Positano Italy guide including top things to see in the Amalfi Coast hotspot

Positano in Italy is one of those dreamy places you’ll most likely already have seen all over your Instagram feeds.

Nestled on Italy’s Amalfi Coast this picturesque cliffside village is famed for the colourful houses and buildings that make for an eye-catching feature amidst the lush green scenery and waterfront location.

Positano can be a great base for those who want to go exploring the wider region, but it also has brilliant hotels and beaches if you fancy a few days of unwinding.

To give you a helping hand we’ve put together a guide on the best things to see and do if you’re visiting – and we’ve also got top tips on how to get there without breaking the bank in the process.

Happy holiday hunting!

Best things to see and do

1. Church of Santa Maria Assunta

Once part of a Benedictine monastery, this breathtaking church is a must-visit if you’re looking for a glimpse into Positano’s history.

The church features some beautiful medieval artwork and statues, as well as intricate architecture.

2. Monte Faito

Hikers and adventurers may want to consider a day trip to this spectacular mountain. You can reach the top by cablecar or spend a day exploring the walking trails.

It’s about a 45 minute drive from Positano.

3. Fornillo Beach

Positano’s beaches are pebbled rather than sandy, with some pretty spectacular views of the coast and the crystal-clear blue waters.

Fornillo Beach is one of those where you can enjoy uninterrupted views, and the best part is that it tends to be one of the quieter beaches so it’s ideal for those who want to escape the crowds.

Check out what some visitors had to say on TripAdvisor.

Fornillo Beach


4. Walk around the village

It sounds obvious, but make sure to give yourself time to wander around Positano itself. It’s packed with charming local restaurants (where you’ll find some of that world-famous delicious Italian cuisine), quirky boutiques and plenty of breathtaking viewing points.

Positano is famed for its colourful houses

5. Path of Gods

One of the Amalfi Coast’s iconic hiking trails, this mountain ridge sits high above the sea and offers up some unparalleled views of the region.

The main hike is about 6.5km long between the small villages of Bomerano and Nocelle (Nocelle sits above Positano).

Make sure to pack plenty of water and don some sturdy boots; it’s not the easiest of hikes so if you’re a beginner you may want to bring some energy supplies. 

Path of Gods

6. Day trip to Capri

If you’re planning to spend a week or so in Positano then you may want to leave room on the itinerary for a day trip to nearby Capri.

You can take a ferry to the island, or hire a private boat tour. There are also local guided tours which will take you around Capri (and some also offer trips to see the world famous Blue Grotto). 


How to visit Positano on a budget

Although the Amalfi Coast doesn’t have a reputation for being the cheapest of breaks, you don’t necessarily need to splash the cash – there are plenty of budget-friendly hotels and flight fares available.

Here we take a look at where you can find cheap hotels, as well as cheap flights and the airports closest to Positano for an extra helping hand.

Cheap hotels

If you’re after a cheap hotel that still offers a touch of luxury then you may want to check out Booking.com which has a guide to top 10 cheap hotels to have on your radar.

On a tight budget? TripAdvisor can be a good source for budget hotels in Positano with prices from £63 per night.

Cheap flights

Naples is the closest major airport to the Amalfi coast, and it takes approximately an hour and a half to drive to Positano.

easyJet has flights to Naples from £27.25 each way from seven UK airports, while Ryanair also offers direct routes from €26.04 each way.

Once in Naples you can also find plenty of coaches and ferries which offer direct links to Positano – you can find out more on the village’s official website.

Alternatively, you could fly to Rome which is about a three hour and a half drive from Positano (so you may want to consider a train or bus if you don’t want to do the long drive).

British Airways offers flights to Rome from £39 each way from London, while easyJet has fares from £27.99 each way.

Skyscanner can also be a good source for cheap flights with fares from £30 to Naples and fares from £34 to Rome (although it’s worth noting sometimes the cheap rates are because flights are early morning/late night routes).

Escorted tours and packages

If you’re only looking for a day or two in Positano as part of a wider itinerary then you may want to consider an escorted tour or holiday for a convenient and fun way of seeing the top highlights on one trip.

Newmarket Holidays offers tours which include Capri, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, while Titan Travel offers tours of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.

Shearings also has luxury coach holidays across Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast for those after a holiday with that extra bit of comfort and glamour.



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