is the most westerly town on the Amalfi Coast. The town looking as though it is
standing on tip toes, nestles against the craggy rock face plunging towards the
sea, its cluster of colourful houses reaching skywards.
There are many theories as to how the town acquired its name. The best known is
the legend of journey of the painting of the Virgin Mary, carried through stormy
seas and now housed in the Chiesa Madre.
As the sailors were drawing closer to the beach of Positano, they heard between
the crashing of stormy waves a crystal clear voice repeating "Posa... Posa...".
As they came ashore, bearing the painting of the Madonna, the storm miraculously
subsided. According to history however, the name Positano comes from Paestum. Its
inhabitants, fleeing from Saracen raids in 915 AD found refuge on the land of the
Benedictine Abbey of San Vito, where, situated high above, are the hamlets of Nocelle