Things to do in
Positano

Dramatic cliffs, beautiful beaches, and turquoise water await in this picturesque village on the Amalfi coast.

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From Sorrento: Amalfi and Positano Boat Tour

1. From Sorrento: Amalfi and Positano Boat Tour

After pickup from your hotel, your boat tour will depart at 9:00 AM. First, you'll sail around Li Galli island, where the myth of Ulysses and the Sirens is said to have been set. Then your boat will head to the Ancient Marine Republic of Amalfi where you'll enjoy 4 hours of free time to explore the town. Don't miss seeing the main local attractions such as the Cathedral and the Cloister of Paradise. Enjoy some time on the pebble beach, tanning and swimming in the azure waters. You may also want to shop for local products like the world-famous Amalfi Coast lemons and limoncello.  Next, sail towards Positano, where you'll also have about 1.5 hours to yourself. Admire the picturesque Furore and the beautiful old town of Praiano. On the return trip, you'll find the Fjord of Crapolla and the enchanting Islet d'Isca that belongs to Eduardo de Filippo. Finally, arrive back at the port at about 5:15 PM to catch your shuttle back to your accommodations.

Amalfi Coast: Boat and Snorkeling Tour in Small Group

2. Amalfi Coast: Boat and Snorkeling Tour in Small Group

Board an Amalfitan Gozzo boat for a scenic ride along the Amalfi coast. Admire natural wonders, including the Natural Arch and Faraglioni Rocks. Swim and snorkel or relax on the shores of secluded beaches. Once everybody has jumped on board and had a little briefing about how you're going to spend the day, you will be ready to set off to the west towards Positano. The route will take you along Amalfi Coast’s finest beaches as well as close to natural rock arches and into sea caves, giving you the opportunity to admire the old watchtowers that dot the entire length of this coast. You will pause at beaches reachable only by sea and have time to go snorkeling or swimming in crystal-clear waters and into grottoes. Not too far from the starting point, right after leaving the center of Amalfi, you will get close to Saint Andrew's Grotto, a huge natural sea cave full of stalactites named after the patron saint of Amalfi (Andrea). Then, once passed Duoglio and Santa Croce beaches, you will stop by the "Arc of Lovers", a natural rock arch created millions of years ago by the erosion of the sea whose shape recalls two elephants in the act of kissing. Up to not too long ago young couples used to get married on the top of it. A little later you will cruise in front of the ancient fishing village of Conca dei Marini, passing near the villa of Sophia Loren and seeing the historic hotel “Il Saraceno” located on La Vite Beach. From here you will also have a stunning view of the Santa Rosa Monastery, a former convent now converted into a luxury hotel, once home of the Dominican nuns. It's right in the kitchens of this monastery that the delicious "Sfogliatella Santa Rosa" was born, a shell-shaped pastry filled with ricotta cheese-based cream and little dried fruit pieces, typical of the local culinary tradition (don't forget to taste it before leaving!). Once past the seaside of Conca dei Marini you will enter its western basin, where you will have a beautiful view of Furore and Praiano villages and the islands of Li Galli and Capri, together with the well-known Faraglioni Rocks. Further inside this basin we will find the little Runghetiello Grotto and its tiny beach, where you will anchor for a break to go swimming or snorkeling. You will reach then the famous Furore Fjord, the only natural fjord in Italy and location of the international diving competition "MarMeeting": every year in July, professional divers from around the world compete by jumping from the top of the bridge which is 28 meters high. Navigating a little farther onward to the village of Praiano you will be able to have a close look at a bigger sea cave, the Africana Grotto, where the water has a distinctive blue color thanks to the unique refraction of light. Finally you will go round Capo Sottile and continue cruising to Positano, where you will have another break for snorkeling at a beach reachable only by the sea and so not crowded at all: La Porta. The return trip to Amalfi will give you a different but equally remarkable view of both sea and land.

Naples: Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

3. Naples: Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

Visit the Amalfi Coast on a day trip from Naples. Take in Sorrento from the sea. Visit Amalfi and Positano, with the option of exploring Ravello too. Admire incredible scenery worthy of a UNESCO World Heritage listing. From the convenient meeting point in Naples, you will transfer to the port of Torre del Greco. From there, set sail to Sorrento, enjoying the amazing Mount Vesuvius in the background and learning about its tragic history from your expert guide. Admire the beauty of the Sorrento coastline: the panoramic terraces overhanging the sea, the Baths of Queen Giovanna, the Bay of Jeranto, and the Protected Sea Area of Punta Campanella. When you arrive at Amalfi, you will have free time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its picturesque views, romantic landscapes, and the cathedral of Saint Andrew. Depending on the option chosen, you can also visit Ravello, a resort town, where you can see the Villa Rufolo and its serene garden, which offers a breathtaking panorama over the entire Gulf of Salerno. Then you will depart for Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast, famous for its narrow streets, small shops, and colorful pottery. You will have some free time here to explore before relaxing on board for the journey back to Naples.

