Photo Diary: Postiano, Italy // Slowing down on the Amalfi Coast

Photo Diary: Postiano, Italy // Slowing down on the Amalfi Coast

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From the start I knew where we had to go – the most beautiful town I’ve ever visited, Positano, Italy. At that time it’d been a year since my previous visit, a fleeting lunch stop while doing work in nearby Naples. The stop had left such an impression though that I knew of all places in Europe for my in-laws to see firsthand, Positano was one of them. Our vacation together had been penciled way down on the calendar in the unimaginable month of May 2015. It had been forever away.. then with a hop, skip and expat jump and we were there.

We booked our flights down from Frankfurt to Naples and arrived around 11PM on a Friday night. It was absolutely pouring rain throughout the winding drive so upon arrival to Hotel Pupetto we were all more relieved than anything. “Just wait until the sunrise..” I promised for the 1,000th time. “…you’re going to love it.”

Our visit coincided with an absolutely unpredictable hodgepodge of late-Spring weather. During our four night stay we welcomed and basked in bright warm sunshine, zipped our jackets to keep out the chill, and camped out in our hotel while torrential rains rumbled by outside.

Upon the weather’s request, our daily agenda was immediately skewed in favor of the clear skies that our weather apps naively anticipated. “But my phone says it’s sunny right now…” I’d whine, looking out the window at puddles forming on the beach walk. Instead of suiting up in rain gear and pushing myself out the door, I did the opposite – opened the windows as wide as possible and would take a nap. Have you ever heard the sound of rain on the ocean? It’s impossible to not get lulled into a long, dreamy snooze. 

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Despite my nap-heavy daytime routine, our evening schedule remained consistent. Wine, cheese and a baguette in the hotel room from the nearby grocery store, a half-hearted discussion about how we ‘should’ leave and then a long, slow walk through the dreamy town, disguised as a search for a restaurant. 

There’s something to be said about slow, bucket list-less travel. After four days of Italian seaside relaxation, I felt utterly refreshed, though – of course- I won’t be turning down naptime anytime soon. 

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  • The slow pace

    While I will admit that Positano is absolutely dreamy (I mean, look at your pictures!), I have to say I prefer the nearby town of Ravello. We spent our honeymoon in the Amalfi Coast and Ravello was our base camp. We would make day trips to Positano, Amalfi, Capri or Sorrento. I absolutely adored every single town we visit but Ravello truly stole my heart.
    By the way, it did rain a couple of days during our honeymoon. We would buy loads of mortadella and ciabatta bread, open the balcony of our room and just stare at the landscape while eating like there was no tomorrow πŸ™‚ The melancholy of the rain suited the landscape beautifully! In general, I just want to travel… I don’t care too much about the weather.

  • I’m totally that party pooper who hopes it’s rainy and chilly every day of my vacation so the idea of throwing open the windows and napping through some wet weather sounds absolutely dreamy!

    And, you know, Italy’s great but I can’t wait to see some VA snaps πŸ™‚

  • shelby

    beautiful photos! Just the inspiration I needed I can’t wait to go there in February!

    The Fernweh Wolf / Travel & Lifestyle Blog

  • Stunning Margo! I just think of Positano and the role it played in “Under the Tuscan Sun”– this is exactly what I would imagine πŸ˜‰ Also, I’ve been stalking-I-mean-exploring your older posts on Spain since we’re going there in the winter, and it’s amazing how your photography skills went from great to amazing during your time in Europe!

  • I absolutely love the way you tell stories! Great writing and the photography is amazing as always!

  • Positano looks absolute gorgeous!! Such a dreamy view of the ocean!

  • This post made me SO excited. We’re heading to Italy in 2 weeks and Amalfi in 3! Hope you have a great start to your next (Asian) journey!

  • Jana Meerman

    These are stunning photos. Wow. Absolutely lovely thankyou for sharing x

  • The sound of rain drops on the ocean while napping… sounds like something I can get used to!

  • as always, such lovely photos Mo! (and can I please steal that navy jacket of yours?!) xo

  • HandLuggageOnly

    Stunning photos (as always) Margo! I really wanna visit Positano now! πŸ™‚

  • Roxanne HΓ©bert (LaVieenRox)

    wow! Amazing photos! Makes me want to go!!

  • Natalie Minniss

    Looks absolutely amazing!

  • Minimal by Three

    Gorgeous pictures! This has truly inspired me to visit Italy, it might just be my next holiday destination <3

  • Rachel Grove

    After reading many of your posts about Positano, we are finally going this weekend!

    Were you glad you rented a car? We are trying to decide between driving and taking a bus, but have heard that the roads are scary! Also, is parking a problem in positano?