guest post by Marco Pambianco
Italy is filled with many world renowned cities – Rome, Venice, Milan and Naples – to name a few. We learn about these cities in our history books, listen to stories from our friends and family who have vacationed there and even gamble at large casinos in Las Vegas that have been erected to mirror the architecture of the once rich and powerful cities. Because of all the attention these great Italian cities receive, other, smaller, towns have seemed to slip through the cracks on the world stage. Of these neglected Italian towns, one that rightly deserves recognition is Positano.
Positano is a small Italian town along the southern coast of Italy. It is part of a region called the Amalfi Coast, a region where Positano and other notable towns of Ravello and Praiano hug the rugged vertical cliffs of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Positano is the central hub of the region and possesses unrivaled scenery. The beauty lies amid the small multi-colored homes on steep hillsides facing the bright blue Mediterranean Sea.
Unparalleled natural beauty combined with the warm hospitality of the locals is the resonating theme throughout Positano. Everywhere you go, from the luxurious hotels to the small restaurants, the views of the landscape seem to be built for a king. Because Positano is situated right along the edge of a hillside, all views could be considered “award winning”. The locals are also extremely friendly and always greet you with a warm smile. The inviting hospitality makes you feel welcome and allows you to fully relax and release any apprehensions about being in a foreign country.
The elegant shopping scene in Positano is robust and offers great opportunities for tourists to take a piece of fine craftsmanship home with them. One after another along the narrow streets of Positano sit many small boutique shops. Ranging from perfectly tailored apparel and carefully crafted sandals to artistic handmade ceramics with locally inspired attention to color, there is no comparison when it comes to the quality and uniqueness of what you can buy.
The food in Positano would rival some of the best restaurants in the entire country of Italy. Passed down from generation to generation, Positano restaurants give their guests the opportunity to enjoy and savor traditional Campania region recipes. Authentic creations such as the truffle-oil pasta, perfected by Ristorante Scirocco, await even the most seasoned palates.
Nestled among thousands of lemon trees, the Amalfi Coast region is famous for its cultivation of large lemons. As part of the harvest, Positano creates two very distinguishable products from the lemons that can be found all over town: lemon ice and limoncello. The taste of the lemon ice is very refreshing and the freshness of the ripe lemon residuals is invigorating. Limoncello, a lemon liqueur, must be consumed in moderation. Though giving off the appearance of a sweet tropical drink, this liquor is not meant for gulping. The alcohol content is quite strong and as such, the drink is served chilled and in a small serving glass. Either while sitting at a cafe in mid-afternoon or right after dinner, locals enjoy limoncello all day long.
The geographic location of Positano is well positioned for exploring the surrounding area. Other popular destinations such as Capri and Pompeiiare just a short distance from Positano, making day trips a very real and viable option. To reach Capri, you would hop on a ferry from Positano’s harbor near Spiaggia Grande, the town’s main beach, and ride approximately 30-40 minutes to the island. Pompeii takes a little longer and can be reached by a bus ride to Sorrento and then a train connection which will take you the rest of the way.
There’s no question Positano is a unique Italian town. It may not have the depth of Rome’s historical relevance or Venice’s one-of-a-kind water canals, but Positano’s unmatched landscape and other distinctive aspects help make it a true Italian gem.
John Steinbeck, one of the great writers of our time, once described Positano as “a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” After having the opportunity to vacation here, it’s evident this still holds true today.
Marco lives in Chicago and frustrated by the lack of detail when planning his own honeymoon, started Discover Your Honeymoon. This one-stop site inspires destination ideas, details important travel information and offers pertinent travel tips and ideas to newlyweds looking at enjoying a honeymoon.