To complement the vertical landscape, here is Italy's most vertical town. A waterfall of pink, cream and yellow villas, spilling over the rock face, Positano is virtually divided in two by the cliff bearing the Torre Transita tower.
Fornillo beach lies to the west, to the east, within steps of the town center, there is the larger Spiaggia Grande.
Of Greek origin, Positano was once known as Pasitea. It was here that refugees from Paestum found shelter and the patricians built their villas.
Today, Positano attracts holidaymakers from all over the world with its beautiful beaches, fashion boutiques and restaurants.
Things to see
Church Santa Maria Assunta
Just behind the Spiaggia Grande, the Church of Santa Maria Assunta is home to the 13th century Byzantine Black Madonna. The church is closed in the afternoon.
Li Galli Isles
Legend has it that these three islets were the home of the Sirens, the female protagonists in Homer's tales of Odysseus.
The largest islet was the summer residence of the ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who purchased it from his fellow Russian, Diaghilev, at the turn of the last century.
The other two islets, with barely a flat surface upon them, are uninhabited except for scrub pines and seagulls. The warm sea surrounding Li Galli is the perfect place for a secluded swim.