Legend has it that the Greeks named Positano after “Poseidon”, their God of the Sea. This is because the town is located right on the Amalfi Coast by the Tyrrhenian Sea in southern Italy.
By the first half of the twentieth century, what used to be a prosperous hub for trading had become a rather poor fishing town. However, Positano re-gained its sparkle in the 1950s as a idyllic escape from the frenetic activity and pace of the modern work-a-day world.
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. – Author John Steinbeck
Positano – A Masterpiece by the Sea
Some views are so beautiful that they almost don’t seem real. The deep blue water stands as a contrast between the colorful houses nestled into the steep cliffside. Lush green trees and bushes partially embrace their structure. Positano is sun-kissed. The sky is only separating itself from the sea for the viewer’s eye by means of differently shaped, moving streams of clouds. Positano is a masterpiece, a real treasure, carefully crafted throughout centuries.
The individual houses ascend the cliffside. While unique in themselves,the buildings seem intertwined when viewed from further away. It’s true – the sum is greater than the parts, and so, as a whole, they form a greater masterpiece. At the center of quaint Positano, Santa-Maria Assunta Church graces the view – an integral religious, cultural, and architectural part of this Italian village. At night, Positano resembles a sparkling pearl by the sea. While there was life streaming through its narrow streets during the day, it now is a peacefully sleeping town.
Steps Into a World of Its Own
Tucked away in front of dramatic cliffs are polished beaches. A myriad of descending staircases weave their way down, revealing new vistas at every turn. Narrow cobblestone alleyways seem to say “slow down, slow down, look around, take a moment to smell the salt air and Nonna’s cooking.” Embrace stepping into a different world of friendly locals, leisurely life, authentic eateries, and traditional architecture. It is a view that triggers all of the wanderer’s senses; a place that almost seems to be too picture-perfect to be real.