Getaway to Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy

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Getaway to Positano 

Positano possesses a kind of magic that is difficult to put into words. It’s a kaleidoscope of shimmering light, pastel hues, vibrant bougainvillea, and the winding, terraced streets with pastel villas clinging to the mountainside. Boldly colored umbrellas bounce off the chameleon blue hues of the sea. At sunset, a rosy glow falls over the glassy sea and twinkling lights spark the views. Day or night, Positano is a place of pure magic.

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The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast has been on my travel bucket list for many years. Despite several visits to Italy, Scott and I had never made it this far south until July. It was definitely worth the wait! The rumored magic of the Amalfi Coast is all true.

positano-getawayFollowing a 3 1/2 hour drive, three flights and 30+ hours of travel, we arrived in Naples. Thankfully, our driver, Davide of Dreaming Amalfi Coast, was there to greet us. He ushered us into his luxury vehicle and entertained us with stories of Amalfi Coast and Italian life. Charming Davide stopped for us to take in some views of Sorrento and the entire Amalfi Coast, and offered us some limoncello ice from a roadside stand.

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With travel fatigue and jet lag setting in, having comfortable lodging pre-booked is always important to us. As it turns out, the Alcione Residence was the perfect choice for our four-night stay. The intimate boutique hotel of 11 suites is charming and well-appointed with panoramic views of Positano from each balcony. The staff, Katia and Valentina, were incredibly kind and helpful. The location is right on Via Cristoforo Columbo and just two doors away from the famed Le Sirenuse Hotel. Boutiques and cafes are sprinkled along the street, and the bougainvillea covered path to the shopping streets and beach is nearby.

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Our suite was beautifully appointed with authentic Italian furnishings, luxurious linens, and brightly colored hand-painted tiles. From wrought iron details to gilded mirrors, we were very pleased with our spotless and cheery suite.

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The view from our terrace at twilight was captivating.

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We stumbled across the street from the hotel on that first weary night. We didn’t have to walk up or down the steep slope but simply across the street. We enjoyed the dishes and view so well at Ristorante L’Ancora that we ate here twice and enjoyed a nightcap on another evening.

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At Residence Alcione a breakfast tray, with continental breakfast and more items of our choice,  was delivered to our room each day for dining on the terrace.

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Be prepared to walk and climb stairs in Positano. Comfortable shoes are a must! The streets are steep and winding.

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There are many options of things to do in Positano–take in the views, enjoy a delicious meal at a café, shop the boutiques, tour Chiesa di Santa Maria, or catch a ferry or private boat to a number of destinations. If you are in the mood for water sports, they have it all at the beach. If you simply want to chill, you can take a break at a beachfront café.  Steps away you can catch some sun or a swim at Spiaggia Grande beach or the smaller Spiaggia del Fornillo beach around the bend.

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This is the view of the ornate dome of Chiesa di Santa Maria from the terrace of the famed hotel Le Sirenuse. This spot was a couple of doors down from our hotel and a luxurious spot to grab lunch or a glass of rose’.

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Boutiques are plentiful, especially close to the beach, where cruise ships unload passengers anxious to collect souvenirs of Positano. The jewel encrusted sandals are very popular. If you can’t get to Positano for the jeweled sandals, I’m pleased to carry them at the boutique.

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Scott and I beat the heat, and the crowds, by walking up Via Cristoforo Colombo one afternoon. I happened upon the enticing Profumi di Positano. After sampling a number of fragrances, I eventually selected Aova Avrea, a fragrance with the most significant lemon/limone notes, according to the charming owner who helped me. The Barba family started making their quality olive-oil based soaps in 1922 and launched their perfumes in 1965. The brand is now led by the fourth generation of the Barba family. I always enjoy taking home a fragrance, candle or soap when I travel. Smelling it later takes me back to that place in time.

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The view from Marincanto. This is one of my favorite images from our time in Positano.

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Surely either terrace would work nicely for some sun and lounging. Don’t you think?

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If you’ve watched the first season of Giada in Italy, on the Food Network, you may recognize this area. The cooking show, featuring chef Giada De Laurentiis, was filmed just a short walk up from our hotel at Torre Sponda. Once we booked our trip to Positano, I rewatched several episodes of Giada’s cooking show, just drooling over the scenery and the recipes, dreaming of our upcoming visit.

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For more on Positano:

A Chic Afternoon at Le Sirenuse

Date Night: Dinner High Above Positano

Boating to the Dreamy Isle of Capri

Day Tripping on the Amalfi Coast [Amalfi and Ravello]

A Postcard from Italy

An afternoon in Positano

How to Make a Limoncello Spritzer

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Here’s to living la dolce vita!

Heather Lindstrom

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23 comments

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Sublime!
Next time I’m hiding myself in your suitcase.

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Heather….this is heaven on earth!!! I have so enjoyed following along on your adventures and can’t wait to hear what you are up to now! I am back and trying to catch up on all my favorite blogs. I actually read this when you posted it but didn’t comment because I was on my phone. Just glorious!!! xoxo

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Dreaming, dreaming, dreaming…….oh how I love all of what you shared!!! Out of a movie. Our of a dream. I’m in love. I want to be there. AND, YES, I want to bring back a fragrance and soap in order to transport myself later. Love.

