Positano is a stunning town that offers so much more than just beaches, bars and picture-postcard-perfect views.

But with great beauty and history comes great costs – and Positano can be shockingly expensive.

That’s exactly why we wrote this guide for where to stay in Positano.

Our goal is simple – to help you navigate the streets, alleys and beaches of this stunning town. With the help of this guide, you’ll be able to narrow down exactly which neighbourhood in Positano is the right match for you.

Whether you’re looking to lounge on the beach, have a few drinks, or hike in the hills, we’ve got you covered!

Get ready for some exciting recommendations. Here’s our guide for where to stay in Positano, Italy.

Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Positano

In a hurry? Here’s my top neighborhood for first timers:

FIRST TIME IN POSITANO

Lower Positano

Lower Positano is the best place to stay if you’re visiting Positano for the first time. Located close to Positano Beach, this neighbourhood sits at the bottom of the village.

PLACES TO VISIT:
  • Go snorkelling and explore the world beneath the waves
  • Grab a towel and spend a day lounging on the sands of Spiaggia Grande
  • Zip around the Coast Road on a scooter, pausing to enjoy the panoramic views

Where to Stay in Positano

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Positano.

Best Hostel in Positano: Hostel Brikette

This hostel is our favourite affordable accommodation option in Positano. Located in the Chiesa Nuova neighbourhood, this hostel has a large terrace and breathtaking views. It’s ideally located for travellers who love to sightsee and explore. This hotel is outfitted with high-tech electronic door locks, lockers, and is a very secure property.

Best Airbnb in Positano: Unique loft with a breathtaking view

This loft is one of the best spots for a first time stay in Positano. You are in 5-10min walking distance from the beach, shops and all central city hot spots. The superhost is known for being especially helpful and provides everything you need to know about the area – no worries, you will be in great hands. The place is spacious and comfortable, with an amazing view of the ocean.

Best Hotel in Positano: Villa Rosa Hotel Positano

This spectacular three-star hotel is centrally located in Positano. It is a short walk to the best bars and restaurants, as well as the town’s top attractions. Comprised of 12 modern suites, this hotel offers large rooms, delicious food and stunning sea views. This is our favourite hotel in Positano.

Positano Neighborhood Guide

FIRST TIME IN POSITANO
Lower Positano, Positano
FIRST TIME IN POSITANO

Lower Positano

Lower Positano is the best place to stay if you’re visiting Positano for the first time. Located close to Positano Beach, this neighbourhood sits at the bottom of the village.

ON A BUDGET
Chiesa Nuova, Positano Italy
ON A BUDGET

Chiesa Nuova

Chiesa Nuova is a charming neighbourhood set north Positano centre. It is centred around the stunning Chiesa Nuova – or New Church of Positano – and offers spectacular views of the village, the bay and out into the horizon.

NIGHTLIFE
Lower Positano Night Life, Positano Italy
NIGHTLIFE

Lower Positano

Lower Positano is where you’ll find a great selection of bars, clubs and bistros that attract locals and tourists from all walks of life. Whether you want to dance the night away or watch the sunset with a glass of wine, Lower Positano has what you’re looking for.

COOLEST PLACE TO STAY
Montepertuso, Positano Italy
COOLEST PLACE TO STAY

Montepertuso

Montepurtuso is a small village located north of Positano. Surrounded by lush landscapes and rolling hills, Motepertuso is a scenic paradise perfect for hiking, trekking and getting lost in nature. Here you’ll find a great selection of trails and paths that meander through the countryside offer spectacular sea views.

FOR FAMILIES
fornillo, positano
FOR FAMILIES

Fornillo

Fornillo Beach is a small and tranquil neighbourhood located west of Positano city centre. Just a 15-minute walk for the busy and bustling port jetty, Fornillo Beach offers a fantastic break from the throngs of tourists and the buzzing crowds.

Positano is a small town located on Italy’s famous Amalfi Coast.

