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. – John Steinbeck

The original plan was to go from Rome straight down to Pompei, but as the sky was turning an unexpected blue rather than grey and full of rain (as forecast) I took a chance and went all the way down to Salerno. I was on the high speed train until Naples, and the views weren’t half bad when we were above ground.

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In Salerno I bought a ticket with the high speed boat to Positano. It only takes an hour and 15 minutes to sail from Salerno to Positano, including a stop in the town of Amalfi to set off and pick up people. I had about an hour to kill before the next boat departure, so I spent the time relaxing and taking pictures of this very picturesque harbour.

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salerno italy

salerno italy

salerno italy

salerno italy

And off we went! I made sure to get on board as one of the first so that I could get a seat on the upper deck on the right hand side – perfectly positioned for photos!

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amalfi coast italy

amalfi coast italy

We came past this little pearl, I think it was Vietri Sul Mare.

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amalfi coast italy

First views of Amalfi came up after about half an hour.

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amalfi coast italy

amalfi coast italy

amalfi coast italy

We got a pretty great view of the city when we were docking to pick up more people.

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amalfi coast italy

amalfi coast italy

And moving on to Positano.

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positano italy

As you can probably tell, I was pretty captivated! Of course clouds smirked and went in front of the sun just as we were getting close, which is annoying no matter if you’re operating a camera or not.

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positano italy

positano italy

positano italy

positano italy

positano italy

I arrived in Positano in the middle of the afternoon, and spent the next couple of hours until the last boat home with walking at a very leisurely pace around the back streets of the city. There are so many interesting things here, something that kind of surprised me. Art galleries, shoe shops, fashion boutiques in addition to the souvenir shops.

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Yes, I adore cats.

positano italy

positano italy

positano italy

positano italy

positano italy

positano italy

I noticed they run shuttles to Nocello, a little town much higher up than Positano which according to my guide book is quiet and has fantastic views. Next time I’m in this area, I would definitely want to visit that place. And Ravello of course..

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positano italy

positano italy

This is just such a charming place!

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After having checked out this after all not very big city, I found a path leading out from the city and decided to walk along it to see where it lead. I didn’t end up going very far, just enough to see what was around the next bend..

positano italy

positano italy

positano italy

Beach officially out of use as of October. Unofficially, a lot of people were still sunbathing on the beach and taking the occasional dip in the waves.

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positano italy

I think Positano looks rather stunning even with grey skies.

positano italy

positano italy

My day ended at one of the many restaurants on the harbour with another Italian beer. Positano is definitely a place I could imagine going to for a relaxing holiday – wonderful, beautiful place.

Have you been to Positano, or on the Amalfi Coast? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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