I could see Positano in the distance and my heart skipped a beat. I’d been there three times before, but hadn’t seen it in some time, and it was just as beautiful as ever, even if now there was multiplies of more people going there, the town is still gorgeous. But this time, I wasn’t getting off in Positano as I usually did. This time I was headed for Minori, a town I had an early evening dinner in with my friends when we rented a car to go to Pompeii and then Vietro Sul Mare to by some the beautiful ceramic plates. We stopped at a cute little trattoria for some tasty seafood and then we were off. After our dinner, we stopped off at Amalfi, parked the car, had a couple Negroni’s at an outdoor caffe. Then we walked around and marvelled at the Feast of Santa Anna that was going on at the time. That was way back in 1987.
Let’s get back to 2015 on the Amalfi Coast, and making my way to Villa Maria (Minori). It sort of pained me, to not be getting off the bus in Positano as I normally would have done, unless I was coming from Capri by boat. Anyway, I almost wanted to cry of, as I just got a teasing glimpse of my beloved little town (Positano).
The bus passed through the town, making its way to Amalfi, as I strained to catch the last glimpse of the town, we drove on our way south towards Amalfi. No need to cry, I was going to Villa Maria which would prove to be one of the best times of my entire life.
We arrived in Minori, and I hopped off the bus in the center of town. I went into a jumping caffe (Gambaradella) and asked if I could make a phone call to my hotel. The lady at the cash register was kind enough to make the call for me, and told me that someone would be down in a few minutes to pick me up. I got an espresso and Sfogliatelle and waited for my ride. A little while later Vincenzo Manzo showed up at the caffé in his Fiat Panda and threw my bags in his car. We headed up to Villa Maria and arrived about ten minutes later. Vincenzo led the way, and we went into the dining-room and sat down. He introduced me to his wife Maria, daughter Nadia, and his son-in-law, and they gave me a pitcher of fresh lemonade made from the farm’s wonderful lemons of course. At that moment, nothing in the World could have made me happier. I was at Villa Maria hanging out with Vincenzo Manzo and his family and drinking Lemonade made from the famed Amalfi Coast Lemons that were grown in Vincenzo’s farm. Who’s luckier than me.
Excerpted from POSITANO – The AMALFI COAST – Cookbook / Travel Guide , due for publication Release May 2020 … Broadway Fifth Press NYC
by Daniel Bellino Zwicke @ Daniel-Bellino-Zwicke.com
with AUTHOR DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE
VILLA MARIA AGRITURISMO
MINORI , ITALY
POSITANO – Sorrento The Amalfi Coast
Cookbook & Travel Guide
From DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE
This piece of art is from a photo I took in May of 2018. I edited the picture with the Painnt app from Google Play, and this is the result. I walked a fare ways up the Via Pasitea in Positano and snapped this shot. Of course I took many more.
Missing Positano, The Amalfi Coast. Daniel-Bellino-Zwicke
WELCOME to BEAUTIFUL POSITANO
And The ULTIMATE GUIDE to EVERYTHING POSITANO
EAT – DRINK – SLEEP – EXPLORE – SWIM – PLAY – GET AROUND
The MAIN Beach at Positano
Pulling Into POSITANO
This is a Great Car … But it’s Best to Leave the Car at Home
There are several ways to get to Positano, either by Bus, Car, or Boat, and some ways are much better than other ones.
If you are FLYING into the AIRPORT in Naples, you can get Affordable Ground Transportation , directly from the Airport to Sorrento, where you can take a spectacular Bus Ride, or Ferry Boat directly from Sorrento right to the center of Positano.
A DREAM PLACE to STAY
If You Can’t Afford to Stay Here
You’ve Got to Hang Out Here at Least Once on Stay
FRANCO’S BAR si a Great Spot for Late Afternoon or Early Evening APERTIVO
With The Most Amazing View
Wish You Were There ???
