Positano (Campania): what to see in 1 day

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What to see in Positano in one day, itinerary including the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, the noble villas, excursions on the Path of the Gods, islets and large beach.


Tourist information

Geographically returning to the Amalfi Coast, Positano is immersed in a magnificent setting, harmoniously inserted between the rocks and having a terraced urban structure degrading towards the sea.

The favorable climatic characteristics, the enchanting landscape and the excellent quality of the sea, have made Positano a very popular holiday resort, especially in the summer months.


The origins of Positano date back to 915 AD. approximately, corresponding to the period in which some fishermen found refuge in this area, forced to protect themselves from the incursions of Saracen pirates.

According to a legend, Positano was founded by Poseidon, the god of the sea, in favor of his beloved nymph Pasitea.

Over the centuries Positano became one of the major maritime centers, coming to compete even with Amalfi and taking on the typical appearance of the fortified village, characterized by narrow streets, fortifications and watchtowers.


What see

The Church of Santa Maria Assunta deserves to be visited, which stands out for having a dome covered with majolica finished in various colors.

Inside this place of worship, which was founded by Brazilian monks in the seventh century, the icon of the Black Madonna dating back to the eighteenth century and of Byzantine inspiration is kept.

In the surroundings of Positano there are many noble villas, including Palazzo Murat, Villa Sersale, Villa Orseola and the Roman Villa.


The hamlets of Montepertuso and Nocelle, located at higher altitude and reachable by stairs from the center of Positano, are very suggestive.

Nocelle is a famous stage of the Path of the Gods, which can be reached not only from Positano but also from Montepertuso.

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The Path of the Gods, which offers remarkable panoramic features, in ancient times represented the only route that united Sorrento, Stabia and Nocera.

The Spiaggia Grande, with its 300 meters in length, is one of the largest on the Amalfi Coast.

For those who prefer greater tranquility, the beach of Fornillo is recommended, reachable only through a path that, starting from the Spiaggia Grande, runs along the sea and the Saracen towers present, including the Torre della Sponda, Torre Trasita and Torre di Fornillo.

A few hundred meters off the coast of Positano are the three Li Galli islets, nicknamed "the Sirenuse".

In Positano there are numerous hotels and accommodation of all kinds, including typical restaurants with a terrace overlooking the sea, where you can taste excellent fish dishes.

Top Positano Travel Tips | Everything You Need To Know (September 2021)


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