Cascading down the hills of the Amalfi Coast of Italy, Positano clings to the mountainside and sparkles like a jewel in the sun. In the early 20th Century Positano fell on hard times and more than half of the population fled. But the famous writer John Steinbeck put Positano clearly on the tourist map when he wrote an essay and said, ""It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone."
Today Positano is a holiday mecca full of bars and cafes, lemoncello stands, ceramic shops and sunburned tourists with worn out knees. It is a far cry from the ancient fishing village known by her ancestors.
Although this was only a brief afternoon stop on a long day excursion along the Amalfi Coast, Positano was by far the most beautiful place we discovered on our trip to Italy.