Positano

Positano

Steep, barely visible stairways. A myriad of tiny streets weaving in and out of each other, in and around tiny white dwellings, arches, domes and porticoes. Positano, in the Province of Salerno, rolls gently down from the Lattari mountains in an explosion of beauty. The ancient town is made up of several hamlets, and its rich vegetation and splendid sea make it a fairytale location.
Painters, directors and writers have all been captured by the magic atmosphere of the seascape and the fisherman's way of life, and have drawn inspiration from the cascade of houses, convents, villas and golden retreats.
All of this is garlanded by Monte Comune, Santa Maria del Castello, Sant?Angelo a Tre Pizzi, Conocchia, Campo dei Galli and Paipo. As you turn your gaze south and eastwards, the view over the sea extends as far as Punta Licosa and Capri. Three miles from the coast, a must-see is Li Galli or the Sirenuse, whose name is clearly inspired by representation of mermaids (“sirena” in Italian) in ancient Greek art. The town includes three islands: Gallo lungo, La Rotonda and Castelluccio. The viceroy Pietro di Toledo ordered the construction of several towers for protection against sea attacks. The most important of these are Sponda, ?Trasita?, modernised in 1950, and the third, in the?Fornillo?area, was bought in 1909 and renovated by the Swiss patron of arts Gilbert Clavel.
Take fascinating excursions to the Belvedere, Ponte dei Libri or Grotta di Matera, a fjord-like inlet which allows the sea to weave its way into the town, and wonder at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption with its magnificent mosaic-tiled dome. Nearby are the remains of a Roman Villa. From Piazza Flavio Gioia go down to Marina Grande and continue towards the picturesque Fornillo, La Porta, Ciumicello and Arienzo beaches.
And don't forget that Positano's chic reputation is mainly due to its famed sartorial traditions, an attraction for tourists who crowd the colourful town centre boutiques in search of that typical style that goes by the name of “Moda Positano”.