Three years after traveling to Positano for the first time, we finally made it back and took a weekend trip there from Rome over the holiday weekend. Positano was my favorite place we traveled to during our first vacation in Italy in 2015. I always knew we would be back eventually but I never could have imagined that the events would have unfolded in the way that they did and we would be making our return to Positano after coming up on 2 years of living abroad.
Positano is a special place and one that I’m quite fond of. It’s a cliffside village in the south of Italy, located on the Amalfi Coast, very well-known for its insanely beautiful and picturesque landscape. You have probably seen many photos on Instagram of this town with its colorful houses perched among hills with stunning mountains and beaches alongside it. Let me just tell you…photos do not do this place justice and you will just have to check it out for yourself to really appreciate its beauty in person.
If you are planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast, here are some suggestions on what to do, where to eat and stay while you’re there.
WHERE TO STAY:
- Both times we have gone to Positano, we have stayed in the same place and it was at Colle dell’ara, which we found through Airbnb (many of you were asking where I stayed during my time there). The hospitality, location, and rooms are such a great value for what you pay. They serve a breakfast buffet every morning, available to all the guests, full of cakes, fruits, eggs, and other goodies. Disclaimer**: their home is located very far up atop a hill and it can be a bit of a challenge to get there as there is only 1 bus that goes that way and many, many steps to arrive so it’s a bit of a hike if you are not in the best shape.
WHERE TO EAT:
- Restaurant Bruno Positano– we came here on our first day to enjoy a nice, cold glass of prosecco after traveling around in the heat all day. As everywhere else in Positano, not the cheapest place, but also not the most expensive. I think what you are paying for here is the spectacular view you get of the city.
- Capricci Pizzeria– because we have to have at least one pizza meal in every Italian city we visit, right?? I saw this restaurant mentioned in several other places online. It’s close to the beach, pizzas are a pretty good size and under €10 each, and very tasty so I would definitely recommend.
- La Tagliata– this restaurant was recommended by our Airbnb hosts and so we decided to save the best for last. At La Tagliata you are surrounded by the most beautiful views of the Amalfi coast, all while being served a “surprise” dinner (as there are no menus) of everything you can imagine from appetizers to vegetables to meats & desserts. Did I mention unlimited wine??
- Da Adolfo– I read about this restaurant on Natalie’s blog from An American in Rome. Jared was especially looking forward to coming here during our weekend getaway to Positano but apparently they are closed around this time of year (early May). We will keep it in mind for next time as the idea of being secluded on an it’s own private beach sounds right up our alley.
WHAT TO DO:
- Sentiero degli Dei– we did this hike 3 years ago when we visited Positano for the first time. The hike is fairly easy but may not be for the faint of heart if you get queasy looking over high altitudes. Pros: great workout with even sweeter views.
- Picnic on the beach- on our second day here, we took full advantage of the beautiful weather and made a beach day out of it! Beforehand we stopped at the mercato (local grocery store) and grabbed some fruit and taralli to snack on on the beach, with a bottle of prosecco of course!
- Enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the city at sunset- we were pretty lucky to have, what I think, was the best view of Positano since our Airbnb sat pretty high up atop the hill. Before our dinner at the aforementioned La Tagliata restaurant, we enjoyed the marvelous views beneath us with a couple glasses of red. I wish every pre-dinner setting would look like this.
- More hikes- so naturally with Positano being as pretty as it is, you will want to spend as much time outside as possible. Although the hike mentioned above may be the most well-known one for this region, it doesn’t mean you have to automatically do this one. You can find many other hikes wherever you travel in the world by checking out your options on All Trails, and here you’ll be able to see and choose from many.
- What I won’t do is state the obvious in separate points because it doesn’t do you or me any favors, but I will bunch them up all together here in case you are wondering what else this beach village has to offer: rent a boat, hire a paddleboard/kayak, explore other parts of the Amalfi coast if time permits (there are other neighboring towns here, not just Positano), or drive a car or scooter (if you’re feeling brave).
Have you been to the Amalfi Coast or Positano specifically? If I could recommend one place to visit in Italy for a special occasion trip, girls trip, or romantic getaway- this would definitely be it!
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