Positano Travel Guide
Destinations, Italy

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Positano

I can never get enough of the Amalfi Coast, particularly the town of Positano. Even looking at photos, it’s hard to believe this legendary luxury destination was once a poor fisherman’s village. Hipster travelers will tell you Positano is too touristy and not worth the hype…yada yada, but that’s not entirely true. Since moving to Italy, this idyllic coastal town has quickly become my happy place and I’m always finding excuses to visit.

In this complete guide to Positano, you’ll find out where I’ve stayed, the places I like to eat at, aperitivo spots and my favorite things to do in town. I also included how to get there (the big hurdle) and some other things to consider when planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast.

Positano Travel Guide

Things to do

Spend the day at the lido Bagni D’Arienzo. This beach club was the best experience I’ve had at a lido in Italy.

Hike the Path of the Gods. This is on my bucket list!

You can’t miss the church of Santa Maria Assunta in the town center.

Take a ferry over to Capri or a bus to Amalfi for a day trip.

Casa e bottega. Positano.

Where to Eat and Drink

If you need more than a cornetto for breakfast, Casa E Bottega is a darling home goods concept store serving healthy salads, omelets and fresh smoothies.

La Tagliata for an experience. This restaurant up on the hill above Positano is known for it’s stunning views and appetizers so filling you’ll forget about the main course.

Next 2 for an fancy dinner. Buca di Bacco Ristorante for dinner down by the main beach and La Pergola’s Buca di Bacco Bar downstairs for a casual aperitivo. Be sure to get the limoncello spritz… They put lemon granita in it!

After posting this photo on Instagram, a few people commented that Il Fornillo is also a wonderful restaurant.

Along Positano’s smaller Fornilla beach, catch a relaxed drink at Da Ferdinando down by the water.

For a fancy (and pricey) aperitivo, posh crowd and stunning views of Positano, Franco’s Bar of Le Sirenuse is the place to be seen.

Bar Bruno for an equally beautiful view a little farther up the street.

Positano Travel Guide. Bar Bruno. Spritz

Positano Travel Guide. Villa Palumbo

Breakfast at Villa Palumbo

Where to stay in Positano

Villa Palumbo is a solid budget option with basic rooms. They serve a nice breakfast and most rooms have a terrace with a mountain view.

Casa Albertina is a more central option (read: only slightly less stairs) for rooms with a balcony and ocean view.

Positano Travel Guide. Casa Albertina

Balcony Room at Casa Albertina

I most recently stayed at Dimora del Podesta. This is a wonderful B&B where you really feel at home.

For a five star experience, Le Sirenuse on the main street or Il San Pietro di Positano and Villa TreVille a little outside of town.

Positano Travel Guide. Casa Buoncore

Shops I like in Positano

Nadir (between the Missoni and the path to Casa Buonocore) for cute home goods, boho clothing and accessories. I picked up an adorable fish bag for my mom here.

La Bottega Di Brunella for flowing linen clothing. Antica Sartoria for colorful pieces with coastal patterns.

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How to get to Positano

From Naples, you can take the Circumvesuviana to Sorrento (check schedule here or here) and transfer to the Sita bus. The Sita Bus leaves at least twice an hour from Sorrento during the high season (schedule).

If you’re coming from Rome, you might also want to consider taking a train to Salerno and then a ferry to Positano.

Both Sorrento and Naples are worth seeing, but if you just want to get to Positano as quick as you can (damn the cost!), then I would hire a private transfer.

Bus Station in Positano

Bus Station in Positano.

Personally, I always drive to Positano. It’s about 90 minutes from Naples. Most hotels will be able to direct you to their overnight parking (around €20 a night). I’ve used both Parcheggio Anna and Milano. However, I wouldn’t recommend renting a car and driving to the Amalfi Coast to someone new to driving in Italy. I’ve lived in the Naples area for over a year and you never quite get used to it.

How long should I stay in Positano?

This really depends on your budget and the type of vacationer you are looking for. If you are a beach person and just want a relaxing holiday, go for it and stay a week! However, hotels are more expensive in Positano.

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If you’re working with a more limited budget, it is possible to enjoy what Positano has to offer for just one night. While you can do a day trip from Naples, it is nice to stay at least one night. After all the cruise ships have left and the day-trippers have returned to home base, Positano seems to quiet down and you can really experience a different side of the town.

Other things to consider

Positano is a luxury destination on the Amalfi Coast and it ain’t cheap my friend. You can literally stay for three nights in Lisbon for less than one night in a two star hotel in Positano.

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Positano has a TON of stairs and steep inclines. People don’t talk about this enough. I’m a little embarrassed, but I am always a little sore after a weekend in Positano! So if you have a stroller, heavy luggage or an old dog named Alfie that you have to carry, expect to get a work out!

Positano Travel Guide. Positano with a Dog

Yes, this town floods with tourist during the summer and when a cruise ship ports in Naples. You may want to consider shoulder season if you want Positano all to yourself. I also went the first weekend of October last year and it was still lovely. The clouds were lurking and it sprinkled one morning, but there were certainly no lines or crowds.

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Positano in October

Personally, I’m not going to let a little crowd get in the way of a sunny beach day and this sunset view….

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John Steinbeck was right, “Positano bites deep.” I practically start planning my next weekend getaway right when I get home. Feel free to leave a comment if you have questions about Positano. As always, I’d love to hear your recommendations too for the next time I visit.


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7 Comment

  1. Reply
    The Pretty City Life
    August 23, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Wow! What a gorgeous blog post. It makes me want to travel to Italy so badly! 🙂 I love all of your content. It is so bright and beautiful. Thank you for sharing, Scarlett! xo – The Pretty City Life ( http://www.theprettycitylife.com )

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      Scarlett | Petite Suitcase
      August 24, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Ema, Thanks so much! Italy is such an amazing place and you would love all the Art History!

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    August 30, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Positano looks absolutely beautiful! Cannot wait to go hear and will definitely be re-reading your guide before I go. Thanks!! XO Sandy

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      Scarlett | Petite Suitcase
      August 31, 2017 at 10:36 am

      It’s such a lovely spot, Sandy! Positano is one of my favorite places in Italy!

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    September 6, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I’m dying to go to Positano. Your pics are so lovely!
    XOXO Jessie

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      Scarlett | Petite Suitcase
      September 6, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Thank you, Jessie. I just love this little town!

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    Sariska National Park
    September 9, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Amazing! What a ravishing blog entry. It influences me to need to go to Italy so gravely! 🙂 I cherish the greater part of your substance. It is so splendid and excellent.

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