The Amalfi Coast
The Italian Amalfi coast is well known for its picturesque seaside towns, crystal blue waters, and all around lively summer vibes. Positano in particular is a favorite Amalfi city where tourists and locals flock for the beach life, making it the perfect vacation spot for the summer! The month of June in particular is the best time to head over to the country that looks like a boot.
You’ll still have beautifully warm, mild weather, and since the large tourist crowds don’t arrive until the months of July and August you’ll even be able to experience the town while stretching out comfortable! One of the best parts is that the peak season of July and August is mostly due to locals traveling away from cities like Rome that become unbearable hot during those months. This means that June is no lesser than the mid-summer months when it comes to weather and ambiance, and your vacation during the month named after the Roman goddess Juno will be perfect.
Colorful Positano with a busy beach and sea
Getting to Positano
If you’ll be flying to Italy, you’ll want to book flights to the Naples Airport and take a train from Naples to Sorrento. From Sorrento, a city on the western tip of the Amalfi Coast, you’ll be able to take a bus or ferry to Positano and settle in. Traveling during June will be a good advantage when it comes to flight prices and train/ferry ticket availability, both which are in high demand and more expensive in the later summer months. Flying into Rome and taking a train to Naples before heading to Sorrento and Positano is another great option. The trains between major Italian cities are high-speed, your trip won’t be lengthened much.
The number of transportation transfers may seem like a bit of a hassle on your trip to the south of Italy, but push that from your mind and look at it as the blessing in disguise that it is! Instead of just seeing one city on an international vacation, you’ll be able to easily plan your travel times so you have hours or even a day in each location. Spending a day in Rome, or Naples, then some time in Sorrento before reaching your final beach destination of Positano will give you an amazing taste of Italy; pun intended as you’ll be sampling many different traditional Italian cuisines in each location!
Sorrento is another colorful town, with great views of the Italian coastline
What to do in Positano
When in Positano, head to the beach! Located right on the sea, there are plenty of beaches for you to choose from, all with crystal clear water! Fornillo beach is a great option if you want a calmer escape from regular beachgoers. The quiet pebble beach starts at Positano harbor and you can go for a romantic walk between the ocean and the bluffs before settling down on a rented beach chair to soak up the sun. Marina Grande Beach, or Spiagga Grande, is another amazing option that is home to some of the best Positano views. Right in front of the colorful rising buildings of Positano you’ll find the black volcanic pebble beach that’s full of life. With everything from beach chair rentals, to seaside restaurants, to clubs that blast music into the night you definitely won’t run out of things to do on the beach!
If you need off the beach
When you take a break from the sand, make sure to wander through the town and take in the sights and sounds unique to a small Italian seaside city. Positano is well known for the style of its buildings, and you can find museums, monuments, and beautiful art tucked among them. Exploring the sea beyond swimming from the beaches is also well worth your time. Boat tours that sail along the coastline, or even visit the neighboring island of Capri and the famous ocean cave the Blue Grotto are amazing experiences and a perfect way to get away from the city for a day.
Fornillo beach with a great view of the surrounding bluffs
The Amalfi Coast is also well admired for its amazing food, and you’ll want to make sure you sample some of the local cuisine. Fresh seafood, sun ripened vegetables and fruits, and of course cheeses and pastas will all be at your fingertips. Make sure to venture to lots of different restaurants, and finish up some meals with a shot of Limoncello!
Where to Stay
The best way to experience life in a small Italian village, is to stay in an apartment like an Italian would! A great option for living is right outside the heart of Positano, which can be very expensive, but is still within the city and walking distance from all amenities is this Airbnb. You’ll have plenty of space, be able to purchase real Italian groceries for meals if desired, and best of all have a terrace that overlooks the sea and the beautiful town. There are also stairs leading down to the beaches, and a bus stop close to the apartment for those days when sore legs aren’t ready for a walk on the mountain side town! Best of all, the host – Positano Apartment – is an Airbnb superhost, which ensures your stay will be very comfortable!
Marina Grande Beach is a great place to relax and take beautiful pictures of the town above!