Positano was a relatively poor fishing village during the first half of the twentieth century. It began to attract large numbers of tourists in the 1950s, especially after John Steinbeck published his essay about Positano in Harper’s Bazaar in May, 1953: “Positano bites deep”, Steinbeck wrote. “It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”
If you have had the pleasure of visiting Positano, this quote will surely resonate with you. Positano beckons…
WILL DEFINITELY HAPPEN: You will fall in love with the picturesque seaside town of Positano, the playground for the rich and famous. Positano is perfectly perched on the sea between Sorrento and Salerno. Think gorgeous, pebble beaches, with perfect azure water and beach cafes to relax the days away.
Positano offers breathtaking views from every angle, great food, beaches and shopping, the local handicrafts and clothing are well made and top quality. Have a pair of custom leather loafers made or some local and hand made high quality cotton clothing.
WILL PROBABLY HAPPEN: You will experience the most beautiful drive of your life as the bendy road unwinds before your eyes, as you dicover quaint villages along the way. You will feel as if in a dream along the gorgeous coastline of the Amalfi Coast. The challenging, windy drive is worth it. Take the coast from Sorrento to Salerno.
PROBABLY WON’T HAPPEN: You will be a victim of theft. Unlike other, larger cities in Italy, the Amalfi Coast is pretty safe and free from pickpockets and petty crime. Of course have your wits about you, but you will feel safer walking around these coastal communities then in Napoli.
DEFINITELY WON’T HAPPEN: You will be carb free for this trip. Like everywhere in Italy the food on the Amalfi is hearty and delicious. You wont be able to resist the amazing pastas and of course fresh Italian bread. Indulge a little! You only live once!
*MUST DO: Trattoria La Tagliata in Positano- tucked on top of the hill is an absolute must! This restaurant offers fresh hand made pasta and the best view of Positano by far. Do not visit the Amalfi and miss this place…and get ready to commit CARB-O-SIDE!
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN POSITANO ITALY:
- Rent a boat for the day, you can cruise around the coast and even over to Capri.
- Drink locally made Limoncello.
- Drive the coastal route from Solerno to Sorrento stopping in at the quaint little towns.
- Shop for locally made wears: sandals and handicrafts.
- Stay in a room with a balcony overlooking the Mediterranian and simply enjoy the view with a glass of Prosecco.
- Check out the Grotto dello Smeraldo
- Spend a day at Spiaggia del Fornillo (little pebble beach with sun lounges and cafes)
- Enjoy home made pasta and views from Trattoria La Tagliata.
- Spend a day walking around Positano. There are many tracks to hike on and enjoy the view as you go. A popular track is the ‘Footpath of the Gods’.
- Enjoy a spa day at the Hotel Rialto Resort & Spa in Vietri Sul Mare (the pool looks right over the Mediterranian).