Positano Italy: 10 unforgettable Things to do in Positano & Positano beach

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Positano Italy – Things to do in Positano – Positano beach. As already written in the post “Amalfi Coast Towns” Positano is one of the best towns on the Amalfi Coast. Its beauty enchants many people.

Positano Italy

As you can see below, Positano is developed on different levels, and starting from the top going down to the pedestrian center you have to follow a road on the coast. On this road you can find many restaurants with a wide view of the coast and the sea. It’s unique!

You’ll see many shops in the pedestrian area where you can find many clothes in a perfect Positano’s style.

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Positano Italy 10 unforgettable Things to do in Positano & Positano beach

At the end of your way, you find something very precious in this area: the beach! This makes Positano the town to choose for those that love beaches.

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As a result, maybe Positano is the best town to stay in especially in the summertime but not in the low season. Positano is the town most affected by the touristic seasons!

Precious Advises

For our own eperience we want to give you the following precious advices.

  • In August and the more busy seasons prefer the boat to the bus when you have to move. When there are many people, the bus times aren’t trustworthy and if the bus is full it doesn’t stop and it leaves you at the bus stop :(. The boat times are instead always right.
  • Do not pack too many things because Positano is full of stairs and it isn’t easy to arrive at your hotel with big and heavy bags. If you don’t want to renounce to some of your stuff use the porterage service. The porterage service brings your bags from the tourist port of Positano to your hotel. In this way, you’ll not have a heart attack 😉 if you’re not trained.
  • Avoid the 2 central weeks of August if you can. Too hot and too crowded.
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Things to do in Positano

In Positano, there are many things to do and visit. The first thing you should do in Positano Italy is to get lost in the town and find out all the characteristic corners and shops. You can’t also miss the amazing sunset! You’ll get in love with it.

Visit the following page to watch our Positano sunset videos: Best Amalfi Coast Sunset Positano Italy.

When you are in Positano, I’m sure you want to visit also the other Amalfitan Coast Towns. The good news is that Positano is well connected to the other Amalfi Coast towns such as Sorrento, Amalfi and Capri.

Here you can find a list of top things and places you can visit while you’re in Positano Italy.

  1. The Positano beaches
  2. The Path of the Gods Positano or il Sentiero degli Dei: you can take the bus in Positano (https://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/orari – 5070 AMALFI – POSITANO – SORRENTO (via Meta – via Massa Lubrense – via Nastro Verde)) and in a few minutes you arrive to the following bus stop: Via Arienzo, 53, 84017 Arienzo SA
  3. Enjoy the food, even better if you have delicious food with an amazing view (Top 3 Best restaurants in Positano Italy with a view)
  4. Visit Amalfi, Ravello and the other Amalfi Coast Towns
  5. Visit Capri
  6. MAR, the roman archeological museum
  7. Enjoy the nearby beaches.
  8. Visit the Emerald Grotto
  9. Santa Maria dell’Assunta Church in Positano
  10. The Saracen Tower

1 – Positano beach: Marina Grande and Fornillo Beach

One of the best things to do in Positano is to relax on the Positano beach and enjoy the view. Positano beach is very nice and it’s also big compared to other beaches on the Amalfi Coast. When you walk from Positano’s highest part to the lower part through the city center, you finally arrive at the Positano beach: Marina Grande.

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Positano beach

You can see Positano beach in many postcards and many beautiful pictures around the web. The truth is that Positano beach is lovely and unique for its scenario.

There is also another beach you can easily reach on foot: Fornillo Beach.

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Positano Italy Positano beach – One of the best things to do in Positano is to relax on the beach and enjoy the view.

You can see better the path that leads you from Positano beach to Fornillo Beach (where there is the Hotel Pupetto) in the following video:

In the following video, you see a beautiful view of Fornillo beach from the boat and the path leading you to the beach. Watch the video!

2 – The Path of the Gods Positano

One of the best things to do in Positano is the Path of the Gods Positano. You can easily arrive at the Path of the Gods Positano by bus. You have to get out of the bus when it arrives in Nocelle. The bus stop is right at the beginning of the path.

