What to Do in Positano, Italy in One Day (Updated 2024)

Visiting the Amalfi Coast and want to know what to do in Positano in one day? Then this guide is for you! Positano ♥️ is just one of those places I can visit over and over. I’ve visited four times and every time, I’m very much in love. Positano is one of many coastal towns along the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. It is my favorite one and I pretty much visit yearly so I’m sharing here my favorite spots. Read on, for a guide on the most instagrammable places to go and the most delicious food to fill your hungry belly.

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Before you go:
🚪The season opens in April and closes in October. Outside these periods, sun beds will be gone and many things will be closed. The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast without the crowds is May or September.
⛴️ Download the Ferry Hopper app to book ferry tickets so you can easily get around the Amalfi Coast.
🚗 Driving is not recommended due to tiny scary roads and taxis are expensive!
🏨 Where to Stay:  Staying in Positano is an absolute dream! However, it is much more expensive than other Amalfi Coast Towns. It is definitely worth the splurge for a day or two. My top choice is Hotel Marincanto or Buca di Bacco which is more affordable and is where I stayed the first time I came to Positano. It is right near the pier and has a great restaurant.
🚣 Top Tour: A private boat tour at sunset!
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Is One Day in Positano Enough to Visit?

Positano is relatively small and one day is plenty of time to explore the beautiful Amalfi Coast town. My one-day itinerary will have you prepared to explore the top Positano attractions whether you are looking for some beach time or to get a little shopping in. A day trip to Positano is definitely doable. If you have the privilege to stay overnight, I would also recommend that but it is one of the most expensive places in Italy to visit especially during peak time.

When is the best time to visit Positano?

Positano is a popular destination. You will find it extremely busy during the high season which includes the summer months of July and August. Therefore, I’d recommend visiting in the shoulder seasons of May and September to October. Just know, that the season starts in April and ends in October. So outside this time period, you will find that many shops and hotels are completely shut down at this time of year.

How to get around Positano

Once you arrive in Positano, either by ferry, bus, or private transfer, you can easily walk to get around to all the main attractions. If you want to venture further to the famous Positano fruit stand or head to nearby Praiano, you will be able to take the public bus. The buses are labeled Sita Bus and you can learn about the bus timetable online here.

The bus, however, can be a tricky one in peak season. You will find it very full and if you don’t arrive early, you will likely not make the first bus as lines start early and the buses aren’t that frequent. You do have to purchase bus tickets ahead at the Tabacchi shops as you can’t buy a bus ticket on the actual bus.

Read my full guide to the Amalfi Coast here!
and if you are looking for fun things to do on the Amalfi Coast I have a post on that too!

What to do in Positano, Italy in One Day

The perfect one day itinerary for what to do in Positano is below in a snapshot. You can read the other things to do in this post and swap out activities as needed!

  • Morning: start with a coffee and stroll along Via Cristoforo Colombo for the best views before the crowds roll in.
  • Afternoon: Visit one of the beaches like Marina Grande Beach and rent a day bed. Then have lunch at Chez Black or Bruno Restaurant, go shopping, and have a lemon granita at Covo dei Saraceni.
  • Evening: Have a drink at Franco’s Bar at sunset or opt for a private boat tour at sunset, dine at La Zagara then have a night out at Music on the Rocks.

1. Have a beach day

There are a few beaches to choose from in Positano which I’ll describe briefly below.

Marina Grande Beach

Positano’s most famous beach can be found right in the center of all the Positano action! You can rent a sunbed for €25 at L’incanto. It is €5 extra for a towel. 

Instagrammable Pictures of Positano, Italy Spiaggia Grande Beach

Arienzo Beach Club

Arienzo Beach Club is a short boat ride away for a more secluded beach with amazing pasta! Don’t forget to reserve ahead on their website.

Packages start at €78 and include an umbrella & sunbed, a towel, a main course, drinks, and dessert.

Pictures of Positano, Italy Arienzo Beach Club

Fornillo Beach

If you take the pathway right above the area where all the ferries come in, you will reach Fornillo Beach. This beach is much less touristy and not as crowded as the main beach.

Laurito Beach

Laurito Beach is a small beach located which can be accessed by some stairs across of Hotel San Pietro. Part of the beach belongs to a small hotel with private access and the other part is free to the public.

2. Take a sunset boat ride to Fiordo di Furore

From Positano, I went on a private boat tour, which was the best way to see the beauty surrounding you. I was so happy the boat trip takes you to Fiordo di Furore, an Instagram famous spot that is a bit hard to get to normally. The best time to go is at sunset. The private tours are more expensive but if you go with a group of friends it’s worth the expense. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, you can take this group boat tour.

Sunset boat ride to Fiordo di Furore in Positano, Italy

3. Take in the views from Via Cristoforo Colombo

The main street, Via Cristoforo Colombo, offers some of the best views of Positano. Along the road, you’ll find many instagrammable seats where you can take some nice photos. You will also come across Bruno Restaurant, one of the most popular restaurants with a view!

4. Wander the beautiful streets, alleyways, and viewpoints

There are so many colorful buildings in Positano. The hilltop with the pastel buildings makes this a dream place. I adored venturing up the winding paths and seeing all the incredible views below of Positano.

Many people complain that Positano has a ton of steps but you can also see the most it has to offer without climbing as many steps. At the seafront where the ferries are you’ll find Positano’s main beach and all the shops and restaurants.

If you venture up the stairs near the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, you’ll then find tons and tons of steps up. That’s where I was able to find the viewpoint below.

