John Steinbeck famously wrote of Positano “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you are gone.” I cannot think of a better way to describe this popular seaside village.
Originally a poor fishing village, today Positano is bustling with wealthy tourists looking to relax and enjoy the spectacular views. We stayed in a small village above Positano called Montepertuso, which provided us with an escape from the tourist trade. It is a beautiful little village that is easily accessible via bus, or if you are brave, the steps down to the beach. We braved the steps down on our second day but were unable to convince our legs to make the journey up as too much sun on the beach made them lazy!
Falling in love with Italy
As sad as we were to leave Greece behind, arriving in Italy and the knowledge of all that the country has to offer left us extremely excited! Walking through Montepertuso an incredible mix of the scent sea and home cooking filled the air, creating a curious sense of calm.
I can’t believe how friendly all the locals are. One plane, three trains, a bus and a taxi ride later, we finally find our accomodation. At every step of the way a friendly local was willing to help us find our way. Whether it was helping us with our bags, advising us of the bus schedule or calling us a taxi. Despite the exhaustion of all the travel, we could not have asked for a more perfect first day in Italy!
We took advantage of our location to visit Almafi and Ravello. We did both on the same day, hopping on a bus. The day started out beautiful, full of sun, but it soon started to poor with rain, causing gutters and steps to overflow and flood the roads- it made for an interesting bus ride! Luckily the rain cleared just as we arrived in Almafi.
Ravello is definitely worth the trip as it has some of the most beautiful gardens and views in the region. The whole village gives off an incredible sense of romanticism. I wish we had made more time to explore Ravello and Almafi, both seem to brimming with Italian magic. Besides, I missed out on seeing the famous beach umbrellas along the beaches of Almafi.
It was extremely difficult to leave Positano, the magic of this village and the friendly locals thoroughly bewitched us. Until next time…