You guys, I visited the Praiano and Positano on the Amalfi Coast a couple weekends ago and it was everything I imagined plus more. We explored amazing little coastal cities, ate all the margharita pizza and gelato our stomachs could handle, and laid on the beach while soaking up some Italian sun. It was one of my favorite weekend trips I’ve taken, and I’m so excited to share each and every little detail to help you plan your own trip! Get ready, because this is going to be a long and super detailed post.
Okay, so what a lot of people don’t know is that it’s not simple to actually get to the Amalfi Coast. We stayed in a town called “Praiano” on the coast. It’s the town in between Positano and Amalfi, and about 45 miles from the Naples airport. To arrive at our destination we took a flight to Naples, took a bus to Sorrento, took a bus to Praiano, then we waited for our Airbnb host to pick us up at the bus station since the roads are so steep! It was quite the adventure, but well worth it. When you arrive to the Naples airport, head to the tourist desk and they will tell you exactly which bus to catch and when the next one is departing! The journey to the coast wasn’t simple, but it also wasn’t horrible. It just takes time and patience. But believe me, it is 100% worth it. So, if you’re looking to plan a trip to the Amalfi Coast, be sure to put all of this into consideration. We landed in Naples around 11:30 am and made it to our Airbnb around 3:30 pm to give you an idea on time. Taxis are also an option, but quite expensive.
Side note: Get ready for a wild ride on the bus once you hit the coast. The big buses seem like they are going to fly off the cliff every time you turn a corner, but somehow don’t!! If you’re afraid of heights, don’t look down!
Where We Stayed
We stayed in a darling little town called Praiano, which is right in between Positano and Amalfi - which makes it a great place to stay so you can visit all three cities. Praiano is much quieter and doesn’t have as many crowds, while Positano and Amalfi are more lively and have many more tourists! If you like a slower pace, Praiano is perfect. Either way, you can travel to each city by bus for only 1.40 euro one way.
This was the adorable street our Airbnb was on! (I’m sorry I didn’t get any photos of our apartment. I was way too excited to stop and take any before we got settled in)!
Dinner at La Moressa (Praiano)
After resting a bit and freshening up, we decided to grab dinner at La Moressa. It was nearby and our Airbnb host recommended it. The restaurants esthetic was impeccable and the food lived up to the high praise as well. We each ordered a pizza along with splitting a delicious appetizer, and a bottle of wine.
The second day, we allowed ourselves to sleep in because it was supposed to be rainy all morning. Once we got ready, we set out to enjoy a day exploring Praino. It’s a darling little town that has hidden gems all over. So we had a lot of fun walking around and letting ourselves get lost.
Marina Di Praia
Marina Di Praia is a beautiful beach in Praiano that is situated in between the cliffs. It’s small and secluded, but it’s a must see if you’re ever on the Amalfi Coast! It was a gloomy day when we went, but it was still absolutely stunning!
There is the coolest walkway that takes you underneath the cliffs!
Lunch on the Beach
There are a few super cute and quaint restaurants near the water and we were dying to try one out! We settled on a little restaurant that had a patio facing the water so we could have a view as well. I forget the name of the restaurant (I know I’m so sorry) but it was on the left as soon as you walk down the road that leads to the beach! The woman who served us was so sweet, and the elderly woman who cooked our meals was the cutest Italian woman I’ve ever met. Be sure to have cash on you, because a lot of these little restaurants don’t take card!
After lunch we were energized and ready to do some more exploring around Praiano. We came across the cutest old lighthouse that is now an art studio for THE most amazing Italian artist. We were able to walk in and look at all of his peices which was so interesting.
All over the Amalfi Coast you’ll find these darling stores filled with hand-painted ceramics. They are great for gifts for loved ones, or to just wander around to look at all the beautiful colors and paintings!
As we were walking back to our Airbnb, we were stopped by this GORGEOUS double rainbow. It had been drizzling on and off all day so to come across this amazing portrait was truly incredible.
Dinner at the Airbnb
When traveling through Italy, there’s just something about the culture, fresh food, and all of the yummy pasta and pizza you see, that makes it so much fun to cook on your own. We bought some ingredients at the local market and made spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce!
A Day in Positano
The Amalfi Coast is a 50 kilometer stretch of coastline on the southern edge of Italy’s western peninsula. The towns that make up this popular holiday destination are Agerola, Amalfi, Atriani, Cetara, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Praiano, Positano, Ravello, Scala, Tramonti, and Vietri sul Mare. The three most popular being Positano, Praiano, and Amalfi. And their close proximity to one another make it easy to visit all three all in one weekend! Each of these three have buses that run through each one for a little over one euro for a one way ticket. The bus ride from Praiano to Positano was about 25-30 minutes.
Once we got to Positano we headed straight for the picturesque beach that I’ve dreamt of seeing for years. Have you ever visited a place and worried that it wouldn’t meet your expectations? That was my fear for Positano. But I can assure you, it met all of my expectations plus so much more. It was THE most magical place I have ever visited and I hope everyone gets to experience its beauty once in their life.
Discovering the Streets of Positano
Once seeing Positano for myself, I realized there is so much more to this vertical town than the picturesque beach. It is filled with winding streets that go up and down the cliff-side, each housing so many boutiques, restaurants, gifts shops, and leather stores. We spent so much time simply wandering around and letting ourselves get lost with every corner we turned. Bring your walking shoes and be ready for a workout when visiting Positano. These streets are STEEP, and many are made up of steps.
Sunset on the Beach
We had eaten a big lunch earlier, so we weren’t super hungry for dinner. We decided on getting olives, crackers, and cheese (along with some wine) to snack on while we enjoyed the sunset on the beach. If you’re ever in Positano, this is a must. The beach totally clears out at night and it’s extremely peaceful. It was the perfect ending to our fun-filled day in my dream destination!
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A girl from Kentucky with high hopes and big dreams. I love all things fashion, travel, and long sessions of retail therapy.