Positano: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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Un vertical country, Positano is an agglomeration of colorful houses that stretches along a rocky ridge of the Lattari mountains and among which a colorful one stands out majolica dome. An unmistakable sky-line and one of the most beautiful in the world!

Overlooking the sea, Positano is one of the most famous places of the equally famous Amalfi Coast, recognized as a holiday resort since the time of the Roman Empire. It is a popular destination frequented by VIPs and personalities from the entertainment world since the 60s. Positano is a way of life, a casket of breathtaking landscapes and testimonial of a real lifestyle.

Here what to see in Positano for a memorable stay.


  1. 10 things to see in Positano in a weekend
  2. What to see in Positano in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Positano: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Positano
  5. Plan your stay in Positano: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Positano in a weekend

1 - Marina Grande

La main beach of Positano, so called precisely because, in proportion to the town, it is really large: it extends for almost 400 meters in length and about 70 meters in width.

One postcard scenery where the pebbles fade into the turquoise waters that have repeatedly earned their place Blue Flag.

On the large beach, with the Li Galli islands in front and behind the colored cascade of the houses set in the mountain, there are bathing establishments, restaurants and a disco, the Music On the Rocks. It is no coincidence that this beach is the favorite meeting place for locals, tourists and VIPs of the whole coast.

Much of the beach is under management, and therefore for a fee; the only free area is the central part, always very crowded in the months of July and August. In high season it is preferable to go early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the chaos of tourists who invade the free beach, while in low season it is really pleasant to spend a few hours in the sun relaxing listening to the simple sound of the sea.

  • take the pedestrian street that starts from piazza dei Mulini, immediately after the church of Santa Maria Assunta in Positano the view of the beach will open - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • establishments from € 45,00 2 sunbeds and an umbrella; the central area with free access is free

2 - Fornillo beach

Smaller beach than Marina Grande but definitely more quiet and peaceful.

Almost 300 meters long and almost 20 meters wide at the largest point, it is made up of medium-sized pebbles, always very clean and with a beautiful clear sea.

Despite its small size, the offer of restaurants and establishments that line the entire beach is not lacking. Also present is the free area, after all, after all the establishments.

  • about 800 meters from piazza dei Mulini. Reachable by bus of the Sita line - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • establishments from € 45,00 2 sunbeds and an umbrella; The final area with free access is free

3 - Saracen towers

Walking along the port and looking towards the coast you can see the Saracen towers that they watch over the beach.
Typical of the entire Amalfi coast, these are old watchtowers built in the 500th century which had the function of controlling the sea from possible enemy attacks!
The most important were Sponda, Trasita and Fornillo. Received the alert from Campanella Tower, the main one, the sentries warned the population to take refuge by climbing the mountain towards the higher villages or in the woods.

Testimony of truly terrible times, today some of the Saracen towers around Positano have been used as location to host elegant restaurants and charming accommodation facilities.

Perfect places from which to admire the enchanting scenery of the Amalfi Coast with its steep cliffs and villages overlooking the sea.

  • about 550 meters from piazza dei Mulini, the towers line the harbor - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free unless you choose to stay or eat in one of those used as a hotel or restaurant

4 - Church of Santa Maria Assunta

Her majolica dome è the symbol of Positano. Beautiful and shiny, moles shades of yellow and green that recall the sun and the vegetation, welcomes visitors.

But the church has other interesting features, starting with the legend that binds it to the name of the town itself.
Inside there is a Byzantine icon depicting a Black Madonna with Child. The icon, stolen, was part of the cargo of a ship coming from the East, which sailed the bay of Positano without being able to return to the sea due to a sudden calm. Engaged in an attempt to leave, the captain and his men heard a voice urging them to drop anchor: "Posa Posa", said the voice, hence the name Positano.
The sailors, thinking it was a divine sign, did so and, once they landed, they donated the icon to the people who built the church.

  • along the pedestrian street that starts from piazza dei Mulini, 4 min on foot - Get directions
  • 8:00-12:00 e 16:00-20:00
  • free

5 - MAR Positano - Roman villa

During the works in Piazza Flavio Gioia and the crypt of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, wall structures and collapsed roofs belonging to a maritime villa (datable between the 62st century BC and the 79st century AD), first damaged by the earthquake of AD and, subsequently, covered by the ashes and pumice of the eruption of Vesuvius in AD
Of particular note a large room, with a very precious mosaic and marine-themed frescoes.

