The former maritime town of Positano is famous for its beautiful location on the Amalfi Coast. It extends like a terrace over several steep slopes on which the brightly painted, almost Arabic-style houses and villas are located. From a distance, it appears to the viewer as if the place had been glued to the slope.
Positano is mainly made up of alleys and stairs that meander along the slopes down to the sea. Once at the bottom, there is a pebble beach and a small picturesque harbor, the Marina Grande. Other beaches can only be reached from the sea. The view of the sea, the lush vegetation of lemon, orange trees, and bougainvilleas, and the unique location of Positano make the place one of the most visited on the Amalfi Coast.
Even though this beach town is tiny, there are a lot of things to do in Positano. There you can enjoy the sunshine, history, and long, beautiful days by the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Positano offers a variety of different activities for everyone.
Although Positano is a famous jet-set destination, you don’t need to be a luxury traveler to have an amazing time. A lot of activities there you can do for free. Here are the top things to do at Positano:
Walk around the town
Positano is perfect for walking around because there are so many tiny streets, each with its own charm. Since Positano is built vertically, you will have to walk uphill a lot. If that walk isn’t for you, there is a local bus that drives from the center of town to the top and back. But keep in mind that often those buses get crowded. The streets of Positano are full of beautiful plants and colorful flowers, so you will have a feeling like you are walking in a garden.
Take beautiful photos
Positano has a thousand spots for taking amazing photos. Every corner of the town hides beautiful houses, streets, and views that can be captured with your camera. One of the best photo spots in Positano is the top of the town, where you can take stunning photos of the Amalfi Coast. No matter if you like taking photos or not, capturing your beautiful memories is one of the “must” things to do in Positano.
Visit historical attractions in Positano
This beautiful town is not only visited for its beautiful beaches and views, but it also has exciting historical and cultural attractions. There are only a few historical things to see in Positano, but all of them are stunning. It is believed that Positano was founded in the 9th century. It was, like nowadays, a very popular vacation place for the Ancient Romans.
They built their glamorous villas on the coast of Positano, and you can even find its ruins today near the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Besides them, here are historical attractions you should not miss when visiting Positano:
Church of Santa Maria Assunta
During a walk through the village, you will pass the three village churches of Santa Maria Assunta, Madonna del Carmine and Madonna Delle Grazie. The small church of Santa Maria Assunta by the sea with its colorful majolica dome is particularly pretty. It originated from the 12th century, and it is one of the town’s most prominent sights because of its location and beauty.
The church is located right in the center of Positano, just a few steps from Marina Grande beach. Inside the church, there is a fascinating altar above which you can see a Byzantine painting “Black Madonna” from the 13th century. Entrance in the church is free, and you can take photos in there, so take a look inside.
Museo Archeologico Romano
If you are passionate about history and archaeology, then the Museo Archeologico Romano is a great place to see in Positano for you. The museum is located underneath the church of Santa Maria Assunta, and it is literally a hidden treasure.
It is actually a well-preserved ruin of a Roman villa with beautiful wall paintings, old crypts, and artifacts from the Middle Age. The ticket for the museum costs 15 euros which is a little bit pricey. But you will receive a guided tour as a part of the price.
Also worth seeing are the Saracen towers standing all over the coast. They once served the coastal residents as signal towers during attacks by the Saracens.
Visit Positano’s beaches
Beaches are one of the main reasons that make Positano the perfect summer travel and dream destination. Relaxing on the beach is one of our favorite things to do in Positano. Each of the beaches in Positano provides you with new discoveries and the landscape of the Amalfi Coast.
The beaches in Positano are composed of rounded pebbles and small stones. On the beaches, you will find parasols, sunbeds, showers, changing cabins, restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops.
In addition to the services that are charged, each beach has a section that is free to spread out a towel. You should take bathing shoes if you are bothered by pebbles under your feet. Also, keep in mind that beaches are often crowded so you should head to the beach early to catch your perfect spot on the beach.
Spiaggia Grande beach
Colored umbrellas and pebbles characterize the main and most famous beach in Positano. When you enter the water, you will notice an amazing view of the houses of pink, white and yellow shades that stretch vertically across the hill in Positano. Entrance to this 300 meters long beach is free of charge.
