Land of the mountain goat.
Not actual mountain goats silly, I mean me, us, the people visiting. If you've been to Positano you'll know what I mean, if not, simply think of a place with as many stairs as you can possibly imagine, now double that.
But boy oh boy, the view is totally worth it...
A bit like the Santorini of Italy, known for its incredible views and iconic architecture, Positano has long been on my travel wishlist. Dreams became a reality when I arrived the other week in what can only be described as a Stairmaster-addict's heaven.
We perched ourselves in a little B&B high atop the town which provided the most incredible outlook. From breakfast to predinner drinks, this little haven was my favourite spot.
Our balcony also happened to sit above the steepest staircase in town, and of an afternoon, listening to the grunting and groaning of the fellow mountain goats became our favourite pastime.
"This has got to be the worse set of stairs EVER."
"Let me see what's round this corner... Oh god there's more."
"This better not be a dead end."
Determined to have a splash in the pebbly beach I headed for the waters of Fornillo Beach, which is definitely the nicer of the two. The trek down will take you past ample bougainvillea, through narrow laneways and below the balconies of smiling locals before you finally hit the water. What with church bells constantly chiming and stray cats whooshing past you, truly everywhere you walk here turns into a bit of an adventure.
From down to up, at the other end of the spectrum you'll find Monterpetuso, a village way up in the hills which is home to some great restaurants. One of which is La Terra. Run by a family and serving up their homegrown fruits and vegetables amongst seafood and other delights, you're certain to have a great night up here. Try one of their risottos, it's served in a snazzy parmesan cup. How cheesy!
And, I know I'm beginning to sound like a broken record, but don't miss the sunset! It's spectacular.
For those citrus fans amongst you, you'll be pleased to hear the limoncello in Positano is renowned as the best in the world. And their pottery creations are pretty swell too. I bought some gorgeous little oil and balsamic jugs that I can't wait to add to my kitchen table.
If you haven't already had the pleasure of visiting Positano, make sure it's on your list. It simply is a place you must see once in your lifetime.
And when that time rolls around, pack some top-class running shoes and get ready to drink limoncello like its water.
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Photos by Krissie.