What opens the Amalfi Coast’s doors is without any doubt the wonderful Positano village. Its breathtaking landscape, its blue sea, the streets recognizable style as they’re full of fashion, art and typical product shops, make Positano a highly sought-after destination.
Positano village is a plot of alleys, art, culture, perfumes and colors,unique in the world, that from the coast’s high stone walls overlooks thesea creating a real vertical city.
The Positano fashion
With the huge touristic wave in the 60s’, the local merchants weren’t able to meet the great tourists requests, which were often not properly dressed for the south Italian hot temperatures, so they had to create clothes, skirts, shirts, sandals, using materials taken from linen towels ,foulard, curtains and even bride dresses. Year after year, this technique got better and better up to creating a real and original style. Still nowadays the Positano fashion is appreciated in the whole world for the uniqueness of these hand-made products.
The Saint Maria Teresa dell’Assunta Church
What pops out in this charming location is definitely the Saint Maria Teresa dell’Assunta Church. With its massive majolica dome with the colors green like the vegetation and yellow like the sun. Inside of the church it’s been guarded a precious byzantine icon. According to the legend, this artwork was embarked on a ship that just right off Positano has found itself in a storm. In the middle of the operations to get to safety, the crew, suddenly, heard a voice that invited them to drop the anchor, telling them “posa, posa”, which means “drop, drop” in English, (here the name Positano).
The crew obeyed and, as a religious and thankful act, donated the byzantine icon to the fishermen of what it was then a village, and they’ve built the church. In the lower part of the church, there are still some remains of a roman villa buried after the Vesuvian eruption of the 79 A. D., which is still today visitable.
Positano is in the middle of the Amalfi Coast, from about 15 kilometers from Sorrento and 18 kilometers from Amalfi. Thanks to the connections by sea, it’s possible to get to the Capri island in less than 20 minutes and in around 1 hour by car you can get to the archaeological sites of Pompei and Ercolano.
How to get to Positano
– From Napoli Capodichino airport to Sorrento with the Curreri shuttle service, and then with the Sita bus from Sorrento to Positano
-From the Napoli Capodichino airport with the Taxi services or NCC
– From the Napoli Train Station (Napoli Centrale) with the Circumvesuviana to Sorrento and then with the Sita Bus from Sorrento to Positano.