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Positano Italy – unforgettable Things to do in Positano – The Path of the Gods Positano

The Path of the Gods Positano is a very panoramic hiking path. If you start your hiking tour in Nocelle don’t stop at the beginning of the path because, after 1 hour of walking, you can see Positano and the view is much better than at the beginning of the path.

The good idea is to go in the morning and then have lunch at the restaurant la Tagliata: the bus pass in front of this restaurant. Go to the following page: “Top 3 Best restaurants in Positano Italy with a view“.

3 – Enjoy the food

In Positano, there are a lot of excellent restaurants. There are also restaurants where you can taste excellent food enjoying amazing views. Read our post dedicated to the “best restaurants in Positano Italy with a view“.

4 – Visit Amalfi, Ravello and the others Amalfi Coast Towns

Another of the things to do in Positano is to take the boat and visit one of the other Amalfi Coast towns. From Positano Italy, you can visit the following Towns by boat (https://www.travelmar.it/)

  • Sorrento
  • Amalfi (about 30 min from Positano Italy)
  • Minori (about 1.10 from Positano Italy) In Minori you can visit:
    1. The Ruins of Roman Villa and Antiquarium
    2. The Path of the Lemons
    3. in Minori, you can taste Salvatore De Riso’s specialties. Salvatore De Riso is the most famous pastry chef on the Amalfi Coast.
  • Maiori (about 1.20 from Positano Italy)
  • Salerno (about 1.20 h from Positano Italy)
  • Cetara (about 1.30 h or 2 h from Positano Italy) This town has a beach and the town is very characteristic. Cetara is known for the best tuna on the Amalfi Coast and the anchovy sauce.

What you sholdn’t miss are these 3 following Amalfitan Coast Towns:

  1. Sorrento
  2. Amalfi. Visit Amalfi +
  3. Ravello. You can go from Amalfi to Ravello by bus. In Ravello there are 2 beautiful villas to visit:
    1. Villa Rufolo (where there are the concerts)
    2. Villa Cimbrone (where there is the Terrazza dell’Infinito)

If you want to know more go at the following page: Amalfitan Coast Towns.

5 – Visit Capri

Positano is a perfect point to take a boat and visit that marvelous and unique island Capri is. You can go for a daily tour or stay at least one night to have more time to enjoy this place. In Capri, you find the famous blue grotto and the amazing Faraglioni.

If you want to know more about Capri and watch the videos about this amazing island go to the following page: Top things to do in Capri.

6 – MAR, the roman archeological museum

Right in the center of our Positano, the Roman Villa is a witness of past wonders and as they fly for a new image of Positano, which is affirmed, above all, as a city of art and culture.

7 – Enjoy the near beaches: other beaches to visit

If you are in Positano Italy for a few days you can also visit other very nice beaches in the area:

  • Arienzo beach. Next to Positano Italy. In Arienzo beach there is also a restaurant. You can reach the beach and restaurant by bus and boat thanks to the restaurant’s boat service. The only problem is that the restaurant only accepts reservations for both the beach service and the restaurant.
  • Marina di Praia (Praino) – about 30 minutes from Positano.
  • Spiaggia del Duoglio: very clean water. You can arrive here by bus or you can go by boat from Amalfi.
  • Bagni Regina Giovanna – about 30 minutes by car
  • From Amalfi, you can take the boat to get to Santa Croce Beach. This is a small beach reachable only by boat.
  • Minori and Maiori
  • Marina del Cantone

8 – Things to do in Positano: Visit the Emerald Grotto

The beautiful Grotta dello Smeraldo is not far from Positano Italy and you can choose it as a tour from Positano.

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best things to do in Positano: visit the Emerald Grotto

Things to do in Positano in 3 days

Here you can find a few examples of the Amalfi Coast itinerary for 3 days in Positano. These are only examples you can adapt to what you prefer.

Things to do in Positano in 3 days – Option 1 not includes the The Path of the Gods Positano

This option includes the following things to do in Positano Italy:

Beaches

  • Positano Beach or Fornillo Beach
  • Spiaggia del Duoglio
  • da Adolfo in Laurito
  • Marina di Praia

Restaurants

  • da Adolfo in Laurito
  • La Sponda Positano
  • Da Tommaso allo Scoglio
  • Terrazza Brunella

Place to visit:

  • Positano
  • Amalfi
  • Ravello
    • Villa Rufolo
    • Villa Cimbrone
  • The Emerald Grotto

Day 1 in Amalfi Italy

Amalfi + Ravello

After your arrival, the best thing to do in Positano is to walk in the Positano city center to take the first pictures and discover this amazing town.

