Positano is like a little slice of heaven on Earth! The days slip by as you take in all of the beauty of this town on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. The vibrancy of culture here is felt as you walk down the narrow, winding streets passing by all the local artisan markets.
Is it close?
Naples is the nearest big city with an international airport and a bustling train station. The drive from Naples to Positano about about 90 minutes. Rome, the nation’s capitol, is approximately a 2.5 hour train ride to Naples, with 9-more minutes in the car. You can also drive from Rome, where the biggest international airport in Italy is located. This drive would take you approximately 5 hours.
It is expensive?
Yes and no. You can approach Positano from two ways. You can plan a luxurious, expensive vacation and stay at the top hotels,eat at the top restaurants and shop at the designer stores. Of course, this will all be very expensive. However, it is definitely possible to travel to Positano on a budget, too. There are lots of affordable accommodations, from hostels to Air BnBs to less expensive 2-3 star hotels. It’s easy to keep your budget in tact when eating, too. Local markets and hole-in-the-wall restaurants have very low prices for local pasta,seafood and veggies. And don’t forget…you’re in Italy, so the wine is cheap and is always flowing!
What to do:
1. Eat the local food and drink the local wine! Always consistenly delicious and good on the wallet! Positano, being a coastal town, is very known for its fresh fish and seafood. Don’t miss out on this!
2. Take a boat out on the Amalfi coast! There are lots of boat rental companies right on the beach that you can find affordable ways to get out to sea. The views of the coast from the boat are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. You get to cruise down the coast seeing the old fortresses and mansions that have been there for hundreds, maybe even, thousands of years. The best part is jumping of the boat into the crystal clear waters on a hot, sunny day.
3. Visit the ruins of Pompeii one day. It’s a short drive and you are able to witness one of the most historic events of our world.
4. Soak up the sun and just relax!
1. Italian time is a little bit slower than other places. If things don’t happen right on time or your dinner takes a little longer than usual, be able to just go with it.
2. Unless you go into a tiny mom and pop shop, many people there speak English so it is easy to get directions and ask for help if you need it.
3. Don’t forget the sunscreen! The sun is hot and you’ll burn quickly if you don’t have the SPF.
4. If you’re going between June-August, be prepared for crowds!
Positano is an incredible mixture of history, charm and class. It’s a quaint seaside town that only operates for about 6 months out of the year. The people here are some of the nicest and most accommodating I have ever met. Everyone will treat you like family. The beauty of this town is incomparable. As you watch the waves crashing on the beach and the lights of the mountaintop homes light up as the night gets darker, you’ll truly feel like you’re in paradise.