A Walk Through Positano, Italy

I find Positano slightly overwhelming.

The first thing that hits you is the unadulterated beauty of the place.

We took the ferry to Positano, and so had the pleasure of arriving by sea.

Salerno to Positano Ferry

The entire Amalfi coastline is beautiful, but there is something spectacular about the way Positano climbs the cliffs out of the sea.

It seems to tumble and spill over itself, stretching high above the beach.

And that beach can be seriously crowded so nearly as soon as we stepped off the ferry, I felt the urge to climb up above the city.

It turns out that Positano is just as pretty up close as it is from the water.

Be prepared for steep walkways and stairs, but your walk in Positano will be well rewarded with quieter corners of the beautiful town.

Streets of Positano Italy

It is an excellent way to escape the high season crowds.

Or at least get in a few better views.

Plus, you never know what beach might be waiting just around the corner.

But we only had time for quick stroll around the seaside town before catching another boat.

So we wound our way back through the small alleyways, and hopped on the small boat with a bright red fish.

Da Adolfo Boat

Towards our lunch at Da Adolfo.

11 thoughts on “A Walk Through Positano, Italy

  1. Sara White says:

    These photos are gorgeous! As much as I’ve been resisting Positano for all its fame and touristy-ness, I feel like it might just be too pretty to ignore for much longer.

    • Natalie says:

      I thought I knew what it would be like, having seen so many Italian coast lines — but it really is as pretty as everyone says! Highly recommend (in shoulder seasons)

      • Lisa Barr says:

        I’m seconding Dan’s recommendation. Ravello is our favorite town on the Amalfi Coast.In addition to the villas he mentioned, I would also recommend walking down to either Minori or to Atrani and Amalfi. (Unless you’re really ambitious, take the bus back up.) The location makes the town slightly less crowded and touristy than Positano and Amalfi.

  2. Dan@Italophile says:

    The main attractions are the 2 villas: Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone. Both feature splendid, extensive gardens that boast the most panoramic views of the Amalfi Coast down below.

    If you are there during the summer (July-August), do not miss the Ravello Festival. The main stage is located in the Villa Rufolo and it’s absolutely breathtaking. There’s an image where you can get a glimpse of it here: https://www.ravello.com (seeing it in person, and even better, attending a concert there is fabulous).

  3. Jay says:

    It wasn’t until our 2nd trip to the A.C.–a year ago March–that we decided to take the SITA bus from Sorrento over to Positano. Believe it or not, it was pretty deserted with not much open for the season. We mistakenly got off the bus too early, and had a (fortunately) slightly-downhill walk of about a mile to the upper level of town, by the Sponda bus stop. Breathtaking views while walking, in and out of the intermittent sun & fog. Found one cafe open and enjoyed an al fresco lunch of antipasto and calamari fritti–tremendous!

  4. Lisa says:

    Ciao Natalie,
    We are traveling to Italy in November from USA and keeping watch about Covid19. We want to travel from Rome (FCO) airport to Sorrento/ Positano/& Ravello by train but trentitalia seems to not give us dates. Can you help? We want to travel down to Calabria too, can you suggest which trains go there?

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