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The Beautiful Positano Italy and Amalfi Coast

Updated on March 18, 2018
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Our family loves to to vacation together, just the 4 of us. When we travel we prefer to be off the beaten path. Islands are our favorite!

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!

These are the steps we had to take to and from our room to get to the town below and the beach. 638 steps in total!
These are the steps we had to take to and from our room to get to the town below and the beach. 638 steps in total!

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.

All of the beaches charge a fee upon entering as well as a rental for a beach chair. This particular one also had bathrooms, showers and a restaurant which was a perk.
All of the beaches charge a fee upon entering as well as a rental for a beach chair. This particular one also had bathrooms, showers and a restaurant which was a perk.
The water is VERY salty in the sea, making a body extra buoyant!
The water is VERY salty in the sea, making a body extra buoyant!
Fresh Catch!
Fresh Catch!

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

At night this area was all a glow under twinkling lights. Just beautiful!
At night this area was all a glow under twinkling lights. Just beautiful!

Lunch in traffic!

Tables are set up right on the road. You definitely take your life in your own hands!
Tables are set up right on the road. You definitely take your life in your own hands!
The main road, notice how narrow with the van pulling up in the background.
The main road, notice how narrow with the van pulling up in the background.

Walking the cliffside streets and town

The doors to private homes were just striking.
The doors to private homes were just striking.
These stairs were all over town, leading to peoples private residences.
These stairs were all over town, leading to peoples private residences.
A restaurant along the streets we walked, cars just steps away!
A restaurant along the streets we walked, cars just steps away!
Directions anyone?
Directions anyone?
In one area of town there was this area called "Grotto Di Fornillo" a miniature village carved into the cliffs along the road leading to the main part of Positano. We're told during the holidays its decorated as a nativity scene.
In one area of town there was this area called "Grotto Di Fornillo" a miniature village carved into the cliffs along the road leading to the main part of Positano. We're told during the holidays its decorated as a nativity scene.
There cemeteries are built into the side of the cliffside along the road. Each plot has a glass plate that you can see into. Normally there are flowers, trinkets or glowing candles inside.
There cemeteries are built into the side of the cliffside along the road. Each plot has a glass plate that you can see into. Normally there are flowers, trinkets or glowing candles inside.
Italian phone booth!
Italian phone booth!
The view down to the seaside
The view down to the seaside
Lemon groves abound, as well as Limoncello!
Lemon groves abound, as well as Limoncello!

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.

Dinner on the beach in Positano

Could you ask for a more perfect setting?
Could you ask for a more perfect setting?
We were a little late in taking this photo
We were a little late in taking this photo
Our water taxi to dinner
Our water taxi to dinner
Positano as the sun was setting
Positano as the sun was setting

Buona Notte

What a wonderful few days spend in Positano! So far we've visited Rome, Amalfi, Ravello and Positano. Our next adventure is Capri Island before heading to our hosts summer home in Gaeta. Come along, we'll share our adventure with you!

A
ravello:
84010 Ravello, Province of Salerno, Italy

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B
positano:
84017 Positano, Province of Salerno, Italy

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C
Amalfi:
84011 Amalfi SA, Italy

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D
Capri island:
Capri, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy

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E
rome:
Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

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