When you’re at home and see pictures or videos of towns along the Amalfi Coast – it almost looks like it can’t be real. It looks like a postcard and we would always comment to each other, “it would be incredible to visit someday!”
Years later, pulling into the port of Positano by ferry, staring up at all of the colorful buildings clinging to the coast, jaws dropped, not a lot of spoken words in that moment other than “Wow.” It’s absolutely incredible and still looks like a postcard in real life!
**IF YOU MISSED MY CAPRI ITALY POST, YOU CAN READ THAT HERE**
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Below is a recap of how we got there, where we stayed, and some of our favorite restaurants and activities in Positano.
How we got there:
Positano is located on the southwestern side of mainland Italy, along the Amalfi coast. There are several different ways to get here. We came from the Island of Capri, so we arrived by ferry. I would highly recommend this. The views are stunning all along the way and it only took about 30 minutes or so. To get back to the airport in Naples, we had a car service. Yes, this was convenient, but it was a very, very windy road. If we had a do-over, we’d take the ferry both ways and get an uber from the port at Naples to the airport. The ferry system in this part of Italy is very popular, relatively cheap, and easy to navigate.
Where we stayed:
We stayed at the Covo Dei Saraceni which was steps away from the dock where we were dropped off. The lobby is beautiful with a bar and restaurant attached, the pool (pool bar service and loungers) are all awesome, and all of this comes with one of the best views of the cliffs of Positano you will ever see. We could have sat on our balcony all day long and just stared at the buildings and all of the boats coming and going. It’s a really special place that we appreciated thoroughly during our stay.
The rooms are very nice, but If I’m being honest, the inside of the room/bathroom was not as nice as the rooms at Capri Palace. That said, it was spacious, clean, and we didn’t have to walk up a giant hill to get there – more on this later.
**Hotel Tip – regardless of where you stay:
Have the hotel front desk help you make reservations for taxis and restaurants. This made things SO much easier for us and they are happy to help.
If you do one thing in Positano:
Bryan and I had heard about a local cooking class & restaurant high up in the hills of Positano so we were excited to book a fun activity and try something new! Little did we know this would be one of the most memorable experiences we’ve ever had while traveling. It’s at a family owned restaurant called La Tagliata, way up high on the cliffs, looking down into Positano. The view is, of course, spectacular.
Pulling up in a car we still had no idea what we were in for. It begins with a tour of a quaint, but beautiful family restaurant. The tour continues as you discover their amazing farm with all of the animals (goats, pigs, cows, chickens, rabbits, and so many more) and fresh fruits and vegetables, then the wine cellar, it just keeps getting better. We made all of our food from scratch and had an absolute blast the entire time.
You will make some amazing food, sing, dance, make friends, and have an absolute blast. Can’t recommend this enough!
We had friends who didn’t do the cooking class but instead ate at the restaurant and had an AMAZING time as well! There’s no menu so you get an unlimited amount of delicious food and wine – they were there for 2 hours and said it was incredible.
A great spot for a cocktail and an incredible view:
Franco’s Bar: Just as it’s described, fantastic cocktails with an incredible view. They do not take reservations and the line formed quickly, so check opening hours and try to get there a bit early. You can walk there from down at the beach in about 15 minutes.
Aldo’s Cocktail Bar in Le Sirenuse: Another awesome spot to grab a drink with an even better view of Positano! Don’t miss this one!
A Fun Spot for the Wine Lovers:
We happened upon this wine shop on the way back from Franco’s and thought it sounded fun. I’m glad we stopped! They have an awesome selection of some high quality wine to taste! You are given a card and a glass. You swipe your card on the wine you’d like to try and it pours your desired amount. Some wines are less expensive than others, but this was a fun way to try some really good wine without breaking the bank.
Getting around in Positano:
We have experienced some cities around the world that are slightly more challenging physically to navigate, and Positano is definitely ‘up there.’ Just a fair warning, everything you will want to see and do in Positano that isn’t located on or near the beach… is UP. There are some stairs, which make parts a little easier, but most of the walking is at an incline and not particularly smooth surfaces. We did fine, but if you have any sort of limitation or nagging injury, this might not be the spot for you. Cars cannot get closer than about a 10 minute walk up from the beach, the roads are too small. We were also fortunate in terms of relatively mild temperatures and minimal crowds as we visited during the first week of May (we were told that the city really had only been open for about a week prior to our arrival in terms of the general tourism season.
Fun & delicious dinner options:
This restaurant is right on the beach, a quick walk from our hotel, the food was only outdone by the atmosphere. We had some delicious food and so much fun! I would recommend the squid ink pasta and if you order the fresh catch they will take you to the back so you can select your fish from a shelf of ice, so cool!
Buca di Bacco:
Another delicious restaurant located just steps from the beach! We sat up on their second floor terrace and enjoyed aperol spritzes and several awesome dishes. We didn’t have reservations, went a little early and had no trouble getting a table.
A Handful of Positano Tips:
- Just about everywhere took a credit card as payment, but it’s not a bad idea to have a few euros on hand just in case.
- Make reservations when possible for dinner. There are lots of restaurants, but if you have somewhere particular in mind, try and have the hotel book you a table. If you’re there during high season they will definitely be busier.
- Bring a good pair of walking shoes. You have to take a hike, literally, to get to some of the places you want to go.
- We didn’t make it to the Path of the Gods, but several other people in the group we were with did and they said it was incredible. Next time!
- Music on the Rocks was not open for dancing when we were there, but it sounds like a ton of fun! We went for a drink after dinner and they had a fun menu to choose from. Try the Hugo Spritz!
If you’ve been to Positano, what was your favorite part? Favorite spot to eat?! Let me know in the comments!