A little to the south. In 1997, this picturesque coast was included in the list of monuments.
The Amalfi Coast is a popular tourist destination. The pearl on the Amalfi Coast is rightly considered a fishing village, whose colorful houses descend from the slopes of the mountains directly to the sea on the terraces (some books were even written in honor of this village). On the streets of Positano, a series of scenes were filmed from the romantic comedy Under the Tuscan Sun (2003).
Near Positano is located the highest place on the peninsula - the peak of Monte Faito (1131 m). In the comedy film "Knight and Day", Tom Cruise's hero admits his dream of living on the Amalfi Coast, with nothing but a backpack and a motorcycle.
The best time to enjoy the local beauty is from April to June, when everything is in flowers, aromas of flowering oranges and jasmine, and the weather is already quite warm, and sometimes you can even swim. Choosing a late spring or early summer, you can avoid the crowds of tourists, which in July and August can be quite significant. In addition, in high season there is intense heat, so hiking in high areas can be a little heavy.
In the winter season - on the contrary - many hotels and restaurants are closed and there are no ordinary trips to enjoy the coast from the water. In winter it is deserted, and the waves hit the rocks with such force that the spray reaches the balconies of the houses. The weather is quite humid and colder, with a temperature of about 10 degrees in the coldest months. The wettest month is November, a little less - October and December), and the least rain falls in July.
Officially, the tourist season starts here at Easter and lasts until September. In May and June, prices are usually lower than in July and August. The best time to visit is May, with an ideal temperature, a riot of flowers and only a small number of tourists.
Positano is the first stop, this village with less than 4000 inhabitants marking the beginning of the Amalfi Coast. If in the 1950s Positano was a poor village where most of the inhabitants lived from fishing, everything changed with its popularization by John Steinbeck.
In 1953 he described Positano as "a dream place that doesn't really seem real when you're there, but that becomes real and tempting once you're gone." More and more tourists have started visiting this village since then, and today tourism is the main source of income.
Despite the large number of tourists, Positano retains its vibrant personality, continuing to impress through the houses located on the steep coast, the narrow streets and the steep steps that connect them.
If Positano seems too crowded and expensive, on the way to the Amalfi Coast you will discover Praiano, a fishing village full of history. A key attraction is the church of San Luca, dating from 1123, where you can see paintings from the 16th century.
What can Positano delight you with, once you decide to visit it:
- enjoy a day at the beach with lovely views. Walk to Marina Grande or Fornillo beach where the prices are a bit friendlier.
- explore the winding streets on foot. This is a place where fashion is at home.
- visit the church of Santa Maria Assunata which rises in the main square, Flavio Gioia. You will recognize it from a distance by the dome of colored tiles (majolica tiles).
- take a walk in the mountains. From the village of Nocelle begins the road Sentiero degli Dei. The Path of the Gods is a pleasant road to walk from where you will have the opportunity to see the panorama of the entire coastal area.