With Italy being one of the hardest hit by the current pandemic, my heart aches for the country I have so much love for, so I decided to dedicate my first travel article with The Monday Edit to my absolute favorite Italian destination: Positano.
The Amalfi Coast is bucket list destination for many travellers (myself included), and Positano is the place you must experience when traveling to this picturesque region in Italy. I had the pleasure of traveling to the cliffside village of Positano back in 2015 and, honestly, it was love at first sight. Colorful houses dotted along the cliffs make for a picture-perfect setting you’d only expect to ever see on a postcard. From the food to the fashion, and everything in between, Positano checks all the boxes for a perfect holiday destination.
So here it is, the top 10 things you must see, do, and eat in Positano:
Spiaggia Grande Beach
The main beach in Positano is Spiaggia Grande Beach. This popular beach, considered to be one of the best on the Amalfi Coast, attracts tourists and locals alike. The reason: it boasts the best views of the iconic Positano cliffside. Plus, in the evening, this is the place to be for a truly spectacular beach sunset.
No trip to the Amalfi Coast is complete without a seaside meal. And I’m not talking sea-view, I mean literally waves crashing on the shore mere meters away. The best spot for this remains Chez Black Restaurant. As for what to order, well, you are by the sea in Italy, so clearly seafood or pasta are a no-brainer, but, why not double down and get the best of both worlds with a delectable seafood pasta, like their famous spaghetti all’astice. Complete your meal with one of their incredible wine pairings and you’re in for a real treat.
Day trip to Capri
Positano is an ideal place to do a day trip from to one of the surrounding villages. If I had to pick only one day trip from the many we did, I would, hands down, choose Capri. It’s just one of those places you need to see in your life. Famous for its posh accommodations and designer shopping, Capri attracts the rich and famous from all over the world. It’s also home to the wonder that is the Blue Grotto, a sea cave you can journey inside of (by small row boat only) where the sea glows a fantastical electric blue that you have to see to believe. There are multiple ways to make the short journey from Positano to Capri, the least expensive being by ferry, but I wouldn’t recommend going the cheap route with this one. At a slightly higher price point, you can go by catamaran, with a fraction of the people, and have the real Capri experience aboard a magnificent boat. The catamaran Capri day tour was definitely one of the highlights of our trip and was worth every penny.
Eat lemon sorbet from a lemon
There’s nothing more Instagrammable than eating traditional Italian lemon sorbet, from a real lemon, while in Italy. The most famous place to get your hands on this majestic dessert is at Collina Bakery, who have been providing sweet treats to the village for almost a decade. But be sure to capture your photo quickly because the summer heat is so extreme it melts ice cream faster than you can say ‘cheese’.
Path of The Gods
This was one of the items on our list that we, unfortunately, didn’t get around to doing (in our early-twenties, we opted for lounging seaside and eating freshly made margarita pizzas instead, naturally), but it still remains one of the top things to do in Positano. The scenic 7.8 kilometre hike winds through the cliffs along a historic path, which once served as a mule route for the Amalfi locals. The route boasts unrivalled views of the Amalfi Coast that you won’t get anywhere else, so the next time I’m in Positano this one is at the top of my list.
Music on the Rocks
By no means is Positano a party destination, but that didn’t stop us from finding the only club in the village. Music On The Rocks is a club unlike any other you’ve been to before. It is literally in a cave on the beach! My favorite part: the local dogs come and go as they please, so when you’re at your VIP table or twirling on the dance floor, don’t be surprised to see a friendly pup suddenly appear by your side.
Custom-made leather sandals
Finally, an authentic souvenir you’ll actually use! Southern Italy is known for making handmade leather sandals, which is quite apparent by the sheer volume of custom sandal shops we encountered in the village. Made from genuine Italian leather, you pick the design and leather color and local shoemakers will make them for you, made-to-measure, on the spot!
There’s only one thing more romantic than watching a sunset, and that’s watching a sunset on a boat. If you’re in Positano with your partner, book a sunset cruise to make for a storybook ending to your magical trip.
Stroll the streets at night
After the sun goes down, the magical vibe of Positano is enhanced x10. Hundreds of lights glitter on the cliffside and the cool sea breeze feels like heaven after a long day spent in the sun. Strolling the quiet streets after hours truly feels like you’ve walked straight into the pages of a romance novel.
Take it all in
Positano is a place you go to simply be at peace with the beauty surrounding you. So walk around, take photos, eat, drink, get lost, soak up the sun, and enjoy every fleeting moment. Falling in love with Positano is inevitable, so be prepared to dream of this little piece of paradise long after you’ve left. To this day, Positano remains one of my top 5 favorite cities in the world.
I’d love to hear from you, what are some of your favorite destinations and why? Leave a comment and let me know!