A charming and picturesque village, Positano is characterized by its bright and colourful houses that sit stacked in the cliffs. With olive groves and lush landscapes to one side, and the glistening blue Tyrrhenian Sea to the other, the buildings of Positano cascade down to the shoreline, popping again a luxurious natural background.

The village covers an area of nearly nine square kilometres. Home to less than 5,000 permanent residents, Positano attracts thousands of tourists every year to enjoy it’s pristine beaches, breathtaking views and enjoy delicious Italian cooking.

To help you plan your time in Positano, this guide will explore the best neighbourhoods by interest.

Starting with Lower Positano, the centre of Positano. Here you’ll find a wide selection of restaurants and cafes, as well as shops, beaches and bars. This neighbourhood is conveniently located for sightseeing, and staying here will save you from trekking up countless steps.

Set northwest of the city is the Chiesa Nuova neighbourhood. Centred around a stunning church, this delightful borough boasts good shopping, tasty food and a good selection of affordable accommodations.

Travel south from here and you’ll arrive in Fornillo. A fantastic option for families visiting Positano, Fornillo has a beautiful and relaxed beach, lots of treats, and great access to the village centre.

And finally, travel northeast from Positano to the stunning and secluded neighbourhood of Montepertuso. This small and calm hillside village offers great access to nature. It’s near hiking trails and walking paths, and it’s where you can see some of the most breathtaking views of the region. For plenty more exciting intel, check out this post for things to do in Positano. 

Still not sure where to stay in Positano? Fear not, because, in the next section, we’ll break down each of these neighbourhoods in more detail.

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Positano’s 5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in

Now, let’s take a look at the best neighbourhoods to stay in Positano organized by interest. Each is a little different from the last, so be sure to reach each section carefully and pick the neighbourhood that’s right for you.

1. Lower Positano – Where to Stay in Positano First Time

Lower Positano is the best place to stay if you’re visiting Positano for the first time. Located close to Positano Beach, this neighbourhood sits at the bottom of the village. It offers easy access to a myriad of shopping, dining and sightseeing options, and will save you from having to climb the steps after a long day of exploring.

This is also the best place to stay if you’re keen to explore more of the Amalfi Coast. Lower Positano is well connected to idyllic and iconic destinations like Capri, Ravello and Ischia. From here you can explore the best that this breathtaking region has to offer.

Lower Positano, Positano
source: Glen MacLarty (flickr)

Things to See and Do in Lower Positano

– Cool down with a refreshing cone of lemon sorbet.

– Explore the intriguing Grotta la Porta cave.

– Go snorkelling and explore the world beneath the waves.

– Grab a towel and spend a day lounging on the sands of Spiaggia Grande.

– Hire a boat and enjoy unparalleled views of the colourful village.

– Marvel at the incredible Chiese di Santa Maria Assunta e Cripta Medievale, which dates back to the 12th-century.

– Shop until you drop at Positano’s unique and local boutiques.

– Sip a cappuccino at charming La Zagara.

– Zip around the Coast Road on a scooter, pausing to enjoy the panoramic views.

Best Airbnb in Lower Positano: Unique loft with a breathtaking view

This loft is one of the best spots for a first time stay in Positano. You are in 5-10min walking distance from the beach, shops and all central city hot spots. The superhost is known for being especially helpful and provides everything you need to know about the area – no worries, you will be in great hands. The place is spacious and comfortable, with an amazing view of the ocean.

Best Villa in Lower Positano: Villa La Tartana

This charming four-star property is centrally located in Positano. It provides easy access to the beach as well as great shops, restaurants and bars. This property offers a range of features, including a swimming pool, free wifi, and a cosy lounge bar. There’s also a delicious on-site restaurant.

Best Hotel in Lower Positano: Hotel Posa Posa

Hotel Posa Posa is ideally situated in Positano. It is within walking distance of the Gulf of Salerno and there are a variety of eateries and cafes nearby. Rooms are historic and elegant, and each is outfitted with A/C, a refrigerator and a mini bar. There’s also a swimming pool and terrace.

