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 Marincanto, where I spent three euphoric days taking way too many pictures of the most photogenic town I have ever seen. (I’m Vanessa Rivers, one of the founders of We Are Travel Girls, so it’s expected that I will always take too many photos!)
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. Enjoy!
1) WANDER POSITANO, ITALY
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.
2) STAY AT HOTEL MARINCANTO
This little gem of a hotel in Positano 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 their beautiful Terrace Restaurant, which also serves lunch, dinner, and drinks.
Our Favorite Hotels in Positano
3) VISIT POSITANO’S ART GALLERIES
If you love art, as I do, there are a handful of cute, little art galleries in the city center that you can check out.
When you are wandering around the streets of Positano make sure you visit some of them.
Most of the art galleries in Positano open around 10 am and stay open till sunset. But Italians are known for taking long work breaks in the afternoon to have lunch (with the wine of course!) or to nap, so you might find some of the art galleries closed for part of the day.
Positano is very small so if you come upon a gallery you want to visit that is closed just circle back later and it will likely be open again.
4) SHOP IN POSITANO
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!
5) VISIT SANTA MARIA CHURCH
The Church of Santa Maria or in Italian “Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta” is a picturesque, catholic church located just a stone’s 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 is open from 8 am to 12 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm daily.
6) TAKE AMAZING PHOTOS IN POSITANO ITALY
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 Sirenuse or Hotel Marincanto, 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.
7) 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 excellent!
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 beach path.
For lunch, there are tons of great spots right on the beach, but I liked Chez Black and L’Incanto.
8) 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 for pizza.
For delicious pizza in Positano try Capricci, which is located in the center of town near the church. This pizza place is budget-friendly and offers the perfect place to people watch with a view of the ocean!
9) TRY LEMON SORBET
Did you know that during wedding banquets in Italy a glass of lemon sorbet is often served before and between the fish and meat dishes? Enjoying sorbet in Italy is a must!
After you have pizza, head next door to Covo Dei Saraceni Hotel for amazing lemon sorbet served inside a whole frozen lemon! Yum!
10) TAN AND 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.
Featured suit from my eco bikini line SummerLove Swim – made out of recycled fishing nets!
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.
12) DAY TRIP TO AMALFI OR CAPRI
There are tons of ferry options to choose from and ferries leave from Positano to Capri at least once per hour every day. You can check out this ferry schedule to figure out what time works best for you, and book your ticket in advance.
The cost is about €19-22 each way from Positano to Capri, or €8-10 each way for Positano to Amalfi.
You can also book a Sorrento Coast and Capri Boat Tour which leaves from Positano and will organize your entire day for you!
13) 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 curvy, narrow, and a bit scary to drive on in a car so my husband and I did not attempt renting a scooter. But many people rent scooters in Positano and this is a fun and affordable way to get around – just be extra careful!
You can expect to pay about €65 for one day, but if you rent a scooter for a week or more the price goes down significantly and will be around €300 in total.
I have not used this company so I can not vouch for their reliability but Positano scooter rental looks like a good company to try.
If you want to go with a group tour on a scooter instead of going on your own, you can book a Full Day Vespa Scooter Tour.
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!
16) PADDLEBOARD OR KAYAK
Paddleboarding 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. The cost of a kayak or paddleboard from one of the beach rental shops is about €15 per hour, but check around to get the best price.
17) 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.
You can check out pricing and tour options on Viator.
19) SNORKEL OR SCUBA DIVE
Positano is a great place to snorkel or scuba dive. A series of quiet coves and grottos 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?
My favorite views of Positano are from Hotel Marincanto, but you can enjoy amazing views from many of the following viewpoints in Positano:
- Walking along the Spiaggia Grande beach
- The bar at Le Sirenuse
- From the Path of the Gods hiking path
WHAT TO KNOW FOR VISITING ITALY
Italy is part of the European Schengen zone, which typically provides 90 days of free entry every 180 days to visitors from many countries. This means you can enter Italy and travel between other European countries for up to 90 days per stay.
Be sure to check the EU Schengen website for the latest information for your specific country.
The currency used in Italy is the Euro (EUR). The current exchange rate is approximately 1 EUR to 1.10 USD. You can check the latest EUR exchange rate on Google.
While traveling, our number one tip is to use a free Charles Schwab Debit Card which gives unlimited worldwide ATM Fee Refunds and the true exchange rate.
BEST TOURS IN POSITANO
Some of the best tours and things to do in Positano are:
- Full-Day Pompeii and Vesuvius Tour
- Sorrento Coast and Capri Boat Tour
- Path of the Gods Guided Walking Tour
WHERE TO STAY IN POSITANO
We recommend booking your hotels on Booking.com to get the best rate and many hotels offer free cancellation in case your plans change.
Some of our favorite hotels in Positano are:
- Hotel Marincanto: Where we stayed during our trip, it’s a beautiful hotel built into the cliff with amazing views!
- Le Sirenuse: High end hotel with Michelin star restaurant and pool overlooking the ocean.
- San Pietro di Positano: Luxury rooms with private balconies.
AirBnB is also a great option in Positano and you can save $55 using our link to sign up!
BEST TIME TO VISIT ITALY
The best time to visit Italy is during the dry season between April and October. July and August can be very crowded, so we prefer the shoulder months of April, May, September, and October.
BEST BOOKS ABOUT ITALY
Read more about Italy before you go! Some of the best books about Italy are:
WHAT POWER ADAPTERS DO YOU NEED
Italy uses standard 2 prong Type C adapters also commonly used throughout Europe.
You can buy a universal adapter that will work in any country and has extra ports for USB cables to charge your phone and other devices.
We also always travel with a portable battery pack which is great to keep your phone charged on long journies.
TRANSPORTATION IN ITALY
- Public Transportation: Italy has extensive public transportation by both bus and train. The high speed trains are particularly good, but make sure to book your tickets in advance to get the best price.
- Rental Cars: If you want flexibility, we recommend renting a car at the airport. This provides the easiest way to see certain beaches and landmarks.
- Uber: Uber is sometimes available in Italy, though it depends on the area (mostly in Rome or Milan). However, the rules are constantly changing about Uber in Italy due to the strict permits that are required for drivers to offer rides. Metered taxis are readily available.
Our top recommended travel insurance companies for Italy are:
- World Nomads: Comprehensive coverage for medical, travel delays, and electronics.
- SafetyWing: Cheaper monthly coverage primarily for medical, starting at $37 for 4 weeks of coverage.
For more information, read our article on why you need to book travel insurance for your next trip!
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