Our Honeymoon: Positano's Hidden Gems

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

By the time we arrived at Positano on the Amalfi Coast, we were halfway through our month-long honeymoon and had really started to make the most of la dolce vita. We'd slept off the post-wedding exhaustion, felt full of energy and were ready to explore. Conveniently, the beautiful and iconic settlement of Positano was just the place to do it. Its winding cobbled lanes, stunning pastel houses, interesting shops selling handmade wares and breathtaking views provided plenty to get excited about.

However, despite its breathtaking beauty, like most bustling tourist destinations, Positano abounds with overpriced, average restaurants and mediocre, touristy sights. It took us a couple of days to dig beneath the surface, and we soon discovered the town's true hidden gems.

1. Restaurants

La Sponda

This Michelin-starred gem of a restaurant can be found in Le Sirenuse (review to follow in due course) and boasts one of the most famous and romantic views in the world. We had one of the most memorable restaurant experiences of our lives, as the service, food, wine, atmosphere and live music were all impeccable (and we even lucked out and visited on a night when a full fireworks display was taking place right behind the hotel - result!)

Don't miss: ordering the tasting menu so that you can maximise your time spent overlooking that view (as well as your enjoyment of the food!). Arrive early and watch the sun set over the cliffs, then enjoy the romance of the view by candlelight.

Restaurants that are accessible via boat

These include the quaint little restaurant, Il Pirata, partially-built into the cliffside in the little cove of Marina di Praia (find out more here), and the shabby-chic Da Adolfo on Laurito Beach. Both of these restaurants serve up fresh fish and authentic Amalfi dishes in relaxed and romantic settings, and are a 10-minute boat ride from Positano.

Don't miss: a sunny, post-lunch slumber on a lettino, or sunbed next to Da Adolfo (which will be needed after one too many shots of Limoncello too early in the day), or a breezy walk around the winding cliff path by Il Pirata, from Praiano to Saracen Tower.

Chez Black

Positano's most notorious family-run restaurant which sits right on the beach front at the Spiaggia Grande and boasts an interesting history, laced with rumours of illicit affairs and its use as a meeting-place for interesting characters, serves up some the freshest and most delicious fresh salads and seafood that we enjoyed on our honeymoon.

Don't miss: bagging yourself a water-front table for a prime people-watching position.

2. Shops and sights

Boutique shops

From the hand crafted, fully customisable sandals at Don Ciccillo, 6-8 Viale Pasitea to the locally-made pottery at Umberto Caro on Via Pasitea, there are quaint little boutique shops down every steep alleyway and around every winding corner.

Don't miss: a little snoop around Franco Senesi Fine Art, showcasing talented local painters and sculptors.


From the VIP scene at Spiagga Grande to the quieter and more laid-back Fornillo Beach, a ten-minute walk from Positano towards the little village of Fornillo, Positano's beaches have something for everyone.

Don't miss: seeing and being seen as you strut your stuff along the seafront, and get an iconic photo looking back up at the pastel houses of Positano.

The Church of Santa Maria Assunta

This pretty pastel yellow Church with its colourful majolica tiled dome dates back to 18th Century and is one of Positano's most recognisable (and most photographed) symbols. It's definitely worth a quick view inside, just so long as you are modestly covered.

Don't miss: keeping an eye out for wedding shoots as couples travel from all over the world to have their photograph taken in front of this iconic building.

3. Bars

A lunchtime drink in the pretty courtyard of Ristaurante Al Palazzo

Take in the stunning architecture of the surrounding buildings and marvel and this little haven of peace just a hop, step and a jump away from the bustling, tourist-filled lanes just outside.

Don't miss: a little nosey around the historic Hotel Palazzo Murat while you're there.

An afternoon sip on the terrace at Hotel Poseidon

This hotel is perched on the hill above the town, and offers a completely different view of the pastel houses from an elevated perspective.

 Don't miss: ordering the best Gin & Tonic I have ever had in my life, laced with fresh juniper berries.

An evening tipple on the terrace at Il San Pietro Hotel

The views over Positano and the Mediterranean Sea from Il San Pietro are utterly sublime, and the romance of the setting is captivating. Block out a few hours to listen to the live guitar players and singers who will serenade you into the night.

Don't miss: the mind-blowing Espresso Martinis.

4. A visit to Praiano

The tiny hamlet of Praiano is a small but pretty fishing village which lies five minutes down the road from Positano, and is often overlooked in favour of its bigger, more tourist-friendly cousin. Yet it would be a shame to bypass this little settlement if you are staying nearby. Its many winding walkways, steep steps cut into the cliffs and authentic Italian 'vibe' make it a sight to behold.

Don't miss: watching the sun set from Praiano. Due to it's western-facing vantage point and sweeping views over Positano and Capri, locals say that this is the best place on the Amalfi Coast from which to watch the sun go down. My favourite place to do this is from the rooftop of the boutique hotel, Casa Angelina.

Once all of these hidden gems had been explored, I couldn't help but re-read the 1953 quote by John Steinbeck that I'd devoured while planning our honeymoon:

‘Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone’.

There's a reason why this town has embedded itself in the hearts of so many.

For more in my Italian honeymoon series, head here.


  1. That bib! lol The Amalfi Coast is gorgeous! I'm heading to Italy next week but will mostly be in Northern Italy. Would love, love to visit Positano one day, maybe for my honeymoon, whenever that is lol! #TravelLinkLup

  2. I have never heard of Positano! Thanks for shating and Positano foes look like a place worth exploring. Polly, you look stunning in the pictures!

  3. I have only read about the Amalfi Coast. It looks like such a heavenly place to be. The pictures are gorgeous.

  4. Sooooo gorgeous!
    I'll add this to my list of places to visit some day :)

  5. A honeymoon in Italy! What a dream :)

  6. So so pretty! This looks like a dream of a honeymoon :)

  7. Your photos are sooooo dreamy! I wanna go to the Amalfi Coast so badly now!

    C x | Lux Life - Luxury Travel & Lifestyle Blog

  8. Positano looks absolutely beautiful. The most perfect place to spend your honeymoon!

  9. I love that quote and it rings so true. Positano is such a beautiful place! x

  10. This makes me want to go back to Italy so bad! By the way your dresses are all so pretty! Particularly the yellow one, very sunshine :) <3

  11. Wow it looks stunning here! I love the idea of getting a boat to dinner :) xx
    Wander with Laura

  12. The benefit of staying somewhere for long enough to get off the beaten tourist track and find the real gems! I would love to go to Positano, and probably most of the places from your honeymoon!

  13. I think Positano is about my favourite spot in Italy and that's a hard one because it's probably my most travelled country! It's just utterly beautiful - perfect honeymoon spot too! Your photos take me back to that sunshine, Italian food and sea breeze!

  14. looks like a dream destination!!! lovely place...You are looking pretty :)

  15. Your photos make me want to visit, Polly! I'm definitely bookmarking this post so that I can refer to your wonderful guide when I do.

  16. Book marked and saved!! I'm going to follow all your tips when we go one day!!

  17. So lovely! I definitely want to spend some time in this lovely part of the world some time soon and enjoy as many of these delights as possible...

  18. This is just so dreamy Pol - and those views are stunning!