Written by airynfaerie on 09 Nov, 2009
What's a visit to Positano without a day at the beach? As one of the most beautiful settings on the Mediterranean Sea, this is one of the best spots to do not much of anything, but relax, walk on the sand, and float in the…Read More
What's a visit to Positano without a day at the beach? As one of the most beautiful settings on the Mediterranean Sea, this is one of the best spots to do not much of anything, but relax, walk on the sand, and float in the ocean. When we visited one year in mid-April, it was a bit early in the season for getting in the water, or even laying out on the sand...but that didn't hold us back from still enjoying the beach.During our short stay in Positano, we decided not to make any plans and instead just wander the steep staircases in the hillside town, browse in the outdoor markets, and meander along the seashore. First stop was the large concrete embankment where the waves crash. I love the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun", and there's the scene where Diane Lane's character stands here looking out over the sea. The waves weren't too rough when we visited so we took turns standing on the edge for photos hoping a random wave didn't come and soak us. Luckily we stayed dry and then continued on towards the sand.Actually instead of the fine sand we were expecting, we noticed that the beach here is made up of lots of small, smooth pebbles. It actually feels quite nice to walk on, but very different from powdery sand. I looked down and noticed something shiny and green and when I bent down to see what it was, I saw that it was a lovely piece of sea glass...and since sea glass was something we loved collecting from the beach where we lived, I was excited to pocket a fun free souvenir. Just as I stood back up though, I noticed another piece, then another, and another. They were everywhere. Lots of blue, aqua, teal, forest green, yellow, and clear pieces of sea glass. And not only sea glass, but also smoothed pieces of tiles that are so prominent in the architecture of this area.We ended up spending all morning just walking along the seashore, (pretty much alone, as it wasn't quite tourist or beach season yet) collecting pieces of glass and tile. We found some larger tile pieces with inscriptions or fun painted designs as well. When the morning was over, we'd collected enough for a nice sized jar, which added a bit of weight to our backpacks...but it was completely worth it as it ended up being one of most favorite souvenirs from our first trip to Italy. Close
Written by Zhebiton on 04 Jun, 2010
Not far from Sorrento (7 km) and Amalfi, there is another wonderful town of Positano. He looks like a colored fountain out of their homes, flowing from the very skies to surf. Positano became a famous resort since the First World War, when tired of…Read More
Not far from Sorrento (7 km) and Amalfi, there is another wonderful town of Positano. He looks like a colored fountain out of their homes, flowing from the very skies to surf. Positano became a famous resort since the First World War, when tired of the bloody reality endowed with a subtlety of perception of people of different countries started to look for peace, tranquility and beauty that reigned here. Calling Card Positano is the Church of Santa Maria Assunta with richly decorated majolica dome. Medieval watchtowers were built to protect against Saracen pirates. Church of Santa Maria Assunta was built in the XIII century, its altar decorated with a miraculous icon of the Black Madonna "of the Byzantine masters. According to legend, it had issued to the coast of Positano by sea waves. The entire city center - pedestrian zone. Twisting streets under the twisted branches of the vines cast a shadow on courting couples intertwined arms. You can enjoy the surf here all day, looking at the pictures hanging on the walls, fingering colorful bracelets. Positano has an ancient history, and according to legend, was founded by the sea god Poseidon, who fell in love with a nymph named Pasitea. Not far from the coast are the islands "Li Galli, where, according to Homer, lived mythical siren. Close
Written by jorisc on 13 Aug, 2007
Positano is not that far away from Amalfi, 30 minutes by boat or so, but it is a much more tourist place than Amalfi itself. Yes, the view upon arrival of the pastel coloured houses cropped on a rock is very beautiful, but then you’ve seen the…Read More
Positano is not that far away from Amalfi, 30 minutes by boat or so, but it is a much more tourist place than Amalfi itself. Yes, the view upon arrival of the pastel coloured houses cropped on a rock is very beautiful, but then you’ve seen the best part of the village. Its main street is an uninterrupted row of shops (shoes and clothes) and once you’ve walked it up, basically all you can do is walking it down again. It was the first time (and together with our visit to Capri the only time) that we realized how many tourists flock around in this region during the summer months. It has a great beach though (better at least than the one in Amalfi), and a lovely terrace beyond it, where you can enjoy a drink in the shadow and have a look at the swimmers, the small boats, and the oh-so-blue Mediterranean sea. To find it, watch the seafront, and turn to the left. You’ll first pass a restaurant/bar/ice cream parlour, and then you’ll find it. Although at a stone’s throw from Positano’s busy centre, it was a very tranquil, really great place to spend an hour or so.
Conclusion? Positano is really worth the trip, if not for the village itself, at least for the boat trip to and from and the nice views it offers of the Amalfi coast and on Positano itself.