Positano Getting There
NAPOLI DAY TOURS to POSITANO
View of Positano
How to Get There
Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. arrive by FERRARI
in “ONLY YOU”
WHERE to STAY
Le SIRENUSE HOTEL
Experience The Ultimate in Luxury and Service Par Excellence at Le Sirenuse
WHERE to EAT on The AMALFI COAST
The AMALFI COAST
The You’re in Positano
The AMALFI COAST
Daniel Bellino “Z”
Visit POMPEII – POSITANO – AMALFI COAST SIGHTSEEING TOUR
With PIZZA CLASS / LUNCH in SORRENTO
Clark Gable with Sophia Loren
Naples and The AMALFI COAST
The Path of The Gods
The AMLFI COAST
Cheapest Budget Hotels
The AMLFI COAST
VIEW From Le SIRENUSE
Thee PLACE to STAY in POSITANO
Deluxe Category Hotel
Look at This View ??? !!!!
How’d You like to Have Your Breakfast Here ?
One of Our ALL-TIME FAVORITES CASA ALBERTINA
Deluxe Quality and Service for LESS
Beautifully Appointed Rooms
Casa Albertina is a wonderful 1st Class little family run Hotel that is perfectly situated so you get a nice view of the town from just a little way up, yet a short easy teen minute walk to the Beach and Center of Positano.
I first discovered Casa Albertina way back in 1986 and had 3 glorious days staying there. The son Lorenzo gave me a special rate, seeing I was a young man (22) and probably didn’t have much cash. This hotel is beautifully appointed and the entire staff provides the most friendly service. Casa Albertina is an Absolute Gem.
Note : The first time I stayed at CASA ALBERTINA was the Summer of 1986. The owners sone Lorenzo gave me a special rate of $79 a night, and I had an absolutely wonderful time. The next year when I came back, the price had gone up to $119 a night. When I checked the prices in May of 2018, the rate was $279 a night, and actually a reasonable rate for the quality of this hotel, which is not super deluxe, but does make it in to the luxury category of hotels.
CASA ALBERTINA … Via Tavolozza 3 … POSITANO , ITALY … Reserve a Room
Me at Casa Albertina
Breakfast with Nicoletta
View From a Room
HOTEL BUCA di BACCO
HOTEL BUCA di BACC … Via Rama Teglia 4 … Positano, Italy … tel. 39 081 1892 2289
Experience Super Service in a Deluxe Category Hotel
A Room at Le Sirenuse
View From Terrace Bar at Le Sirenuse
Le SIRENUSE HOTEL … Via C. Colombo 30 , Positano, Italy .. tel. 39 0862 060556
Click Here to Book a Room at Le SIRENUSE HOTEL
View from the SANPIETRO
One of The Worlds Most Renowned Hotels
For The DREAM VACATION of a LIFETIME
One of The SAN PIETRO’S FABULOUS Rooms
Your Own Private Balcony
Find Your Room
View from the Terrazzo at Hotel Art Pastea
Lounge at HOTEL ART PASITEA
Free Wifi, Free Breakfast, Beautiful Views, afforadble Prices …
FIND a Room
View from the Terrazzo at Hotel Dimora Fornillo
A Room with a VIEW
Hotel Dimora Fornillo
About 200 Steps up to the Hotel from the Beach and Center of town.
AC Free Wifi … Free BREAKFAST Reserve a Room
View From VILLA MARIA ANTONIETTA
Posiitano has to be one of the hardest place in the World to find a hotel room, and in the Budget Category, almost but not Impossible. Villa Maria Antonietta is one of your best options if you want to pay less than $150 US Dollars a night. It’s almost impossible finding a room here in the high season (April to Mid October). You have a much better chance getting a room here in the off-season when you can get a room for about $96 a night (US Dollars).
I first stayed here in the Summer of 1985, and was recommended this place by the late Poet RENE RICARD. At the time I paid $40 a night, so considering the way things have skyrocketed here in Positano, that you can get a room for about double the price in 2018, that’s pretty reasonable.
The accommodations are basic, but most important, they are clean, the location is Fantastic, you are in Positano and it’s relatively Cheap.
If you want to stay in in Summer, Book Far in Advance !!!
Just 1,900 Feet from the Main Beach and Marina to catch Boats (Ferries) coming and going to Positano.
VILLA MARIA ANTONIETTA … Via C. Colombo 41 , POSITANO , ITALY
Hotel Conca D’ Oro
View From Balcony
HOTEL CONCA D’ ORO
Afforadable with Average Room Rate of $145 a Night US Dollars
150 Steps Up, about a 15 Minute Walk to The Main Beach
HOTEL CONCA D’ ORO …. Via Boscariello 16 , POSITANO , ITALY Info
Find Your Hotel
Positano has to be without question one of the hardest places in the World for the Budget minded to get a hotel room. There are not many options, as most hotels, the prices are astronomical priced. Seriously! This being said, it’s not impossible and there are some options available.
