My loves, here we go with my long overdue Positano Travelguide which was highly requested by you guys. I have so much to share and so many pictures to edit, but as many of you have been asking about my favourite places and outfit details, I decided it’s about time to start sharing! I hope you enjoy reading this and get an idea of why I love Positano so much…
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If you asked me to name my personal top three travel destinations, Positano would definitely make it into this list! The breathtaking views, the coastline with colourful umbrellas, the stunning hotels as well as the magical light – for me as a true Italy lover, Positano is heaven on earth. I’ve already visited Positano three times and I still feel like it will never be enough…
Where to stay
I love to stay in the upper part of the centre of Positano. My favourite place is Le Sirenuse, which is one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever seen. There is so much attention to detail and every corner is perfection. The beautiful breakfast restaurant with idyllic flair and amazing views, the pool with comfy deck chairs, the popping red coloured terrace… When I first entered our room and saw the view of the church and the beautiful buildings, I got a little emotional because it was just too much beauty. For me, it’s the number one hotel I would recommend for treating yourself on your honeymoon. 🙂
If you’re interested in a really deluxe hotel, the 5* Il San Pietro is for you. It’s the only hotel in the whole of Positano that has direct access to a private beach and it really is exclusive. External guests can’t purchase a sun lounger even for a day, so it means that it’s usually a calm and fairly quiet place, though it does still get quite busy. It must be because the hotel is so amazing, many of the guests don’t want to be anywhere else!
I also stayed at the hotel L’Ancora next door, which has stunning views and is way more affordable. Some rooms have balconies with similar views to Le Sirenuse. It’s a different hotel category but for Positano, it’s a fair place in an amazing location. Also, the breakfast terrace has a nice view and is well decorated. If you want to have an amazing location as well as views and you don’t need a pool: this one is a solid choice.
DRESS: Alessandra Rich (here)
When we decided to extend our stay, we were lucky to find last minute availability at Hotel Poseidon and it was such a pleasant and spontaneous stay. The hotel gave us an upgrade to a room with super charming views (you look at the Le Sirenuse side of Positano) and we even extended two times and stayed in three different room categories as everything was so fully booked. All rooms were totally fine and the views are just breathtaking. Also, the pool area has the most amazing Positano views, a cute bar with snacks (for free haha!) and a restaurant which has great vegan options – even tofu with hazelnut crust! I was in awe and they even prepared tofu every single morning for me! PLUS the hotel has a vintage car they rent for free to guests which I think is just amazing. In my opinion, it’s super good value for money!
The trendiest place according to Instagrammers is Villa Fiorentino. It offers AMAZING Positano views and has the jacuzzi of all dreams: due to a mirror you face the amazing views and also see the beautiful reflections in the mirror. In case you don’t know what I mean: check out my pics! Personally, I don’t like the location so much compared to the other hotels, as it’s soooo many stairs to get to the main road and in the summer heat a few hundred stairs on top are quite intense, especially when you are into exploring a lot! Nevertheless, we had a little kitchen which was amazing because there was a tiny supermarket across the street which had fresh food and even tofu and seitan. So Alex and I enjoyed preparing some healthy options for us which was such a treat after all the pasta/pizza/gelato…
In case you have all the budget in the world saved for this trip, I’m pretty sure Villa Treville is one of the most amazing hotels in Positano, as well as Il San Pietro, in terms of the incredible views and location. I visited Villa Treville last year and took some pictures in their beautiful bar while having a drink and enjoying the views. Unfortunately, the place became a little too popular and they made it ridiculously expensive to go there. You can not simply go for a drink, you have to pay 200€ in advance before they allow you to enter – We happily passed on this opportunity – but it’s super beautiful so I still wanted to mention it. 😉
DRESS: Cult Gaia, BAG: Rosantica, SHOES: Jacquemus
What to do
Relax at the beach
