As the most dramatic town of what is arguably Europe’s most beautiful stretch of coast, Positano has lured visitors, the rich and über fashionable in particular, since antiquity. In fact, as you might have guessed, moda Positano originated right here in the ’60s and the town’s fashion-savvy retailers were the first to sell that risqué two piece, the French-made first bikinis. But aperol spritz swilling fashionistas and chic boutiques aside, it’s the sight of pastel-hued vertiginous houses cascading into azul waters, cinematic squares, and steep streets flanked by wisteria that are Positano’s real draw.  It’s also home to a whole array of fine restaurants with spectacular terraces, which offer breathtaking coastal views. But as stunning as these vistas may be, believe you me, the regions’ real speciality, scialatielli pasta with fresh clams devoured with a glass of chilled white wine in hand, is reason alone to head to Positano.  If the above hasn’t convinced you to add Positano to your bucket list, then maybe the promise of well-marked walking trails or the Amalfi coast’s pièce de résistance, the ‘Road of a 1,000 Bends’, will. This route passes some of the most dramatic and stunning stretches of sea scapes on earth.

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