The commune of Positano in Italy's Campania is the very embodiment of the supreme beauty of the Amalfi Coast for us, and may very well be our favorite spot in all of Europe.
Perched on the steep rocks falling directly into sea at a place where only the stupidly daring would attempt to build anything, on a sunny day the contrasting colors of its pastel tinted houses, the sea, blue skies and deep green vegetation make for such a spectacular sight that you begin to wonder whether it is all even real. But it is, and at a 1.5 hours drive from Naples (itself connected by air with many of Europe's larger cities), you too could be here tomorrow if you chose to do so.
Positano was just a quiet fishing town in the first half of the previous century but has since then grown out to be a hot item for Europeans on their summer holidays. We reckon that for most of them an average day here will look something like: get out of bed, enjoy a strong black coffee and breakfast on a sunny balcony with spectacular views left right and center, head down to the harbour for a stroll or a swim, eat a pizza or a pasta at one of the many great restaurants in town, rinse and repeat. Not bad.
As the town has a draw on the rich and famous, for a good amount of visitors shopping in luxury boutiques will be part of the itinerary too. For us mere mortals meanwhile, day trips, hikes and drives along the coast could be on the cards.
If you come to Positano, be prepared for the fact that your wallet will take a bigger hit than in the towns nearby. We reckon it is worth it. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Positano is a city in Italy's region of Campania. It has a population of 3,968, is situated at an altitude of 272ft and the best airport to fly into is NAP (Capodichino, Napoli)
- The main spoken language here is Italian, and the average English skill is intermediate
- Note Positano is not a good point of entry for trips to Italy as it is not well internationally connected. Instead try entering through for instance Rome, Genoa, Milan or Turin
- The currency used in Italy is the Euro (EUR)
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More Positano travel resources
One of the best guides we came across can be found at CN Traveler, while as always the Positano Lonely Planet and Positano Wikitravel rank up there in terms of informativeness. Apparently this is the Ultimate Guide to Positano, while picture rich blogs can be found here and here. Actually come to think of it, that last link is one of the best things we have ever read on any travel destination. Makes the place look so appealing.
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