The main beach of Positano

From Praiano To Positano In One Day

I sit in a bus and watch as a car is squished into a wall to make enough room for us to pass. I don’t regret leaving our car in the parking lot and choosing the more convenient option. We left our beautiful apartment in Praiano and we’re heading to Positano, the most talked about town on the Amalfi Coast. It’s easy to see why everyone loves it, though while planning my trip, I had no idea what can you do or see in Positano. I realize now that, although it doesn’t have some major tourist attractions, its charm lies in the narrow and often steep alleys with colorful houses, the pebble beach, the cute shops, and huge lemons.

A lovely apartment in Praiano

“You should get off at the next stop, for the best view of Positano,” our host, who just happened to be on the same bus, informs us. Half of the people on the bus do the same and I see the majestic town up close for the first time. I’ve seen hundreds of photos with that view, but seeing it with my own eyes is overwhelming. From the bus stop to the center is a short walk, but we check out every shop along the way, so it definitely feels longer. We gaze at all kinds of beautiful ceramics, from a pizza cutter that had a ceramic handle with painted lemons (what else?) to a stunning table with a painted view of Positano. We remember the luggage restrictions and we buy some wooden spoons with ceramic handles instead.

From Praiano to Positano In One Day

Positano ceramic table
How could you not want to take it home?

We finally make our way to town and we start walking towards Spiaggia Grande (Positano’s main beach), but we stop multiple times along the way. The smell of lemon products is incredible and I was amazed to see some lemons as big as a pineapple. We find the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, dating from the 10th century with its dome that can be seen from any part of town and is found on all the painting and postcards. After visiting it, we decide to look for some food. Have you ever had pizza on the beach? Neither have I, but there’s a first time for everything, isn’t it? We get some delicious takeaway pizza from Capricci and sit down on the beach, watching the water. Mind you, Positano isn’t exactly cheap, but you can save a few euros if you choose to take away rather than eating at the restaurant.

Huge lemons in Positano
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Lovely sign on the Positano beach
I just loved this sign 🙂

While I didn’t come to Positano with a plan in mind, there was one thing I wanted: to find a beautiful painting for the frame in my living room. With so many artists there, it’s impossible not to find one you like. With our backpack full of cute souvenirs and our hunger gone, we set out to see more parts of the town. I see a chair of cats. More shops with cute stuff. Cue me buying some lemon soap. “Hey look, let’s see where those stairs will take us!,” I say enthusiastically, hoping to stay away from temptations. The stairs lead us to charming narrow streets that were completely empty, no other tourists but us. Us and a curious dog.

You don't find 'em like this at Ikea
You don’t find ’em like this at Ikea

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We continue walking when we reach the top of the stairs and we find a place with a view of Positano I haven’t seen in photos a million times before. After taking a million photos myself, we slowly walk towards the station and wait for the bus, watching amused how two middle-aged women asked a good looking police officer to take photos with them.

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I get on the bus that follows the same curvy and narrow road, same honking whenever there was a curve. Once again, I don’t miss the car. I reach Praiano, but I’m not ready to call it a day. The town is a quieter and cheaper alternative to Positano and it feels more authentic. I make my way towards Parrocchia Di San Gennaro. Some kids are playing football in the square but I go inside the church. Each one on the Amalfi Coast has something special, but I think this was my favorite, with its painted ceramic floors. Not knowing what to do next, I follow the signs to the beach, although it was getting late and rather cloudy. I follow the funny fish on the walls, leading to Via Masa, a charming street that would have offered a wonderful view of Positano on a clear day. The dog that was leading the way was disappointed to see me head back to the apartment.

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I didn’t make it to the beach, nor to Torre di Grado, so I have something to look forward to on my next visit.We have pizza on the terrace watching how a bright moon is slowly replacing the sun on the sky and I tell to myself: “I need to come back here soon”. Later that night, the universe seemed to agree with me and gave us a wonderful fireworks show above the coast. Yep, definitely coming back.

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  • Great photos! Looks like you had a wonderful time!

    Kate |

    • Thank you, it was an amazing trip 🙂

  • Melanie Taylor Draper Myers

    Fantastic photos!!! I love them, so gorgeous. ~ Melanie

    • Thank you! 🙂

  • Ahila Thillainathan

    Beautiful photos of Positano. My favourite is the third last one, where there is a spotlight on a portion of sea, when rays of sunlight break through the clouds. Simply beautiful! The one with the little dog was a close second. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you, I loved that view, I don’t think I captured exactly how beautiful it was though.

  • Lia

    Whaa just look at the cute kitties!

