Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Travel Guide: Positano, Italy


For the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing Travel Guides to some of the cities we went to in Italy. It was by FAR the best trip I've ever been on, with amazing food, views and experiences. I did tonnnnns of research for this trip, probably more than I've ever done for a trip before. I wanted to feel prepared and make the most out of our time there, so I researched restaurants, activities and even how to order coffee (tip: ask for the Americano!). 

Our travel itinerary looked like this: We landed in Rome and traveled straight to Positano, and from there we went to Ravello and Capri, and then finally back to Rome for a few nights. Since Positano was the first place we stayed, and also our longest leg of the trip (we stayed four nights and five days in Positano) I thought I would begin there!



A little bit of backstory on Positano: John Steinbeck once said, "Positano bite deep. It is a dream place that isn't quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone." And I have to agree - from the moment you first catch sight of the views from the Amalfi Coast, you'll have to pinch yourself to make sure it's real. Photos and even videos simply can't do it justice. It's the prettiest, most captivating place I've ever been. We decided to go in the month of May because the temperatures are mild, the flowers are blooming and it's not quite peak season, so you don't have to worry about crowds.

HOW TO GET TO POSITANO
There are two ways to get to Positano: by land or by water. We flew into the Rome airport on a direct flight from Charlotte, N.C. Once we landed in Rome, we took a taxi to the Rome train station, about 30 minutes away. Our plan was to take the fast train to Salerno (2 hours) and then from Salerno, take the ferry to Positano. This is the fastest route, but be sure to check the ferry times! We ended up missing the ferry from Salerno to Positano, so we took a taxi instead. Although this was a longer route, the views were unreal! Also - be prepared for a really long day of travel. We arrived in Rome at 9:30 a.m. and didn't get to our place in Positano until 4:30 p.m.


The view from our vacation rental

WHERE TO STAY IN POSITANO
A vacation rental: We rented this vacation rental and absolutely loved it (watch my YouTube video for a full tour!). It's located right next to the famous Le Sirenuse hotel, so it offers the exact same view and more space for a much better rate. There were two bedrooms and three bathrooms, plenty of closet space for all of our clothes, and a kitchen with microwave, stovetop and refrigerator. It also has a private pathway to the beach that's around a 5-minute walk. We could not recommend it more!


The view from Hotel Poseidon. Get my dress here!

HOTELS: There are dozens of hotels in Positano, all completely different and unique, but all beautiful. When choosing a hotel, the most important thing to keep in mind is location. Positano is built on the side of a mountain, and some hotels are located at the top of the hill (which means a LOT of stairs/walking) and some are located at the bottom. I would recommend staying mid-mountain or at the bottom of the mountain since these locations are closest to the main beach, Spiaggia Grande, as well as all the restaurants and shops. Although some of the hotels can be pricey, almost all of them include breakfast each morning. I recommend staying at Hotel Poseidon Positano - we had the chance to visit and it's absolutely breathtaking, from the interior decor and patio to the views of Positano. Everyone also agreed that the best meal we had in Positano was at Hotel Poseidon's restaurant. If you want to splurge, Le Sirenuse is the most famous hotel in Positano (several movies have been filmed there) and also boasts an amazing location. Le Sirenuse is a family-run, luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Positano. It has a Michelin star restaurant and a pool surrounded by lemon trees overlooking the ocean.


The view from Caffe Positano. Full outfit post here!

WHERE TO EAT IN POSITANO
Breakfast/Lunch
  • Caffe Positano: This little cafe is the perfect spot for lunch because of the AMAZING view! Seriously, go here for the view alone. They have amazing fresh buffalo mozzarella and good coffee, too.
  • Casa e Bottega: One of the healthiest restaurants in Positano, Casa e Bottega offers both breakfast and lunch. We went here for breakfast one day and ordered smoothies that tasted SO fresh and delicious. They have a lot of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes available. 
  • Collina Bakery: We went here several times for breakfast and lunch because of the good prices! They offer a selection of pastries and donuts (and coffee) in the morning, as well as pizza and calzones during lunch. A pastry was aroun€1 and a calzone was 3.
  • Da Adolfo Restaurant: This restaurant is pretty much a full day affair! You have to catch a boat to the beach club to eat here, so you'll probably want to stay for half a day and lounge on the beach too.

