Italy: Positano

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Positano

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Positano, a dramatic hillside town of pastel houses and lemon groves clinging to the sides of a gorge on the Amalfi Coast, has long beguiled visitors. Find out why as you soak up its awe-inspiring vistas and indulge in the elegance of a four-star seaside villa hotel. A drive along the sweeping panorama of the famed Amalfi Coast takes you to Amalfi’s port, and high above it, exquisite Ravello with its lush villa gardens. Enjoy a guided excursion by land and sea with a local insider to experience the unseen, off-the-beaten-track squares and hidden charms of the isle of Capri.

 

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4 days, 3 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Three breakfasts
  • Accommodations ina luxury hotel
  • Amalfi Drive excursion with expert driver
  • Full-day tour of Capri with an expert, local guide
  • Transportation for the excursions
  • Basic travel insurance coverage
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW staff
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Day 1

Positano

Arrival in Positano

Upon your arrival in Positano, you check into your seaview room at the Hotel Villa Franca. With its commanding position over the town and sea, this family-owned hotel has the feel of an elegant private villa, reflecting the Mediterranean architectural style of white walls, painted tiles, lacquered terracotta, and stone accents from Mt. Vesuvius. The warmth of Southern Italian hospitality soon takes hold as you settle in and begin to explore Positano on your own.

One of the Amalfi Coast’s best-known towns and originally a small fishing village, Positano is situated at the mouth of a splendid gorge that gradually widens as it moves towards the sea. Positano’s characteristic houses—cubes of white, pink, red, orange, almost all with a small porch in front, some with a spherical dome—spiral down the narrow streets of the hillside to the port, interspersed with palm trees, trailing bougainvillea, and terraced citrus groves. Featuring in many films, such as “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” the waterfront is a colorful bustle of fishing and pleasure boats and beach loungers and parasols.

Dinner is on your own this evening in one of Positano’s many fine restaurants or trattorias. A list of recommended restaurants is available for dining ideas.

Hotel Villa Franca

Positano, Italy

An elegant and welcoming four-star hotel with striking views over the sea and Positano. Reflecting local architectural style, spacious seaview guest rooms and common spaces in white contrast with terracotta, painted tile, lush gardens, and terraces, and a rooftop pool with a 360-degree view of Positano. In addition to fine dining al fresco and a poolside bar, the hotel also has a fitness area and spa facilities (massage and Turkish steam bath). A complimentary room upgrade (pending availability) can be requested on arrival.

Day 2

Positano

Amalfi Coast Drive; independent explorations of the towns of Amalfi and Ravello

This morning, after breakfast in your hotel, you embark on an ideal introduction to one of Italy’s most beautiful coastlines—the Amalfi Coast—with your local expert driver. One of the world’s most scenic drives is enhanced by the sheer vibe of the Amalfi Coast—the perfume of lemons, the people, the sunshine, the contrast of blue sea, sky, and striking white cliffs. Amalfi, the first stop of the day, approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Positano, is one of the most famous towns along this coastline. Also situated at the mouth of a ravine, surrounded by striking cliffs, the seaside resort town has a long history and was a powerful maritime republic in the Middle Ages. In the heart of the town overlooking the main square is its 11th-century Arab-Norman style cathedral. Inside is the 12th-century white-columned “Cloister of Paradise.” A very short drive up brings you to the beautiful town of Ravello, perched high above Amalfi, with its privileged views over the entire coast. A gem, Ravello has been a magnet for artists and writers stretching from Boccaccio to Truman Capote. Stroll its narrow lanes and squares, with enticing boutiques and pastry shops—some of the region’s best dolce (sweets) can be found here. A highlight is the evocative 13th-century Villa Rufolo, an inspiration to the operas of Richard Wagner, with its stunning Moorish-style courtyard, villa, gardens, and breathtaking views of the coast. Returning to Positano in the later afternoon, you are free to stroll into town or relax at the beach or poolside at your hotel before dinner on your own.

Hotel Villa Franca

Positano, Italy

An elegant and welcoming four-star hotel with striking views over the sea and Positano. Reflecting local architectural style, spacious seaview guest rooms and common spaces in white contrast with terracotta, painted tile, lush gardens, and terraces, and a rooftop pool with a 360-degree view of Positano. In addition to fine dining al fresco and a poolside bar, the hotel also has a fitness area and spa facilities (massage and Turkish steam bath). A complimentary room upgrade (pending availability) can be requested on arrival.

Day 3

Positano

Excursion to the Isle of Capri, via hydrofoil boat from Amalfi

A full-day excursion with a local expert guide to the Isle of Capri provides a comprehensive picture of the entire Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples. You are transferred from your hotel to the port of Amalfi, where you board a scheduled hydrofoil (high-speed ferry) which whisks you across the waters around the tip of the Sorrentine Peninsula to the Marina Grande, Capri’s main port. A short stroll brings you to Capri’s funicular that climbs in minutes to the main square of the town of Capri. Its whitewashed arches, domes, narrow streets, and squares blend into the island’s scenery and invite exploration. Later, you climb into one of Capri’s typical convertible taxis to drive to the island’s upper town of Anacapri. Like its “rival” of Capri below, Anacapri is elegant, but perhaps simpler in feel with its Moorish architecture and surrounding vineyards and olive groves. Sites to visit are the Piazza San Nicola and its 18th-century church of San Michele, and the Swedish writer Axel Munthe’s tranquil Villa San Michele. For a more active adventure, there is a chairlift to the summit of Monte Solaro, the highest point on the island with its truly stupendous views over the island, sea, and the mainland. This full day concludes as your guide leads you back by hydrofoil to Amalfi and your transfer to your hotel in Positano, where you are free to enjoy the remainder of the evening.

Hotel Villa Franca

Positano, Italy

An elegant and welcoming four-star hotel with striking views over the sea and Positano. Reflecting local architectural style, spacious seaview guest rooms and common spaces in white contrast with terracotta, painted tile, lush gardens, and terraces, and a rooftop pool with a 360-degree view of Positano. In addition to fine dining al fresco and a poolside bar, the hotel also has a fitness area and spa facilities (massage and Turkish steam bath). A complimentary room upgrade (pending availability) can be requested on arrival.

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Positano

Departure

Following breakfast in the hotel, you check out and depart Positano at your leisure.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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