A pathway leads over to the Fornillo Beach, a more peaceful place to lay out your beach blanket and enjoy the surf and sun. You can also take a water taxi to one of the many coves and sandy spots that dot the cliffs that are reachable only by boat.Positano is a seductive place. Terraces shore up the buildings and almost every turn offers a visual bounty to enjoy. The most prevalent point of references is the colorful tiled dome of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, in the smack-middle of town. Everything else tumbles down toward the water from here. The beach at the marina is known as Spiaggia Grande (big beach) because it is one of the Amalfi Coast's largest. This is the central seafront for the town and there are several excellent seafood restaurants just above the beach.

Spiaggia del Fornillo


From Positano's main beach, it's a gentle walk west, with an acceptable number of steps (hooray!) to Spiaggia del Fornillo. Toss off your stilettos and lace up your trainers: Fornillo is more laid-back than its swanky neighbour and it's also home to a handful of summer beach bars, which can get quite spirited after sunset.

To reach Fornillo, head for the western end of Spiaggia Grande, by the ferry harbour, and climb the steps. Walk past the Torre Trasita and continue on as the path passes dramatic rock formations and a verdant gully until you reach the appealing beach.

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