If Paradise had to pick a destination I can almost guarantee you that it would be Positano, Italy. Located a couple of hours south of Rome and perched along the cliffs of the Amalfi coast, it’s the perfect place for an Italian seaside vacation. Before I get into a couple of my favorite spots, let me just say that you can do no wrong in this quaint little town. The people, the food, the vistas are all fantastico!
1. The Best View
There are no bad views in Positano, but truth be told, some are better than others. Hotel Le Sirenuse might be out of your hotel travel budget, it’s out of mine, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go for a bite to eat and pretend to be a guest. Even if it is only for an hour or two. The pool terrace is filled with lemon trees and has a lovely view. There is also a champagne and oyster terrace. Equally beautiful with equally delicious food. I haven’t eaten in the hotel restaurant, but I hear it has a tasting menu and wine flights that will leave you fat and happy. The food is amazing. The view is amazing. The ambiance is amazing. Enough said.
2. The Best Lunch
Take a boat ride out to Laurito Beach and have lunch at Da Adolfo. Although this beach is full of pebbles, you’ll have a grand ol’ time climbing the rocks and swimming in the cold, clear water. When it’s time to eat be sure to order the mozzarella on a lemon leaf. You won’t be disappointed.
Have your hotel make a reservation for you and then pick up the boat at Positano wharf. It has a red fish on it. Get there early as sometimes the boat fills and they have to come back for a second trip.
3. The Best Art
If you see a man on the beach painting the most beautiful watercolors, stop and have a chat! His name is Pasquale Volpe and he’s a friendly guy. His paintings capture the dreaminess of the Amalfi Coast–you’ll probably want to take one home. I did! You can find some of his work online here.
4. The Best Snack on the Beach
The paninos from Vini é Panini are absolutely delicious! The perfect snack to enjoy on a beach chair by the ocean. They are even better if followed with a lemon granita or a shot of lemoncello!
5. The Emerald Grotto
Everyone who has visited the Amalfi Coast knows about the Blue Grotto in Capri, but Positano has a grotto of its own! The Emerald Grotto (Grotta dello Smeraldo) is equally as nice and is much less touristy than its more famous sibling. Don’t believe me? Hire a boat and see for yourself!
6. The Best Local Beach
The pebble beaches, Spiaggia Grande and Spiaggia del Fornillo, are fabulous and located right in Positano. But if you want to venture out, check out Fiordo di Furore. You won’t find restaurants, but you will find a beautiful beach filled with local Italians. The perfect pit stop on a coastal drive.
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