June 21, 2016

Positano is a beautiful, little beach town in Italy, famous for its colorful buildings, excellent restaurants, and ideal location on the Amalfi Coast. The village of Positano is home to tiny, winding roads that run down to the sea and are lined with restaurants, shops, and cute boutique hotels such as Hotel Mericanto, where I spent three euphoric days taking way too many pictures of the most photogenic town I have ever seen! Positano is a popular destination for couples looking for a romantic getaway as well as families and groups stopping through on day tours. If you would like to spend a few days in this magical town, here are 20 things to do in Positano.

hotel-marincanto-positano1) Wander Positano

Positano is the perfect walking city! My husband and I spent hours wandering the winding roads of the village and exploring the beach path that hugs the mountainside and ends up at the watch tour castles (which are now luxury vacation rentals). Every turn brings something new and exciting into view. As you meander through Positano, the charm of this otherworldly town is intoxicating.

castle-positano2) Stay At Hotel Marincanto 

This little gem of a hotel is a destination in itself! Our Superior Room was large (by European standards), very clean, and tastefully decorated with minimalist old-world charm, but the best thing about it was the amazing view of the ocean and city! Breakfast is included in your stay and can be served on your balcony at no extra charge, or in the beautiful Terrace Restaurant, which also serves lunch, dinner, and drinks. Built into a cliff, Hotel Marincanto offers something new and beautiful around every corner!

hotel-marincanto-positano-breakfast3) Visit Art Galleries

If you love art, like I do, there are a handful of very cool, little art galleries in the city center that you can check out.

positano-art-gallery4) Shop

In the village center, there are tons of cute clothing boutiques, ceramic shops, souvenir shops, and art galleries. Crochet and white linen dresses, tops, and pants can be found everywhere as well as lemon candy, lemon soap, lemon scented perfume, limoncello, and pretty much anything lemon flavored you could possibly want!

positano-shopping5) Visit Santa Maria Church

The Church of Santa Maria or in Italian “Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta” is a beautiful, catholic church located just a stones throw from the beach, in the heart of Positano. It is free to enter, and it is worth visiting just to experience the spiritual calm that comes with taking a few minutes out of your day to sit in silence and reflect on how lucky you are to be in such a beautiful spot on earth.

santa-maria-church-positano6) Take Photos

Positano is every photographer and travel blogger’s dream! Around every corner, there is a new picturesque setting that will have you pulling out your camera. It is hard to take a bad photo of this gorgeous little town, but the best vantage point to capture the city and ocean is from La Serinuse or Hotel Mericanto, which are the only two hotels that have this view! If you are not staying at either don’t worry. You can still snap great photos from the road or the beach.

hotel-marincanto-positano 37) Eat Fantastic Italian Food

There are tons of great restaurants in Positano, but I recommend trying La Tagliata (located up in the mountains) for dinner one night. The amount of food (and wine) you get for the price is insane, and the food is insanely good. And for a romantic fine dining experience, you must try Rada Restaurant. It is on the water, built into a cliff literally underneath Hotel Marincanto, so to get to dinner you can walk straight down the same path you took to the beach. And for lunch, there are tons of great spots right on the beach but I liked Chez Black and L’Incanto.

rada-restaurant-positano8) Find Good Positano Pizza

Finding good pizza is an important activity in my opinion, because you can’t go to Italy without dedicating at least one meal to pizza. For delicious pizza in Positano try Capricci, which is located in the center of town near the church.

capricci-pizza-positano9) Try Lemon Sorbet

After you have pizza, head next door to Covo dei Saraceni Hotel for amazing lemon sorbet served inside a whole frozen lemon!

lemon-sorbet-positano10) Tan & Swim

The beach in Positano is pristine and beautiful! So what better way to spend an afternoon than tanning and swimming on the Amalfi Coast? You can lie out on the beach or grab any of the open beach chairs, which are €10 each.


11) Drink Rose On The Beach

Within a few minutes, a beach boy will come to your beach chair to take your food and drink order – rosé please! If you are reading this and thinking drinking rosé on the beach is not an activity, then you and I could probably never become good friends. My #1 favorite thing to do (besides surfing) is drinking rosé on the beach, and Positano provides the perfect place to spend hours doing nothing but this. Relaxation found.

positano-beach-rose-wine12) Day Trip To Amalfi Or Capri

Ferries come to Positano daily, taking tourists to and from Amalfi and Capri. If you would like to explore more of the coastline, take a day trip out to Capri Island or down the coast to Amalfi.

ferry-positano13) Hike The Path Of The Gods

The Path of the Gods or in Italian, “Sentiero degli Dei,” is a spectacular walking trail on the Amalfi Coast that ends in Nocelle, above Positano. The path is almost 5 miles and takes about 3 hours, but it is an easy trail to hike if you walk from Agerola to Nocelle as the route, in this direction, runs downhill with magnificent views of the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri.


