Positively Positano: 48 Hours on the Amalfi Coast

My Brief Love Affair with Positano

On my whirlwind 14-day tour of Italy, I’d scheduled only one night in Positano before scheduled to leave the Amalfi Coast for my family’s inland hometown of Ariano Irpino. Of course, that changed as soon as I arrived. Positano begged me to stay, and so my love affair with Positano began.

Positano gave me three good reasons to stay:

  • A private balcony on my third-floor room with sweeping views of the Tyrrhenian Sea
  • Colorful homes chiseled into the mountainside architecturally reminiscent of Greece
  • Scads of charming boutique shops with handmade linen dresses.

How could I possibly say no?

A big fan of the movie, Under The Tuscan Sun, I wanted to experience Positano for myself. On arrival, I immediately requested a second night at the Hotel Villa Gabrisa. Because it wasn’t peak season, they were able to accommodate me. I knew right away one night was not enough for this affair.

Getting to Know Positano

For 48 hours, I explored solo what’s traditionally known as a romantic couples’ destination, savoring picturesque moments to myself without regret. Although I didn’t find the Under The Tuscan Sun’s handsome Marcello calling from a balcony, I fell in love with Positano itself. You see, it’s magical, that way.  I’ll let my photos tell the story:

Love Affair with Positano - Balcony of Villa Gabrisa
I could not get enough of this view from my balcony at the Hotel Villa Gabrisa. I enjoyed my breakfast in Positano gazing across the Tyrrenhian Sea.
Love Affair with Positano - Streets of Positano
I was anxious to explore; The streets wound around and around as I descended through the village built on steep terrain.
Love Affair with Positano - 3 Sirens of Positano
Legends of mermaids on the islands off Positano, known as the Sirenuse, were enchanting. A world renown hotel, Le Sirenuse, has taken their namesake.
Love Affair with Positano - Ivy Covered Architecture
I loved the vine covering this home. It was my balcony view looking upward toward the mountains.
Love Affair with Positano - Mountain Homes Water View
Ah, Positano. You are truly beautiful.
Love Affair with Positano - Laundry Line
Even laundry can be picturesque in a place like this.
Love Affair with Positano - Greek Influence Water View
Blue and white and water as far as the eye can see. Such a beautiful marriage.
Love Affair with Positano - Lemon Tree
Lemons, everywhere! Perfect for making my new favorite drink: Limoncello!
Love Affair with Positano - Greek Inspired Doorway
Bright white homes and sunshine reminded me of Greece.
Love Affair with Positano - Greek Inspired Architecture
Surely, you’ll agree, there is a Greek influence in the architecture of Positano.
Love Affair with Positano - Amalfi Coast View
On each turn, I beheld beautiful views of the sea, like this rooftop view.
Love Affair with Positano - Church View of Street
Such beauty made my heart sing.
Love Affair with Positano - Balcony View of Mediterranean
Another stunning balcony view of the Tyrrhenian Sea took my breath away.
Love Affair with Positano - Residence
I followed the stairs through town, catching glimpses of daily life. I know I could get used to living here.
Love Affair with Positano - View of Amalfi Coast
This view. I am speechless.
Love Affair with Positano - Colorful Building
Everywhere I looked, I found beautiful colors and architecture in contrast to the rough mountainside.
Love Affair with Positano - Santa Maria Assunta Duomo
The golden dome of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta glows in the heart of Positano.
Love Affair with Positano - Cat and Urn
Someone found a spot for a cat nap.

Everything Seemed to Thrive

Love Affair with Positano - Magenta Flowers
These flowers burst with color in the Mediterranean sunshine. Wow!
Love Affair with Positano - Cheese Wheel at Grocer
Best. Cheese. Ever. Parmigiano Reggiano
Love Affair with Positano - Ivy
Positano was brimming with life!
Love Affair with Positano - Fresh Produce and Ham at Grocer
And the fresh food at the little market…Bellissimo!
Love Affair with Positano - Homes in Cliff
Looking from the lower street to the homes built on the ledge above made me think, isn’t Positano just incredible?

Until We Meet Again

What a wonderful love affair I had with Positano! I was happy to extend my visit the extra day at the Hotel Villa Gabrisa but really could have spent three, four, five days here, taking it all in. It was hard to leave Positano behind, but no doubt, I will return. I may even bring a friend next time.

Pro Travel Tip: Stay as long as you possibly can!

Have you been to the Amalfi Coast? Did you or would you like to visit Positano? Let me know in the comments below.

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Jackie Gately

Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.

23 thoughts on “Positively Positano: 48 Hours on the Amalfi Coast

  • June 8, 2020 at 10:08 am

    You have truly piqued my interest!

  • December 1, 2017 at 9:24 am

    I was not so much aware of Positano before. Your post looks good, especially the pictures. Positano has to be in my list during my Italy vacay.

    • December 2, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Thanks you, Shreya! If you can make it to Positano and the Amalfi Coast during your visit, I think you would enjoy it!

  • November 30, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Wow this is so beautoful. I would.love to spend there more than 48h ???

    • December 2, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      Monika, I can honestly say that the brevity of my time in Positano was a regret! When I planned the trip, I wanted to hit as many places in Italy on my bucket list. I’d scheduled an overnight stopover in Positano, but once I got there, I couldn’t bring myself to leave the next day! I extended my stay to another night, but was still torn about leaving. I think I could have stayed there forever…

  • November 25, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Positano looks so dreamy! I’ve seen so many pictures of Positano on Instagram and I really must plan a visit one day. Very picturesque with the cute white houses set in the mountain. Your pictures are fantastic! : )

    • November 28, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      Positano is definitely a must-see. It was on my bucket list for a long time and I was so happy to go and bring home photos to share. I’m so glad you enjoyed them. It really is so picturesque, as you say!

  • October 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    It’s certainly very beautiful, just as I remember. I enjoyed the photos, although it would have been nice to have had some backstory to a few of them.

    • October 21, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed the photos! New posts are in the works with travel stories. 🙂 Curious, are there photos in particular you wanted to hear more about? Thanks for your input!

  • October 20, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I’m glad you got to stay an extra night. I’ve never heard of Positano. It looks lovely though, great pictures!

    • October 20, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      Me too! (Positano is on the Amalfi Coast of Italy.)

  • October 20, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Lovely post with nice pictures….they look really well….

  • October 20, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Loved all of your photos! Made me feel like I was there 🙂

  • October 20, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Beautiful location! It definitely seems like a place to go for couples retreats.

    • October 20, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Yes, very romantic setting – but I enjoyed it solo, as well!

  • October 20, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Wow, it is so beautiful there! Thanks for this post!

  • October 20, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Lovely pictures. I’ve heard a lot about how beautiful Positano is and your pictures show that too. Iphone 7 plus camera is super amazing, isn’t it?

    • October 20, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you, Medha! I love my iPhone 7 Plus…I upgraded before my trip for that reason alone. 😉

  • October 20, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I love Positano! And I’m lucky to return to Italy often, so reading this and seeing your photos made my day 😀

    • October 20, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      I’m glad to hear that! I can’t wait to return to Positano…

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