Positano is the must-see town of the Amalfi Coast. It is the initial village coming from the North and Sorrento area.
It's a well-known holiday destination with some pebble beaches, narrow streets lined with boutiques and cafes.
Positano is a sophisticated resort town and the jewel of southern Italy's iconic Amalfi Coast. The village abounds with smart boutiques, ceramics, and artisan leather sandals. Sample fresh seafood and earthy wines at the town's countless romantic restaurants. Positano is also a great base for exploring the area—you can easily travel by boat to Amalfi, Capri, Ischia, and the Grotta dello Smeraldo.
Visitors should not miss a visit to the Parish Church of Santa Maria that features a majolica-tiled dome and a 13th-century Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary. The basilica was built in the 12th century A.D. The construction took place just above the other wonder of Positano, the Roman villa, today well known under the name of “MAR” (Museum Archeological Romano), that was built in Positano in the 1st Century B.C. Right in the center of town you can visit city the ruins of the Roman Villa that is the testimony of past wonders of Positano. The entrance is in Piazza Flavio Gioia, by the main Church.
Whoever is in good shape should take the opportunity to hike the scenic and unique Path of the God. We suggest our guest to start the path from nearby Praiano and walk back to Positano as the sun will be on your back and will not disturb the amazing sights of the uncontaminated environment. Hop on a 20 min bus ride to nearby town of Praiano, exit either bus stop nr 5 or 7, sip a cappuccino and eat a freshly baked croissant to any of the bars and start the climb up to San Domenico, Colle Serra Path of the God, direction Positano. This is 5 hours or about loop. Tips: bring water, good shoes. When you reach Nocelle, you can return to Positano by bus, managed by the company Mobility Amalfi Coast. We definitely discourage to reach Agerola – Bomerano and then down, as you need to stay in the bus for about 90 minutes from Positano>Amalfi>Agerola or you need to use a one-way car service to there at the average cost of Euro 100.
Positano has fantastic pebble beaches. We mention the nicest and most famous ones: Spiaggia Grande which is the main beach, Laurito with is famous restaurant Da Adolfo, Arienzo and Fornillo that is second largest Positano beach.
If you have plenty of time to spend in Positano, we suggest exploring the small hamlets of Nocelle and Montepertuso or take a walk along Via Santa Croce towards the cemetery. The views are breathtaking. The path has stairs, steep slopes uphill and downhill, but worthy.
Please download the the Positano map at this LINK!
We have also created our map on Google to locate the area and surrounding towns bus stops, food, beaches and more; CLICK HERE to get a tailor made map for you!
Most restaurants and bars are in the town center. Yet the hamlets of Nocelle and Montepertuso, where many residents live, have food stores, resturants some bars and is well connected to the main town.
Positano is a great starting point to visit nearby Capri, Amalfi, Sorrento, Pompeii, Naples, the Mount Vesuvio, Ercolano and Praiano.
The town has great ferry connections and water taxis are available to reach the nearby localities.
Positano main parking options
Parking in Positano can be very frustrating and in most part of the seasons it will be very expensive!
Most holiday homes do not have their private parking.
We suggest to use public transportation or a car service if you are not prepared to receive an high bill cost, only for the parking.
The larger parkings in town are located along viale Pasitea and are named, from the more distant to the center : Anna, Milano, Carpineto (Fornillo area), Mandara, Da Gennaro, Russo, Migliaccio (in the town centre and closer to the port).
More information will be provided in the specific page of the property rented.
Best Tourist attractions of the area
The link will contain the best tourist attractions of the Amalfi coast and its surroundings
Do not miss a day out in Amalfi and Ravello area that could be combined in one day. If you wish to see both, try to leave very early morning from the port of Positano, by ferry. Visit Ravello first and then Amalfi in the afternoon when it gets less crowded as most tourists visit the town in the morning!
In order to visit Pompeii, you need to book your visit with a day in advance, at least. The Mount Vesuvio park must be reserved too!
To reach Capri, the easiest option is to get to Positano pier and hop on a ferry. Tourists might opt to book the Capri Tour leaving from Positano. More information on this tour we suggest and can reserve, at this LINK!
The main bus stops / stations of Positano are located at :
Bivio Montepertuso, Chiesa Nuova, Liparlati and La Sponda.
Closest station to the town centre is La Sponda that must be always preffered if you are coming or going to Praiano or Amalfi.
More information are contained in the Sitasud linked page, that explains the way to buy your ticket and its costs.
Click on the link to get directed to the updated Sitasud schedules of the Amalfi coast.
Positano local transport is managed
by the company Mobility Amalfi Coast.
All updated local schedules from/to Positano centre and Nocelle,
Montepertuso, Praiano and the interno bus that loops the town, are available at Positano transportation page HERE!
Please download the the Positano detailed map contained at this LINK!
The town has the most beautiful beaches of the Amalfi Coast.
Some can be only reached by private boats. You can use a water taxi to reach those. Very few are private and not mentioned in our guide.
This is the list:
- Spiaggia Grande (the main beach where most of the action takes place and the ferries leave to nearby towns);
- Spiaggia di Fornillo (second largest, reacheable from the main beach);
- Laurito (you can walk down from via Laurito or San Pietro and/or by boat);
- Arienzo (located in Arienzo district and you can reach from main road);
- Remesse (on West side of town - it can be reached only by boat);
- La Porta (on East side of town - it can be reached only by boat).
During the stay, please remove all your waste and dump those out of the unit at the right night and before the departure day. We do recycle and make our best to keep clean the environment. We do ask our guests to cope with this easy to follow rule.
Please drop your waste at the right place and only at night afer 10.00pm.
Ask the agent for it, in case you did not get the proper information.
- Food waste – compost (no paper, no tissue, no plastic)
- Paper and cardboard, newspapers, Juice and milk cartons, clean pizza boxes,
- Plastic, aluminum cans, aluminum foil, Steel (tin) and empty aerosols;
- Glass (Green, clear and brown glass bottles and jars)
- Regular trash (waste that cannot be recycled). For instance: nappies, Polystyrene , Syringes or medical waste, Ceramics, ovenware or light bulbs, electrical items, toys.
The town of Positano is one of the main main hub for maritime transportation, of the Amalfi coast.
In its port commute most of the regular ferry lines with destination Salerno – Amalfi – Capri – Sorrento – Ischia and Naples.
Main ferry lines are:
TravelMar - Alicost
Snav - Capitan Morgan
Caremar - Nlg
Ferries to Salerno, Amalfi and Capri are generally available from April until mid-November.
Whilst to Ischia – Sorrento – Naples trips are only available in the high season (June – September)
Please click on our main page for ferries to get options to reach the Amalfi Coast from the Sea!
Restaurants - bars suggestions
The page will inform you on where to eat or drink with our suggestions on our preffered restaurant and bars of the area.
The Amalfi Coast and Campania culinary art is something to experiece.
You can eat from economical to very expensive.
Opt for a nice pizzeria if you are on a budget or family and do not want to spend a fortune. Plenty of those in town!
If you are on your honeymoon and want to surprise your beloved one, you can opt for one of the most amazing restaurant of the coast Un Piano Nel Cielo at Casa Angelina!
If you are home and do not feel to go out or cook, ask Che Bontà to deliver home or nearby some of their deliciuos plates or pizzas