Positano is a beautiful town nestled along Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Says John Steinbeck, an American writer, “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” Indeed. So lovely and surreal, it has been featured in acclaimed films such as The Talented Mr Ripley and not so acclaimed films, Under The Tuscan Sun.
The town is situated in an enclave in the hills leading down to the Tyrrhenian Sea. The winding streets are steep making walking no easy feat – Lonely Planet calls them “near-vertical streets (many of which are, in fact, staircases).” As you walk through the streets, getting closer to sea level, you reach a point where cars, buses, and scooters are not permitted. The streets and hotels, shops, galleries along them are limited to pedestrian access only.
If you are staying at one of these hotels (such as Villa Flavio Gioia) and cannot manage the formidable task of lugging your heavy baggage, you can hire porters who will transport you and your possessions on a small golf-cart like vehicle for a minimal fee.
Close to the beach is the simple yet elegant Church of Santa Maria Assunta. With it’s decorative and colorful dome of maiolica tiles and art collection including a 13th-century Byzantine Black Madonna icon, it is one of Positano’s main tourist attractions and popular wedding site.
While strolling through the church one morning in September 2010, I came across an office used by local clergy. It was here that I took this picture – imagine if this was the view you had from your office window! I wouldn’t get much work done, as I’d spend most of my day staring out at this incredible view.
More photos of the church:
For a list of things to see and do in Positano, check out Lonely Planet’s Travel Guide.