14) Rent A Scooter 

The roads are windy, narrow, and a bit scary to drive on in a car so my husband and I did not attempt renting a scooter. But my friend Brooke, who founded the popular travel blog World Of Wanderlust, made an awesome video of the day she rented a scooter in Positano. If she survived so you probably will too!


15) Dance The Night Away

Enjoy a nightcap or dance the night away at Music On The Rocks, which is a nightclub under Rada Restaurant, inside a cliff. It is the only nightclub for miles around, and it looks and feels like an actual cave!

on-the-rocks-nightclub-positano16) Paddleboard or Kayak

Paddle boarding or kayaking is a great way to get some exercise and see the coast, and there are several rental shops on the beach in Positano.

kayaking-positano17) Rent A Boat

Positano is the perfect place to rent a boat for the day. The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world and what better way to enjoy it than by spending an afternoon boating along the shore.


18) Explore The Grottos

There are a handful of grottos near Positano, including the green grotto, white grotto, and emerald grotto, which are said to be beautiful and can easily be reached by private boat or group tour.


19) Snorkel Or Scuba Dive 

Positano is a great place to snorkel or scuba dive. A series of quiet coves and grottoes can be found along the Coast of Amalfi, Sorrento, and Capri Island, and the clarity of the water is said to be fantastic!


20) Take In The View

Sometimes you need to just sit back, relax, and take in the view, and what better place to do it than one of the most picturesque towns in the world?!

hotel-mericanto-positano 2

Have you been to Positano? Please share your experience with our readers in the comments below! Read Next > 20 Epic Trips To Take In 2017

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  • Reply Stacy October 20, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Do you know how much it is to rent a kayak? Thank you

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls October 24, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Stacy! I did not rent a kayak during my trip but I imagine it is not very expensive – maybe 10 Euros for an hour.

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    I am planning a trip to Positano in Sept 2017 and would like to go sailing. How much would a private boat/yacht cost for half day sailing.

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls May 22, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Hi Kinnari! Thanks for your comment. I did not go sailing while I was in Positano so I am not sure on prices for that but if you google “Positano Sailing Companies” or “Sailing Positano” some companies will come up and you can check prices with them. I am so jealous you are heading to Positano in Sept! It is one of my favorite towns in the world. Make sure you leave lots of time to walk around and take in the view. It is so beautiful! Please let me know if you have more questions. Have fun! XO, Vanessa

  • Reply Audra May 24, 2017 at 7:33 pm


    Thank you, this is an awesome blog! I can’t wait to try some of the things that you have listed! Two of my girlfriends and I are visiting Positano in June. We would like to take day trips to both Capri and the Amalfi Coast. Where can we find information on ferries? I have found some information on google but I didn’t know if there was something that you recommended specifically?

    Thank you!

  • Reply Delecia May 27, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    My husband and I haven’t been on vacation in 2 years and are totally burned out from raising our almost 2 year old son with no breaks. Finally getting a chance to go away the week of 4th of July which is also our anniversary week. We want a beach like vacation but not in the Caribbean so Positano came to mind. So glad I came across this post. I’m afraid hotels will be sold out for that time of year but what do you think is a reasonable budget for a 7 day trip in Positano?

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      Hi Delecia! Thank you for your note and sorry I am just responding! I hope you found a great hotel in Positano! A 7 day budget would depend on if you are trying to do a budget trip or a luxury trip! Hopefully no matter which you did you had a wonderful time. X, Vanessa

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    Hi there! Me and my boyfriend are staying a week in Castellammare di Stabi this summer and we would like to take a ferry to capri. Should we do this in positano or sorrento and do you know the approximate price? And is it easy to buy the ticket when we are going or do we need to buy it in advance at home? Btw this blog is amazing!!

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      Hi Marjolein! Thanks for your sweet note! Glad you like our site! Here is a website where you can check the ferry schedules: – I know you can take a ferry from Positano to Capri and I think it is about € 19. Have fun! XO, Vanessa

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    As a Positano travel specialist and someone who is there every year I can say this is a very informative article with great points!

    I also am a solo female explorer and I can offer help to anyone for Positano!

  • Reply Laura July 17, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks for the tips! My fiancée and I are going to Positano next month for our honeymoon 🙂 When you say it is a 3-hour hike for the Path of the Gods, is that round trip or just one way?

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      Hi Laura! Thanks for your comment! The Path of the Gods hike is 3 hours one way. The path is almost 5 miles but it is an easy trail to hike if you walk from Agerola to Nocelle as the route, in this direction, runs downhill! Hope this helps! X, Vanessa

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