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Positano and the Amalfi Coast are some of the most important visiting tourist resort of the South Italy, attracting many visitors every year from worldwide nations like United States, Japan & Europe.
A beautiful, striking holiday destination full of natural breathtaking beautiful views, history, art and culture, with the little town, rooked in the mountainous coast facing the Mediterranen Sea. At times may not be possible to find accommodation in the small towns of the Amalfi Coast, the suggestion is to choose an area o town nearby and make Positano and the area of the Amalfi Coast and peninsula a visiting destination whilst staying in another holiday town resort. Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento, Padula, Atrani can be visited for the day with trips or excursions organized also by the hotels holiday accommodations or travel with your own car or transport whilist staying in another destination.
You may consider staying in the area between Maratea and Diamante central to the whole of the South Italy, so please check the availability below and book a Hotel accommodation by the sea or in the beutiful rural area and center point for other major South Italy destinations within a few hours of relaxing, discovering car drive.
Distances to the Amalfi Coast approx. Check Hotel Accommodation availability and book in these towns:
The Beauty of
this picturesque town set in
in a splendid panoramic position on
famous and world known
Amalfi Coast, is
stunning and fascinates each visitor.
sky and sea a mirage of colours...the yellow boats that seem to take their
colour from Positano's Mother Church dome, the broom flowers, the chubby
"Fichi d'India" plants that grow in the luxurious gardens and merge into the
intense Blue of the sky, with it's white clouds, White like the houses of
Fornillo, a Byzantine dome set on the rocks.
have discovered Positano the impulse is to keep it a secret, just for you ..."
writes Mr J. Steinbeck.
Once a sleepy little fishing village then the secret of painters
and writers, its "fatal gift of beauty" has been discovered.
history Positano was founded by the inhabitants of the
near by "Paestum" around
Benedictine Abbey dedicated to S.Vito built before the 10th
century, after their town had been destroyed by the Saracens.
It turned into a
small maritime village, that finally became holiday resort for the noblest and
richest Roman class that were attracted by it's mild climate and
it's beautiful location.
Positano, that features all the characters of a southern italian antique town
with it's always elegant and colourful narrow alleys, has kept in time
its nature of elite tourist resort since the 19th century becoming
the favourite destination for
great artists such as Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee, and
illustrious personages of culture such as Rossellini, Toscanini, Bernstein,
Steinbeck and Pirandello.
Made up of three outlying wards, its greatest attractions
remain the Town and the Sea-suburb.
The Town is
embroidered by the narrow and often winding lanes and steps which cross it and
is dominated by the splendid dome covered in polychrome majolica of the church
of "S.Maria Assunta". Here you will find the typical "piazzetta"
and cafe ideal for meeting up with friends and family or
even just to get to know other people in a friendly, calm and relaxed
the delightful white or
pastel-coloured houses, with their typical cubic shape and the green of the
luxuriant gardens, stands the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta, with its
splendid majolica dome.
Steep steps descend on the mountain side from the town leading to the bay
that hosts the characteristic white houses with the spherical cover and the
Just offshore lay the Galli Islands as legend says,
they where the home of mermaids, who lured sailors to their doom.
Considered one of the best-equipped and exclusive tourist resorts in Italy, also
famed for its flourishing fashion tailors, Positano perfectly combines
the beauty of its natural surroundings and numerous beaches, Marina Grande,
Ciumicello, La Porta, Arienzo e Fornillo, with the fascination of its ancient
fishing port and the charm of its steps and lanes crowded with quaint
The small Piazza Flavio Gioia, in the centre of Positano,
hosts the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta. The building with
its large majolica-mosaic dome, contains important works of art,
outstanding are the Circumcision, a stupendous work by Fabrizio
Santafede, from the end of the sixteenth century, and a
delightful thirteenth-century Byzantine-style panel depicting the
Virgin and Child.
According to popular tradition, the origin of the town's
name is linked to this very icon: looted by the Saracens, the precious
panel was brought back to land following a storm, while a prodigious cry
"posa, posa" (put it here) was heard from the shore. Having given back
the ill-gotten icon, the sea calmed down, so a church was built in
honour of the Virgin on that spot and the town grew around it, that took
the name of
interesting are also the
St. James and St. Margaret churches.