The archaeological site and the crypts of the church can be visited at Roman Archaeological Museum of Positano opened in 2018. In Roman times, there were numerous villas built by emperors and wealthy patricians along the entire coastline of Campania felix; they were the so-called "villae maritimae" used as a place of otium and exclusive refuge for all the leading exponents of Roman politics and aristocracy.

It is said that the Positano villa would have belonged to the gladiator Posides Claudi Caesaris libertus, a freedman to whom the emperor Claudius himself would have given the pure spear as a prize for his conquests against the Britons. If this theory were true, the name of Positano could derive from Posides.

  • 160 meters from piazza dei Mulini, right next to the church - Get directions
  • 9: 00-21: 00. From 1 November to 30 March 10: 00-16: 00
  • € 15,00

6 - Path of the Gods

One of the most beautiful excursions to do on the Amalfi Coast! The Path of the Gods connects Agerola, a hamlet of Bomerano, 650 meters above sea level, a village on the hills of the Amalfi Coast, in Nocelle, a hamlet of Positano perched on the slopes of Mount Pertuso.

The name is enough to suggest the spectacular nature of the path!
Not surprisingly, the place has inspired poets and writers.
Italo Calvino described it like this: "that road suspended over the magical gulf of the Sirens still crossed today by memory and myth". And with this phrase it is imprinted on a ceramic plate that begins the journey. The conformation of the territory through which it winds is very easy, even if you have to wear it comfortable shoes!

The path has not been touched by the hand of man; in fact no one has dared to profane the beauty of the place, not even the bad weather has managed to scratch the rocks that jealously guard the stories of the peoples who have lived there. Along the way there are sources of fresh and drinkable water and numerous scenic spots. From here you can see very well theLi Galli Island, where the sirens used the song to deceive the sailors.

  • the starting point of the path is from Agerola, reachable by bus n. 5070 or 5080, it is recommended to rely on the private tour - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free
  • private walking tour in the Path of the Gods

7 - Laurito beach

Small and wild, is one of the beaches more hidden than Positano.
The beach is so small that it would be more correct to speak of a cove. The western side is mainly composed of pebbles and gravel, while the eastern one has flat rocks where you can lie down and sunbathe.

This beach also attracts many lovers of tourists water sports, diving and snorkeling. The name derives from the massive presence of laurel plants (laurel) present in the area.
Is present a free area and a private one managed by a small hotel; there are also two restaurants where you can eat with your feet directly in the sand, in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

  • by bus 5070 to reach Hotel San Pietro, from here go down a staircase from the square in front or by taxi-boat - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • establishments from € 45,00 2 sunbeds and an umbrella; the final area with free access is free

8 - Arienzo beach

Also known as the beach of the "three hundred steps", and the beach where the sun sets later, thanks to the favorable south-west exposure.

As can be easily understood, to reach it you need to take a flight of about 300 steps. It's about a very impressive staircase along which it is possible peek inside the gardens some of the most luxurious villas on the Amalfi Coast; among the many, the one that belonged to Franco Zeffirelli who hosted personalities from the international jet-set here, now transformed into a hotel.

Arienzo beach is also divided between a side with free access and a private one, with a bathing establishment and various services.

  • past the center of Positano, continuing towards Amalfi, after about 1 km there is the Hotel San Pietro. After about 800 meters there is the staircase to Arienzo - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • establishments from € 45,00 2 sunbeds and an umbrella; the final area with free access is free

9 - Emerald Grotto

Near Conca dei Marini (11 km from Positano), there is this magical kingdom, in which light takes on wonderful and fairytale connotations.

In addition to the crystalline water with green shades, the visitors are amazed walls of the cave which, "worked" by time, sea and air, present a series of stalagmites and stalactites that can not help but amaze.

The existence of the cave was unknown until 1932, when a fisherman, Luigi Buonocore discovered its existence by chance. Small curiosity: in 1956, right inside the cave, a underwater nativity scene.

  • 11 km via the SS 163. The cave is accessed directly from the state by lift or staircase - Get directions
  • 9:00AM - 16:00PM
  • € 5,00

10 - The Alleys

Positano you have to live it, savor its essence and enjoy the emotions aroused.
And one of the elements that characterize this "being" are the its alleys: mazes and alleys crowned by dazzling bougainvillea that climb along the mountain between pebbles, pergolas, shops, premises, stairs and ladders.

The most pleasant activity to indulge in in Positano is stroll quietly among these streets, without haste. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of the place, admire glimpses of rare beauty and visit the many Art gallery.

A proper reference to the sophisticated local crafts. Lots of workshops that exhibit dresses, tunics and shirts in linen, St. Gallen or light cotton, in the typical white or pastel tones, straw hats with a wide brim and, inevitable, i leather sandals, simple or decorated.