Since this beach is close to the center, it is often full of tourists during the summer months, so consider renting an umbrella and sunbed. Sunbeds in rows facing the beach are charged around 25 euros per day. Of course, there are parts of the Spiaggia Grande beach without sunbeds where you can put a towel and enjoy it completely for free.
On the beach, you will find changing cabins, showers, bars, and restaurants. The beach is also popular for those seeking good vibes because there is a famous discotheque called Music On the Rocks.
Don’t miss watching the sunset on the beach. It is something you will remember forever. If you like taking photos or would like a quieter walk through the streets to this beach, you should choose the early morning to avoid the crowds and catch the best shots. Pebbles on the beach get very hot during the hot summer months, so be sure to bring suitable summer shoes.
Just 10 minutes a walk from Positano center, there is another smaller but beautiful beach called Fornillo. It is a much more peaceful beach with a lot more room to swim than Spiaggia Grande beach. You can enjoy this beach for free, or you can rent an umbrella and sunbed for around 25 euros per day.
Fornillo is a pebbly beach, so don’t forget to bring your water shoes. The beach is very clean, with wonderful views and a cristal sea with a lot of small fish. There are also a good couple of cafes and restaurants to enjoy some food and drink while relaxing on the beach.
Take a look at Positano’s art galleries
If you are an art lover, there are great things to do in Positano. In the very center of the town, you can visit small but stunning art galleries. Of the many places in Positano where you can buy handicrafts and art, the Absolute Positano Gallery and Art and Craft Gallery stand out for their uniqueness and diversity.
The main motive of the artwork in the gallery is, of course, the breathtaking landscape of Positano. The Absolute Positano Gallery is the main choice of many travelers. If you are a fan of ceramic handicrafts, unique souvenirs, glassware, and oil on canvas made by local Italian artists, this gallery is the right place for you.
Whether you choose paintings, art glass, and amazing, unique souvenirs, a look at them will always remind you of the perfect time spent in Positano.
Also, the Gallery of Arts and Crafts is a place where you can find, at reasonable prices, art souvenirs of various Italian artists. There you can find a variety of unique paintings, sculptures, and ceramic handicrafts that are an ideal souvenir or gift.
Most galleries open around 9 AM and close around 8 PM. Please note that some of the galleries may be closed in the afternoon for a lunch break.
Shopping in Positano
Positano is full of cute little shops and boutiques located in or near the center of the town. Even though Positano is popular for its lemon products and ceramics, besides them you can find beautiful fashion pieces, souvenirs, and gifts. Keep in mind that the more you are going away from the center, the prices in the shops will be lower.
Want to wear a piece of fashion from Positano? Be sure to visit Antica Sartoria, where you can buy a variety of cotton garments, especially fluttery and lace dresses. Buying a unique piece of dress is one of the most exciting things to do in Positano. Other great shops are Idillio and Pepito’s where you can find linen clothes in plain styles.
In other shops at the bottom of Viale Pasitea, Piazza Dei Mulini, and the walkways between the piazza and the beach, you can find crochet and white linen dresses, tops, and pants.
Want a unique reminder of the perfect Positano that you can wear every day during the summer days? Then you must visit Nana ‘Positano and see the numerous models of sandals made just for you! You can buy a custom-made pair of leather sandals. Choose the model, color, height, and shape of the heel, and you can decorate them with Swarovski crystals in different colors.
The sandals stand out with their exceptional uniqueness, leather quality, and well-attached crystals. Prices of sandals with Swarovski crystals range from 90-300 €. If you miss buying them in Positano and regret it, don’t worry, you can always order them online!
Lemon sorbet and lemon everything
You can’t leave Positano without trying the famous lemon sorbet! Lemon sorbet tasting is definitely one of the “must” things to do in Positano. Enjoy lemon sorbet served inside a frozen lemon at Covo Dei Saraceni Hotel.
In addition, in many stores, you can find lemon-flavored candies and chocolates, a bottle of limoncello, lemon body care products, lemon-scented perfume, lemon soap, clothes, tablecloths, ceramic with a lemon pattern, and so much more. These are great souvenir and gift ideas that you can get at Sapori di Positano on Via Dei Mulini.
