The Amalfi Coast has 2 famous offspring – Capri for the jet-set and Positano for dreamers. It’s a pleasant place to spend 4 or 5 hours but after that you have seen and done about all that Positano has to offer.
Most beaches along the beautiful coast are rocky and don’t afford a bed of comfy sand to rest your weary body. Positano is no different but I will let you in on a secret known mainly to locals……as soon as you disembark from your ferry, pass the info booth at the end of the pier and take an immediate left to climb the concrete footpath. Less than 10 minutes on and you will find steps leading to a private inlet with nary a soul around – just bring your own towel and enjoy the turquoise waters. Spend an hour or two here and grab a quick bite at one of the beach side snack bars.
You are now rested and refueled to start exploring Positano and away you go……..there are flowered-covered alleyways and by-ways leading to artisans selling their crafts and more ceramic shops than you can shake a stick at (after all, this is the Amalfi Coast). Sadly, many of the shopkeepers are a bit aloof and don’t allow photo-taking in their shops (not even for journalists – I kid you not) Yet, I am a NYC street reporter – try to stop me. This barbecue was to die for and the shop was made famous in the film “Under the Tuscan Sun,” when Diane Lane’s character is dumped by the scrumptious Marcello, played divinely by living Roman god, Raoul Bova…………but I digress………back to Positano.
It’s late in the season but you might still be able to catch a good beach day, or at the very least a lovely day for a beachside picnic and that’s always better than the overpriced fare at most seaview restaurants.
Overall, Positano is the place everyone wants to run to because of its cliffside dwellings but take it from this Amalfi Coast travel concierge, stop on La Costiera Amalfitana at the lemonade stand for a Kodak moment and then head to Amalfi and beyond.
Tourist Tip – Franco Paturzo is an artist born in Sorrento who now lives in Positano because of its light. He is a wonderful painter and his art pieces come in many sizes, from piccolo to grande, and they make the perfect souvenir of your mezzogiorno in Positano. You can find him most sunny days near the ferry dock!