Where are we going after it? In the famous Amalfi and Ravello.

In order to get from Positano to Amalfi faster, we chose to take the boat. This is also a more enjoyable way to travel and a good opportunity to see the Amalfitan Coast from the sea.

You can buy your ticket at the ticket desk very close to where the boat arrives next to the Marina Grande beach. Usually, you don’t need to reserve your seat on the boats because they are big and carry many people.

This is a big advantage because in this way you can take the boat at the time you’re ready to go without planning before.

You can see the timetable also on-line for example on the Travelmar website.

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Unforgettable things to do in Positano: from Positano to Amalfi by boat

We can for example take the boat of the 10:00 pm so you are in Amalfi at 10:30 pm.

After we arrive in Amalfi, we can see the city center. Amalfi isn’t huge, so you don’t need a lot of time to visit it.

We can now take the bus and go to Ravello.

How can I get to Villa Rufolo from Amalfi? In Amalfi, you can take the bus for Ravello (Piazza Flavio Gioia, 1 Amalfi). The bus line is the number 5110 to get to Ravello.

You can check the bus times at the following page https://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/orari

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In Ravello there are 2 beautiful villas to visit:

  • Villa Rufolo
  • Villa Cimbrone

Villa Rufolo is in the main square and just 5 minutes from the bus stop. Villa Cimbrone is about 15 minutes from Villa Cimbrone. In your plan, pay attention to reserve enough time for the visit of both villas.

After visiting Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, go back to Amalfi to take back the boat for Positano.

We are now ready for our delicious dinner in Positano.

Day 1 evening

Dinner in Positano and explore the city.

Day 2 in Positano Italy

Day 2 morning: Positano beach

Now is the time to relax on one of the relax on the beautiful Positano Beach for a couple of hours. If you prefer a more private beach, you can choose to relax on Fornillo Beach.

Day 2 afternoon: da Adolfo in Laurito

At lunchtime, we go to spend the rest of the day da Adolfo in Laurito. Here there is the beach and the restaurant. The restaurant offers a boat service from Positano to the restaurant and from the restaurant to Positano Italy.

This is a good thing to do in Positano Italy because we can enjoy the beach, the food and relax.

The restaurant service includes for all the customers a boat service in your way of return to Positano. Anyway, you can choose to come back by bus.

Day 3 in Positano Italy

Day 3 morning: Praiano + Emerald Grotto

As the first thing, we go to take the bus for Amalfi in Positano (Sponda). We want to spend the day along the Amalfi Coast in the best areas between Positano and Amalfi.

  1. We take the bus from Positano to Praiano and we arrive in about 15 minutes. We can enjoy the beautiful Marina di Praia.
  2. At 11.35 am we take the bus and we go to the Emerald Grotto. We arrive at 11:45 am
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Check updated times at the following link https://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/orari

Day 3 afternoon: Spiaggia del Duoglio Amalfi

After Marina di Praia, for example at 12:45 pm, we take the bus and stop the Duoglio Beach or Spiaggia del Duoglio. We can have a light lunch here.

Options

  1. In other 27 minutes by bus, we arrive in Minori and we can take the excellent opportunity to taste Salvatore De Riso’s specialties. Salvatore De Riso is the most famous pastry chef on the Amalfi Coast. In this option, we came back by boat (https://booking.travelmar.it/it/booking/ Minori 5:30 pm – Amalfi 5:40 pm / Amalfi 6:00 pm – Positano 6:25 pm)
  2. In this itinerary, you can spend more time in Marina di Praia. We can enjoy the beautiful area and have lunch in one of the restaurants on the beach. In this option after Marina di Praia:
    1. At 2.15 pm we take the bus and we go to the Emerald Grotto. We arrive at 2:25 pm.
    2. At 3:25 pm we take the bus and we stop at Duoglio Beach or Spiaggia del Duoglio.

