8 Things You Absolutely Cannot Miss in Positano Italy
Heading to the Amalfi Coast and looking for things to do? In the off chance that you are not tired of hearing about my undying love for Positano, I’m back for the latest edition of 8 Things! Because I find those “100 things to do in XYZ” posts to be terribly unhelpful, I started this series as a way to help y’all narrow down your likely long list of things to do in some of my favorite places.
So, of all the things there are to do in the world’s most beautiful town, here are 8 things you cannot miss:
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Scooter Ride Around the Coast
I very highly recommend staying in Positano while visiting the Amalfi Coast, but also recommend you spend some time exploring the other towns during your trip! The absolute best way to do so is via scooter, of course. It is magic. There is nothing like zipping around the world’s most beautiful coastline without windows, a car frame, or anything else blocking your view.
Most importantly, if you are interested in photos this is the only way to go. The roads are very narrow and you cannot just pull over to take a bunch of photos. If you did that, you’d block the entire road. Since scooters are much smaller you can pull over anywhere you want, as often as you want, for as long as you want! You can even squeeze around cars to avoid traffic if you are comfortable enough.
The day I spent riding around the Amalfi Coast was truly one of the best days of my life and one I will remember forever. Here is my photo recap of that day to hopefully inspire you to do this, and here is a guide to all of the Amalfi Coast towns I recommend you visit!
Stay at (or at least visit) Hotel Poseidon
Hotel Poseidon is a stunning, family-run, 4-star hotel in the heart of Positano. It also happens to be one of my very favorite places :) If you are looking for a place to stay, this is it. It’s very popular and tends to book up quickly, so make sure to reserve it as early as possible if you are interested.
If you aren’t able to stay here, I still recommend visiting it! The view from the hotel’s terrace is one of the most amazing views in Positano. On the terrace is their restaurant, Il Tridente, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner using only local ingredients. It’s also the most perfect place to grab a cocktail and watch the sunset.
In addition to Il Tridente, the terrace is also home to Hotel Poseidon’s pool. If you need to escape the crowds or need a beach alternative, this is your spot! Access is free for hotel guests but as a non-guest you can pay a fee to access. I did this not once but twice while in town and it was worth every penny!
Check availability and book your stay at Hotel Poseidon!
If you are looking for a more inexpensive place to stay, check out Dimora del Podesta. I stayed there during my first visit to Positano and it is pure magic - I cannot recommend it enough. It too is ran by the sweetest local family and every single person I’ve sent (and there have been MANY) has loved it just as much as I do.
Dance the night away at Music on the Rocks
Any of you that know me in real life will likely be a bit surprised by this one since I almost always prefer a night in and rarely will you ever find me at a club. Unless in Positano, that is! Music on the Rocks is a club in a cave and it is so. much. fun.! I don’t know what it is exactly that makes me love this place despite not being a club person, but you’ll catch me here until it closes down at 4am most nights I am in town. Don’t miss it and make sure not to show up before 1am or you’ll be the only one there, literally!
Above photos via their Facebook page.
Spend a day at Spiaggia del Fornillo
Many people don’t know this, but the main beach in Positano is not the only beach. The beach you see in everyone’s photos and the one you arrive at if you come by ferry, Marina Grande, can become a bit of a tourist nightmare depending on time of year. A short walk away is a much lesser known beach, Fornillo Beach, where locals and wanna-be locals like myself hang out instead. It’s a bit smaller but still easy to get a spot at even in July during peak tourist season. The beach is lined with many restaurants and beach bars like Pupetto so you can grab a meal or drink between lounge sessions. I always spend at least one full day here while visiting!
Spend time in the less touristy area
Since I always visit during summer, I cannot tell you how many people say to me “isn’t it filled with tourists?!” every time I go. They’re even more surprised when I answer “no”. I somehow find myself in Positano during the month of July which is the most touristy time of year for most places. Cinque Terre in July? Unbearable. Amalfi in July? No thanks. But Positano? It’s fine. Why? Probably because I don’t stick around the center of town.
If you look at a map of Positano, you’ll see the main beach on the bottom right. Everything north of there gets a bit touristy, but if you go over to the left (see above map) everything is much less crowded. It’s also where my favorite restaurants are: Saraceno d’Oro (get the pizza), Il Fornillo, and Da Vincenzo Positano! It tends to be easier to get into spots over there, plus I find it to be much more enjoyable in general, so don’t miss it. You’d be doing yourself a huge disservice to visit and not get out of the tourist hotspot!
Side note: I also always stay in this area.
Find Fiordo di Furore
Remember this Instagram photo? It was one of my most popular of 2017 and was reposted more times than I can count. Well that, my friends, is Fiordo di Furore. It’s located in the small town of Furore just past Positano. I only stayed long enough to hop off the scooter, park it, walk down, take a pic, and walk back up, but next time I’m in town you’ll find me spending an entire day (or two) at this beach! And not just for the Instagram photo, I swear ;)
Take a boat ride to La Fontelina, Capri
You absolutely cannot visit the Amalfi Coast without seeing it from the water at least once. Most would also argue that you can’t visit without stopping by Capri, so let’s kill two birds with one stone for this item. La Fontelina is a jaw-dropping, iconic beach club located on the island of Capri. If you’re a fan of Gray Malin, you will recognize this spot from his La Dolce Vita series. While I happen to have the unpopular opinion that the island in general is nothing to write home about (at least not in July), La Fontelina is a different story. It’s an absolute dream.
Buy local, handmade, custom sandals
The Amalfi Coast is known for it's handmade sandals. Positano is filled with dozens of stores that will make you sandals by hand while you wait, fit perfectly to your foot! You simply pick the style, the color, the size, and within around 15 minutes you have your own pair of fully custom sandals. I had mine made during a power outage (very impressive!) and still love them almost 3 years later.