The colourful seaside village of Positano is one of the top Amalfi Coast towns to visit. Its crystal clear seas, winding pedestrian streets and pastel-coloured houses that seem to defy gravity give it an intoxicating charm that will make you want to stay forever. American author John Steinbeck said it best when he wrote in a 1953 issue of Harper’s Bazaar: “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”
Thanks to its unique position built into the face of a cliff, not to mention its pleasant climate, Positano has been a popular holiday destination ever since the Roman times. There are quite a few things to do in Positano, from exploring the small art galleries in town to shopping at the many chic boutiques touting handmade sandals. Some of the best views in Positano can be seen from the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, a Catholic church founded in the 10th century AD and famous for housing a Byzantine Black Madonna icon. The church’s colourful tiled dome, which gleams in the sunlight, is a sight to behold and one of the iconic symbols of the town.
Positano weather is almost always sublime, so you’ll definitely want to spend some time on the beach. The Spiaggia Grande is one of the largest beaches on the Amalfi coast, tending to draw a glamorous crowd. If you prefer a smaller, quieter scene, the less crowded Spiaggia Fornillo is just a 15-minute walk away. Grab a sunlounger and enjoy the peaceful sound of waves lapping against the pebbled shore.