Best Hotel in Lower Positano: Casa Albertina

Located near the heart of the city, this is our pick for where to stay in Lower Positano. This three-star hotel has comfortable rooms with modern features. It also boasts a rooftop terrace, an in-house restaurant and a cosy lounge bar, perfect for unwinding after a day at the beach.

2. Chiesa Nuova – Where to Stay in Positano on a Budget

Chiesa Nuova is a charming neighbourhood set north Positano centre. It is centred around the stunning Chiesa Nuova – or New Church of Positano – and offers spectacular views of the village, the bay and out into the horizon. You’ll also find a great selection of shops and restaurants, as well as independent boutiques and relaxing wine bars.

Chiesa Nuova is also our recommendation for where to stay for travellers visiting Positano on a budget. It’s where you’ll find one of the few hostels in town – and, in our opinion, the best – as well as a handful of modern villas, rustic B&Bs, and boutique hotels. By booking in Chiesa Nuova, you’re guaranteed to stretch your budget just a little bit further.

Chiesa Nuova, Positano Italy
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Things to See and Do in Chiesa Nuova

– Dig into a delicious meal of pizza and pasta at La Cantina delle Tre Sorelle.

– Eat great Italian fare and enjoy a beautiful view at Il Grottino Azzurro.

– Excite all of your senses with a mindblowing seafood meal at Next 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar.

– Get that perfect picture for Instagram by exploring the streets of Chiesa Nuova.

– Indulge in fresh seafood and fabulous homemade pasta at Ristorante C’era una Volta.

– Marvel at the detail of the Chiesa Nuova.

– Rent a scooter and cruise the Costiera Amalfitana roadway.

– Walk down the hill and spend a day lounging on one of Positano’s beautiful beaches.

Best Hostel in Chiesa Nuova: Hostel Brikette

This hostel is our pick for where to stay in Chiesa Nuova. Located at the top of Positano, this hostel has a large terrace and breathtaking views. It’s ideally located for travellers who love to sightsee and explore. They offer high-tech electronic door lock and private lockers.

Best Airbnb in Chiesa Nuova: Affordable room in a beautiful house

This affordable private room is perfect for travellers on a budget. It’s still in walking distance to the beach – but be aware that this means climbing down 300 steps. However, there is a bus connection to the central city and beach. The view is probably one of the best in Positano since the accommodation is higher up the hill than others.

Best Hotel in Chiesa Nuova: Casa Teresa

Casa Teresa is ideally located for exploring Positano. It’s a short (downhill) walk to the beach and there’s a vast array of dining options nearby. This three-star property offers comfortable and clean rooms with showers and hair dryers. Breakfast is available each morning, and there’s a cosy lounge bar on-site.

Best Apartments in Chiesa Nuova: Villa Celentano Apartments

Located in the beautiful Italian countryside, these apartments are a great place to make your base in Positano. This property boasts five well-appointed apartments with lovely views and a variety of amenities. Guests of this property can unwind after a long day with a nice meal or a drink in the lounge.

3. Lower Positano – Best Area to Stay in Positano for Nightlife

Lower Positano wins our vote for where to stay in Positano for nightlife.

One of the best locales for nightlife on the Amalfi Coast, Lower Positano is where you’ll find a great selection of bars, clubs and bistros that attract locals and tourists from all walks of life. Whether you want to dance the night away or watch the sunset with a glass of wine, Lower Positano has what you’re looking for.

Party animals won’t want to miss the chance to spend a night at the famous Music on the Rocks. This legendary discotheque is located right on the Spiaggia Grande Beach and for decades it has welcomed international celebrities to drink, dance and party in its unique cave setting.

Lower Positano Night Life, Positano Italy
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Things to See and Do in Lower Positano

– Dance the night away at the legendary Music on the Rocks.

