There are few places quite as dreamy as Positano. It is the perfect romantic getaway, honeymoon destination, and summer vacay spot. From the stunning views to the delicious food and the most picturesque shops, Positano is truly a bucket list destination. It’s one of those places that you might be afraid won’t live up to the hype, but we promise, it does. It’s truly breathtaking and so unique that even with the crowds of people, it’s definitely worth visiting.
John Steinbeck said it best when he said, “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” Here are 10 things to do while you’re in Positano:
10 Things to do in Positano:
1. Go to Spiaggia Grande Beach
*Also, be prepared to walk down a lot of steps to get to the beach and then, walk back up them to get back to your hotel. Bring snacks or get lunch from one of the restaurants on the beach, so you don’t have to go back and forth up the stairs over and over again during the day.
2. Relax in the sun on fornillo BEACH
3. Take a boat ride
4. Visit the famous fruit stand
5. Hike the path of the gods
6. Take a day trip to capri
7. Rent a scooter and take in the views
Be extra careful driving the coast, because the roads are so small and windy, but if you do, we definitely suggest renting a scooter instead of a car, because the stress of trying to navigate past the giant tour buses in a car easily shaved 10 years off of my life (and I wasn’t even the one driving). Take your scooter and visit the famous Fiordo di Furore. (When we were there the beach was closed, but we were told that it would probably open up to the public again soon.) Or ride all the way down to Amalfi and spend some time on the beaches there.
Riding a scooter along the Italian coast is really such an iconic experience, so it doesn’t really matter where you go, you’ll feel like you’re in your very own rom-com movie just driving along the coast. Scooter rental costs about €65 per day or €300 for the week. You’ll also need a driver’s license that allows you to drive a motorcycle in order to rent one.
8. Get gelato or a lemon granita from collina bakery
Positano is famous for its lemons, which is why you’ll see them everywhere. They’re the largest lemons I’ve ever seen in my life but they smell and taste amazing! One of Positano’s local treats is called a lemon granita, which is basically their version of a lemon slushie and it’s delicious! Collina Bakery also has the best gelato we ate while we were there. The dark chocolate is absolutely divine. And Ryan loved the orange gelato. Plus, there’s no such thing as too much gelato when you’re in Italy, so we suggest going at least twice a day.
9. Buy yourself a pair of local sandals
Positano is known for its shopping and the local shops carry absolutely beautiful, handmade items. There are a lot of different artisans who make leather sandals and will make them for you right in their store as you wait. They’re the perfect custom-made souvenir.
10. Watch sunset from the beach
A Few Things to Note About Visiting Positano:
Positano is very popular and for good reason, but as a result, it’s also very touristy. Even during low-season, Positano can get pretty crowded. It’s also not a budget destination, but it’s definitely a bucket-list destination.
Don’t let the crowds or cost scare you away. Positano is truly one of the most uniquely beautiful places on earth, so make sure to take some time to slow down, relax, and enjoy the moment while you’re there.