Drinks
  • Franco's Bar: Definitely check out Franco's Bar, located in Le Sirenuse, for champagne and cocktails!
  • Hotel Poseidon Positano: Hotel Poseidon has a great poolside bar. Order a bottle of rosé and snag a table next to the railing for a great view.

Dinner
  • Hotel Poseidon Positano: Our favorite dinner that we had in Positano! I ordered the buffalo mozzarella stuffed ravioli and it was the best dish I had in Positano. My mom and Brit ordered lemon risotto with shrimp and they loved it, too. For dessert we all had the Lemon Delight - pure Heaven on Earth!
  • Ristorante Le Tre Sorelle: We went to this restaurant on our first night in Positano and had a great experience. It's located right on the beach so we got to watch the sunset and we could see the ocean from our table. We ordered a margherita pizza and an order of gnocchi with fresh tomato sauce and basil, and everyone had a little of each. Both dishes were amazing. Also, it is customary for the waiter to bring out Limoncello after your meal - a delicious Italian liquor made with lemon rinds. You have to try it at least once while you're there! 
  • Ristorante Max: We didn't get a chance to try Restaurant Max's but we heard really good things about it from some people we met in Positano! It has really fresh, authentic food and isn't touristy.
Spiaggia Grande in Positano. Full outfit post here!

Driving Hotel Poseidon's beetle by the coast. Full outfit post here!

WHAT TO DO IN POSITANO
  • Take a boat to Da Adolfo Restaurant - Grab the free boat with the red fish from the port at 11 a.m. Be sure to make reservations for the beach club ahead of time (if you're staying at a hotel, the concierge can do this for you). Da Adolfo is about 15 minutes outside the city by boat. You can rent a lounge chair and lay in the sun for a few hours before sitting down for lunch at the restaurant. Be prepared to stay for a few hours and catch the boat back around 4 p.m.
  • Hike the Sentiero Degli Dei (the Path of the Gods), a trail that links Agerola to Nocelle. The name, the Path of the Gods, is an indication of how spectacular the scenery is throughout the hike.
  • Spend a day at the smaller beach, Spiaggia del Fornillo. It's less busy than the main beach, Spiaggia Grande, and just as pretty. It's also lined with places to eat and drink so you can grab lunch between tanning sessions.
  • Buy local shoes. Positano is known for their sandals and a lot of places will custom make them for you - you pick out the design and the material and they will fit the sandal to your foot.
  • Shop! There are a ton of local boutiques and art stores that are really fun to peruse. 
  • Visit Fiordo di Furore, an incredibly quiet and beautiful beach along the Amalfi coastline. Google it to see how beautiful it is!
  • Take a boat out for the day. You can hire a private driver right on the beach (just be sure to get there early in the morning around 9 a.m.) and they will take you out on the boat. Stop by Vini e Panini for a sandwich and bottle of wine to bring with you before boarding the boat.
See my full blog post on this outfit here.

Check out my YouTube video on my Positano Travel Diary, below, and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when the rest of my Italy vlogs go up :) 



If you've been to Positano before and have any recommendations, let us all know in the comments!
xoxo

71 comments:

  1. This is so good, totally saving this post to refer back to later.

    xo
    Pinksole

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  2. What a dream! Loved your video as well. This post makes me want to plan a trip ASAP!
    XO, Katie

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  3. Oh how amazing!!! I'm so inspired right now and want to travel to Positano asap!

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  4. Italy is so full of magic! You really can't go wrong visiting any part of that country, but the Amalfi coast is definitely a special place. These photos make me want to return asap!

    Thanks for sharing, Caitlin!

    XO, Emily
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  5. What an amazing trip! I can't wait to go there someday! Great post!! xo
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  6. Your trip looked amazing! We are planning our trip so this guide is so helpful!

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  7. Looks like a really fun and enjoyable trip.

    Underayted Ray
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  8. I see it is really a true dream there!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  9. I would LOVE to visit the Amalfi Coast some day. These photos are insanely gorgeous, Cait!

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

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  10. Loved this & the photos are stunning! Thanks for sharing!

    XX

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  11. I am SO happy you posted this as I am going next week! I was so excited that you were there because I know you'd have amazing recs, and I'm so glad it was put up in time before I leave. Thank you so so much!

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  12. When my sister and I went to Positano, we flew in to Naples then caught a bus that goes directly from Naples to Sorrento. We spent the night in Sorrento and then in the morning caught another bus that goes down the Amalfi Coast and stops in Positano. You could also take the ferry from Sorrento but it was easier taking the bus. On the way home, we took the bus back to Sorrento and then took a train to Naples to fly home.

