Ok, we have talked about this before, but we are going to officially coin and (later) trademark something: The Couple’s Coordinates Trifecta. We have yet to refer to it in such a formal way, but we have touched on the subject in previous blogs. The 3 things that always are present in our favorite places we visit are good people, good food, and good views. Positano, Italy is the epitome of the Couple’s Coordinates Trifecta with some of the most aesthetically beautiful views on Earth, Michelin Star restaurants that will ruin you (in a good way) for the rest of your life, and people that make you feel like family. Our guide to Positano is sure to make you want to visit, and will hopefully make your trip a bit more enjoyable and easy! Below you’ll find romantic things to do in Positano, where to eat in Positano, where to stay in Positano and some awesome photos from a few of our trips to Positano.
Getting to Positano is the most challenging part about visiting. Positioned on the side of a mountain along the Amalfi Coast, Positano is not incredibly easy to reach. There is no train that runs directly to Positano. There are 4 viable ways to get to Positano (and we have tried all but one of them):
Such a beautiful spot in the center of Positano with scenic sea views. Our room had a lovely balcony with a view of the sea and the center of Positano. The breakfast is complimentary and delicious, and most importantly, right across the street from our favorite restaurant!
Le Sirenuse or Hotel Marincanto
These are 2 of the most popular and most expensive properties in Positano. They have gorgeous vies of the town, beautiful pools, and are luxurious all the way around. If you have a ton of money to spend, consider them. If not, the rest of our suggestions are budget friendly.
Al Barilotto dal Nonno
This place is way, way, underrated and underpriced. The hotel itself doesn’t have a direct view of the center of Positano, as It’s 3km outside, but it’s a wonderful solace nonetheless. The sea views and incredible family that owns it make it well worth the stay. Not to mention, the 3km walk was an absolute joy. We must have walked back and forth to the center about 2-3 times a day. If walking isn’t your thing you can take a bus or taxi quite easily.
The family that owns the place each fulfill a different role and treat each guest as an extended member of their family. They gave us free bus tickets and even drove us into town when we missed it once. One thing that amazed us and made us smile each night is that the family literally all sits down together for an early dinner before they open the restaurant to guests every night.
Airbnb is invariably a good decision. We have spent about 7 total months in Airbnbs over the last year and have had wonderful experiences about 99% of the time. Click the link here to sign up for an account and you’ll receive a $35 credit toward your first booking of $100 or more. Essentially you’ll be able to spend a night in Positano for a whopping total of $65. Boom. Great success.
Da Vincenzo is definitely our favorite restaurant in Positano and easily in our top 5 favorite restaurants in the world. Yes, we realize that’s a bold statement.
La Taverna Del Leone
There is a reason that La Taverna Del Leone has been in business for 51 years. It is a bit outside of town, but it’s well worth the 15-minute drive.
Vinni e Panini
For a great wine selection and delicious panini.
We also love Il Fornillo, Ristorante Saraceno D’Oro, Casa e Bottega, and many others.
“Summer” (May – September) to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere is typically the best time to visit Positano but is also high season. The weather is best, but of course, the prices are going to be quite a bit more expensive. Travel mid week if at all possible, because to be quite honest, you’re not going to be concerned with nightlife. Positano is all about enjoying wonderful food, wine, and people while being enveloped by the most magical coastline on Earth.
Ciao – Hello
Buon giorno – Hello
Come stai? – How are you? (Informal)
Come sta? – How are you? (Formal)
Bene – Good
Ciao – Goodbye (see, this is easy)
Vorrei ____ – I would like ____
Posso avere _____? – May I have _____?
Grazie – Thank you
Prego – You’re welcome
Parli inglese? – Do you speak English?
Dov’è ______? – Where is _____?