In the summer of 2016 I fell in love. It was instant, passionate, and deep. I had seen photos of the iconic umbrellas and coastline, but I wasn't prepared for how perfect and lovely Positano would be in person. I was instantly drawn to the town's stunning landscape, vibrant colors, and relaxed vibe. If you are looking for a european summer escape, my top recommendation would be Positano, Italy.
Go here for typical Italian dishes served on a beautiful terrace with a view. The restaurant will most likely send you a few surprises and you'll leave with a gift. It's important to note that the streets of Positano are windy and narrow and not safe to walk on at night. Most restaurants offer a free pickup and drop off service that will take you door to door from your hotel. When making a reservation make sure to ask if your restaurant offers this (most do).
Hands down the best hotel in Positano and the place to stay if you can afford the price tag. Yachters often drop anchor and post up here for a few nights of pampering and luxury before heading back to sea. If you can't afford to stay here, at least go for a sunset cocktail to see its beautiful design and view.
Positano is situated on a hill that is filled with hotels, restaurants, and shopping. All of the hotels have beach access, but some require 10-15 minute walk to get to the beach. The challenge comes at the end of the day when you must climb back to your hotel up the hill. If you are up for some exercise Casa Albertina is a solid three star hotel featuring some rooms with entirely pink decor.
This 4 star hotel is located only 3 minutes walk from the main beach. The decor is classic, but charming. Book a room with a balcony where you can take in amazing views of the water.
Capri is an island off the Amalfi coast famous for its beautiful landscape and shopping. There are a several options for getting to Capri ranging in prices from $1,000 for chartering your own boat to booking a seat on a 12 person boat for $80. Boats leave from the main beach of Positano and tours can last 1/2 to a full day. When booking in advance I recommend using Viator or Get Your Guide. If you are booking same day I recommend going down to the beach early in the morning and booking at the departure booth, there are several on the main beach.
I don't think I've ever been to a more picturesque town than Positano. The coastline, with its brightly colored umbrellas, is spectacular, and the town's streets are covered with a ceiling of Bouganvillea flowers that is nothing short of magical.
Let your inner fashion designer out and design your own pair of leather sandals. Several shops in Positano make sandals custom fitted to your feet. The color options are endless and you can choose the style ranging from flip flop to gladiator.
Positano is in a region of Italy called the Amalfi Coast. The closest airport is Naples, however, you can fly into Florence or Rome. After arriving at the airport of your choice you will need to take a Trenitalia train to Sorrento. From Naples the train will take about 1.5 hours, from Rome 3 hours, and from Florence about 5 hours. If you prefer, taking a water taxi from Naples is also an option.
Once you arrive into Sorrento there are a few options for getting to Positano both taking around 40 minutes.. The first (and easiest) is to book a private car transfer. Cars can be arranged through your hotel or a private company and will cost around 90 euro one way. The second option is to take the public SITA bus. This option is much cheaper an will cost about 2.20 euro per person. Before choosing your mode of transport consider how much luggage you have. During peak tourist season the buses can get quite crowded, leaving little room for bags. The streets of the Amalfi coast are also extremely windy so if you are prone to motion sickness I would recommend hiring a private car.