10 Things You Absolutely MUST Do In Positano

Positano is synonymous with Italian glam. This incurably chic, picturesque little town is the most famous of all the towns along the Amalfi Coast. You have probably seen it at least 100 times in movies and on social media, and I am guessing you already know how  beautiful it is!

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Whether you are stopping in for a day, staying nearby, or staying in Positano itself, here are 10 things you really need to do in Positano:

10 Things You Absolutely MUST Do In Positano

1. Hike The Pathway of the Gods

If you need to burn off some gelato, or maybe rack up some gelato credits, you cannot beat a walk along the Pathway of the Gods.

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image courtesy of Adriano de Falco

This 5 km hike starts by Praiano and walks you along the top of the hill to Nocelle, above Positano. The views are sensational! It is recommended that you wear decent hiking shoes. The hike is medium difficult.

About Nocelle: I am fascinated with this little hamlet sitting on top of the hill.  (well, way up there anyway!) Roughly 450m above sea level is has remained largely untouched by tourism, even though Positano below it is the hub of tourist activity on the coast. Nocelle has the most spectacular views of anywhere on the coast.

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The staircase from Nocelle to Positano

More intriguing is that the people of Nocelle live to a very old age and always have done. For centuries the only way in and out of Nocelle, and thus the only way for the locals to get to and from work on their fishing boats and in the town of Positano, was for the to walk the stairs. There are 1700 stairs – I had thought it was only 1200, but have been corrected. So every day the people of Nocelle walked down 1700 stairs to go to work, then back up again at the end of a long hard day. They lived on a Mediterranean diet, and as such lived to be old and healthy.

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View of Positano from the Pathway of the Gods, courtesy of Adriano de Falco

My very dear friend Adriano leads my tour groups along the path, you can book him for this walk or for many other fabulous local  hikes at il.duomo trekking. Find him on facebook HERE

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Ladies this is my handsome friend Adriano, guiding a group on a hike along the Pathway of The Gods. I don’t know if he is single right now or not, but regardless you should hire him and flirt with him! 🙂
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2. Stay At or Eat At Hotel Villa Gabrisa

My favorite hotel in Positano is the beautiful Hotel Villa Gabrisa.

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Hotel Villa Gabrisa has lovely rooms facing the ocean with giant patios and local ceramic tables set among the foliage – the quintessential Positano experience is sitting on the patio enjoying breakfast or an early evening glass of wine with a view!

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Hotel Villa Gabrisa is right in the heart of Positano, an easy walk to anywhere. If you have a little romance on the mind this is definitely the place to stay, but it is also perfect if you are traveling alone and want to feel madly glamorous!

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Not only is this boutique hotel an absolute gem, but it also has the most wonderful restaurant. I have spent many fabulous evenings sitting at one of the outside tables, breathing in Positano, looking out over the water and enjoying a meal to die for. Don’t miss this one!

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3. Shop For Linen

Positano is a wonderful place to shop for linen. From flowy white linen pants, dresses and skirts and tops to beach cover ups the local shops have it all! White linen is ideal for the hot sunny Amalfi Coast days.

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4. Buy Lemon Soaps and Candles

I love to walk through the market street and potter around at the shops down by the waterfront. I always stock up on lemon soaps and candles, both for my own home and also for Christmas gifts.

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The soaps and candle both hold their fragrance for years. I put Positano lemon soaps in all my drawers to keep folded clothes and lingerie smelling lovely. Soaps that I bought 10 years ago still smell exquisite!

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5. Mangia!

The food along the Amalfi Coast is fabulous! Especially for seafood lovers.

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Everything is fresh and grown locally and the Campanian cuisine it just wonderful. Pair your meal with an icy fresh and crisp glass of local Fiano wine.

6. Take a Boat To Capri

From the little port in Positano boats go back and forth to Capri throughout the day. Take the earliest crossing you can so that you can spend more time on the island!

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Taking in the view in Positano, summer 2017

Depending on where you are staying some hotels have complementary crossings.

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If you budget allows for it hire a private charter and sail your way over to and around Capri!

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7. Visit The Grottos

Take a boat trip along the coast to explore some of the grottos. My favorite is the Grotto Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto), just outside of Positano. It was only discovered in 1932, and is really quite spectacular.

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image via Google

8. Wander Aimlessly

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Positano is tiny, so it is easy to wander around town and not get lost. Pay attention to the tiny details – the interesting little things that most travelers blow right by, such as the interesting doors, little buildings, views of and from people’s gardens.