Day 3 evening

Dinner in one of the best restaurants in Positano.

Things to do in Positano in 3 days – Option 2 not includes Ravello

This option includes the following things to do in Positano Italy:

Beaches

  • Positano Beach
  • Spiaggia del Duoglio
  • da Adolfo in Laurito
  • Marina di Praia

Restaurants

  • da Adolfo in Laurito
  • Arienzo Beach club
  • La Sponda Positano
  • Da Tommaso allo Scoglio
  • Terrazza Brunella

Place to visit:

  1. Positano
  2. Amalfi
  3. The Emerald Grotto

Day 1 in Positano Italy

Day 1 morning: Spiaggia del Duoglio Amalfi

Today we dedicate the day to know better the Amalfi Coast and use the evening to explore Positano.

That’s why this morning we go to take the bus for Amalfi in Positano (Sponda). We want to spend the day in the Amalfi area.

  • Where are we going to go this morning? In Spiaggia del Duoglio
  • Where are we going to go in the afternoon? We’re going to the famous Amalfi and Ravello.

At 9 am we go to take the bus for Amalfi in Positano (Sponda). We take the bus at 9.20 am in Positano.

We take the bus to Amalfi and we go to the Spiaggia del Duoglio. Spiaggia del Duoglio is a very nice beach with very clear water. We can have a light lunch here. (Don’t go to this beach too late because there is sun until about 4′ o clock).

In the late morning we can go to Amalfi. To get to Amalfi from the Spiaggia del Duoglio, you can take the bus. For example you can take the bus at 11:45 am

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Check updated times at the following link https://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/orari

You can arrive from the Spiaggia del Duoglio to Amalfi also by boat.

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http://gruppobattellieriamalfi.com/it/collegamenti-spiagge.php

This boat service connects the Spiaggia del Duoglio and the Santa Croce Beach with Amalfi. In this way, you don’t have to climb the 400 steps that connect the road to the beach!

Day 1 afternoon: Amalfi

After our arrival in Amalfi, we can see the city center. Amalfi isn’t very big so you don’t need a lot of time to visit it. Anyway, it’s very nice and characteristic.

We are now ready for our delicious dinner in Positano.

Day 1 evening

Dinner in one of the best restaurants in Positano.

Day 2 in Positano Italy

Day 2 morning: Marina Grande Beach beach Positano

Today we want to relax on the main beach in Positano: Marina Grande Beach.

Day 2 afternoon: da Adolfo in Laurito

At lunchtime, we go to spend the rest of the day da Adolfo in Laurito. Here there is the beach and the restaurant. The restaurant offers a boat service from Positano to the restaurant and from the restaurant to Positano Italy.

This is a good thing to do in Positano Italy because we can enjoy the beach, the food and relax.

The restaurant service includes for all the customers a boat service in your way of return to Positano. Anyway, you can choose to come back by bus.

Day 3 in Positano Italy

Day 3 morning: Marina di Praia Praiano + Emerald Grotto

One of the best things to do in Positano is to relax on one of the most characteristic beaches of the Amalfi Coast.

At 9 am we go to take the bus for Amalfi in Positano (Sponda). We want to spend the day along the Amalfi Coast in the best areas between Positano and Marina di Praia.

  1. We take the bus at 9.20 am in Positano and we arrive in Praiano at 9:35 am. We can enjoy the beautiful Marina di Praia.
  2. In Marina di Praia there are also a few restaurants. So you can have lunch here if you like.

Day 3 Afternoon: The Emerald Grotto

After lunch, we take the bus and we go to the Emerald Grotto. Not too late because the grotto needs a good sun in order to show its emerald color.

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Check updated times at the following link https://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/orari

Day 3 evening

Dinner in Positano and explore the city.

Things to do in Positano in 3 days – Option 3 includes the Path of Gods

This option includes the following things to do in Positano Italy:

Beaches

  • Positano Beach
  • Fornillo beach
  • da Adolfo in Laurito

Restaurants

  • da Adolfo in Laurito
  • La Sponda Positano
  • Da Tommaso allo Scoglio
  • Terrazza Brunella

Place to visit:

  • Positano
  • Amalfi
  • Ravello
    • Villa Rufolo
    • Villa Cimbrone
  • The Emerald Grotto
  • The Path of the Gods Positano or il Sentiero degli Dei

Day 1 in Amalfi Italy

Amalfi + Ravello

After your arrival, the best thing to do in Positano is to walk in the Positano city center to take the first pictures and discover this amazing town.

