After visiting Sorrento during our World Tours Naples day trip, booked again throug Viator.com, my family and I arrived in Positano, just a short drive down the coast on the west side of Italy.
We spent nearly two hours in Positano, parking at the top of the town and walking our way right down to the beach. Each of the houses, shops and church are built scaling down the hill of this steep, cliff-side town – now a UNESCO Heritage site and protected.
Positano is known as Amalfi Coasts most expensive town to live or stay in, but also the most photogenic. There is so much colour from the lush green olive and lemon trees cascading to the sea, mixed with the yellow, peach and pink terracotta brick work buildings.
I keep saying town, but Positano is really a village, or even a commune in Campania, Italy, along the Amalfi Coast. Founded in the medieval times (though the Ancient Romans has built summer villas here) as a port, it flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries, despite over half of its population emigrated to America – no wonder New York City has the highest amount of Pizza restaurants in the world.
John Steinbeck wrote in Harper’s Bazzar in 1953, of which I agree – “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.”
While walking down the steps to the beach we passed so many colourful shops selling jewellery, artwork and Positano&/ signature hand painted dresses! These were so gorgeous in various designers but they come in one size and my body is a bit more voluptuous than the average Italian, so it seems.
We visited the church of Santa Maria Assunta which has a dome of the typical Napoli style of majolica tiles, an Italian tin-glazed pottery in green and yellow.
The beach is lovely and would be perfecto to swim on a summers day, gazing out to the Sirenuse Islands – named historically because legend states there were Sirens in this area of the sea – possibly why so many pirates landed on the Amalfi Coast. These islands are Capri, Ischia and Procida. We visited Capri another day.
We then climbed back up the steps towards the mini-bus and I thought to count. I got to 70 steps and gave up so I would love to know how many flights of stairs there are through this village!
What a lovely day!
Love Curls x