    Another great day trip is to take the boat to Capri. We did that and then couldn't decide if we wanted to also take a boat tour to see the Blue Grotto. We ended up doing it and it was the most amazing thing we've ever done. Do not miss it!!

    We stayed at Holiday House Gilda and really enjoyed it. We were on a budget and it was a fabulous option! Somewhat high up on the mountain but there are stairs that take you straight down to Fornillo beach which is more private than the Spiaggia Grande beach. I don't think there's a bad option in Positano :)

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  13. The Amalfi Coast is so high on my list for next year! Definitely saving this post!!

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  14. I am so jealous of your travels! These places are on my bucket list! Also those views are seriously so unreal. Glad you had a fun time:) Thanks for sharing all the best things to do and see!

    xoxo, Hannah
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  15. Oh my goodness that view is amazing! I need to go to Positano!
    It would be great if you could post more vids on your channel more often.

    Mich x
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  16. Positano is definitely on my travel wish list! I've been to Italy twice bit never to the coast!!

    By Lauren M

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  17. This was one of my favourite holidays. We stayed in Rome, travelled down to Pompeii to see the ruins (which were fascinating), took a train to Sorrento for a few nights and travelled from there. It was marvelous!

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  18. I am an older reader of your blog. I like to get ideas for my teenage daughter (who will be a Tar Heel in the fall!), and I can occasionally pull off something you wear (like the gorgeous long, lavender Free People cardigan-- one of my all-time favorites). Would you consider doing more posts with your mom or featuring some of her styles? She always looks classy and polished. I remember you featured her once for the Nordstrom annual sale, but more posts would be wonderful. Maybe some of your younger readers can share with their moms? Thanks!

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    1. I, too, would enjoy seeing posts with your mom! I would love to share them with my mom, who is always on the hunt for fashionable ideas since she is a teacher!

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    2. Thanks for the feedback! I talked to my mom on the phone tonight and she is definitely interested in doing a few guest posts on the blog :) So look out for some posts soon!

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  19. These pictures (and your outfits!!) are absolutely stunning! And your mama is cute :)

    Need to plan a trip to Positano ASAP!

    Allie
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  20. these pictures are stunning, must visit!! www.oliviaschueller.com

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  21. So helpful and gorgeous. I dream to explore Italy and everything you did here looks breathtaking. I'm going to keep this in mind and write everything down as well. It's always so fun researching before a trip. I know I did before all of mine.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  22. Loved this post! My family and I are going to Italy in June and visiting Almafi! Great little guide! You should do one for Rome too!!

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  23. Amazing, babe! Thank you for sharing:P

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  24. This looks like an absolute dream! It's so inspiring and makes me want to travel ALL THE TIME! So many amazing things to see and experience in this world <3 Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us!

    xo, Katie
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  25. You missed 2 of my favorite places!
    - Palazzo Murat, hotel and restaurant in the heart of Positano, with its gorgeous botanical garden!
    - Music On the Rocks, nightclub (probably want open during May as it's a bit early in the season) but people swear this is one of Italy's best nightclubs. It's inside a cave looking over the ocean and we danced there until 5 am when we visited Positano!

    I hope more people discover Positano - it's my favorite place in the world!!!

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    1. Ahh we heard about Music on the Rocks but it wasn't open yet!! I am dying to go!!

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  26. Hey Cait! Do you edit and make the vlog videos yourself? Did your Mom film through the trip or did you have someone else you worked with? Just curious!

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    1. Hey Katherine, I filmed and edited the videos myself! :)

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  27. I've been waiting for this travel guide!! All your photos are beautiful and I can't wait to visit one day!
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

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  28. Awesome travel guide! It looks like you had an amazing time out in Italy!

    I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday,
    Michael
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  29. This sounds like a dream vacation! I actually went to Rome for three weeks in January, but I'd love to go somewhere like Positano, and definitely when the weather is warmer! Thanks for sharing your travel guide :)

    xo, Carey
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  30. My husband and I are planning a trip in the fall and this is so helpful!! These tips will come in handy!! Can you tell me what size you got in the pink rose off the shoulder maxi? So cute!!

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  31. Such a beautiful place!
    xx
    Jill
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  32. Amazing place!

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  33. Stunning photos and loved the video!