We have Compiled a List of Several Affordable (Cheapest Hotel Rooms in POSITANO) Options for the Budget Minded. It wasn’t easy, but we did it.
It goes without sayint that’s it’s markedly more dificult to find a reasonably priced room here during the high season which runs from mid April to mid September, with mid May to the first weel of Septemeber being super busy.
This all being said, if it’s possible for you to go in October or April, these two months might be your best possible option. If you have plenty of cash and can afford to pay $300 or more a night for a hotel room, then you won’t have as much as a problem.
The other alternative to see Positano if you want to go during the High Season, is to stay in another town like, Paiano right next door to Positano, or Minori, Sorrento or other town near by, and take a bus or Boat to visit Positano, have a nice lunch and do some sightseeing.
A GREAT ALTERNATIVE to HOTELS in POSITANO ? “Stay in Salerno and use it as your base to Positano, Naples, and The Amalfi Coast.
I started going to Positano and the Amalfi Coast of Italy way back in the Summer of 1985. I fell in Love with Positano and had a most wonderful time. I stayed at the Villa Maria Antonietta for $38 a night. This modest little pensione was recommended by my my friend, the Poet Rene Ricard. It was a nice little place, but I scouted out other hotels for which would be my return next year (1986). I loved Positano, and I knew right then and there that I’d be back in 86.
So I did return the following year. First I went to Capri and had a most marvelous time. I stayed at the Villa Tosca behind the Grand Hotel Quissisana. It was a great little hotel with a great view of the Faraglioni Rocks from the terrazzo of the hotel.
After three wonderful days on Capri, I took a ferry boat to go to Positano. After my arrival I walked up to and checked out the Casa Albertina Hotel , which you can find walking the alleyway in-between Bar DeMartino (now Caffe Positano) and Da Vincenzo Ristorante. I bopped my head into Casa Albertina where I found Lorenzo (son of the owners) sitting at the friend desk. Lorenzo greeted me with a pleasant “Buon Giorgno,” and I greeted him back. Lorenzo saw that I was a young man (23) so he said he was going to give me a special young persons price. And so he did ($79 a night), The Casa Albertina is a most lovely hotel and I had a wonderful time staying there. The same room in the year 2019 will cost you about $370 a night. Not so cheap, and more than I care to pay. This my decision go to Salerno and stay at the wonderful Hotel Plaza in Salerno. And what Good Luck it was for me to choose and to stay at The Plaza, which I absolutely adored, and in no small part to the friendly owner Gaetano. Such a nice man. Gaetano made me feel so welcome, making me an Espresso every time I returned back to the hotel after a day of exploring Positano or anywhere along the Amalfi Coast. Gaetano is an absolute Gem, who I had some wonderful times chatting with over espresso the 4 days I spent at his family’s charming hotel.
That’s my friends Gaetano making me another Espresso on his beloved machine.
Besides the awesome owner Gaetano and his friendly staff, and the nice rooms, and tasty breakfast you will have each morning if you stay at the Hotel Plaza , the hotel is directly across the street from the train station, which give you quick and easy access if you are taking a train down from Rome, or traveling to Naples and other points in Italy by train. And the hotel is a short 3 block walk to the Marine Terminal of Salerno, where you can get a ferry boat for a quick 25 minute ride to Amalfi, and 55 minutes to Positano. And if this wasn’t enough, the room rates average just about $120 for a double room in Summer, as compared to the cheapest hotel rooms in Positano , start at about $295 a night, or night, three times the price of a room in Salerno.
