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Positano

"The only perpendicular village in the world" – once a tranquil fishing village, Positano nowadays is probably the best known and most fashionable town on the Amalfi Coast.

The image of the pastel-colored houses clinging to the slope and of the turquoise blue sea is not easily forgotten. 

 

Positano

"The only perpendicular village in the world" – once a tranquil fishing village, Positano nowadays is probably the best known and most fashionable town on the Amalfi Coast.

The image of the pastel-colored houses clinging to the slope and of the turquoise blue sea is not easily forgotten. 

Positano - celebrity at the Amalfi Coast

"The only perpendicular village in the world" – that is what Nobel Prize laureate John Steinbeck once called the village of Positano. Visitors to this probably best known and at the same time most fashionable town at the Amalfi Coast are sure to approve: pastel-colored houses nestling one upon the other against the slope and the turquoise blue sea form a magnificent setting. For centuries, visitors have been fascinated by this unique sight.

A contemplative fishing village at the beginning of the 20th century, Positano was slowly discovered by painters, writers and musicians in the 1920s. Its gradually increasing popularity reached its climax in the 60s when the international jet set moved into the gem at the Amalfi Coast. At times, Positano was regarded as the most fashionable place in Italy.

Up to the present day, the coastal town is a popular holiday resort for VIPs from the movie-making scene and from politics; normal tourists can meanwhile find alternatives for the luxurious hotels and expensive restaurants. If you go looking around a bit, you are sure to find a typical restaurant or hotel offering reasonable prices. 

Charming town center

It is mainly flocks of day-trippers who are out and about in the center of Positano. So you would be ill-advised to venture into the center by car: apart from the many terraced alleys, there is only SS163 bypassing the town and there is Viale Pasitea winding through town in tight turns. You are better off exploring the picturesque center on foot or using the regularly scheduled orange colored city busses „Interno Positano“.

Within the town center, you are attracted by lovely alleys lined with small stores and boutiques. And visible from afar, the green and yellow majolica cupola of S. Maria Assunta, the parish church, which you should stop by and have a closer look at.

Positano has two beaches, „Spiaggia Grande“ and „Spiaggia Fornillo“. In summer, locals as well as tourists enjoy their days at the gravel beach. The fact that Positano used to be a sleepy fishing village comes back to mind when you watch the fishing boats offshore as they form a picturesque foreground for the coastal town emerging beyond.

Positano - where the "Path of Gods" ends

Sooner or later, hiking enthusiasts are sure to end up at Positano while on tour at the Amalfi Coast: it is the trail end of the best known and probably most beautiful hiking trail at the Costiera, the Sentiero degli Dei.  From its trailhead at Agerola it runs past typically Mediterranean macchie, through the mountain villages of Montepertuso and Monte Gambero to its trail end at Positano. Hikers are rewarded with magnificent views of the Costiera Amalfitana and Capri.

Nearest train station: Meta di Sorrento (take Circumvesuviana from Napoli Garibaldi), then on by bus to Positano

 Location

 

 Accommodations

Our accommodations at Positano

I tre Ulivi
Maximum occupancy of the accommodationmax. 8 pers.
Distance to the sea200 m
Distance to the nearest shopping facilities1,5 km
Distance to the town centre1,5 km
Price range2.170-3.300 Euro
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