Positano on a Budget Hotels Eats




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So, can you go to Positano on a Budget? Does this scenario exist? Yes and no, and what is a low budget to one person, may not be to another. Overall, Positano is not the most ideal place for someone on a budget. This being said, if you are one on a limited budget, and are determined to go, even stay in Positano, which is quite expensive, there are some things you can do.

If you get a hotel room that is suitable to your budget, your next big concern is food and drink.  You are in luck with a truly wonderful little spot to get tasty reasonably priced food at Latteria which is lovely family run Salumeria (Italian Deli) / Wine & Grocery Store. They make tasty panini (Sandwiches) and very good prepared food, such as Eggplant Parmigiano, Pasta, Frittata, and Arancini (Rice Balls). You can take food out to-go, and there’s a little patio on the side to eat your food at. If you want to eat the food there, there’s one little problem, there are only about 6 seats, so they might be full when you’re there. But if you can get a seat outside, this is a wonderful little spot to get some really tasty food, at the cheapest prices you’ll find in all of Positano. This is also a great place to stock up on bottle water, fruit, snacks, and wine to have back at your hotel. I just love this place, so if you’re looking for the best quality food at the lowest prices, Latteria is your place. You will have to take a 15-20 minute walk up from the beach to get here, but its well worth it. The walk itself is a nice little adventure, the food is absolutely excellent, and the place is charming.

Also very good, and a similar type of place is La Delicatessen, which is down by the Mulini and very central part of Positano. Like Latteria, Delicatessen make very good sandwiche, Rice Balls, and other prepared foods at fare prices. La Delicatessen is more centrally located than Latteria, and I do like the place, but if forced to pick to between the two places, I’d give a bit of an edge to Latteria, with Delicatessen not far behind.

The third big aspect of being in Positano, after settling your hotel and food requirements, is your beach activity.  One choice is the tiny free area down by Spiaggi Grande (Big Beach). There is also a free beach area at Il Fornillo Beach, which is a much better free-beach option than the tiny free-beach are in the center of Positano. My favorite beach area of all in Positano is La Scogliera Beach Club next to “Music on the Rocks,” which is a bit expensive, with chaise lounges costing from 17 to 25 Euros depending on when you go. 

One attraction of Positano is The Path of The Gods, which is totally free, and is one of the most popular things to do, but it’s not for everyone. If you do go, the only cost is taking the small local bus, up to the very top of Positano, where you will catch the hiking trail up there.


Hotel Villa Maria Antonietta

If you are looking for a budget hotel in Positano, Villa Maria Antonietta is one possible option. If you can get a room here (they Sell Out Fast), rooms are usually about $140 US a night, but as we’ve said, they sell out fast, so if you’d like to stay here anytime in the Spring or Summer, I’d suggest booking your room at least 5 to 6 months in advance. Seriously.

Villa Maria Antonietta is a nice little modest hotel, where I stayed at on my first trip ever to Positano, way back in the Summer of 1985, in a room that I paid $45 for at the time. Like I said the place is modest, and physically nothing special. The special things about it, are the location is about as good as it gets, the place is clean, and very affordable for Positano where the rooms are hundreds and thousands of dollars a night. Two people can stay at Villa Maria for about $140 a night.

When staying at VMA, you are in the area of Mulini, with a great selection of bars, caffes, salumerias, shops, and restaurants all around. It less than 10 minutes to walk to the main beach, and ferry boat stop.


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I’ve been going to Positano and the Amalfi Coast of Italy since the Summer of 1985, when I made my first trip to Italy, France, Spain, and Europe as a young man in my early 20s. That frist trip was amazing, there’s nothing like being so young and taking a trip like that, when new everything feels so magical. It’s an feeling you just don’t get as you get older. Anyway, I’m a bit older, and though I can’t regain the same feelings of my youth, I still love the place (Positano) and going there is always so very nice. 