MEMORIES of POSITANO
EATING on THE AMALFI COAST
At BUCA di BACCO
Positano , Italy
Yes a Wonderful Ristornate Amazing View Great Food Excellet Service … This Hotel and Restaurant is a mainstay of the hugely popular town of Positano on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Everythin about the place is First Class, the hotel of course , the restaurant and a friendly professional staff of waiter, BBs, host, Chef, cooks, and all who work at this establishment. I’ve eaten here numerous times since 1985, and it’s always been a great experience including my latest trip this past May with my cousin Tony. We went for lunch, this was my cousin Tony’s first time, and he loved as I always have. I think I created a Monster when my cousin Tony said let’s get a bottle of Champagne and a suggested we might get a good quality Italian Sparkling Wine. A few days before we were at Lo Smeraldino Ristorante right on the water in Amalfi. I ordered the Ferrari “Perle” Brut 2007. It was wonderful and Tony was hooked, he loved it, and wanted to get it at almostevry restaurant we went to for the rest of the trip. Now back to Buco di Bacco. Tony scanned the Wine List at Buco, he found the Ferrari “Perle” and ordered another bottle (Vintage 2010). We started drinking it and as with the 5 or so bottles of this wine we had on te trip, it was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed. Now when it came to ordering, for Antipasto we got an order of Melanzane Parmigiano (Eggplant Parm) and some grilled vegetables. Now, though we both love eating Seafood when down on the Amalfi Coast, when we saw Meatballs (Polpette) on the menu, we both ordered some. I ordered a plate of Spaghetti Meatballs while Tony ordered just Meatballs minus any pasta.
The BAR at BUCO Di BACCO
The service as usual was excellent, it was a absolutley gorgeous day in Positano and we were both a couple of Happy Campers outside on the lower Terrazzo of Buca Di Bacco. We both commented on how relaxing and peaceful it felt sitting there on the deck and we both sat back and thorughly enjoyed the whole experience and good fortune to having lunch there at such a nice restaurant in the beautiful town of Positano n the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Yes, we knew we were lucky and we were most certainly greatful to be sharing such a memorable meal together, two Italian-American cosuins in Italy in Positano, The Amalfi Coast. Basta !
The WINE LIST
BUCA Di BACCO
PESCE MISTI di Mare
BUCO di BACCO
POSITANO … I won’t give you the adress, as you can’t miss it. The Hotel and Ristorante BUCA di BACCO is front and center, right at the main beach in the center of town in Positano. If by some insane reason you have a problem finding it, just ask, it’s right down near the water. telephone : 39 081 837 0723
PS … If you can Affor It? The Hotel is Wonderful.
A Great View of POSITANO from a outdoor table at Da VINCENZO
That’s the terrazzo of Caffe Positano where all the people are stiing outside, which if you started going to Positano long ago, you may know that spot as the old BAR DeMARTINO, one of my favorite places ever in Positano, but sadly no longer there. Anyway, this is a spectacular spot to get an Apertivo, have lunch or dinner, and just injoy the moment and the beauty before you, and just how “Lucky” you are to be in this Gorgeous Place, known as Positano. Enjoy!
Italian Cookbook Author (Me)
Daniel Bellino Zwicke, Enjoying Lunch
at Da VINCENZO
Been Going there Since 1985
Yes, I started going to Da Vincenzo way back in 1985. Ever Since my first trip to the lovely little Seaside Town on The Amalfi Coast, that was yet to be discover by the masses all around the World. Yes, there were people who had heard about this gorgeous place, but not nearly as many as do now. Yes, Positano for the most part was still relatively un-known back then. That’s before Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. made the movie ONLY YOU that brought the town to the attention of so many more Millions of people then had ever even heard of the palce before. Anyway Cei la Vie.
Now back to Rene Ricard and myself and how I discovered and went to Da Vincenzo way back in the Summer of 1985 (Bar DeMartino also). It was just a few days befor my long awaited first trip to Italy, Spain, and the South of France when as I waas walking down 2nd Avenue one night I ran into my friend Alma who was with the Poet RENE RICARD. We were all chatting on the street when I emntioned my trip. When I said I was going to Rome, Venice, and positano, Rene got quite excited and told me the best places to go to in Rome, Venice and Positano. So besides all the info Rene gave me on Rome and Venice, he told me all about Positano and where to stay and where to eat which included going to Da Vincenzo where Rene told me I’d get the Best Plate of SPAGHETTI VONGOLE that Id’ ever have in my entire life.
View From a Table at La CAMBUSA
La CAMBUSA … Piazza A. Vespucci / Spiaggi Grande POSITANO … tel # 39 089 812051
Linguine Frutta di Mare , La CAMBUSA
PIAZZA A. VESPUCCI
Out of most of the places we went in Positano this was easily best. They are so friendly and the food was perfect while overlooking the beach. Our first night they were about to close and stayed open for us to get a light bite and a great bottle of wine and we told them we would be back and they didn’t not disappoint. The seafood pasta was amazing and once again the staff was accommodating. I couldn’t recommend this place more. Enjoy Positano and really get to know the people because it’s a great place.