Where are we going after it? In the famous Amalfi and Ravello.

In order to get from Positano to Amalfi faster, we chose to take the boat. This is also a more enjoyable way to travel and a good opportunity to see the Amalfitan Coast from the sea.

You can buy your ticket at the ticket desk very close to where the boat arrives next to the Marina Grande beach. Usually, you don’t need to reserve your seat on the boats because they are big and carry many people.

This is a big advantage because in this way you can take the boat at the time you’re ready to go without planning before.

You can see the timetable also on-line for example on the Travelmar website.

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Unforgettable things to do in Positano: from Positano to Amalfi by boat

We can for example take the boat of the 10:00 pm so you are in Amalfi at 10:30 pm.

After we arrive in Amalfi, we can see the city center. Amalfi isn’t huge, so you don’t need a lot of time to visit it.

We can now take the bus and go to Ravello.

How can I get to Villa Rufolo from Amalfi? In Amalfi, you can take the bus for Ravello (Piazza Flavio Gioia, 1 Amalfi). The bus line is the number 5110 to get to Ravello.

You can check the bus times at the following page https://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/orari

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In Ravello there are 2 beautiful villas to visit:

  • Villa Rufolo
  • Villa Cimbrone

Villa Rufolo is in the main square and just 5 minutes from the bus stop. Villa Cimbrone is about 15 minutes from Villa Cimbrone. In your plan, pay attention to reserve enough time for the visit of both villas.

After visiting Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, go back to Amalfi to take back the boat for Positano.

We are now ready for our delicious dinner in Positano.

Day 1 evening

Dinner in Positano and explore the city.

Day 2 in Positano Italy

Day 2 morning: Positano beach

Now is the time to relax on one of the relax on the beautiful Positano Beach for a couple of hours. If you prefer a more private beach you can choose to relax on the Fornillo Beach.

Day 2 afternoon: da Adolfo in Laurito

At lunchtime, we go to spend the rest of the day da Adolfo in Laurito. Here there is the beach and the restaurant. The restaurant offers a boat service from Positano to the restaurant and from the restaurant to Positano Italy.

This is a good thing to do in Positano Italy because we can enjoy the beach, the food and relax.

The restaurant offers to all the customers a boat service in your way of return to Positano. Anyway you can choose to came back by bus.

Day 3 in Positano Italy

Day 3 morning: The Path of Gods

We spend the morning doing the Path of Gods. Then we enjoy the food at the restaurant la Tagliata.

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The Path of the Gods Positano

After this long walk and all the food you can eat at the Tagliata I think you only want to relax 😉

Day 3 evening

Dinner in Positano and explore the Positano Italy.

Things to do in Positano Italy in 4 or 5 days

If you have 5 or 6 days you can visit Capri. This is a very special island…

Positano Italy: Dangerous and Forbidden beaches in this area

Positano Italy is unique and there are many things to do in Positano. Also the nearby area is really worthy to be visited.

Anyway, there are areas you should avoid. There are especially beaches you should avoid because there are not safe for the landslide hazard. There are many nice places to visit in Positano and many things to do on Amalfi Coast so we don’t need to go to these places.

We should pay attention in order to spend a beautiful but also safe vacation on the Amalfi Coast. A few of the very famous Amalfi Coast beaches are located in the forbidden area. This is true for beaches such as Furore beach and Cavallo Morto.

In the picture below you can see the red zone you should avoid.

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Forbidden beaches:

  • Furore: very famous beach but there is a landslide hazard and that’s why it’s dangerous.
  • Maiori: Cavallo Morto o Bellavaia
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Fiordo di Furore in google.com is closed permanently

Areas:

  • from Laurito to Hotel Tritone excluded
  • from torre di Grado Praiano to scoglio dell’Ischi
  • from Furore to Conca dei Marmi

You can see more details: black-list delle spiagge vietate in costiera amalfitana

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