Now the main point in this all, is unlike so many others who are blogging and writing about the magical town, very few could match my long history and experiences in Positano, on Capri, Rome and Naples, or anywhere on the Devine Coast of Amalfi. Yes, I have quite a lot of experiences in Positano over the years. I tell you about them, and make recommendations on where to stay (hotels), where to eat (Trattoria ‘s / Pizzeria ‘s & Bakeries), the Best Beaches, How to Get There and What to Do Once you are there on Positano or anywhere on the Amalfi Coast. You’ve got to go to Ravello, there’s a wonderful Lemon Farm Agriturismo that I go to in Minori, that’s a Hidden Gem few people know about. You’ve got to go to Pompeii, and a foray into Naples is highly recommend for a Pizza Crawl if you have the time. While on your trip to the Amalfi Coast area, I highly recommend staying two nights on Capri if you have the time. What I don’t recommend that highly is going to Capri just for a few hours, if you have the time, you must stay there to really appreciate the island and all its many charms. 



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“My Favorite Restaurants”

1.    Da VINCENZO … My All-Time Favorite. Been Going since 1985. Spaghetti Vongole

2.    BUCA d’ BACO … Great restaurant, great Hotel, Great Views & Great Food. 

3.    CHEZ BLACK .. The In-Spot. Great Pizza, People Watching & Spaghetti Nerano.

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1.     LATTERIA … Latteria (Italian Deli) is a wonderful little place, just a short way up the hill, on the Via Pastea, the main roadd of Positano. This wonderful little Salumeria has some of the Best Food in Positano, and at much cheaper prices than most. They make tasty Panini (Sandwiches), Arancini (Rice Balls), Frittata, and Melenzane Parmigiana (Baked Eggplant). You can buy Wine and Fresh Fruit and bottled water here. There is a wonderful little spot to eat outside (Limited Seating) or you take your prepared-food and grocery’s back tot you hotel or apartment.


1.     Le SCOGLIERA BEACH CLUB is my all-time Favorite Beach to go to in Positano. It’s a bit of splurge treat, and I split my beach time in Positano between this beach and the FREE BEACH at FORNILLO BEACH. Yes, it’s a bit expensive, but I’ve been going here since my first trip, and it’s a special treat to myself whenever I spend the extra cash to go there.

2.    My 2nd favorite Beach in Positano, is the Free Beach at Fornillo Beach where I used to go with my friend Nicoletta way back in 1986. There’s also a Private Beach area, where you pay to rent a Chaise Loung. I like the free part better, and when I to spend the cash for a private beach, I go to Le SCOGLERA BEACH CLUB next to “Music O The Rock.”

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1.   The BAR at The POSEIDON HOTEL .. Great view * Crowd and Cheaper than FRANCO’S BAR at Le SIRNEUSE HOTEL

2.    FRANCO’S BAR .. Great spot for your evening apertivo, with a Spectacular View and equally spectacular prices (expensive) to match. It quite nice, but persoally, I like the Bar on Terrace of The Hotel Poseidon. It’s cheaper too!



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Rome to Positano



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I landed at Fiumicino Airport Rome, Italy on May 27, 2018 .. I would be in Rome about 24 hours, and I’d make the most of it, before heading down to Campania and the Amalfi Coast of  Italy the next day. I was going on a trip with my cousin Tony, to Sorrento, Salerno to see our cousins Mimo and Marta, and of course the Amalfi Coast. I was going to Minori to stay at the lemon farm of Villa Maria for two days before meeting up with my cousin Anthony in Salerno in three days.

The plane arrived safely at Fiumicino Airport after a 7 1/2 hour flight on an American Airlines plane from JFK Airport in New York. I got to the airport, went through Customs and Immigration, and got my Passport stamped. Pick up my luggage and I was off to catch my Shuttle Van that took me from the airport, directly to the front door of my hotel, hassle free. You can take the Leonardo Express Train from downstairs in the airport to the main Train Station (Stazione Centrale) for about 5 Euros less, but then you have to get from the train station to your hotel. If you’re staying within 3 blocks of the station, this option may be good for you, but to me, it was great taking the Van for just a few dollars more, and getting dropped off right in front of my hotel. I went inside,checked in, then went directly to the bathroom to take a nice hot shower and refresh myself, before going out and making a little foray into the Iternal City Roma.

I went out, walked around a bit, had an Espresso and Corneto at a nice little caffe, then I went back to my hotel to take a 3 hour nap, before going out to see and hang at The Piazza d’ Spagna once again, before walking over to the Piazza del Popolo to have an Apertivo at Rosati, hang and admire the two beautiful little Twin Churches in the Piazza, and so  did.

