POSITANO on a BUDGET?
DOES It EXIST?
YES & NO !
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.
About $170 a Night for Two
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