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If you only have time to visit one town in the Amalfi Coast, it should be Positano. Positano is everything you'd dream the Amalfi Coast to be; lush cascading cliffs stacked with colorful Mediterranean architecture, luxury yachts and speed boats docked on turquoise waters, and narrow streets and ornate stairways lined with boutiques and trattorias. And of all the towns on the coast, Positano caters to visitors the most, offering up the most hotels of any destination in the region. What's more, Sita buses and ferries stop directly in Positano and many Amalfi Coast boat tours depart from here. 
Positano also boasts some of the Amalfi Coast's most beloved beaches. Marina Grande Beach is the most famous and most central, sitting at the base of the colorful seaside town. There's also the Fornillo Beach, another traveler favorite, located less than a half-mile east of Marina Grande Beach. Fornillo Beach can be accessed directly from Marina Grande via the cliffside Sentiero degli Innamorati pathway, an attraction in its own right. For a truly secluded shoreline, check out Arienzo Beach, which is situated between two cliffs and is accessible via a 300-step stairway. 
Beyond the beaches, visitors will find plenty else to do. You can explore Roman ruins near the stunning Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta or travel farther upward to the villages of Montepertuso or Nocelle. These very small mountaintop areas offer an unmatched bird's-eye view of the region. In addition to beaches and vistas, Positano is also a shopper's paradise. Here, travelers can find one-of-a-kind pieces including antiques big and small, Vietri ceramics and handmade, made-to-measure fashions for which the Amalfi Coast is famous for. Venture into Safari I Sandali for bespoke leather sandals or Maria Lampo for traditional Positano Moda clothing. But above all, travelers find simply walking around and admiring the city's stunning scenery to be the best activity Positano has to offer. You can reach Positano by car via the Amalfi Highway or by the Sita bus. For more information about Positano, visit the Positano Tourism Board's website. 

If you only have time to visit one town in the Amalfi Coast, it should be Positano. Positano is everything you'd dream the Amalfi Coast to be; lush cascading cliffs stacked with colorful Mediterranean architecture, luxury yachts and speed boats docked on turquoise waters, and narrow streets and ornate stairways lined with boutiques and trattorias. And of all the towns on the coast, Positano caters to visitors the most, offering up the most hotels of any destination in the region. What's more, Sita buses and ferries stop directly in Positano and many Amalfi Coast boat tours depart from here. 

Positano also boasts some of the Amalfi Coast's most beloved beaches. Marina Grande Beach is the most famous and most central, sitting at the base of the colorful seaside town. There's also the Fornillo Beach, another traveler favorite, located less than a half-mile east of Marina Grande Beach. Fornillo Beach can be accessed directly from Marina Grande via the cliffside Sentiero degli Innamorati pathway, an attraction in its own right. For a truly secluded shoreline, check out Arienzo Beach, which is situated between two cliffs and is accessible via a 300-step stairway. 

Beyond the beaches, visitors will find plenty else to do. You can explore Roman ruins near the stunning Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta or travel farther upward to the villages of Montepertuso or Nocelle. These very small mountaintop areas offer an unmatched bird's-eye view of the region. In addition to beaches and vistas, Positano is also a shopper's paradise. Here, travelers can find one-of-a-kind pieces including antiques big and small, Vietri ceramics and handmade, made-to-measure fashions for which the Amalfi Coast is famous for. Venture into Safari I Sandali for bespoke leather sandals or Maria Lampo for traditional Positano Moda clothing. But above all, travelers find simply walking around and admiring the city's stunning scenery to be the best activity Positano has to offer. You can reach Positano by car via the Amalfi Highway or by the Sita bus. For more information about Positano, visit the Positano Tourism Board's website

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#1 Positano If you only have time to visit one town in the Amalfi Coast, it should be Positano. Positano is everything you'd dream the Amalfi Coast to be; lush cascading ... Read more » Eugeny / Getty Images

#2 Hike Though the Amalfi Coast is the kind of place where you should kick back, relax and soak up the stunning scenery, you'd be missing out on all it has ... Read more » Jürgen Mangelsdorf / Flickr

#3 Beaches A trip to any coastal destination wouldn't be complete without a trip to the beach. In the case of the Amalfi Coast, your vacation wouldn't be complete without ... Read more » Pola Damonte via Getty Images / Getty Images

#4 Villa Cimbrone (Ravello) If you're looking to take in spectacular views without breaking too much of a sweat, head to Villa Cimbrone. Situated in the mountaintop town of Ravello, Villa Cimbrone is ... Read more » Kevin & Debbie Rudd / Getty Images

#5 Boat tours To explore Amalfi by land is only half of the experience. The best views are seen from the ocean, where unobstructed vistas of the coast's world-renowned cliffs, as well ... Read more » swetta / Getty Images

#6 The Furore Fiordo The Amalfi Coast is filled with so many secluded beaches it's nearly impossible to pinpoint where exactly all of them are, let alone allot enough time to get to ... Read more » robangel69 / Getty Images

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Of all the Amalfi towns, Positano caters most to tourists, having the most hotels of any in the region and acting as a central departure point for boat tours. And with its pastel-colored architecture, popular beaches and chic shopping, it's as quintessentially Amalfi as you can get.  Eugeny / Getty Images

The Amalfi Coast is brimming with amazing trails and pathways just itching to be traversed. A traveler favorite is Path of the Gods, which takes hikers right along the edges of the famous coastal cliffs.  Jürgen Mangelsdorf / Flickr

The Amalfi Coast is home to 100 beaches, but don't expect your typical shorelines. Due to the geography of the coast, beaches are small and composed of pebbles, so bring comfy footwear.  Pola Damonte via Getty Images / Getty Images

The Villa Cimbrone Gardens are the most important example of English landscape and botany culture in the South of Europe, housing both rare species and centuries-old plants. A word of warning though: Some visitors found the gardens to be a bit lackluster outside of peak season blooming (spring).  Kevin & Debbie Rudd / Getty Images

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The picture-perfect Furore Fiordo garners praise from travelers for its beauty. If you're visiting in the summer months, you may want to pick this stretch of sand to beat the heat. Due to its location, the sun only ever hits the beach in the morning, creating a cool hideaway in the afternoon.    robangel69 / Getty Images

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