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Positano Introduction


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The small seaside city of Positano on the Amalfi Coast is centrally located for day trips to Capri Island, Sorrento, Naples or Ravello, but it is intriguing enough to be a standalone destination on anyone's Italy itinerary.   Click here to see the full Positano travel guide on Travel42 »

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Positano Geography


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The town is built into Monti Lattari, set in graduated tiers up the mountainside. The bright hues of the block buildings, in shades of rose, ocher, yellow and purple, are said to have originally served to help returning fishermen spot their homes.  Click here to see the full Positano travel guide on Travel42 »

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Positano History


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Positano is one of the oldest places on the Amalfi Coast, with settlements dating from the Upper Paleolithic Age. It started as a mill, where Roman Emperor Tiberius sent his three-oar boat for bread, because he was afraid of being poisoned on nearby Capri Island. In the 1200s, Pisa sacked the entire Positano area, and after a long period of rebuilding, the city of Positano erected an elaborate defense system of watchtowers. The town competed for top position of the Mediterranean Sea Trade with the coastal town of Amalfi, a little farther south along the coast.   Click here to see the full Positano travel guide on Travel42 »

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Positano Sightseeing & Things to Do


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The main characteristics of Positano are its narrow, winding roads, steep staircases, houses that are half-leaning against the coast, and terraces with expansive views of the sparkling sea. The main sight is the beautiful majolica-tile-domed Santa Maria Assunta in the center of town. The main beach, Spiaggia Grande, is sprawled in front of the church, and the smaller beach Il Fornillo can be found just down the seaside pathway Via Positanesi d'America. The Emerald Grotto between Positano and Amalfi can be explored, as well as smaller grottoes accessible by boat or by renting a sea kayak from Fornillo beach.   Click here to see the full Positano travel guide on Travel42 »

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Positano Nightlife


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Although nightlife in Positano mostly consists of long dinners and slow strolling through the city's cobblestoned streets, there are a few options for visitors seeking more action. In summer, the beachfront cafes along the Spiaggia Il Fornillo are packed with young couples and backpackers.  Click here to see the full Positano travel guide on Travel42 »

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Positano Restaurants & Dining


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Most of the restaurants in Positano are unabashedly geared toward the tourist trade, with relatively high prices and menus listed in several languages. You definitely will eat well there, though, as there are plenty of trattorias and restaurants focused on serving Mediterranean-inspired dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. There are not a lot of options outside of regional southern Italian cuisine.  Click here to see the full Positano travel guide on Travel42 »

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