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Travel Diary: Positano

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

Ciao! You’ve landed on one of the travel diaries from my post-graduation trip to Rome and the Amalfi Coast! I divided it up by the places we visited on which days, so there are detailed posts for each city we visited, and then a post that gives a general overview of our travel itinerary for all 10 days. This post covers the days that we were in Positano.

Day 4: Positano

  • We got picked up from Sorrento in the mid-afternoon and took a car thorough the windy roads of the Amalfi Coast to Positano. Positano was my favorite place of the whole trip. It’s beachy and coastal casual, until you stumble along a swanky rooftop bar or terrace… I couldn’t get over how picturesque and stunning the scenery was. 
  • Dinner: Da Costantino
    • This was a recommendation from our driver, who told us to go here when we said that we wanted a casual but delicious meal. It is a little family run classic Italian restaurant that’s settled halfway up the mountain. It has gorgeous view overlooking the town and Mediterranean Sea and unreal mozzarella on lemon leaf, seafood pizza, and spaghetti! If you’re looking for something off the beaten path with food to die for, this is it.
  • Stayed in: Hotel Il San Pietro (Stayed in suite 59)
    • When I asked my family how they would describe this hotel, these were their answers: “totally over the top,” “stunning,” “views to die for,” and “heavenly.” And that about sums it up. I think I can safely say that this is the most spectacular place we’ve ever stayed in (and I‘ve loved so many of the places we’ve stayed in over the years while traveling). It is about a five minute drive from the inner town of Positano, settled into a large cliff that overlooks the sea. It is terrace upon terrace, with its own flower and vegetable gardens, mulitple restaurants, a beachy area at the bottom, and a stunning waterfall pool that overlooks the horizon. It’s old-school glamour with modern amenities and impeccable service. Honeymoon goals.
    • We got two rooms since we couldn’t get any with two beds, and Jacqueline and I ended up in a suite that we were told “movie stars had stayed in” (they wouldn’t tell us who, but you can believe that we tried to get it out of them, ha). It really qualifies as a small apartment, complete with a full walk-in closet, a fireplace, lounge terrace, and gigantic pink marble bathroom with a sunken bathtub that could fit about 5 people. Easily the coolest hotel room I’ve ever seen.

The terraces of the resort that overlooked the sea 

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

Flowers everywhere (even in the ceiling!) in the lobby area

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

Complimentary cocktails and chocolate on our suite’s terrace
Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

Our bathroom… if you look closely you can see that the blue shadow in the window is really the ocean

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Spotted: my parents on the balcony of their room! 

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

Day 5: Positano

  • We had a buffet breakfast on the resort’s terrace, and it was my favorite breakfast buffet of the trip.

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

  • We took the hotel’s complimentary boat tour around the coast, which is easily the best way to see Positano (tip: wear your bathing suit because they stop for you to swim). 

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

^ backpack | similar tassel bracelets 

View of the hotel from the water (it really blends in with the cliff so look closely!) 

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

The hotel’s boat, waterside lounges, and beach restaurant and bar 

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

  • In the afternoon we hung out by the pool on the upper terrace of the resort and relaxed.
  • We then got dressed and went into town around 4 to have drinks and shop around at the little boutiques. 

Taken in the cutest open air boutique along the road leading down to bottom of Positano 

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

^ top | similar bag 

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

Views from walking down the mountain toward the beach

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

Positano and Ravello travel itinerary

  • We stopped to have drinks at the GORGEOUS Franco’s Bar (which is part of the hotel Le Serinuse) that overlooks the mountainside of Positano and the beach and water below. It is definitely a hot spot so we were lucky that we were there on the earlier side and had it all to ourselves for a bit! 

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

  • After a drink (and eating all of their olives #guilty ?) we walked to the bottom of the town by the beach to have dinner. (Tip: If you’re in Positano for two nights, eat one dinner on the hillside and one on the beach so you can experience both atmospheres and views.) 

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

  • Dinner: Chez Black
    • This restaurant is located right on the beach and has a darling mermaid-themed atmosphere. It’s a little touristy (especially compared to where we had dinner the night before), but we enjoyed the food and people watching everyone walking along the beach.
  • Stayed in: Hotel Il San Pietro
    • Once again, my favorite hotel of all time, ha!

Day 6: Positano & Capri

  • We had breakfast at the hotel buffet again (still my favorite breakfast buffet of the trip) and I took a bath in our bathroom and couldn’t giggling the whole time ?.

No words. Yes that’s a giant conch shell beside me. 

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide

  • After that we took a hotel shuttle boat over to Da Adolfo, which is a little beach that has lounge chair and a restaurant. It’s famous among yachters and visitors for its phenomenal lunches and low key atmosphere (tip: Have your hotel call to reserve chairs ahead of time).

View from the Da Adolfo restaurant– we just got an aperol spritz and didn’t stay for lunch 

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

  • After about an hour or so we went back to our hotel and from there we took a boat to the ferry in Positano. We caught the Positano ferry which took us to Capri. Check out our full Capri travel diary

A little coconut “roadie” for the ferry over to Capri! Already *dreaming* about the day I can go back to Positano… 

Rome and Amalfi Coast in May 10 day travel guide and itinerary

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2 Comments

  1. Martine
    June 21, 2017 / 12:05 am

    Heavens, that um, spigot (?) in the bath is REALLY something! 😉

    • Amy
      Author
      June 21, 2017 / 6:28 pm

      hahaha right?! Too funny! Thanks for reading 🙂 xx Amy

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