Things to do and where to eat in Positano

I get a lot of messages like this one so I thought I would put together some information to share.

Hi Nicki,

  I am going to be in Positano in May and would appreciate any information you could provide regarding recommendations /suggestions on places to see, excursions, restaurants, etc. If you ever come to Portland, Maine, I'd be happy to do the same.

So here are a few ideas of things to do in and around Positano.

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1. If the weather is good you should do a boat excursion, either to Capri or along the Amalfi Coast... only if it is warm enough though! Try looking at Bluestar Positano, they have great boats and captains (Peppe is the best). Hire Kayaks or SUP from any of the main beaches. and go explore the coastline.

2. You should take a day to go and explore Amalfi and Ravello...stop off in Amalfi, see the beach, the Cathedral, a quick wander through the side lanes. The Lemon Tour is not to be missed, it takes you high above the harbour with a fantastic view from the lemon groves and catch a bus or taxi up to Ravello. 

3. Visit the gardens of the Villa Cimbrone, they will be amazing in May. Have lunch at Cumpa Cosimo...I always get the mixed pasta, you get 5 different dishes on one plate to try!

4. In Positano, visit the different beaches, see which you prefer. If you want to go to Da Adolfos at Laurito beware that nowadays you have to book ahead or the boat will not take you, it's just too busy!

Other than the main beach you could spend a day at the quieter Fornillo Beach and lunch at any of the beach bars there, I go there a lot.

5. Catch a boat over to Arienzo for a relaxing day at the beach, or for great music and a party atmosphere get the boat to One Fire Beach in Praiano.

6. Don't just stay at sea level, get the bus and explore. o join the locals for an evening drink at the Bar Internazionale, walk back down through the alleyways. and discover breathtaking views and villas along the way.

7. Catch a bus up to Montepertuso or Nocelle and walk back down, there are a lot of steps but the views are amazing, I do it every day instead of going to the gym.

8. Go hiking. There are plenty of trails around town. The obvious one is the Path of the Gods. Here's a video where we walk it from Nocelle to the Monastery above Praiano. Or you could walk from Positano up to Santa Maria di Castello for lunch in the mountains.

Some suggestions of places to eat other than the obvious beach restaurants are:

  • Make sure that one day you have lunch or breakfast at Casa e Bottega.

  • If you are NOT vegetarian go for dinner at La Tagliata, beware the starters are NEVERENDING so pace yourselves!

  • For pizza: the Covo bar near where the ferries arrive, best pizza in town.

  • Mediterraneo on the road at Fornillo is great, stuffed zucchini flowers are the best there.

  • Bar Bruno has a wonderful view, great food and a perfect people watching location.

  • If you can track down Bee Chic Street Food you'll have a really alternative evening. A surprising mix of Sashimi, Totani e Patate and Fish&Chips served from a tiny truck by an English chef and an Italian Sommelier. Check on Facebook where they will be each evening.

  • Gelato from the Buca di Bacco bar on the beach, it is also the perfect place for afternoon aperitivi (you might just find me there when the sun has gone down.

Nicki Positano