positano SA, Italy, hand made shoes and sandals
Artigianato Rallo: Viale Pasitea, 58, 84017 Positano SA, Italy, Another shop selling hand made shoes and sandals.
Safari: Via della Tartana 2, 84017 Positano SA, Italy, the third recommended hand made sandal shop making top quality Sandals.
Sorrento Coast Shuttle: Via Degli Aranci, 53 - 80067 Sorrento
Shared transportation from the Airport to wherever you would like to go. At the time I booked it, it was 70 Euros one way.
Take a stroll through Positano with the video below.
A Few Side Notes
- The hills and stairs firmly reminded me of how out of shape I am, sweating and often time swearing my way up the narrow streets, don't be fooled by the sweat free beautiful pictures I post, 90 percent of them I looked crazy in and opted not to scare you by posting, you're welcome.
- Sorry, I ate all the seafood, yes all of it, for every meal possible and the pasta too, my apologies to all the locals with nothing to eat after I left.
- Dang Positano is expensive, 3 drinks at the rooftop cave bar cost me 65 Euros. The view, however, was worth the price alone.
- The beach in Positano is not the nice sandy kind, it has small rocks that hurt like a mother when you walk on them.
- Yes, I schlepped on a bathing suit and sweat me ars off on the beach while drinking lemon cello, because according to my Aunt that is how the beach is done.
- The struggle is real, walking up the hills in Positano, I felt every step let me tell you.
- Positano has some of the best sunsets and views I have ever seen.
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