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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Spring in Positano

English: Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Posita...
English: Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Positano, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Author: Jane Maripose
by Jane Mariposa:
Experience the Flowering Season like in No other place of the world
Spring is the season of colours and flowers. It's a most wonderful season indeed; during this time, nature is at its finest and fullest form. And nowhere else is the season more beautiful than in the quaint Italian town of Positano. Positano is a small picturesque town with splendid coastal views. The town makes up part of the world-renowned Amalfi Coast located in Campania, Italy. The town itself is perched on an enclave on the face of a hill and winds down towards the waters of the Amalfi Coast. Naturally beautiful, Positano attracts thousands of visitors every year. Several travellers have described it as a dream place – one that gets etched into your memory with its unique and colourful houses climbing up the face of the rock. This is why the town's prime industry is tourism. All year long, the town is always full of people longing for some time away on a dreamy coastal location – the exact picture that Positano paints. But if you are planning to visit Positano, it would be best to schedule your trip during the spring season.

Spring is definitely a great time to travel to Positano; in spring, the whole place blossoms with greens and colourful flowers. Summer and winter are generally the more popular vacation seasons, so spring isn't exactly considered a peak season for the tourists. But since it is the peak season for nature itself, your trip will be memorable.
In fact, you'll be glad to know that Positano hotels even cost much less in spring than in any other season. If you are looking for a hotel, you can even afford yourself a couple of luxuries since prices are quite low. To fully enjoy your vacation, make sure you choose a Positano hotel that completes your Italian coastline experience with a homey and coastal ambience. And since hotels are quite affordable in spring, even luxurious villas such as the cozy Hotel Poseidon (, with its 48 rooms, 2 suites, and a rich garden surrounding it, will offer an unforgettable holiday at a price you can afford.
Aside from that, spring offers excellent weather so you can make the most out of every single day you spend in town. No time will be wasted due to weather concerns. The season is simply perfect for your planned sightseeing trips and other unforgettable excursions around Positano and its neighbouring towns.
In Positano itself, you can go on an excursion to some of the world's most famous sites. Choose a Positano hotel wisely so you are within easy reach of these attractions. When in the scenic coastal town, be prepared to stroll through the picturesque streets of the old city which still bears remnants of its glorious past. Go through the town centre and see Positano at its liveliest. After that, don't miss the Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta. This is one of the most famous attractions in Positano. The old church, boasting of a majestic dome, was built in the 1920s and is the location of the famous 13th century Byzantine icon, the Madonna di Positano.
From Positano, you can also take the time to visit Ravello, another breathtaking location along Amalfi Coast. This historical neighbour offers fascinating views and has lured and inspired several famous writers such as Gore Vidal, a long-time resident of the coastal town. While in Ravello, one place you must visit is the Villa Rufolo with its sprawling gardens and Villa Cimbrone with its views overlooking the coastline. You can also catch a bit of the town's history at the Saint Panthaleon Cathedral topped with a 13th century bell tower.
Continue your excursion in Amalfi. The main town, which bears the name of the coast, is located at the mouth of a ravine found at the foot of Monte Cerreto. Due to its location, the town affords visitors with a great view of the coast and of cliffs rising all around. The whole city is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering several significant and historical attractions. These include the cathedral of St. Andrew from the 11th century and the iconic Cappuccini convent where Southern Italian art is blended with unique Byzantine elements. Some distance away lies the Piazza Duomo, which is considered by many as the heart of Amalfi. Do not miss the beautiful white columns and arches of the Chiostro del Paradiso.
If you haven't had enough of the wonders of Italy, continue your excursion by heading towards Pompeii. The ruined and buried Roman city bears an extraordinary past. Now, it is considered as one of the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which attracts up to 2 million visitors yearly. It is encompassed by the Vesuvius National Park, and offers various points of focus such as Herculaneum, Villa Poppaea, and the Stabiae.
Don't forget to allow a day for pure relaxation. Just lounge around in your Positano hotel room with a view and admire the wonders of spring. Spring in Positano is not just a season; it is an event that should not be missed, especially with the scent of lemons and oranges lingering in the air. The ambience is a typical Positano ambience, one that residents and tourists enjoy every spring in Italy's Positano.
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About the Author
Jane Maripose has travelled extensively in Italy for 15 years. She currently spends summers in her house in northern Tuscany and hopes to retire there. She has also been a teacher in California for 20 years. Jane is passionate about Italian food and culture and enjoys sharing her vast experience with others. Experience: Jane's Italy travels have included every region of Italy. She enjoys going to traditional festivals and learning the native folk dances, talking with the locals, and sampling the regional cuisine. Education: Jane has a bachelor's degree in art history and is a credentialed educator. She studied Italian language and culture at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy. Whilst studying in Ialy she undertook various cooking proficiency exams in the main Culinary academies From Jane Maripose: The passion for Italy, food and wine, music, have induced Jane to dedicate herself to this new activity which consists of writing independent articles based on her travel experiences, so that she can share this information with those who intend travelling to Italy on vacation. Personal Details: -
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