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

Positano City Centre
Positano City Centre featuring a coastal town, general coastal views and landscape views

Positano City Centre

Known for Sea, Beaches, Scenery

5/5(170 reviews)

Travelers come to Positano City Centre for its beaches, and you can see top attractions like Church of Santa Maria Assunta and Positano Ferry Landing while you're in town.

Path of the Gods
Just about 2/3rds of a mile in from the trail head
trover photo by Aaron Savoie

Path of the Gods

Known for Hiking, Relaxing, Sea

5/5(4 reviews)

Path of the Gods is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Sorrento Peninsula and Sentiero degli Dei.

Chiesa Nuova
Affordable and comfortable hostel on the Amalfi Coast. I’d definitely stay here again... disclaimer - must like stairs! Lol. It’s at the top of the town and to get down to the beach is a lot of winding roads and stairs. But at the tip you get this view...
trover photo by Nicole Smelson

Chiesa Nuova

Known for Beaches, Luxury, Sea

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Visitors to Chiesa Nuova enjoy its beaches, and if you want to do some exploring, Sorrento Peninsula is worth a stop.

Arienzo
Visited the Amalfi coast Italy today.. Absolutely beautiful...
trover photo by Michael Gibson

Arienzo

Known for Sea, Beaches, Relaxing

5/5(5 reviews)

Seaside views and restaurants are notable features of Arienzo. You might consider a stop by Sorrento Peninsula while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Laurito
Laid back beach club and restaurant accessible by water taxi from positano.  Nice swimming for kids.  One of the best lunches I've ever had: mussel soup, homemade spaghetti with pesto, marinated anchovies.  And don't forget the chilled peach  wine!  Come for a great day.
trover photo by Jason Karas

Laurito

Known for Beaches, Gardens, Dining

4.5/5(9 reviews)

You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in Laurito. You might want to make time for a stop at Sorrento Peninsula or San Pietro.

Liparlati
Morning from our room in Positano
trover photo by Barry Ford

Liparlati

Known for Excursions, Friendly People, Beaches

5/5(2 reviews)

Visitors to Liparlati like its beaches and restaurants, and Sorrento Peninsula is a sight worth a stop.

Top Hotels in Positano

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Eden Roc
Hotel Eden Roc
4 out of 5
Via G. Marconi 110, Positano, SA
NT$6,173
per night
Nov 15 - Nov 16

This family-friendly Positano hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Sorrento Peninsula and Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Piazza dei ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (475 reviews)

"Beautiful, beautiful beautiful, and marvelous. I wish weather was little bit better when we were there but still it was wonderful."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/9

Hotel Eden Roc
Positano Art Hotel Pasitea
Positano Art Hotel Pasitea
4 out of 5
Via Pasitea 207, Positano, SA
NT$2,971
per night
Nov 15 - Nov 16

Located in the heart of Positano, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sorrento Peninsula and Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Positano Town Hall and Piazza ...

4.3/5Excellent! (563 reviews)

"Amazing staff. Beautiful view of the beaches. Exceptional customer service."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/2

Positano Art Hotel Pasitea
Marincanto
Marincanto
4 out of 5
Via Cristoforo Colombo 50, Positano, SA
NT$3,350
per night
Nov 15 - Nov 16

Nestled on the beach, this Positano City Centre hotel is just steps from Sorrento Peninsula and Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Spiaggia Grande and Positano Ferry ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (205 reviews)

"We loved everything about our stay at the Marincanto. The hotel was clean and beautiful, in a great location with amazing views. The staff were incredibly pleasant and helpful. Our room was super spacious with a balcony that had an amazing view. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was clean ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/13

Marincanto

Popular things to do in Positano

Church of Santa Maria Assunta
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Church of Santa Maria Assunta

4.5/5(143 reviews)

One of Positano’s most famous sights is a church that fascinates visitors with its beautiful architecture and ancient religious artwork.

Palazzo Murat
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Palazzo Murat

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Palazzo Murat in Positano. Wander the seaside or discover the mountain views in this romantic area.

Herculaneum
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Herculaneum

4.5/5(370 reviews)

Learn more about the local history when you visit Herculaneum, a well-known historical site in Ercolano. Stroll along the seaside or visit the rich archaeological sites in the area.

Pompeii Archaeological Park
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Pompeii Archaeological Park

4.5/5(787 reviews)

Pompeii Archaeological Park is a top museum in Pompei with a rich history. While you're in the area, wander around picturesque gardens.

Marina Grande Beach
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Marina Grande Beach

4.5/5(571 reviews)

This charming port has served as Sorrento’s connection to the sea for almost 2,000 years and is still in use by local fishermen.

Castel dell'Ovo
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Castel dell'Ovo

4.5/5(248 reviews)

This coastal stone castle in the old fishing village of Borgo del Marini offers panoramic views towards central Naples and Mount Vesuvius.

Reviews of Positano

4.8

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Milaida

Nov 2, 2019

Positano is magic and subreal. I want to come again!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 31, 2019

Positano is crowded, lots of tourists

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 29, 2019

Magical town on the Amalfi Coast ... I will be returning ...

5/5 - Excellent

EliecerN.

Oct 28, 2019

As taken from a movie

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 24, 2019

Amazing town built into granite cliffs with incredible views. Every turn in the road or walkway presents lovely vistas. We enjoyed relaxing in the sun with wonderful food/drinks after a few hectic days in Naples.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 17, 2019

Francesca at the desk was particularly helpful in arranging dinner reservations and transportation, always with a bright smile and pleasant demeanor.