Things to do in Positano

Dramatic cliffs, beautiful beaches, and turquoise water await in this picturesque village on the Amalfi coast.

Our most recommended things to do in Positano

From Naples or Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

1. From Naples or Sorrento: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

Discover the Amalfi Coast on a guided day trip from Naples or Sorrento and explore the secluded cliffside towns of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. Take a speedboat to Amalfi from Positano (or a bus, during winter season) and enhance your day with optional light lunch and boat tour. Join your guide at your meeting point in either Naples or Sorrento before boarding a small bus to your first stop, Positano. Venture into this secluded village with your guide, who will drop you in the centrally-located Amerigo Vespucci Square with views of the beach. After an introduction from your guide, enjoy an hour to yourself to explore Positano's pebble beaches, narrow café-lined streets, and colorful shops. Take in the stunning views of this cliffside town from the shores before embarking on a panoramic speedboat ride to Amalfi. In winter season, due to sea conditions, instead of the boat transfer you will enjoy a comfortable ride to Amalfi by bus. Personalize your 2 hours in the town of Amalfi with options including a boat trip along the coast. Select the lunch option and choose from a variety of gourmet sandwiches with 1 bottle of water. Alternatively, take time to explore the historical town on your own. If exploring by yourself, don’t miss the iconic Sant'Andrea Cathedral, home to eclectic Byzantine, Norman, and Moorish architectural styles. Finally, visit the beautiful town of Ravello, with its pretty streets and gelato shops. Enjoy an hour at your leisure for sights like the 13th-century Villa Rufolo with its picturesque gardens overlooking the sea, before your journey back to Sorrento or Naples.

From Naples: Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Full-Day Tour

2. From Naples: Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Full-Day Tour

Immerse yourself in 3 stunning Italian towns on this day trip from Naples. Shop in boutiques, taste limoncello, and enjoy a light lunch on this relaxing day to remember. Depart Naples and journey to Sorrento and admire the beauty of the landscape along the way. Listen to informative commentary during the journey. Stop to taste some of the local limoncello liqueur made from lemons, and then wander the narrow streets for up to an hour. Pop into artisan shops and sample the local delicacies. Continue to Positano and get approximately one hour to go to the beach or admire the colorful flowers in the summer. Shop for the traditional Moda Positano clothes before going to a nice restaurant on the coast to enjoy lunch on a terrace with breathtaking sea views. Next, enjoy up to an hour and a half of free time in Amalfi and visit the cathedral or relax on the beach with a handmade ice cream.

Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Sharing Tour from Sorrento

3. Positano, Amalfi and Ravello Sharing Tour from Sorrento

PROGRAM:Pickup from your hotel by Mercedes van and enjoy the Amalfi Coast drive which is arguably the world's most beautiful and thrilling sightseeing road. Your English-speaking driver, along the journey, will give you general information including how to spend your free time for each of the 3 stops programmed: Positano is a true paradise, developed vertically within a tangled overlay of streets, alleys, and shops that expose the colorful Positano fashions well-known all around the world.  In the town center is the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta which shows up with its large dome, tiled in majolica, and sheltering some precious works like polychrome marble altars. It’s nice to get lost in Positano. To fully embrace the beauty of the town it is probably better to walk without a precise destination. You will be able to enjoy the streets, the little shops, the restaurants, the monuments, the churches, and the beaches. Amalfi, a picturesque interlacing of alleys and stairways overlooks the sea with all its extraordinary colors reflecting the enchanting landscape of Amalfi, the town whose name blesses the entire coast. Dominated by the majestic Cathedral dedicated to Sant'Andrea (St. Andrew), Amalfi proffers innumerable testimonies of its glorious past as the Maritime Republic. Ravello, another pearl of the coast, is an elegant and refined village, dipped in green and characterized by luxurious villas.  Ravello is famous all around the world for its festival, in the garden of Villa Rufolo, where an evocative setting and the emotion of listening to great music create an experience of extraordinary intensity.  The heart of Ravello is represented by Piazza Vescovado, framed by the architecture of Palazzo Rufolo and the Cathedral with its magnificent portal (the first ever made with this innovative mold technique) and 10-feet-high bell tower. Return to the hotel at about 4:30 PM.