    • They were adorable! 😀

  • Dude. SICK photos. The dog one particularly takes the cake, even tho it’s not the most post-card-y one :))))

    • Haha, thank you! :))

  • I’m not a cat person but I love your photo of the cats. And Positano is lovely too 🙂 #Mondayescapes

    • I love both cats and dogs and whenever I travel, I make sure to take photos of all the ones I see, haha

  • Coombe Mill (Fiona)

    Goodness built into such a mountain like that no londer ity has such narrow alleyways! So pretty and vibrant in colour, a beautiful place #MondayEscapes

    • Thank you, it’s one of the most beautiful towns I’ve seen 🙂

  • Europe Diaries

    This is fantastic! Amalfi Coast and Rome have been on my wishlist for long..would really like to go there this year! Thanks for sharing this:) #mondayescapes

    • Hope you can go soon, it’s a gorgeous region 🙂

  • I am in love with your photos. You managed to take the classic photos that had made the place famous but I feel like you have given us a glimpse of how real life is in town. The photo of the cats in the chair is just too cute. Glad the weather was gorgeous during your visit.

    • Thank you, Ruth, it means a lot to me for you to say that, because that’s exactly what I was looking for – to photograph the real Positano 🙂

  • Untold Morsels

    Bella Italia! I want to jump on a plane right now after reading this and your beautiful photos. The sun streaming through the clouds onto the sea is my favourite

    • That was an incredible view and I’ve noticed it after I had put my camera into my backpack, I took it out almost instantly, haha

  • beautiful! and the cats are so adorable:) #monday escapes

    • Thank you 😀

  • Sounds like you managed to see a lot in one day! Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures. The one with the dog is so cute! I did a really short trip to Naples & Pompeii last year – if time allowed, we would have been interested in the Amalfi Coast as well. It’s a pity we didn’t get there, but reading about it is almost as good 🙂

    • I only spent a couple of hours in Naples, but I really want to go back soon, it was quite a lovely city, I wasn’t expecting it after all the bad rep it gets.

  • World Journeys

    what a stunning place!

    • It’s a gorgeous part of Italy 🙂

  • That’s the best thing about Positano – just wandering. Those lemons are massive!! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

    • Wandering AND eating gelato 😉

  • Maggie

    In 2012 we spent two weeks staying in a small hotel in Montepertuso high in the hills above Positano and although the weather wasn’t great we enjoyed it very much. Would love to go back one day.

    • I’m already thinking about going back too, I loved it there.

  • Clare Thomson

    I LOVE your photos! I backpacked along the Amalfi Coast years ago, basing myself near Amalfi, but never made it to Positano. I’ve always wanted to visit so thanks for giving me such a beautiful view. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • Thank you! Speaking of backpacking, I want to go back to the Amalfi Coast to walk the Path of Gods, I didn’t have time for it on this trip 🙁

  • Lyn – A Hole in my Shoe

    Vlad, great post and lovely photos. Just adored those cats on the chair and that cheeky dog, too cute! We were along the Amalfi Coast in 2013 when we visited Naples, Sorrento and Pompeii but did not venture right into Positano sadly. Thanks for taking us there.

    • Maybe on your next trip to Europe you’ll include Positano too, Lyn, it’s a gorgeous town 🙂

  • This really does have to be one of the most beautiful stretches coastline anywhere in the world, and we have yet to make it there! I have read many times that the only way to really enjoy it is to take a bus or hire a car and driver. Your images really bring the beauty home. Thanks.

    • I hope you can go soon, you definitely won’t regret it! By the way, taking the bus is better than hiring a driver, because you don’t have to worry about parking spaces (they are quite rare) 😉

  • The Amalfi Coast is so beautiful! I couldn’t take my eye off of your pictures, Vlad. Almost 20 years ago, when we visited this area there was no digital photography, so I only have a few analog photos from that trip. Beautiful!

    • I know what you mean, Anda, I have visited places in Romania more than 10 years ago and I either didn’t have a digital camera or had a very poor one so I have no photographic proof of ever going there. Looks like we need to go back to some places, even if it’s just for taking a couple of photos 😀

  • Absolutely gorgeous, Vlad. I’m so glad you shared these photos with me. Positano is on our radar but I hadn’t realized how much of a liability a car can be. Perhaps a Vespa would come in handy…what do you think?

    • A Vespa would definitely come in handy, especially since it’s small enough to park on the side of the road if you want to stop to take a few pictures 😉

  • OMG!! This is place is probably more than what I imagine it! Your pictures are gorgeous as always, I love the cats and the dog haha way too cute! I so want to go there. Pizza on the beach… even being a Brazilian who lived by the beach for most of my life, I haven’t done it myself hahaha

  • My GOD, this place looks like Heaven… I MUST go there!!
    Amazing photos Vlad!

    • I’m sure you’ll love it as much as Algarve 😀

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