In Positano, you can find handmade ceramic vases and utensils, especially ceramic plates and cups of various patterns and designs.
Visit the Emporio Della Ceramica on Via Cristoforo Colombo which is full of a variety of high-quality, handmade ceramics. Even better is that they can send everything to your home address!
Hike the famous Path of the Gods
The Path of the Gods, or in Italian “Sentiero Degli Dei,” is a walking trail with a view of the Amalfi Coast that you will never forget. The trail is about 7 km (5 miles) long, so you will need 2 and a half hours to complete it.
Hiking Path of the Gods is one of the best things to do in Positano if you want an active vacation. On the whole hiking journey, you will have some of the most breathtaking views of the sea, islands, mountains, and towns.
The Path of the Gods starts in Agerola and ends at Nocelle, the hamlet above Positano. So to start your journey you need to take the SITA bus from Positano to Amalfi and from there the bus to Bomerano stop in Agerola. After you come to Bomerano stop, walk to the left a bit, cross the road and walk up to the main piazza and the church. There you will see the signs for the Path.
The trail is suitable for kids and beginner adults, but keep in mind that you need to have proper footwear, snacks, and lots of water. When you end your hiking at Nocelle, you can either take the SITA bus or walk to Positano. If you choose the second option, you will have to cross around 1500 steps down the road to reach Positano.
Montepertuso is a little town located just above Positano, at the foot of the Lattari Mountains. It is easily reached from Positano, either by bus, car or walking. In the mountain above Montepertuso, visible from quite a distance away is a hole piercing the stone face, and you can easily hike to that hole. From there you will have spectacular views, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and Positano itself.
Monterpertuso is a small charming place where you will feel in full with nature. There you can enjoy the many paths present and offered glimpses, between romantic walks in the green and electrifying climbing.
Besides, there you will find some pretty good restaurants, the church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie and the Fontana Vecchia which is popular for its microbiologically pure water.
Enjoy in romantic walk at night
Walking at night with your loved one is one of the most romantic things to do in Positano. After the sunset, this lovely town becomes one of the most beautiful places in the world. Strolling the streets at night, after most day tourist has gone, is very relaxing and romantic.
During the day, Positano is often crowded and noisy. So it is nice to enjoy the quiet evening by the sea that cools your skin after the hot sunny day. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture thousands of lights that ignite the mountain.
Have some party!
If you’re looking for some late-night fun visit the nightclub Music on the rock located inside a cliff under Rada Restaurant. The ceiling of the nightclub is the rock of the cliff, so you really have the feeling that you are in a cave. They often have themed evenings and dress codes. For more information check out their site.
The club is small, but the mix of fun music and lighting make the atmosphere great! At the club, you can hear the waves crashing into the rock which is a unique experience. This is the only nightclub in Positano and a great place to meet other visiting tourists.
The club is performed by different DJs, so sometimes a ticket is needed. The club opens around 10 p.m. and the queues to enter can be long so come before the crowd. Party really gets started around 12:30 am!
Eat, drink, enjoy the view!
In the Positano Paradise Lounge Bar, you can enjoy drinks, but also food, and desserts with an amazing panoramic view of the Tyrrhenian Sea. This bar is perfectly located close enough to the port and beach. You must visit this bar if you want to start the day with a delicious coffee or refresh yourself with an iced coffee or maybe a cocktail.
The atmosphere is relaxed, the food is very tasty and especially the desserts. They serve great cakes and desserts in a glass. Many say that the best ice cream in Positano is in this bar, so don’t hesitate to try it! The prices are very great and reasonable too! This place is famous for being a self-service bar. Don’t wait for the last day to go to this bar and treat yourself!
Another great bar in Positano is Franco’s Bar. The location of this lovely bar is stunning. I promise you will want to take a lot of photos there because the view is exceptional. The bar is small but lively and stylish with great music and vibe.
Keep in mind that cocktails can be a little pricey. This bar does get quite busy, so come before the opening to get the best spot with a view. The best experience in this bar is the afternoon sunset drink!
