Built vertically on the face of a steep cliff above the sea, Positano is one of Italy’s most picturesque holiday destinations. It started out as a small fishing village and became hugely popular with artists, writers and painters in the mid-1950s.
With its pastel colored houses tumbling down to the blue sea, its steep walkways and winding staircases lined with ultra-luxe hotels, world-class restaurants and fashionable boutiques, its church’s majolica-tiled gleaming dome and its stunning views, Positano has charmed affluent visitors from all over the world for decades.
Seen from below, the houses spilling down the hillsides toward the sea seem to have been stacked one on top of another and their characteristic pastel colours give Positano a theatrical aspect that can’t be mistaken for anywhere else in the world. One of the most photogenic towns in the world, Positano is every photographer’s dream, with a new picturesque setting around every corner.
The best way to get around is by foot, as most of the town is a pedestrian zone. Positano is the perfect walking city.