Positano is one of the most instagrammable places places in the South of Italy. In the last year I’ve seen more pictures of Positano than anywhere else, and for good reason – It is beautiful!
Cobbled streets, picture-perfect beach bars, endless sea views – the list goes on! But other than the obvious places, there are some hidden gems that aren’t so talked about! I’ve compiled a list of hidden gems for anyone who is heading to the cliffside village of southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast! Recommendations from friends to happy accidents and a little bit of serendipity, these are my Hidden Gems of Positano!
1.Lunch/Dinner at Laurito Beach
A true love story…
Laurito beach was stumbled across by Adolfo, who accidentally came across it when teaching people how to jet ski on the italian waters. Adolfo and his wife who fell in love in Positano in 1966 created the private beach restaurant as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the village.
Also known to the locals as ‘the last paradise’, Laurito has become a national and international meeting place that has attracted stars, artists and adventure seekers by its simplicity and adoration of the sea and nature that frames it.
Five minutes from Positano by boat, the restaurant’s red fish boat leaves from 10am-1pm and you can return to Positano from 4pm onwards. The boat service is free of charge for anyone who is eating at the restaurant!
The beach has everything you need for a relaxing day by the beach, including; bathrooms, showers, sun loungers, bar and restaurant. Not to mention the authentic home cooked Italian cooking, famoulsy praised for its Mozzarella and fresh Lemon leaves!
Check out the beach www.daadolfo.com – It even has a virtual tour so you can get a sneak preview of the scenery before you take the red fish plunge!
2. La Tagliata Restaurant
Ok, so this is one we really wished we had time to fit in! It was recommended to us by a friend and we were so excited to try it out!
It’s a family restaurant, up in the mountains – they pick you up from your hotel and you spend the night eating, dancing, drinking until the last bus home (provided by the restaurant). We heard amazing reviews from the endless amounts of home cooking and the general atmosphere of the place. It’s a set menu of €40 each with 5 or 6 courses, including wine…bargain!
We ran out of time and didn’t manage to fit it in, so if you decide to go it would be amazing to hear from you and hear your thoughts!
See link here for Trip Advisor reviews – (they’re all really positive!!!)
3. Mini beach – Fornillo
We only found this beach as our hotel was quite out the way of the centre of Positano. Our hotel guide recommended us to go there as it was closer to our hotel than the main Spiagga Grande, and it was a lot quieter.
You can rent sun loungers for €20 a day and you won’t be fighting over the best ones at 6am in the morning! There’s also lots of beach huts which serve fresh food and drinks so it’s a perfect alternative to the main beach.
Follow the path Via Positanesi D’America that links the two beaches, and on the way you get to take in the breathtaking views of the sea from what feels like the end of a cliff. It really does feel like you’re walking on water haha! There’s also lots of hidden mini beaches on the route, so if you’re an adventure seeker I would definitely recommend this short paved path.
Tip: The sea and sand itself is very pebbly, so I would definitely recommend bringing with you some toggle sea shoes or flip flops!
4. Views from Hotel Le Sirenuse
We found this one accidentally again – we had arranged to eat dinner there but decided to take a stroll down the Viale Pasitea for dinner instead (highly recommend Il Tridente Restaurant for views and lovely service). When we went in to cancel our reservation at Le Sirenuse and we found the most beautiful view we’d seen of Positano!
Just go through reception to the back doors to be blown away just like us!
5. The Path of Gods
This is another one we really wish we had more time to do! Walkers are recommended to walk from Agerola to Nocelle, which makes the path slightly downhill all the way so you won’t wear out too much.
If you follow the path you can see the whole of the Amalfi Coast and Capri. The views are said to be even more breath taking than what you already see on the Positano footpaths!
There is definitely so much more to Positano than meets the eye, and we wish we would’ve had more time to explore as there was something beautiful on every corner.