I do not even know where to begin! Positano was by far the best stop of the trip in my opinion. The views were beautiful, the people were great, and the food was amazing! We arrived to Positano from Capri on a pretty rainy day. There is a direct ferry that goes straight from Capri to Positano and it took around 40-45 minutes. As we approached Positano, the vibrant colors of the buildings starting to pop out and the view looking up to the city from the water was incredible. I think it would have been even more incredible if it were a sunny day.
It was raining lightly for our ferry ride over and it started raining pretty hard right when we docked. Which was unfortunate because we clearly had NO idea where we were going! It is funny because when you map out where your hotel is on your phone, you look at it and say “O, it’s only 10 minutes north.” Fact of the matter is that it is 10 minutes north but is directly upwards! From the dock, we figured out how to get to the main Piazza where you were able to take a bus up the one main road that loops through the city. Just like in Capri, it was cheap and the easiest mode of transportation.
The bus took us just around the corner of where we were staying so it was nice that we got the bus route figured out fairly quickly. We stayed at Hostel Brikette and it was an absolute blast! We met some really fun people and at that time, the hostel was being run by 4 people from Australia (who were super awesome by the way). The hostel had a nice balcony area and all of us, including the Aussie’s, would all hang out together in the evenings for a drink and pizza. The hostel had a bar and breakfast also.
This hostel was great because they had a lot of different room options. This including all girls or boys room for between 6-12 people as well as co-ed rooms. We decided to stay in an all girls 8 bed room and most all of the beds were full for the nights we were there. Of course it is wise to bring earplugs or head phones! What was also great about the hostel was the bulletins they had hanging of all the near by hiking trails, sights/tours, and stair paths down to the beach. It was all really helpful information.
Thankfully, the rain cleared up pretty quickly so we decided to go explore a little bit. We decided to take the stairs down to the public beach which didn’t take too long. But yes, I had counted the stairs and it was nearly 800! At one point during our stay, we chose to ascend about half of the stairs and my butt had never burned more! Anyways, we went down to the beach area and as we made our way back up towards the hostel, we chose to walk along side the main road that has tons and tons of cute little shops, restaurants, and bakeries. Going up the hill and stopping into shops is less exhausting than all those stairs!
The next morning we took a bus ride to Amalfi to do the Path of the Gods hike. This was quite the scenic hike. It was very green and you had great views out towards the ocean. From Amalfi, you have to get on another bus that takes you to Bomerano. From there you have to make your way through the city a few minutes to get to the trail head. If you start the hike in Bomerano, you will be hiking back towards Positano. The trail ends in a city called Nocelle. I believe that there was a choice to take a bus from Nocelle to Positano but we chose to go down the bazillion stairs to get back to Positano.
I would say that this is a relatively easy hike for most people. The toughest part was right in the beginning where the first 1/4 mile or so is all uphill. Bring sure to bring sunscreen and water! Along the trail, there were a couple of water handles to pump water in order to fill your bottle. Along the trail you also pass some nice areas with a scenic view to get some good pictures. There was also a nice area that was dense with cairns that was quite pretty. I would recommend this hike to anyone who visits this area!
Our next day in Positano included another bus ride down to Amalfi. I should mention that if you get motion sickness even a little bit, take something for it. These bus rides are on very curved roads with a lot of switch backs. It is also a lot of speeding up just to slow down again. Also, allow for a little extra time for the buses. The roads are so narrow in some areas that cars/buses cannot pass both ways. There was one bus ride where we just sat in the same spot for 20 or so minutes. Anyways, we went back to the town of Amalfi where we had booked a half day kayak trip. The kayak trip started in Amalfi and went to Furore beach. Along the way, the guides would take us to different landmarks an talk about the history of these spots.
Most of the group was in a doubles kayak which I thought was helpful so you had some help paddling. My arms were burning by the end! We spent about 30 minutes at Furore beach getting a bite to eat, swimming, and taking pictures.
We had really fun and interactive kayak guides for our trip which made it really fun. I should note that we booked this kayak trip online and paid a deposit. So you are required to pay the rest after the trip is over in cash.
Before we booked our trip to Italy, most everything we read talked about how you don’t need much euro on you because a lot of places accept credit cards. During this whole trip, using a credit card was a struggle in all of the cities. For the most part, many places accepted credit card but definitely preferred you to pay in cash. And a lot of of the restaurants would deny a credit card. When we said a credit card was all we had, they then accepted it. So with kayaking, we figured since we booked it online with a card that we could pay the remainder with card but they said it had to be cash. Therefore, I had to get euro from the ATM which comes with ridiculous fees. Ok, rant over.
While these were the major events of our time in Positano, we also made sure to explore the city, find good food, enjoy the beach, and go into the little shops. I had the best cheese mushroom ravioli of my life in Positano and I can’t complain about all the pizza! Positano was wonderful and would say it was my favorite city of the trip.