Positano has super charming beaches. The water is clear and I love all the colourful umbrellas which obviously are quite famous. Positano does not only offer stunning views from above – It’s also amazing to take a dip and then look up to all the colourful buildings. The most famous beach is the Spiaggia Grande, the big beach! There are also some super cute beach clubs, but I’m honestly a bit disappointed with the whole beach club policy in Italy. We visited quite some beach clubs during our recent trip and all of them were crazily overpriced and even if you’re willing to pay, the staff couldn’t be any more unfriendly. At the Spiaggia Grande, you get a chair for 25€ per person for the whole day but when you come for a quick dip, they’ll hunt you down… 😉 So either be prepared to pay or use the tiny free section of the beach – I’m just being honest. 😉
Pro tip: Spiaggia Grande closes at six, shortly before the sun hides behind the mountains. We often go to the beach around that time when it’s quiet and relaxed and stay until sunset which is around eight o’clock and so far, we never had to pay a cent during those hours. 😉
BIKINI BOTTOMS: Hunza G. (here), SHELL EARRINGS: Rebecca de Ravenel (here), STRIPED TOP: Faithfull (here), SHELL BASKET BAG: Rebecca de Ravenel (here), MITZAH: Dior (here) BATHING SUIT: Hunza G. (here), MITZAH: Dior (here), L-NECKLACE: Céline (similar here)
Shop the markets
In the cute little alleys behind the beach you can find little boutiques of local brands and a lot of art. Even if you are not planning to buy something, it’s a nice experience to just go around and enjoy the beautiful drawings of Positano. Along the coastline, you can also find fruit stalls which sell a lot of tasty fresh fruits. This time I ended up shopping some beautiful linen pieces at “Bottega di Brunella”, which is one of the most traditional bottegas in the area and the staff were super nice. When I ended up buying two dresses and two bandeau tops, I even got a cute belt as a gift and I’m always amazed by an unexpected sweet gesture!
Alex and I loved going for a walk, simply to fall in love with all the beautiful corners. When heading further up the road, we stopped and never got tired of seeing Positano from different angles.
Amazing day trips from Positano
When staying in Positano, I can definitely recommend a little road trip along the Amalfi Coast. This trip is often called one of the most romantic road trips you can have in Italy and even Europe, but frankly speaking, it felt quite adventurous as the roads are built close to the edge and Italians are known for driving a little more enthusiastically. 😉 Still, the views and the dreamy small towns of the Amalfi Coast were worth the adrenaline. We spontaneously booked a small car for a day which was super easy and the cost was about 100€. We decided to spend most of our day at Ravello to stroll around the small village and to visit Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone. Both places were heavenly and I used all my imagination in order to picture how beautiful the villas must look during spring with all flowers blooming! When we got really hungry around noon, we visited the picturesque Hotel Belmond Caruso for a late lunch with a stunning view. We ended up having pizza and spaghetti in this beautiful surrounding. The hotel has stunning gardens all day alleys with beautiful pink flowers.
DRESS: Faithfull (here), BAG: Loewe (here), SHELL EARRINGS: Rebecca de Ravenel (here), MITZAH: Dior (here), COVER UP: Paloma Blue, SWIMSUIT: Eres, BIG L-NECKLACE: Céline (here), BIKINI: Dolce & Gabbana (similar here)
It’s not a secret how much I love Capri, an island which to me seems unreal. I’ve never seen such beautiful gardens, views and light and everyone is so chic – it’s a place which seems like walking in a vintage postcard. As I took so many pictures on Capri, I’ll upload a little guide soon, I promise! Capri is just an easy 50-minute ferry ride away and amazing for a day trip or even for a few more days.
One of my favourite things to do in Positano is to hire a private boat and relax in the sunshine! Near Capri, there are beautiful rock formations near the coast called Faraglioni. It’s such a peaceful spot to stop for a while and the backdrop always looks so dramatic and picturesque!
SWIMSUIT: Louis Vuitton (similar here), EARRING: Balenciaga (here), BEACH BAG: Loewe (similar here), BIKINI: Norma Kalani (here), HAT: Lola Hats (similar here), EARRINGS: Louis Vuitton (here), SUNGLASSES: Louis Vuitton (here), STRIPED BATHING SUIT: Dior (here)
Fiore Di Fiore
This cute and photogenic small beach can be reached by car or bus in less than 30 minutes. Unfortunately, there was a fire and some falling rocks during the time we’ve been in Positano and, therefore the beach was closed – But I’ll definitely check for the next time!
