Golden Italian Seaside Charm in Positano, Amalfi Coast

Born from a dream, doused in pastel shades of beauty and fronted by the rich hues of white sail boats drifting against blue waters, Positano steals the show when it comes to traveling along the Amalfi Coast. The stacked houses seemingly slide down the verdant green hills stopping just short of the strewn pebble beach, as John Steinbeck once put it ‘Positano bites deep’. Wisteria clings to the side of the timeless hotels, narrow streets are flanked by glittering glass windowed boutiques selling breathless white linen and photogenic flowers shake off their golden feathers of pollen in the sea breeze.

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Positano seems to flawlessly capture a golden era of Italian seaside charm swathed in the silks of luxury. This is the place to walk barefoot through the bluest waters, to pull a shawl around your shoulders and duck into the sapphire and golds of the baroque church of Santa Maria Assunta, to buy soft tan designer sandals and to sip cool fragrant white wine under a canopy of vines. With the winding glory of the Amalfi coast sitting prettily behind you can also rent a car and explore the curvaceous coastline brimming with hidden gems.

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The art of Italian cooking, the wild herbs brightening the cliffs and the marine flooded waters ensure that the finest food can be found in Positano. You will never tire of fresh lobster at Ristorante Buca di Bacco, prawns with lemon marmalade at La Sponda and marinated anchovies at Da Adolfo on the pristine sands of Laurito Beach.

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Draped in decadence and ever popular with A list celebrities there is no shortage of finery on the shores of Positano. Relais & Chateaux boast sublime suites at the Il San Pietrodi Postiano; the five star hotel offers unrivalled sea views, delicate details and panoramic bathrooms. Perhaps the highlight of this plush place to stay is the elevator carved into the cliffs that sweeps you down to a private terrace with direct sea access, perfect for bright morning bathing sessions.

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Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
Jodie Oakes