Try traditional Italian cuisine
Italy is known worldwide for its tasty Mediterranean cuisine, so it would be a sin to come to Positano and not to try some local food. Although prices in good restaurants in Positano are quite high, eating quality traditional food is an unforgettable memory.
So I advise going at least once to some high-rated restaurant in Positano to experience why more and more people nowadays think that preparing food is an art.
If you love Seafood, I suggest Mirage Restaurant is located in the Hotel Posa Posa. It is a very elegant place with great views and excellent food. The price range of the food is from 20 to 50 euros, portions are generous, and the food is made of fresh ingredients.
One of the house specialties is a grilled octopus, which really one of the best you can try in Positano. The restaurant is located 850 meters from Positano’s center, which is a little bit far, but definitely worth the walk.
For those who are searching for a glamorous restaurant with a romantic atmosphere and stylish food, I advise Adamo Ed Eva Restaurant. The restaurant has a terrace with an outstanding view, delicious food which is served with a style, and very kind and personal service.
The prices are a little bit high, ranging from 40 to 90 euros per meal, but you will get top-quality food for that. Adamo Ed Eva Restaurant is known for its excellent lobster specialties, and it is located 500 meters from the center of Positano.
Go get some Pizza at the beach
If you like spending your time at the beach or want a budget-friendly lunch, you should go for a pizza. There are a lot of little beach bars with tasty pizzas at Positano’s beaches. One of them is the Da Ferdinando beach bar located at Fornillo beach.
It has a very good pizza in the price range from 8 to 17 euros. Besides pizza, in the same price range, you can get various sandwiches, seafood salads, bruschettas, and fries.
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Have some Gelato
You probably know that Italy is known for its tasty gelato or ice cream. Italian gelato is much creamier and better than the one you can buy in the supermarket or in other countries. Therefore, gelaterias are trendy places to spend time in Positano. There are many gelaterias in Positano where you can choose between various flavors for around 3 euros per cup.
Take a cooking class
If you want to have fun, meet new people and enjoy a new experience, cooking classes are the perfect things to do in Positano. There are many cooking classes in Positano where you will learn new techniques, try new dishes, and learn new recipes.
Those searching for a quick-cooking class can book a Cooking class at Hotel Buca di Bacco Positano. It lasts around 2 hours, but even at that amount of time, you can learn a lot. The class is easy to follow with lots of opportunities to interact with the chefs.
You will be guided to prepare an excellent eggplant parmesan, gnocchi with pesto, pizza Margherita and chocolate almond cake. At the end of the class, you will enjoy a meal you prepared, and you will get your diploma for completing the cooking class.
If you are more interested in learning how to cook traditional Mediterranean dishes with local ingredients, I suggest booking Marina in Cucina Cooking Class. This amazing cooking class with chef Marina will teach you how to prepare a five-course menu using the finest ingredients that Positano offers.
The class is being held in a beautiful villa overlooking Positano, and it lasts around 5 hours. Chef Marina is so kind, friendly, knowledgeable, and, most importantly, fun. After you finish your class, you will enjoy a meal you made on a beautiful terrace with a glass of excellent wine and good company.
Take a Limoncello class
If you want to learn more about the iconic local product and how it is made, you should take a Limoncello class. Limoncello is a lemon liqueur that originates from Amalfi Coast and Sicily. The flavors from the lemon peel are used for production, as well as alcohol, water, and sugar.
The best Limoncello class is definitely the Basic Limoncello & Marmalade Experience. It is a 30 minutes class where you will discover how to make limoncello and lemon jam. The hosts are very friendly people, and they make sure you understand the process they’re explaining.
After the class, you can taste the limoncello and other products such as candies, other types of liqueurs, and other typical specialties. In case you want to buy some lemon products, we highly recommend buying them here because the prices are better than in other shops.
Rent a kayak in Positano
You want an active vacation and don’t know what to do in Positano? Well, rent a kayak or book a kayak tour. The kayak tour is one of the most popular things to do in Positano. While kayaking, you can see the beautiful landscape of Positano and the surrounding places. With a kayak, you can explore incredibly shaped rocks and a blue cave.
