Italian Summer Vacation Series: Positano Travel Guide

This week on our Italian vacation, we’re taking you down to the Amalfi Coast where the dreamy city of Positano lies nestled into the mountains. If you’ve ever watched the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” then you’ve gotten a glimpse of this colorful coastal city. I have never seen anything else that comes close to the beauty this city has.

There a few ways to get to Positano. For budget travelers, after taking the train into Sorrento, you can either take the SITA bus, which is a coach bus, or the ferry. We chose the SITA bus which turned out to be more nerve wracking than I anticipated. The hour long ride that hugs the coastline 400 meters up above the sea might not be a favorite for those with a fear of heights.ย If this is you, I just suggest occupying yourself on your phone rather than looking out the window. ย While that view is one of the most amazing I have ever seen, I also have never felt so dizzy in my life looking down at the water so far below. That being said, it might be stressful for about 45 minutes, but once you arrive, the immediate view will take your breath away in a whole new way.ย positano hostel

Caught your breath yet? ๐Ÿ™‚ Good. It’s time to dive into the city and find out what there is to do and see besides this amazing view.


Spaggia GrandeDown at the foot of the mountains in the city center, next to the sparkling turquoise Tyrrhenian sea waters, is Spaggia Grande, the larger of the two beaches in Positano. You can rent a beach chair or go the free route (of which I’m always a fan) and bring a towel to lay on the pebble beach. The best part is all of the waterfront restaurants and bars here. Plus, you’ll find plenty of places to indulge in delicious gelato ๐Ÿ™‚
And if you are feeling really adventurous, bring some snorkel gear along and check out what lies beneath the crystal clear water.positano snorkeling

Spaggia FornelloSpaggia Fornello is the smaller beach of Positano. What I liked more about this beach though compared to the other, was relaxed atmosphere. If you want upscale, head to Spaggia Grande and if you want chill beach vibes, head to Fornello. The bartender was so friendly and told us the whole story of the bar and even showed us a ton of old photos. Here, I didn’t feel like they were just looking for tourist’s money, but rather actually wanted to hear our story and to share theirs. It was the most relaxed evening we had in Positano ๐Ÿ™‚positano beach


All along Spaggia Grande you can find stands offering various boat trips. Its one thing to see Positano walking through the streets but, its a whole other perspective from the water. Jetting around on a sunny day in our 10 person boat was the highlight of our time here. Our half day trip took us out along the colorful coastline all the way to the island of Capri and back (which I’ll be sharing more about next week!)
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My favorite restaurant while in Positano was its namesake restaurant, Cafe Positano. We came across it on our climb back up from the beach through all of the winding and narrow streets. It looked like the perfect place to catch an amazing view of the city below and take a break from our half hour hike back up to the hostel. And then, once I tasted the food, I was in love! The best lobster and seafood pastas I have ever tasted!! Just writing about it is making me want to go back ๐Ÿ™‚italian seafoodpositano at nightWe’ll be back next week to share our entire trip to the island where the mythological Sirens once used to lure sailors into its jagged rocks. We’re headed to Capri!


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