– Drink refreshing G&Ts on the patio at La Brezza Net Art Café.

– Eat amazing seafood at Buca Di Bacco 1916.

– Enjoy great music, delicious drinks and plenty of fun at L’Alternativa Positano.

– Excite your senses at Al Palazzo.

– Feast on homemade local fare at Caffe Positano.

– Indulge at Chez Black, a venerable Positano institution.

– Sample sophisticated and high-quality drinks at Franco’s Bar, an al fresco watering hole suspended above the sea.

– Sip great cocktails on a terrace overlooking the sea at American Bar.

– Stare out at a breathtaking view at Positano Paradise Lounge.

Best Airbnb in Lower Positano: Charming room in top nightlife location

This private room is located in the best area possible if you are a night owl. Close to the main nightlife, famous pubs and restaurants yet far enough from the crazy party people so you can still enjoy a good nights sleep. Affordable and spacious – this superhosts’ place is a great choice.

Best Villa in Lower Positano: Villa Flavio Gioia

Villa Flavio Gioia provides cosy and comfortable accommodations at the heart of Positano. It is ideally located for shopping and going out, and the beach is just a short walk away. This charming four-star property boasts a full range of features, including wifi, a restaurant and a concierge.

Best Hotel in Lower Positano: Casa Antonio Positano

Located in Lower Positano, this bright and airy property is one of our favourite places to stay in Positano. It offers two well-equipped apartments with comfortable beds and a variety of amenities. You’ll also have access to a cosy terrace that has breathtaking views of the village and the sea.

Best Hotel in Lower Positano: Villa Rosa Hotel Positano

This spectacular three-star hotel is our pick for where to stay in Lower Positano. It is a short walk to the best bars and restaurants, as well as the town’s top attractions. Comprised of 12 modern suites, this hotel offers large rooms, delicious food and stunning sea views.

4. Montepertuso – Coolest Place to Stay in Positano

Montepurtuso is a small village located north of Positano. Surrounded by lush landscapes and rolling hills, Motepertuso is a scenic paradise perfect for hiking, trekking and getting lost in nature. Here you’ll find a great selection of trails and paths that meander through the countryside offer spectacular sea views. That’s why Montepertuso is our pick for the coolest neighbourhood in Positano.

If you love to eat (and who doesn’t) you’ll certainly want to explore the streets of Montepertuso. Tucked throughout this charming village are a great array of bistros, cafes and restaurants serving up local dishes and homemade pasta. Your taste buds will be amazed by the flavours of Montepertuso.

Montepertuso, Positano Italy
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Things to See and Do in Montepertuso

– Dine on delicious homemade pasta and enjoy great views at Ristorante bar Il Ritrovo.

– Don’t miss the Fontana Vecchia, a fountain known for it’s pure, clean drinking water.

– Eat amazing pasta dishes at Ristorante Donna Rosa.

– Grab a slice of mindblowing pizza at Positano Pizza Experience.

– Hike to the top of Monte San Michele and enjoy a very scenic view.

– Indulge in authentic Italian food at La Tagliata.

– Marvel at the Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie.

– See the “hole in the mountain,” Montepertuso Il Buco.

– Sip and sample a great selection of local Campania wines at Swirl the Glass.

– Trek the trails through the Lattari Mountains.

Best Airbnb in Montepertuso: Stylish flat in peaceful Montepertuso

This unique accommodation is perfect for everyone that enjoys beautiful countrysides. Situated on top of the hill, you will be close to the best hiking and trekking trails. Your host is known for giving great restaurant and cafe recommendations – you will want to check them out! There’s also a bus line to the center of Positano and other villages around.

Best Bed & Breakfast in Montepertuso: B&B Le Ghiande Positano

This bed and breakfast is our top pick for where to stay in Montepertuso. It’s located in the picturesque countryside of Positano and is a short drive to the heart of the village. Each themed room has unique décor, air conditioning and a refrigerator.

