Things to do in

Positano

Dramatic cliffs, beautiful beaches, and turquoise water await in this picturesque village on the Amalfi coast.

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Top 7 Things to do in Positano

Positano inspired the likes of John Steinbeck and even Mick Jagger. Visit this former medieval town on the Amalfi Coast and see how it keeps on beckoning even after the last day of your vacation.

  • Grotta dello Smeraldo

    1. Grotta dello Smeraldo

    Float into the Grotta dello Smeraldo and see what it's like to be enveloped in emerald light while you boat through the cave.

  • Spiaggia del Fornillo

    2. Spiaggia del Fornillo

    Throw yourself onto one of the many lounge chairs on the Spiaggia del Fornillo and relax as you take in panoramic views of the Amalfi coast.

  • Spiaggia Grande

    3. Spiaggia Grande

    A calm, clean beach, the Spiaggia Grande is a pristine beach in Positano. Enjoy the Mediterranean as it was meant to be seen.

  • Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta e Cripta Medievale

    4. Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta e Cripta Medievale

    The Chiesa di Santa Maria is a major landmark of Positano. Plus, if you're lucky, you might even get see a wedding taking place. It's a very popular spot to get hitched!

  • Monti Lattari

    5. Monti Lattari

    Hike up the Lattari Mountains for an outdoor afternoon. You'll find lush greenery and stunning views throughout your journey.

  • Amalfi Cathedral

    6. Amalfi Cathedral

    A 9th century Roman structure, the Amalfi Cathedral is truly a sight to behold. Venture inside and admire the Mother-of-Pearl crucifix brought over all the way from the Holy Land.

  • Monte Faito

    7. Monte Faito

    Take a cable car to climb Monte Faito. The limestone mountains are best traversed at sunset, so you can appreciate the landscape at golden hour.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Getting Around Positano

    Hilly Positano is best traversed by the local bus line, called SITA. Walking is great and you'll thoroughly enjoy the occasions when you're walking downhill. The town doesn't have a thriving taxi scene, as it is quite small. You may want to leave driving to the locals, as the narrow and steep roads can be unfamiliar for visitors.

  • How long to stay in Positano?

    Positano is great for a weekend get away. Spend two or three days taking long leisurely strolls to the beach and back. If you want to see more of the historical sights, feel free to add a day or two to your itinerary.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Positano has beautiful Mediterranean weather that is best enjoyed in the summertime. While the winters are not extreme on the Amalfi Coast, you'll enjoy the emerald grottos and lush hikes most under the sun.

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What people are saying about Positano

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,897 reviews

Mirko and Caesare, the two travel companions, were competent, professional and friendly. The tour is timed to the minute and has not planned any traffic jams - which is always the case. This means that viewing time is lost, although the travel companions themselves extend the timeline a bit anyway. You could spare yourself Sorrento and spend more time in Positano and / or take a boat along the Amalfi Coast. The only way to get the overall picture of the Amalfi Coast is by combining a car and a boat. A city map in a handy form of Positano would be useful, so that one can move carefree through the narrow maze of alleys in the short time available. Not everyone likes Google Maps.

It was a wonderful tour with Francesco. Booking a day tour is highly recommended especially if you have limited time in Italy and you want to see the best spots. Very convenient and comfortable with the private car in touring around Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. You would be touring for an hour for each town, excluding some random stops for picture taking and the lunch along the way. The restaurant for lunch in Praiano has nice sea view with delicious seafoods and Italian food. The driver, Francesco, also shares some facts and trivias about Italy. He also gave recomendations where to go when you start to do your own tour. Definitely a memorable one.

The tour was excellent, as was our tour guide, Mirko. He was pleasant, provided interesting & amusing information about the sites we visited and was very focused on us. The group was small (which we liked) and there were opportunities for some great photos. We stayed in each spot just long enough to shop a little and do some sightseeing. Overall a very good day and value for the price.

Beautiful excursion along the Amalfi Coast, thanks to the punctuality, friendliness, competence and professionalism of Rosanna and the great driver Maurizio. Visited Amalfi, ravello and very pleasant little stops overlooking Sorrento and Positano. The experience of sharing emotions and landscapes with people of other nationalities is also nice. Recommended!

Really enjoyed the experience! Our driver and tour guide were very good and helpful. Good way to spend the day as the coast was gorgeous