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20 THINGS TO DO IN POSITANO

June 21, 2016
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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 Maricanto, 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, Italy.

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1) 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.

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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 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 and offers some of the prettiest views over Positano. You can read my review of Hotel Marincanto here.

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3) VISIT THE 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. Wander around the streets of Positano until you stumble into one them!

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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!

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5) 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.

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6) TAKE LOTS OF 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 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.

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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 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.

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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 to pizza. For delicious pizza in Positano try Capricci, which is located in the center of town near the church.

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9) 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!

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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.

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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.

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12) 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.

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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 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!

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16) 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.

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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.

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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?!

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42 Comments

  • 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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    • Reply We Are Travel Girls May 19, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting Gordon! We are really pleased to hear that you enjoyed this article and found it useful! XO, Becky

  • Reply Kinnari D May 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    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

    Hello!

    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?

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls July 26, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      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

  • Reply Anonymous June 18, 2017 at 4:19 am

    We’ll be there in three weeks – can’t wait!!!

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls June 19, 2017 at 2:35 am

      Have an amazing time, hope this post helped you plan your activities! XO, Becky

  • Reply Marjolein June 27, 2017 at 7:46 am

    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!!

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls July 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm

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

  • Reply tina July 14, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    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!
    Tina
    Tinabiggstravel.com

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls July 17, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Tina! Glad to hear you like this post, if you want to share any tips on Positano you can also do so in our Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/groups/wearetravelgirls/. Becky x

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls August 22, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you for reading Tina! Glad you liked the article. That is so cool you are in Positano every year. I would love to spend more time there. Such a gorgeous little town! X, Vanessa

  • 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?

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls July 26, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      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

  • Reply Cindy August 22, 2017 at 3:53 am

    We are going to Nerano in a week and tho we’ll have a car, I was told to take a bus or ferry when visiting Positano..that parking is near impossible, is that true or an exaggeration? And if true, would you recommend the ferry or bus?

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls August 22, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      Hi Cindy! There are not many places to park in the city center but you should be able to find street parking if you drive just a bit past the city. It might take you a while to find a spot but I am sure you will be able to find someplace to park 15-20 minutes outside of the town center and then walk back to the town. If you don’t want to drive the ferry or the bus is a good option although I always prefer to travel by sea for the awesome views! X, Vanessa

      • Reply Cindy Kelly October 3, 2017 at 1:44 pm

        We took one day long excursion by boat (Nerano to Amalfi) and it was the best day of our trip, absolutely the best way to see the coast. Thanks for all your help, really wonderful recommendations!

  • Reply shoshi September 10, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks for the great suggestions. We are thinking of a 3 night stay in Positano October 30-November 2. We heard that many shops may be closed 🙁 ….is that correct?

  • Reply Kristine September 23, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Horrible guide! Restaurants are super expensive and has bad reviews on other websites! Obviously just a tourist trap. Drinking rose and tanning is not something one put in a travel guide! Did you even do the research before going? Jeez Louiiz, I feel bad for people taking this seriously, this is not a guide.

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls October 3, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      Hi Kristine! Thanks for your comment although I do not agree with any of it. The restaurants I list in the guide – especially the two I suggest for dinner – are excellent and have excellent reviews on TripAdvisor (4.5 out of 5 stars). More importantly I personally ate at both these restaurants and think they are very good! I’m Italian (my grandma was from Bari and my grandpa was from Palermo) so I know better then most people what good Italian food is. Rada Restaurant IS expensive because it is fine dinning as I explain. It is a place to go for an upscale, romantic dinner with a gorgeous view and La Tagliata is family owned and operated and is very reasonably priced. As you can see this post is not under our BUDGET category because my trip to Positano was not a budget trip, however I do suggest a great (affordable) pizza place as well. And like I said in the guide if you don’t think drinking rose on the beach is an activity you and I could probably never be friends! Haha For Italians, drinking wine anywhere is the ULTIMATE activity! Most importantly for the future, if you would like to give criticism to anyone I suggest doing it constructively in a nice way instead of trying to tear people down. You only get one life so try to use it to spread good energy and help people instead of being mean. There is a way to provide feedback in a nice manner that is positive and helpful so try to work on that! Best, Vanessa Rivers, Founder – We Are Travel Girls

  • Reply Heyssel September 25, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Hello, I will be going to Positano in early March. I looked into the Maricanto hotel after reading your article (fell in love!!) but unfortunately like most others, it is completely booked!! Any other hidden gems that you might know of to stay?

