The Beautiful Positano Italy and Amalfi Coast
Positano Italy, Just Bellisimo!
Visiting our exchange students from Rome, we joined their families on their "holiday." (Traditionally most Europeans take a 4 week vacation in July or August) to Rome and along the Amalfi coast.
One of our stops was in the stunning, picturesque village of Positano. Honestly, like a painting you would find adorning someones wall in their home. The quaint village draws you in with pastel houses built right into the cliffside, fishing boats along the water, rugged shoreline, ancient homes, cobblestone paths and stairs leading to secret spots all over the hillside. Surrounded by lemon groves (known for their Limoncello as well! )and beautiful Mediterranean gardens, it certainly lives up to it's nickname "The Divina Costiera."
We arrived at our hotel after climbing down roughly 200 steps (not joking!) along the cliffside and were told there were NO elevators, yes that's right, NO elevators in sight! I'm sure our faces were hilarious to the sweet woman working behind the desk. She quickly told us she would have a couple bellmen come by and bring our bags to our rooms thankfully! The rooms were another 100 steps or so in the other direction of which the "bellmen" carried our luggage up on their backs! For that, we were very thankful!
After we were settled and had picked our jaws up off the floor admiring the stunning view from our room, we proceeded to walk down to the little town and sea far below us.
View from our room
The View from our balcony was to die for!
Down 638 stairs to the seaside in Positano
After climbing down the 638 stairs to the village and beach side below, we set off exploring. It was such a quaint walk checking out the little shops, restaurants, church, even fishermen selling their days catch at the edge of the sea. Restaurants line up along the rocky beach with a small boardwalk, nice for a stroll along the water. Be sure to take photos with the cliffs and village in the background. From this beach area you're able to take a water taxi or boat rental to any of the other towns along the coast. You can also enjoy the day on this main beach by renting a chair. This area is quite loud and over crowded though. We spend our few days here relaxing at the beach, renting a boat and exploring the town. If you prefer a quieter beach, walk to the one a little further away by following the footpath along the cliffside. Well worth the walk there, the views and photo opportunities are just spectacular!
The walk down to the much quieter beach. You will need good walking shoes and a pair of water shoes would help as the beaches are very rocky.
Shopping area and restaurants at street level in Positano, quite tricky!
The shopping area by the beach at the bottom of the cliffside is quite different compared to the shopping at the top. The road is very curvy and dangerously close to the edge, not to mention pedestrians and restaurants! Locals don't seem to be fazed in the least (as noted in the video below!) but we were rather shocked and a little terrified at times at how close cars came to us!
Shopping in Positano
Lunch in traffic!
Walking the cliffside streets and town
Dinner on the beach
One of the best things we did while in Positano and something I believe everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime, is having a boat take us to a small hotel/restaurant right up the coast. There they had a table set up directly on the rocky shore where the waves lapped at our feet. We enjoyed the most glorious dinner as the sun turned from yellow to orange then red as it fell below the skyline, indeed counting our blessings at how lucky we were to be there at that moment! The restaurant was called Le Sirene at that time but has since changed names to Treville Beach Club.