Positano’s Best Kept Secret
Italy is one of our very favorite countries in the world. It’s truly a magical place, and the locale makes it super easy to meet my three go-to travel goals: being affordable, having amazing food & being surrounded by beautiful scenery. My idea of travel is never standing in line to visit tourist spots. I’m all about sitting on a restaurant patio drinking house wine, eating an amazing bowl of pasta and people watching. When we’ve traveled to Italy we are always trying to stop in the most beautiful places, but in the most affordable and relaxing way possible. On our last trip we discovered that the secret to enjoying the ultra-posh (and expensive) town of Positano, was to stay at the nearby town of Santa Margherita. Santa Margherita is MUCH more affordable and a quick ferry ride away from Positano, which lets you trek over and explore (and take breathtaking photos!).
Santa Margherita is a beautiful town in their own right. They are also seaside, with spectacular water views, amazing seafood restaurants, and even a vintage carousel perfect for photo-ops and kids to ride.
*Our top choice for an affordable, but beautiful hotel in a great spot in town is:
Address: Via della Vittoria, 18, 16038 Santa Margherita Ligure GE, Italy
–Make sure to check out their breakfast, which is included in the hotel price. In true Italian-style hotel breakfast form, it was a spread of fresh cakes, pastries, fruits, espresso and cold cuts. Do not miss it!–
*Our pic for best gelato:
Largo A.giusti, 14
–It’s all about the vats, and this place has them! My favorite was a scoop of vanilla gelato with amaretto poured on top and some small buttery cookies. (I still dream about this frequently. If you love amaretto- as I do- run, don’t walk!)–
*We tend to shift our schedules in Italy, doing a late breakfast, late lunch, and late dinner. This has helped us avoid crowds and not need to plan reservations in advance.
*The seafood in this town is amazing. Highly recommend a good seafood dinner while you’re here.
*The bars here are a great place to snack before a late dinner. Beers and cocktails at all the bars we visited came with ample (free) snacks.
Those are my Santa Margherita/Positano tips! Feel free to share more in the comments if you’ve ever been! Or let us know your favorite spot in Italy. We are always planning our “next” trip!
16038 Santa Margherita Ligure