It is true. Positano is something out of a story book. I had friends rant and rave about how beautiful Positano was before we left the US and it was one of the places I was most excited about visiting in Italy. It was everything I thought it would be and not all at the same time. We spent a good portion of the afternoon visiting, however one day in Positano is not enough.
Our home base was above (literally) the famous town of Sorrento. We had a car, which I highly recommend getting if you plan to explore the Amalfi Coast, and drove to Positano in about an hour. The journey was very hilly and winding but beautiful. We stopped multiple times for me to get out and snap a few photos. We had reservations to be picked up at the dock to go to the mysterious Da Adolfo Restaurant . It took a while to get reservations but finally we were able to get them! Da Adolfo is legendary and is located only by boat to a private beach. You can relax, sun bathe and swim, then walk up to the open air restaurant and order a feast of fresh foods. The weather was not looking promising, a storm was supposed to come through so we wondered if our reservation would be cancelled.
When we arrived to the town of Positano, we of course had to find parking. There was an endless amount of cars parked on the side of the narrow road. It took awhile, but we were able to find a spot and started our descend down to the beach. We found there were parking ‘lots’ closer to the beach but with a hefty price tag and congested/small spaces to try to maneuver to get to them.
It took about 30 mins to get to the bottom of the town but I 100% think it was worth it. The views from the top are even better then the views from the bottom and have a less commercial/more local feel than down by the beach.
Once we reached the bottom, the narrow sidewalks filled with cute shops. My Mom and I had a field day looking at the beautiful ceramics. Next we wandered into the enchanting Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, church. The dome top is intricate and stands out against the stone cliffs.
Next it was off to explore the beach and docks but soon the clouds came and it looked like it was about to down pour. We still did not see our Da Adolfo boat so we decided it must have been cancelled. We headed to the La Tre Sorelle Restaurant for a late lunch. Only a few minutes after we were seated the skies opened up and it stormed like crazy. It rained so hard water came into the restaurant and was pouring down the outside steps like a waterfall. We sat for a while before making the trek back to our car. Having issues finding our car, we flagged a taxi and had him drive us around until we found it. Originally we had planned to travel to the nearby town of Amalfi and Praiano but with the gloomy weather abandoned that idea. We spent the rest of the day relaxing at the house and made a delicious homemade dinner. It was wonderful having some down time on this leg of the trip.
Despite the rain we had a wonderful time. I only wished we had a full day or two to really experience Positano. Maybe lay on the beach a bit and of course visit Da Adolfo!
If you are looking for more pictures and info on our trip around Italy I have posted a ton and still have so much to share with you guys! Check out some of our time in Venice – here (more coming soon), visit to the islands of Burano – here and Murano – here, Climbing Florence’s Duomo- here, Tuscany’s Vignamaggio Winery- here, Tuscany’s Montefollonico, Tuscany’s Montalcino, Rosewood’s Castiglion del Bosco, Tour of the Vatican with Walks of Italy – here, Food Tour in Trastevere Rome With Eating Europe- here, the best way to see the Colosseum in Rome – here, Roaming the hidden gem of Aqueduct Park in Rome – here, a quick trip to the island of Capri- here and Exploring the Lost City of Pompeii – here. Also check out our long layover in Istanbul Turkey – here!