things to know before you visit positano italy

Positano is one of the most beautiful towns on the Amalfi Coast – and maybe in all of Italy. It’s nestled into the mountains and home to some of the most spectacular viewpoints in the world. Here are 5 things to know before you visit Positano, Italy.

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1. It’s a workout

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No matter where you stay in Positano, you’re going to get a workout in. From the main beach to the main road alone is over 200 steps. Don’t let it scare you. You’ll be eating so much delicious food on your trip to Italy that you’ll be looking for ways to work off those extra calories.

2. There’s more than one beach

While you might think the main beach is your only option in Positano, there is one other, less busy option. Pupetto Beach is located west of the main beach and town (if you’re facing the water, follow the path along the beach to the right). It’s about a ten-minute walk and offers you a much quieter scene. You can buy yourself a chair for the day for 15 Euro.

3. A boat trip is essential

We recommend going with a company called Positano Boats, who offer smaller, less hectic tours of the Amalfi Coast. You’ll head out for the day to see Ravello, Amalfi, and a coastline dotted with beautiful buildings and structures. You’ll also make a stop at the famous Blue Grotto, a cave with bright blue water (the sun shines through a long underwater cavern to give the water it’s beautiful color).

4. It’s expensive

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The food, the accommodations, the transfers in and out of town, it can all add up in Positano. If you’re on a budget, we’d recommend staying in the nearby and more affordable town of Sorrento. That being said, if you do choose to splurge on a stay in Positano, you’ll thoroughly enjoy your decision. It’s the heart of the Amalfi Coast.

5. There’s one meal you shouldn’t miss

We highlight this restaurant because, well, it’s easy to miss – and it’s the best meal we had in the Amalfi Coast.

La Tagliata looks down on Positano and offers transfers for guests staying in town (it’s very high up and outside of walking distance). The restaurant is a set menu offering multiple courses, including an antipasto, vegetable course, pasta course, meat course, and dessert. Each of the courses comes with multiple dishes (the pasta course, for example, included over four types of pasta when we visited). You will leave stuffed, and wanting to return. Be sure to book a reservation in advance, as it gets quite busy.