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  34. Where did you get the dress on this list?!? I've read all the other posts and haven't seen it! I need this dress!

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    1. Oops sorry, I just linked it in the post! it is Free People but I put the exact link to it underneath the picture :)

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  35. Great post and pictures! where is striped dress from (when you are holding your hair in a pony tail)??

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    1. Oops sorry, I just linked it in the post! it is Free People but I put the exact link to it underneath the picture :)

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  36. Italy is so amazing, you look like you had the best time! I can't wait to go back again one day soon!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

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  37. Great post and pictures! where is striped dress from (when you are holding your hair in a pony tail)??

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  38. Looks so gorgeous I want to go!

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  39. My husband and I will be staying at Le Sirenuse this October (def. more affordable in the off season) and this blog post just makes me so much more excited for our trip ! The only bad part - we'll just be there for 2 days. Can't wait for your posts about Ravello & Rome - we will be staying there as well :)

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  40. My husband and I will be staying at Le Sirenuse this October (def. more affordable in the off season) and this post just makes me so much more excited! The only bad part - we'll just be there for 2 nights. Cannot wait for your posts on Ravello & Rome - we will be staying there as well :)
    Patiently awaiting further posts xo

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  41. Positano is a dream come true, so incredibly gorgeous!!
    Beautiful beautiful photos!!
    xx,
    Areli's April // On Bloglovin

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  42. Such a great travel diary! I loved your video too, you should do more like that!
    xo, Alexis
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  43. The photos are amazing!
    xx
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  44. Besides Adolfo restaurant how far in advance did you make dinner reservations? Were they a necessity to have? Please help! We are going in two months and I'm SO excited to hear more about your trip!

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    1. We made reservations for Hotel Poseidon a couple days in advance, but we didn't make reservations for any of the other restaurants in Positano! The beginning of May is not very crowded, so we didn't have to wait at all before we were seated. If you're going during the peak season, I would try to make reservations online before you go, or have your hotel book them the day that you get there!

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    2. I definitely suggest making reservations now as you are going during high season. I will be there in June and July and have already booked all my dining reservations. You can always cancel 24 hours prior. :)

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  45. Your trip looked amazing!

    Lauren,
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  46. Beautiful photos! I really want to see the full look of the dress in first pic <3

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  47. We went there for our honeymoon a few years ago and loved it! We stayed at Covo Dei Seraceni which is right off the port and the beach. It had a great pool with an awesome view ! Ahhhh I want to go back ! One of my fav places ever!

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    1. I stayed at Covo too! Absolutely love it there!

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  48. We went there for our honeymoon and stayed at Covo Dei Seraceni right off the beach /port. Loved it there such a beautiful place !

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  49. Such an informative guide! Thanks for the tips and absolutely LOVE the pictures!

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  50. We landed in Rome and traveled straight to Positano, and from there we went to Ravello and Capri.http://www.stockholmfreetour.com

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  51. Love Positano so much, been there so many times, must say that's a really cool guide !


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  52. Da Vincenzo in Positano is an amazing restaurant and Lo Smeraldino in Amalfi is delicious with gorgeous views! We stayed at Covo dei Saraceni in Positano for two weeks during our last stay and it was absolutely delightful. Perfect location getting around to other towns for day trips!

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  53. Fantastic shots and use of colors, particularly the outfit in blue! 🔮🙏

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  54. Hi, beautiful vlog! I was there last year and Da Vincenzo is another good restaurant in Positano. I see someone else has recommended it too so consider this another recommendation. :)

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  55. Gorgeous photos! We visited Praiano last summer, and it was amazing! I've heard its similar to Positano, but quieter. It was a surprise vacation, so we couldn't do research before hand. If we had of known where we were going, I definitely would have planned to hike the Path of the Gods. We spent some time at the beach, took a trip along the coast by car and by boat and took a boat trip to Capri. Amazing vacation.

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  56. This looks absolutely amazing!!!!
    Love
    eli
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  57. Ahhhh first of all, congrats Cait!! So excited for you!! I have to say, your travel guides are probably my favorite of all. They're so informative and helpful. Thanks for all the details - Positano is on my bucket list and I will for sure be bookmarking this post and sharing with friends! :)

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  58. Oh my goodness, Positano looks amazing! All of your pictures are gorgeous!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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  59. How much shampoo did you pack for the trip?

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  60. Hi Cait,

    I bought the same Free People dress that I fell in love with! Where in Positano were you when you took that photo?

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