Everything I read about the Amalfi Coast suggested that the most beautiful coastal town in the area was Positano.  Tall houses climbing the hillside, beautiful beaches on the waterfront, and small winding streets full of shops all beckoned me to visit.

Boat on the beach in Positano Italy

On our second day in Sorrento my boyfriend and I woke up early to take a bus to Positano.  While Amalfi Coast bus drivers have a reputation for driving frighteningly fast on the narrow winding roads in the area, our driver didn’t seem to be in any rush.  Instead, I was the one in a rush.  After developing a wicked case of motion sickness half way to Positano, I staggered off the bus at the end of the ride with a green face and a head as foggy as the hills around me.

Bus stop in Positano Italy

A dose of clean mountain air and a picturesque walk to the sea started to cure me.  By the time we found ourselves at the bottom of the hill I was feeling normal again.

We spent the first part of our day trip to Positano window shopping.  As we descended from the top of the cliffs to the beach we passed by innumerable boutiques, tiny food shops selling local produce and limoncello, and restaurants of all kinds.

Church dome in Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Italy

When we arrived at the shore we ate a delicious panini lunch at the seaside La Brezza cafe, then set out to explore the beaches.

Positano Italy

The main beach in Positano is a wide strip of dark sand dotted with orange lounge chairs.  We walked along it for a bit, then noticed a small trail cut into the cliff on the western side.  Following it, we shortly found ourselves at a second, larger beach.

Flowers on the beach in Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Italy

We explored the beach with its beautiful rock formations and white sand, then ventured off onto the surrounding trails. All of them were bursting with green foliage and bright wildflowers, and were lovely to walk along.  From the trails we made our way back to the town in time to take a ferry to Amalfi for the rest of the afternoon.

Beach in Positano Italy

As our ferry pulled away from the dock, we saw beautiful views of Positano’s seafront and paint-by-number houses nestled in the nooks of the hills.  All along the coast we saw similar towns at the base of sheer cliffs and greenery.

Ferry offices in Positano Italy

When we arrived at the port in Amalfi, I was eager to see how the town would compare with Positano. Would the latter still prove to be the prettiest seaside town on the coast, or would its larger neighbour to the east take the prize?

Amalfi Italy from the sea

To be continued…

4 comments on “Lady in Positano”

  1. I wish I got to travel as much as you! I don't know how you do it – I find it hard to make my work holiday days stretch to fill my travel appetite! You're so lucky!

  2. how beautiful 🙂 my husband and I are thinking of going to Europe next year, for about 6 weeks (from Australia), and I can only wish we'd have the time to see the pretty smaller towns along the way!

    Your blog has only served to further feed my idea of moving to the UK…

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