I took a nice 3 1/2 hour nap, got up, threw some water on my face, got dressed, and it was back out onto the street of Rome, Italy. I decided the best thing to do was to take the Metro at Stazione Central to Piazza d’ Spagna, get out there, walk up the Spanish Steps, taking pictures for Instagram, hang out and savor it all, before walking over to the Piazza del Pololo.

I spent about 20 minutes hanging out at the Spanish Steps, before taking off for my next little adventure. Going to the Piazza del Popolo always hearkens back to memories of my first trip to the Eternal City, way back in the Summer of 1985. It was in New York on 2nd Avenue in The East Village when I ran into my friend Alma and Rene Ricard. I didn’t know Rene (famed Poet/ Art Critic), so Alma introduced us.  Rene got quite excited when I mentioned I was leaving for Rome on Saturday and would be going to Venice, Barcelona, Naples, and Positano. Rene wanted to give me tips, which he did for Venice and Positano, and he told me that I should stay at the Hotel Locarno in Rome and that I had to go to the Piazza del Popolo and go into the twin churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria Montesanto, and also that absolutely had to go to Rosati’s in the piazza, hang-out and have an aperitivo of any sort of Campari, of either; a Campari & Soda, Spritz, or the famed Negroni Cocktail. Of course I followed Rene’s great advice. I went into the churches and I went to Rosati, sat at a table outside, ordered my 1st ever Campari, a Campari Soda. I sat back, sipping my Campari and enjoying the marbelous scene laid out before me, the Twin Churches, The Piazza, the people drinking their aperitivo and having a good time. Yes, it was all so marvelous, and I shall never forget. And I think my good old pal, who sadly passed away a few years ago, he would be quite happy to know, because of that little conversation we had on 2nd Avenue, way back in 85, that I’d often remember him and the advice on Venice, Rome, and Positano, getting a Campari, and that I had to get the World’s Best Spaghetti Vongole at Da Vincenzo in Positano. Yes I’m sure that it would make Rene Ricard happy to know that I remembered him and all the advice he gave me on Italy that day in 1985, New York City.

Now, back to present day Rome, 2018 .. It  was great being back at the Piazza d’ Spagna once again. I just took it all in. After I walked up to the  top of the steps, all the way where the church of Santissima Trinita dei Monti stands majestically overlooking the whole Piazza de Spagna and Rome beyond. Technically the church is not part of the Piazza de Spagna, but I believe that it is to just about everyone who lays eyes on it. It something ever happened to it, and it was know longer there, the Spanish Steps just wouldn’t look the same. In fact, it would look as though it lost its “Head.” Anyway, it’s there, and millions are glad it is. If it weren’t, their pictures would just not look the same. 

So I had quite a nice time taking pictures, enjoying the setting, people watching, and just contemplating Rome. I was there about 20 minutes before leaving, and heading to my next stop, the Piazza d’ Popolo.



So I made my way over to and up the Via del Corso, and made it to the Piazza in about 12 minutes.  I went into both of the Twin Churches one at a time, spending about 7 minutes in each (been there before) before going over to Rosatis’s and grabbing a nice table outside. I was excited and all set for my Roman Apertivo Time, and so I did. The waitress came over and greeted me with a “Buona Serra” and I replied back in the same. She gave me a menu, which I looked over, before ordering a Campari & Soda from the waitress.  A few minutes later she cam back with my drink and a nice assortment tidbits of food that is part of the apertivo hour, and included for free with you drink. She gave me little bowl of Olives, Potato Chips, and assorted canapes, little sandwiches and PigsIn-a-Blanket (Cocktail Hotdogs in Pastry).  I sat back and enjoyed my treats, and wrote down what I had done so far that day in my travel journal, which are the notes for this piece here.

After spending about 35 minutes at Rosati, I took off and it was time to look for a nice little Trattoria for a nice meal. I could have gone to a place that I knew, but decided instead to just walk around and look for a new place. After walking around for about 20 minutes, I came across a little Osteria near the Trevi Fountain that was absolutely jumping. I looked at the menu, it looked good, and from the looks of how busy the place was and other little factors, I decided that the place would be good, so I asked one of the waiters if he had a nice table inside. “Certainly Sir. Follow me,” he replied, so I was on my way. I sat down, and looked over the menu and thought about what I’d like to eat, and which wine to have. I settled on Carciofi alla Romana (Roman Artichokes) and Veal Saltimboca, with a glass of Frascati, the local Roman white wine. The meal was wonderful, and I had quite an adventure which I’ll get into at another time.