A great thing to do is to stop for a swim on completely private beaches. If you are an adventurer, you will have the opportunity to go jumping off a cliff. Excellent guides will acquaint you with Positano’s history and the surrounding places and will be happy to answer all your questions.
Also, the guides introduce you to safety information and a simple kayaking technique. Great guides always offer to take photos of you and record videos that they email you later!
Numerous tourists say that this is an indispensable part of the trip to Positano and that they will return again. What to bring? Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks, waterproof bag, swimsuit, and camera. Be sure to wear a bathing suit or clothes that dry quickly as you will definitely get a little wet while kayaking and going to the beach. We wholeheartedly recommend this kayak tour at affordable prices!
Rent a boat in Positano
If you are looking for luxurious and relaxing things to do in Positano, renting a boat is definitely for you. The only way to fully see Positano and the Amalfi Coast is by the sea. On a boat trip along the Amalfi Coast, you can see colorful houses descending on cliffs.
A boat tour will be the highlight of your trip! In addition to sightseeing, enjoying the unreal landscape and the blue and turquoise sea, because, with a boat, you can stop at various locations.
Choose between a private or a small-group boat tour. If you take a private tour, you can rent a boat with or without a skipper at Positano Boats. In this case, you have a boat just for yourself, and you choose wherever you want to go! Go to all the gorgeous, secret grottos, magical waterfalls, beaches where you can swim, and canyons.
For most boats for rental, you do not need to have a boating license. For your safety, it is always recommended that you choose to rent a boat with a skipper. In a small-group boat tour, you share the boat with other passengers, which is a cheaper option. In both cases, you can enjoy Prosecco and make a few stops at beautiful places for some amazing pictures.
Choose between a boat tour from Positano to Capri, a Capri island tour, a private romantic tour for couples, a sunset tour, and many more! There is no better way to spend a beautiful day rather than on the water!
Rent a scooter in Positano
Renting a scooter to visit Positano’s surroundings is one of the best things to do in Positano for a curious traveler. The curvy, narrow roads of the Amalfi Coast are perfect for exploring with a Vespa scooter. They are easy to drive, you can enjoy spectacular views while driving them, and finding parking spots is quite simple.
Furthermore, riding the scooter you will feel like a local Italian. You can rent a private scooter for about 65 euros per day or 300 euros per week and explore Amalfi Coast on your own. Or you can book an Amalfi Coast Vespa tour with a guide for around 350 euros that lasts one full day.
Go on a day trip
If you stay in Positano for a few days or more, one day should definitely be reserved for a day trip. There are really a lot of things to do in Positano and nearby. If you choose to go on a day trip, there are many beautiful and unique little towns and villages in Positano’s surroundings.
And traveling to them is really easy. You can choose between ferry, bus or you can rent a scooter to reach your day trip destination. Here are the most popular day trips from Positano:
Day trip to Capri
Everyone heard at least once about the beautiful island of Capri. This jewel in the Bay of Naples is a top-rated vacation destination for many celebrities and jet-set people. Capri has so much to offer. You can visit the ancient Tiberius villa, admire the stunning Blue Grotto, hike around the island, wander the tiny streets, enjoy the beautiful views from few viewpoints, or become a celebrity for a day and spend some money in expensive boutiques.
There are ferries from Positano to Capri that run several times a day in the summer months. To get to Capri takes about 40 minutes and costs around 25 euros in one direction.
Day trip to Amalfi
Amalfi is a little bit larger than Positano but as beautiful. It is known for its historic cathedral, attractive shopping streets, and beautiful sandy beach. From the town’s main port, you will have fantastic views of the buildings embedded in the mountains. It is a place where you can take one of the most beautiful photos on the Amalfi Coast.
To reach Amalfi, you have two options, to take a bus or ferry. Ferry services are better if you want more comfort during the ride, but they are more expensive than the bus. The ferry ticket costs around 10 euros in one direction, and you will get to Amalfi in about 25 minutes.
Traveling to Amalfi with the SITA bus is a budget option. You will get there in about 30 minutes, but keep in mind that buses are often crowded with people, so the ride is sometimes uncomfortable.
