Positano & The Amalfi Coast

 

Highlights

  • Spend an afternoon walking along the picturesque 'Path of the Gods' from Bomerano to Positano for spectacular panoramic views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Positano and Praiano. 
  • Enjoy some delicious fresh seafood on a private beach at Da Adolfo Restaurant away from the bustling crowd of Positano.
  • Go on a day trip to Capri to visit their famous blue grotto and explore the streets of the island.
  • Wander through the exquisite gardens of Villa Cimbrone in Ravello.

About Positano and the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is made up of many small towns spreading out between Positano and Amalfi.  You can stay anywhere along the coast and still easily get to the other towns by boat, taxi or bus.  However, we highly recommend setting up base in Positano as it is (in our opinion) one of the most beautiful towns along that coast and at the same time has such a lively atmosphere with an abundance of good places to eat and drink.  It is the perfect base to explore the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Capri, and even Pompeii and Napoli.

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Positano - view from the pier

Positano - view from the pier

The Path of the Gods

The Path of the Gods is an absolute must for anyone visiting the Amalfi Coast.  The hike takes about 3-4 hours (plus photo time) and takes you from above Amalfi along the cliff top all the way back to Positano.  The hike offers incredible panoramic views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Positano and Praiano.  It is essentially all downhill if you are going towards Positano and can be easily completed by anyone with moderate fitness.  However, it does get quite hot in summer and therefore we would suggest you do it as early as you can on days that are forecasted to be hot.

The Path of the Gods starts in the small town of Bomerano.  To get to Bomerano make your way to the pretty town of Amalfi; if you are staying in Positano take a boat to Amalfi (cost 8 euros).  Then take a bus to Agerola and hop off at the Bomerano stop.  You can buy a bus ticket at the tourist office directly opposite the port and they will be able to tell you the bus timetable.  In general, buses leave to Bomerano in summer about every 1-2 hours.

Path of the gods - somewhere above prAiano

Path of the gods - somewhere above prAiano

Where to stay?

Le Ghiande B&B

Le Ghiande

Located just above Positano in the small town of Montepertuso is where you’ll find this little gem, Le Ghiande.  Not only does it offer an amazing view of the coastline below, there is no issue with finding a park and there were plenty of small, delicious places to eat close by.  It is a 30 minute walk down to Positano, however, the walk gets you off the road (and onto stairs) giving you a taste of what it’s like for the locals who have to traverse the sharp cliff face every day.  The gorgeous views of Positano all the way down definitely make it worth the little bit of extra effort!  The hosts, Salvatore and his family, were so lovely and extremely helpful – we constantly kept them in the loop of our plans for the day on which they didn’t hesitate to give us tips or other suggestions.  

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LA Ghiande - Veiw from our room's balcony

LA Ghiande - Veiw from our room's balcony

Eating + drinking

Da Adolfo Restaurant

If you want to get away from the crowds of Positano and you have a craving for deliciously fresh seafood, then you have to try Da Adolfo!  It is tucked away on a private beach 5 minutes from Positano and which is only accessible by their private boat (the one with the wooden fish on its mast - once you see it the first time, you won't be able to miss it) for no extra charge!  The restaurant has a very rustic setting including no menu - what is available is written on the blackboard and easily translated into English verbally by their waiters.  It also has a number of beach chairs out the front on which you can spend the rest of the afternoon lounging on, soaking in the rays after a big feed.  Highly recommend!  Go to www.daadolfo.com for more information regarding boat departure/arrival times.

Da adolfo restaurant

Da adolfo restaurant

Day trips from Positano

1. Capri

Take a boat from Positano (plenty of options in summer) to explore Capri.  The Blue Grotto is an absolute must when going to Capri.  Try to get to the Grotto early before the lines become too long.  To get to the Blue Grotto, take a boat from the main port of Capri to the Grotto.  Once outside the Blue Grotto you will have to wait until one of the Gondolas picks you up off your boat to take you into the grotto.  (Tip - Some gondola 'captains' will allow you to go for a quick swim in the Grotto for a small tip.)  Once you're done, walk the path up to the main streets at the top of Capri.  This way, you avoid the massive lines for the funicular up, get to check out the local streets, and not to mention squeeze in some extra exercise! 

Capri - Blue grotto

Capri - Blue grotto

2. Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius

Drive towards Napoli (about 1 hour) to Herculaneum and Pompeii.  If you only have time for one refer to our blog post on Herculaneum vs Pompeii.  Whichever one you choose, make sure you find yourself a private car park - don't leave your car parked on the street as there is a risk of car theft in the area.  After you have finished wandering through the eerie ancient towns, head up to Mt Vesuvius for stunning views of the Bay of Naples and inside the volcano.

herculaneum - View of Herculaneum with Vesuvius looming in the background

herculaneum - View of Herculaneum with Vesuvius looming in the background

3. Ravello

Ravello is a beautiful little town up high up in the hills about an hour's drive south from Positano (the turn off is just past Amalfi).  Here visit either Villa Rufolo or Villa Cimbrone for a 'garden-fix' and incredible views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.  Make sure you leave enough time to enjoy a coffee and/or meal at any of the quaint restaurants in the main square.  Very cute little place that is definitely worth a look.

Main square, ravello

Main square, ravello