Sights Activities

Positano's most memorable sight is its townscape - a vertiginous stack of multicoloured houses clinging precariously to the steep mountainside. Rising above the rooftops, the ceramic-tiled dome of the Chiesa

■ Banca dei Paschi di Siena (Via dei Mulini 4) Has ATM.

■ Banco di Napoli (Via dei Mulini 20) Also with ATM.

■ La Brezza (@ 089 87 5811; Via del Brigantino 1; per 15 mins €3; £3 9.30am-IOpm daily Mar-Nov) Small ceramics shop with internet access.

■ Police station (@ 089 87 50 11; cnr Via G Marconi & Viale Pasitea)

■ Positano.com (www.positano.com) Slick website with hotel and restaurant listings, itineraries and transport information.

■ Post office (cnr Via G Marconi & Viale Pasitea)

■ Tourist office ( H 089 87 50 67; Via del Saracino 4; £3 8am-2pm & 3.30-8pm Mon-Sat Apr- Oct, 9am-3pm Mon-Fri Nov-Mar) At the foot of the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta steps.

di Santa Maria Assunta (Piazza Flavio Gioia; £3 8am-noon

& 3.30-7pm daily) is the town's most famous sight. Inside the church, regular classical lines are broken by pillars topped with gilded Ionic capitals, while winged cherubs peek above every arch. Above the main altar is a 13th-century Byzantine Black Madonna and Child.

It's a short hop to the nearby beach, Spiaggia Grande. Although no-one's dream beach, with greyish sand covered by legions of brightly coloured umbrellas, the water's clean and the setting is memorable. Hiring a chair and umbrella on the fenced-off areas costs around €15 per person per day but the crowded public areas are free. Boating isn't cheap, either. Operating out of a kiosk on Spiaggia Grande, Luabello (@ 089 875 50 32; www.lucibello.it; Spiaggia Grande; £3 9am-8pm daily Easter-Nov) hires out small motorboats for €30 per hour. It also organises boat excursions to Capri and the Grotta dello Smeraldo (see p229). Over on Spiaggia del Fornillo, Centra Sub Costiera Amalfitana (£§ 08981 21 48;www .centrosub.it) runs dives (€60 for two hours) and lessons for adults and children.

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