Read more: Things to do in Amalfi
Day trip to Sorrento
Sorrento is another beautiful city which is located closer to Naples or Rome. Its main attraction is a charming square called Piazza Tasso. This charming little square is full of good restaurants, small souvenir shops, limoncello shops, and enotecas.
From there you can go to the historic part of the city, which is a very nice place to stroll. There you will find unique boutiques and shops with lemon products on every corner of the streets. Furthermore, Sorrento is like Positano, situated on the hill so that you will have amazing views over the Bay of Naples and Naples itself.
To get from Positano to Sorrento, you can choose between a ferry and bus. By ferry, you will travel faster and more comfortably than by bus, but it will be more expensive. You will need to pay around 16 euros in one direction, and it will take about 40 minutes to get there.
A trip from Positano to Sorrento by bus is significantly cheaper than by ferry, but the buses are often crowded with people, especially in summer months. Also, there are other bus stops between Positano and Sorrento, so that is why you will travel longer by bus than by ferry, around 1 hour.
Read more: Things to do in Sorrento
Day trip to Ravello
If you are visiting Amalfi and have some free time, I advise traveling to Ravello. It is a small charming village located on the hill above Amalfi. Once being there, you have to go to Villa Cimbrone.
Even though it is a 5-star hotel, it has beautiful gardens, preserved ruins, and a Terrace of Infinity from where you will have one of the best (if not the best) views of your lifetime. In the main little square, there is a quite interesting church open for visitors and a small shop with homemade cakes and cookies.
Ravello is only reachable by bus from Amalfi. The bus is heading from Amalfi to Ravello every 15 minutes, so you don’t have to worry that you will miss it. To get to Ravello by bus, it will take around 30 minutes. You will travel through very tiny roads with narrow turns, so be prepared for that.
Have a relaxing day at your hotel
A lot of hotels in Positano are very luxurious and offer numerous services to meet all your needs. It’s raining, and it’s cold outside, and you’re worried you’re wasting a day on the trip? A waste of time does not exist in fully equipped hotels in Positano!
Hotels offer private beaches, Michelin-starred restaurants, bars, fitness centers, massages, saunas, spa, swimming pools, hammam, and so much more! And if you want to relax in a spacious, comfortable room, choose between satellite channels, free Wifi or a drink on your own balcony, and enjoy an unforgettable view of the Mediterranean Sea.
If you are looking for 5-star hotels in Positano, check my detailed guide about this topic here.
Other things to do in Positano
Positano is a seaside resort and an ideal starting point to explore the Amalfi Coast. There are a lot of hiking trails with fantastic panoramas near Positano. Furthermore, this lovely place is also a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. The sea invites you to surf, water ski, sail, and dive. For those who are seeking for relaxing vacation, tanning on the beach and swimming in the sea are the best options.
How to get to Positano
You have read a lot about things to do in Positano, but you probably wonder how to get to Positano. You have numerous options to get to this little paradise. If you are flying to Italy, the closest airport to Positano is located in Naples.
But, you will probably find cheaper flights to airports in Rome. To reach Positano, you can choose between traveling by car, private shuttle, bus, train, or ferry.
Traveling by your or rented car is the best way for adventurous people. You can stop in cities along the way and take a look around. Also, with a car, you can travel at your own pace. Keep in mind that parking spots in Positano are costly and hard to find.
By private shuttle
Taking a private shuttle is expensive but the most comfortable and fastest way to come to Positano. If you need your privacy and don’t care about costs, I recommend this way of traveling.
There are direct buses from Naples, Sorrento, and Salerno to Positano that frequently drive every day. If you are traveling to Positano from Rome, you will need to have 1 or more stopovers to reach Positano.
There are no direct trains to Positano, so you will need to combine train and buses. There are train stations in Naples, Sorrento, and Salerno. But from there you need to take a bus to come to Positano.
In the summer months traveling by ferry is a pleasure. Positano is very well connected with nearby cities with ferry lines. Therefore, if you search for a quick, enjoyable, and not so pricey way of getting to Positano, traveling by ferry is the right option for you.
I wrote a detailed guide on the topic of how to get to Positano, so click here to check it out.
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