8 Things You Absolutely Cannot Miss in Positano Italy
Heading to the Amalfi Coast and looking for the best things to do in Positano or wondering what to do in Amalfi Coast? In the off chance that you are not tired of hearing about my undying love for Positano Italy, 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. Because you want a helpful Positano travel guide not just a list of everything you could do there, right?! Right.
So, of all the things there are to do in the world’s most beautiful town, Positano Italia, here are 8 things you cannot miss:
FOR ALL OF THE NECESSARY POSITANO DEETS LIKE WHERE TO STAY, HOW TO GET THERE, AND MORE, SEE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VISITING POSITANO! FOR A DETAILED GUIDE ON HOW TO GET THERE, SEE HOW TO GET TO POSITANO ON ITALY’S AMALFI COAST.
The Best Things to do in Positano:
The Best Tools for Traveling Italy
Before we get into the best things to do in Positano, let’s talk about planning tools! As a full time traveler with a LOT of experience planning trips, I have a handful of sites and tools that I cannot live without. They save me money, time, and frustration - all of which are very important for me and should be to you, too.
For flights, I use Skyscanner. Skyscanner is great because they find you the cheapest flights by comparing millions of options from airlines and travel agents. Click here to find the best flight deal!
For hotels I always use HotelsCombined, as you will notice in my specific recommendations below. I love them because they compare all of the top travel sites in one spot - with no booking fee and no markup. Best price guarenteed! Click here to search HotelsCombined.
When I'm not staying at a hotel, I love Airbnb. When chosen right, it provides a more local experience and you can often get a lot more space for less money. Click here to get $40 off your first stay.
To get from city to city while in Europe, I usually either fly or take a train. For train travel I recommend using Rail Europe, the #1 distributor for European train tickets and rail passes. I like that you can create an account with them which helps keep all of your tickets and info in one central location. Click here to search Rail Europe.
To get around while in city, I recommend walking, using public transit, or Uber if it's available. In many places, like Lisbon for example, Uber is dirt cheap. If you are new to Uber, use code "kbae3" to get your first ride for free. You can also use it on Uber Eats!
For tours, museum tickets, and other activities, I recommend GetYourGuide. They are a trusted site and have lots of unique things to do along with all of the standard touristy activites. Booking everything individually can be a bit of nightmare to keep track of. With GetYourGuide you can create an account to book and manage all of your tickets in one central location. Click here to search GetYourGuide.
Want to stay connected while abroad? I recommend renting a pocket-sized personal WiFi hotspot from Tep! Click here to see the latest prices.
WHAT TO PACK FOR POSITANO
COMFORTABLE SHOES. You will likely (hopefully) be doing a lot of walking so this is very important! My very favorite are M. Gemi’s white leather sneakers. I literally never travel anywhere without them.
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More details: click here for why they're the most comfortable and stylish walking shoes for travel!
NO-SHOW SOCKS. To go with the above mentioned shoes! I have tried so many different ones and find that most fall down under your heel (ouch) but these do not. Click here for the ones I love.
DAY HEELS. Heels you can actually walk in? Yup! These Day Heels are heels you can walk in all day long. Click here to check availability (they sell out constantly, get them while you can!). Note: the hills in Positano are pretty intense so you may want to go sans heels, but it’s up to you.
QUALITY BASICS. I think investing in quality pieces is important always, but especially when traveling. Why? Because you want the fabric to be breathable and durable and for the items to be well made and versatile. But at the same time you don’t want to overpay, which is why Everlane is my favorite place to buy basics! They make timeless products with transparent pricing — telling you exactly how much it cost to make, how much they’re selling it for, and how much competitors traditionally sell it for. I’ve been shopping here for years and so far everything has been great! Click here to see the latest prices.
Some of my specific favorites: this v-neck bodysuit, this silk shirt, this ribbed tank, and this tee. If you’re looking for walkable heels, I have heard AMAZING things about their Day Heel, too. And the almost 4K five star reviews seem to agree! Click here to see the latest prices.
