Positano is amazing! Well hidden after seven hills and seven seas, about ten miles away from Sorrento, it will take you quite a lot of time to travel there by car with the “charming” narrow road defined by the curves and impossible angles… After the first twenty minutes of quite uncomfortable ride, I expected to see Sophia Loren in the role of the famous La Ciociara (in black and white) passing by, as I lost the color-view after the fifth curve… When I finally saw the lovely little town, I left the car immediately, had a bottle of mineral water and walked down to the center, passing by the lovely Missoni boutique on my way to the old town…
Steinbock once said for Positano: “It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” I cannot agree more! If the road is the road to hell, the town itself is a dream-place, nested in the hills, stretching to the lovely blue sea.
There is a beautiful church of Santa Maria Assunta (built in the 13th century) in the center with the dome made of majolica tiles and the Byzantine wood painting “Mary with the child” from 13th century. There are nice villas and charming galleries (not all offering the recognizable tourist-kitsch!)
Positano – Santa Maria Assunta and the beach early on a Sunday morning
Positano has the spirit of “La Dolce Vita” (in spite of the economic crisis!) and there is the special air du temps all around you. I couldn’t help but enjoy the lovely little bars, decorated in quite a fashionable way! Positano is also a special fashion-center. There are no streets with the brand-stores only. There are numerous boutiques with carefully selected brands (Giambattista Valli, Emilio Pucci…) and even more carefully selected items suggesting a certain style. I liked that unique assortment and the idea to suggest une certaine idée, instead of just sell the clothes.
Apart from the sea, the cafes, galleries and lovely boutiques, there are nice hotels, chateaux and restaurants and on the way to Praiano and Amalfi, there is, of course, Il San Pietro di Positano, the wonderful hotel with the great restaurant “Zass“. Once you get there, you would hardly ever want to leave this lovely place. M.N.