Somewhere between a postcard and a dream, there is Positano. The first stop on the vertigo-inducing Amalfi Coast route, this tiny Italian town tumbles from cliff to sea in dramatic fashion. Inside its jumble of richly hued, rainbow-colored buildings, Positano boasts everything the modern day jet setter desires – from storied hotels to superb restaurants to beautiful boutiques – all tied up in a quaintly walkable package. Celebs can’t get enough of its breathtaking vistas and old world charm, so star sightings are on the regular. To name a few: Positano’s pebble crusted beach was the scene of Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk’s going public makeout sesh, while basically every honey-highlighted Hollywood heavyweight (think Sienna, Jennifer, Reese, Gisele, and Gwyneth) has gotten some intimate R&R here with at least one of their main squeezes. The fashion set (including Poppy Delevingne, Pernille Teisbaek, Rachel Zoe, Emrata and Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert) are also ga-ga for its gloriously Instagrammable views and inherently stylish settings. Whether your glamorous getaway is a honeymoon or a hookup, grab your bae, top up your Bellini and behold the epitome of luxurious romance, Positano.
To live la dolce vita in this glittering gem, we couldn’t recommend anywhere more than hotel Le Sirenuse. Not only does it offer top-notch accommodations, this family owned favorite incorporates an out-of-this-world dining experience at La Sponda while satisfying our need to shop at the sublimely cool Emporio Sirenuse. But really, the whole town exudes a retro ambiance that will have you feeling like a movie star in no time. If you yearn for the elegance of yesteryear, consider that Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fancied holidaying here, that Sophia Loren has been frolicking on its shores for decades, and that it was the inspiration for The Talented Mr. Ripley’s setting, taking its cool cred way back. Now you’ve got to dress the part. High season is Easter to September, making flirty frocks, funky bags and simple sandals all staples. How about a Caroline Constas OTS dress paired with a pair of Zanotti slides and finished off Cult Gaia ark bag? Sounds like a lotta likes to us. Kaftans are called for on the beach, and a Talitha interpretation atop a Missoni maillot hits the spot. It is truly criminal to not don a Dolce in this divine destination. From lemons to ceramics, recent D&G motifs are begging the be worn at say, Il San Pietro for aperitivo. Mamma mia, you look like a million bucks. Buon viaggio!