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9. Hit The Beach (glamorously)

In the name of all things glamorous you have to spend some time sunning yourself on the beach and swimming.

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break out your most sensational bikini, rent a chair and an umbrella at one of the lidos along the beach, order something fabulous to drink, and keep telling yourself that yes, you really are here and this really is your life!

10.Buy Ceramics

The Amalfi Coast is a fabulous area to buy hand crafted Italian ceramics. You really are spoiled for choice as you wander the coast road, especially around Positano and Praiano.

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These ceramics are all handmade (fatto a mano) normally onsite. They also are hand painted (dipinto a mano), so normally no two stores have the exact same pattern.

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Whether you are shipping a set of dishes home or just buying a couple of pieces to bring with you (as I have done many times!), you will love having this reminder of such a lovely place.

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The images above were all taken at Lizart in Praiano

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10 Things To Do On The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast has to be one of the most beautiful, most chic, most fabulous stretches of coastline in Europe. Winding it’s way from Positano to Salerno, the Amalfi Coast is a wonderland of things to see and do, from taking in it’s aching beauty, to exploring ancient villages, dining like kings, relaxing like heiresses and generally feeling like a jet-setter.

 

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Here are 10 of my favorite things to do on the Amalfi Coast.

1. Drive it!

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Drive the Amalfi Coast road



Rent a stick shift/manual transmission car (they are far more fun to drive), pull the side mirrors in, and take yourself for a drive along one of the most beautiful coast roads in the world.
Driving the Amalfi Coast road is both fun and breathtaking, partially due to the incredible scenery and partially due to the narrow, high, winding road and the buses that come hurtling along it! You need to keep your mirrors in as you will find yourself closer than you had ever planned to be to the rock wall on one side, and the oncoming bus on the other. But what a magnificent drive it is! Don’t worry if you can’t drive a stick shift – you will hardly ever get beyond 2nd gear anyway. Traffic rolls slowly, which isn’t such a bad thing when the views are this spectacular!

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2. Enjoy A Glass Of Wine At Il San Pietro di Positano.

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Mediterranean Terrace, Hotel San Pietro Positano





Sitting on the Mediterranean Terrace of the Hotel Il San Pietro di Positano late in the afternoon with a glass of wine has to be the closest you can get to being in heaven itself.
Considered to be one of the very best 5 Star hotels in the world, Il San Pietro is also one of the most beautiful. The views from the Mediterranean terrace are beyond spectacular, and include the island of Capri and the most famous view of Positano.
Everything about this place is magic, and is absolutely not to be missed!
Read more about the Hotel Il San Pietro Di Positano in my blogpost here
Book a room at the San Pietro here

3. Take A Hike.

Not at all difficult, but completely awe inspiring views, the Sentiero Degli Dei (Pathway of the Gods) is an unforgettable experience.

 

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The pathway links the town of Agerola with Nocelle in Positano.
You can access it by bus at Agerola (get off at the Bomerano stop), or if you are in the mood for stair climbing you can start at Praiano and climb  along flight of stairs up 580 meters above sea level to the Colle Serra Pass. (I’d rather die). From there you walk through the heavens, taking in views that defy belief. Chances are you will encounter grazing sheep and goats along the way.
When you reach Nocelle you can either take the bus down, or walk down the 1500 stairs to the Arienzo neighborhood. If it’s summer time take another 300 stairs down to the beach for a swim.
In ancient times Nocelle was only reachable by foot, climbing the stairs from Positano.
If you start at Agerola the hike will take you around 4 hours.

 

4. Buy Ceramics At LizArt in Praiano.

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A few years ago my bestie and I rented an apartment above the Liz Art ceramics store in Praiano (Via Roma 42). It was wonderful. Every day when we came home we would sit at the giant table in the ceramics store with Anna (the owner) and Laura (who worked there) and various local ladies, and they would ask us all about our day. The ladies would bring us bowls of fruit from their gardens to have in our apartment, including lemons and local fruit nespole. I loved walking around the store, and before we left we each bought several pieces of ceramics, handmade by Anna’s family. I still absolutely treasure them.
I will be back on the Amalfi Coast in a couple of weeks, and hopefully will be able to see the ladies again, and buy more ceramics. They ship everything to your home, so you don’t need to worry about traveling with breakables.
Check out their website here

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5. Take A Boat Trip Along The Coast.

Ferries and hydrofoils run the length of the Amalfi Coast. One of the loveliest ways to experience the coast is by boat, so stretch out in the sun and enjoy the unfettered views from the water. You can also take a chartered boat tour along the coast, for a full day or a half day tour.

