We took a day tour from Rome to the Amalfi Coast in sunny southern Italy. The Amalfi Coast is one of 53 Italian UNESCO World Heritage sites, and has been protected from the influx of cruise lines. While this cuts down considerably on the crowds flooding the area, the Amalfi Coast is a major tourist and vacation destination. One of the most popular stops is the charming and beautiful town of Positano.
Known as “The Vertical City,” Positano clings to the cliffs as it descends down to the Mediterranean Sea. Positano is known for its lemons, ceramic, and linen industries, and there are numerous artisans offering these and many other wares. The “downtown” region is along a single pedestrian street, the Via Mulino. Art galleries, restaurants, linen stores, ceramic stores, and lemon shops all jumble together down the steep cobbled street leading down to the beach. My favorite shops were the Lemon shop and Ceramica Assunta which sold handcrafted lemon and ceramic products. Although we didn’t purchase any pricey wares, there’s plenty of options if you’re looking for souvenirs.
After strolling down Via Mulino and touring the different shops, we reached the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, which dates back to the 10th century, and was originally an abbey of the Benedictine monastery. In front of the church, there is a small square, and steps leading down to the sandy beach. Visitors can rent towels, sunloungers and showers from L’Incanto Beach Restaurant along the beach.
We stopped for lunch at one of the best restaurants in Positano, La Zagara Cafe, and of course ordered the most well-known food of the region- pizza! We ordered Pizza Margherita, named for the Queen Consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy and garnished with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves to represent the colors of the Italian flag. For dessert, we had the popular local Delizia al Limone, a wonderful lemon sponge cake covered and filled with with a light lemon cream.
Our time in Positano had come to an end, but before we headed back to our tour group, we had to taste the famous lemon slushy known as a lemon granita. This turned out to be finely crushed ice covered with fresh squeezed Amalfi lemon juice, not exactly what we were expecting, but it definitely woke up our taste buds!