From Naples: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

4. From Naples: Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

Join this tour to explore the famous and dramatic Amalfi Coast. See the coastline of indescribable beauty, visit Ravello with its elegant buildings, and see Amalfi with its dramatic natural setting below steep cliffs. Head out on a tour by bus, van, or car depending on the group size selected. Take the opportunity to explore the scenic coastline and its charming surroundings, accompanied by a multi-lingual assistant. Experience southern Italy - its romance, fashion, and laid-back lifestyle. A land of beauty, passion, and myths that inspires poets and artists from around the whole world, southern Italy awaits you. Visit Amalfi and Ravello, spending time in each location, and enjoy a short photo stop at Sorrento and Positano. Halfway through the tour, guests head to a restaurant with breathtaking views to enjoy a light lunch of mixed salad and a main course with spaghetti, aubergine, mozzarella, and tomato. After more exploration along the coast, return in the late afternoon.

From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

5. From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

Hop aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus and start your journey down to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pompeii. Upon arrival at Pompeii, breeze past the long lines with your Skip-the-Line ticket. Enter a time capsule of the ancient Roman world. Let your local expert guide give you a tour of these marvelously-preserved ruins. Go to Positano, where the houses tumble down the hillside and stroll among the boutique stores. Purchase some of the local limoncello liqueur, visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta or people watch from a restaurant terrace. After some free time and lunch (own expense) in Pompeii, continue further south along the picturesque seaside roads of the Amalfi Coast. Marvel at the spectacular coastline as the mountains cascade into the sea and romantic villages climb up the mountains.

From Positano: Full-Day Boat Trip to Capri

6. From Positano: Full-Day Boat Trip to Capri

See everything the island of Capri has to offer on a full-day excursion by boat with an expert guide. Enjoy a small-group experience along with the perfect combination of a guided tour and free time to explore. Get picked up at the Parking Mandara in Positano and head to the port of Piano di Sorrento. Set off on a comfortable and elegant boat along the Sorrento coast to Capri. Along the way, you'll pass the ancient fishing village, Marina Grande, and the ruins of a Roman villa near Bagni della Regina Giovanna. You'll also get to admire lovely rock formations and waterfalls. Upon arrival to Capri, tour the island first by boat, making stops at the Marvelous Grotto, the White Grotto, and the Green Grotto, admiring the Natural Arch, the Villa Curzio Malaparte, the Faraglioni rocks, and the Lighthouse of Punta Carena along the way. Enjoy a couple of stops for swimming and snorkeling, and a relaxing break with snacks and drinks on board. Next, it's time to tour the island on foot, with 3 to 5 hours to do as you please. Your departure from Capri will be bittersweet – literally because you're invited to a limoncello tasting before you board the boat.

From Positano: Pompeii Ruins Guided Tour

7. From Positano: Pompeii Ruins Guided Tour

Meet your local guide at your accommodation in Positano and start the adventure. Benefit from the comfort of your air-conditioned transportation as you get to Pompeii Archeological Site.  Once there, explore one of the most visited archaeological sites in Italy with the knowledge of an archeological official guide.  Find out what life was like before the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Marvel at the well-preserved slice of ancient Roman life as you pass by the Basilica, the Forum, and the thermal baths. Discover some residential houses and picture how people lived 2000 years ago in this city.

From Sorrento/Nerano: Amalfi and Positano Boat Tour

8. From Sorrento/Nerano: Amalfi and Positano Boat Tour

After pickup from your hotel, your boat tour will depart at 9:00 AM. First, you'll sail around Li Galli island, where the myth of Ulysses and the Sirens is said to have been set. Then your boat will head to the Ancient Marine Republic of Amalfi where you'll enjoy 3 - 3.5 hours of free time to explore the town. Don't miss seeing the main local attractions such as the Cathedral and the Cloister of Paradise. Enjoy some time on the pebble beach, tanning and swimming in the azure waters. You may also want to shop for local products like the world-famous Amalfi Coast lemons and limoncello.  Next, sail towards Positano, where you'll also have about 1.5 - 2 hours to yourself. Admire the picturesque Furore and the beautiful old town of Praiano. On the return trip, you'll find the Fjord of Crapolla and the enchanting Islet d'Isca that belongs to Eduardo de Filippo. Finally, arrive back at the port at about 5:15 PM to catch your shuttle back to your accommodations.

