Into the heart of the Amalfi Coast lays pretty Positano. A town in every sense of the word, it is petite but picturesque, almost dreamlike. It is a must stop for a truly Italian experience and a great location for some well earned rest and relaxation. Writer John Steinbeck wrote in 1953 ‘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’ and I couldn’t have described it better myself.

My favourite things to see and do
Explore the winding alleyways and their little boutique shops. Many boutiques are filled with beautiful ceramics, mainly featuring lemon motifs – you can’t leave without selecting a little or large memento from one of these boutiques. If you venture all the way up to Positano’s only road you will also find a quintessential Italian favourite, Missoni.

A trip to Positano isn’t complete without hiring a sunbed and laying by the sea under those iconic orange and yellow beach umbrellas. I would highly recommend pre-booking to ensure a top spot in the first rows.

Finally, one of my favourite moments was spending an afternoon watching the sunset from Le Sirenuse’s Oyster and Champagne Bar. We enjoyed a dozen oysters and a cocktail or two as the pink haze filled the sky and the sun began to set. To say it was breathtaking would be an understatement.

My favourite spots to eat
Unlike other cities, such as Rome which is all about the adventure Positano is all about the relaxation. One part of this is eating delicious meals along the way. As it is a coastal town, for me it was all about the fresh seafood! My favourite three were Rada -which has amazing views over the beach and free entry into Music on the Rocks after your meal, Chez Black – which appeared to be a local institution, and finally Ristorante Covo Dei Saraceni – which was not only amazing but also very convenient being a part of our hotel. Each had incredible meals, top service and great seafood.


Italy, TravelSam Reynolds