A few months ago I was in Italy on an Italian escape with the love of my life where we made it our mission to make our way down to the gem of the Amalfi Coast – Positano. It was a beautiful train ride along the coast and, if I’m being honest, a scary bus ride along the coastline to get to this remote destination. But I had good reason to be scared.. It was all cliffs! Being a Canadian from the Prairies this was a shock that people drove daily on these narrow roads that boarded cliffs – and the cliff’s edge. But all the fear and clenching of my bus seat was worth it of course.
Positano had been one of those “it” places that everyone seemed to rave about. The photos you’d see on Pinterest were mesmerizing and the cute cliff side town had taken over bloggers feeds from around the world. You couldn’t escape it! So naturally I had to see it for myself. And let me tell you – You won’t be disappointed.
We arrive in Positano after a smooth train ride from Florence and a windy bus ride from Salerno, and it was love at first sight. Everything about Positano had me gasping. It was a mix between Jurassic Park, Game of Thrones and well.. magic. How could such a place exist!? Here are some reasons why you’ll love Positano as much as I did:
It’s A Natural Beauty
While the white washed buildings of Positano are stunning the area is gorgeous on it’s own. You are surrounded by stunning views of the sea and jagged canyons and cliffs all around you. Flowers and greenery are flourishing and vibrant. And then near the bottom of all this beauty are cute little beaches where locals and tourists alike sit on the tiny pebbles to take in the Italian sun with a yummy mixed drink. I could have, and I did, sit for hours just looking down on Positano. And if you are willing to wake up at 5 AM you can see the city and cliffs illuminated with purples and hues that I didn’t know a sunrise could make.
It’s Still Quiet
It was another world to be somewhere without neon signs, shopping malls and everything else we are accustomed to finding within a short distance. What you’ll find is local restaurants who have a passion for food and fresh local ingredients, markets that have their food delivered that day and lemon trees that are asking to be picked! Positano is a forty minute drive from the other towns so it is one of the most remote destinations I have ever been to, considering it is all accessed by a small cliffside road.
It’s A Great Place To “Turn Off”
While hotels come with TV’s and internet I didn’t feel the need to go online. When you’re in Positano you’re so busy living in the moment that it become a break from the digital world. Sure you’re taking about a million photos but how could you not?! It’s stunning and you’ll want to take these memories with you for the rest of your life. Even though I dislike the sun I found myself on the beach basking in it, not a care in the world. I didn’t want to be anywhere else.
You’ll Never Get Bored
There is a hiking trail called the Path of Gods that offers stunning views of the coast, cliffs and sea. Or you can ferry your way over to the island of Capri, another Italian gem, or you can do what we did and rent a private boat and drive there yourself! And if water isn’t your thing you can rent a moped and take a cruise along the Amalfi Coast. And if you’re just in the mood to relax then make your way down to the beach to enjoy some drinks, gelato and pizza! You can never go wrong with being in the moment.
There’s No Place Like It
I have travelled the world and I have never been anywhere like Positano. The small town had such a massive impact on my perspective of things. I live in a Canadian city where there are very few old buildings and not too many historic sites. Being in Positano was like going into another time. A time where things were simpler and everything was made to be beautiful.
I cannot wait to be back in Positano sipping an Italian coffee with an amazing view before me. What’s one city that you can’t get out of your head? Thanks for reading <3