From Positano: Private Boat Tour to Capri or Amalfi

9. From Positano: Private Boat Tour to Capri or Amalfi

Enjoy a full day at sea on a private boat tour from Positano. Climb aboard and choose how to spend your time on the water. Head south along the Amalfi Coast or cross the Tyrrhenian Sea to the island of Capri, the choice is yours. Admire the striking landscape and jump in for a swim. Capri Cruise Option Navigate north from Positano passing Nerano, famous for its blue flag beaches. Stop for a refreshing swim and continue to Punto Campanella, where the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Coast meet. Then, cross the Bay of Naples and enjoy views of the Vesuvius. Upon arrival in Capri, circumnavigate the entire island, stopping at the Blue, White, and Green Grottoes. See the private villas of the rich and famous, along with Casa Malaparte and the historic lighthouse. Cruise past Marina Piccola to sail through the rock formations of Faraglioni. Experience the island from the boat or dock for some free time on land for an extra fee. Amalfi Coast Cruise OptionHead south from Positano and admire the lagoons and caves that line the rugged coastline. Make a stop to swim or simply lounge on the beach. Pass the beautiful fishing village of Praiano, where century-old traditions are still maintained. Reach the hidden lagoon of the fjord of Furore, then continue to Conca dei Marini to sail under Sophia Loren's former villa. Get an up-close view of the beachside apartment where Jackie Kennedy spent her Amalfi Coast vacation. Stop in bustling Amalfi for a chance to stretch your legs and get some lunch. Sail toward Atrani, Italy’s smallest village, or visit the enchanting towns of Ravello and Marmorata to see a waterfall that once powered a paper mill. Finally, arrive at the laid-back villages of Minori and Maiori, observe some Roman ruins, and discover one of the most famous pastry shops on the Amalfi Coast.

From Naples: Group Day Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

10. From Naples: Group Day Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

Experience the highlights of southern Italy on a group day tour that hits all the sweet spots. Go from Naples to Positano, and on to scenic Amalfi and Revello. Choose from meeting points at the Hotel Ramada or at the cruise port. Savor views of the Sorrento Coast. Arrive in Positano for eye-popping cliffside vistas of candy-colored houses. Admire the craft shops offering clothing and sandals. Next, see the sunny seaside town of Amalfi. Immerse yourself in the crystal clear sea. Be awed by the imposing cathedral of Sant'Andrea, which dominates the historic center of the city. Finally, discover Ravello, with its panoramic vistas of the entire Amalfi Coast. Explore its gems, including Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone. Admire lush gardens and terraces overlooking the sea. Listen as your driver narrates your journey. Inhale the scents of fragrant lemon trees. Have a look at traditionally colorful majolica domes, all before being driven back to the starting point in Naples. The driver will be at your complete disposal during the tour, explaining to you onboard the vehicle, everything you need to know about the places you will visit, and once on site, he will give you free time to spend as you like.

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What people are saying about Positano

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 11,520 reviews

An excellent trip to enjoy the sea and have city visit. You are collected in Naples then escorted to the sea. You have a sort of stops in two excellent little towns (Amalfi and Positano) to have a taste of this region as well as there is an opportunity to have a swim in the middle of the sea. Honestly, I really enjoyed the trip with our excellent guides. I would love to take it again. I did this tour in Aug/2022

My friends and I loved it. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Lunch was also fantastic!! Just wish we could’ve stayed longer :(( it’s a 10/10 for me

Spent a lovely day in these 3 cities. The time in the cities was sufficient and the lunch excellent.

It was a great experience. Rob, Enrico, and our driver all did a great job.

Excellent tour, adequate time to explore Pompei, Sorento.