Taking a look doesn't cost anything, and if something catches your attention, it's the right occasion for a souvenir to take home!

  • historical center of the village - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

What to see in Positano in one day: recommended itinerary

Breakfast at the Blu Bar Positano (€ 6,00) e morning of sun and sea in Marina Grande, the main beach of the town. The choice is yours whether to opt for the private establishment or for the free access area.

For lunch time, go back to the village and stop at the famous Le Tre Sorelle Restaurant (€ 60,00).

Then stroll aimlessly through the picturesque alleys of Positano.
Taking pictures of enchanting views, browsing the artisan shops in search of pastel-colored linen dresses or typical tailor-made sandals are the activities to be preferred. All delighted by the intoxicating aroma of lemon that pervades every corner and the bright colors of the bougainvillea that adorn the pergolas.

If you are a fan, visit the MAR - Archaeological Museum of Positano to admire the remains of the maritime villa found under the church, in particular the precious mosaic with marine-themed representations. And since you're in the area, take a trip to the church.

In the late afternoon, enjoy some more sea on the Arienzo beach, the only one in the place kissed by the sun until late.

Dinner at the elegant Casa Mele (€ 80,00), and after dinner along the sea with a drink at the Positano Paradise Lounge Bar.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Blu Bar Positano
  2. Marina Grande beach (always accessible, free zone free from € 45,00 private establishments)
  3. Lunch at Le Tre Sorelle Restaurant
  4. Alleys of the country
  5. MAR - Villa marittima (9: 00-21: 00. From 1 November to 30 March 10: 00-16: 00, € 15,00)
  6. Church of Santa Maria Assunta (8: 00-12: 00 and 16: 00-20: 00, free)
  7. Arienzo beach (always accessible, free zone free from € 45,00 private establishments)
  8. Dinner at Casa Mele

Where to eat in Positano: the best restaurants

  1. Saraceno d'Oro: pizzas and Mediterranean recipes in a well-kept restaurant with a horseshoe arch and Moorish-style decorations
    Average price per person: € 55,00
    Address and contacts: Viale Pasitea, 254 (Get directions) / tel: 089 812050
  2. The Taverna del Leone: elegant location with open kitchen. Excellent proposals and excellent fresh fish dishes.
    Average price per person: € 50,00
    Address and contacts: via laurito, 43 (Get directions) / tel: 089 811302
  3. Casa Mele Restaurant: high-end restaurant with a very high level menu.
    Average price per person: € 80,00
    Address and contacts: via Guglielmo Marconi, 76 (Get directions) / tel: 089 811364

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Positano

The nightlife on the Amalfi Coast revolves mainly around Positano. It is in fact the most fashionable town on the coast.

Here in summer it is easy to stay up into the small hours between a drink, a dinner in one of the restaurants overlooking the sea and four jumps at Music on The Rocks, the historic disco on the Spiaggia Grande.

An indispensable ritual is that ofappetizer, above all because it is easy for some VIPs to be at the table next to yours.

For the pre-dinner, and the actual dinner, the choice is wide: there are places with tables overlooking the beach, but also more secluded locations for those who prefer more reserved places away from the crowds; an example is Murat Palace, historic hotel born from the restoration of an 700th century building where you can sit in an internal botanical garden.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Music on The Rocks: the historic disco on the Spiaggia Grande in Positano.
    Address: via Grotte dell'Inanto, 50 (Get directions)
  • Next 2: restaurant on the beach of Fornillo with a wide open terrace on an enchanting panorama. You can choose between the restaurant and the winery. On summer evenings, lounge music and jazz.
    Address: viale Pasitea, 242 (Get directions)
  • Positano Paradise Lounge Bar: place in an elevated position to enjoy an aperitif overlooking the main beach of Positano.
    Address: via del Saracino, 32 (Get directions)

Plan your stay in Positano: info and useful tips

  • by car A3 motorway, take the Vietri sul mare exit from both the North and the South, and then the SS 163 (beautiful, full of curves and very busy in summer).
    Alternatively, from Naples central station take the Circumvesuviana to Sorrento. From Sorrento, Salerno and Amalfi, the SITA bus - Get directions
  • Getting around: on foot, taking into account having to face numerous ups and downs
  • Where to park: free parking does not exist. There are car parks in the "Mulini" center area or in the "Fornillo" area, for the latter there is a shuttle bus that goes to and from the center every 30 minutes (€ 1,80)
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 157,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Amalfi, Praiano, Vietri, Ravello

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