Visiting Positano and the Amalfi Coast

I’d always wanted to visit Italy’s Amalfi Coast, and particularly the town of Positano which I’d heard was one of the most picture perfect towns along what is a devastatingly beautiful stretch of coast. So when I found myself in nearby Naples whilst sailing on board Celebrity Silhouette, I jumped at the opportunity to finally set foot in Positano.

I arrived in Positano by hydrofoil from Sorrento, a popular seaside town just 10 miles away. Stepping off the hydrofoil and onto dry land I looked up at the town before me. It rose dramatically up out of the sparkling turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and there were hundreds of colourful buildings clinging to the hillside. It was beautiful.

Positano and the Amalfi Coast

Wandering through the small, winding, streets towards the top of the hill I was struck by how much the architecture of the town moulded to the sloping landscape. The buildings designs follow the curve of the hill upward, towards the top of the cliffs. I couldn’t help but think that if you lived here you’d not only have some of the most picturesque views in all of Italy, but you’d also be blessed with a great butt and legs from striding up and down the hillside each day!

And the views from higher up are definitely worth the climb.

Visiting Positano and the Amalfi Coast

Positano is one of those places that in real life looks exactly the same as it does in postcards. The picture above was taken on my iPhone (like the majority of my photography) and hasn’t been edited at all. It really is that colourful, dramatic and stunning.

But that also happens to be the view that you’ll find on every postcard and I was on the hunt to get a different view of this much photographed town.

Seeing some vibrant bougainvillea in perfect full bloom I stooped over it and the smell of it filled my nose as I snapped this photo.

Visiting Positano and the Amalfi Coast

If you’re in Positano and want to visit Sorrento then rather than taking the more expensive hydrofoil I highly recommend taking the local bus instead. That’s how I made my way back to Sorrento after a precious few hours strolling the streets and falling head over heels for the views from the higher levels of the town.

The views from the local bus between these two towns and the wider stretch of the Amalfi Coast are some of the best I’ve ever seen. The road hugs the steep hillsides and probably wouldn’t be too much fun for you if you were at all afraid of heights or a nervous passenger (there were two ladies on my bus with their eyes shut tightly the entire way!) but I absolutely adored it.

Have you been to Positano and the Amalfi Coast? Would you like to? 

6 Responses to Visiting Positano and the Amalfi Coast

  1. Clare

    Oh Emma! I’m so glad I’ve been to Positano as I’m sure I’d have read this and then had a little cry if it was still on my wish list (mind you I could cry that I’m not there now). I’d wanted to go there for years and you are absolutely right that this is the perfect example of a real life postcard. The whole coast was stunning, and I’d recommend winding your way along to Amalfi and Ravello if you head back and haven’t already been. It’s just a beautiful part of the world. And this post is a great Thursday pick me up!

    • Emma Gray

      I could also cry that I’m not there just now. Wanna just take the next flight out there together?! I’ll meet you at the airport!

  2. Amanda

    Just beautiful! The bougainvillea remind me of southern California and I’ve heard the climate is very similar. Love all the colors!

    • Emma Gray

      Thanks. I loved the colours too. It’s such a beautiful place!

  3. Carolina

    beautiful!!! *.* I dream to be traveling all the time someday to! It is the best thing!! :D Great blog! Thank you for writing! :D

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