Plans to visit Positano? You have come to the right place! If you follow me on Instagram then you already know that Europe is my favorite place to visit in the entire world. I love the food, cobble-stone street walking, and nightlife of a European city. I have never been disappointed.
My new love affair is with Postiano and the Amalfi Coast. No photos, no matter how good, can do this place justice — it is truly something you have to see for yourself.
During my recent visit, I have uncovered the very best things to see and do, places to eat and drink, and hotels to stay at. And now I am sharing them with you!
So if you are looking for the very best Positano recommendations, here is everything you need to know:
Travel to Positano…
Not going to lie…this isn’t the easiest or cheapest process. Positano isn’t on a rail line and the town only has one main access road (the streets are connected by stairs). I recommend splurging for a private transfer car. The closest airport is Naples and the cost of a private transfer would be around $100.
The positives of a private transfer is convenience with your luggage. They will use the main access road and help connect with your hotel. Positano is hard to navigate since the streets are connected by stairs. The benefits of a car service ensures you aren’t carrying around luggage up and down stairs.
- Recommendation – AVI Travel. AVI will arrange pick-up and drop off service from any surrounding city (including Naples airport) to Positano. Great service, luxury car options, and the best drivers. Our driver stopped for our family to take a family photo at one of the highest and best view points of Positano.
For a more cost-efficient option, you could opt the take the rail line to the closest town. You should take a train from Salerno and then arrive in Positano via ferry. The ferry takes 1 hour and 15 minutes, leaving every hour or two (changes based on time of year). Check the schedule here to be sure.
Where to Stay…
Hands down you must stay at Villa Magia. This boutique resort is perfect. I have stayed at a lot of great places, but this one has been my favorite. The service, accommodations, and villa was amazing. I traveled with my family, and I wanted to ensure we could share one villa. Villa Magia offers an Exclusive Suite with three bedrooms and bathrooms, which was perfect for three couples. This suite has a private pool, and enough space to feel together yet have privacy.
The villa is family owned and operated, and has been around since the 18th century. When we arrived we were greeted by the staff and offered complimentary beer, snacks, and wine. The view from the patio is breathtaking. All meals are served here, and we had to pinch ourselves each day with the beauty of Positano and Villa Magia. The hotel carried our bags up and down the Positano stairs with ease (don’t forget to tip!). It was so refreshing and the service didn’t stop there.
Each guest receives a cell phone from the hotel that serves as the communication method with the team. It also allows easy access to your room. We ordered lunch to the room and sat next to the private pool. The meals we had at Villa Magia Luna restaurant were the best on our entire trip. Breakfast was complimentary with our stay each morning, and they always were on time. I am still dreaming about the vegetable omelet and rocket salad.
Villa Magia offers a family style dinner and it was the highlight of our trip. Luna Cocktail & Tapas Bar on the main terrace at Villa Magia overlooks both beaches in Positano, so guests can enjoy drinks and snacks against the backdrop of the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Their private chef, Luigi di Martino, greeted our family and served each course. From prawns, to the best pasta and drinks, this was a highlight on our trip. We did the family style dinner at Villa Magia on our last night in Positano. After two hours of amazing food and laughs, we vowed to make an annual trip to Positano and Villa Magia.
Hands down you cannot travel to the Amalfi coast without staying here. It is a must for anyone traveling to Positano. I can’t stop thinking about our trip, and Villa Magia was the best highlight.
What to do…
Since you are close to Capri island, I recommend booking a boat tour to see the grottos. The blue grotto is a must. The guides will take you to Faraglioni rocks, and do a stop in Capri for shopping. The entire tour is eight hours and offers snacks and alcohol for the guests.
- Recommendation – RESTART Private Boat Tours. Ask for Gaetano to be your skipper…he was awesome!
Shopping is also amazing in Positano. You can spend hours going in and out of all of the little boutique shops. I am a shopper and one of my favorite things to do is chat with the store owners. They know all the best places in town to shop and the best products to take home with you. This is a great way to get to know the locals.
- Recommendation – La Bottega di Brunella is a cute clothing shop specializing in linen. The clothes are so comfortable and the shop owner is the best. The shopping bags are linen and reusable, which I loved!
You can also visit the other Amalfi Coast towns while staying in Positano. We did this by boat, but you could also rent a scooter or tour bus. The speed boat option was great for us. We loved every second of being on a boat (clearly)!
- Recommendation – Exclusive Cruises offers sunset cruises around the Amalfi. You can pick your boat option and it will make stops along the Amalfi coast per your request.
What to eat…
Aside from Luna Cocktail and Tapas bar at Villa Magia, you can also try these great eateries:
BUCCA DI BACCO (Via Rampa, Salita Teglia, 4) — Fresh seafood on the beach! You must make reservations by phone at +39 089875022. Very cool experience. I recommend the seafood salad and chicken parmigiana.
LA SPONDA (Via San Sebastiano 2) — Mediterranean cuisine at Le Sirenuse using fresh, local ingredients in the most beautiful venue. You’ve seen this one on Instagram, I’m sure. Expensive and hard to get into but allegedly worth it (I haven’t actually dined here). Now Michelin-starred, too!
DA ADOLFO (Via Laurito 40) — Fresh seafood on the beach! Only reachable by boat (free for restaurant guests). You must make reservations by phone at +39 089875022. Very cool experience.
Now let’s book…
Assuming you are reading this because you are planning on visiting the Amalfi Coast, I have a ton of other helpful content to ease your planning woes!
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Grazie, Positano for an amazing vacation! We will be back.