Positano, Italy Travel Guide

Positano, Italy Travel Guide

My Positano travel guide is here! Prior to this trip, I had been to Italy twice but never Positano (or Capri)! We spent 4 days in Positano, and one of those we took the ferry to Capri for the day. I wanted to go ahead and give you a break down of everything we did, where we ate, where we stayed, etc. If you’re going to Positano, here are my recommendations!


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Where We Stayed 
We stayed in Airbnb’s the entire time in Italy, and when we were in Positano we stayed at Casa Incanto, which is one of the apartments by Le Tre Perle (@le_tre_perle_). We loved our stay here, and highly recommend! The host was super helpful and accommodating, and the Airbnb itself was super nice. The best part about it though was the view! We had a porch that overlooked all of Positano and honestly, it was probably one of the best views we had the whole trip. It was a little bit up the mountain (hence the amazing view), but it was easy enough to take a bus to and from the bottom of the town up to the Airbnb.

As a side note, there were also steps (aka 30 flights of stairs LOL) that lead from the apartment down to the town. We used these to walk down each morning (took about 30-40 min to walk), but we took the bus on the way back up. DEFINITELY weren’t going to walk up those steps. Another thing to note is that there are taxis that go up and down the mountain, so when we first got there, we took a car up to our Airbnb vs. carrying all of our luggage on the bus.

View from our Airbnb

Walking around Positano with my sister, Jane

Where We Ate
Ristorante Da Costantino This restaurant was recommended to us by a few people, including our Airbnb host. It’s up the mountain compared to the bottom of the town of Positano but wasn’t as far up as our Airbnb. The good news is if you called ahead to make a reservation, they will send a shuttle to pick you up and bring you to the restaurant. Food is excellent and priced reasonably. If you can, ask for a table by the window when you make a reservation!

La Tagliata Definitely one of the best meals I’ve ever had! This is a family owned restaurant; the mom and dad are the ones cooking all the food and the sons are the waiters! It’s a 5-course dinner but there isn’t a menu. They just bring out all the different courses–everything from meats, cheese, breads, grilled veggies, plates of pasta, grilled meats, to dessert. It’s a fixed price of 45 euros per person but totally worth it. Oh and that price includes unlimited wine as well. This place is a must go! Also, the view is to die for!!

La Zagara This was a restaurant/cafe that we ventured to frequently. There aren’t a ton of places in Positano where you can go sit down for breakfast. Most breakfast spots are a little cafe that you could run into and grab a croissant, but not really a full-on cafe where you can sit and enjoy breakfast. As far as lunch spots go, there aren’t a ton of lunch spots that are less than 15 euros per person. Like, a lot of their restaurants are great for dinner but if you want to sit down somewhere for lunch and spend less than 15 euros per person there aren’t a ton of options (at least that we found). So this spot was perfect for lunch too because they had all sorts of sandwiches and pizza slices. This was the perfect spot to grab lunch and Aperol spritzes!

Collina Bakery: This is a little bakery close to the bus stop in Positano. We got croissants and coffee here a couple of times. We preferred La Zagara since it was a full-on restaurant with seating but this is a good spot if you just want to grab something to go!

Other recommendations that we didn’t have a chance to go to: Francos (popular bar with an amazing view!), Chez Black, II Tridente, Casa E Bottega (if you’re looking for non-Italian food!)

Patio at La Zagara

View at La Tagliata


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What We Did
Boat Tour to Capri: So here’s the deal! If you’re visiting Positano you can take a ferry to Capri, or you can do a boat tour over to Capri, and stop to see all the grottos along the way. I highly recommend doing the boat tour!

There’s a ton of different boat tours on sites like TripAdvisor. We went with a company called Giovanni’s boats, and even though the tour itself was beautiful we didn’t have the best experience with this company LOL (anyone remember the IG stories?!) Long story short, they showed up almost an hour later and then wanted us to pay for the 4 hour tour, even though we were only on the boat for 3 hours. Also, they were supposed to have mama’s homemade Limoncello which was nowhere to be seen haha. I know other people who have toured with them and had a great experience but ours could have been a little better. For anyone wondering, the original cost was 400 euros for 4 hours.

Regardless! Definitely do a boat tour over to Capri. We thought 3-4 hours was enough on the boat. There are also tours that are an entire day if that’s more your thing ๐Ÿ˜‰ After they dropped us off at Capri we spent 4-5 hours walking around and then caught the last ferry back early evening.

Cooking Class at Buca Di Baco: So, this may have been my favorite part of the trip! It was definitely a little pricey, but guys it was so worth it! It’s around 130 euros ($150) per person, and it’s a 3 hour cooking class. There were 6 of us in the class, Stephen and me, my sister and her fiance, and another couple (who we ended up loving!) We spent the first half of the class in the kitchen making all the courses. We made eggplant Parmesan, fresh pesto, gnocchi and pizza from scratch, and almond chocolate cake. And they gave us a recipe book after with all these recipes plus additional ones. You also get the little wooden board (I don’t know what else to call it LOL) that we made the gnocchi on to take home. Oh, and they served us champagne the entire time while cooking which was a nice addition ๐Ÿ™‚

After we made everything, they set it all up on a table for us in the adjoining restaurant to the Buca Di Baco hotel. In addition to all the food we made, we had unlimited red and white wine, plus a gorgeous view of the sea. Everything tasted amazing (probably one of the best meals the entire time) and it was such a fun experience!

Hike Path of the Gods: We didn’t get a chance to do this, but I’ve heard that it’s a good activity to do. Basically it’s about a 2-hr scenic hike along the Amalfi Coast. I’ll let you google the rest, because I’m sure that will be more helpful lol. But just an activity to think about!

Touring the grottos during the boat tour!

Views from Capri

Cooking class at Buca di Baco

Hope this blog was helpful in planning your trip to Positano! Let me know if you have any questions about anything we did ๐Ÿ™‚ xxC

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