Arriving by boat in Positano is one of the most exhilarating experiences on the Amalfi Coast, with multi-colored houses climbing up the steep mountainside surrounding the beautiful Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Stepping off the boat you’re just feet from the beach, and it’s hard not to want to jump right in the cool and refreshing waters. The main beach at Positano, however, can get quite crowded, especially during these late summer days.
But if you just look toward the other side of Positano as your boat arrives, you’ll see a little sliver of another beach just beyond a watchtower. That’s Fornillo beach where I’m taking you on this Tempting Tuesday. I first read about Fornillo beach on Scintilla’s lovely blog Bell’Avventura last year, and I’ve been wanting to make a trip there since. Last month I finally made that trip, and it was a truly beautiful day by the sea.
Climbing up an inclined pathway just beyond where the ferries dock in Positano takes you past the watchtower above and around the corner to the beautiful cove of Fornillo Beach. The view from the beach includes another watchtower and the Li Galli islands in the distance, which you can see in the photo below.
A few more steps and you can see the beach, lined with lidos where you can rent sun beds, umbrellas and find plenty of options for dining. While it’s just a short stroll from the center of Positano, Fornillo feels worlds away.
It wouldn’t be Positano, of course, without flowers in gorgeous colors everywhere you walk. This is the view of the bougainvillea covered walkway down to the beach. Positively lovely!
From my sun bed I had a picture perfect view of the watchtower overlooking Fornillo beach. I had to pull my camera out again to take a few shots of it in the early evening light.
Too soon it was already time to pack up and catch the ferry back to Amalfi. But I know I’ll be back again soon!