6. Explore Beautiful Salerno.

Salerno is one of the Amalfi Coast’s best kept secrets.
Situated at the opposite end of the coast from Positano, you can either drive or take a ferry. After the tourist mayhem of Capri and the rest of the coast, secret Salerno is a welcome respite. You can breathe in the sea air all to yourself as you stroll the loveliest beach promenade on the Amalfi Coast, enjoy fantastic restaurants and wine bars without huge crowds, stroll through medieval streets, taking in the history, photographing anything you want without endless tourists getting in the way.

 

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Sunday afternoon in the old town of Salerno

The cathedral in Salerno, San Matteo, was built in 1085. Mostly destroyed by American bombs during World War II, parts of the cathedral have been rebuilt, and parts of the original still stand. The crypt holds St Matthew’s bones, and is well worth the trip to see it.

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7. Take A Day Trip to Capri

You really just have to.
Plan on spending a couple of minutes in the main piazza, then head out in any direction as fast as you can to escape the tourist crush.
Make sure you go see my old friend Aldo Lella and his lovely little wife Lydia at their sandal shop, Schettino. Aldo made sandals for Jackie O, so when I first met him I had him make them for me too!
Please tell Aldo and Lydia you read about them in my blog – they get a huge kick out of it, and they actually keep copies of receipts from my blog readers so that they can show me every couple of years when I drop in for a visit!
Aldo is 92 this year, and chances are he may not be there if you wait too many years to go see them. I’ve written about them before here: Buying Sandals In Capri
I also have a post on What To Do In Capri, which covers my 8 favorite things to do while I’m on the island.

8. Visit Ravello

The drive up the hill to Ravello is a little on the hair-raising side, but is immediately forgotten when you reach this lovely little hilltop town.

 

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Villa Rufolo Ravello

Take in an evening concert under the stars at the Villa Rufolo during the world famous music festival that takes place from April to October. Walk around the Villa Cimbrone,

 

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Villa Cimbrone Ravello

then have a glass of wine at the wonderful Hotel Caruso and look out at the world from their infinity pool in the sky.
The Caruso in Ravello is a divine place to stay on the Amalfi Coast, super chic and luxe. See the Hotel Caruso Ravello here

9. Visit The Grotto Dello Smeraldo, Positano.

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Grotto Dello Smeraldo, Positano



Everyone has heard of the Blue Grotto in Capri, but most have never been to the Emerald Grotto outside of Positano. It wasn’t discovered until 1932, kept secret by not having a natural outlet above the waterline. From the Amalfi Coast road you walk down to sea level where you take a boat and go inside this amazing emerald colored sea cave.

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10. Dinner At Villa Gabrisa In Positano

I always make sure that I go to the restaurant at the Hotel Villa Gabrisa in Positano,  no matter where I am staying on the Amalfi Coast.
Sit outside and take in the view of Positano by night as you enjoy one of the best meals of your life, or enjoy the ambience inside their small dining room – either way it’s an absolute win, and an evening you will remember forever.

 

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private terrace at the Hotel Villa Gabrisa in Positano

The hotel itself is a luscious little boutique hotel that oozes romance. The rooms have very sizeable private terraces that look out over the ocean, and make the perfect place for an end of evening limoncello, or your early morning coffee.
It is absolutely divine. Check out the Hotel Villa Gabrisa here

 

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Hotel Il San Pietro Di Positano

There is no place on earth quite like the
glorious Il San Pietro Hotel in Positano.

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No place at all.

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The Il San Pietro is an
architectural masterpiece, sculpted into the cliffs overlooking the beautiful
bay of Positano. The hotel was designed to be in complete harmony with the
natural beauty of this very unique stretch of the Amalfi Coast, and combines
the utmost in luxury with views so spectacular you can barely breathe.

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There are only 62 rooms, each of which has
it’s own private balcony with views so stunning you can barely breathe.

The San Pietro has its own private beach
that you reach by an elevator cut into the rocks.

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The Michelin Star restaurant grows it’s
own vegetables in a private terraced garden, and the olive oil comes from The
Hotel San Pietro’s own olive grove.

If you are unable to stay at the hotel, a
glass of wine on the beautiful Mediterranean terrace, with it’s breathtaking
and world famous view of Positano is an absolute must. It is one of those
multi-sensory experiences that will stay with you forever. 

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It is quite possibly
the most romantic place on earth and most definitely the very closest you can get to
heaven on earth.

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Every view is stunning


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My favorite place for a glass of wine at the end of the day. The terrace at the beautiful Hotel Il San Pietro, Positano.