Positano

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Positano featuring a city, a coastal town and general coastal views

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.

Hotel Villa Gabrisa
Hotel Villa Gabrisa
4 out of 5
Via Pasitea, 219/227, Positano, SA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥17,826 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sorrento Peninsula, Positano Ferry Landing, and Fornillo Beach. Positano Town Hall and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (466 reviews)
"Beautiful location and friendly staff."

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Hotel Villa Gabrisa
Hotel Le Agavi
Hotel Le Agavi
5 out of 5
Via Marconi 127, Positano, SA
Nestled on the beach, this Positano hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sorrento Peninsula, Fornillo Beach, and Positano Ferry Landing. Spiaggia Grande and La Porta ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (141 reviews)
A contradiction, some parts great, some disapoint
"Incredible location but desperately needs decorating and updating. Great facilities, unbelievable views but common areas are inexcusably old, furniture looks like a garage sale and interior decor awful. Staff wonderful, beach club great, gym may have best view ever. The Michelin star restaurant has ..."

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2021

Hotel Le Agavi
Hotel Pupetto
Hotel Pupetto
3 out of 5
Via Fornillo 37, Positano, SA
This Positano hotel is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Fornillo Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Amalfi Cathedral and Amalfi Beach. Maiori Beach and Sentiero ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (281 reviews)
Great place to stay!
"Great place to stay in Positano. It is right in the water - if the weather is nice. You can easily go for a swim. It is also just about 10 minutes from the lower city center. It is a bit of a walk to the upper city, but Positano is built on a cliff - so it will always be a walk to many places. Make ..."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2021

Hotel Pupetto
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Palazzo Margherita Positano
Palazzo Margherita Positano
Via Guglielmo Marconi 45, Positano, SA
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sorrento Peninsula, Positano Ferry Landing, and Fornillo Beach. Piazza dei Mulini and ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (62 reviews)
"From the moment we got to Palazzo Margherita, we were treated to a five star experience in every way. The concierge, Mauro, was amazing and so helpful. We had two free days in Positano which Mauro helped us plan out, and those days ended up being our favorites. You have to book the boat trip if you ..."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Palazzo Margherita Positano
Alcione Residence
Alcione Residence
Via Cristoforo Colombo 135, Positano, SA
Located in Positano City Centre, this residence is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sorrento Peninsula, Positano Ferry Landing, and Fornillo Beach. Piazza dei Mulini and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (166 reviews)
"Amazing view of the city!! I love the place and style."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

Alcione Residence
La Caravella Positano Beach, Residence
La Caravella Positano Beach, Residence
Via Rampa Teglia, 23, Positano, SA
Located in Positano City Centre, this beachfront residence is in the city center and within 2 mi (3 km) of Sorrento Peninsula, Positano Ferry Landing, and Fornillo ...
3.6/5 Good! (127 reviews)
Horrible experience
"It was the worst. View isn’t everything. We received a double bed sea view room while our original booking was a double bed suite with a sea view terrace. The pictures aren’t the same at all. And when we tried to reach out to solve this issue no one seemed to care and they tried to convince us and ..."

Reviewed on May 31, 2021

La Caravella Positano Beach, Residence
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