Yes, I had a great time at dinner, and finally left the restaurant, and I wanted to walk around Rome for an hour or so, before heading back to my hotel, for a nice sleep to be fresh and ready for my journey down to the Amalfi Coast the next day.

Now the next day, and getting from Rome to Positano. I packed my suitcase, then went down to the hotel dining room for breakfast. The breakfast was very nice. I was able to get a Cappuccino, and there was a good assortment of; pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt, juice, Salami, Cheese, and sweets. I ate as much as I could, and as usual, made sure to take a good amount of Salami & Cheese and a couple rolls to make a couple small sandwiches to bring with me on the train (lunch). I went back to my room, got my bags, went to the front desk, and checked out of the hotel. I grabbed my bags, and walked over to the train station. I bought a one-way ticket on the Fast Train to Napoli (about 16 Euro). For those of you who have the cash, if you’d like, you can take a Private Car door to door, from your hotel in Rome, direct to your hotel in Positano, Sorrento, or anywhere on the Amalfi Coast.

As for me, I took the Fast Train from Rome to Stazione Centrale Napoli (Naples) which took about an hour and 15 minutes. I walked downstairs and jumped on the Circumvesuviano, the local train that goes from Naples to Sorrento and stops at many points in-between, including; Pompeii (Roman Ruins), Vico Equense, and other points, before the final stop of Sorrento, where I caught the Blue Sita Bus to Amalfi. Once in AMalfi, I had to catch another bus to Minori, which dropped me off near Caffe Gambaradella where I go for a Gelato and the nice lady at the cash register makes a phone call for me to Villa Maria, letting the family know that I have arrived in Minori, and I’m waiting down at the caffe. Twenty minutes later Mr. Vincenzo Manzo arrives in his Fiat Station-Wagon to pick me up an bring me up to the agriturismo of Villa Maria (Lemon Farm), and I’m there. All this being said, I now know there’s an easier way. It would have been much better for me to take the train from Rome to Salerno ( 1 hour & 1/2 ), then walk two blocks to the ferry terminal and catch a ferry boat from Salerno to Minori, and all points on the Amalfi Coast. 

I was used to the old way, that I read about in my Frommers Guide Book to Italy. There was no Internet when I first started to go to Positano, nor for a long time afterward and I ws used to taking the Circumvesuviano and then the bus on the AMalfi Drive from Sorrento to positano and Amalfi, which is the most interesting and way to go, with the World’s most beautiful Bus Ride ever. The scenery driving along the AMalfi Coast is absolutely spectacular, and is “Not to be Missed.” You have to do this at least once in your life, and then if at other times you want a faster / easier way to get to your destination, do as I’ve just said, take the train from Rome to Salerno, and then take a Ferry Boat in Salerno to any town you want to go to on the Amalfi Coast.

If you’re going to Sichia or Capri, take the train to Naples, then take a taxi from the train station to the Ferry Terminal and catch a boat to either Procida, Ischia, or the Isle of Capri.



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By train (coming from the North): The most convenient railway station is Napoli Centrale or Napoli Piazza Garibaldi where you can get a Circumvesuviana local train to Sorrento; buses for Positano leave from the square in front of the Circumvesuviana station; (coming from the South): The most convenient railway station is Salerno from where you can reach Positano by bus or by ferry.

By plane: If you arrive at Naples-Capodichino airport, take a taxi or a bus to Circumvesuviana station as above.

By bus: An express bus connects Rome with Positano departing from Tiburtina Rome station at 7.00 A.M. while from Naples it departs from Via Pisanelli at 8.45 A.M.



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To reach Positano and the Amalfi Coast (Italy) by car – take direction to Naples.

Coming from North after exit to “Caserta Sud” look for the sign: “A3 – SALERNO/REGGIO CALABRIA – PENISOLA SORRENTINA”. Than exit at Castellammare di Stabia (Coming from South the exit to Castellammare di Stabia will be about 25 km. before Naples. After exit from High way look for sign of Sorrento and Positano. Reaching Meta di Sorrento , turn left to Positano which is 12 km. from Meta di Sorrento.