SUNGLASSES. Of course! Two timeless styles I wear non-stop: click here for my round Ray-Bans and click here for my all time favorite black on black Ray-Bans that are often hard to track down because they sell out consistently.
LIGHTWEIGHT TRAVEL CARDIGAN. Barefoot Dreams’ circle cardigan is honestly one of the best travel-related purchases you can make. It is so warm and soft; I’ve brought mine on every single trip since purchasing it. It's also fantastic for transit days and hotel lounging. Give it a try - you will not be disappointed.
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STYLISH CAMERA BAG… if you are bringing a camera! You can’t go to Italy with anything that isn’t chic ;) I usually bring GATTA’s Christie camera backpack (named after me) because it’s hands free, has a zipper AND a buttoned flap, and fully protects my camera yet is so cute no one will ever know it’s a camera bag. Click here to see the latest prices.
Want to see more options? Click here for the most stylish camera bags for women!
BLACK PASHMINA. A total lifesaver! It folds up small so you are able to easily throw it in any bag and it weighs basically nothing. However, because of the material it is capable of keeping you surprisingly warm in situations where you have mistakenly underestimated the weather. You can wear it as a scarf, wrap it around your body like a shawl, use it as a blanket on cold planes or trains, etc. - it serves so many purposes. I recommend a black one because black goes with everything and if it gets dirty along the way it will be way less noticeable. Click here for the best selling J. Crew version. PS. I know I said black is the best, but I'm really loving the camel colored one!
LEATHER TOTE. I never, ever, ever travel without my Cuyana Leather Zipper Tote. It holds so much yet never feels as heavy as other bags. Click here to check it out.
Wanna know my organizational tricks? Click here for how to organize your carry-on.
LUGGAGE. Away makes the best luggage, hands down. Their suitcases have an unbreakable polycarbonate shell (also scratch resistant), interior compartments, removable laundry bags, and built-in USB chargers and TSA approved locks (so fancy!). They are minimalistic yet contain everything you could need, all at a reasonable price point. Click here to check out their suitcases.
CONVERTER ADAPTER. This one is universal and works no matter where you’re going so it’s a must. When going to the EU I also bring along this very inexpensive 6 pack so that I have extras. So much to charge these days!
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SOME OTHER AMAZON TRAVEL ESSENTIALS:
MAKEUP. My recommendations for travel specifically are:
SKINCARE. If you follow me on Instagram then you know I am a skincare fanatic. While I have an incredibly lengthly process while at home in SF, I try to keep it a little more low-key on the road. Click here to see more detailed skincare info or below for the items I believe are most essential for travel:
INSTAGRAMMABLE HAT. Good for both avoiding doing your hair and also to help make photos pop! Click here for my favorite hat for summer (you've probably seen it all over my Instagram!). If you’re shopping for fall, click here for one from Urban Outfitters that looks identical to the cult favorite (and always sold out) Lack of Color one… at less than half the price!
HAIR ACCESSORIES. For summer hair accessories are huge and are yet another way to easily spice up an outfit (or hide dirty hair)! Click below for my current favorites:
JEWELRY. Make packing easy with the ultimate travel accessories from our latest collection! Click here to visit our jewelry shop or on an item below.
For a full list of Italy packing recommendations, click here for what to pack for Italy!
Where to stay in Positano
I very highly recommend staying at Hotel Poseidon or Dimora del Podesta. Click here to see the latest prices for Hotel Poseidon and here to see the latest prices for Dimora del Podesta.
Want more information about why I love those hotels + additional accommodation recommendations? Click here for where to stay on the Amalfi Coast - the best villas, hotels, and Airbnbs!
PS. Don’t have the time to plan your Positano itinerary? Click here for the best Amalfi Coast itinerary.
