This post has been a long time coming. I am so excited to FINALLY share my itinerary for my trip to Positano this past August! It was by far the most magical trip I have ever been on to date. The views, the people, the architecture of the city built into the side of the mountain on the Amalfi Coast, it is astoundingly beautiful and serene. My friend that went with me and I said multiple times a day “this just isn’t even real.”
This itenerary is to give you all an overview of our trip, but over the next few weeks, I plan to share 2 more posts on our favorite restaurants, Airbnb and the best activities we did while there.
I know I have mentioned this before, but I am the type of person that likes to leave for a trip in the wee hours of the morning to take full advantage of the day. Thankfully, we were leaving from London, so the flight was only 3 hours. We left from Luton which was about an hour outside of the city so our morning started around 3 am since our flight left at 6. This was our first time to fly easy jet which in my opinion is the euro equivalent of Southwest airlines in the U.S.
We had a car pick us up from the Naples airport that our Airbnb host had kindly booked for us. The driver was so nice and spoke english very well which was a plus. Positano was about a 1.5 hour drive from the Naples airport. It is VERY curvy though, so if you have any tendency of getting car sick, load up on some dramamine before embarking on the car ride.
We arrived in Positano around 1 and were starving so we dropped our stuff off at our Airbnb and headed to explore the city. It was about a 10-15 minute trek downhill to the city center from our apartment. For lunch, we stumbled upon Ristorante Max, which we had seen rave reviews for when researching prior to our trip and decided to check it out. We fell in love not only with the food, but the staff and returned two other times for drinks and apps.
After re-energizing from a long day of travel with a delicious café and lunch, we spent the afternoon exploring. We walked up and down the mountain numerous times and by the time we decide to head back to our place we were pooped. To get back up the mountain we rented a tiny (no exaggeration) electric car. It was perfect for getting around. We hurried up the hill and freshened up before heading back to town for drinks and dinner at a place I had been dreaming about and shamelessly stalking on Instagram for months.
We grabbed apps and drinks at the Hotel Palazzo Murat garden and followed up with dinner at the world famous Chez Black. It was perfect for our first night. The restaurant is set next to the boardwalk and is open air, so it is filled with the scents of the ocean. We stayed here for hours getting to know the staff and enjoying all of the amazing seafood and wine. Towards the end of the night there was a band that serenaded the restaurant, which only added to the beachside Italian vibes we were already falling in love with. We went to Franco’s for our night cap and enjoyed an incredible view of the city. It was a great way to end our first day.
Since both of us were still slightly jet lagged, and exhausted from all of the walking, and sweating we did the day before, we slept pretty late. We grabbed a late brunch and visited a few of the shops before we went to our cooking class at Ristorante Buca Di Bacco with Chef Andre.
This is at the top of my must do list for anyone that visits. Not only is it a great experience, but it is affordable and definitely worth every penny. We made 4, yes I said 4 different entrée’s AND a dessert, not to mention there was bottomless champagne flowing throughout the class.
The class was small and very hands on. Chef Andre really let us be the cooks and taught us the step by step process of each entrée we were preparing. They also were extremely accommodating to all of my allergies which was huge! When the class was finished, we got to enjoy endless wine and eat the wonderful dishes we had prepared ourself which was rewarding.
An added bonus for us, was that we became friends with the other two people in our class. We had so much fun getting to now them that we all ended up grabbing drinks at Le Sirenuse afterward. It was an unforgettable experience.
Tuesday was long. We woke up early and had breakfast at a little café on the upside of the mountain. After, we walked down to the beach where we spent the majority of the day. It was interesting, because their beach is a black rock beach. The water was turquoise blue and the view of the city from the water was unreal. Unfortunately, it began to storm in the afternoon, so we used this time to do a little souvenir shopping and get our handmade sandals.
I made one food request for the trip and that was to find pizza that I could actually eat, and we did at Il Fornillo! It was absolutely delicious and completely filled my desire for real Italian pizza. Since we ate dinner pretty early, we spent the evening just wondering the city.
Long story short we had to meet our Airbnb host at his restaurant to pay him our city tax, and ended up becoming best friends with the staff. It was a cute Mediteranean restaurant and the atmosphere was so fun with an amazing friendly staff. They kept us entertained and laughing, not to mention they served us champagne… for free for two hours.
Wednesday was suppose to be our big excursion day. We had booked a day trip on a catamaran to visit all fo the grottos and Capri. Unfortunately it rained that morning so they canceled the trip. Since we hadn’t made any plans we improvised, rented a convertible smart car and took to the road of the Coast.
We had an incredible brunch at the most magnificent place I have ever been to or seen, Zass at Il San Pietro. It was like heaven. From the view and serene atmosphere to the indescribable food, I could have eaten every single meal there and been happy. After this we continued to drive along the coast until we arrived in the town of Amalfi. We walked around just taking in all the sites and sounds.
Since it was our last night and Ferragosto, which is their Independence Day, we wanted to do something special for dinner, so we went to La Sponda, which is also located in hotel Le Sirenuse and is one of the most famous restaurants in Positano. It was dreamy, lit with twinkle lights and for the special celebration, there was a quartet serenading the restaurant. Our table was right next to the kitchen which had a huge window where you could watch everything being prepared. It was incredible to watch them perfectly create each dish like a piece of art.
Our last morning we enjoyed the view from our apartment balcony while drinking one last Italian Café before heading back to London. It was the trip of a lifetime, and I can’t wait to return some day… hopefully soon!