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PositanoItaly

This colorful enclave in the hills is a maze of narrow streets and gardens renowned for its craftsmanship and beautiful facades. 

Positano is a collection of pastel colored houses clinging to the slopes of a deep ravine that leads down to the Mediterranean. The picturesque spot is set amidst gardens of oranges, lemons and bougainvillea.

Positano is primarily a pedestrianized zone and steep sets of stairs and passages between buildings replace streets. There is only one road through the town that allows vehicle traffic.

Meander through narrow passageways lined with stores selling locally made crafts and produce. For centuries Positano’s artisans have produced silk and linen clothing and accessories. Today their workshops continue to supply the resort’s high-end fashion boutiques that can be found on almost every street.

As you walk around observe the domes on the roofs of many of the houses. They are filled with sand that keeps buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Head for The Church of Santa Maria Assunta, one of Positano’s most prominent sights. It features a majolica-tiled dome and houses a 12th century icon of the Black Madonna.

Stretch out on the beach of Spiaggia Grande at the foot of the town. This is Positano’s main beach and it can get crowded in summer. You may find there’s more room on the quieter Fornillo Beach. This secluded cove is just beyond the watchtower, close to where the boats dock. It’s accessible by a stone staircase from the road above.

Rent a boat from the harbor and explore the coves and sea caves of Positano, or embark on a hiking trail. One of the most popular trails is the ‘Path of the Gods’, a picturesque mountain trail up to the village of Bomerano 2,083 feet (635 meters) above sea level. Walk up mountains, across a gorge, pass herds of sheep and goats, with dramatic views at every turn.

The quickest and most convenient way to get to Positano is by bus. There are frequent SITA bus services from Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi and other towns along the coast. In the spring and summer Positano is served by ferries and hydrofoil from Naples, Salerno, Amalfi and other harbors in the region.

Where to stay in Positano

Top Hotels in Positano

Hotel Villa Gabrisa
Hotel Villa Gabrisa
4 out of 5
Via Pasitea, 219/227, Positano, SA
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The price is NT$4,441 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sorrento Peninsula and Positano Ferry Landing. Fornillo Beach is 0.6 mi (1 km) ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (452 reviews)
amazing place in positano

"We really enjoyed our stay. Nice place, beautiful view, nice staff. Easy walk-distance to free parking and to city/beach."…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/11

Hotel Villa Gabrisa
Hotel Eden Roc
Hotel Eden Roc
4 out of 5
Via G. Marconi 110, Positano, SA
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This family-friendly Positano hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Sorrento Peninsula, Positano Ferry Landing, and Fornillo Beach. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (508 reviews)
mazing Hotel in Heart of Positano

"This is an amazing hotel with a great location. Staff are extremely helpful. The restaurant is wonderful and had the best espresso martini. The pool is a great little area to catch some sun and looks the bay."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/15

Hotel Eden Roc
Le Sirenuse
Le Sirenuse
5 out of 5
Via Cristoforo Colombo 30, Positano, SA
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Located in the heart of Positano, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sorrento Peninsula, Positano Ferry Landing, and Fornillo Beach. Piazza dei ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (117 reviews)

"Good location and property. Just the service could have some improvements."…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/15

Le Sirenuse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Positano

Alcione Residence
Alcione Residence
Via Cristoforo Colombo 135, Positano, SA

Located in Positano City Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Sorrento Peninsula and Positano Ferry Landing. Fornillo Beach is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (152 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel with the most amazing views. The location was perfect and the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly 💗"…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/29

Alcione Residence
Palazzo Margherita Positano
Palazzo Margherita Positano
Via Guglielmo Marconi 45, Positano, SA

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Sorrento Peninsula and Positano Ferry Landing. Fornillo Beach is 0.6 mi (1 km) ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (59 reviews)

"We stayed 3 days. Palazzo Margherita is an amazing place to rest surrounding beautiful views with near mountains and sea from the terrace. Everyone we met in Positano was friendly and there were some nice shops for shopping. We will make other plan to stay on Summer!"…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/30

Palazzo Margherita Positano
Villa Costanzo
Villa Costanzo
Via del Saracino, 67, Positano, SA

Nestled on the beach, this Positano City Centre apartment building is just steps from Sorrento Peninsula and Positano Ferry Landing. Fornillo Beach is 0.3 mi ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)

"Edmondo was a fantastic host who made our stay very comfortable and did not hesitate to answer any of our questions. His apartment was clean with all amenities provided, it really did feel like a 'home away from home'. We could not have found a better location in Positano as this apartment was close ..."…"

Reviewed on 2017/8/5

Villa Costanzo
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Popular places to visit in Positano

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Reviews of Positano

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Feb 19, 2020

Unfortunately we went off season so only two restaurants open at lunch and Teo for dinner so is hard to really appreciate but is a very beautiful City with very friendly people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

Beautiful overall people are nice as well 

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 28, 2020

We went in January and while I was aware it was the off season and a lot of businesses would be closed, I was still amazed that Only 3 restaurants were open. It was super easy and cheap to take the $2.00 SITA bus To sorrento for more options though

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 25, 2020

I'll definitely visit Positano again. It is such a beautiful place

5/5 - Excellent

Carolina

Dec 30, 2019

Cannot wait to go back! People are so nice!!!! BEAUTIFUL!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 30, 2019

Stunning historic town. High point of our trip to Italy

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