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! Because one of the best things to do in Amalfi Coast is to actually see the Amalfi Coast. The absolute best way to do so is via scooter, of course. It is one of the most magical Positano activities. There is nothing like zipping around the world’s most beautiful coastline without windows, a car frame, or anything else blocking your view.
I spent years (literally) looking for a good scooter tour option to recommend for you guys. When I came across the company that offers that one on Get Your Guide and read their unanimous amazing reviews, I reached out to them directly, asking them to add a scooter tour option that specifically starts in Positano. They were kind enough to do so, so now there’s a scooter tour that goes to all of my recommended places! Click here to see the latest prices and reserve your spot.
If a scooter ride is not really your thing (or you are looking for something less expensive), you can also do this via vintage ’50s Ape Calessino. Click here to see the latest prices. Note that although the tour says it starts in Ravello, you are able to start it in Positano instead (I confirmed). Just book it and then let them know you need to be picked up in Positano. Also note that it sells out extremely early — book it ASAP.
Speaking of photos, do you have a chic camera bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag? Click here for the most stylish camera bags for women.
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. It is my highest recommendation in towns of Amalfi Coast things to do. 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
When I ask myself what to do in Positano today, I often find myself here. Hotel Poseidon is a stunning, family-run, 4-star hotel in the heart of town and one of the best places to stay in Positano. It’s not just one of the best Positano hotels but it also happens to be one of my very favorite places :) If you are looking for the perfect Positano hotel to stay at, 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, as it is one of my personal favorite things to do in Positano Italy! The view from the hotel’s terrace is one of the most amazing views in Positano. On the terrace is their wonderful Positano 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’re looking for Positano hotels with pool, 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! When it comes to Positano Italy hotels - you really cannot beat 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. Click here to see the latest prices.
Want additional accommodation recommendations and more of the best hotels in Positano? Click here for where to stay on the Amalfi Coast - the best villas, hotels, and Airbnbs!
Dance the night away at Music on the Rocks
Of all the Positano Italy things to do, this is the best nightlife option. This is especially for you if you are looking for unique things to do in the Amalfi Coast!
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.! If you’re wondering what to do in Positano at night, this is basically your only option (aside from relaxed bars) :)
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. It is one of the best Positano things to do. Don’t miss it if you’re looking to have a wild Positano holidays 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 Positano beach 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, a Positano Italy 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 if the Positano temperature is warm enough! Definitely one of the top things to do in Positano and one of the best beaches in Positano.
Spend time in the less touristy area, Fornillo
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 Positano map, 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 many of the best Positano Italy restaurants are, Saraceno d’Oro (get the pizza), Il Fornillo, and Da Vincenzo Positano, and some of my favorite Positano shopping. 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! I’d do this no matter the time of year, but if you are looking for things to do in Positano in July to escape the crowds, this is definitely for you!
This area is also home to Dimora del Podesta, one of the best hotels in Positano Italy. Click here for more information.
Also note that Positano is very hilly, so good shoes are a must. I literally never travel anywhere without M. Gemi’s white Italian leather sneakers. Click here to see latest prices and use code “CHRISTIE40” for $40 off! More details: The Most Comfortable And Stylish Walking Shoes for Travel
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 and is one of the top Positano attractions. 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.
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Other Helpful Amalfi Coast Information
Assuming you are reading this because you are planning on visiting the Amalfi Coast, I have a ton of other helpful content to ease your planning woes!
FOR WHAT TO PACK… click here.
FOR WHERE TO STAY… click here for the best hotels, villas, and Airbnbs.
FOR WHERE TO EAT, DRINK, AND WHAT TO DO… click here for everything you need to know about visiting Positano.
FOR THE PERFECT AMALFI COAST ITINERARY… click here for a detailed Amalfi Coast itinerary.
FOR A BROADER ITALY ITINERARY… click here.
FOR HOW TO ACTUALLY GET TO POSITANO… click here.
FOR AN OVERVIEW OF THE AMALFI COAST TOWNS… click here.
FOR SOME PHOTO INSPIRATION… click here!
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