It lies on the coast, surrounded by the green mediterranean vegetation, leaning against the rocky wall, so that it seems to be a theatre scenography. Seen from the sea side it looks like a big Nativity scene, with a lot of multicoloured houses descending through the wall until the beach. The small verticale streets are full of boutiques which help each other to climb from the Marina Grande beach up the mountain's wall.
Thanks to the mild climate and beautiful scenery, Positano has been a resort since the Roman Empire, as attested by the discovery of a villa and more recent discoveries, dating back to 2004. Typical of the many "steps" from the country that come down to the beach. The main beaches are Praia Grande and that of Fornillo, both within walking distance, the others being La Porta, Arienzo and San Pietro Laureano, all accessible mainly by boat. Positano is also a means of public transport, the Metrò del mare.
The church of Santa Maria Assunta is situated in the main square and dates back to the 11th century. Its big fine colored majolica dome can be seen from everywhere in Positano. Just a few miles from the coast are situated the “Li Galli” islands. It is a small archipelago consisting in three little islands which have been considered always the ideal home place of the mermaids.
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