From Naples: Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Full-Day Tour

4. From Naples: Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Full-Day Tour

Immerse yourself in 3 stunning Italian towns on this day trip from Naples. Shop in boutiques, taste limoncello, and enjoy a light lunch on this relaxing day to remember. Depart Naples and journey to Sorrento and admire the beauty of the landscape along the way. Listen to informative commentary during the journey. Stop to taste some of the local limoncello liqueur made from lemons, and then wander the narrow streets for 1 hour. Pop into artisan shops and sample the local delicacies. Continue to Positano and get an hour to go to the beach or admire the colorful flowers in the summer. Shop for the traditional Moda Positano clothes before going to a nice restaurant on the coast to enjoy lunch on a terrace with breathtaking sea views. Next, get 1.5 hours of free time in Amalfi and visit the cathedral or relax on the beach with a handmade ice cream.

From Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Scenic Full-Day Drive Tour

5. From Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Scenic Full-Day Drive Tour

Spend a full day exploring the UNESCO-protected Amalfi coast on this tour from Sorrento. Travel along the road known as the Amalfitana and admire the stretch of coastline famous for its natural beauty and charming towns. See the Li Galli islands and the isle of Capri in the distance. Spend 2 hours exploring the enchanting town of Positano before heading to Amalfi, passing through picturesque Praiano, Furore and Conca dei Marini. In Amalfi, visit of the Cathedral of St. Andrew and enjoy the beach or a boat trip at additional cost. In Ravello take in the amazing views from Villa Rufolo. Depart for Sorrento, driving back along the Amalfi Coast.

From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

6. From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

Hop aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus and start your journey down to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pompeii. Upon arrival at Pompeii, breeze past the long lines with your Skip-the-Line ticket and enter into this time capsule of the ancient Roman world, where your local expert guide will give you a guided tour of these marvelously preserved ruins. Go to Positano, where the houses tumble down the hillside, and stroll among the boutique stores. Purchase some of the local limoncello liqueur, visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta or people watch from a restaurant terrace. After some free time and lunch (own expense) in Pompeii, the tour will continue further south along the picturesque seaside roads of the Amalfi Coast where your breath will be taken away by the spectacular coastlines as the mountains cascade into the sea and romantic villages climb up the mountains like grapevines.

From Sorrento: Amalfi and Positano Full-Day Trip by Boat

7. From Sorrento: Amalfi and Positano Full-Day Trip by Boat

Tour the beautiful Amalfi coast by boat with stops in Amalfi and Positano. Enjoy a light lunch on board with free time to explore the towns and to swim and snorkel. Relax on the boat while taking in the dramatic views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board the boat for a cruise around the Bay of Salerno to Amalfi. During the cruise, pass Nerano, the Emeraldo Grotto, and Li Galli Island. Sunbathe on the decks and beaches, or swim and snorkel in the shimmering waters. Arrive at the port of Amalfi and enjoy free time to explore this beautiful town. Then head towards the next stop, Positano the Pearl of the Amalfi Coast. Admire its famous pink and white houses and see the domed cathedral.

From Positano: Full-Day Boat Trip to Capri

8. From Positano: Full-Day Boat Trip to Capri

See everything the island of Capri has to offer on a full-day excursion by boat with an expert guide. Enjoy a small-group experience along with the perfect combination of a guided tour and free time to explore. Get picked up at the Parking Mandara in Positano and head to the port of Piano di Sorrento. Set off on a comfortable and elegant boat along the Sorrento coast to Capri. Along the way, you'll pass the ancient fishing village, Marina Grande, and the ruins of a Roman villa near Bagni della Regina Giovanna. You'll also get to admire lovely rock formations and waterfalls. Upon arrival to Capri, tour the island first by boat, making stops at the Marvelous Grotto, the White Grotto, and the Green Grotto, admiring the Natural Arch, the Villa Curzio Malaparte, the Faraglioni rocks, and the Lighthouse of Punta Carena along the way. Enjoy a couple of stops for swimming and snorkeling, and a relaxing break with snacks and drinks on board. Next, it's time to tour the island on foot, with 3 to 5 hours to do as you please. Your departure from Capri will be bittersweet – literally because you're invited to a limoncello tasting before you board the boat.