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Hello Heather,
Ever since I saw Under The Tuscan Sun, I wanted to visit Positano. It’s beautiful, and these pictures are great! I really like the one with the pink flowers on the terrace. What a charming little balcony. And look at these styles! I love the orange outfit! That picture of the mint green couch is so pretty. You know, when Jess was in Tuscany, she e-mailed me and told me to watch Under The Tuscan Sun so that way I can be with her in spirit. She had a wonderful time there.

What a fantastic trip, Heather. You are so lucky to be able to travel like you do. And I enjoy coming along with you on your journeys, even if it’s through your fabulous pictures.

love, ~Sheri

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You have such an eye for photographic detail, Sheri. I love hearing your observations! We stayed just 2 doors up from the hotel (Le Sirenuse) where that scene in “Under the Tuscan Sun” was filmed. Scott and I spent a lovely afternoon on the terrace enjoying some rose’ and lunch. The waiters offer mini chocolate ice cream bars to their poolside guests (served on a silver platter). Since there were only 2 swimmers he offered me one, in his white tuxedo jacket with the silver platter. Fun memory!
I’m so glad you are enjoying our travels. I have a feeling you will get there someday, Sheri.
xx

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You really captured the beauty of this part of Italy in your post, Heather. The pictures are amazing and include so much more than we see in magazines promoting the Amalfi coast. You and Scott make a wonderful pair and you, beautiful, are in your element!

Jane

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Thanks so much, sweet Jane. Sigh….yes–you captured that beautifully. We were in our element and so very happy about it! I can’t imagine a better way to kick off my retirement from 33 years in education. Travel is such a passion for me. I’m looking forward, in this next chapter, to creating travels experiences for clients in my travel business. I think it will be a perfect pairing. It looks like you have had a wonderful summer, Blondie dear! xx

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What a wonderful start to your vacation. It makes the experience of just getting their well worth it! I did a post about La Sirenuse recently but am jealous you got to see it in person! lol. I look forward to hearing more about your trip as Italy is very special to me and one of my favorite places to be.

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The Amalfi Coast is so picturesque! I’m glad to hear you are enjoying my posts. We did spend a lovely afternoon at Le Sirenuse. We stayed just 2 doors up and had the same view from our hotel. It was a perfect location!
xx

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So pretty! I will be there mid September. I am having a hard time deciding what to pack – especially shoes:) I enjoyed your post very much. Thank you!

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Hi Kris, Lucky you!! September will be a lovely time to visit the Amalfi Coast. I haven’t had a chance to do a post on what I wore for nearly 3 weeks in Europe, but my main theme was black pieces that I mixed up with accessories and scarves. I also bought a pair of the SOFFT brand shoes and that made all the difference. I share the link to them in this post. I wore these shoes almost everyday and they were excellent for support and comfort. No blisters! http://stylemindchiclife.com/european-getaway/
Have a fabulous trip! Do you have a blog??
xx

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I almost went a year ago and then had to cancel at the last minute….but oh, my, this looks just SO lovely. What a wonderful place to really relax. I do agree about cruise ships, but then, that’s life. We’re thinking of Venice next year and a friend suggested going after October to avoid crowds, but also that the cruise ship season will have ended (for the most part.) Anyway, travel is just delicious!

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What a disappointment to have to cancel last minute, Libby. I do hope you get to Venice in the fall. We were there in 2003 and it was simply amazing. Now that I’m retired, I’m hoping to travel during the fall months myself. Avoiding heat and crowds is a great way to go. xx

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Glorious photographs…thank you! It looks like not much about Positano has changed since I was first there in 1968, except…cruise ships! Once a place has become a port of call for cruise ships, I tend to aim myself toward somewhere a bit less visited. So I guess that while we definitely will stroll/hike through Positano during our next trip to the area, we’ll probably make our base of operations elsewhere on the coast. By the way, did you go swimming? If you did, how was the water?

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Hi Leslie, I do think it tends to be the smaller cruise ships that dock in the area but there was a crowd near the beach at one point. I would love to explore to do more exploring of Ravello (beautiful, stately hotels), Amalfi was lovely. Our driver recommended we stay in Sorrento next time and explore Positano on a day trip. For our first visit we stayed in EXACTLY the right spot–loved the views! xx

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Ahhhh this reminds me of our time in Vernazza, on Cinque Terra. Our little balcony was as yours here, with the Ligurian Sea right at our reach, it seemed. THE COLORS of the sea and sky twin each other, and the calm from both is remarkable. Lovely setting my friend.

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I can just picture that view of the sea in Vernazza, Anita. We were there in 2003 on my first visit to Italy. When were you there? xx

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Loved reading your post and seeing these pictures- wonderful inspiration!

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Isn’t the sea just gorgeous in Positano, Courtney? We took a boat out to Capri and the colors were simply amazing! xx

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Absolutely stunning! Wow Heather, your photos are beautiful. I think you have captured all the texture, scents, and dramatic color of the area. Now I want to have the memories. Xx Karen

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Have you ever been to Positano, Karen? I’m happy to hear my images captured the feeling of the place. I waited a long time to finally get there and it was so worth the wait. I’m excited to hear of your upcoming retirement–you will LOVE it! Have a wonderful weekend!
xx

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I haven’t been to Italy yet, but I enjoyed Paris. Italy is on the agenda in the near future Your descriptions are very enticing. Indeed, I can’t wait for retirement! Xx

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I’m SO excited for you, Karen! xx

Love to hear from you!