The longest part of our trip to Italy was spent on the Amalfi Coast! We were excited to have my dad’s sister and brother join us for this part of the journey because they live overseas and we only get to see them once a year!
There’s a lot to see and do on the Amalfi Coast, and being that we were 7 finding lodging was a struggle! We decided on this villa that was halfway between Sorrento and Positano (about a 15 minute drive each way). This blog post will cover the city of Amalfi as well as Positano, where we spent the majority of our time! Tomorrow’s blog post will be about Capri, a touch on Sorrento, and a short recap of Pompeii!
Positano is a truly stunning town built into the cliff side. On the first day we arrived, we spent a half day exploring the town, making reservations at the beach for the following day (15 euros per person!), and eating dinner at the fabulous Palazzo Murat Hotel. I had a lobster pasta there that was TO DIE FOR. There are several Michelin restaurants in Positano in addition to the Palazzo Murat, one of which is Le Sireneuse. Le Sireneuse is Positano’s most famous hotel, and its restaurant has the best view of all of Positano! When we got there, they told us the restaurant was booked completely 2 weeks out.. so bummed! But I know I’ll be back someday 🙂 . Other famous properties with gorgeous views of Positano include Hotel Poseidon and da Gabrisa!
My family and I really enjoyed our beach days in Positano! We had lunch at L’Incanto Bar Ristorante, which is the restaurant associated with L’Incanto Beach where you rent the beach chairs and umbrellas. We also had several lunches at Positano Paradise Lounge Bar, which had the best focaccia paninis of life! Now that I’m looking it up, Trip Advisor says it’s the number one spot for nightlife in Positano. Definitely did not know that.. haha!
As far as shopping goes, I definitely spent the most money in Positano 😉 . There is a store there called Antica Sartoria with the cutest beaded beachy finds! You know how in Texas when you go to a football game, you cannot walk even 2 paces without spotting some Kendra Scott jewelry? Well in Positano, you can’t walk even 2 paces without seeing someone carrying a pretty teal Antica Sartoria shopping bag. They have 3 locations close to the beach alone! In fact their designer, Giacomo Cinque, has stores all over Italy and some in Spain, and he himself is originally from Positano! Right by the biggest one was our favorite Granita di Limone stand. We got in the habit of eating 3 lemon slushes a day! Haha! Now that I’m back from Italy, this is the one thing I crave/miss the most!
My other favorite shop was La Bottegucia de Giovanni. I bought leather sandals in Mykonos that I adore and knew I wanted some in Positano as well. Once Giovanni found out I was a style blogger, he gave me a special discount 🙂 . Giovanni- I’m not sure if you’ll ever read this, but if you do, I love your shoes and will always remember your kindness during my first ever trip to Italy!!
We spent a lot of time perusing the shops that lead down to the beach. There are so many lemon-themed items: swimsuits, pottery, candies, towels, paintings, soaps, home decor, the list goes on! It’s the perfect place to get souvenirs for friends. And let’s be real.. for yourself too. 🙂
If you only have a few days in the Amalfi Coast, you could probably skip the actual city of Amalfi.. #justbeinghonest. My mom did walk the town a bit and said they had a cute church and shops, but my sisters and I parked it at the beach alllll day! We had lunch at Stella Maris (I had the grilled sea bass and some freshly squeezed lemonade), and rented beach beds in front of their property. I call what my sisters and I do at the beach the “Dip and Dry” exercise. We lay in the sun until we can’t bear it anymore, then dip in the ocean for like 5 minutes, and then repeat the process all day. Haha!! My favorite type of exercise 😉 .
Tips in Positano:
-It’s not necessary to book your beach chairs in advance, but if you want prime seating in the first or second row, you can do it at the kiosk the day before. We did this every day; it’s 15 euros for the 3rd row and back goes up from there. There is a public beach in the case you don’t care to pay for beach chairs.
-Drink granita di limone, Positano’s famous lemon slush.
-Bring water shoes; the rocks will burn your feet.
-If you want to eat at the famous Le Sireneuse, make reservations at least 2 weeks in advance.
-Take a looksie inside Antica Sartoria, Positano designer Giacomo Cinque’s well-priced boutique.
-If you rented a car, there are several lots in Positano. They’re about 5 euros an hour and easy walking distance to the beach.
Tips in Amalfi:
-Get to the beach early. Beach chairs and beds are very limited here.
-Bring water shoes; the rocks will burn your feet.
-There is a bus that will take you from Sorrento, to Positano, or to Amalfi in the case that you don’t have a car. It’s not sketchy, #trust.
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Have you been able to cross off Positano from your bucket list yet?!