Positano is a seductive Italian village located on the Amalfi Coast and home to colourful buildings and delightful narrow streets. It is the perfect holiday destination for those looking to explore Italy’s charm in a more local setting.
History of Positano
It is believed that the village began to develop around the ninth century following the arrival of inhabitants from Paestum, and then continued to advance over time. After being pillaged by Pisa, Positano followed the neighbouring town Amalfi’s example and began to increase its defences with fortified walls and watch towers.
However, the village still had some obstacles to face; in the fourteenth century it was completely destroyed by a devastating tsunami, and a few decades later it was attacked by Ottoman pirates. Despite this, Positano has since rebuilt itself into a stunning hillside haven, displaying eye-catching buildings of vibrant colour and enchanting sandy beaches. What better place to spend a holiday in Italy?
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What to Do
In addition to its rich historical past, the village of Positano offers a wealth of tourist attractions – some are quite well-known, while others are slightly more off-the-beaten-track. Here are some of our favourites…
The Magnificent Church
Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta (The Church of Santa Maria) is situated just a short walk from the beach and is a must-see if you’re spending a few days in the area. Devote a few calming moments to yourself and listen to the sounds of the sea while admiring the beautiful architecture of this Catholic Church.
Wandering around the narrow streets is a lovely way to spend the day in Positano, particularly if you happen across some of the art galleries hidden among the boutiques. Art lovers will adore the quaint little shops on the street corners displaying and selling beautiful artwork and handmade crafts.
If you are keen to explore the coast, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Why not hire a boat and enjoy an afternoon sailing along the gorgeous shoreline with a picnic? Alternatively, you can paddleboard or kayak thanks to several rental shops on the beach. Not only will you be able to admire the landscape, but you’ll be getting a good few hours of exercise too!
Positano is also a fantastic place for snorkelling or scuba diving. The waters are beautifully clear and there are several hidden coves to discover along the Amalfi Coast.
Food and Drink
It would be rude not to enjoy the vast array of Italian delicacies on offer while you stay in Positano. There are a number of restaurants nestled in the mountains which provide both stunning views and delightful gastronomy, including the country’s classics like pizza and pasta dishes as well as some more local foods – I personally recommend tasting the lemon sorbet; its sharp but cooling tang is simply delicious.
Where to Stay
Villaverde – Set right in the centre of Positano, this property is ideal for keen adventurers. Enjoy a delicious Italian breakfast before heading out to explore the wonders of the village. The beach is just a 15-minute walk away, and if you want to venture out to the Amalfi Coast, it is less than a ten-mile drive from Villaverde.
Hotel Savoia – This family-run hotel is in a brilliant location, just a short walk from the beach and Mulini Square. The simple yet authentic furnishings provide a wonderfully welcoming ambience throughout the hotel, and the staff are always happy to assist if you are keen to find the hidden gems of the village.
Hotel Villa Delle Palme – Boasting sleek, modern furnishings and a central location, this hotel is ideal for any type of holidaymaker. Enjoy the sea views from your balcony and sample the delectable cuisine at the two famous restaurants on either side of the hotel. A local family business runs both the hotel and these popular restaurants.
How to Get There
If you are travelling from the UK, I would suggest flying to Naples Airport. The flight time is just two and a half hours, and there are seven airlines that fly direct including British Airways. With around 57 flights going out every week, you’re sure to find a time that suits you.
From the airport, it is easiest to pre-book a transfer service to take you to your chosen accommodation. Shuttle Direct offers a reliable service that’s easy to organise online. A transfer to Positano takes about an hour and a half, so you will be starting your holiday in no time.
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