    • Reply Kristi E October 30, 2017 at 10:43 am

      I know that drinking rose on the beach will be my more favorite activity when I go to Positano in July 2018 🙂

      • Reply Shoshi October 31, 2017 at 9:02 am

        Villa tiara is a hidden gem. Gorgeous views, outstanding personal service, fabulous breakfast, minutes from shuttle. Hard to beat!!

      • Reply We Are Travel Girls November 4, 2017 at 10:25 am

        Hi Kristi! Glad you are going to enjoy the best suggestion on my guide! Haha XO, Vanessa, Founder – We Are Travel Girls

  • Reply Shoshi October 31, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Sorry villa Yiara

  • Reply Mesh December 9, 2017 at 2:57 am

    How is tanning and drinking rose on the beach not a travel tip. 🙂
    That’s pretty much my whole goal for Positano. :)))
    Stop. Relax. And watch the world float by.
    Well that and that lemon sorbet in a whole lemon!
    Thanks for the tips. xxx

    • Reply We Are Travel Girls December 10, 2017 at 2:00 am

      Thank you for reading Mesh! It sounds like you and Vanessa would be great friends! Enjoy your time in Positano and if you have any more tips after your trip, please share these with our readers in the comments! Thanks, Becky, Founder – We Are Travel Girls

  • Reply Nicole January 6, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Thanks for the info! Your pictures are beautiful and I can’t wait to explore the city!! Do you know how far in advance I should make reservations at the sit down restaurant you mentioned? My husband and I will be in Positano in early July and I know summer is the peak of tourist season. Also, have you seen how crowded the nightclub gets during this time of year? It looks awesome and would love to check it out! Just nervous about the crowds.

  • Reply Brooke February 2, 2018 at 1:10 am

    So excited to come across this post! we are heading to Positano in June 2018 (4 months and counting!) AND we are getting married at the Hotel Marincanto! so lovely to see i have made a good selection.

    • Reply Dee March 23, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Hi Brooke, my fiance and I are also having a ceremony at Hotel Marincanto in June! Would love to connect and see where all you have decided to eat, etc.!

  • Reply Stine February 23, 2018 at 5:58 am

    Just booked at the Marincanto for August/September 2018. Cannot wait to stay here and do some of your other suggestions.

    • Reply Vanessa Rivers February 23, 2018 at 10:40 am

      Hi Stine! That is so awesome! You are going to have the best time! X, Vanessa, Founder – We Are Travel Girls

  • Reply franco March 20, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Hey Guys thoroughly enjoyed reading all the comments.I will be going to Positano in early June 2018 with my wife and daughter and her boyfriend and booked the hotel Ancora.I was wondering if you knew the location and or your reviews. Also, we plan on renting a boat with captain for the day and were hoping to swim, would the water be conducive for this activity.
    Do you have any suggestions on beach clubs there is one that requires 3-day booking.
    The dance club you talked about sounds great do you think my wife and I would feel comfortable were young 60’s.
    Do you recommend something different to do besides sitting on the beach which we will do 2days.. Thanks for any advise and looking forward to reading about more of your trips…sincerely Franco Suzanne Siena and Dan…

    • Reply Dan June 4, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      Franco. My family of six just went to Positano 2 weeks ago and had the best time ever in Europe. One of our dayswe rented a boat with a captain. This was the best decision we made in ou r entire trip. The cptain was very accomodating and knowledgable of the area and its history. The boat ride to Capri island was about an hour along the cliff sites. He circled the entire island (about two hours) and stopping on multiple amazing grottos and beaches where we swam and jumped from safe cliffs. The water tempeture was a pleasant 65 degrees, but been there in the summer year ago I can tell you the water will be around 72 degrees. This trip is a must if you travel to the amalfi coast. We about $500 euros with tip for 6, which I can tell you it is reasonable. Included drinks, water soft drinks, limoncello, clean towels and fresh water shower. Some people eat lunch at Capri, but we decided to catered our lunch with variety of cheeses, paninis, prosciuttos, smoke salmon, fruit from a Positano market. You will not be disappointed.

  • Reply Jada O'Neill April 10, 2018 at 10:39 am

    How do I do a 4 day trip through Amalfi Coast? I want to visit Capri one day, for the rest of the days id like to see Positano, Praiano, Amalfi, and Furone. Some research I have done I noticed that I have to take a train into Napoli Station then ferry to Sorrento. I go to Capri from Sorrento? Then from there do the rest of the coast over the 3 days. Then I head to Rome for the last 3 days of my trip. Where should I leave from to go to Rome? Will I have to go back to the Napoli station then go to Rome?

  • Reply Jennifer June 24, 2018 at 9:56 am

    We are planning a trip to Rome the first week in December but I was considering doing a couple nights in positano at the end. Will anything be open? Is it worth a visit in winter?

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