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Arriving in Positano, the 'Vertical Town", on the Amalfi coast. The resort town is a comune in the province of Salerno, on the Costiera Amalfitana. Tourism is by far the major industry. 
 
 


 
The town is spread out over one of the slopes of Monte Comune, softening its craggy outline. 



 
A single road, via Pasitea, winds its way from the Town Hall to the Piazzetta dei Mulini and the junction of the road to Amalfi, continuing uphill, it turns into Cristoforo Colombo.

 

 
The Piazzetta dei Mulini leads down to the small Piazza Flavio Gioia where the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption (Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta) and its characteristic majolica tiled dome stand.
 
 
Inside, there is a nave and two aisles separated by pillars, and in the right-hand side of the transept hangs a panting by Fabrizio Santafede entitled Circumcision (1599).
 

The main altar ls decorated with a 17th century Byzantine style panel panting depicting the Madonna and Child. 
There is a bell tower next to the church and a heavy marble slab mounted on its doorway depicts a sea monster.

 
 
From there a small door leads to the Crypt, the oldest part of the entire building on top of which the basilica was built.
Nearby the church, concealed by flood detritus and modern-day boutiques, lie the ruins of a Roman villa dating back to the first century A.D, which probably belonged to  the  famous freedman, Posides, who gave his name to Posidanium,which was later to become Positano. 

 

 
To the west of the Marina Grande stretches Fornilio beach.
 

To the east lie the smaller beaches of La Porta, Fiumicello and Arienzo, used mostly by locals.
 
 
Looking down at the town from above, the eye become enchanted by an intricate network of narrow picturesque steps, which create the impression of a Nativity crib. 
 

 
Lastly, the villages of Montepertuso (350m above sea level) and Nocella (420m above sea level) offer a delightful range of nature trails with breathtaking views over the entire coastline.
 

 
 
 
Positano can be reached by the SS163 Amalfitana national road, or by the SP425 provincial road.
The nearest airports are the Napoli-Capodichino (NAP) and the Salerno-Pontecagnano Airport (QSR).

 
 












 


 

 
 
 
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