We had the privilege to visit Positano in one of our European trips. Positano is a small town located on the Amalfi Coast, Italy. It’s one of many villages carved into the steep cliffs of a small coastal bay in that region. Other similar towns include Priaino, Cetara, Sorrento and the city of Amalfi itself. My personal favorite is Positano however. Pulling up in the boat and seeing it’s pastel colored buildings lining the steep hills was a magical experience, and despite a horrible, exhausting trip leading up to that moment, and a light rain, I knew I had to explore the winding streets and stairwells as soon as possible.
We had flown from London to Naples early the preceding day, after only three hours of sleep the night before. We were seated in front of some people who seemed drunk when they got on the plane and continued to drink hard alchohol the whole trip - at nine o’ clock in the morning! They became increasingly loud and incredibly drunk and unruly as the flight went on, fighting amongst themselves and annoying everyone else on the plane. By the time we were descending, they were so out of control that the flight attendents were yelling at them to sit down! To make things worse, when we arrived in Naples, we went to pick up our luggage got a terrible surprise. We were watching the empty carousel spin, along with almost everyone else on the plane, but guess who’s luggage showed up right away? That’s right, the trio of obnoxious drunks who had distrupted the rest of us the entire flight! After about 45 minutes, someone from the airport came out with a stack of paper in her hand and announced to the crowd that our luggage was lost and we would have to fill out forms to try to get it back. This created more chaos as people crowded the office to complain and submit their forms. It was a real nightmare and we were left thinking we might never get our luggage, because we were leaving for Capri, for an overnight stay that afternoon. We told them our situation and that we were going to be in Positano the next day, so to try to deliver it there. It seemed highly unlikely that it would find us with our busy schedule and it contained most of our clothes for a long trip.
Exhausted, we made our way to the port of Naples to pick up a boat to Capri that afternoon. As often happens when traveling, especially under difficult circumstances, we were graced by the good fortune in making friends with another passenger on the plane who was heading to Capri as well. She was a local, and helped us navigate through the confusing list of departing boats and we were on board, heading toward Capri that afternoon. Capri is a small island off of Italy’s southern coast and another magical destination that deserves a chapter of it’s own. It’s similar in many ways to the other coastal towns in Italy. The buildings are carved into sharp cliffs that run up both sides of the island and rest on gorgeous bays of sky blue water. There are networks of roads, paths and stairways that seem to meander in every direction and meet at the peak of a central mountain. It’s an amazing place to explore with a lot of incredible hightlights, but we were only there for under 24 hours. We hadn’t rested from our ordeal traveling from England but couldn’t help but hike as much of the paths as possible while we were there. This left us even more exhausted the next afternoon when we got on another boat to Positano, still without much hope of getting out luggage back.
The open air boat trip from Capri to Positano was amazing though. It was sunny that morning and rocky islands of varying sizes sprung up in the Mediterranean. We had a few days booked in Positano, so we knew we would have a chance to finally recover when we got there, even if it meant wearing the same clothes the entire rest of the trip! As the boat pulled up to the beautiful, rustic port of Positano, it made a couple small circles, allowing everyone on board to get some nice pictures. We had an address of our AirBnB, but didnt know where it was located, so when we got off the boat, we were pretty overwhelmed. The sidewalks wind around in a confusing maze, sometimes passing through the interior of a building, or under overpasses that make it difficult to get your bearings. To top it off, no one we asked seemed familiar with the address we had listed.
After a little searching and asking locals, we found our location, which wasn’t far at all from the main port. It was a gorgeous apartment, with a spacious deck. It was still morning when we arrived and despite our exhaustion, we were eager to explore the magical maze of shops and resturants that line the streets and alleys that wind through the city in an endless web. We still had the issue of missing luggage to contend with though. When we told the owner of our AirBnB about our situation, she told us her husband was a lawyer who specialized in luggage recovery. This news was encouraging, confusing and discouraging at the same time. How bad must the luggage situation be to warrant dedicating a legal practice around it?
We took a short walk to find groceries to stock up on and hoped for the best. When we got back, our hostess told us our luggage had arrived and to go to the bus depot up the street to pick it up. Overwhelmed with encouragement, we dashed off to find it, not remembering the name of the bus station she had just told us or where it was, other than the direction she had pointed. We ran up a wide alley and asked people along the way, eventually finding the bus station who’s attendenent told us the people with the luggage had just left. They were making a loop around the narrow roads that led through the city however, and in about half an hour, drove back by, yelling “baggage, baggage” out the window of their 3 wheeled mini-truck, in thick, Italian accents. We all ran up the street after them. In that moment we saw ourselves in one of those Italian movies. It was a very funny and unforgettable memory. They were trying to find a place to park along the narrow, crowded street while we ran behind. Eventually they did and we caught up shortly afterwards and breathlessly thanked them for rescuing us from having to either buy new clothes or wear the same thing for the remainder of our trip. We were overjoyed. We could finally forget about missing luggage and start another great adventure in a new city.
