Positano is three hours south of
Rome and rightly classed as one of the best beach holidays in the world.
It's right in the middle of the famous Amalfi coastline and is such a stand-out that words can't really fully describe this romantic Italian holiday spot.
It's south of the beautiful bigger city of
Sorrento, with the island of Capri and the famous
Blue Grotto just offshore
You can get to Positano by train from Rome to Naples and then
Sorrento, before the hair-raising bus ride around hairpin bends with a driver who sometimes seems to stop you falling down the cliffs.
Photo of Positano Italy
Many travellers now fly into
Naples these days with discount airlines including
Positano itself is built into a cliff with a winding one-way
avenue down from the top to the beach at the bottom before
winding back up with all the accommodation near by built into
the same cliff.
It's quite a walk from top to bottom but there are buses all
day that make it easy.
The ocean vistas from hotel accommodation either side of the
cliff are absolutely stunning.
You can also see the many ferries that pull into the shallow
harbour to take you to the island of Capri, south to the town of
Amalfi, or north back to Sorrento and on to Naples.
Make sure you try some of the delicious southern Italian lemon liqueur known as
Limoncello, which is proudly made from the plentiful lemons that abound around
Positano and Sorrento.
ACCOMMODATION NEAR POSITANO BEACHES
In Positano, it’s all about location.
Hotel accommodation near the beach in Positano is
varied and almost always booked out in summer.
If you want comfort and style, go straight to the Hotel
Poseidon, with its perfect location half way up the hill
overlooking the breathtaking ocean views below.
Photo of Poseidon Hotel view Positano beach
You can easily walk down to the beach from here, past all the
little streetside cafes that give this exuberant holiday town
The Hotel Poseidon has an elevated area with a pool and
restaurants that provide true southern Italian atmosphere,
perfect for a relaxing cocktail as you watch the world go by
Here at the Hotel Poseidon, the terraces have a
Moroccan feel and glorious comfortable lounges, overlooking one
of the world's great views.
If you want to stay somewhere small and family-orientated,
there’s a cute Bed and Breakfast called Dimora del Podesta
half way up the hill; a nice little B and B with great views
over the bay.
It’s run by the enthusiastic Pietro, recently married
and very good at carrying on the family tradition. The rooms are
spacious with beautiful Positano ceramic tile floors and the
excellent family restaurant below, called Ristorante
Saraceno d’Oro (see below).
Photo of Saraceno d'Oro restaurant near Positano B and B
Pietro cheerily serves a very good breakfast included
in the reasonable price on your terrace each morning, allowing
you to enjoy the ever-changing street theatre below with those
beautiful ocean views in the background.
There’s a wonderful family room with a fireplace here at
Dimora del Podesta called La Musica, which sleeps
four and has a wonderful history. Pietro’s grandfather
used to live in this room and played clarinet while enjoying the
ocean views from the balcony.
The sense of family here in Positano is so strong that
there are still photos of Pietro’s grandfather
Saraceno d'Oro is half way up the hill and combines
delicious southern Italian cooking with great value.
You can eat al fresco on the narrow winding road with a sea view
as musicians serenade you, or inside in the atmosphere of a
genuine southern Italian family atmosphere.
Restaurants further down near the water are more expensive but
still reasonable, including da Vincenzo and Il
Capitano, where you'll enjoy the most stunning al fresco
view over the ocean.
Photo of Da Adolfo restaurant boat with red fish
But the highlight over your Positano experience has to
be the quick ride on the small boat with the red fish around the
cove to Da Adolfo, the rocky beachfront restaurant with
superb food and only one blackboard menu with everything written
in chalk in Italian.
You can only get there by the 5 minute boat trip and the service
can be barefoot, the waiters can seem aloof, but the seafood is
sensational. It's all watched over by the gruff Adolfo who
has a heart of gold and pride in what he offers.
On the hill above Positano, you'll find La Traviata and Il
Ritrovo, which have superb menus and views over Positano below.
The Positano Cafe is another good place to eat, with
elevated ocean views that many Positano cafes enjoy.
A favourite hotel in Positano is Buca di Bacco, which is right on the beach. You're assured of an effusive southern Italian welcome from manager
Francesco or the smooth Giovanni in the restaurant
overlooking the glorious views ( see photo).
On the beach here in Positano, for great Italian fashion, go to
the Antica Rustica shop right on the corner of the little
And for those colourful ceramic plates that often have
the trademark Positano lemons featured on them, try the shop half way up
the walk from the beach with the bustling lady boss.
The quickest and best way to Positano from Naples is a
limousine that will cost about 100 Euros.
happy and swiftly, saving precious holiday hours over other
La Mammola Car Service is the best in Positano for
price and service (www.xploreamalficoast.it,
ph +39 338 5451697). Owners Giovanna and Salvatore
will reply to your email promptly and pick you up in a
comfortable Mercedes with mature drivers who will give you
historical tips on the way.
La Mammola is renowned for being on time, something
you have to be very careful of in Positano with vital deadlines
to get to Naples Airport.
Salvatore has been doing it for more than 10 years with a
passion for service, inherited from his father Giuseppe.
Or a quick and fun way to get to Positano is by train from
Rome to Salerno south of Positano, then just a 5 minute
walk to the port for the connecting 30 minute ferry stopping at
pretty Amalfi on the way.
Or there's the hair raising bus ride around the Amalfi
coast cliffs, with frequent services and lots of traffic on the
narrow cliff road.
If you want to come to Positano by ferry from the north,
there are services from Sorrento that also take in the pretty
nearby island of Capri with its blue grotto and
There's also the hit and miss ferry from Naples that
you want to make sure is running, before you find yourself
We'll save the best for last - Positano's main beach may be
pebbly, but the water is wonderful and still clean despite the
There's not much better than taking a dip on a Sunday morning, with the
bells ringing from the domed church nearby, and the happy Italian
families thoroughly enjoying themself on one of Europe's best beaches.
Positano is a must-see destination for a best beach holiday you'll
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