Welcome to the 364th Metamorphosis Monday!
Today’s post is about the metamorphosis of a picturesque seaside village located in Italy on the Amalfi coast. Through the good and the bad it has survived, and today it’s a bustling village where tourists flock from all over the world.
Ever since I saw the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, I’ve wanted to visit Positano. I finally got my chance when I traveled to Italy back in October. It was stormy and overcast the day we visited, but the rain stopped long enough for me to capture some wonderful photos of this beautiful hillside town.
The Amalfi coastal highway (SS163) is carved right out of the rocky cliffs that plunge down to meet the ocean below. I took this photo from inside the bus as we twisted and wound our way for miles and miles around the hairpin turns toward Positano.
This was the view looking out the window of the bus. You can actually see the edge of the road in left corner of the photo. This drive is definitely not for the faint of heart! As we zoomed along, I couldn’t help but wonder if anyone had ever broken through and gone over the edge. Terrifying thought!
When you think of the hillside villages along the Amalfi Coast, think “compact and tight.” There’s only one street in Positano that allows motorized vehicles and it’s a single lane road in many areas. The cars you see on the left are all parked. If the window had been down, I could have reached out and touched the stone wall on the right.
Walking is the best mode of transportation and when you are out walking, you are going either up hill or down hill.
I saw so many tempting stores that I longed to go in, but with such limited time I made a beeline down, down, down to the sea.
This was the view alongside the shop shown above. Everything in Positano seems to be hanging off a cliff!
As I walked quickly toward the beach, this shop window literally stopped me in my tracks. It was a surprise bit of springtime on this cloudy, October day.
Loved this shop all covered in vines! I so want to go back and go in all the wonderful places I passed on my way down to the ocean.
Finally reaching the sea, I was mesmerized by the crashing waves and the crunchy dark beach made of a combination of rock and sand.
When viewing the hillside town of Positano, it’s a little shocking to see just how close the buildings, shops and villas are to the water. I wasn’t surprised when I read the village was destroyed by a tsunami in the 1343. I hope that never happens again!
Over the years Positano has seen good times and bad times. It suffered repeated pirate attacks during the 15th century.
During the 18th century, Positano was a major port and benefited from all the trading that took place, but once again it saw a decline as more roads opened up and it lost its importance as a major trading hub. For many years afterwards, it was a simple fishing village and a lot of the residents left and emigrated to the U.S.
Then the SS163 road was built and the town began to prosper as tourists, including celebrities and other famous folks discovered Positano. Some of the artists/writers who have fallen in love with Positano include: Pablo Picasso, M.C. Escher and John Steinbeck. Steinbeck actually wrote an article about Positano for Harper’s Bazaar in May, 1953.
The Church of Santa Maria Assunta can be seen in this photo. The dome of the church is covered with beautiful majolica tiles.
Positano has strict building codes that prevent any modern construction, so it still looks today very much the same as it did a century ago.
I wonder which one of these homes was Marcello’s in the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. Remember the scene where Frances, looking stunning in her white dress, comes to Positano to see Marcello. She hitches a ride up the winding road on the back of a motorcycle. Marcello comes out onto the balcony of his villa and looks down as she calls up to him. Then he proceeds to come down from the balcony and break her heart. Bad Marcello!
I didn’t “find my Marcello” while in Positano, I was too busy enjoying the views! lol I tried to find a spot to capture for you how the homes are literally built right into the side of the hills/cliffs.
Everywhere you look, you see beautiful flowers, even on a rainy day in October.
As I stood there on the beach, I was thinking about you. I wanted to put you here in Positano with me. So, I filmed a quick video looking out to the sea and then turning around full circle.
To get the feeling of being there, click the video below and once it starts playing, click the “YouTube” logo down in the right hand corner. Or, just click here to watch it on YouTube: On the beach in Positano. You can see it in a much larger format on YouTube, so I recommend watching it there.
Replay and pause the video as you watch to enjoy the little scenes of the village. I hope it makes you feel as if you’re there beside me on the beach in Positano.
I only had about 30 minutes down on the beach since I knew the climb back up would take close to half an hour. As I climbed, this was how the narrow pathways looked.
The views were awesome going back up!
There’s the church of Santa Maria Assunta, again!
Climbing, climbing, climbing.
As I climbed, I passed so many beautiful doors. You can see more of them in Saturday’s blog post here: Hear the Beautiful Bells of Santa Maria Assunta in Positano
Many times I turned to look back. The ocean was never far away and I caught glimpses of it as I climbed back up.
I also caught glimpses of the majolica tiled roof of Santa Maria Assunta and the village of Positano below.
Just think, we were standing on that beach just a few minutes ago.
I felt sad leaving this enchanting place. I’d love to go back again one day.
If we had been able to stay until nightfall, this is what we would have seen! WOW! (Photo by JeCCo, from Wikipedia)
Hope you enjoyed going to Positano with me. Let’s go back again, and this time let’s stay at least a few days.
If you’re interested in one day traveling to Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast region, you’ll find additional posts highlighting the places I visited while in Italy here: Italy. Or, just click on the image below for links to those posts. (Update: Clicking on the image below may not work on phones as I discovered today…so click the link instead if you’re reading this on a phone.)
I was in Italy for 17 days so I’ll be sharing more about Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast as I go through all my photos from the trip.
Looking forward to all the wonderful Before and Afters for this Metamorphosis Monday!
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