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3 Days in Positano for Families

Curated by Rebecca WinkeItalophile and travel enthusiast who’s lived in Italy for 20-plus years.

The picturesque fishing village of Positano is set directly on the dramatic coastal cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, which means navigating steep staircases and narrow pedestrian lanes. The town is not the best choice if you are traveling with a stroller, but if you're with kids who can walk on their own, this lively resort town offers plenty.

We began traveling to Postino when our sons were confident walkers and swimmers, and we found that they loved the Escher-like village center and tiny beaches with waterfront restaurants. Positano also sits about midpoint along the Amalfi Coast, making it a good base for kid-friendly day trips and excursions. Spend an unforgettable three days exploring Positano as a family with these itinerary tips.

Expect hot days and balmy nights in summer, so keep midday sightseeing to a minimum.

If you only have time for one thing, make it a day cruise along the coast.

Day 1

These days, Positano is a resort destination, but it has a rich history and artisan tradition. Visit the old town with a private guide to learn history, see sights, and do workshops. End your tour at the waterfront for a lunch overlooking the sea.

Take a beach break after lunch. Positano’s main Spiaggia Grande can be overrun, so take a boat shuttle or walk the 15-minute seaside path to quieter Fornillo beach, shaded by cliffs by midafternoon. At night, head to the hamlet of Agerola for a farm dinner at an agriturismo restaurant. Stroll the organic farm, dine, and relax far from the crowds.

Day 2

Traffic and crowds can make touring the Amalfi Coast by land challenging. Simplify with a boat tour. Set sail from Positano to see the coastal villages and stop to swim and snorkel. Dock in Amalfi to take in its sights (young ones like the Paper Museum) and drop anchor at a beach restaurant.

A private driving tour is another great way to see the Amalfi Coast. Your driver can drop you near the village centers and there's no parking hassle. The added perk of a driving tour is the option of visiting clifftop Ravello, which is not accessible by sea.

Day 3

Families with older kids can hike the scenic Path of the Gods, which skirts the clifftop above Positano. Go with a guide for historical and ecological insights, and then relax over lunch at the panoramic restaurants near the end of the trail (La Tagliata and Il Ritrovo both welcome kids).

Alternatively, visit the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii. Take a guided tour to learn more about the remains of majestic theaters, villas, baths, and temples. Finish with a pizza and tiramisù class at a private home. Meet with your host for a kid-focused cooking lesson and a feast.

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