Lunch and a Rainbow in Positano, Italy

Lunch and a Rainbow in Positano, Italy

Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy

A few weeks ago I introduced Positano, Italy on the Almafi Coast as being the most BEAUTIFUL place in all of Europe. I stand by that statement. Here is the proof.
 
Making our way from our parking spot high above the town, wisteria bloomed from all sides (overhead too!) as we descended towards the beach. The town of Positano is an Italian gem. The narrow winding streets are charming and flowers abound. The scent of lemons fills the air while shops sell linens and art.
Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy
Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy

Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy

Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy

 

Foot traffic is lead through the main artery of town directly to the beach. The beach itself is relatively narrow but cozy and inviting. On our Sunday afternoon visit, locals chatted along the boardwalk while fishermen dragged their boats up to rest.
Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy

 

Positano, Almalfi Coast, ItalyPositano, Almalfi Coast, ItalyPositano, Almalfi Coast, ItalyPositano, Almalfi Coast, ItalyPositano, Almalfi Coast, Italy
We settle in at a beachfront table at restaurant called La Pergola. I ordered the grilled sea-bass with fresh lemon juice. Immediately warm bread was delivered alongside the dynamic duo of balsamic and olive oil. My caloric Achilles heel is crusty bread with soft sweet interior. My wedding diet caved as I dug in.
Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy
Minutes later, our expressive Italian waiter arrived with my freshly grilled sea bass, presenting it like a trophy. 
Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy
With a few quick strokes of his blade, the fish is cleaned and served alongside lemon and a crisp salad. The lunch was splendid. Coupled with the view of the sea, I doubt I could have found fault.
Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy

 

 

Finishing our meals, we watch as a painter swirls vibrant blues to match the sea and sky.
Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy

 

We pay our bill (no tipping necessary in Italy!) and grab a taxi back up to our car. The views from the top positively spectacular. The mix of Mediterranean peaches and oranges of the buildings and vibrant sea is absolutely jaw-dropping.
Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy

Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy

Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy

 

Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy

 
Just as we buckle in and reluctantly make our departure, I spot a rainbow on the coastline. Quickly we pull off (albeit a very narrow spot) and capture the fleeting scene.
Rainbow in Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy

 

Rainbow in Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy

Positano, Almalfi Coast, Italy

The show doesn’t end there though.
Cruising along the SS145 back towards Naples, the setting sun and puffy clouds play games above the rocky coastline. During a 10 minute stop at an overlook not far from Positano the evening lighting changed dramatically as the sun dipped away.
From cool teals to deep ocean blues, I couldn’t decide which of these series of photos was the best. So here, have them all!

 

Almalfi Coast, Italy

 

Almalfi Coast, Italy
Almalfi Coast, Italy
Almalfi Coast, Italy
Almalfi Coast, Italy

I absolutely love Positano and would recommend anyone visit – especially honeymooners. Just, WOW. Wouldn’t you agree?




5 quick notes on Positano:

1 | Along with the rest of the Almalfi Towns, Positano is UNESCO protected. This is important to me! With the UNESCO stamp you can count for nearly everything to be preserved with minimal development (no high rise Marriott’s here!).

2 |  Positano was formerly a fishing village but became popular in the 50’s with artists and writers – expect lots of fresh seafood on the menu.

3 | With it’s mild climate, high season is April – October.

4 | Nearby sights: Naples (did someone say Pizza?), Pompeii, Capri & Sorrento. Also a feasible day trip from Rome. In Positano you can hike, boat, swim, and explore the nearby Grotto La Porto.

5 | Best airport to fly into: Naples