Positano: Boat Tour of Capri with Drinks and Snacks

9. Positano: Boat Tour of Capri with Drinks and Snacks

Sail to the stunning island of Capri on a full day boat tour from Positano. Snack on a delicious dry snack from the minibar, drink some sparkling Prosecco, and try homemade Limoncello. Choose from a range of boat options that suit a range of group sizes. Start from Positano's main beach where your skipper will welcome you onboard the boat. Cruise around Capri and skirt the Amalfi Coast on this tour. Have the freedom to customize your tour. You can decide to spend a few hours on the island, or find some choice swimming spots. See the three small Li Galli islands where, according to the legends, Ulysses met the sirens. Arrive in Capri where your skipper will show you all the numerous points of interest around the island such as the White Grotto, the Green Grotto, and the Faraglioni Rocks. Purchase a lunch at one of the restaurants just a few steps from the sea. In the late afternoon, sail back to Positano while tasting an unforgettable homemade Limoncello.

Positano: Old Town Walking Tour with Archaeologist Guide

10. Positano: Old Town Walking Tour with Archaeologist Guide

Explore Old Town and Downtown Positano with a guide on this walking tour. Visit an underground Roman villa, explore the fine shops and beach of Downtown Positano, and explore Old Town Positano and see its historical sights. Meet with a guide on the upper side of the village, leave the tourists and the hustlers behind for a well-deserved break, and follow the local guide along the hidden paths and staircases of the old town, pass by a 13th-century fort from the medieval age, and take some time to enjoy the lesser-known Fornillo Beach. Travel to Downtown Positano and explore its fine shops and restaurants before moving down to the main beach, Spiaggia Maggiore. Start the uphill walk to a street with a variety of ceramic shops, sandal makers, and shoemakers, along with galleries featuring the work of local artists. Approach the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, originally the abbey of Positano’s 10th-century Benedictine monastery, and visit the interior of the amazing Roman Villa, recently discovered and open to the public with its wonderful fresco paintings. After that, across the lane, Hotel Palazzo Murat fills what was once a grand Benedictine monastery. End the tour at La Zagara restaurant, and taste delicacies such as lemon delice, tiramisu, or rum baba.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Getting Around Positano

    Hilly Positano is best traversed by the local bus line, called SITA. Walking is great and you'll thoroughly enjoy the occasions when you're walking downhill. The town doesn't have a thriving taxi scene, as it is quite small. You may want to leave driving to the locals, as the narrow and steep roads can be unfamiliar for visitors.

  • How long to stay in Positano?

    Positano is great for a weekend get away. Spend two or three days taking long leisurely strolls to the beach and back. If you want to see more of the historical sights, feel free to add a day or two to your itinerary.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    Positano has beautiful Mediterranean weather that is best enjoyed in the summertime. While the winters are not extreme on the Amalfi Coast, you'll enjoy the emerald grottos and lush hikes most under the sun.

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What people are saying about Positano

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5,778 reviews

Una giornata indimenticabile! È stato tutto perfetto, puntuale e all'altezza delle nostre aspettative; la nostra guida Stefania ci ha coinvolti raccontandoci tante curiosità sui luoghi che abbiamo attraversato e con la sua gentilezza. Abbiamo potuto sfruttare al meglio il tempo libero anche grazie ai consigli ricevuti a bordo. Non vediamo l'ora di tornare!

Everything was so smooth from the meeting point in the morning till the end of the tour, Amalfi and Positano are two pearls of the gulf of Salerno, the staff on board was very helpful and knowledgeable, they give me all the informations about all the spots and wonderful landscapes that i’ve seen on the boat. Definetely i recommend everyone this tour!

Wow what a day and what a way to see the Amalfi cost. Boat was lovely, crew were fantastic and met some great people, all topped off by stopping off in Amalfi and Positano, the perfect day and great value for money. 100% recommend !!

Value for money day excursion...the only bad thing was the relatively small minivan,that was noisy at the rear ( a noise derived from a plastic cover on the left rear side of the roof )

Our driver meet us on time, which is a big plus for us. He was friendly and told us interesting facts along the way!