La CAMBUSA and The Piazza Amerigo Vespucci
“Alimentari” … Via Pastea , POSITANO
“Some of The BEST FOOD in All of POSITANO”
FRITTATA FORMAGIA ARANCINI PANINI MELANZANE SALUMI e FRUTTA
The Selection at “LATTERIA” is AMAZING
And You Can Take it out and Eat on Their Lovely Little Terrazzo
The Terrazzo at “LATTERIA ALIMENTARI”
We just lucked out and stumbled into this place for sandwiches while we waited for check in time at our hotel. We took them down to the beach and ate them on benches. Several people came up and asked where we got them! They were delicious and SO reasonably priced. Fantastic!
The GIRLS at Latteria Positano
Eat out on The Terrace or Take Out to Your Hotel Room or Apartment
or for Your BEACH LUNCH
They’ve got everything you need : Water, Wine, Sandwiches, Fruit, Rice Balls, Cheese, Salami, Eggplant Parmigiano, Frittata, Olives, Sweets, evrything.
Daily Specials at LATERIA POSITANO
Yes another deli (Salumeria). Beleive it or not, Salumerias / Rosticcerias have some of the best food in almost every city in Italy, and so is the case in Positano with Latteria Deli and here at Delikatessen. We decided to grab some food to take back some food to enjoy on our balcony. The food was of great quality and very reasonably priced. We bought some Pasta, Panini, and Eggplant, Arancini (Rice Balls) . Everyhtng was super tasty. They make greay Sandwiches (Panini) taht a great to take along with some Fruit and Arancini for an awesome Beach Lunch. If you are staying in Positano for a while and don’t want to eat out all the time then this is a great option. They have a great wine selection if you like to do as we do and keep a bottle or two back at our room , as well asfruit and bottled water which you always need.
In The KITCHEN at DELIKATESSEN
Look at This Awesome Panino
Eggplant, Salami, Mozzarella, Peppers
One of the Girls at DELICATESSEN
POMPEII & PIZZA
AMALFI SIGHTSEEING TOUR
With PIZZA CLASS LUNCH iN SORRENTO
View from Beach Club at Music on The Rocks
“My own personal Favorite Beach in Positano”
The Main Beach of Positano
Fornillo Beach is a Great Spot with Several Nice Bars and Restaurants
3D BEACH MAP
The AMALFI COAST
Are You Looking for a Reasonably Price Drink with a Great View?
Go to The PARADISE LOUNGE .. Good Drink w/ a World Class View
For LESS !
The Boat to Da ALDOLFO
at LAURITO BEACH
Map of Positano and its Beaches
BEST of NAPLES
MY FAVORITE PIZZA on The AMALFI COAST ?
RISTORANTE / PIZZERIA
SALERNO , ITALY
GERARDO Making My PIZZA
My SPAGHETTI VONGOLE e COZZE
Made by GERARDO’S WIFE
MEMORIES of ITALIAN FOOD
in POSITANO – CAPRI -NAPOLI
NEW YORK – ROME – VENICE
DOOR to DOOR to YOUR HOTEL on The AMALFI COAST
RELAX on YOUR RIDE DOWN
With a PROFESSIONAL DRIVER
ROME to POSITANO
POSITANO – AMALFI COAST to ROME
Door to Door
The Marine Terminal of Salerno is at the marina pictured here. You can catch ferry boats from here to Cetara, Minori, Maiori, Amalfi, Capri, and Positano.
The Train Station is just 3 blocks from here. So if a room at a hotel in Positano is a little rich for your blood, we recommend making Salerno your base to visit and explore Amalfi, Positano, Naples, and the Amalfi Coast. And again, I highly recommend the Hotel Plaza in Salerno for its wonderful accommodations (great Prices & Breakfast) and it awesome location, across the street from the Train Station, and a shor 3 blocks from the ferry boats, you can quickly and easily get to all points on The Amalfi Coast, outer islands, and Napoli.
The Amalfi Coast
The AMALFI COAST
COOKBOOK / TRAVEL GUIDE
NAPLES – CAPRI – The AMALFI COAST ITALY
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