Authored by Samantha Karen
Positano is a magical Amalfi Coast destination that attracts thousands of people each year. This Southern Italian paradise is a popular travel destination for obvious reasons; you’re welcomed with postcard perfect views, vivid blue waters, and lush mountains: it’s a beyond picturesque village!
However, despite being such a popular tourist destination, Positano is quite a small village and knowing how to navigate this unique place is a must. There 10 main things you need to know before visiting Positano to prepare you for this coastal beauty.
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10 Things to Know Before Visiting Positano
How to get to Positano
There is no airport in Positano so flying direct is not an option. The nearest airport is in Naples which is about one hour from Positano depending on the mode of transportation (click here for things to do in Naples before / after your journey).
The three modes of transportation you can take to get to Positano are ferry, train, or car. There are no direct ferries that run to Positano from Naples so you will have to make a strop in Sorrento, this is a mid-range price option. Trains are the cheapest option and driving yourself or hiring a private driver will be the most expensive.
The travel times for each mode of transportation vary. Also, be sure to check what is running for transportation when you are visiting, different months have different offerings.
Where to Stay in Positano
Positano is home to some of the most beautiful hotels in the world. The views are unbeatable, and the buildings look like they are made for the picture-perfect Italian getaway.
You can’t go wrong with any hotel here just be weary of the location, some are located a little away from the village and getting to the beach requires transportation of some sort.
What to Eat & Drink in Positano
Positano is your classic Italian paradise with delicious food, stellar wine, and its own unique treats. While here you must eat the classics, such as pizza, pasta, gelato, and wine, however the Amalfi Coast is famous for their lemons and produce limoncello right in this Southern gulf area.
Limoncello is an alcoholic aperitif made from lemon zest that is soaked in vodka and sugar for two weeks. Tasting the local drink is a must while visiting Positano.
How to Get Around Positano
Positano is a tiny village built into the mountain side made up of cobblestone streets and tiny alleyways. As a result, the best way to get around is by walking!
You will definitely get a good workout while exploring Positano because you are constantly walking up and down the stone stairs to do all the things to do in Positano.
Nearby Cities to Visit
The great thing about Positano is that it is located on the stunning Amalfi Coast and there are various other beautiful cities only a short distance away.
Before heading to Positano plan a day trip or two to one of the other magical locations like Capri, Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, or Pompeii.
Reservations are Your Best Friend
As mentioned, Positano is a popular tourist destination, and this is especially true in the summer months. This makes reservations your best friend.
Firstly, if you are planning a beach day at Spiaggia Grande – Positano’s main beach – and you want to enjoy the beach day in comfort with a sun bed, you should book it in advance. There is only a small free area to the beach which gets packed very quickly.
More so, if you plan on enjoying a nice dinner with a view a reservation is a must. Almost all of the nicest and most lusted after restaurants with views of the city lights at night fill up weeks in advance so be sure to do your research beforehand to ensure you have a spot.
The Beach is Rocky
In addition to the beach getting crowed it is also important to note that it is a rocky beach. Be sure to bring swimming shoes because the rocks can hurt your feet and in the middle of the summer, they are scolding hot.
Bring Hiking Shoes
Positano is positioned within the huge mountains of the Amalfi Coast while has created ample opportunities for hiking.
One of the most famous hikes from Positano is the Path of Gods which offers stunning panoramic views of the whole coast. If you are looking for an adventure be sure to pack appropriate hiking shoes so you can make the journey.
Boating is a Must
One of the best ways to see Positano and some of the surrounding areas is by boat. Luckily there are a ton of boating companies willing to take you out on the water during both the day and night.
A boat ride during the day is great for seeing the vibrant colors from a distance and swimming in the blue waters. While an evening boat ride is romantic and perfect for seeing the city at night. Plan a boating journey for your visit.
Sadly, Positano is an expensive city to visit. However, there are some things you can do to help mediate these costs and save some money where it is possible!
To save money you should try to eat at home as much as possible. A fancy dinner with a view is a must, but if you are trying to save money a dinner every night is not feasible.
Be sure to take the train or ferry to Positano to save money on transportation, and skip renting a sunbed at Positano’s main beach and go to one nearby with lower prices.
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