Positano in one of those towns of Italy that make you dream and show you that dreams come true. The food is delicious, very fresh and tasty. The people there are very sweet and friendly. Also, the landscapes of Positano are amazing, you just can spend hours walking in any direction and get lost in the ancient maze of stone paths and stairwell that always seem to lead to increasingly beautiful views of the Mediterranean. At any point, you can stop at a resturant and recharge with a delicious meal. Don’t forget to finish it off with a shot of limoncello either. Limoncello is a lemon liqueur that is a local favorite there and encouraged after every meal. Lemons are the main thing there, you see them everywhere, some of them are literally as big as a grapefruit. Also, in those coastal towns you don’t need a gym, there are stairs every where you go, so prepare to walk a lot and give your legs a work out. Even though it was raining off and on when we went, we had the best moments there, exploring our dream location and the endless, breathtaking views.
Highlights include the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, which is the main, domed church in the middle of town, and the Pathway of the Gods - a gorgeous hike in the mountains above the city. You really can’t go wrong though following any one of the many pathways that lead you around town. There’s historic beauty around every corner and although it has a reputation as being an expensive, crowded destination, arriving a week or two off peak season is a great way to avoid the crowds and save money!
Podria decir que Italia es uno de mis destinos favoritos para viajar, y mi lugar preferido es Positano. Positano, es un pueblo que esta situado en la Costa Amalfitana, encontraras lugares como Sorrento, Positano, Ravello. Para nosotros la mejor forma de llegar fue en ferry ya que veniamos de Capri, otra hermosa isla de Italia que luego hablare de ella. A Positano puedes llegar en ferry o carro desde Napoles. Nuestro vuelo iba de Londres a Nápoles, este vuelo fue muy temprano en la madrugada y solo dormimos 4 horas entonces estabamos cansados, nuestro anhelo era dormir en el avion pero no se pudo ya que habia un grupo de amigos en el vuelo con unos tragos de mas que hicieron nuestro destino a Nápoles insoportable.
Después de que llegamos a Napoles nuestras maletas nunca llegaron, la mayoria de las personas que venian en el vuelo habían perdido su equipaje, pero adivinen a quienes les llegaron sus maletas? Si, solo a los borrachos del viaje. Luego de esperar por 45 minutos en el carrusel nos toco ir a una ventanilla del aeropuerto y llenar una forma para que nuestro equipaje llegara a uno de nuestros destinos en Italia pues teniamos una larga estadia. Estuvimos unos dias en Capri, y nunca llegaron alla. Despues viajamos de Capri a Positano, y 10 minutos despues de hacer el check in en nuestro Airbnb, sorpresa! llegaron nuestras maletas. Positano es un lugar donde no necesitas ir al gimnasio pues es lleno de escalas donde vayas. Uno de los representantes de el Airbnb nos dice, sus maletas han llegado tienen que ir a recojerlas ala calle principal y recuerdo estabamos tan emocionados de ir a recojer las maletas que subimos todas esas escalas corriendo y preguntando cual era la calle principal y luego buscar por un parqueo de carros, era alli donde las teniamos que reclamarlas.
Luego de estar alla, escuchamos una pareja de Italianos gritando desde un carro: Smith? Maletas, Maletas. Como en esas peliculas Italianas, nunca pararon el carro nosotros eramos detras de ellos Jaja, fue una experiencia unica y nos sentiamos muy felices, pues teniamos nuestro equipaje y nos ibamos a quedar unos buenos y largos dias en Italia y especialmente en el pueblo que tanto habia querido estar. Despues de instalarnos en el que iva a hacer nuestro apartamento por dias, fuimos a un super mercado cerca, a comprar frutas, agua, pan y algunas cosas mas para la estadía. Todo lugar donde íbamos la gente era super amable, y nos sentiamos como en casa. Positano es un lugar magico donde te puedes quedar horas mirando el azul del mediterraneo, la gente es muy amigable, y su comida es super fresca, la Pizza, Pasta, los tomates, las frutas. y sin olvidar el Limoncello un trago delicioso que también sirve para la digestion. Todo en Positano es con los limones. El pueblo de los Limones :) un lugar romantico y super recomendado es Positano. En la noche, se ven todas sus casas con luces, que mágico lugar. A pesar que cuando llegamos estaba lluvioso y un poco frío, despues de que empiezas a explorarlo te das cuenta que lugar tan expectacular es y con sus callesitas llenas de escalas que por supuesto son llenas de gente, y eso que no fuimos en temporada alta. Que es otra historia diferente.
Espero les alla gustado y te animes a conocerlo.