Positano is a charming resort town on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in the Province of Salerno. A cascade of picturesque houses is located in three small valleys clutched between the sea and mountains. Convenient bay, a mild climate, sandy beaches surrounded by pine groves and lemon gardens — real heaven on Earth. Positano makes you fall in love with it. You cannot get enough of its air. The holidays in Positano will be the most peaceful and memorable.
The town became a vacation spot for wealthy people back in the days of the Roman Empire in the 1 century. Merchants and patricians built stone mansions and villas here.
The heyday of the town came after the decline of the Roman Empire when Positano was included in the Amalfi Republic. Mansions were constructed, craft guilds and trading houses were opened, and coins were minted.
In the 11th — 12th centuries, the town suffered from Saracens raids. During this period, watchtowers were brought up. You can see some of them nowadays.
In the 13th century, new houses of rich vacationers, luxury villas were built.
But the golden age of the town came in the early 20th century. After the end of World War I, representatives of the European upper class began visiting the resort.
The best time to visit Positano
You can get acquainted with the town in any season. Annually in early September, the ballet Festival named after L.Massine is held in Positano. During this time, performances of famous ballet-dancers take place in the town. Worshipers of their talent from all over the world come to see the performances. Best dancers are given the award — the Positano Award.
In the middle of August, the Madonna Assunta festival is celebrated in the town. Medieval battles, sports events, processions, and parades are organized. The event ends with magnificent fireworks.
Setting off on a journey, bear in mind the cost of food in Positano. Lunch for one person in an affordable restaurant will be approximately €15 — €20. You will have to pay €30 — €50 for lunch with alcohol for one person in a nice restaurant. Experienced tourists point out that you can ask for a bill without a check in some restaurants. In such a case, the price will drop by €11 — €15.
If you like diving, go to Spiaggia del Fornillo beach. It offers excellent conditions for the acquaintance with the underwater world. The town Diving Center is also located there.
The price for one night starts from €30 in 3 star hotel, while in 4 star hotel — from €50.
What should a tourist do in Positano
- Go up to a small grotto Grotta di Fornillo. It is famous for the Christmas cribs caved in it. During Christmas time, a figure of a baby Jesus is put in it. This place offers a breathtaking view of the town. Multi-layered terraced hills, with vibrant houses, fascinate by a unique beauty.
- Go down from Grotta di Fornillo to the beach along winding stairs. A long way to the sea is full of surprises: picturesque houses with small cozy yards, lush greenery with bright fragrant flowers, incredible views. If you like extreme, you can rent a scooter and drive along narrow streets.
- See the church of Santa Maria Assunta. The cathedral is located in the town center on Flavio Gioia square. It was erected in the 13th century but then reconstructed several times. The church boasts of a wonderful dome made of majolica tiles. Inside you can see an icon of a black Madonna and Child, unique fragments of ancient mosaic, a painting by a famous artist of the 16th century Fabrizio Santafede.
- Go on a tour to Li Galli (Le Sirenuse) islands. According to the legend, the mystic Sirens lived there. The Aragonese Tower and a monastery, later a prison, are situated in Gallo Lungo, the main island of the archipelago. Another tourist attraction of the town is a villa in the Moorish style. It was constructed in the first half of the 20th century by a Russian choreographer Léonide Massine who owned this island. Now it is a private hotel.
- Admire Murat palace. A magnificent building with molding was constructed at the beginning of the 19th century. It was a summer residence of the king of Naples — a husband of Napoleon’s sister. Nowadays, a splendid palace in Classic and Baroque styles is a private hotel with luxury rooms. A fascinating flower garden and a garden with ornamental and fruit trees are laid out near the hotel.
- Spent a day by the sea. Main town beaches are located on either side of the dock. The most popular one, Spiaggia Grande, is on the right side. It has a well-developed infrastructure, a lot of cafes and bars, and a well-known night club set inside a cliff. For a quiet rest, you’d better visit Fornillo beach. It is on the left of the dock and is famous for two watchtowers of the Medieval period.
- Try the local cuisine. Order Scialatielli (cooked with clams), pasta with a local sauce. You can buy fresh fish from fishermen, take it to any restaurant and ask to cook it there. You will get the most delicious meal as a result. Taste lemon Tiramisu or creme brulee with fresh berries for dessert. Make sure to try the local lemon liqueur — limoncello.