View from Positano, Italy best photo spots

If you have longer than a day, you should include a hike to the Path of the Gods to your itinerary. You can either start in Bomerano and finish in Nocelle or do the hiking trail in reverse. It takes about bout 3-4 hours, and it’s known for its panoramic landscapes, including views of Positano, Praiano, and the island of Capri.

5. Hire a Vintage Car for a Tour of Positano!

One of the most amazing things to do in Positano is to hire a vintage car for a tour around the main highlights. You can book this tour where someone will drive you around and you can stop at photogenic points along the way!

6. Visit the Instagrammable Fruit Stand in Positano

This is probably the most instagrammable fruit stand! It is a bit further to reach, so you’ll need to take the Sita bus here. The exact location of the Positano Fruit Stand is SS163, 53, Positano which is here on Google Maps . The owner, @salvatore.milan0 will help you out with a photo too!

7. Have an Aperitivo at Il San Pietro in Positano

Near the fruit stand, you’ll find one of the most beautiful hotels in Positano, Il San Pietro. If you don’t have the luxury of staying here, you can visit for an apertivo. You’ll have views overlooking a tiled bench and the sea.

8. Go to Franco’s Bar for the best views in Positano

You can find the most incredible view at Franco’s – this chic bar is a part of the famous Le Sirenuse Hotel. I recommend going at sunset and soaking in the view while having a nice fancy cocktail.

9. Enjoy Live Music at Music on the Rocks

If you’re after some nightlife in Positano, then head to Music on the Rocks. It is one of the only night clubs in Positano. Located directly on the beach, this is a must if you’re looking for a fun night out.

10. Go Shopping

Positano has so many cute shops and art galleries in the city center. Some of my favorites include Theodora Positano and Antica Sartoria for clothing and Temptation by Macrame for really cute swimwear.

Positano also has many cute ceramic shops like Ceramica Assunta where you will see the cute ceramic heads and other ceramics in front of the view of Positano.

Best Places to Eat in Positano

Positano has some of the most amazing food ever. Indulge in the best pasta, and pizza ever, and be sure to try local specialties which include lemon, cheese, artichoke, olive oil, fig, salami, and more! Here’s my roundup of the best restaurants in Positano.

Chez Black: right in the center of all the action, Chez Black is a very cute place to dine with great food!

Le Tre Sorelle: Right next door to Chez Black, try a lot of seafood inspired dishes.

Da Gabrisa: Has the most stunning view and the food is to die for. I had the most incredible pasta in life! I also hear the risotto is nice but you need at least 2 people to order it.

Il Tridente is a charming restaurant on the roof of Hotel Poseidon.

La Sponda: The most instagrammable fine dining experience you will ever have.

🍕€5 incredibly cheap and good pizza Ristorante Cera una Volta

🍦The best cannoli ever with the sweetest owner La Zagara

🍳 Brunch at Casa e Bottega: Need a break from Italian food? Dine here for yummy smoothies and brunch! They have healthy options and it’s a really cute place to sit with a small gift shop in the front.

🍋 must try: lemon sorbet in an actual lemon! Covo dei Saraceni. This is so delicious & it’s right by the pier so great spot to enjoy a nice treat.

🍸 best cocktail spot for an incredible view (see below!) – I could sit here for hours: Francos Bar 

If you fancy wine instead of a cocktail, learn about the best wine tours from Positano!

francos bar in positano italy view of landscape pictures

Best Places to Stay in Positano

Read my full blog post on where to stay in Positano!

Best places to stay if you want to splurge:

Le Sirenuse: This is the most dreamy luxury hotel ever! I would love to get a chance to stay here but it costs about €900 a night? This is where you see lots of Instagram posts from. At least dine at one of their beautiful restaurants like La Sponda or have a drink at their bar, Franco’s for an incredible view.

Buca di Bacco: This one is a bit more affordable and is where I stayed the first time I came to Positano. It is right near the pier and has a great restaurant.

Best place to stay if you want to live like a local and get the best local tips from the most wonderful host: Blueline Positano [check the latest prices & book].

I mean, really. If you want to have a host like no other, you really must stay here. Maria was the sweetest person ever. She welcomed me once I stepped foot in Positano and showed me how to get to her place which is up the high hills of Positano. There’s a bus that can take you up there very quickly – otherwise, you will have fun looking at the amazing views and getting fit by walking up the stairs and the steep hills. Once, your at the top of Positano, you will enjoy her lovely terrace with spectacular views! Each day, Maria checked in on me providing me local tips and even inviting me out with her friends as I was solo traveling and we really became friends after!

Also, there are many pretty cats lounging in the sun living the best life in Positano. I saw so many of them right next to Maria’s place! Aren’t they cute? I am jealous of their life!

How to get to Positano

You can get to Positano the quickest from the Naples airport which is the nearest airport. In addition, you can also get there from Rome too.

Positano from Naples

If you fly into Naples, you can take the ferry to Positano which takes about 2 hours. It is also possible to drive to Positano too.

Positano from Rome

If you fly into Rome, you will need to take the train to Naples which takes about one hour. Then you can take the ferry from Naples to Positano.

Can you fly a Drone in Positano?

I flew my drone in Positano and it was super magical so yes, you can fly it! Just make sure you register it appropriately.

Hopefully this post gives you more of an idea of what to do in Positano, Italy in one day!

For more reading, you might also like these posts!
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𐃢 Things to do in Vietri sul Mare, the hidden gem of the Amalfi Coast
🌈 Procida – the most colorful island on the Amalfi Coast
🏖️ 10 Beautiful Seaside Towns along the Coast in Italy
Solo Female Travel Guide to Italy
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♥ Jackie

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