SUNGLASSES: Le Specs, DRESS: Jacquemus, TOTE BAG: Dior
Where to eat
Pizza and pasta near the beach with the iconic Chez Black chairs and fun interior. They are known for heart-shaped pizza but you have to ask nicely when ordering. Do not order a rucola salad for 13€ because it’s just rucola with no toppings, no dressing, nothing! So in case you’re not a rabbit: go for pizza! When coming to the restaurant, they will tell you it’s”fully, fully booked”, but they just say it because it sounds so chic and the minute you’re like “no worries, it’s fine”, they’ll run to get you a table. And don’t be shy: request one in the first row so that you can people watch. 😉
I cannot even tell you how many people have been asking me about the picture I took one night in a romantic restaurant. BUT I’ve been keeping it a secret to make all your boyfriends visit my blog to find the best place to propose to you hihihi. (Guys, request the very same table we had and she can’t say no!!!!).
If you’re not staying at Le Sirenuse, make sure to visit the breathtaking hotel for lunch at La Sponda. The restaurant is definitely pricy, but its a sneaky excuse to take tons of pictures with the best view in Positano.
EARRINGS: Rebecca de Ravenel (here), SUNGLASSES: Jimmy Choo, TOP: Staud, PANTS: Revolve, YELLOW DRESS: Art Dealer (here), HEADBAND: Asos (here), HEELS: Bottega Veneta (available soon, here), BAG: Rosantica (here)
You can also make a reservation at the Oyster & Champagne bar, which is also located at Le Sirenuse, offering drinks and snacks. Make sure to make a reservation as it’s super popular.
Casa e Bottega
Healthy trendy food in Positano. In case you are spending more time in Italy and you miss a light, veggie option: Casa e Bottega has acai bowls, fresh smoothies and super yummy zuccini pasta with pesto!
This restaurant is Michelin starred so again can be a little expensive but it’s so amazing. You can see from how happy I am in the photos!! It’s located within the 5* hotel Il San Pietro de Positano but non-hotel guests are also welcome to enjoy the incredible restaurant views.
Hotel Poseidon Restaurant
When looking up where to find good vegetarian or vegan options in Positano, I never came across the restaurant of Hotel Poseidon but seriously, it was the best vegan food I had in Italy. I almost cried when having my dinner here (let’s pretend I’m just kidding even though we all know I’m not ;)). It was sooo yumm. Don’t get me wrong, I love Italian cuisine. But after quite some time in Italy, it gets repetitive as you don’t have many options when trying to eat vegan. And the Hotel Poseidon finally added some new and really cool flavours! The tofu with hazelnut crust was very nice and I loved to steal Alex’s spinach with raisins and nuts. It really felt deluxe after getting so many green salads with no dressing.
YELLOW DRESS: Cult Gaia, BLUE PRINT DRESS: Asos (here)
Da Gabrisa Restaurant & Wine Bar
I found this restaurant when looking up some vegan options and almost killed myself visiting Da Gabrisa for dinner. I’m over exaggerating, but be warned: It’s SOOOO many stairs to get to Da Gabrisa when starting at the lowest point (the beach!). But even though we were very last minute we got a cute little table and during sunset the view was just so pretty. We also got a vegan treat as a greeting from the kitchen and my tofu was also totally fine. Italians just don’t love salt so much, so add lots of salt, and the food is nice. 😉
I hope you like my pictures, feel free to ask any questions. More travel guides are coming soon! xx Leonie <3
Blending in at Villa Treville
DRESS: Cult Gaia, BAG: Rosantica, SHOES: Jacquemus
Admiring the Positano views from the Champagne & Oyster bar
Golden hour at Faraglioni, Capri
BATHING SUIT: Dior (here)
Amalfi coast line by boat