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.
I thought I had left my heart in Amalfi, but that’s before I realised it was waiting patiently for me in Positano.
An hour drive from Amalfi, the one, long, winding road embracing this beyond picture-perfect town built along the cliffs of the coast. The more glamorous sister of Amalfi, Positano is brimming with life and excitement! Boutique stores, swanky cafes, elegant restaurants and a fashionable crowd to go with it.
But first, let me tell you about Hotel Villa Franca.
HVF is a dream, dressed in the whitest of whites and the blues of blues. A Mediterranean dream!
There is a feeling of calm and serenity here. Somewhere you can sit for hours and leave your troubles behind. I’m glad to say that I may have just found my retirement plan.
Perfectly situated high above Positano with sweeping views of the cobbled piazzas, glittering seaside and of course, an array of colourful rooftops below. You see that bright dome in the middle? That’s the church of Santa Maria Assunta, one of the most prominent structures of Positano which can be seen from almost anywhere in town (and is all over Instagram).
Romantic Italy at its best, HVF offers an escape from reality and an introduction to the glamour and beauty of the Amalfi Coast. And I haven’t even gotten to the best part yet!
This. I can’t even. Is this even real? Hands down, one of the best rooms I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. Luxe-minimalism at its best. Locally made white majolica tiles with accents of deep blue, HVF brings the seaside landscape of the outside, inside.
Stepping out to the balcony and taking in this unbelievable view. From sunrise to sunset, I could’ve very easily sat out here, watching the world go by.
As much as I wanted to sit and gaze out into the distance, the rest of Positano awaited us. Built up along a cliffside, the journey in and out of the town center consists of a lot of walking! You have the option of taking steep steps or the main spiral road down to the beach. The steps are quicker but are obviously more of a workout.
Just follow this sign.
And admire the vibrant rooftops along the way.
Working up quite an appetite after deciding to take the steps, we finally arrived by the beach and most importantly, at Chez Black. Established in 1949, Chez Black emulates a ship with ‘crew members’ serving its ‘passengers’ the freshest seafood along the Spiaggia Grande.
Now back to business, we went for the Diavola Pizza and Tomato and Mozarella Ravioli all washed down with a bottle of house white wine.
Can I just say that my favourite part of my six days in the Amalfi Coast was the food! The Italian’s clearly don’t believe in such a thing as too many carbs.
Grinning and friendly waiters and an extremely relaxed atmosphere (oversized sunglasses and Dolce & Gabbana handbags are definitely welcome), make sure you head to Chez Black for an afternoon bite by the ocean or even for a drink or two late in the evening.
After lunch, we continued our stroll along the winding road back up to HVF, admiring ceramics, boutiques and gelato shops on the way. Okay so the admiring stopped at gelato, the gelato actually had to be had.
Other go-to spots in Positano are:
- Le Sirenuse – This hotel is an Instagrammers dream! Beautiful interiors and a crazy view of Positano from the cliffside bar and restaurant. I’d recommend going there for a drink at sunset rather than for food. The service is great but the food is quite overpriced for what you get.
- Buca di Bacco – Located close to Chez Black, it also overlooks the beach and has lobster linguini is to die for!
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