Best Hotel in Montepertuso: Colle dell’Ara

Located in Montepertuso, this hotel is ideally situated for getting back to nature and exploring the Italian countryside. It is comprised of three spacious room and this hotel offers a range of features, like luggage storage, free wifi and a terrace. You’ll enjoy delicious food, a relaxing garden and stunning views.

Best Bed & Breakfast in Montepertuso: B&B Mamma Rosa

B&B Mamma Rose is a beautiful property located at the heart of the village. It’s close to charming eateries and cosy cafes. This hotel has a swimming pool and terrace where you can enjoy spectacular views of the village and the sea. There’s also a delicious restaurant and bar on-site.

5. Fornillo – Best Neighbourhood in Positano for Families

Fornillo Beach is a small and tranquil neighbourhood located west of Positano city centre. Just a 15-minute walk for the busy and bustling port jetty, Fornillo Beach offers a fantastic break from the throngs of tourists and the buzzing crowds.

Fornillo Beach is our pick for where to stay in Positano for families. This neighbourhood is where you can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing day at the beach without the swarms of people. You’ll feel like you have your own private beach by staying in picturesque and overlooked Fornillo.

This is also a fantastic place to dine out thanks to its wide array of world-class restaurants. Fornillo is one neighbourhood where you can eat very well in Positano.

fornillo, positano
source: Marie Thérèse Hébert & Jean Robert Thibault (flickr)

Things to See and Do in Fornillo

– Enjoy fresh vegetables and seafood dishes at Il Fornillo.

– Go for a seaside stroll along Fornillo Beach.

– Grab a quick and casual lunch at Ristorane La Marinella.

– Indulge in excellent shellfish and other dishes at Ristorante Saraceno D’Oro.

– Rent kayaks and glide across the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Salerno.

– Savour a refreshing and delicious cone of lemon gelato.

– See the interesting Grotta di Fornillo.

– Sip local wines at rustic LO Guarracino.

– Swim, splash, lounge and play at peaceful and picturesque Fornillo Beach.

Best Airbnb in Fornillo: Beautiful family home in quiet Fornillo

If you are travelling with your family, this place is the right choice for you. All rooms are spacious and incredibly bright, including the living area and balcony. Everyone can enjoy their privacy – no need to be packed into a tiny home. The house is located in the family-friendly neighbourhood of Fornillo, 10min from the quiet but smaller beach and 15min from the central city with the main beach.

Best Pensione in Fornillo: Pensione Casa Guadagno

This property is located close to Fornillo Beach. It offers a wide range of features, including free wifi and a rooftop terrace. Rooms are comfortable and spacious – and perfectly designed for families. You’ll also enjoy a private balcony, a flat-screen TV, and a daily buffet breakfast.

Best Hotel in Fornillo: Hotel Pupetto

Hotel Pupetto is our top choice for where to stay in Fornillo thanks to its great beachside location and stunning views. This hotel has 34 comfortable rooms – many of which are geared towards families – with modern amenities and features. Guests of this hotel will enjoy a swimming pool, a private beach and free wifi.

Best Hotel in Fornillo: Hotel Vittoria Positano

This charming three-star hotel is set in scenic Positano. It is close to a wide range of restaurants, as well as beaches and bars. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, and each has great amenities. They provide free wifi, a rooftop terrace and an airport shuttle.

Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Positano

Positano is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. With its colourful cliffside buildings, winding streets and pristine beaches, it is a picture-perfect-postcard town that will transport you to another world. Add to that its rich history, diverse culture and incredible food scene, and it’s no wonder that Positano is such a popular travel destination.

Just to recap; Hostel Brikette is our number one choice for budget accommodations in Positano. This Chiesa Nuova hostel has a large terrace, breathtaking views, and is incredibly clean and safe.

Our recommendation for the best hotel is Villa Rosa Hotel Positano thanks to its central location, large rooms, and its delicious dishes on offer.

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