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Everyone has a different situation in life and travel and what you are doing on you visit to the Amalfi Coast may be the same or different than others. Many people will arrive by bus either by taking the Circumvesuviano train from Naples to Sorrento, then hopping on a Blue Local Bus or Red Tourist Bus leaving Sorrento at the Train Station and going to all points on the Amalfi Coast, including; Positano, Amalfi, Praiano, Minori, or Maiori. This is a good option, but not for everyone. This is a great option for the budget minded and most people will choose this route. On the other hand, there are those who prefer the easy option possible, which is taking a Private Car from wherever you may be coming; from the Airport in Naples, the center of Naples, or you are coming down from Rome , you may want to take a Private Car door to door, and for those who can afford it, this is great.

I do recommend that you do not take a car, unless you are on a vacation driving around Italy and you already have a car, and you will be neading it before and after leaving Positano or Amalfi. When you’re in Positano for example, you will not need a car, and it cost a good deal of money to park it each and every day you are in town, so do not get a car.

All this being said, i do hope this helped you, and have a most wonderful time, wherever you are on the Amalfi Coast, Enjoy!

Asparagus Frittata Amalfitana





Fritatta are flat Italian Omelettes, that Italians love to eat for lunch, as a light dinner, maybe preceded with some kind of green salad which might include an Insalta Caprese. Fritatta are much loved on the Amalfi Coast as they can be made with just about anything you. like, especially any vegetables that they grow in the area. Potatoes, Spinach, Sweet Peppers, and Zucchini are among the favorites, and are usually always seasoned with grated cheese. Spaghetti Fritatta is a favorite in Naples as well as on the coast. It’s tasty, seasoned with some tomato and Pecorino or Parmigiano Cheese, and it’s a great way to get rid of leftover Spaghetti.


   Potato & Asparagus Frittata

Both potatoes and asparagus are much loved on the Amalfi Coast, and both vegetables find there way in many dishes, including; soups, pasta, and as here in frittata. You can make the frittata with just three 3 eggs if you like to have a nice lunch or light dinner for one. Or make it with 5 or 6 eggs as it calls for in the recipe below, and you can serve a wedge of frittata as part of mixed antipasti, eat a couple pieces for a snack in-between meals, and it is a great item to bring along with Aracini, Salami, and Cheese for a nice beacch-lunch or picnic anywhere at all. Enjoy it.

Ingredients :

1 large Idaho Potato, peeled and sliced ¼” thick

10 medium Asparagus, washed, sliced 1” pieces

5 X-Large Eggs, beaten

¼ cup grated Parmigiano

1 1/2 Tablespoons Butter

Olive Oil, Salt, & Black Pepper

Fill a medium pot ¾ full with water. Add 1 teaspoon of Salt. Bring water to the boil and add potatoes. Once the water comes back to the boil, let potatoes cook for one minute then add the asparagus.

Continue cooking the potatoes with the asparagus until the potatoes and the asparagus are both getting slightly tender, yet firm at the same time, 4-5 minutes.

Drain the vegetables in a colander and set aside.

Place the eggs in a medium bowl, add a half teaspoon each of both Salt & Black Pepper and beat eggs to combined. Add grated Parmigiano and mix into the eggs.

Place a large 10-12” non-stick frying pan on top of stove and add 5 tablespoons of olive oil to pan. Add the potatoes and asparagus and bring to medium heat. Season with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring a couple times to get all sides cooked.

Add 1 tablespoon of Butter to the pan and let it completely melt.

Turn the heat on to high, and add the eggs. Mix vigorously with a wooden spoon, until most of the eggs are cooked. Turn heat off.

Place a very large plate the can completely cover the frying pan. Flip the pan so it is upside down and the frittata falls into the plate.

Add the remaining butter and a bit more olive oil to frying pan. Turn heat to medium and add the frittata with the un-cooked side going into the pan to cook. Turn heat to low and cook about 1 minute until the eggs are completely cooked. Turn heat off.

Slide the Fritatta onto a clean plate. Cut into wedges and serve immediately or let cool and serve at room temperature.

Excerpted from POSITANO – The AMALFI COAST  by Daniel Bellino Zwicke

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