The bell tower is also very interesting with a
medieval bas-relief portraying a sea monster, some fish and a fox,
probably to underline the dual nature of the coastal inhabitants' souls,
half countrymen and half seamen.
Numerous trips are organized in town to Belvedere, Sciaccone,
Ponte dei Libri, Grotta Matera and Marina Grande, to the picturesque
beaches of Fornillo, La Porta, Arienzo and Ciumicello, to Grotta della
Porta (Porta Grotto).
Shopping & Souvenirs
Quality fashion tailoring is something that has distinguished
Positano since the end of the 50's when, with the creation of
the bikini, innovative swimming costume, the town on the Amalfi
coast became famous in Italy and throughout the world.
Nowadays production is wide ranging and offers a great variety of
clothing: including typical garments for the seaside, wraparound skirts,
beach robes, bags and Bermudas, to the more formal afternoon clothes or
elegant evening dress and even very special wedding dresses. Bright,
cheerful patterns, brilliant colours and the use of absolutely natural
materials, linen, gauze or cotton, characterise Positano fashion. After
a phase in the 1950s and 60's, in which Hawaiian-inspired designs
predominated, during the 70's plain-coloured gauze took over, instead
today, patterns that portray Mediterranean plants prevail, lemons,
flowers and leaves, "borrowed" from the luxuriant natural surroundings.
Pleasant little shops cheer the lanes of the centre and are a
must for the many tourists who come to the town all the year round.
Apart from its skilled tailors, Positano is outstanding for its
famous cobblers, able to create the typical Positano sandals
hand-made to measure while you wait in front of the shop: with names
like "spider", "monk", flipflops, wooden or cork clogs and the very
comfortable canvas mules, with string soles.
Positano cuisine offers a series of tasty specialities,
some linked to typical seafood traditions, others to country cookery.
Among the most typical recipes should be mentioned the tasty spaghetti
with clams, dressed only with olive oil, naturally locally produced and
extra-virgin, and parsley, without tomatoes. The delicious fish soup,
the appetising fried anchovies, dressed with mint, vinegar and garlic, the
delicate swordfish roulades; stewed octopus cooked in earthenware with
tomatoes from S. Marzano, or boiled or indeed raw and
mussels in black pepper. For those who prefer meat, the rich grills over
charcoal are delicious, a typical dish of the area, accompanied by
exquisite vegetables, prepared in a great variety of ways. The dairy
products are phenomenal, especially the mozzarella cheeses, to be enjoyed
as they are or as by a local recipe roasted on lemon leaves.
Positano is well-known, like the other towns along the coast, for its
long tradition of confectionery: among the dainties should be mentioned
the lemon delights, that are outstanding hereabouts for their excellent
quality and extraordinary sweetness, and the Positano cake, the "babarese",
a rolled baba pastry filled with cream and wild strawberries, and the
original puff pastry without ricotta. All washed down with excellent
liqueurs, prepared to ancient recipes, based on the aromatic local
citrus fruits, or wild strawberries, wild bilberries, roses, laurel,
prickly pears, fennel and walnuts.
History & Backgrounds
It is one of most elegant and well-known
health-resorts of the Amalfi Coast and seems to be founded (the
tradition is confirmed by historical searches) by the
fugitives of Paestum, escaped from the Saracens. About the first
inhabited centre some news were known already in the tenth century: it
was a suburb, where was located a Benedictine Abbey dedicated to St.
Vito. It seems probable, however, that the zone had been populated by
the Picentini, who, rebelled against Rome and by it defeated, in 290 b.C.
were deported to that area, as reported by the ancient historian
Strabone. The townspeople of Positano, vassals of Cava Abbey during the
Middle Ages, freed themselves and gave up to the navigation, becoming
able to compete also with the same Amalfi.
Positano's territory preserves traces of very ancient settlement, already
evident in the Palaeolithic period, as testified by remains found in the
grotto named La Porta, not far from the town, but also Roman remains,
such as those of a large villa, visible close to the parish church.