25/04/2018

TRAVEL | Living the Dream in Positano, Italy


Where 'postcard landscape' definitely makes all its sense.

I am sure you will have seen photos of Positano, most likely on Instagram. The beautiful village is built on the Amalfi coast, about two hours south of Naples. As we were in the area and we had seen all the beautiful pictures of those uneven rows of colourful houses facing the sparkling blue sea, we decided to take a day trip there and experience the lush Positano with our own eyes.
I will put more details as to how to get there from Naples with public transport, but for now let me introduce you to the town by showing you the view on the way there. The bus is crowded, there's a baby crying, and you're feeling a bit dizzy from all the turns and meandering roads. And then, this is what you see out of the window:


The sights on your way to Positano are breathtaking, and already give you an idea of what you will be arriving too... Once you reach the town centre and get off the over-packed bus, the streets are yours to explore. As you turn your head to admire the town, you will find the perfect photo spot. Trust me, we spent ages there trying to get the best photos - and with that backdrop, it was easily achieved!


Once you've run out of data in your camera roll, it is time to explore. A tip: wear comfortable shoes, preferably trainers. The town is on the hillside, and you have to make your way down to reach the beach. On your way, you'll get lost in the maze of narrow streets, where colourful houses will make you go 'ooh' and 'aaah' at every corner. Also spot the little artisan shops, full of clothing or art, which, although they may not be to your fancy, definitely are part of the charm of Positano. 


From there, go all the way down to the beach. It is a small one, so expect a lot of people sunbathing or running around. In the summer, going into the water must feel great - in late March, however, I only dared dipping my feet in the sun, and it was freezing cold. But walking back and forth on the beach listening to the waves and looking at the blue water glittering in the sun was a moment of bliss. Right then, you almost forget all the people around you.


From the beach, you can take boat trips that will take you to Naples and other neighbouring towns, like Sorrento and Amalfi. The boats only come and go at certain times, so you might have to wait for your turn for a bit, but you'll be in the best place ever do just sit and wait, observing the landscape around you.
Now, let's talk about the restaurants. Those on the beach are the most expensive, with prices that are mostly ridiculous for bruschetta or pizza. My advice is to go in the little streets uphill, since most restaurants have a terrace in Positano and will allow you to enjoy the view with your lunch. My friends and I ended up in a place called La Zagara, which is more like a bar where you can have a light lunch with pizza and sandwiches, and try one of their pastries. Although they all looked amazing, I went for a classic tiramisù, and it was delicious - the second best I've had in Italy, and trust me I've had quite a few! The food is not out of this world though and the waiters could do with more welcoming manners, so if you are someone who always looks for a top experience in restaurants, this might not be the one for you. However if you're there for a light lunch, a glass of wine and a pastry, the negative sides are still really worth bearing. Especially because of La Zagara's wonderful terrace, where you'll spend your lunch with this view:


In a nutshell, Positano is a lush, beautiful town to go for a little daytrip on the Amalfi Coast. There isn't much to actually do there, but a day of wandering around, relaxing on the beach and having Italian food and drinks is about as heavenly as it could be. I high recommend a visit, if only for the breaktaking view over the coast.
To get there, hiring a car must be the fastest way, however the streets are narrow and parking must be hell. I would advise to take a bus, from the SITA company, that will take you straight there. From Naples, you have to take a train to Sorrento, and at Sorrento take a bus. However, if you are based in Sorrento or Amalfi, you can simply go by bus - or boat if you're feeling adventurous! All these options get really crowded though, so avoid Positano in the summer - we went at the end of March and the tourist ratio was about right. It is the type of place that gets crowded all the time, so bear in mind that you won't be the only ones there!

Have you ever seen photos of Positano? 
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23 comments:

  1. The pictures are amazing !
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  2. I have seen pictures, but never been there myself. It does look absolutely worth the crowded bus though.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

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  3. These photos are absolutely gorgeous, I am mega jealous that you were able to visit Positano, a massive goal of mine. My parents went several summers back and they told me stories of their disappointment, and yet seeing these photographs I can't believe anyone could leave with some form of negativity about the place. Your skirt is also gorgeous, I love items of clothing like that. Also wow, there are basically no tourists in your photographs? That's either a skill or very lucky timing haha.

    Have a great week!
    Amy; Wandering Everywhere

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    1. Maybe their experience was lessened because of tourist attractions or bad service, which could easily happen anywhere in Italy, but there are so many beautiful things to see there that I would recommend you to visit and make your own mind about Positano!
      And I always try to angle the photos properly or definitely wait until there is nobody in the shot haha! That is dedication! xx

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  4. I'm so glad you were able to go!! Positano is such a pretty place to visit!

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  5. Oh my gosh, Julia, you're killing me! I've wanted to visit Positano for years and I definitely plan on ticking it off my travel wishlist sometime very soon :) You look so beautiful in this pink midi skirt babe!

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. You would love it Gabrielle I'm sure, it's totally the kind of place you'd like visiting :) Thanks! xx

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  6. I've always wanted to go to Positano! It's such a beautiful place and the buildings up the hill are just gorgeous. Your pink skirt is so cute :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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    1. Thanks Sarah, make sure to go one day as it is beautiful! xx

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  7. Ohhh my goodness, it looks wonderful! I visited Naples and Sorrento in Italy this time last year and your photos brought it all back for me, I loved visiting this gorgeous place through your lens! Mmmm that cake!! I adore your skirt :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

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    1. Sorrento must have been just as lovely as Positano I am sure! It's fun that we did a similar trip :D xx

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  8. Stunning pictures. That landscape looks amazing. And that cake. I love everything you've shared in this post. x

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  9. Amazing photo selection.
    Positano is high on my bucket list.
    Love the post.
    xx
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    1. Thanks, I really think it should be on everybody's bucket list! xx

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  10. I love your outfit in these photos! and what a gorgeous backdrop it looks so stunning! Food looks delicious too!
    Helpless Whilst Drying

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  11. Wow - you got some gorgeous photos! I've been to a lot of places in Italy but not here yet - I really need to by the looks of it :)

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. Thank you Jasmine, and yes you really should go one day it's a classic! xx

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