Brief History of Positano

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Positano
Circa 1949
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Positano
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Positano? There is evidence that people have inhabited what is known as Positano, as far back as 6000 years BC, and local legend states that Poseidon, the Greek God of The Sea founded this small town in honor of Pasitea, a Greek Nymph that he was enamored with, and whom the main road of Positano is now named after, as the Via Pisitea. It is believed that Greek ships first began to call on this small town and other parts of the Amalfi Coast as far back as 500 B.C.
Due to its incredible beauty, the Romans built beautiful villas and began settling in Positano around 100 years B.C. In 79 A.D. nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed all Roman Villas and other structures.
Sometime around 800 A.D. Benedictine Friars arrive, and a community with the construction of Abbey of Santa Maria and San Vito.
Positano became a wealthy market port during the 15th to 17th Centuries.  
As a port of the powerful Amalfi Republic, Positano was also prosperous during the 16th and 17th Centuries as well, but by the Mid 1800s, Positano had fallen on hard times, and more than half of its population immigrated to America, settling mostly in New York City.
For the first half of the 20th Century, Positano was relatively poor little fishing village. Artist began visiting Positano in the early 1950s. John Steinbeck began staying in Positano, and in 1953 he wrote an article for Harper’s Bazaar magazine titled “Positano Bites Deep.” And from that point on, the popularity Positano as a prime vacation destination increased in following decades of the 60s. 70s, and 80s, and mushroomed into what has become one of the world’s most sought after and prized vacations destinations in the world, so much so that the town has become so crowded in Summer months where most hotel rooms start at $350 per night, and range between $350 on the low end to many rooms costing 2 to 3 thousand dollars per night, and even more.
 
As of about the 2010, Positano has in the high-season become a bit overrun with so-called Social Media Influenceers who flock to the small town to make videos and take selfies and other pictures to post on Instagram. This is a bit unfortunate as during the months of of May, June, July, and August, this small town swells with large throngs of tourists, wannabe models, and social media types. Fortunately Positano’s beauty has not been ruined by it insane 21st Century popularity, the town is just as beautiful as it ever was, it’s just that it has become far over-priced (thought the thrifty can overcome), over-crowded, and though not losing an iota of beauty, it has lost some of its quaint charm, yet it’s still worth going to. And as far as going there, it is recommended not to go there in the high-season from mid May until the end of August. The reccommended times to go, would be anytime in April and the first two weeks of May, and later September and all of October to avoid the insane amount of people that can flood the town. 
 
Yes as of about the year 2005 this once quaint little town, as a result of so many millions of people hearing about it, as a result of the internet, as well as the seeing Positano in such major motion pictures as Only You, starring Marisa Tomei and Robert Downy Jr., along with Under The Tuscan Sun starring Diane Lane. Positano has become one of the World’s most cherished and sought after locations as a so-called Dream Destination, and a favored local for the Ultimate Dream Wedding as well. Positano is as high-up on the ultimate bucket-lists vacations, and the equal in peoples minds to vacations in; Paris, Rome, Bali, or New York City. This is historically what Positano has become at the dawn of the 21st Century in time. 
 
 
 
The CHURCH of SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA
The church of Santa Maria Asunta is a center-piece of Positano. The churches dome is built of Majolica tiles. The church holds a famous Byzantine “Black Madonna” from the 13th Century. According to local legend the Black Madonna was stolen from Byzantium and was being transported by Saracen Pirates across the Mediterranean Sea. A fierce storm was blowing that was certain to sink the pirates ship. The frightened sailors heard a voice on coming from the icon, that uttered “Posa Posa” (meaning “Put Down Put Down”). The pirates were terrified and unloaded The Black Madonna, and took it to the small fishing village nearby. The storm immediately stopped. The locals of the small fishing village kept the icon and named the town Positano after the uttered words “Posa Posa,” and when thier church was built in 13th century the Black Madonna was ensconced within, and has remained to this very day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The BLACK MADONNA
Of SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA
POSITANO
 
 
 
POSITANO is COMING
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Positano
1955
“POSITANO is COMING SOON”
POSITANO The AMLFI COAST
Travel Guide / Cookbook
COMING SPRING of 2020
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