The town dates back to the 10th century when people from further north along the coast fled the invading Turks and took refuge in a Benedictine Abbey here. The site was easier to defend so they stayed and Positano grew on the side of the steep mountains which drop down to the sea. Once a sleepy fishing town, the town is now a tourist mecca, still looked over by the gold dome of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, which houses a Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary.
Expect to climb a lot of steps when exploring the steep streets and don’t miss the precarious little bridge on the coast road called the Ponte dei Libri (Bridge of Books) which is surrounded by rock formations that look like piles of books.
Tours & Tickets
Cruise to the island of Capri from Positano or Amalfi on a small-group day trip, aboard an intimately sized sightseeing boat! After leaving the Amalfi Coast, ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Explore one of Europe’s most beautiful coastlines on this full-day tour of the Amalfi Coast from Rome, with visits to Positano and Amalfi. The UNESCO-listed ... Read more
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)
Experience two gems of the Amalfi Coast on this day trip from Sorrento. Enjoy views of the Mediterranean as you travel by comfortable coach along the ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Admire the beautiful Amalfi Coast at sunset on an evening cruise from Positano or Amalfi. Aboard a private boat driven by your captain, enjoy fabulous views of ... Read more
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)