Positano, Italy, has to be one of my favorite places in the world. Situated on the Amalfi Coast about two and a half hours outside Rome, it's a small beach town with a beauty and charm all its own. Constructed like a classic Italian fishing village, Positano features vibrantly painted homes and resorts cascading up hillsides that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. Not only is Positano a great place to relax, it's also centrally located on Italy's western coast near attractions like Pompeii and the island of Capri.
Go for a Hike
Positano is nestled in the Lattari Mountains, a beautiful range of green hills and limestone walls, boasting beautiful views of the entire Amalfi Coast. There are numerous day hikes you can take from the city of Positano that range from moderately easy to difficult. Aside from the breathtaking hilltop views of the Mediterranean, you'll find old homes and fields of grapevines that'll make you feel as if you've escaped a modern-day tourist destination and landed in old-time Italy. A friend of mine spends every summer in Positano and has become an expert in hiking the region. As an avid traveler I value his opinion when he says it's one of most beautiful places he's ever hiked.
Take a Boat Trip
There are two different options for those who want to explore the coast of Positano by boat: hire a guide or rent a personal boat. The benefit of taking a guided boat tour is that you can conveniently explore the island of Capri and the Positano coastline quickly and with experienced personal. However, if you are feeling adventurous, you can rent a small four- to six-person boat. A few friends and I did this on our trip to Positano and had an amazing time exploring the desolate beaches and amazing emerald grottoes. Personally I preferred this route, as I enjoy having the freedom to explore and the excitement of finding new spots on the coast. A word of caution to those of you who choose this option: don't venture too far off the coast, as the weather in this region tends to change at a moment's notice.
Go for a Swim
The rock-covered beaches of Positano are vivacious and lively, and great places to swim, relax, read a book and people-watch.
Article Written By Tim Mendez
Tim Mendez is a freelance writer/photographer based out of Southern California. He specializes in travel and outdoor journalism. Aside from his recently earned degree from California State University Long Beach, his experience stems from traveling and learning from other cultures.