My first love was not Paris, which may surprise you. I studied abroad in Italy during a semester in college and it was where I first fell in love with travel. Italy will always have my heart. I didn’t travel to Paris until a month into my semester abroad and I was already smitten with Italy. In 2015, I visited Positano by myself and shot this image from the main beach. It has become one of my best sellers in The Print Shop. What I love about it is people always comment about their memories in Positano and how the image brings them back to their honeymoon, anniversary, or family trip.
I remember my solo trip to Positano well, I had just left Paris and I was so sad. I walked from my tiny hotel in the hill down to the main beach at dusk and my eyes filled with tears. I stopped right there and soaked it all in. My mood instantly changed from this point and I went to find dinner after a long day of traveling.
I enjoyed meals on the beach at Chez Black over the years enjoying pasta, pizza and fresh seafood. I need to work on my Positano list of places to eat and drink for a future post.
I have been to Positano four times and I was planning to go back this Summer. Positano can be enjoyed solo or with a partner, friends, or family. My last visit was with my Dad in 2016. We were only supposed to stay a few days and we didn’t have any set reservations because it was August and the busiest month for Positano. Each afternoon, I would sit on the lounge chairs on the main beach and search for a hotel room online. It wasn’t the easiest situation to move rooms every night. (my dad complained so much) But we both agreed we didn’t want to leave Positano.
August in Positano is packed with Italians. I really enjoyed hearing them speak while I read under my umbrella. It may not be the best experience walking up and down the packed stairs to the beach. You have to arrive early and each umbrella and chair cost money. It was completely worth it to me and there are little shops on the side to get drinks and magazines and the prices aren’t too high.
I have been in May and the beach is a lot less crowded but the weather isn’t quite Summer swimming temperatures.
I was very lucky to be invited to Le Sireneuse for lunch when visiting with my Dad. It was quite the treat from start to finish. I was so happy to have this experience with my Dad and when you ask him his favorite meal of the trip, it was lunch here. This was the view from our chairs overlooking the water.
The hotel stay was out of my budget, but the lunch may be your best bet if you want the experience.
I also highly recommend Franco’s Bar next door for a cocktail at sunset. Arrive just as the doors open and snag a seat at the edge. It will be worth it and the prices are more reasonable than a cocktail hour at Le Sirenuse.
Capri, Italy is just a quick boat ride from Positano. If you have the opportunity to add it to your trip, I highly recommend it. It took me a few trips to fall in love with the island and now I can’t wait to get back. A lot of this has to do with my friends at Capri Michel’ Angelo Holly and Gianluca gave me a map and directions to the beach and places to explore when I had dinner at their restaurant. They have become friends over the years and I am so happy to try their new restaurant when it finally opens next year. I have been using their olive oils in my kitchen at home and their recipes until I can get back to Capri. You can order them here.
Cappuccinos and iced cappuccinos in Italy are like nothing else.
Head down to the beach in Capri. I felt like I stepped onto a movie set, I only heard Italian spoken and it looked like a dream. I reserved a chair and umbrella by the water. I went for a dip when it was hot just at the side of my chair and when I was hungry I took a visit to the beach club snack bar.
If you can’t make it to Italy this Summer, this is an easy little setup to recreate at home. I LOVE olives, you can grab these at Eataly and make a spritz or Campari Soda at home.
Grab a seat in the main square for people watching in the early morning before the boats arrive or at cocktail hour in the afternoon. I was told many times that the best time to enjoy Capri was before the boats arrive and after the last one leaves. The island becomes a whole different vibe. You need to book a hotel early because there are limited accommodations.
The one thing that I haven’t done in my many visits to Capri is the Blue Gratto due to weather. We waited on our last trip and had many attempts but it was too windy to take the boat out. Hopefully, next year. I have heard a private boat on the water in Capri is simply the best thing you can do!
I hope you enjoyed my Italian Summer holiday post and it has filled your heart with joy as much as it has creating this. I have had beautiful memories in Italy over the years and I can’t wait to make more in the years to come.