Earlier in the summer, Joel and I decided to travel around the southwest coast of Italy without any concrete plans in mind. We knew we wanted to visit Positano, but the steep prices made it very difficult. So, we compromised by spending the day in this romantic little beach town, and leaving at the end of the day.

Getting to Positano

Getting to Positano is very easy, with just a little bit of planning. We stayed in B&B La Mela in Salerno, which we found through Airbnb. If you want to stay in Salerno, I am giving you $41 to do so!

In the morning, we took a ferry from the Salerno coast into Positano. Ferries run three times an hour for around 12 euros. You can see the schedule here, though, we purchased our tickets upfront.


What to Do

I could tell you all about the colorful buildings, warm black sand, Vespas, and wandering paths full of romantic cafes and ceramics boutiques, but I’m sure you already know all about it.

Positano isn’t a destination where you come to see specific attractions. Yes, there are plenty of narrow stairways to wander, and plenty of souvenir shops, hat shops, and beach clothing stores. But, if you are in Positano to see its beauty without spending a fortune, I suggest you window shop. Prime real estate comes with a cost.

So, what is there to do?

You will find that there is not much to do besides soak up the sun, sip some wine, and eat until your heart’s content.


For the best views…

Upon arrival in Positano, Joel and I wanted to explore. When we had made it up the hill, we quickly realized that most every spot in town offers an excellent view. That being said, many places were only accessible for hotel guests or residents. Hotel California, offers what I consider to be the best, and most unobstructed view.

For the best food…

Before heading down to the beach, we listened to our grumbling stomachs and settled down at Buca di Bacco for lunch. Expecting to have to pay an arm and a leg for our meal, we were pleasantly relieved to open the menu and see reasonable prices.

Besides the “typical” amazing pizza and pasta, southern Italy is best known for growing eggplants. The sandy soil and extensive sunlight makes it the perfect environment! I suggest ordering the Parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant Parmesan).

If you would prefer a picnic on the beach, grab some drinks and sandwiches from Delicatessen, then some fruit from any fruit stand you prefer. The food here is incredibly fresh.


For the best beach…

Spiaggia Grande is the main beach in Positano. The south side of the beach is roped off and filled with row after row of orange umbrellas and lounge chairs, which can be used for a fee. Next to that, you are free to set up your own beach chair or towel. Joel and I laid out our towels and took a post-lunch nap under the sun.


For the best drinks…

Italians typically spend their afternoons having a leisurely drink with friends. I sure can’t blame them! We had grown tired of the beach, so we looked for the nearest area with shade. Ristorante L’Incanto provided us with just that (and free Wi-Fi)!

We both ordered icy lime daiquiris and sipped them under the late afternoon sun. I can’t vouch for the food, but the cocktail was quite lovely.

The last ferry leaves around 4:00 pm (though this time depends on the season), and I suggest NOT planning on taking the last boat. Approximately one-million other tourists have the same idea as you.

When to Go

We decided to go in the month of May because the temperatures are mild, the flowers are blooming and it’s not quite peak season, so you don’t have to worry about the massive crowds.

As always, if you have any questions, just ask them in the comments section below and I will answer you as soon as I can!

49 thoughts on “Making Waves in Positano (on a Budget)”

  1. It looks gorgeous. To tell the truth I didn’t even know there was a place like that in Italy. Think you just gave me a new destination to explore.

  2. Wonderful comments, Cassidy! Makes you want to go there immediately. Picked a beautiful day to play tourist; could imagine the sounds your sights were so good! Very enjoyable.

  3. Oh my goodness! Love your photos of this place! I’ve always wanted to go to Italy, and this REALLY makes me want to go! The flowers, the houses, the water…all of it.

  4. It looks like Positano was a picture-perfect vacation! Whenever I go, plan on referring to your blog post. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Wow just fabulous and beautiful place to visit. All photographs looks very attractive and beautiful. It must be a tourist attraction place of the city. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience.

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  7. Wow, these are beautiful photos! I’ve actually been living nearby in Naples but I haven’t gotten around to visiting Positano yet (waiting for Summer to pass and the number of tourists to die down!).

  8. I love your photos!! I never went to Positano when I was in Italy because I was there towards high season making it realllly expensive! lol But next time, I’ll have to go! It’s too beautiful to pass up 🙂

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