Positano is a stunning town on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. It’s known for its beaches, bars, and picture-postcard-perfect views.

On top of that, the town is famed for its long history and  fascinating culture.

But with great beauty and history comes great costs – and Positano can be shockingly expensive. This means figuring out where to stay in Positano can get pretty tricky.

To help you out, we’ve figured out the best places to stay in Positano for any travel style and budget. Whether you’re looking to lounge on the beach, have a few drinks, or hike in the hills, we’ve got you covered!

 

Where to Stay in Positano

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

Best Airbnb in Positano: Unique loft with a breathtaking view

Unique loft with a breathtaking view

This loft is one of the best spots for a first time stay in Positano. The place is spacious and comfortable, with an amazing view of the ocean. The beach is an easy stroll away, as are shops and restaurants.

Best Hostel in Positano: Hostel Brikette

Hostel Brikette

This hostel is our favourite affordable accommodation option in Positano. Located in Chiesa Nuova, the hostel features a large terrace and breathtaking views. It’s ideally located for travellers who love to sightsee and explore.

Check out more budget options in our hostels in Positano post!

Best Hotel in Positano: Villa Rosa Hotel 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. It’s got modern suites, 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 one of the best places to stay on the Amalfi Coast. Despite being small in size, this popular destination is famed for its nightlife and vibrant atmosphere.

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

Starting with Lower Positano, in the centre of town. 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, making it the best place to be if you’re visiting for the first time.

It’s also the best place to be if you want to be in the heart of the action. The majority of Positano’s nightlife is clustered here, as well as the area’s most popular bars.

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 accommodation options.

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 town 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, with numerous hiking trails and walking paths.

Still not sure where to stay in Positano? Read on for a more detailed guide on each of these areas below.

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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 in more detail. We’ve included our top accommodation and activity picks in each, so you know exactly what you’re getting.

1. Lower Positano – Where to Stay in Positano for your First Visit

Lower Positano, Italy
source: Glen MacLarty (flickr)

Lower Positano is the best place to stay if you’re visiting Positano for the first time. Located close to the beach, this neighbourhood offers easy access to a myriad of shopping, dining and sightseeing options.

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.

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

Unique loft with a breathtaking view

This loft is one of the best spots for a first time stay in Positano. It’s less than 10 minutes from the beach, shops, and bars, and provides a comfortable base to return to. The flat features traditional furnishings and boasts a balcony with stunning sea views.

Best Villa in Lower Positano: Villa La Tartana

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

Hotel Posa Posa is ideally situated within walking distance of the Gulf of Salerno, with a variety of eateries and cafes nearby. Rooms are traditional and elegant, and each is outfitted with A/C, a refrigerator and a minibar. There’s also a swimming pool and terrace onsite.

Best Hotel in Lower Positano: Casa Albertina

Casa Albertina

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.

Things to See and Do in Lower Positano

  • 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.

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

Chiesa Nuova, Positano Italy
source: Neirfy (shutterstock)

Chiesa Nuova is a charming neighbourhood in Positano. It’s centred around the stunning Chiesa Nuova – or New Church of Positano – and offers spectacular views of the village, the bay, and out onto 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. There are also a handful of modern villas, rustic B&Bs, and boutique hotels. By staying in Chiesa Nuova, you’re guaranteed to stretch your budget just a little bit further.

Best Airbnb in Chiesa Nuova: Charming Sea View Apt

Charming Sea View Apt

Boasting incredible views from most rooms and the outdoor terrace, this apartment is one of the best places to stay in Positano. Up to six guests can stay here, making it ideal for groups or families looking to discover the area. Free parking and wifi are available, and you’ll have all the comforts of home. The location is also pretty hard to beat; shops and restaurants are just outside and the beach is a 15 minute stroll away.

Best Hostel in Chiesa Nuova: Hostel Brikette

Hostel Brikette

This hostel is our pick for where to stay in Chiesa Nuova. Located at the top of Positano, this hostel boasts 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 Hotel in Chiesa Nuova: Casa Teresa

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 Guest House in Chiesa Nuova: Villa Fortuna

Villa Fortuna

This gorgeous guest house boasts comfortable rooms, plush beds, and stunning sea views. You’ll have your own bathroom, fridge, kettle, and private balcony where you can enjoy coffee in the mornings or a glass of wine at night. Rooms are beautifully furnished and feature tiled floors to keep things cool. You’ll be close to bus stops, shops, bars, and pretty much everything else you could want to explore!

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 mind-blowing seafood meal at Next 2 Restaurant and Wine Bar.
  • Explore the quint and postcard-worthy streets of Chiesa Nuova.
  • Indulge in fresh seafood and fabulous homemade pasta at Ristorante C’era una Volta.
  • Marvel at the detail of the church.
  • 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.

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

Lower Positano Night Life, Positano Italy
source: Travis Wolfe (shutterstock)

Positano is a hotspot for nightlife on the Amalfi Coast, and Lower Positano is where you’ll find a great selection of bars, clubs and bistros. 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.

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

Charming room in top nightlife location

This private room is located in the best area possible for night owls. It’s close to the main nightlife, famous pubs, and restaurants yet far enough away 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

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

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

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 modern suites, this hotel offers large rooms, delicious food, and stunning sea views.

Things to See and Do in Lower Positano

  • Dance your worries 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.

4. Montepertuso – Coolest Place to Stay in Positano

Montepertuso, Positano Italy
source: Redmason (shutterstock)

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.

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.

Best Airbnb in Montepertuso: Stylish flat in peaceful 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. There’s also a bus line to the centre of Positano and other villages around.

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

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

Colle dell'Ara

This hotel is ideally situated for getting back to nature and exploring the Italian countryside. It 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 Rosa

B&B Mamma Rosa is a beautiful property located at the heart of the village, 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 fantastic restaurant and bar on-site.

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 its pure, clean drinking water.
  • Eat amazing pasta dishes at Ristorante Donna Rosa.
  • Grab a slice of 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.

5. Fornillo – Best Neighbourhood in Positano for Families

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

Fornillo Beach is a small and tranquil neighbourhood located west of Positano town 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.

Best Airbnb in Fornillo: Casa Romantica

Casa Romantica

This family-friendly apartment is our favorite Airbnb in Fornillo thanks to its giant balcony and great value for money. The flat is spacious and features traditional furnishings. Large windows let in plenty of natural light and epic views, while the kitchen, lounge, and main bedroom lead out onto the terrace. Its central location means you’ll have everything in town within easy reach, and it’s an ideal base for taking day trips out.

Best Pensione in Fornillo: Pensione Casa Guadagno

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

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

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.

Things to See and Do in Fornillo

  • Enjoy fresh seafood dishes at Il Fornillo.
  • Grab a quick and casual lunch at Ristorante 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.

FAQ about Finding a Place to Stay in Positano

Here’s what people usually ask us about the areas of Positano and where to stay.

Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Positano

Positano is one of the most beautiful destinations 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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