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Church of Santa Maria Assunta which includes general coastal views

A 12th-century statue, ancient bas-relief and stunning architecture make this church one of Positano’s most popular attractions.

Stand on the beach in Positano and you’ll see the basilica of Santa Maria Assunta. The central yellow, green and blue majolica-tiled dome makes the 10th-century church stand out against the town’s pretty pastel buildings.

Walk up to the piazza in front of Basilica Santa Maria Assunta for a close-up look of the 18th-century bell tower and the church’s impressive facade. A relief above the bell tower door is actually older than the rest of the church. It belonged to a Benedictine Abbey dedicated to San Vito, a patron saint of Positano, that once stood on this site. The carving of the fish, fox and dragon-like creature are one of the few ancient relics that remain.

Inside the church is white and gold. Its centrepiece is the Byzantine statue of the Black Madonna above the main altar. Legend has it that the 12th-century icon came from a ship that got stranded off Positano. Sailors thought they heard the statue calling to be taken off the ship, and the captain ordered to have it stay in the seaside village.

Winged cherubs sit above the arches in the church and artworks adorn the walls. Explore the side chapels and altars and you’ll see a collection of paintings. One of the most famous works here is Circumcision by Fabrizio Santafede.

Beneath the church lies an ancient Roman villa. While the church’s crypt was being renovated, workers uncovered frescoes of seahorses and cupids adorning the villa’s walls. The site is closed to the public while archaeologists try to uncover more artefacts.

The Basilica Santa Maria Assunta lies just off the main beach in Positano. Most of the streets are pedestrian-only and just one road lets cars in and out of the town. Come by bus from Amalfi or park the car and navigate the cobblestone streets on foot. The church is open every day and is free to enter.

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Marincanto
Marincanto
4 out of 5
Via Cristoforo Colombo 50, Positano, SA
The price is AU$458 per night from 20 Aug. to 20 Aug.
Nestled on the beach, this Positano City Centre hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sorrento Peninsula and Positano Ferry Landing. Fornillo Beach is 0.4 mi (0.7 ...
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Hotel Eden Roc
Hotel Eden Roc
4 out of 5
Via G. Marconi 110, Positano, SA
The price is AU$993 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
This family-friendly Positano hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Sorrento Peninsula, Positano Ferry Landing and Fornillo Beach. Piazza ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (513 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel should be rated 5 Star. A very pleasant surprise much better than expected rooms are immaculate and in brand new condition. Very detailed rooms have built in wall out let’s for USB chargers and also American plugs. Staff is amazing. Highly recommended this hotel it’s is family run ..."

Reviewed on 8 Jul. 2021

Hotel Eden Roc
Poseidon Hotel
Poseidon Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Pasitea 148, Positano, SA
The price is AU$872 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Located in the heart of Positano, this spa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Fornillo Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Emerald Grotto and Marina Grande Beach. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (408 reviews)
"What can I say? Simply the best hotel experience we’ve ever had anywhere in addition to the spectacular scenery, culture, food, and people of this amazing region. The staff is SO helpful, friendly, warm, and knowledgeable. We feel like we made a half-dozen new friends! Thank you, Josie, Michele, ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

Poseidon Hotel
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Hotel Royal Positano
Hotel Royal Positano
4 out of 5
Via Pasitea, 344, Positano, SA
The price is AU$367 per night from 31 Aug. to 31 Aug.
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Hotel Eden Roc
Hotel Eden Roc
4 out of 5
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The price is AU$993 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
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4 out of 5
Via Pasitea 148, Positano, SA
The price is AU$872 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
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Marincanto
Marincanto
4 out of 5
Via Cristoforo Colombo 50, Positano, SA
The price is AU$458 per night from 20 Aug. to 20 Aug.
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Le Sirenuse
Le Sirenuse
5 out of 5
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Hotel Villa Franca
5 out of 5
Viale Pasitea, 318, Positano, SA
The price is AU$1,357 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
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Hotel Buca di Bacco
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Villa Rosa
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Via Cristoforo Colombo 127, Positano, SA
The price is AU$483 per night from 6 Aug. to 6 Aug.
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Covo dei Saraceni
Covo dei Saraceni
5 out of 5
Via Regina Giovanna, 5, Positano, SA
The price is AU$831 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
Covo dei Saraceni
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