Buon giorno from Positano, Italy! I’ll be sharing my favorite sights, shops and tips from the other cities I visited this trip as well, but I wanted to write this post while I was still in Positano so it was fresh in my mind. To put it simply, Positano was nothing short of amazing. My parents and I stayed at the Il San Pietro di Positano hotel and it was the perfect spot for us. A private beach and deck over the ocean, a swimming pool, live music and grounds so pretty that I wanted to take a picture at every turn. In Positano you have plenty of options when it comes to where to stay including some fab Airbnb’s, but as a rule of thumb, the closer you stay to the heart of the town, well, the closest you’ll be to the shops and restaurants. It’s a very hilly area, so you’ll be thankful you saved yourself the daily hike. If you stay a little further from town like we did, you’ll be able to take in the gorgeous view of Positano and your hotel may have more sprawling grounds to enjoy. Definitely a trade off! Aside from that, I wanted to share five things that I’m so glad I did in Positano and Capri that you won’t want to miss.
1: Positano Moda
When you begin to wander the streets of Positano you’ll soon notice that the town has a really unique sense of style, offering hand-sewn dresses in light materials like linen or cotton and adorned with macramé lace. Think bohemian cover-ups in ever color you can imagine. As we were driving into Capri I spotted a red dress in the window of one of the shops and it instantly drew my eye so we got out of the car and peeked inside the store. I wasn’t sure whether to get it or not since it was literally the first dress I saw in the whole town, but sure enough I went in more than 20 other stores and didn’t find one I liked more, so I think it was meant to be.
2: Day Trip to Capri
If you choose to stay in Positano, Sorrento, or one of the other picturesque towns on the Amalfi Coast, a day trip to the Isle of Capri is a must. You’ll likely take a ferry to the port, then the funicular up to Capri town. If you love to shop you’ll be in heaven as almost every high-end designer has a store there, along with many other local boutiques, shops and restaurants. My tip would be go early (we took the 8:15 am ferry) and plan to spend your whole day there, coming back just before dinner. In the afternoon when the temperatures get too hot to handle, grab a lemon granita from the stand at the top of the funicular…you won’t regret it!
3: Anacapri Seggiova to Monte Solaro
Once you get to the Isle of Capri, there are two separate towns you’ll want to visit. In addition to Capri, there’s Anacapri, a slightly more quaint town with less glitz but just as much charm. You have the option to take the bus which is just a few Euro per person, or take an open-air taxi for 20 Euro. If you’ve got a few people, my tip would be to take a taxi. You won’t have to wait in the bus line, and you’ll ride through windy streets with thismuch space between your car and oncoming traffic — seriously I was so nervous every time we passed a car that we would fly off the cliff — it was an adventure to say the least. There are plenty of small boutiques to shop and cafés to try, and don’t forget to take the Seggiova. It’s a fun chair lift that you ride individually that takes you to the top of Monte Solaro where there’s a restaurant and café, plus a stunning lookout that’s completely photo-worthy.
4: Lunch at Bucca di Bacco + Sunbathing in Positano
Before I went to Positano, I was totally creeping other bloggers’ feeds for their travel pics and kept seeing these gorgeous colorful umbrellas and couldn’t wait to see them for myself. Basically what you can do is rent chairs by the day and just hang by the ocean. Grab lunch at Bucca di Bacco (located at the base of Positano) as they have some amazing seafood and pasta dishes, then return to your chair. Easy peasy. Tip: if you want to avoid the main beach, which can get a little crowded, walk 10 minutes over to Fornillo beach as it has a more quaint feel.
5: Bespoke Sandals in 10 Minutes
Positano and Capri are known for their handmade leather sandals that are crafted in front of your eyes in 10 minutes or less. They say that Jackie O and Grace Kelly used to be fans of these sandals and pick up a few pairs every time they visited Capri!
I purchased mine at a shop called Safari in the heart of Positano and loved my first pair so much that I came back the next day to get a second pair made. You can pick from their dozens of sample styles, and customize them by changing the straps, colors, and adding charms and stones. I left wishing I could’ve bought about 20 pairs, but it just gives me more reason to go back!
Bonus Tip: The Blue Grotto
I didn’t include this as one of my top five because we actually ran out of time to go! But it was highly recommended to us so I didn’t want to post my tips without at least mentioning it! There are plenty of boat tours that take you right through and all the pictures I’ve seen are absolutely stunning.